I have been a secret follower of Mobility for some time now – years actually, and can’t go a day without a visit. It is nice looking at the world of mobiles from a Nigerian perspective rather than sole reliance on GSM Arena, the Verge or other websites for mobile enthusiasts.
I decided to write this to correct or at least address some features of Windows Phone which Mister Mo has been crying about. Actually, it is a direct response to his post, Android phone dialer lag: Xperia P and Galaxy Pocket, particularly the last paragraph:
If only Microsoft would stop being silly and add 3G-only network mode and the ability to attach Office and PDF documents in emails to Windows Phone, I would switch from Android in half a heartbeat and put myself out of this misery of inconsistent experiences. Microsoft, how hard can those two things be that it is taking you years to implement? I have never been a fan of Android’s inefficient resource management, and a situation like this is just not helping matters.
Attaching Documents in Email
You can attach documents and PDF files to emails. Simply transfer the said files to your phone by USB cable or Bluetooth, or alternatively locate your files on SkyDrive. Go to the Office tile, press it and search for your files under phone, email or SkyDrive. You can also click the search icon for a quicker method.
After locating your file, press and hold it for more options, select “Share”, choose the email account and your file will be automatically attached. Repeat same for PDF files also. Not as straightforward as on Android, but it is possible. See screenshots below.
You can lock your network to either 2G or 3G. See screenshots. Its very possible and it works perfectly. What I like most of all is that when you select 3G and there’s none around, it automatically switches to 2G and then back to 3G when available. I’ve had my S3 loose signal, go offline and overheat while searching for 3G signal when not available. I feel the approach by Microsoft is more practical.
Switching to Windows Phone
If you’re interested in switching to WP8, please do. Just make sure you don’t have much hair on your head because you may end up pulling them out. I’ve used Windows Phone since March 2011 and it’s not been a pleasant ride. I will not recommend it to a non-enthusiast. You have been warned.