- 01-13-2012, 10:49 PM #1
With the Nokia 900 on CES I went to the att store and played with some of the windows phones (they were almost at the corner, but I found them). The guy from the att store didn't know a lot about windows phone, so need your help with some questions. I currently have a Samsung galaxy s2.
1 Do the windows phone have visual voice mail or something like Google voice?
2 I hear about Apollo and tango, is the Nokia going to be able to run these updates? (You know how updates in android go, so I had to ask)
3 how is the notification system on windows phones 7? This is something that I enjoy from android, pull down the screen and everything is there.
Well that about it for now. Thanks.
01-13-2012, 11:06 PM #2
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1. The only phone on at&t that does visual voicemail is the iPhone.
2. Nokia should be good on updates through Apollo. I don't anticipate you having problems there.
3. The notifications on WP7 aren't like android and iPhone. You'll see a lot of threads in here complaining about that. The lockscreen on WP7 gives you a count of texts, emails, missed calls etc. Your live tiles on home screen show you the counts as well. No central place for a breakdown of notifications.
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- 01-13-2012, 11:11 PM #3
Well I'm not sure about your first question as I don't use those things.
The lumia 900 will definitely get tango and I am all but sure it will get Apollo as well. Updates are handled so much better on WP.
Notifications are not quite as good as on android, but I don't miss the android notification system as much as I thought I would. When you turn on the phone you will see notification icons on the lock screen. Then when you unlock, each responding tile will show how many missed messages you have. So if you have a missed call and an email, you will have to look at two different tiles to see the notifications. When a new text comes in it will show the message along the top of the screen. There is no central notification system like you have on android with the pull down notification drawer.
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- 01-13-2012, 11:43 PM #5
1- I don't know what exactly is Visual Mail, but that's up to the carrier I think.
2- Absolutely. All Windows Phone will be getting the Apollo update.
3- There's no notification system on Windows Phone, we have tiles.
For example if you pin a contact on the screen or have him on a group. When you get a message you will get.
1- the notification on top, like Android.
2- the message tile will change to 1 and will have a winky face.
3- the group/contact will say New Message and will flip on that person.
Clicking on any of those will get you to your message and the latter two won't dissapear until you go check the message.
The same works with emails, facebook, weather etc... You will see any alerts on the tiles themselves so they (theoretically) won't be a need to check your notifications.
- 01-13-2012, 11:45 PM #6
2 - Tango, yes, but Apollo? I'm not sure. Not sure why it would, if it's bringing dual-core and better resolution screens.
3 - Definitely not android-like and if you don't mind having the lock-screen have the important things (sms, missed calls, email and voicemails), then it's not that bad.
- 01-13-2012, 11:47 PM #7
- 01-14-2012, 03:28 AM #10
Not a lot is know about Tango or Apollo yet, but the odds are that if your phone needs the update it will get it. I say it that way because it is rumored that tango will just enable chassis 2 (all current phones are chassis 1). Chassis 2 is lower spec'd, blackberry form factor phones. If that is all tango is, then it would not really apply to current phones. However Apolllo (likely called windows phone 8) is a sure bet. Obviously it won't make your phone dual core or higher res, but new features (potentially Skype integration, alOng with who knows what else) would be included.
- 01-14-2012, 10:14 AM #11
Regarding notifications, if you place the tiles for which you receive frequent notifications on the "home" screen (i.e. the 8 tile areas visible on the screen in the tile view), you'll have immediate access to them once you unlock the phone. As others have noted, you do see how many notifications you have for Hotmail, other e-mail (each account shown separately), text messaging, and missed phone calls on the log-in screen (icon + number of messages). Like Android, different icons are used for the notifications.
One of the drawbacks of the HTC Trophy (though not all Windows Phones) relative to the Motorola Droid 2 is the lack of a notification light for e-mails. Somewhat strangely there is a notification for missed phone calls but not for e-mails on the Trophy.
Though this isn't strictly notifications-related, one of the real strengths of Windows Phone over Android is the ability to integrate/link your e-mail, phone, and social networking contact information together for the same person. I personally really like that feature.
