Three weeks ago, I packed up everything I had and moved out to California to start my new job. As a 3x Microsoft intern, joining the company as a full time employee was something that I have been looking forward to since my first summer. The first thing that I did upon starting my new job? I finally joined the land of the always connected and bought my first smartphone.
Call me a fangirl, but I absolutely love my Nokia Lumia 928. It’s big, it’s beautiful, and I wouldn’t change it for any other phone… except maybe it’s new brother, the Lumia 1020. However, I am very happy with Verizon, so the 928 it was! The decision was easy – Verizon currently offers only 4 options, and with my first venture into the smartphone universe, I knew I wanted to go with the flagship.
There are plenty of reviews that talk about the technical side of the Lumia 928, but I want to focus a little more on my experience with it instead. Yes, the camera is pretty nice. Yes, the screen is bright and large and vibrant. The hardware is solid, it’s large but not as huge as some of Samsung’s flagship phones, and I think the phone itself is just gorgeous.
And I love Windows Phone 8.
Nokia + Windows truly is an awesome combination. The operating system is unbelievably fluid. The phone battery lasts me at least all day, though I haven’t tried really pushing it, and I get a little bit less than a full day if I’m using the maps + GPS the whole time. Live tiles are beautiful, and the updates for email, phone call notifications, and text messages are unobtrusive and nicely organized. I have three email accounts on my phone, with a separate live tile for each, and all of them update on the lock screen accordingly. The People hub integration was a bit to get used to at first, seeing as I have 300+ Facebook friends and it put them all in there, but it ended up being a huge help – I could manually enter the numbers that I needed to match up with people if they didn’t have their number on their Facebook account, and I’ve found that I like not having all of my contacts lists separated.
The customization is very, very nice – I love that I can change the feel of my phone by updating the live tile colors whenever I feel like it, and the custom sizing on the live tiles let me organize things in the most intuitive way for me. It takes me very little time to do anything I need, and the whole phone took very little time to get used to.
Going from a flip phone, I have had a hard time getting used to the larger size – I have to text with both hands because the width of the phone is just slightly too large for precision texting with my tiny fingers. I don’t have a problem using one hand to unlock the phone or flip through the tiles, it’s only with the keyboard. Even then, I typically used both hands for texting anyway, so it’s a mild inconvenience. I would love a Swype-like option, but I don’t see third-party keyboards becoming an option anytime soon.
Overall, I am extremely happy with my choice. Having C# development experience is a plus – I’m going to give building my own app a try!