Networks nag Nokia to lower Lumia levy
Nokia's upcoming Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 710, has been deemed too expensive by UK networks. And they have pressured the Finnish outfit to lower prices in order to compete more effectively with rival low-end smartphones.
While the Lumia 710 is more powerful than most budget handsets in question, sales of the Lumia 800 allegedly failed to meet network expectations, leaving carriers sceptical over just how popular the new model will be.
Nokia kept schtum on the matter, although widespread reports suggest the price will indeed be dropped to allow networks to subsidise the cost of the handset with an affordable £20-a-month tariff.
The Lumia 710 sports a 1.4GHz CPU; 8GB of on-board storage; a 3.7in, 480 x 800 capacitive touchscreen; and a 5Mp camera. It's currently available on advance order, with UK retailer Clove pitching 710s unlocked for £300. The first shipments are expected in early February. ®
I suspect the designers wanted it to evoke the Finnish flag.
Unfortunately they've ended up making it look like one of those things you dangle over the toilet rim to freshen when you flush.
2.2 vs 2.3
"Although 2.3 is better than 2.2, it didn't seem worth the effort for an incremental change."
Depending on how they configured 2.2 on the Wildfire it may be a much bigger step up than you believe. Quite a few 2.2 releases had JIT disabled by default, AFAIK all 2.3.x releases default it enabled. Makes things a bit smoother. Concurrent garbage collection should make a very noticeable difference on low spec devices as well.
I think that's when they started turning on GPU acceleration as well but again the Wildfire's low spec does you no favours.
2.3 doesn't look like a big improvement but it does run a lot smoother. Lag in 2.3.4+ is usually a 1off thing, soon as the JIT kicks in it vanishes on my Play.
I'd say don't bother
I have a Nokia Lumia 800 (sent to people in their dev program) and I wouldn't recommend it at all. There is something seriously wonking with battery charging on my device. If you run the device down and plug it in, you can come back in the morning and discover it hasn't charged at all. Other times it might recover but take 10 minutes to register any signs of life.
The phone is also seriously hampered by WP7 which might look superficially okay but is a step below either Android or iPhone in terms of functionality starting with the basics such as multitasking.
If you can wait I suggest you hang on a few months since it's likely that ICS phones will be appearing in droves this year at all price points.