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Here are 101 reasons not to buy Windows Phone 7.5

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Here are 101 reasons not to buy Windows Phone 7.5
Ah, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango! Just saying the name of the platform seems to start controversy - and don’t get us wrong, we appreciate the design work and the universally smooth performance Microsoft achieved with it, but it’s clear that so far it’s had a lukewarm reception at best, and it’s still behind in features when compared to the big two, Android and iOS.

But those are just vague words - Microsoft has been patching bugs, and polishing it out quickly, yet it seems that the list of shortcomings is just too big. How big? Ex-Symbian and currently MeeGo user known as SamKB on My-Symbian gives 101 reasons not to buy Windows Phone Mango, with a couple of bonus ones for the extra flare. Compiling such a list is a massive work, and we ourselves are impressed with the level of detail covered, so we’d definitely recommend you to carefully check it out before hitting the store with the decision to get a Windows Phone. It might turn out to be wiser to wait for Windows Phone 8 Apollo, after all.

Some of the flaws are inherent for Microsoft’s mobile platforms, others come in comparison with features present in older Nokia phones and there’s a humiliating category showing how many things Windows Phone can’t do that even a feature phone can. One disclaimer is that the missing 101 features listed are tested on Nokia’s Lumia phones, allegedly bringing the best out of Microsoft’s mobile platform.

With no further ado, here they are:

1. No true multitasking for 3rd party apps - they re frozen in the background. 
2. No Divx/Xvid video codec support. Zune will convert with loss of quality. 
3. No mass storage mode. 
4. No micro-SD card support. 
5. Only support up to 16GB storage. 
6. No filemanager. Directory system is totally opaque. 
7. Need Zune to transfer files. Zune will only transfer photos, videos & music. All other files need to email/upload to yourself. 
8. Your contact details are automatically uploaded to cloud service whether you like it or not.
9. Limited to 800x480 resolution. 
10. Voice search is hardwired to Bing. 
11. Cannot use any MP3 file as ringtone except those with strict constraints. 
12. Cannot set static IP address so no connection to ad-hoc networks. 
13. No VPN support for this “corporate enterprise” phone. 
14. Cannot sync directly with Outlook without syncing to Cloud 
15. Totally closed OS, cannot sideload apps outside MS Marketplace. 
16. System font size cannot be changed. 
17. Images and photos cannot be renamed in the phone. 
18. Windows Live ID account cannot change country once set. 
19. No centralized notification page. 
20. Alarm clock cannot work when phone is turned off. All Nokia Symbian and Meego phones can do this. 
21. The idle screen is completely blank and cannot display time or notifications. 
22. Only photos allowed as email attachments, documents not allowed. 
23. Bluetooth does not have rSAP protocol which is the most common protocol for car audio streaming. 
24. Cannot stream audio from video to Bluetooth devices (No A2DP). 
25. No support for full on-device encryption required for secure applications like mobile banking and online payment. 
26. Cannot use Bluetooth keyboard. 
27. Cannot silence ringtone or alarm by flipping the phone. 
28. Very limited customization option. 
29. Cannot be upgraded to WP8 (Apollo) 

