Solutions Through IT

April 21, 2016

Android–After a month

Filed under: Android, Mobile, Nexus — solutionsthroughit @ 12:48

I wrote about my initial review of Android, and it would seem that the update process isn’t always a good one.  There are a number of pages that suggest a hard reset will increase performance.  After ensuring that I had my phone set to backup, I bit the bullet and performed a hard reset.

Simple enough process, and moderately quick.  Went through the setup and restore process, which also seemed quick and simple.  Only one issue – the backup function is effectively USELESS.  No text messages.  No MMS.  No app-specific data.  Nada.  You basically get a list of the apps you’d previously had, and the wireless networks.  Nothing else is restored.  Bluetooth device?  Nope, you’ve got to re-pair them.  Texts? Hope you saved all the information that you still wanted in your texts (I didn’t!).

The phone is now chewing through battery, and routinely won’t make it 10+ hours without requiring a period of time on charge.  Not necessarily a bad thing, from a timing perspective – 5-15 minutes gives it a good chunk of charge, but still a pain for a modern device.

Microsoft really need to extract a digit and get the Lumia platform rolling.  Hell – do what they did years ago with Visual Basic.  Make a development engine so easy to use, everyone can and will use it  Yes, we’ll have 30,000,000 calculator apps.  And “browsers” that just use an IE window.  We’ll have people developing spaghetti code nightmares that should not exist, but we’ll suddenly have heaps of developers wanting to develop good apps to monetise them.  And suddenly, they’ll have market share.  The Lumia hardware is absolutely the smoothest and most consistent I’ve experienced (and I’ve used all the OS variants).

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February 16, 2013

Telstra Mobile Firmware Updates Estimated Schedules

Filed under: Microsoft, Mobile, Telstra — solutionsthroughit @ 15:04

This site is the best site that I have found so far that regularly updates phone firmware / OS release dates, as per the carrier (Telstra).  For Microsoft products, apparently the dates listed on the site are when they’ve been approved by Telstra, and that Microsoft will typically add further delay to the release.

Incidentally and supposedly, by the 18th of February 2013, I should have my 7.8 update for my Nokia 610.  Looking forward to seeing this!

(Putting this up for when I need it next :)! )

September 26, 2012

Nokia Lumia 610 Review

Filed under: Hardware, Mobile, Review — solutionsthroughit @ 14:50

Summary

The Lumia 610 appears to be a clean & tidy phone.  Cheap, but somewhat limited in what it can and can’t do.  Likely good emergency phone or staff phone.  Teens likely won’t want it (camera/not new & powerful), and it’s not a very good example of what WM 7.5 can do, due to the limitations of CPU and RAM.  Unless your phone dies, and you’re waiting for a next generation phone, think carefully before getting this phone.

5/10 – On par with the HTC HD2 – which has had it’s third birthday!

Detail

I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised by this phone, but didn’t really think that I was going to be expecting too much based on the price.  I must admit that I didn’t do much research, other than a glance at a Gizmodo review (Note to self, feel free to ignore Gizmodo reviews!).  Unpack was suitably unimpressive (or maybe it was – I’ve NEVER been impressed with an unpack).  Phone (duh), charger (wall “lug” with a reasonably long USB micro cable), manual, recycle bag (Mobile Muster) and some headphones with four different ear bud sockets to change around.

The phone takes a micro sim, so I had to wait for the Telstra guys to configure one of those, not a massive task.  I had to wait to get home so that I could shuffle the self-signed certificate onto the phone, so that I could install it and thus setup my email/calendar/contacts.  No scheduling on the activesync any more (apparently it’s an OS feature drop, that may or may not be back in WM 8.x).  NOT impressed with this missing feature, as I’ve since had to disable the email alert sound, so that I can sleep.

Running apps is generally smooth, and the phone appears to cope most of the time, but sometimes it’s very obvious that the phone is struggling and is singled threaded.  I’m honestly contemplating giving up the slightly better battery life and shiny stuff and going back to the HD2.  I’m significantly underwhelmed by this device.

Phone call quality is good to great – I’ve used it with headset, handset and speakerphone.  It paired

 

Pros

Phone is new, so it’s (hopefully) going to have a great battery life (wrong – see Cons).  Reviews indicate that it should be a good value for money phone. Screen is great to look at when it’s clean (rarely!).  Nokia Music looks too be fresh & a good source of new music.  Very easy to install a Self-Signed certificate – setup a Hotmail account on the phone, and emailed the cert to the phone.  Launched the certificate from the email, and it installed without issue.

 

Cons

Not a quick phone, not a lot of CPU. Not a lot of RAM. It only has an 800Mhz single core CPU (my 3 year old HTC HD2 had 1GHz!) and only has 256MB RAM.  No SD memory card expansion, no front facing camera.  Buttons are taking some time to get used to, but may be a WM7+ thing.  Looks like scheduled sync has disappeared with WM 6.5 :(  Screen loves fingerprint oil. Battery life (with everything turned on) isn’t great. Barely lasts the day, with relatively few phone calls.

Phone Review Disclaimer

Reviews undertaken will likely be compared against my “best” phone.  Currently, this phone is the HTC HD2Review of the 610 for comparison.  These are my personal observations, and are in no way professionally done.  Consider this and other reviews carefully, and ensure that you independently identify YOUR requirements for a device.  I’m quite sure that they’ will be different to MY requirements!

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