Ever since Microsoft revamped from Windows mobile to Windows Phone 7 and 8 , it has lacked respect especially with the advent of iOS and Android. One writer compared Windows and iOS in such a away that Jay-z is the —polished and effortlessly cool—then Windows Phone is like Kanye West —overeager and trying too hard.
Another fact is that Windows phone has been getting better with time and the new iteration (version 8) has some nice cool tricks and slick features that will make your life a whole lot easier. I have been using the Lumia 820 for a few weeks now so allow me to share some of these features with you.
Speaking a new language
We have seen a number of language translators on the Google side and well now Windows phone can perform a similar trick with an app. All you have to do is download Bing Translator app and you are good to go. Once installed, it allows you to point your phone’s camera at a sign, menu, or any printed text in one of 40 languages, and instantly translate it.
You also can type text directly into the app for translation, in case you’re unable to snap a photo. And Bing Translator doesn’t require an Internet connection in order to work, so you can avoid hefty roaming charges.
What’s that tune?
iOS and Andorid have had a number for music identifying apps especially thrid party apps such as Shazam. But Windows Phone has built-in functionality to identify songs: When you hear a song you like, you simply tap Search, and then select the music note icon. Your phone listens to the tune, and then identifies it for you.
If you really like the song, you’ll be happy to know that Windows Phone also takes you right to a store where you can buy and download the track. That’s a level of cooperation that even Apple fans can envy.
Calculate like a pro
It is no brainer that every smartphone can also be used as a calculator, and the deal gets sweeter when you need to handle advanced calculations, Windows Phone will always have you covered.
Open your calculator and rotate your handset to the left, and the plain-old calculator becomes a scientific calculator—handy when you need to solve a physics equation or want to practice trigonometry in your spare time. Ofkos this mode won’t be necessary for the banana business man downtown but it comes in handy for students.
When you further rotate the handset to the right and the calculator becomes a hexadecimal calculator, which is handy when you want to…calculate hexadecimally? If you actually know what a hexadecimal calculator is, I’m sure you’ll be happy your Windows Phone has one. A feature that is not necessary for the common man.
Join the small crowd
This is basic feature but also important with so many friends and contacts, it can be difficult to find out what’s going on with the people you really want to stay in touch with.
Just as in Android, you can also create Groups in Windows phone, this will enable you readjust and communicate with the people that matter to you most. Once you have added your friends to this small personal crowd, you will be able to receive social and email updates from those friends, and have the option to text, email, or instant message the entire group at once.
For more privacy, consider creating a Room. A Room is similar to a group, but is an invitation-only space where you can share calendars, group chats, photos, videos, and notes. Think of it as a whats app group of some sorts. Windows Phone.com has more information on how to create and use Groups and Rooms.
Saving that battery juice
The number one complaint about smartphones is the poor battery life. If there is an innovation to be made in the smartphone space battery life should be number one. Windows Phone makes it easy to preserve every last drop of juice, thanks to its built-in Battery Saver option, which you can turn on in the Settings menu.
The phone won’t run apps in the background or sync email automatically when battery saver mode is enabled. Your calling and texting will not be interrupted, but you’ll have to sync apps and email manually.
So dont hesitate to save of that battery juice especially when you are going for a long trip with no power.
Give your fingers a chill pill
We all know typing on a touch screen has always been a challenge to first timers especially, and the challenge is made worse with the fact that most of these onscreen buttons are tiny and a hit and miss. You have to toggle between keyboards with letters, keyboards with numbers, and keyboards with punctuation. Windows Phone has a few tricks up its sleeve though as they can make all of this toggling a thing of the past, as it offers a few built-in shortcuts for accessing the various numbers and symbols you need to make your message complete. For example, if you want to quickly access commonly used punctuation marks, simply press and hold down the “.” key on the keyboard. Want to type in all caps? Double tap the Shift key. Want to insert a number? Press and hold the “&123” key and then, while holding it, you’ll see options for numbers or symbols to insert. Just drag your finger to the number or symbol you want to insert, and it will be entered—and you’ll return to the letter keyboard, no toggling required.