Over at Nokia Innovation, kelvin has published a A Symbian Users Wish List For Windows Phone. Seeing that I have been contemplating the pros and

From Symbian to Windows Phone: Yomi's Wish List

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Over at Nokia Innovation, kelvin has published a A Symbian Users Wish List For Windows Phone.

Seeing that I have been contemplating the pros and cons of a move from the N9 to the Lumia 800, it sounds just right that I should publish a wish list of mine too.

Mass Storage Mode

I absolutely want to be able to plug in my phone to a PC to copy files across both devices without syncing via Zune.

Proper Multi-tasking

I don’t want background apps to freeze. I want the good old Symbian-style multi-tasking.

Bluetooth File Transfer

Please give us full Bluetooth transfer functionality. Bluetooth being available for pretty much nothing else but headset connectivity is lame. This is Sparta 2011!!

If you read Kelvin’s wish list, you’d see that we have different things on our individual lists. As far as I am concerned, Windows Phone’s weakest link is local connectivity.

Imagine that you have taken some great photos on your device and a friend asks you to send them to his device by Bluetooth. Duh!

If Microsoft would add the above-listed features to Windows Phone, they would have a product that makes long-time Symbian users really, really, really comfortable.

What do you think? What features would you like to see on Windows Phone?

  1. Yomi,
    You mean WP 7.5 does not have these features on your wish list yet?
    Well there goes my desire for the Lumia devices.
    My wish list includes yours and reverse tethering which enables me to plug my phone into my PC and use my computer’s internet on my phone through activesync.

  2. u mean window fone does not have usb on the go, no bluetooth, applications dont run@ d background,but freez until they are open, and no front camera? Shhhhhhit, den i stick wit my N8 until symbian is completely dead(maybe 2016), den i kno I have no alternative then i can make a choice btw android or window

  3. @brym:

    My wish list includes yours and reverse tethering which enables me to plug my phone into my PC and use my computer’s internet on my phone through activesync.

    Reverse tethering. Yeah, I like that, only that feature has to come from your PC rather than your phone. If you don’t mind spending a few dollars, connectify for Windows 7 would get the job done. It would share any kind of internet connection you have on your PC through WiFi. In fact, it is a software router.

    I know you specially mentioned USB tethering but I’m assuming you won’t be using it for extensive period and even if you happen to try for extended period, you can always plug your phone to your PC or power supply and charge it at the same time.

  4. @Yomi my wishlist includes yours but for multitasking I’d prefer the presentation style on d N9.
    Id also like to see a grid view of apps instead of that long list view
    enable more video codes (divx,avi,mkv).
    Just throw in USB OTG, NFC, HDMI out support and i’d be about 95% sold on getting a WP device

  5. some of these shortcomings which don’t with the out of the box experience with Windows phone can be overcome by using some registry fix. U can google ChevronWP7, they already have the USB mass storage enabler

  6. Thanks Harry,
    I remember someone mentioned this connectify or a similar application here early last year and I went to buy a Windows 7 netbook. My netbook came with a Home edition OS and the application required the Professional edition to work. So, after calculating the cost of upgrading, I got discouraged, dropped the idea and sold off the netbook.
    I actually had an XP netboot and a WinMo device then and both were excellent for reverse tethering and em…ROM flashing.

  7. Adeoti,

    but for multitasking I’d prefer the presentation style on d N9.

    Well, the presentation style is just visuals. What i’m concerned with is how it works behind the scenes.

    On Windows Phone, when you move away from an app it is frozen in a suspended state. On Symbian and MeeGo, the apps are fully running in the background.

  8. I used the winmo running sonyercsson xperia some years back and really liked it except for the slow OS. Jumped ship and started using androids with the thought of returning back to windows when their OS gets better.

    The news of WP7 & Nokia got me more excited as I expected devices that will not only be durable, but resource efficient (unlike androids) with enough functionality. Though I had decided initially to upgrade to the Galaxy Nexus, the launch of the Lumia devices changed my mind. Thought of buying the Lumia 710, use for few months and keep it good enough. If not, will go after my Galaxy Nexus.

    Now with this discovery of no bluetooth and no usb mass storage, Nokia has just killed my plan for the Lumia. I can even deal with apps freezing in the background, but not with no bluetooth. We share stuff everyday. Why is nokia following the ios route? These are some of the reasons I don’t use ios. Who is taking orders from who in this new marriage of windows and nokia? All past nokia devices possess all these functionalities at no cost. These are the reasons why WP7 have not been selling. They keep removing simple tasks that users have been taking for granted for years on their cheaper phones.

    I know I can get all these functionalities on WP7 running HTC or Samsung device but I want to use that of Nokia. I though all I needed to deal with is their choice of micro sim, but now these! naaaaa.

    @harry, the connectify app is free. I downloaded it after reading about it here on MN and been using it since then. my windows 7 was a basic when I installed it.

