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Last week I gave back my Nokia Lumia 620 after nearly 2 years together. It had reached a point where we were no longer compatible. I won't say he'd changed or I'd changed but we'd definitely grown apart. He'd stopped talking to me, stopped responding to my touch. He had to go!
It had been a mostly quite harmonious relationships. We'd not chosen each other - it was an 'arranged' marriage brokered by the IT department who'd clearly got an excellent deal on the 620 and were handing it out to everyone. I'd not wanted it. I wanted to stay with my old HTC android phone but they'd been recalled. There were no options - other than spending my own hard earned dosh on buying an iPhone.
The lack of Android was my first and greatest annoyance with this phone. When I got it I was doing Weightwatchers and tracking on my HTC. Nokia Lumia are Windows phones, not Android, and there was no app for Windows. I was miffed.
Setting it up would have taken me forever. It's all very well that the phone companies tell us their phones are 'intuitive' but it's only the case if you've had one before. There was almost zero similarity between this and my earlier phones. Luckily a colleague - the department boffin - showed me how to transfer icons to my home screen with the hold, click, shrink, drag methods.
Battery life was never excellent and towards the end of life it was downright poor. I used to carry a spare battery in case of emergencies. I know this is common with mobile phones but it's supposed to be mobile, not permanently tethered to a charging cable.
The size and weight are fine but you should buy a case and a screen cover as the breakage of screens proved to be a common problem amongst the users at work. For what I needed - which was pretty basic - the phone was fine for most of the time I had it. I had home and work emails, facebook, photos, weather apps, internet access and that was pretty much my lot. I don't keep music on a work phone or do anything terribly complicated.
Two things killed my phone and led to it going back to the IT department's cardboard box of doom. The screen became intermittently unresponsive. The phone would ring and I'd couldn't take the call because the screen jammed. Or I couldn't hang up a call because the screen wasn't responding. And the other issue was that it wouldn't switch on unless I took the back off and removed the battery. It had to go.
I've had this phone for over a year now, and I have to say, I'm not over the moon with it.
Firstly, and for me, most importantly, the windows software installed on the phone does not match up to what the adverts lead it on to be, and I feel that it is miles behind the likes of Android and IOS found on the other popular mobile phones found on the buzzing market. One flaw with this system is the applications, rather than having the mainstream apps, for example Snapchat, you have to use Windows own apps, which are no where near as good as the apps found on their competitors software. You find yourself missing out on many applications, and have to find other ways around it.
Secondly, the camera isn't great, it does the job, but to get any decent photo, you have to make sure you are in a bright area, as the flash on the phone does not help the cause at all, and any slight movement of the phone during the taking of the photo causes a horrendous image to form.
Thirdly, when trying to send texts, I often write my message, get to the bottom and find that the send button is grey, and unable to press, meaning i would have to exit the messaging program, and then re-enter, and have to type my message again. This just wastes time and can be quite frustrating when it keeps occuring.
It's not all bad though, its good for its price, but not up there with the likes of the IPhone. The system runs smoothly and has yet to stick, or freeze for me. The size and shape of the phone is nice on the hands, and is at a comfortable size where you can grip the phone and type easily. They keys on the keyboard are quite small, and this can lead to a lot of re-typing words.
Having owned this phone for approximately 8 months now I have a fair bit of experience with the pros and cons of using it.
Windows seem to be the minor of the choices out there for Mobile phone software (Android, Apple etc), which reflects heavily on the apps available for this platform, being not many but steadily increasing.
I moved from a basic HTC Desire to this phone and although there was a distinct lack of apps. I was pleasantly surprised with the speed of internet browsing and navigating through the phone. It seems smoother than the older version of android that i had previous to this, the extra oomph from the processor is really what contributes towards this.
Because I mainly internet surf, my battery lasts about a day and a half, so i just charge at the end of every day, but this is pretty much the same experience Ive had with all my phones so far.
The sliding tiles seems uniformed and easy to get the hang of, but i can't help thinking there was a bit more freedom in what you could do with your 'desktop' so to speak, it seems very restricted and as though you can't do much apart from move the tiles around and change the size of them.
Personally I think I would prefer a bigger screen than the 3.8" this offers, but at the cost of the phone, there have to be compromises, swiftly moving on to the camera.
The camera seems good quality, not great, its good if your subject is still and easy to focus on, but anything that moves - forget it, it will end up blurry and you will wish you hadn;t bothered.