Why Windows Phone 7 performs better than Windows Phone 8 on low end?

Recently, I bought a Lumia 520 as a low end device to replace my dad’s existing Windows Phone 7…as he complains App selection on his phone wasn’t great. It explains because Windows Phone 8 is growing and people are developing for that platform.

Enter Focus Flash 4g- http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Focus-Flash_id6138

  • 1.4 GHZ processor, Snapdragon S2.  512 MB Ram, Windows Phone 7.

Enter Lumia 520-  http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Nokia-Lumia-520_id7745

  • 1.0 GHZ dual core processor, Snapdragon S4. 512 MB Ram, Windows Phone 8.


Windows Phone 7 performs better on a two year old device running on single core processor with 512 MB. Windows Phone 8 (update 3) in comparison, suffers dramatically performance wise with better processor and same amount of RAM. Lumia 520 is not that great a device as it is hyped up to be. In under 24-hours of using the device, Launching Whatsapp constantly freezed his device after. Similar tax never brought his OS to crawl on Focus Flash, running Windows Phone 7.

One thing Microsoft failed to address in Windows Phone 8 is efficient memory-use. It fails to even match its own effort in mobile. Windows Phone 7 is the supreme undisputed leader in low-end handset market. Other than app-selection, I don’t know why manufacturers use Windows Phone 8 over 7. Here is a picture from Build 2013 that backs my claim for Why Windows Phone 7.1 was and still is more efficient than Windows Phone 8 on low-end.


No Service on Lumia 920 Phone. Fixed!

I would get a decent ATT or T-mobile coverage on my ATT branded Unlocked Lumia 920; However, every so often within interval of 30 minutes or an hour the cellular service would show “no service” for about 10 seconds and it will resume normal function after…. until the next no-service loop.

At first, I thought it was the “unapproved” rom that I flashed my phone(pre-amber) with but it is kinda odd if just the cellular(voice) connection keeps dropping. Note: My data is only turned on when I need it, at least on ATT. During my month-long T-mobile service it was always on and I loved it.

So after ruling out that the ROM isn’t an issue, I started thinking maybe the antenna was the culprit but I didn’t have much faith with Nokia Repairs in US. They hardly do their job, at times they made my phone “more” defective then before it went in…leaving the formatting and re-setting the phone aside…I concluded I didn’t wanna go through too much hassle.

Here are two things that finally fixed it:

  • Call your carrier and ask them to provision your imei number with your account. This is important because carriers provide best cell-connection to approved device only. One way for them to do is to have your IMEI register to network. If you swap phones often, this maybe the issue. You can find your IMEI by dialing *#06#.
  • Or if the previous doesn’t do the trick. Go to Phone dialer. Press ##3282#. Field test menu will open. Accept. And then click on the small three dots to access the settings. And make sure, you get the screen below


Preferred setting:

Polling frequency- You can set it to 9. It is the number of seconds phone waits to talk back to network if connection drops. Lower number causes more drain. My issue was fixed, so I bumped it up to 9.

Network Type- You can setting to automatic or choose 2g, 3g, 4g. If you choose anything other than automatic and want it to stick to it, click Toggle ENS Off.

And in order to save the setting, exit the field test app by clicking your back button until you get to home screen.

And together or the combination of the tricks, you should have a phone that doesn’t frequently drop connection and actually gets you more juice.

Fix Missing photos in Nokia Camera on Lumia Windows Phone

Otherwise a pretty snazzy app; I had an issue lately where I was missing the photos taken with Nokia Camera after a soft-reset, which got me fishing around for solutions.

It turns out the solution is within the app.  From Nokia Camera. Open Settings. Under Pictures, scroll all the way to bottom and there is an option for restoring your missing photos. “Find photos and videos shot with Nokia Camera”. Click on it and Wait for it to finish. For best result, don’t get out of the app. Let it restore completely. It may take a while depending on how many photos you were missing.


Important Information about GDR3 or Update 3 for Windows Phone 8

Most frequent concerns/questions:


Will updating the developer preview mean losing all the current data?

No, The update keeps all the app data/settings intact. You won’t even notice a change other than what was officially announced as part of update 3.


Will Amber update features like Glance/Pro cam stop working?

No. Again, This update is an OS update. Amber was a firmware update that Nokia supplied. Amber features are unaffected by the update, if anything I have noticed more stability so far.


Will I get the official Update 3 when it becomes available?

Yes. Those features will be enabled as the Update 3 goes live in coming weeks. Lumia users will also get the Nokia firmware nicknamed Bittersweet Shimmer,  when it becomes available at a later date.


Will I have to reformat when that becomes available?

Official update will be a straight update, meaning no loss of data or reformat needed…..just a natural update.


How does one get the preview update?

pre-requisite: You will need Amber + GDR2 to get GDR3(update 3) for obvious reasons.

Well, it is quite simple actually.

Step 1: Get the app studio account. It is free. Head to http://apps.windowsstore.com and Click on Start building, login using the same Windows ID you used for initial phone setup. Agree to terms and condition

Step 2: From phone, Windows store or PC/webstore Download the app –http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/preview-for-developers/178ac8a1-6519-4a0b-960c-038393741e96.

Step 3: Run the app, login using the same Microsoft Account and accept the terms and condition and check the box.

Step 4: Go to Settings->Phone update. Check for Updates. Voila!

Note: Update time will depend on the amount of data you have on the phone. Mine was stuck at “installing 100%” for about 10 minutes. Be patient. Also, there is the defamed “spinning gears” “cogs” etc., but at least it has a progress bar now. Again, be patient. My spinning cogs were stuck at about 5% for 20 minutes etc and the rest was a breeze.


Things to look forward to in the Update 3 Preview: (There are under the hood features, which user could care less about. For full update list google GDR3 features)

I’ll cover the features that user will most likely encounter or use on daily basis. so here it goes

  • Close running app- using the close button. This feature can be accessed using “long-press” back button gesture. Bad thing is that the close action is only enabled when one hovers over the app that needs attention.
  • Screen Rotation lock- Finally! This feature is in Settings->Screen Rotation. Turn it on to keep  the phone locked in portrait while reading news/email in bed. I wished there was a way to opt out,orientation lock, in apps like Photos etc.
  • Driving Mode– This feature is in Settings->Driving Mode. Follow the on-screen instructions to set it up. You can disable calls/texts etc while driving. There is a cool car icon in phone’s status bar when the driving mode is enabled. I have mine set to automatic.
  • Custom Ringtones– Yes, Now you can assign different tones for messages/appointment etc.