  9. @belushi

    the connectify app is free . I downloaded it after reading about it here on
    MN and been using it since then. my windows 7 was a basic when I installed it .

    Yes it is, but the latest version added the ability to share any type of network connection that you may have on your system and you have to pay to use that feature plus file sharing or use the free version that only allows sharing connection from another WiFi connection.

  10. Well, Nokia has phones running Symbian, meego/maemo & WindowsPhone.

    What stops them from making some -running Android (unless Microsoft is the one subterraneously calling the shots @ Nokia). Pride? What?

    Would people buy a Nokia phone with Android running on it? I think it should sell like Cheeseballs…#random Musings #

  11. The bottom line is that all these other new shining ISes have one deficiency or the other. Once wet have a situation where we can choose what OS to ruin on our devices, life would be much simpler. We will then be picking devices SOLELY based on their hardware prowess
    If i want the flashinesd of Android, or the sheer efficiency of Symbian, i should be free to choose.

    The more open_sourced OSes we have, the easier / faster this can be achieved.

    Waiting for the day (already happening to some extent..)

  12. @Eye.bee.kay

    The bottom line is that all these other new shining ISes have one deficiency or the other. Once wet have a situation where we can choose what OS to ruin on our devices , life would be much simpler . We will then be
    picking devices SOLELY based on their hardware prowess
    If i want the flashinesd of Android , or the sheer efficiency of Symbian, i should be free to choose.

    This is hardly ever going to happen. The best we can hope on in my opinion is a situation where installation of another OS is made a lot simpler like in desktop/laptop computers.
    Say a situation where you know just copy a ROM or ISO file of the OS you want to install into your phone and it automatically recognizes it as a bootable image and initiates the process of installation for you.

    Even that much freedom in the PC space is currently presumed to be under threat with the introduction of Widows8 and what Microsoft terms secure boot, though this is actually a welcome development to reduce malware threats, the problem is how Microsoft intends to implement it with the help of hardware vendors.

  13. I strongly believe microsoft is calling the shots here. Since they are more bouyant and ready to sink as much $ as required to push their WP7 up the competition. But they are getting it wrong. Nokia WP7 is expected initially to be purchased by Nokia fans then others like me that it may appeal to. How will you sell such device when even the nokia fans are denied functions they are used to having on their symbian phones?

    I hope they will go back to the drawing board and bring out a new WP7 device that will provide all these.

  14. Windows 7 seems like an os for big screen and resolution. @3.7inches nokia lumin whatever sucks when compared to most windows 7 devices from other makers. Recent announcement are rolling out with as large as 4.5inches and Nokia in its usuall fashion will release lots of phones with almost the same specs but different shapes bug retaining the same resolution and screen size all through and thats some real bull shit. Check out HTC Titan and see how a windows phone should pose

  15. We all know ‘No mass storage mode’ and ‘No proper multitasking’ are faults of WP7 and not nokia. All other WP7 has the same issues. But the bluetooth file transfer? Is that a nokia problem? Does other OEMs ve BFT on their devices? Wait..we didnt even mention ‘No external memory card’

    Well i thought i had seen a good phone In nokia lumia 710, but with this i guess i’m wrong. Nokia 701 is far better. And a whole lot of android options that can conveniently do all this without breaking sweat!

  16. I have never considered using WP7. I’ve known about all its restrictions, and it’s just too immature for me. With Belle, my N8 can take me another year (I hope!). If I’m to get a new primary smartphone, Android and Meego are the only options. WP7 is too similar to iOS.

  17. I’m beginning to believe nokia is intentionally putting some crap hardware on their phones especially on symbian…or how else do they explain why nokia lumia 710 has 5MP autofocus and not fixedfocus? Despite it being labelled cheap? Why does all symbian^3 phones except N8 has fullfocus cameras….smh..

  18. @Douglas, the 3.7’size is perfect. That size will fit most hands. Big, Small, male , female… i believe they were aiming for a size that can appeal to all. Also, you know Nokia is conscious of resource efficiency. The bigger the screen, the more demanding they will be.

  19. My wish list will be entirely like yours. If the Lumia800 will be killing those features we like in our darling Symbian to play catch up, this will only make the Nokia N8 a winner for a longer period of time.

    I hope Nokia reads this and listen.

  20. I have been a Symbian lover and user since the beginning, I have loved the organization in iOS and the Freedom in Android.

    I have seen stuffs that in yester years people never believed it could come to mobile phones and am currently thinking of crazy stuffs that people cant believe are coming to mobiles.

    My wish list for WP7 is just 1.

    PLEASE, Microsoft; Give me what others already offers (at least).

    Windows phone is quite different and beautiful but it looks unripe.

    That not withstanding if i have the means I will get a WP7 to play with and GROW with but I cant use it as a primary device for now.

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