Reviewed by sraina (Currently owns)
5 Windows Phone features that don’t get enough press!
Feature 1 - People hub and social media integration: The people hub feature is a unique twist on the generic ‘Contacts’ functionality available on almost all devices today.
While, it offers all the functionality you would expect – name, address, email, phone, fax, birthday etc., it takes on any account integration that you provide – facebook, twitter, outlook, windows live, other email providing sync features. A swipe to the right provides a ‘news feed’ of all contacts across all accounts giving you updates without the need to login into any specific applications.
Additionally, if you were to select a contact or a person, you would be able to see their profile, their updates, any pictures they have shared and your interaction history with them: emails, text messages, calls etc.
Feature 2 - SkyDrive & Integrated office support: A lot gets discussed about iPhone features like iCloud. With Windows Phone, you get 25GB of cloud storage on Microsoft’s SkyDrive. That is good amount of storage but what makes it better is the tight integration into the OS. Take a picture; it automatically gets uploaded to SkyDrive. Save an attachment to SkyDrive. Create folders, set permissions, share files, send as email with file links is all extremely easy to do. Office support is as native as can be. You can read, edit, save and email word, excel, and PowerPoint files. The speed of accessing documents on the phone or on SkyDrive is amazing. In terms of speed, I neglected to mention in Feature 1 above, the speed of accessing pictures that other users have shared on Facebook or SkyDrive is unbelievable. It cannot be attributed to the network.
Feature 3 - Navigation without Data Use: With Nokia Drive, the Lumia 900 has the capability to download maps to the device locally. I downloaded all of the US (1.8GB) and Ontario, Canada (88MB) and have been able to use navigation successfully with the data connection turned off. Now for those you who are not grandfathered into the all you can eat data plans, this feature can come in real handy.
Feature 4 - Live tiles: Windows Phone offers the functionality called ‘Pin to Start’. This allows for putting an application, a web page, a contact or a group on the start page. Any updates with these elements will show up on the relevant live tile in a real time manner. This could be the current weather information, message or update from a colleague or a family member or a news alert.
Feature 5 - Multiple accounts sync: A lot of phones claim to seamlessly sync emails, calendar, contacts and task data from multiple accounts. Having used many phones (see list below), I can safely say the Windows Phone OS does the best job of multiple account sync including syncing multiple exchange accounts. I am currently using 2 exchange accounts, windows live, google mail on my phone with no issues syncing across all these accounts.
- Design 8
- Display 9
- Camera(s) 8
- Reception / call quality 10
- Performance 10
- Software 10
- Battery life 7
- Ecosystem 7