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A stroll through the Lincolnshire countryside with Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy S3

Drive Carefully Sign at North GreetwellI’m just doing a lot of work with Microsoft Windows 8 at the moment and am running it on the desktop and on the Nokia Lumia 920. It is taking me a while to get into the OS but it is going to be on the menu on trefor.net for the next few weeks.

I am also going to be comparing Windows8 with the Google ecosystem – Chrome and Android. This isn’t one big post or article. It’s a series of bite sized chunks discussing specific aspects. I think this whole subject area is important because I see the business customer base polarising between the two. It might take some time for this to be totally apparent but it is happening.

It’s a cloud versus mobility versus desktop play. Whoever gets the mix right will take the top spot and by definition, money. Apple isn’t in this business centric game other than a boutique player.

Nokia Lumia 920 mapsgoogle maps on Samsung Galaxy S3In playing with Windows Phone 8 (or whatever it is specifically called) – I am using the Nokia Lumia 920. Some of my comments may be specific to Nokia rather than Microsoft but for simplification I am going to assume that they are one and the same.

The first opportunity I had to compare the two was last Saturday when my beloved wife and I decided to go for a stroll through the (bitterly cold) flatlands of Lincolnshire. We settled on a walk to the Cherry Tree Cafe, a renowned purveyor of hot drinks and home made cuisine in Sudbrooke.

To figure out how far it was to walk and how long it would take I used Google Maps. 3.5 miles and one hour five minutes. Perfect. We could get there for a cup of tea, walk back and I would be able to sit down and watch Wales wallop Ireland at the rugby. As a cross check I did the same with the Nokia Lumia 920. The answer I got was a slightly longer 3.6 miles but giving me an elapsed time of one hour thirty seven minutes. Oo I thought.

The walk actually took bang on one hour five minutes – it would have been less had my wife who is a bit of a racing ferret not had me in tow slowing her down.

Now it may be that Nokia assumes a slightly older and less mobile demographic as its main customer base but this isn’t a good start. The error of half an hour represented around 50% delta in actual time taken. Not much use if you rely on a service to plan journey times. That’s all for now.

PS note the header photo was a sign we passed in the village of North Greetwell. It should read North Greetwell, Please drive carefully through our village!

PPS Each phone photo taken with the other – review of cameras to follow soon.

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8 thoughts on “Help provided for 2e2 customers

  1. Mike H says:

    While it’s relatively easy to replace some of the services provided by 2e2, it’s the swinging axe hovering over the colo & hosted customers that is rather worrying – with the “Pay up, or we switch off” ultimatum from the Administrators.

    Is the fact that your data is effectively being held to ransom enough to sway people’s trust in the cloud?

  2. Big Evil says:

    I think whilst Mike H raises a valid point – the same could be said for any provided service like Gas Electric or water

  3. Jonathan T says:

    Some very big name customers they have on board aswell. Marks & Spencer, Vodafone, Citigroup, Kellogg, Kognitio, O2 and a 7 year NHS trusts contract worth £37m. Hope first thing tomorrow morning your calling all these up lol

  4. Zack M says:

    I’m quite surprised by the strategy deployed here; if anything, this approach is more likely to send customers running – yes, with a ‘stand and deliver’ attitude, you may solve the problem in the short term, but how many of these companies will be looking for ways to leave their contracts as soon as possible after this?

  5. James says:

    Good to see Timico is there to support (and sell to!) these customers at this time, I would expect they would be asking lots of questions of any new supplier to ensure they wont get stung again –

    Whats timico’s plan for its customers if things dont turn out to well, its got to be hard to answer this question, as the sales pitch is always positive! but you have no control over administrators, have you in place contractual agreements, or some form of insurance cover for the customer in your colo center, if things dont go to plan? –

    Will be interesting to see how customers approach ‘one stop stop’ vendors for traditional, and ‘new’ private cloud hosting – perhaps a new trend will be ‘private cloud’ over multi providers, to protect against a site ‘cutting them off’ – or will they go back to build it all in house – big names effected – interesting times…!

    1. Trefor Davies tref says:

      Very interesting points James and ones worth thinking about.

  6. Mart says:

    2e2 now bought out by daisy. Customers contracts will be honoured. Only a mater of time before the customers

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