AFTER A MONTH of normal daily service with the Nokia Lumia 800, the one negative aspect I have noticed is the prominence it gives to Facebook newsfeeds. This might not be an issue for everyone.
But for me, I wanted the phone to help improve my productivity. Seeing parallel worlds bubble up into the top right hand corner of my phone's home screen can be distracting. That's information about a tattoo voucher at right. But as the guys at All About Windows Phone would point out, I can fix my concerns in several ways. I'm opting to reduce the amount of connections I have on Facebook instead of subordinating the People tile. That way, I can see small avatars of my cater cousins as they update their status or share information. I've move specific people to the Lumia's home screen a day or two before I'm set to meet up with them. That way, the Lumia pushes relevant content from those people directly to the front of the phone. I've discovered I can emjoy a more meaningful collegial setting if I know what somebody had for breakfast. A lot of my friends share those details via Foursquare, Facebook or Twitter comments and they seem to respect me more when I notice those kind of things.
You may run with a different circle of friends, so the Lumia's handy method of keeping people right in front of your phone's home screen might not be compelling. But in my hands, it's nice to be able to watch the flow of information related to people whose status I can elevate by pinning it front and centre on my primary mobile communications device.
Previously: "How the Lumia has changed my habit patterns" on InsideView.ie, December 15, 2011.