30. No always visible status bar for battery life, signal strength, carrier, 2G/3G wi-fi, Bluetooth on. 
31. Taskmanager has no option to shut down apps you don’t want running in the background. 
32. Search and Back button cannot be de-activated in apps or games and easily touched by accident which interrupt your user experience. 
33. Lockscreen need to be activated to show missed call/sms notification. 
34. No way to close an app except pressing back button all the way to the first screen. 
35. Tiny fonts in messages is very hard to read for those over 45. 
36. Cannot create and save playlists on the phone. 
37. Playlist can only be edited when you are playing it. 
38. Cannot search your music collection on the phone, only in the Marketplace. 
39. Cannot close music player, can only pause. Music player on lockscreen will stay until you reboot. Be careful not to touch it in a meeting. 
40. No draggable progress bar for current track playing and no indication which track in an album is currently playing 
41. Cannot lock screen orientation. 
42. Online and phone contacts are mixed together with no ability to filter. 
43. Cumbersome dialing with no smartdial. Not able to enter alphabets into dialler for name lookup. 
44. Cannot save draft sms messages. 
45. Call history only show phone number type. If a contact has multiple phone nos. for a type the number used is unknown. 
46. Cannot recognize phone numbers in sms or email to save or use as calling number. 
47. Text messages can only be deleted one by one or the whole thread. 
48. Cannot select multiple pictures for deleting, sending or uploading. They must be done one at a time. 
49. Clicking on the Me Tile doesn’t take you directly to your notifications it takes you to your profile, a serious usability blunder 
50. Apps are listed alphabetically with no way to group by category. Can be hard to find if you don’t remember the name. 
51. Calendar scheduler has no weekly view and monthly view is non-zoomable. 
52. No peak time/off-peak time scheduling for email downloads to prevent unnecessary email downloads at overnight. 
53. If both wi-fi and data connection are available which one it chooses to use is unpredictable. User experiences don’t agree with Microsoft that it “typically” choose wi-fi over 3G. 

54. No video call. 
55. No haptic feedback for keyboard. 
56. No Swype. 
57. No flashplayer support. 
58. No support for Java apps. 
59. No call recording or app to do it. 
60. No call blocking or app to do it. 
61. No screenshots or app to do it. 
62. No auto wallpaper changer and no app to do it. 
63. Totally locked down os means apps which interact directly with hardware not allowed. This excludes a whole range of useful apps 
64. No equalizer for Zune music player. 
65. FM radio doesn’t work on speaker. 
66. IE browser has no text reflow, no download capability and no offline reading. 
67. No 3rd party browsers allowed except those based on IE. 
68. Volume up/down buttons cannot be used to zoom in camera (sign of an immature os) 
69. Cannot open zip or rar files received as email attachment. 
70. Cannot send or receive video by MMS. 
71. Office Mobile has much less features than 3rd party Office editors like SmartOffice, QuickOffice and Polaris. Shame on you, Microsoft! 
72. No native Google maps and Bing maps is useless for most countries outside U.S. 
73. Email time stamp does not show the year. 
74. Wide difference in apps availability in different markets and users locked to one market. 
75. Not all Bing features available outside U.S. especially Local Scout 

76. One volume control for all functions including media playback, ringtones, alarms, notifications. 
77. Wi-fi disconnects when screen sleeps. 
78. If you receive a text message when talking on the phone an audio alert will blast your ear at the full volume set. All other phones will give a soft beep. 
79. Can only enter one mobile phone no. for each contact. Mobile nos. entered in other fields will not accept sms. 
80. Cannot send/receive MMS without enabling 3G data connection. MMS does not use 3G data. 
81. Phone cannot be charged when off. 
82. Need to be plugged in to wall charger to sync wirelessly (a funny definition of wireless). 
83. Oversized fonts for headings waste screen space and result in low information density 
84. Phone will wake up and display sms content on lockscreen when locked – a privacy violation. 
85. Phone can be rebooted without entering security code. 

86. No bluetooth file transfer. 
87. Cannot handle USSD codes necessary for prepaid users to obtain services. 
88. Cannot filter call history into Missed Calls, Received Calls, Dialled Calls, Recent Calls, etc 
89. No way to backup or export call history 
90. Cannot show call duration in call history. 
91. No way to edit MMS profile to work with a carrier in the OS. Need an app which is not available in all markets. 
92. Call history does not group calls by contact. 
93. Call history does not show the time of call for calls older than current day. 
94. Cannot set custom sounds for different types of notifications. 
95. No ringer profiles. 
96. No silent option (no vibrate and no ring) from ringer menu. Need a trip to settings and another trip to revert. 
97. Cannot send/receive contact as a csv file. 
98. Cannot backup sms to PC. 
99. Cannot save contact to SIM card. 
100. Cannot change alarm ring tone or use a MP3 file. 
101. Cannot set alarm snooze interval. 

