Entering the world of Windows phones
Behold my new shiny! Ok, not that new seeing as I bought it in February… but newer than my old phone. My previous (and first) smartphone was a Samsung Galaxy S2, which I loved it dearly, but after 2 years I felt compelled to upgrade.
The reason I went with Android last time was simply because it seemed to be the more open and customizable alternative for mobile phones. I have an iPad and when comparing iOS to Android I thought Android looked much more fun to work with. In hindsight I belive it was the right choice, Android suits me way better than iOS.
At first I was aiming for another Android device, but in my search I stumbled upon a bunch of info about Windows phones (WP for short), and got interested.
I like trying out new technology, and the look of both the phones and the user interface really appealed to me. In the end I decided to take my chances with a Nokia Lumia 1020.
The Lumia 1020 comes in black and white too, but I chose yellow because why not?
This isn’t a tech blog, and there are many great reviews out there already, so I’m not going to get into a lot of detail about specs and such. I just wanted to share a few points of interest:
Nokia + Windows phone = drop dead gorgeousness.
The user interface is BY FAR the fastest and most beatiful thing I’ve ever seen. It looks smooth and runs even smoother. I love having colourful tiles instead of icons, it’s fun to change the tiles around and fiddling with colours and sizes to create interesting combinations. I also love how things aren’t hidden in a bunch of menus and folders and stuff, everything is right there, in a list.
I didn’t have any difficulties learning a new operating system either, everything felt intuitive to maneuver. Biggest issue was having the “back” button on the opposite side of the phone. :P
The hardware is equally beautiful. There are no seams or cracks, just one solid shape with a glass display on one side. I love it. If you want beauty, you want a Nokia.
Apps are, unfortunately, not aplenty
There aren’t as many apps for WP as for the others, which I guess is understandable since it has a much smaller userbase.
For me it isn’t much of a problem as I don’t use that many apps and my needs are pretty basic. I want the common social media apps like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc., and I also want Reddit and Endomondo.
None of that has been problematic to find, but you can tell some of the companies have put way less effort into their WP apps compared to the iOS or Android versions. For example, the standard Instagram app for WP feels like something they scribbled together over the weekend compared to Instagram for Android. Luckily there are unofficial Instagram apps that do the job better.
Can’t say anything about games as I don’t play games on my phones, but I assume it’s the same story there: much less to choose from.
The Lumia 1020 camera is kickass
This phone has a really imressive camera, which is one of the main reasons I wanted it, and it does take beautiful pictures. It’s almost like having a real camera, with all imaginable settings and functions.
I’m not really that knowledgeable about photography, so I don’t know what most of the settings mean, but having this makes me more interested in it. Maybe I’ll finally learn what ISO means, haha!
So far I’m really happy with the phone
It works well and looks good. Because I’m a clutz, I’ve dropped it to the floor a couple of times, but it didn’t seem to mind. Didn’t break anyway. The battery lasts for about 2-3 days with regular use (some surfing, some texting, some calling).
Also, it’s actually kinda fun having an unusual phone. People actually react when they see it and asks questions. :) I haven’t regretted my choice yet.