I was iPhone from Day One. I waited in line, which luckily wasn’t all that long or I probably would have bailed, but I got one. And as many people know, I have been staunchly pro-iPhone since that moment. Honestly, until the last few years, there was no other choice. I have tried recent versions of Android and while I see its advantages, it didn’t make me want to move my phone number over.
In comes the Lumia 1020 and Windows Phone.
I have mentioned in posts recently how I came to know the folks from Nokia, and how they gave me a Lumia to check out. Quite simply, I fell in love with it. I made it my main phone a few weeks ago, and it’s been seamless. Yes, I have kept my iPhone as a secondary phone – primarily to watch all those non-transferable iTunes movies in bed as I go to sleep. But I seriously hated the iOS7 update and was ready for a change.
Here is why I am all in with Nokia Lumia.
I have mentioned in previous Nokia posts how amazing this 41 MP camera is. As I get to know it better, I love it more. While there is a definite lag as the camera saves that huge photo, the photo that it is saving is gorgeous. So, yes, I may not snap photos as FAST as my DSLR, in many cases, the photos are a GOOD as my DSLR. Not as good as my iPhone. As good as my professional DSLR. Click here to see a high resolution untouched photo from my Lumia 1020 (it is a large file and may take a moment to load).
2. Windows Phone OS
I love the Metro style OS that relies heavily on a text-based user interface. I want to be able to glance at my phone and understand what it is telling me. As you can see from the screen shot to the right (my actual phone) that I have one, one, and nine unread emails (my three different accounts), my next appointment is (was) lunch and that UH-OH face says I have 4 unread text messages. Simple ways of conveying info that make life easier. Awesome.
I admit it. I leaned heavily on Siri, so I wasn’t ready to make the switch until there was an alternative. I am a lazy, make the phone do my dirty work type of person. So far, Cortana has been up to the task with even a few advantages over Siri. For example, if you tell Cortana to remind you to get milk next time you are at the store, she will check WHICH store and then your reminder will pop up when you ENTER the store. Genius.
4. iCloud Integration in 8.1
Some people are surprised I jumped to a Microsoft product, but I really do give credit where credit is due. I love my Windows Phone. I will not however, be giving up my Mac Book Pro any time in the foreseeable future. I have all my contacts and calendars (note: calendars plural) nicely synced with iCloud and until they could sync with my phone, no way I was moving. All good now with the 8.1 update. I edit the calendar on my phone and it shows up on my computer, and vice versa. Plus, the People area on Windows Phone can connect social profiles!
A while back, my husband worked for a Surface Table company, so I got to play with Windows Phone early. There were hardly any apps available but it’s come a long way since then. Live tiles are easily customizable to make things personal, yet they still maintain that definite Windows Phone uniformity. Most of the apps I use have native versions, or good third party substitutions. They keep getting added every day, and while I do miss some of my iPhone apps (most notably Tweetbot and photo editors), it’s nowhere the problem it was when Windows Phone launched.
Those are the the basics but I’ll have loads more to tell you, including my favorite Windows Phone apps. (If you are a WP user, please share your best apps in the comments!)
Also, one more tip for those moving from iPhone to Windows Phone: Turn off iMessage on all of your devices or you may not get all your texts right away. If a specific friend is having trouble getting messages to you, they may have to change your contact to not be “iPhone” on their side. I have gotten some grief for not being “blue” anymore, but it’s worth it.