It was over five years ago when I introduced you to my last Nokia phone (Neve). I think after Neve, I ended up with my first (and only) iPhone back in 2011. And now, I've returned to Nokia - with my very first Windows Phone: the very snazzy Nokia Lumia 1020.
Since I've been using Windows 8 for about a year now, it didn't feel too daunting to use Windows OS on my mobile phone too. If anything, it helped me to make the switch.
Admittedly, it wasn't a quick jump for me. I was so used to my old phone that I was a bit hesitant to change. I was especially worried because my phone became integral to my work and my day-to-day lifestyle.
I'm no SMS/text addict nor do I use my phone to call people all that much. But, I loved it for its camera and web capabilities. And, it was one of my essential gadgets for blogging and social media. In other words: my livelihood.
Since I became quite dependent on some of the apps, I knew that the change would be something that would be tough for me to get accustomed to. In fact, even before I purchased this phone, I was already doing quite a bit of research. I started talking to other Windows Phone users and following what apps are available.
When I realised that most of the apps that I use have become available on Windows Phones (eg, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, etc), I began to consider making the switch more seriously. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, when someone showed me this Nokia Lumia 1020 in person - I was sold.
How can I not fall in love with it?
It has an amazing camera with 41 Megapixels and has several camera apps that utilise its features (including this fun thing called Cinemagraph, which I hope to blog about some other time). And, since the camera is something that I use a lot with my mobile phone, this was definitely something that swayed me big time. The fact that it was on sale (for over a $200 off that weekend) sealed the deal for me.
Other reasons for loving the Nokia Lumia 1020:
- The way it's seamlessly synced with Skydrive and Office 365 - Since I use Skydrive and Office 365 a lot in my work and day-to-day stuff, I'm grateful to have a phone that works well with these tools.
- The bigger screen helps to make reading and writing/typing on it much better - With all the other phones I've had in the past, I wasn't too fond of reading or writing with them because of the way the apps operated with the OS + the smaller screen. This phone offers a big enough screen for it to be more usable, but it's not too big that it starts looking dorky as a phone.
- The availability of some really cool and fun apps - I'm not going to lie. I miss some of my old apps. And, some of the apps that I used to use on iOS don't always behave the same way on the Windows Phone OS. But, having said that, some of them actually DO behave a lot better with this phone. And, I've discovered some cool replacement apps and some new ones. That's why so far, I'm only really feeling the loss of a handful of apps from my old phone.
- It has decent battery life - It lasts about a day on stand-by, or around 16-18 hours when I'm using it in my home office, with little activity. When used a lot (when I'm out and about, when not working from home) - it lasts for about 10-15 hours, depending on what I'm doing. Maybe even longer. During a heavy day of taking photos, uploading, using social media, checking emails, etc - it's probably around 8-10 hours, but I haven't fully tested this yet as I've only gone out once on a full day event + a couple of times for shorter duration events. And, I managed to find a place to re-charge my phone on all occasions.
- It looks great - and different - It's nice to look at - and it feels nice to be holding a phone that's not quite the same as others'. Of course, the challenge with this is finding a good variety of accessories. Not very many at the moment. But, it's no big deal. After all, I'm the girl who carried my old phone in the same basic transparent case for almost three years.
And yes, I know that I'm not the only one who's loving this Nokia Lumia 1020. It even won Readers' Gadget of the Year award at the Stuff Gadget of The Year 2013 Awards, saying that it is the 'best cameraphone ever made'.
So yes, so far, I'm really happy with my new phone, which I've christened Mr Lumi. Can't ask for a better wedding anniversary/early Christmas present. 🙂
That's right. As some of you already know, I tend to give names to things that are close to me - including my phones, cameras, computers, and cars. And, I've named my new phone Mr Lumi. Apparently, Lumi is Finnish and Estonian for "snow" - I thought it was very fitting as I've decided to go for the white Nokia Lumia 1020. It was a tough choice, as both the yellow and black phones looked great too.
Anyway, I'm hoping to share some of my favourite apps in the coming weeks and months.
If you have a Windows Phone too, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it - and your app recommendations, of course.
Disclosure: I work with Microsoft on a contracting basis via my company, Vervely. But, I paid for this phone myself and no one has asked me to post a review. And, I am not receiving any additional compensation for blogging about this phone from anyone.