Microsoft released Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview for it’s entire range of Lumia handsets running on Windows Phone 8 (except the Lumia 930 and the Lumia Icon) on Friday. It was the first chance for a lot of Windows Phone users to try out the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. However, unlike the preview for developers builds, the TP is far from finished and comes with its own sets of issues. We tried it and had to unfortunately roll back to Windows Phone 8.1. Here are some major issues apart from the ones mentioned by Microsoft:
1. No SIM error
This one’s trending, with a lot of users facing the issue. The phone will simply refuse to recognize the SIM and show no network or coverage, meaning you cannot make calls, send or receive texts or the usual stuff phones are primarily meant for. Apparently, even a restart or a soft reset doesn’t fix it and only a hard reset solves the problem (we had this issue too).
2. Unresponsive apps
A lot of apps keep crashing in this build. While some even fail to load, others become unresponsive while in use and need to be forced closed.
3. Unresponsive touch/ capacitive buttons
We also faced issues where the touch input wouldn’t work as it should and the phone would only take the input after tapping two or more times. Also, the capacitive buttons (for phones that have them) seemed to be unresponsive more often than not.
4. Unpolished OS
While the phone does feel new after installing Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview, the grandeur only lasts for a while, after which the incomplete build seems to mar the overall experience. The combination of small and large fonts at different places, position of menus and other factors dampen the experience considerably.
5: Other issues
Besides these, there are a host of other issues with the build like the camera not functioning as it should, missing Office apps and some known bugs mentioned by Microsoft including, data toggle not working, no data roaming etc.
With the above points in mind, it is best if you stick to Windows Phone 8.1 for the moment. Microsoft will hopefully address most of these issues in the next build, but it will again be far from a complete version. Our advice would be to wait until at least a proper build comes to the developer preview, which has offered stable versions in the past without having to wait for months before the official update is rolled out.