Rating: But we discover a shortcut to the handset’s Wi-fi settings
Some days you just fall on your feet and GoMo News experienced one of those days when we ran into a W7 Mango enthusiast by sheer accident. We’re currently right in the midst of testing a Nokia Lumia 710 loaned to us by the good folks at Vodafone. And our new-found friend confirmed that what we suspected is actually true. One of the best features of a Nokia phone historically has always been its support for ‘Profiles’. These enable a user to very swiftly put a handset in to ‘Silent’ or ‘Outdoor’ mode without having to go through a raft of different menus. You can’t do the same – presently – with the Lumia 710. If somebody creates ‘Profiles for Windows 7.5 Mango’ then GoMo News is prepared to better than people would be prepared to pay for it.There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon, however. Another frustration we have with the Lumia 710 concerns the amount of hoops you seem to have to go through just to set up your Wi-fi connexion properly.
Complain no more. The solution is readily available. All you have to do is download an app from the Windows Phone Marketplace called ‘Connectivity Shortcuts’. The best bit is that this app is free.
What the app does is to take you very swiftly to the required settings for four forms of connectivity. These are: Wif-fi: Bluetooth; Flight mode; and cellular data.
Okay, you might think, but I still need to load the ‘Shortcuts’ apps to make changes to the handset’s settings. Not necessarily. Hold down your finger on one of these four connectivity options in ‘Shortcuts’.
For example, pick the Flight mode settings. When you hold it down you’ll notice you get the choice of two options and one of them is ‘Pin to start’.
If you select the ‘Pin’ option, that part of the Shortcuts apps goes straight onto your Home screen.
One of these days, GoMo News is going to bother to learn how to get rid of unwanted tiles on the WP7 Start screen as well as how to promote tiles up the ladder.
In the meantime, we won’t have to keep shouting at the Lumia when it decides to connect to the completely wrong Wi-fi hotspot.
Very frustrating. Why doesn’t the drop down menu in WP 7.5 enable us to do exactly what the Shortcut app does, we wonder?