So here I am, in the middle of the busiest time of my life: tons of work, family arrangements, a new kid (my second), health issues – the best timing to take a vacation!
Vacations are the best thing a busy person can do to clean his head. Anything else which comes with smaller dozes is simply not enough; it takes around a day to get used to the fact you are on vacation, just to realize you just lost a day from your vacation trying to get used to it.
Anyways, here I am, getting used to being away from a laptop, iPad, and technology, using just one phone, my Samsung Omnia 7 (yep, I left the best Android smartphone ever at home), when suddenly I get a message about an update available for my phone(!). I've been in this movie before, thinking I got the NoDo update ending up receiving an older (and useless I might add) update, but now I was certain this is the NoDo update.
"Finally!" I was thinking to myself – "the update!", just to read the rest of the message saying: "please connect your phone to Zune to learn more… ". Damn.
Anyways, this is how my vacation started, but since I promised myself to forget about technologies, gadgets and the likes, I actually managed to avoid reading mails, answering phone calls, etc. The vacation was amazing, quality time with my wife and kids was a great joy, and my Samsung Omnia 7 served me well as a camera. It is really good, and the hardware button to quickly launch the camera is brilliant.
Of course, not everyone found the camera to be that simple to use.
My wife, for example, always clicks on one of the capacitive buttons by mistake, resulting in weird videos or serious delays when trying to take a picture. I will say for her defense, that I think the Omnia 7 has one of the lousiest design, material too slick, worst gripping experience and what's not…
Here's how a simple mission to take a short video turned into a challenging task all afternoon:
(and I apologize to all the gadgets freaks finding this video a bit too mushy, I don't often do this…)
Anyways, back to the NoDo update. first thing I did when going back home was to open my laptop and connect my phone to Zune. The upgrade took around 20 minutes or so, and went smoothly. Way to go Microsoft. I know there was a lot of criticism about this update process – I actually think it went pretty good.
What I do want to say is that I feel that the update was disappointing in terms of content.
Yes, it has copy/paste, but the performance improvements are barely noticeable on a day to day use, the marketplace search may be better, but after learning this MarketPlace app search trick – I don't really need it, and besides that there is simply NOTHING ELSE to play with!
Here are a few minor improvements which I'm sure could take a little effort to implement and could have helped Microsoft get some more winning points from the users:
- More colors in the theme settings (com'on MS, give us some more customizations!)
- More ringtones and sounds (standard kit is too basic)
- If we are talking about ringtones – how about custom ringtones!?
- A better in-call interface (expanding the additional buttons by default for instance…)
- Remembering the camera settings (this one is so annoying! I need the anti-shaking to remain on all the time!)
See? a list of 5 simple improvements/bug fixes which I'm sure could have taken few days to implement and gain a lot of credit by users desperate to see more features coming and fast.
To conclude, I finally got the NoDo update. It's great to be part of it, but the improvements are minor and very disappointing. But at least I had a good vacation…