Layman’s Take on Nokia Lumia 800- Take a look over it without shadows of anything


Multi-Tasking in Windows Phone Mango:

With the last update Windows Phone Mango, Windows Phone was told to have got the feature that users coming from Nokia Background never bothered to even care about; The Multi-Tasking but this is a lot different than we would have seen in Symbian or MeeGo or WebOS, which were been able to multi-task just like our Desktops. Yes! Mango got the multi-tasking but its something like we seen in Apple devices or even Android (more close to Apple model).

The point of manufacturers (other than Nokia, HP) behind such multi-tasking  been the fact of limited resources in mobile devices, due to which those shouldn’t be allowed to run things the way Desktops do. Running too many apps is stated to be as bad for battery, RAM utilization etc and these arguments sure do have a point.

But the thing is, as Smartphones got enhanced hardware and came close to replace the desktops even for most of the time in one’s life, then one expect to use them for the uses that was earlier not intended to be done on phones. And not only complex requirements, but many a simple use cases might put a non-multi-tasking phone to shame on Smartphone definition.

Like think of the case, if you are typing a long SMS to friend and in meanwhile get a miss call from some annoying caller, would you like to loose all the characters that you would have typed in this while? Or think about a situation when you are driving with help of a navigation app and wanna call a friend for setting things up before you reach, only to know that you have lost route as was being shown on the phone a min back? Or you opened a Youtube video which is taking time in loading and you want to send a text to your friend in this meanwhile, will you like to loose all the data that might have been downloaded till the moment?

Obviously, no one can rule out the need of multi-tasking in any device that wants to be called as smart, but the next thing about Multi-tasking is the extent up to which it should be allowed, like Nokia where you can run as many apps as you want or there should be some limit or some other implementation? Microsoft chosen the path of Apple, where an Application saves its state before exiting and when you go back to the same app, then it can start the operation from the same place. Reminds you of Apple/Android na?

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It might look odd to many but in case of Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 a.k.a Mango, the back button on the devices plays the roll for Multi-Tasking. Tap and hold on back button and you find many of the last ran apps standing there in card shaping waiting for you to tap on them. All these apps are those which are designed\developed to make use of Windows Phone Mango’s Multi-tasking feature (with time, number of such apps are increasing and you find many of the apps taking advantage of this feature).

So, while doing anything if you want to check out something else then you can safely hit the Windows Key, go the new apps, finish the work there and then press and hold the back key and come back to old app you were working upon earlier.

Now how it works technically? As per their MSDN post

In Windows Phone, the execution model is designed to provide end users with a fast, responsive experience at all times. To achieve this, Windows Phone allows only one application to run in the foreground at any given time. The operating system puts an application in a dormant state when it is no longer in the foreground. If the device memory available for the foreground application is insufficient for a good user experience, then the operating system will begin to terminate dormant applications, with the least recently used applications terminated first. A programming framework is provided for applications to manage their state as they are deactivated and reactivated. This helps to create a user experience in which applications appear to the user to maintain a single instance, even when they have been terminated and reactivated.

The execution model also provides users with a consistent navigation experience between applications. On Windows Phone, users navigate forward by launching applications from the installed applications list or from a Tile on Start in addition to other means, such as tapping on a toast notification associated with an application. Users can also navigate backwards, through the pages of a running application, or through the stack of previously running applications by using the hardware Back button. Windows Phone 7.5 adds the ability to switch to a previously running application by pressing and holding the hardware Back button.

Means no matter how the application got closed or terminated, it always saves its state so that you may start working from the same place next time, where you left it. This approach not only keeps the system resources free to provide a smooth user experience, also keeps the user free from worrying about the data loss part.

The users coming from Nokia background may not feel that much satisfied with the same multi-tasking experience but its nothing like non-reliable model or unusable kind of thing and as I have managed to shift from Symbian to Android in past, so can definitely assure you that its NOT gonna be nightmarish for you and works quite well in any kind of real life situations.


Author: Nitish Kumar

I love to write and raising voice, sharing thought and heated debate is a kind of passion for me. Jobwise I am just another Computer professional handling Infra and designing solutions for a big Indian Media house but I love to write, sketch, photography and a lot more.

26 thoughts on “Layman’s Take on Nokia Lumia 800- Take a look over it without shadows of anything”

  1. Nice review , by the way about OTA , it’s a wp7 limitation and not lumia , soon wp in market currently supports OTA same is true about other few features.

