- Reception and call quality No comments
- Display No comments
- Battery life No comments
- Camera No comments
- Ease of use No comments
- Design and form factor No comments
- Portability (size / weight) No comments
- Media support No comments
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For the longest time, I ate, slept, and breathed iOS and the entire Apple eco-system. They gave me everything I wanted for many years and then suddenly stopped making compelling products and continued to require a premium for me to use them. Being around technology, specifically understanding the components that are required to make smartphones great, I began to realize it was time to see mobile life out-side of Apple. Man am I glad I made the switch.
The Android Experience: Not bad, but nothing that really grabbed me. TONS of apps. But I don't need 55 apps to tell me weather, news, email, schedule, entertainment, etc. I also did not like the "upkeep" required in keeping memory and RAM optimal on the phone. I almost felt like Andriod is the pedestrian workhorse phone, a great alternative to Apple, a cost-saver compared to Apple, but nothing gripping me, nor a PC operating system to call my own like Windows and MAC can provide. It’s just rather mundane in my limited experience. And being that I pay A LOT of money to carry these devices and I rely on them, I just could not make Android my permanent home.
The WP8 Experience with the Nokia Lumia ICON: I have found my home. The build quality of the phone exceeds everything I’ve looked at and touched with maybe the exception of the latest iPhone. The 5” gorilla glass protected screen size is perfect and the HD picture is the best I’ve seen to date. The Qualcomm processor is blazing fast. The battery has taken a whipping since I got it and outperformed my expectations. Here is an example of a recent travel day I had: Unplug at 4AM to leave for airport. Listening to Pandora for an hour in car, through security line, onto aircraft. Directions, calls, and emails all day long in San Jose. Directions for 2.5 hour drive from San Jose to Sacramento. Facebook updates, TripIt checkins, music in the rtental car, and reviews on dinner places in Sacramento. At 9:40 I called my wife to say good night and I had 23% battery left. That is a 16 hour day people!
Transfer from my Galaxy S4 to the Icon was easy. Email, calendar, and contacts came over in 20 minutes. I did have to download new apps from the Windows store of which 85-90% were available. I did have to learn how to customize the WP, but it was really quite simple. To me, anyone with a year of reorganizing touch screens could figure this out. And again, I don’t have a need for more than about 10-15 core apps, max. WP live tiles and Windows 8, to me, are fantastic. This is the big difference: You can customize one user screen with almost anything you want from the windows ecosystem: Office, OneNote, One Drive, Topics that interest your from Bing News, topics that interest you from Bing Finance, and sources that you trust (Engadget, NPR, Fox (I kid), can also be customized from the Bing News app family. Bing news has changed the way I use a news service. Even if you don’t buy this phone and you have a PC running Windows 8, give Bing News a try. It’s really strong and the UI is prenominal. You don’t “flip” anything, it’s not cool with the tweener crowd, and it’s not a drive down bubble-gum lane. Instead, it’s a work horse news feed and customization outlet that can walk you through everything that matters to you in about 15-20 minutes. And do so in a visually stunning environment.
And last: The Camera. Remember when I referred to those little girls I love in the first paragraph, well I frequently do not have my high-end DSLR handy. I know this is a fight all photographers, parents, man and womankind have. Can’t quite capture that phenomenal picture of your daughter against a sunset on the Pacific Ocean! Missed your son on his first bike-ride? Missed you’re wife dressed as a French-maid, I’ve done all of them. The Ol’ Nikon does not fit in your pocket, or like me, you’re so exhausted from the work week you completely forget to bring the camera along for the ride. But I bet you always know where your cell phone is. Right? Carrying the Nokia ICON phone is like carrying a very good 20-MP point and shoot with Carl Zeiss optics with you at all times. So you have no excuse in missing the image you so badly need and want.
I wrote this as an experience piece. I find it hard to believe that anyone with a similar background to mine, will not love the phone, will not love the WP OS, and will not get to love Windows 8. To me this eco-system is the perfect blend of Work & Play. Nice job MSFT and Nokia.
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