Windows 8 Phone the Verdict is In #MeetYours

windows 8 phone with windows 8 desktopI’ve been using my Nokia 810 Windows 8 phone for a few months now as part of Team Windows Phone.  The program is uncompensated, but love it or hate it, I do get to keep the phone.  I’ve actually run service to two phones during most of the past 3 months, but that ends this week.  So how did the Windows phone fare in the Darwinian test for survival of the fittest?  You will soon see my friend, you will soon see.

First, I should tell you that the other phone is a LG Optimus V, not a dinosaur, but it is a 3G Android.  A sturdy little smartphone, which has survived a significant amount of abuse from me.  Now on to my take of the Nokia Lumia 810…

I’ve found the larger than typical screen and fast response time have me grabbing the Windows phone to use like a tablet all the time.  Honestly, I don’t  actually talk on cell phones very often.  I text, email & utilize social media most of the time.  I guess that is the case with many of us these days.  That big screen is wonderful for surfing the web, and makes using apps & games easier.  It is also beneficial when reading books downloaded via the Kindle app, I’ve installed.

reading on Windows 8 phone

Nokia Lumia 810 Windows 8 Phone … taking pictures

As most of you know I’m a bit obsessed with cooking,  I often find myself in the midst of making something and want to take a quick picture without digging out my dslr camera.  I also have no desire to drag my camera around with me when I’m out, so having a good camera built into my phone is important to me.  The Nokia 810 camera takes nice shots, and has a simple screen to adjust ISO, exposure, lighting, flash, etc.  No, it’s not comparable to shooting with a dslr, but it holds it’s own well against the bulk of point & shoots.  ISO goes up to 800, but it seems to be picking up light better than is standard for that setting,  making lighting  interior shots without flash easily manageable.  I was surprised how well some pictures in poorly lit situations came out.  I did boost the exposure a few times, but left it alone for the most part.

windows 8  phone camera

My images can be tweaked even further, collaged or made panoramic via Windows apps, then easily shared via email or social media.  The thing I really like though is synching to SkyDrive, which makes my pictures immediately accessible on my new Windows 8 PC, that I bought recently.  No worries about losing images, if something were to happen to my phone.  They are automatically backed up.

Speaking of pictures, one of the things that seems to hold a lot of people back from getting a Windows 8 phone is the lack of an instagram app for it.  I do think it will come, and as someone who works in social media, it had a lot to do with my hesitancy to fully swap over from my old phone, but I’ve now realized there really isn’t much to miss.  Sharing cropped down degraded versions of my images, and having them blocked by Twitter?  I can share larger crisp in-phone edited versions of my images, and actually have them show up in my stream.  The only time I was really using the app regularly, was while waiting for my daughter to get off the bus.  I’ve found, I prefer doing other online activities during my wait, now that more stealth browsing is available on the Nokia.

So as I said, I’ve been running two phones the past couple months.  I was grandfathered into an incredibly inexpensive plan complete with unlimited data through my old carrier, so I was reluctant to give that up.  I did find a similar prepaid plan, just with fewer talk minutes, that I’m using with this Nokia. Obviously, a choice has to be made…

… and the verdict is….

My old android phone is getting retired this week.

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  1. says

    Glad you are liking it. I had a Windows Phone early last year that I ended up replacing with an iPhone because it was a 7 platform and it couldn’t be upgraded to 8. :( I really liked the phone but it was obsolete in less than 6 months and it had so few apps available on the Marketplace. Since I already had an iPad and all the apps and we have two iTouches, the iPhone made sense logistically.

    Windows phones have some really great features, if they can get more apps developed for their platform they’ve got a gold mine.

    • Robin Gagnon says

      I thought that the 7.8 upgrade made the Windows 7 phones up to par… of course that is only what I’d heard around the virtual water cooler.

      • says

        Good to know – the update wasn’t out yet when I switched phones, but I still have it. My husband isn’t using a smart phone yet at all, so I may thrust it upon him LOL!

  2. says

    I’ve heard pretty good things about the Windows phone. I’ve had a Droid and now have an iPhone 4s. They’re both pretty solid. (iPhone wins for me only because of iTunes, which the Droid doesn’t use.)

    I just got a new computer for my son with Windows 8, and I have to admit, it’s beyond frustrating. I can see it being awesome for a tablet or smartphone (you know, something with a touch screen), but for a desktop computer, it’s been a nightmare to figure out.

    How are you finding the operating system on the phone?

    • Robin Gagnon says

      I love the operating system on the phone, but am also having trouble with it on desk top. It really does seem geared more toward touch screen usage.

      My geriatric Paintshop software isn’t compliant with it, which just may be the push I need to switch to Photoshop.

  3. says

    I don’t talk on the phone much either. I like all of the other functions better!

  4. says

    I LOVE mine. Can’t stand to use Hub’s iPhone anymore. Wish there were more apps available though, especially Instagram.

  5. says

    The large, easy-to-read screen caught my eye right away. Looks very nice!

  6. says

    Looks like a great phone, the features sound easy enough to use. My husband’s desktop has Windows 8 though and it’s a little complicated.

  7. says

    I keep seeing Windows Phones and I’m definitely intrigued. The options look amazing.

  8. says

    This post makes me want a Windows Phone even more now!!

  9. says

    This seems like a really great phone. I have an iPhone and I really don’t think I could switch because I am so set in my ways now LOL.

  10. says

    I’m an iPhone user and love it, but I’m going to have to switch carriers soon because I get no signal at my new house. So I’m thinking of switching to Tmobile and they don’t carry the iPhone, so I’m looking at different phone options.

  11. says

    as pretty and awesome as it is, I don’t know if I could give up my iPhone :/

  12. says

    A Windows 8 phone sounds high tech but to tell you frankly, I don’t really care much about this as long as I can text and call my family. I have a computer to take care of all these for me.

  13. says

    I’ve been curious about windows8 phones. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

  14. says

    It took some getting use to, but I really like my windows 8 phone.

  15. says

    I’m a die-hard iPhone girl, but I really have been hearing good things about Windows 8.

  16. says

    I am in the market for a new phone for myself. I actually looked at the Windows phone today. I’m taking my time, though, and I’m making sure I’m making the right choice this time! I have a Playstation phone–ugh, not good for someone who can’t stand games!

  17. says

    I love my iPhone, but I’d love the chance to play with the Windows phone & see which I like better!

  18. says

    I’m always amazed at how social media friendly the Windows phone looks!

  19. says

    I wish I could have loved the Windows phone I tried but I was just not a fan overall. There were things i loved but in the end my phone won out. Glad you had a good experience :)

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