  2. Good post , though I must say I couldn’t read it in one go 🙂
    Even though I havent used or tried any WP device for more than half an hour, I just hated UI and how it looks. I don’t think that perception of ugly,over simplified UI will change.
    As expected and read all over for me 3 things stand out for WP. These can make it success.
    1) People Hub
    2) Brilliant Office Suite ( and its FREE)
    3) Email

    But sadly I feel Nokia is going away from their soul and going Apple way.
    This may be good for company(I really doubt) but not good for industry as whole.

    1. Suyog,
      I had similar sentiments about WP UI before trying it myself. Even I mentioned once that I felt those uneven fonts as ugly. But trust me, views are bound to change once you allow it grow over you. Not all the praises going around are dummy.

      1. Agree with Nitish, once I got my hands on Lumia 800, I didn’t like UI for few hours or a day and missed home screens. But later, started loving the UI and now I am a fan of UI. 🙂

    2. People hub is exceptional as just like Meego it brings all social activities at one place and like WebOS it brings all the photos (even twitter ones).
      So in all, people hub will effectively help people managing their social needs without going behind any apps that is a great thing for n00bs or even people coming from Symbian/Meego.

      Second great thing is speed of UI that literally no offers either be Symbian or Android

  3. Suyog, I’ll agree with Nitish.. in just two words…. you will see my views about it changing too… it’s actually a good UI. there are however some features that really were needed but if talking about UI, seriously I think if I was given more time with it I would been liking this UI. and I’ll not say like many out there that “Windows Phone 7.5” is not that good to be used.

    But still I’ll say that MeeGo on N9 (for its given time) has been the most *Mature* smartphone OS (in most of the aspects) among all of them.

    And Nitish; that really is great post above, I’ll try to read it completely 😛

  4. Very interesting article, Nitish. I’m very exited with Windows phone on Nokia, but lack of BT and file transfer worries me. Nokia has been great among other things because of its flexibility and versatility. Does is support USB on the go, like my N8? What about something small but GREAT in functionality, notification light? Man, I think Nokia should never get rid of this. It helps the user so much to see through a notification light, that you have a missed event.

  5. Quite a thorough article on the Lumia 800(& upcoming 900)windows phone. The most important things for me are:i’m not going to sell a Rolls Royce to ride a better handlind motorcycle-ie,my Nokia E7-00 vs any Lumia! No storage! No tethering! No bluetooth! No sale!

  6. One of the most comprehensive review of Lumia 800 I have read. sheer Brilliant.

    Are u still using this device? How is the battery life holding up for you?

    Any word on Lumia 900 launch date in india?

    Thanks,
    -Pankaj

  7. The best review of WP that I have seen , kudos to u Mr. Kumar ! U r right , the Lumia 800 is beautiful ; it should be since it`s a copy of the N9 ! But that same design is also a problem in certain areas of the world ( more about this in a bit . ) .
    i`ve always said that WP has potential but it`s still immature ( Takes 3 years to work out enough of the bus and work enough features in , to make the OS useful . ) , seriously late to the party and there r too many other OEMs trying to get a piece of the pie . In all fairness to Nokia , they haven`t had a chance to make an impact on WP yet , maybe WP8 will change this . Nor have the Lumias been out too long , though this is changing . So it`s still a bit early to say for sure .
    That said , WP hasn`t exactly taken off yet , marketshare is still single digits . Nor do I like the Metro UI , though my issue with it is more function than form ( but I do think it`s ugly !) . I firmly believe that a homescreen should convey enough info to keep u current at a glance , and the Metro UI doesn`t do this . Even Windows Mobile could do this !
    WP`s biggest problem , IMHO , is it`s requirements for a constant connection and Skydrive . Not so much a problem in developed countries , but in emerging markets with their infrastructure issues and the need to watch data usage, it`s a different thing entirely . I don`t think WP will do well in emerging markets ( It seems to not be … ) , though it also doesn`t seem to be doing well in many developed countries either , with the USA , Finland and Russia as notable exceptions .
    Nor will do well in countries where the N9 was a success, most notably China , due to the problem that WP is functionally inferior to Meego , and Symbian , for that matter . even the new 311 is better from what I can tell !
    For these reasons , I don`t see WP as more than moderately successful , assuming it takes off , of course ! Maybe WP8 will change this , ir really needs too ! cheers !

  8. On second thought , looks like the 10/19/2012 post MIGHT have a reply so I take back the previous remark , t least to an extent lol…

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