Before purchasing a Windows 8 phone I had not read up on the Bluetooth stack. I assumed that Windows 8 phone would at least have the same functionality as Windows Mobile.
According to Nokia this is what we get:
Currently Windows Phone 8 supports Bluetooth 3.1 and includes compatibility with following profiles:
- Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP 1.2)
- Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP 1.4
- Hands Free Profile (HFP 1.5)
- Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP 1.1)
- Object Push Profile (OPP 1.1)
- Out of Band (OOB) and Near Field Communications (NFC)
Where is the Human Interface Device (HID) profile?
Windows Mobile had a HID profile – so I kind of expected that Windows 8 Phone would have one (especially given the fact that both platforms shipped with basic office apps). Suffice to say that I am quite disappointed with this omission – touch is not a good enough substitute for a keyboard if you are trying to take some notes in a meeting, for example.
The lack of HID support is perplexing and is not helped by the fact that a Bluetooth keyboard will briefly connect before being disconnected without warning. My initial reaction was to try another keyboard (which would have meant buying a new one). After a little searching online I found that Windows phone did not actually support HID profiles.
Otherwise I am pretty happy with the phone – just mystified by the lack of Bluetooth keyboard support.