102. Unable to read long names in audio and video playlist as they get cut off 
103. Zune does not allow user to add or update podcasts directly from the phone 
104. Zune can only be installed if you have an internet connection 
105. Alarm does not revert to speaker if headphones are plugged in. 
106. Forwarded emails cannot be edited 
107. OS does not reduce volume of text message alerts when using headphones 
108. All photos automatically upload to Skydrive have resolution reduced (no option) and lose their EXIF information 
109. Wifi- hotspot and internet tethering not integral features in the OS but need to be provided by manufacturer on a case by case basis. 
110. Internet Explorer has no Forward/Backward button for page views. 

The cruel conclusion follows as a comment to the post: “Nokia as a specialist phone company is miles ahead of Microsoft in phone OS. MeeGo Harmattan is a gem which works admirably well even in its first incarnation. Elop threw away pearls in exchange for worthless stones.

Now, do you agree with that? Some of the users have criticized certain points and the author has willingly changed and in some cases replaced them with others. Head to the source below if you have your own thoughts and disagreements, but don’t hesitate to also let us know about them in the comments section.

source: My Symbian

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posted on 17 May 2012, 07:40 49

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

I agree with it all!

posted on 17 May 2012, 07:44 4

4. feelman666 (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 May 2012)

the feel when no gf

posted on 17 May 2012, 07:55 11

20. hkxm8 (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)

me too, especially with 1,3,4 and 29.

posted on 17 May 2012, 08:08 11

28. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

i think its amazing they only get 16gb of memory lol, when on my sgs2 or my infuse i get 16gb plus up to 32gb expansion.

posted on 17 May 2012, 09:01 17

55. shy2papa (Posts: 336; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)

So whats with all the hype with smoked by windows phone when the STUPID wp7 OS cant do all that, i rather stick with dead, poor Symbian than wp7 atleast i can do whenever i want whenever i want :)

posted on 17 May 2012, 14:34 3

180. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1238; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

Oh yeah me too cuz I need all these features to actually make my phone useable!
Oh wait... I'm not a fanboy who is obsessed with specs. Also most of these are not necessary to make a good OS. And smoked by windows was all about real world use. Which most of these features are not needed for.

posted on 17 May 2012, 16:23 4

188. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

I'm sorry but as a $700+ USD (unsubsidized) FLAGSHIP phone, I expect it to do everything and have everything, including the proverbial kitchen sink.

A $385+ USD (unsubsidized) Nokia 701 running Nokia Belle FP1 can do more than this "FLAGSHIP" phone.

posted on 17 May 2012, 07:59 13

22. Henrik (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)

zZz... It clearly is some kind of special person who have written that list. Who else would take the time?

Some things don't even make sense to complain at, iike the Back-button not being disabled while in app. Hello, some apps actually uses the back button to navigate? And it's also used to bring forth the multitask option.

Boring, half-biased list.

posted on 17 May 2012, 09:07 23

61. SleepingOz (unregistered)

half biased? I'm curious how is this half biased? All of these statements listed above are TRUE!
You're the biased one who's in denial!

posted on 17 May 2012, 10:19 1

109. rnk.khch (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)

None of those are true!! You will realize that once you change the old-fashioned view of looking at phones. Everybody I have talked to confirms that WP7.5 experience is the smoothest, most effortless, and most enjoyable experience ever!!!

posted on 17 May 2012, 10:28 13

113. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Another, in denial, fanboy. Well, I'm glad you're enjoying your limited phone.

posted on 18 May 2012, 06:36 1

218. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 161; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)

Good for ya mate.

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:02 6

127. Henrik (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)

What do You know about what's true or not? How long have you yourself used a Windows Phone? I'm down for 1.5 years, how about you?

