UPDATE: It appears when I try to post a link to this page on Ron’s comments section it’s being moderated and denied from appearing. I do not appreciate the moderator filtering corrections to an inaccurate article.
I recently came across an article by Ron Miller. Ron is a freelance technology journalist, blogger, FierceContentManagement editor, and contributing editor at EContent Magazine. After reading his article I was a little upset with some inaccurate, close minded, and biased comments. I decided to write this blog in response to his review of the Nokia 1020. The format of this blog is as follows.
Bolded section is from Ron’s blog.
“Quotes are from Ron’s blog”.
My reply is not bolded or in quotes.
You can find Ron’s article here –> http://www.citeworld.com/mobile/22791/iphone-user-uses-nokia-lumia-1020-week-and-happy-give-it-back?page=0
The Camera didn’t wow me
“First of all, it’s not very attractive from a design standpoint — because it’s so big, it bumps out of the back”
The problem with most iPhone followers is they think design is more important than function. It’s true there is a bump on the back of the Nokia 1020. It’s holds a 41 megapixel camera in a cell phone body along with an optical stabilizer, focus LED, and flash! Let me say that again. It holds a 41 megapixel camera in a cell phone body with an optical stabilizer, focus LED, and flash! Not only is the 41 megapixel camera impressive but how many cell phones have a real flash? On top of that how many cell phones have an optical stabilizer, not digital but optical? My $600 canon camcorder has a crappy digital stabilizer but not optical. Of course all of that will take up room. The only other option would be to make the thickness of the entire phone thicker so there isn’t a bump. If that was done then now there is empty space inside making the entire phone larger to eliminate a bump. Sure it looks funny and may not lay flat on a table but the amount of features and quality deserve to be taken into account.
“I didn’t think it took any more exceptional pictures than my iPhone 4 with 8 megapixels”
I think everyone should visit the site http://www.nationalgeographic.com/nokia . It was a National Geographic photographer on a ten-day assignment with only a Nokia 1020. The photos speak for themselves. I dare anyone to zoom in on a photo between the Nokia 1020 and an iPhone. I guarantee the Nokia will have less pixilation. I’ve taken photos from a city block away and zoomed in while the subject was still visible. The 1020’s camera is impressive and in what I’ve seen on the internet the Nokia 1020 does take better photos then an iPhone.
“In fact, I found the flash created a washed-out yellow color to the photos I took.”
I bet the placement of Ron’s fingers was creating the flash to bounce light and reflect back into the lens. This would be especially true if Ron had a yellow 1020 as pictured in his blog. As with any flash it’s best to keep all body parts and objects away from the flash to prevent this. Once again it’s a real flash, not a LED.
Battery life is amazing
“One thing that was a joy for me was the battery life. I plugged it in on Sunday to recharge the battery, and I didn’t have to plug it in again until Thursday”
I don’t see how that is possible especially how Ron has been supposedly using it for a week while reviewing it. With my apps running, mail working, and always having a data connection to my mail server if I disconnect my 1020 at 6am it’s down to about 30% by 10pm after normal use. I don’t see how it was even possible for Ron to review a phone for four plus days without plugging it in. It makes me doubt it was actually used for four days and given an honest 100% review.
But what about that “get in, get out, get on with your life…”?
“For instance, just getting in takes several steps — and that’s without a pass code (which I couldn’t figure out how to implement). You have to click the middle button on the side of the phone to turn it on. Then you have to slide up to access the tiles, and once you access the tiles you have to find your app. That’s where the fun starts”.
It takes several steps getting into an iPhone also. Someone have to press a button, swipe, and then access the apps. The same three steps involved with getting into an iPhone are the same three steps as getting into a Windows phone so how can one say with one OS it’s difficult but the other it’s not? With the Nokia software someone can set it up to where they double tap on the screen if pressing the button is too difficult. Of course this does eat up more battery as now the screen is always trying to sense touch.
As for setting a password it’s pretty simple. Go to settings, tap lock screen, tap the password slider to turn it on, type in a pin, retype the pin, and tap done. Now when the phone is unlocked it will prompt for a pin. That’s not difficult to setup.
“The problem with the approach is that instead of pages and folders, you have to scroll down to see everything — and keep scrolling. The more apps you layer on, the more you have to scroll. There is a screen with an alphabetical listing, but that’s not ideal either.”
