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Nokia Lumia 800 - The future iPhone?
Nokia Lumia 800
Member Name: McBeer
Nokia Lumia 800
Advantages: Fantastic layout, great colour, good quality camera
Disadvantages: Poor battery life, not as many developed apps available
I've always gone from phone to phone. University seemed to churn them out with them getting broken and lost left, right and centre! After several £40 phones and numerous unopened SIM cards, I decided to take the plunge into contract phones!
I had one main decision when it came to choosing phones for me.
iPhone 4 or Lumia 800?
How long does it take for you to be sitting on a bus, walking through a shop or even in your own home, before you see someone pull out an iPhone? Obviously this happens for a reason. There must obviously be good reason for it! After plenty of time and reviews online I decided to go that one step different from the rest and picked the Nokia Lumia. Also, I already have an iPod touch and while I always seem to be within a wi-fi zone, it practically is an iPhone!
When I purchased the Lumia it was available in two colours; black or cyan. I chose the cyan as it definitely stood out. I like to think my personality is bright and bold so thought I'd get a phone to match!
Out of the box I was pretty excited with it being my first smart phone. I put the phone in the cyan silicone protective cover and plugged it in, just waiting for it to be charged!
As a windows phone, on your first use it requires you to enter your windows live account. I already had one so this was very simple, but it only takes a few seconds if you need to create a new one. The benefit can be fantastic as it automatically updates all of your contacts on your windows live account to your phone. No more of this entering every contact in one by one. On the downside, I don't really keep my windows live account up to date and now have a lot of contacts who I haven't even spoken to in several years!
One thing I fell in love with was the windows interface and software. Unlike so many smart phone which have dull and unoriginal rounded icons for every app, the Lumia has a front page with big, bold and colourful blocks with very easy to read titles. These are your tiles. With a swipe to the left you can access a smart list of all of your applications for your phone. If you keep pressed down on any particular app then you can 'tile' it so it sits in a big, bold tile on your front page. This is fantastically easy to do and makes the layout of the phone very smart and clear for all users.
Now after all the fun I had messing around with my front page, I did what most people do with a new gadget like this and turn on the camera! I simply pressed the side button for the camera to be active. Once you have the camera active you can press the screen to select an area to focus before automatically taking a picture. If you prefer to use a button you can simply click the button on the side, which is located just like any digital camera. The photo quality I found was fantastic and definitely up to the standards of the iPhone 4. At 8 megapixels the pictures come out crystal clear and the flash seems even brighter than many rival smart phones. There is also a video mode I tested and just like the still images, they came out just as I had hoped!
After playing with the camera the next step was to look at my apps! Nokia have a built in application called Marketplace where you can browse all apps, whether free or paid for, and download them straight to your handset. My first choice like many others was to download Facebook.
The beauty of smart phones once again as you can choose to import all of your Facebook contacts into your phone. This makes life so much easier! The app to download was very quick and once installed was very smooth to use. Since then I downloaded many more apps including games and social networkings such as Twitter and Skype! The one negative thing about Skype in comparison to the iPhone is the lack of a front camera! You can still Skype like normal but it will only use the camera on the back of the phone. This means your choice is to show someone yourself, or just watch someone.
When it came to looking for apps I did come across one problem at first. As Windows is rather new when it comes to smart phones, there are a lack of apps in comparison to Android and Apple. However in the coming months there were plenty of releases and I can only see windows marketplace getting stronger and stronger!
The one main issue I had with this phone was the battery. I was aware that many reviews said some people had battery life issues, but I didn't expect it would be as bad as I first encountered! After my first main use the battery died and after a full charge, the battery only lasted 3-4 hours! I couldn't believe this! I knew smart phones had unreliable batteries but this was unbelievable. I got in touch with my network however and they sent out a new phone which worked fine! I still charge my phone perhaps once every day (usually over night), but I do use it every second I can!
In comparison to its main rival, the iPhone, I kind of have some regret. I am a big user of Skype and not having a front facing camera was a bit of an annoying issue. Secondly the battery life did seem problematic at first but now I don't even batter an eyelid at it. In conclusion however I am very happy with my choice as I get to play around with a phone that so many have yet even explored! Very few people I know have even seen this phone and I feel are missing out on its fantastic display and operating system. If Nokia and Windows get it right, I will definitely be purchasing an upgrade in the future!
Summary: If you have an iPod touch, then you really don't need an iPhone, so why not get the playful Lumia
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