Code Red: Discussions with two non-techie mobile users

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SMW Code Red

Yesterday evening, I attended Code Red, an event looking to raise awareness and support for efforts at empowering the Arewa Girl – a reference to the northern Nigerian young girl. Did you know that 1 in 20 northern girls dies in childbirth? Girls; not women. Pulled out of school and married off at between 12 and 14 years of age. You can get more information at

I made quite a number of acquaintances at the event, including: Blossom Nnodim, Dupe Macaulay, Emilia Blessing Tobi, Ruth Olurounbi, Izegbua, and Toyin Arowolo. But I also ran into some old ones, including the lovely Subomi Plumptre, as well as Babs Okubote, who I haven’t seen in two years. Before the event proper started, we got talking about mobile devices at separate instances. Both discussions were triggered by interest in my Lumia 1520.

Subomi mentioned how she gave Windows Phone a brief try not too long ago and found it unintuitive. One of the oddities she remembers was looking for the reset button all over the phone and being unable to find it. After searching for the info online, she discovered that it was located under “About” in the settings.

“Who puts a reset button under About?” she asked incredulously?” That is the last place anyone would look for that.”

I agree. That seems an odd place to put it. Anyway, she finds Windows Phone unintuitive enough for her. She absolutely finds the iPhone frustrating and proudly wears the Android OS badge. Subomi rocks a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. She certainly is up-to-date.

Babs uses an iPhone 5, but says that he has a Samsung Galaxy Tab that he dumps the iPhone for once he is at home. He loves Android for the apps and for the freedom it offers. Oh, and he finds the iPhone much of a nuisance because of the limitations in the OS. He admits to being an app junkie, downloading apps, installing, and uninstalling them once he gets bored.

Babs says that while not a fan of Windows Phone, he finds it interesting that everyone he knows who uses one is happy with it. I certainly am very happy with my 1520, and I know a number of other Windows Phone users who are satisfied with their devices.

Both Subomi and Babs are not techie users. I, on the other hand, have tech running in my blood. I believe that phone preference is like gender attraction: some men love robust ladies. Some others prefer slim and light. Some others prefer petite. What appeals to one may not strike another as anything pleasurable. But then, that is the way of humans.


  1. The WP is intuitive, with some restrictions too (copying Apple). I don’t know why Microsoft is still allowing their new OS bedeviled with the “catching up” syndrome. Why place those restrictions only to start removing them with updates. I needed to download some videos from YouTube and share to my sister yesterday but couldn’t on the Lumia 720. Was able to download the video but couldn’t share via bluetooth to her bb. Had to use my Android device.

  2. One person’s intuitive is another’s frustration. It’s always good talking to non-techies who are gadget lovers to get the bigger picture.

  3. “Why place those restrictions only to start removing them with updates”

    I’ve asked this very question countless times. perhaps it’s so they can remain relevant in the news “Microsoft introduces aggregated drop-down notification”. “Microsoft 8.x now allows you to do this”. “WP introduces……”. All this addition in 2014 like it’s a big deal? they had Windows Phone 7 to make all the mistake. With WP8 they had no right to act the newbie and struggle for third place with BB.

    It honestly irritates me. Imagine Tizen (or Ubuntu) launching as say with Windows Phone 7 limitations, only so they can introduce 4 years old functions in bits. I’m clearly pissed at WP so I shall take a seat now and catch my breath.

  4. @khene, I can see you and many other miss the major selling point of Windows Phone. They (Microsoft) weren’t even considering Third World situations when they designed the OS. A lot of the redesign in yes, 2014, is because of the success of the OS in developing countries. THAT is why many of the restrictions have been removed.

    And if you know anything about the American mindset (as opposed to the Asian mindset), what works in their country is presumed to work elsewhere. Windows Phone is a work in progress, and in true Microsoft fashion will be around for a long time to come.

  5. I know a number of other Windows Phone users who are satisfied with their devices.

    Add me to this list.

    I said it earlier this year, “I see a bright 2014 for Windows Phone OS,” and I’m happy there are incoming improvements.

  6. even Stateside WP is not popular, was scandalized to find that WP8 does not have VPN functionality. don’t know how or why Microsoft (or anyone) would release smartphone without VPN

  7. especially since a lot of these features were present in their previous smartphone OS (Windows Mobile)

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