The home screen can be customized to have apps that someone uses often or wants quick access to. I group my mail apps, travel apps, social apps, etc so I can scroll to a group of them quickly. The more and more a person’s home screen gets customized the more and more icons there will be. Sure there aren’t folders but the same is true with an iPhone when it comes to more apps means more icons. On an iPhone they can be groupd and moved but the end result is still a lot of icons. If someone slides over from the home screen then all the apps will appear. It’s every app in alphabeic order. It’s possible to scroll and scroll and scroll but an easier way to get to an app is to click a letter, click the letter you want to jump to, and now the list is at that letter in the alphabet. To get to “system” someone would swipe, tap, tap, and tap system. It’s pretty fast and simple and I feel better than scrolling through many iPhone pages or trying to remember what folder an app is in.
The search feature is about the same on both so it’s a wash on both. I much rather like the option of showing EVERYTHING in one place in alphabetic order that someone can jump to quickly than trying to remember where I put something.
“The fact is you end up spending a lot of time looking for the app you want with no real clear rhyme or reason as to the tile organization. You can reorganize them in a way that makes more sense to you, but as an out-of-the-box experience, it wasn’t exactly conducive to the promised experience of getting tasks done quickly.”
The way one organizes the home screen on a Windows Phone is the same way as on iPhone. Tap and hold an icon to move them around. With Windows Phones one can also resize the icons. The way the tiles are on the home screen are set from the manufacturer OR the carrier. Someone can always customize it. As with all devices it takes time to setup and customize but the end result is something that is familiar to someone. This is true with an iPhone’s screen also. It takes time to customize.
“The other issue I have with the tiles is the animation. They are constantly in motion, blinking and flipping and moving. Just sit still!”
The animation does make the phone feel alive by having animation but it also serves a purpose. That purpose is to allow someone to see importation info without needing to fully open the application.
What’s with the location obsession?
“Every time I tried to download an app, I got a message insisting I share my location data — and not just with the app, but with Microsoft too. If I didn’t want to do it, I couldn’t use the app.”
Every time? I highly doubt the share my location question came up every time Ron downloads an app. In fact it does not show up every time I download an app. What Ron said was untrue and not a correct statement. Depending on the app it may or may not want to share location data with the app and depending on the app it may or may not work but that is the app’s design, not Windows or Microsoft. Microsoft DOES NOT ask with every app if you too can collect location data.
Issues with the installed apps
“I entered my Gmail address and password and it found the mail for me. Of course every time I got mail, the tile started flipping and displaying a number representing the number of unopened mails. I wonder how many Windows phone users have anxiety disorder because their amount of unopened mail keeps going up.”
It’s a fact that the iPhone also notifies someone how many unread messages there are. Why would Windows phone owners have this anxiety but iPhone users don’t? It’s funny how the feature is the same but it’s bad for one OS but not the other.
As for Local Scout no app is 100% perfect when trying to collect up to date business information. Businesses go out of business, change names, change phone numbers, and other things. It’s mostly up to the community to provide feedback about a business along with other collection methods. Once I used Trip Advisor to look for a Greek restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana. It was closed down so nothing is perfect all the time.
“The other app I checked out was People, and I’m not sure where Windows pulled this information from, but the flipping pictures were of people I haven’t been in contact with on a regular basis for at least four years. Again, bizarre. When I opened the People tile, it included a bunch of listings from AT&T, which I’m guessing were provided by the carrier itself, but which had no place in what is essentially my address book.”
Windows Phone pulls information from Twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, and any other accounts you may setup on your device. I think it does a pretty good job pulling from multiple places to makeup your address book. Personally I love how my address book consists of information and photos from multiple places. If I know a name I get all their info from those sites without have to look at each site. I’m not sure how one would make it possible to only display recent contacts. It’s an address book, even a rolodex has old information. I’ve never seen someone have two address books where one is contacts less than 4 years old and the other one is more than 4 years old. I don’t find an address book gathering information from multiple sources bizarre. I find it pretty darn smart and a way to save time. I can look up say someone named Jody and get all of her info from my Exchange server, facebook, outlook.com address book, LinkedIn, etc. As for the listings it’s possible it was from AT&T but it’s also possible they were in your Gmail account or another social media site.
In closing I would like to say that I love my Nokia 1020. I’ve been using Windows phones for over a decade now. I love how Microsoft is putting out better and better products on mobile devices. There will always be the Apple fan boys, iPhone loyalists, and anti-MS folks out there but I wanted to clear up a few comments that I felt were not only false but thrown out there from someone that from the start by claiming to be an iPhone loyalist even before trying a new OS for a week. I truly feel that Ron didn’t use the 1020 for a week nor gave it a chance with an open mind because it didn’t have an apple logo on it. I hope my comments set the record straight.