So, I’ve had this phone for 3 months, and I am still undecided as to whether it is actually a productive device or not.
- Sleeping Pattern – For whatever reason, the phone goes to sleep and will tell me when someone calls, but not when I get a text message or any other notification. It’s irritating. My text messages are just as valid, if not more important than my phone calls. I’d like the phone to wake up and tell me. I have tried all sorts of settings (sounds on/off, vibrate, flashing lights) and it just doesn’t work. The only notification I get is a sound or a vibration, but the screen does not wake up. If I happen to not be paying attention at that moment, I won’t notice. I don’t usually have the sounds turned on anyway, so it’s useless.
- “Mobile” sites – Several rants here. Although the world claims to be mobile-friendly by offering mobile sites for just about everything (not really…), these mobile sites leave a lot to be desired.
- i-devices and other fruits – Half of the time, the so-called mobile site is only available for iPhones (iPod Touch) and Blackberry. Windows Mobile has been around for quite a while. Why just ignore the folks using it? It’s ridiculous. I can understand the case with iTunes (even though I won’t like it), but for other sites not owned by Apple, why be that way. If you have a useful site/app, make it available to everyone – not just to people who talk into fruit based phones.
- Same ol’ crap – Some mobile sites are merely just the regular site with the bells and whistles stripped out. They are difficult to navigate on a mobile device because they weren’t designed with the user experience in mind. Folks need to remember that a mobile user is probably busy, wants something fairly quickly, might have a tedious connection and wants full functionality. A poorly designed site for a regular PC is just as poor on a smaller screen with the fancy graphics stripped out.
- Half functional – so to combat the problem outlined above, some sites choose to strip out some functionality. That’s all well and good, but don’t strip out the core of the site. For instance, there’s a great Facebook app for Windows Mobile. However, you cannot search for and connect with any new friends. That defeats one of the main purposes of Facebook. This app is merely a window into your existing Facebook world. Heaven forbid if you’re watching TV and decide to “friend” your local TV station and you’d just like to type in their Facebook name. Irritating.
- I finally got the alarm clock working seamlessly. I’m happily able to wake up on time now.
- I discovered how to set ringtones from any mp3. It’s a blessing… or not. Now I change my ringtone every other day and don’t know when my phone is ringing. haha.
- Better organization – I’ve figured out where to save all of my files so I know where everything is. You’d think this would be simple since I have a MY Documents folder, but surprisingly it’s difficult. See number 5 above.
- Storage capacity and file viewing – So far, my most productive uses of the phone has been to keep reference material for work handy so I can pop open a document in a pinch. That’s been nice.
So, more rants than raves. I don’t hate the phone. I am actually still undecided. I don’t regret getting it, I’m just disappointed that it has taken hours of work to feel like I’m getting some value out of it. And no, I do not think that switching to an iPhone will solve my problems. I’m sure they are there too.