Have Nokia won my 14yr old self's heart back?
To anyone in my generation, growing up Nokia was THE phone. Even now we all hold a certain fondness for the company as we have such great memories attached to its brand. But now they have been severely knocked out of play in the smartphone industry by iPhone. Obviously. Or at least, that's what I thought until I got my hands on one.
I was contacted by the guys at Nokia Connects to see if I wanted to try out the Nokia Lumia 925. I'm pretty open minded and I've been getting more and more sick with my iPhone 4. It is pretty old, the screen's smashed, and the camera isn't really great for my amazing selfies. So the Lumia 925 arrived and here's how it went.
Ooh fun, shiny new stuff! The phone looks and feels awesome. I take it out of the packaging and my boss asks to hold it. 'Oooh, that's a thing of beauty.' he says. It's really thin and it's nice to have a larger screen. Can't work out how to put my sim in. Ok, have worked out how to put my sim in (idiot). I spend half an hour faffing around but can't work out how to find my contacts, or text anyone. I'm getting calls from people and don't know who they are. It's stressing me out. Back to the iPhone.
I'm up for another go. I'm trying out the camera and pretty blown away at the quality of the pictures and the scope for editing and correcting them within the camera. I even manage to somehow create some strange glitch pictures of my colleagues. Awesome. I'm trying What's app and finding it a bit annoying that it's on a dark background. It's also not got any of my old conversations. I can't work out how to add contacts. It doesn't have my RBS business banking app. It doesn't auto correct a small 'i' to a big 'I' or 'ill' to 'I'll'. I take it out on my lunch break as I'm desperate to use the camera but I'm scared, as I won't be able to work out how to call someone in like, an emergency or something.
Day 14 - 20
I'm at home over Xmas and realise I haven't really given it a chance. Now I've got a bit of time to play around with it and take it slowly, I find myself growing to love the Lumia! The apps all look amazing on it. The larger screen rules and is bright and crisp. Instagram, Facebook and twitter are all so much more pleasing to the eye. I'm using the apps on wifi but haven't bothered with putting my sim in as I can't be arsed to add all the contacts again. The pleasure to the eye, hand, and the sheer fabulous photos mean I am now carrying around 2 phones, purely using the iPhone to make calls and receive texts.
Once you get past that it's not an iPhone, and as my friend Milly said RTFM (read the fucking manual) then you will love this phone. I think I've been converted. If I can spend a bit of time and get to grips with adding my contacts and work out how to use the spelling and keypad properly then I think I'd be ready to quit the iPhone for good. My only holdback is just that I'm used to having an iPhone, and that everyone else has one... But that's no reason for anything really is it?!
- Large, sharp screen
- Apps looks great on it
- Camera fucking RULES (may not ever need to take SLR out again?!)
- Feels nice
- Battery lasts longer than an iPhone
- It's super fast at connecting to apps and internet
- The camera
- The camera
- Oh did I mention the camera?
- It's not an iPhone
- I have to learn the operating system
- Need to add my contacts again
- Doesn't autocorrect certain words (maybe I can programme it to do this?)
- Doesn't have all of the apps that iPhone app store does
Would you think about switching? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!