Various settings and customizations available in Windows Phone – Quite a limited one:
When it comes to system wide settings and customizations, then Windows Phone like to keep it minimal just like the way, it want to keep the experience. Not many settings to fiddle around and that’s why you find all the devices in hands of others look almost the same. But still its not like the case that you don’t have anything to personalize the phone as per your needs and mood, there are plenty of room to do things. Let’s see what you can do..
There is a settings app that let you alter many of the system wide settings with the same beautiful Metro UI. After opening you get system page with the following settings available:
ringtones + sounds, theme, flight mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, email+accounts, lock+wallpaper, location, mobile network, battery saver, date+time, brightness, keyboard, region+language, ease of access, spech, find my phone, phone update, about, feedback, feedback to Nokia and SIM applications.
Obviously, I am not gonna take a dive into each of the settings as most of them do the very much known tasks, but still I would mention some of things here that are worth mentioning.
ringtones+sounds Though Windows Phone Mango now supports custom ringtones like MP3 etc, but there is no option built-in for the same. You can either use some app from market to get custom ringtones or may use Zune on desktop to create a custom ringtone from an MP3/WMA file that fulfills the following
- 39 seconds or shorter
- smaller than 1 megabyte (MB)
- saved in MP3 or WMA format
- not copy-protected (i.e. DRM free)
Otherwise, you are provided around 40 Windows tunes or 20 Nokia tunes to play around.
theme You have two options for the background here that are dark or light. Then for Accent (that will color the Tiles etc), you get 10+1 colors to play around (namely magneta, purple, teal, lime, brown, pink, mango, blue, red, green and nokia blue). You can not choose a custom color here as of now though XDA & some forums have managed to do the same via hacking the device.
*mobile network Interestingly mobile network option doesn’t have any way to choose 3G only mode that sure gonna make many of the users with low 3G reception area pissed off badly.
find my phone It is an option that allows a user to login on Windowsphone.com and Ring, lock or erase your phone remotely via web.
feedback to Nokia is a kind of placeholder option that allows users to rate the device a scale of 1-10.
*I heard that the latest update has changed a lot things in these settings though. Yet to get the details on the same.
After System settings, there is Applications settings that covers the following:
background tasks, games, Internet Explorer, maps, messaging, music+video, Office, people, phone, pictures+camera, radio, search
background task It’s a list of applications that can continue to do things in the background, even when they are not open.
phone settings have an interesting option of International assist to automatically correct some common mistakes while dialing internationally dialing while abroad.