An iPhone Fanatic Switches to the Windows Phone

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About a decade ago I officially became a Mac person. I saved and saved to purchase a MacBook and I haven’t looked back since. I love my MacBook and finally upgraded to a MacBook Pro in December. My husband says I’m part of the “Mac Cult” and I probably wouldn’t disagree. I don’t remember when I finally got an iPhone, though I was definitely late to that party. I held out for a long time thinking, “I don’t really need a smartphone.” When I finally got an iPhone my love was similar to that of the Mac. Prior to about three weeks ago I never thought I would NOT have an iPhone, and imagined that one day I’d be carrying the iPhone 87.

That all changed when some folks from Microsoft came to town and offered to let me try out the Nokia Lumia 920. (I know. Sometimes it’s really tough being a blogger.) While I loved the look of the Windows Phone, I was pretty skeptical about trying something different and figured I’d give it a go for a weekend and then immediately switch back to my beloved iPhone.

Sometimes things take you completely by surprise, and that is what I have experienced with the Windows Phone. From the moment I inserted my sim card into the new phone I fell hard and today I finally called AT&T and registered the Windows Phone as my everyday phone. (By the way, the rep at AT&T was quizzing me about the phone and saying how much she wanted one. I felt a little like a phone superstar.)

Yellow Nokia Lumia 920

What initially attracted me to the phone is the gorgeous yellow color! No case needed with this study colorful phone. A huge bonus is that this phone never gets lost in my bag! I wasn’t sure if I would like the larger size, but I find that it’s easier to grip now, and the texting tiles are a little bigger as a result, which is really helpful for my clumsy fingers.

Windows Phone

Windows Phone Pro: The home screen is 100% customizable. See that man in the middle of the screen? That’s my husband. Whenever he sends me a text message that square starts flashing. You could add any of your contacts to your home screen… or any app! I’ve showed my phone to others and they all say the home screen looks confusing, but I love that I was able to position the apps in exactly the fashion I want them, including making them bigger or smaller as I saw fit. Additionally, you can change the color of the tiles on the home screen to be whichever color you fancy most. I chose turquoise.

Windows Phone Con: There are tons of apps for the Windows Phone, but you cannot get all of the iPhone apps on the Windows Phone. For instance, instead of using Instagram I now use an app called Instance that is really similar and feeds into Instagram. (The company behind Instagram hasn’t made an app for Windows Phone, so Instance is a work around. Regular Instagram users can’t tell I’m using a different app.) I can definitely see where the difference in apps would be annoying if you are really into iPhone apps, but from what I’ve seen, there are lots of work arounds when a specific app isn’t available. Some of the apps I’ve loaded onto my phone (that don’t need work arounds) include Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Foursquare (want to connect?), as well as Netflix, OpenTable, the Kindle App, American Airlines, Starbucks Card, and more.

Windows Phone Pro: All phones come loaded with Microsoft Office on them, which is awesome. I don’t actually have Office loaded on my Mac, so now when people send me Word documents I can open and edit them on my phone. I can save the documents to Windows SkyDrive and access them from other devices, such as my Microsoft Surface, as well.

Windows Phone Con: EVERY SINGLE PERSON I know uses an iPhone, and one of the perks to having an iPhone is free instant messaging between phones. I was kind of bummed out about this until I realized that I could turn on messaging on my Mac and voila – free text messages to my computer! When my computer is on, all text messages from iPhone users skip my phone and go to my Mac. When the computer is off, all messages go to my phone. I actually REALLY like this system because as the world’s worst texter, I prefer typing my texts on the computer to… texting my texts? :)

Windows Phone Pro: Aside from the customization, one of the best things about this phone is the amazing camera. Don’t get me wrong: the iPhone has a good phone. But the phone on the Nokia Lumia 920 is so much better. Here’s a description from the website:

8MP PureView camera with Carl Zeiss® wide-angle optics uses advanced lens technology to let in more light than other smartphone cameras. That means your photos and 1080p HD videos are clear, crisp, and bright, even in low-light conditions. The optical image stabilization feature lets you snap jitter-free action shots. And you can view it all on the 4.5” PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack™ display.

I was at a wedding this past weekend and was the unofficial photographer for our group of friends.

Lisa and Laura

Even in dim lighting conditions (like on the dance floor), the camera takes brilliant photos that need little editing. (That’s me (obviously) and my friend Laura at the wedding after consuming approximately 10 desserts in a row. It was a great wedding!)

When I first got the phone I was concerned about how I would synch it with my music, but I downloaded an app to my Mac called Windows Phone, and through that I can transfer photos/music/information between the two systems.

I really thought I would use the Windows Phone for a weekend and then switch back to my iPhone, but it has completely won me over. I’m still exploring all that the camera has to offer and really need to try out the City Lens feature (hold up the phone and it’ll automatically tell you what businesses/restaurants/etc. are around you) and get myself a Wireless Charger. Honestly, far more so than I ever did with the iPhone, I’m having fun playing with the Windows Phone.

If you’re in the market for a new phone I highly recommend trying it out to see what you think. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised!

No disclosure needed. I was not compensated for this post nor did Microsoft ask me to review the Nokia Lumia 920. I just enjoy it so much that I wanted to share with all of you!


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