I’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.
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.
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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