This article presents quick answers to the questions that you are asking about Windows Phone 8. These answers are from my hands-on experience with the Nokia Lumia 920. I will keep updating this article with answers to any questions you may have about Windows Phone 8. Do ask quickly, as the Lumia is heading back to Nokia in about a week’s time.
Does Windows Phone 8 have WiFi hotspot?
A: Yes; WP8 has WiFi hotspot feature. It is labelled as “Internet Sharing” and supports up to eight (8) connected devices. Encryption is provided and you can set both the name and password of your hotspot.
On Windows Phone 8, do you need to switch on Bluetooth before you can carry out Bluetooth operation?
A: When you initiate a Bluetooth operation e.g. sending a file, the OS will prompt you to turn on Bluetooth, pair both devices, and then you can send your file.
On Windows Phone 8, can one kill (an opened) app without bringing it to the forefront?
A: You can kill a running app only by going to Settings – Applications – Background Tasks
Does Windows Phone 8 support pegging mobile data to either 2G or 3G?
A: It allows you to peg to 2G only or automatic switch between 2G and 3G. 3G-only option is not present.
Does Windows Phone 8 have inbuilt APN database and does it allow creation of new ones and selection of any APN to use at any time?
A: It has a built-in database of APNs.
There is no option to manually enter any APNs. I put in my SIM, turn network data on, and I am just able to browse automatically.
I found the option to manually add APNs way down in the Settings menu and located different from where it was in Windows Phone 7. Under Settings – Access Point – Add.
Does Windows Phone 8 do multitasking?
A: Yes; but it isn’t multitasking as you know it on say Symbian/Belle, Android or BlackBerry. It is pseudo-multitasking like what obtains on iOS. When you go away from an app, it is frozen in the background. When you return to it, the app resumes.
How does mass storage work on Windows Phone 8?
A: Connect the WP8 device to your PC and it is recognised as a storage device. Browse it like you would a USB flash drive and copy, cut, and paste files as you wish.
Does Windows Phone 8 have USB-on-the-go?
A: No; it doesn’t.
How Can one take a screen shot on Windows Phone 8?
A: Simple. Press the Power and Start buttons simultaneously. Your display will flash the colour of your chosen theme and you will hear a sound like that of the camera shutter. Screenshot saved. You can find your screenshots in the Photos hub under: Albums -> Saved Pictures.
Can I download audio and video files from the browser?
A: Unfortunately, no. Windows Phone 8 web browser does not support media file downloads. When you attempt a download, it launches the music or video player and streams the file. There is no option to save the file.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.