Nokia eats Mangos not Apples
The INQUIRER has taken an in-depth look at Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and the Lumia features refinements including the ability to multi-task, search for hidden WiFi networks and display threaded messages.
Of course, Nokia has sneaked in a few apps of its own to help differentiate the Lumia from the crowd. These include App Highlights, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps and Nokia Music.
App Highlights gives a quick overview of the best apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Sections include the 'Starter Kit', which is designed for newbies, while the 'Featured' and 'Top Games' sections will please those who crave the latest apps. The Windows Phone Marketplace doesn't have quite as many apps as the Apple App Store or Android Market, but it does have the usual suspects like Angry Birds and is growing at a steady rate.
Nokia Drive packs in maps for over 95 countries and provides 2D and 3D overviews as well as voice-guided navigation. Best of all, it's possible to download and cache maps before you go on holiday, helping to prevent 'bill shock'. This handy feature is yet another nail in the coffin of standalone GPS units.
Meanwhile, Nokia Music is another fantastic free service that allows users to stream tracks for free over WiFi and 3G via the Mix Radio feature. In a handful of clicks you can start listening to music from pretty much any genre for free, without having to register or sign in.
The catch is that you can only skip a handful of tracks every hour, so you might have to put up with listening to a few dodgy artists. Nokia allows users to cache only 200 songs offline at a time, which is still generous.
Call quality and battery
The Lumia delivers crisp call quality even in areas with low reception. We didn't find any problem with dropped calls, something that has affected Apple devices.
We managed to get 12 hours of battery life from the Lumia with a typical day's use. This included 45 minutes of web browsing on the train to work and one hour of streaming music over 3G from Nokia Music on the way home. We also made two five-minute phone calls, sent and received a handful of text messages and downloaded a 195MB map of England over WiFi using the Nokia Drive app. Throughout the day the handset was also set up to push email from two accounts every 30 minutes.