There isn't any Google Voice-like audio input e-mail or text messaging on the Trophy (or possibly all Windows Phones), at least to my knowledge. There IS some voice recognition/assistance capabilities built into Windows Phones (via the built-in TellMe application and the new, 3rd party Ask Ziggy application), such as turn-by-turn direction capability.
If you were to buy a new, high-end phone like the Nokia 900, I think it is very likely it would receive the Tango and/or (more important) Apollo updates, though Microsoft's OS upgrade plans are unknown at this point.
Incidentally, as I hinted above, I have both a Droid 2 (since December 2010) and a Trophy (for a little more than a month). I prefer the Trophy/WP OS over Android, largely because it operates a lot smoother. WP is also more intuitive than Android IMO (though I've finally learned many of the ins and outs of Android OS after owning the Droid 2 for a year LOL).
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01-14-2012, 05:36 PM #14
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- 01-14-2012, 06:28 PM #16
1) Mango does have visual voicemail available, but ATT has not enabled it; only T-Mobile has done so. I use GoVoice to handle my texts (I don't have a texting plan) and my voicemail.
2) From what I gather, all 2nd-gen devices will be able to get Apollo, and many say that 1st-gen devices will also; time will tell, I guess
3) Like many others have said, there is no central notifications place. There are toast notifications (a bar that appears at the top), tile information for missed calls, voicemail, emails, etc... , and depending on the phone LED notification for a short period of time as well.
01-15-2012, 12:35 PM #20
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There is a 3rd party WP7 app, EasyRing & Music that downloads and streams music from SkyDrive, where you could have up to 25GB of music stored for free. :)
- 01-15-2012, 03:16 PM #21
I got a quick question regarding the calendar on windows phone since the units in the store are pretty empty.
How many calendar notifications/reminders can you set up per day? For example I am ready to throw my wife's phone out the window with the amount of reminders she has set. She currently loves my old first generation Zune and she is also interested in Windows Phone because of it.
- 01-15-2012, 06:58 PM #22
01-17-2012, 09:48 PM #23
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Some songs you can't stream from Zune pass. It depends what license the artist and label have for that particular song or album.
Yes you can download podcasts over wifi to your phone. Just subscribe and the podcast will update over wifi.
01-18-2012, 10:59 AM #24
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I currently have an Android with a WP on it's way.
My history is as follows.
As soon as I saw MY company (SE was "Swedish" kinda back then) announce the wonderful Sony Ericsson X10i, I knew I would change from my X1 (Windows Mobile) to that.
I was growing tired of the problems with WM such as crashes, unexplained reboots, battery draining, slow system, having to tread lightly because there was no real way to know if the program/game you installed contained malware or something, very advanced and non-logical setup of GUI... And so on.
I got my Android Phone in October 2010 and loved every second of it. You could do so much!
October 2011 I sat down to find out what I was really thinking about my X10... And here's the list of cons:
Crashes, unexplained reboots, battery draining, slow system, having to tread lightly because there was no real way to know if the program/game you installed contained malware or something, very advanced and non-logical setup of GUI... And so on.
I do like that Android is a very good system when it comes to individual functions... I just hate that every function acts on it's own part, has it's own problems and has nothing common with the rest of the system.
I fell for WP the second I touched it... It's just so smooth... And the reception it has gotten among critics is absolutely flawless. Even my friends Galaxy Nexus has stuttering graphics in some situations... And that's the coming Android-version... So running with Android is not going to be a 100% pleasant task even in the mentionable future.
But you have to ask yourself this.
Why do you use your smartphone?
a) You want to edit/change/set the entire phone to be your personal phone... Spend a few hours a month to do maintenance work. - Android
b) You want to just have a glance and go phone which will never bother you unless you want it to. - Windows Phone
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Current Phone: Nokia Lumia 920 Yellow (YAY!!)
Previous Phones: Lumia 800, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, HTC Hero, Iphone 3GS
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- 01-18-2012, 11:35 AM #25