Rating: Third update for Nokia Lumia 800 is damp squib
As we recently reported here, Nokia has just released its third OS update for the Lumia 800 (W7 Mango) phone. Out of all of the UK mobile networks, those on T-Mobile and Orange (which together make up Everything Everywhere) were the last to be able to receive this update. As GoMobile News is connected to the Orange network with its Lumia 800, we can now finally update you on the process. Initially, we’d believed that there’d be no formal notification of this update’s availability. We were wrong. You do actually get a message sent to the handset. Ours came on Friday 13th April  – unlucky for some but not us as we’d been expecting to receive it a couple of days from now. Sadly, the whole update has proved to be something of a non-event because there are no visible massive changes.This update from Nokia Europe could be described as semi-OTA (Over-The-Air). The notification was sent via OTA but in order to install it, users have to plug the handset into their desktop computers.
Our is a regular Windows PC running the Zune software. When GoMobile News hooked up the Lumia 800 via USB, the software did trigger but the handset wasn’t immediately recognised.
It was therefore a case of shutting down and then re-opening Zune. The good news was as soon as the software recognised the Lumia, it immediately offered to download the update.
That’s handy because finding the option to update the handset – rather than the Zune software itself, isn’t that easy.
The whole procedure isn’t fast. We estimate it lasted at least 15 minutes. That’s a point to bear in mind because you won’t be able to make or receive any phone calls while the process runs its course.
GoMobile News took a bit of a risk by not making our own thorough backup of personal data held on the Lumia. Normally recommended.
However, this didn’t appear to be necessary as the software claimed it was backing up all our data, anyway.
The disappointment is that Nokia provided to list whatsoever of what bugs fixes and improvements installing this update provided.
We have to assume that from the information previously provided on the Conversations by Nokia blog, the major improvement will be to battery life. We’ll let you know if it’s a dramatic one.