Every experienced Windows Phone user knows that a lot of what the author says is pure biased bulls**t that is just a matter of personal taste or just pure Wrong. A lot of things are true, but everything is not as black/white as he tries to make it sound like. He don't even give explanations to how the functions works - he just goes ahead and complains anyhow. And the dude is an avid Symbian/MeeGo user (NOT Windows Phone user) who is hurt because Nokia dumped his choice of OS and went with another, is that a person to "speak the truth" about the platform? No. He's just speaking his mind and personal taste, just like everyone else.

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:11 9

134. ddxmms (Posts: 170; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)

65. FM radio doesn’t work on speaker.


posted on 18 May 2012, 03:22 3

214. rocky459 (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)

Bro it works , i m using it :D :D

Its a biased Review @phonearena: Do sumthng of it :) :)

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:29 7

138. DechyX (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2011)

While a lot of what he said is in fact true "all" of it is not 22, 27, 46, 54, 63, 64, 66 and 70 are false, I should know, I have a Windows phone

posted on 17 May 2012, 18:03 1

196. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Some of them are true, some of them are false; most of the WP7 fans will admit as much.

For you to say that ALL of these statements are true indicates two things:
A) You don't know what you're talking about, simply because not all of them are true.
B) You apparently feel more strongly about this than WP7 fanboys. Axe to grind there?

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:46

224. jnkAL (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 May 2012)

A lot of them are utterly not true. A lot of others are written in such a way that they seem like negatives when in reality they aren't

Also more refer to the pre-mango situation as opposed to the post mango reality.

posted on 17 May 2012, 08:19 7

36. RangersK (Posts: 68; Member since: 15 May 2012)

Did you read all of them? I'm just curious...

posted on 17 May 2012, 13:17 2

165. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

ya some of them i dont think are negatives... i like having wifi turned off when the screen is off because it saves battery and i like having one volume for everything...

posted on 23 May 2012, 03:46 1

236. ashu277 (Posts: 18; Member since: 20 May 2012)

cool answer :)

posted on 17 May 2012, 08:41 4

47. APPLE_R0YALLY (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 08 May 2012)

WE™ all so agree to.....!?

posted on 17 May 2012, 09:24 6

72. Techsword (Posts: 31; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

This is very disapointing. I wanted a Windows phone so bad, though im waiting for 8. But this is a LONG list, and alot of them are very important to every day use. The kinds of things that are not noticed when using phones that have them and will be sorely missed without them. Hopefully microsoft reads this list and listens.

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:31 8

140. DechyX (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2011)

don't let that long biased tirade be the only influence in your decision, go try the phone out before you take anyone else's opinion.

posted on 17 May 2012, 12:01 5

145. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 493; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Bias not withstanding, the list calls out too many deal-breakers for me to consider the phone, regardless of how it looks or feels in person.

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:49 1

225. jnkAL (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 May 2012)

Well considering a lot of those things listed are not true, I'd take the list with a bit of distance.

It's quite clear it was written by someone disgruntled by the fact his OS of choice was abandoned by nokia.

posted on 18 May 2012, 20:19 2

227. nando2do (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

it is sad how PHONEARENA lets this Victor Trolls WP just because he doesnt like it.. that doesnt mean anyone can like it..

i mean you really have to hate something to make a list about why you hate it..

damm victor you really not professional and seriously not etic making people trolls into a OS just because you dont like it..

some of them on the list IOS not able to do either like not having micro sd (even the sony xperia s, or the HTC one, and some new ones) you said not been able to upgrade? ok tell that to android.. the 4.0 have been on market for more than 6 months and still theres only like 4 phones that has it..

and really the list is just stupid.. but so you do Victor for writing this article that doesnt make anything but to make people to hate the system. and make people like Techword think again about gettig it.. thats really not necessary

i dont see any article regarding how android makes phones with 2.3 without been able to upgrade to 4.0 never ever... officially of course..

posted on 21 May 2012, 22:17 1

233. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Its true. I feel like when i read Victors articles, im reading from a complete ios fanboy.

posted on 17 May 2012, 09:48 3

92. jimjam (unregistered)

htc radar can do 27!

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:00 11

126. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)

I'm moving to Pocketnow.com
PhoneArena is now full of fanboyism

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