Why You Should Give Windows Phones A Chance
The Lumia Line
Welcome To Windows Phone
Purchasing a new mobile device has never been more efficient and expedient than what it has been over the last few years. If you wish to skip the sales techniques of in-store representatives and have your device within two days then the internet is the best way to go for you. However if you aren't very tech savvy or need that extra sales info to get you to buy a device then heading to your local wireless carrier store is your best option. Upon entering the store and respective sites you see that there is array of devices from different manufacturers such as Samsung, Asus, Apple, and Nokia. With the hype of all the latest iOS devices and the open source Android, it would appear that these would be your best two options.
Then all of a sudden you stumble across a Windows phones and from the past of you are like you'll think to yourself "Wow they're still making phones?" While the original Wondows phones were less than enjoyable and most user experiences on Windows 8 were even less than enjoyable, you're probably not even going to give the device a try. I'm telling you right that now that you need to stop and definitely give them a chance. Sure you may be accustomed to the likeliness of the streamlined iOS or the highly capable but not resource friendly Android, but everyone deserves a look-see. In fact I dare you to be different and pick up that Nokia handset its guarantee that you will be no less than amazed. This is definitely time when I say Welcome to Windows phone.
Nokia Joins The Smartphone Arena
Back in the day when phones had buttons and actual numbers that you had to press on them, Nokia was the leading phone manufacturer on the market. This wasn't without good reason either, they're phones were capable, highly-durable, had the ever addicting Snake game installed on them, and about 1400 cases and number pads to choose from.... did I mention highly durable? On top of their phone capabilities was the design edge that Nokia presented on the market. At the time these concepts were progressive and keen to the eye of the consumer. Nokia was always staying ahead of the curve and then something happened, it was called Blackberry. Blackberry had a full mini QWERTY keyboard which revolutionized the business world and slowly started it's takeover with its handsets. The Blackberry reign would be mildly short-lived and come to a very painful and slow death as Apple releases its first iPhone that would forever set the standard in smartphone production. Of course there was Android on the very first G1 from Google but that's a completely separate article as Android was just following in the steps of its predecessor.
Nokia did come out with it's competing handsets for the Blackberry with a full mini QWERTY keyboard, however at the arrival of the iPhone, Nokia's aptitude for sustaining their in the now evolved smartphone market dwindled. Not too long after Nokia had completely disappeared from the U.S. market and focused more on the market overseas. Let's face it the U.S. became spoiled brats when it came to phones because who really enjoyed having buttons? Aside from Blackberry users, but their likeness would also succumb to the touch enabled Blackberry Storm which eventually spelled the end of Blackberry itself. Just like that Nokia had vanished and gone were those amazingly crafted durable phones. Apple would make strides to become even more successful than Nokia could have ever imagined and would receive no competition until Samsung releases it's very first Galaxy device.
In 2011 Nokia would finally unveil it's Lumia line devices that would just barely put a glimmer into the now iOS and Android populated market. The Lumia 710 and 800 were released with a very early version of Windows 8. The devices were subjectively less capable than iOS or Android but offered a fresh look to touch enabled devices with it's "Tiles" and OS arrangement. In previous Windows phones the experience was daunting, offering nothing for the consumer and appeared aimed towards business. Many of us consumers thought that there was just too little too late for these Lumia devices and they fell into the back of our imagination. The only redeeming quality for these Windows enabled devices were built quality. We know that Nokia has always delivered superb build quality but was that going to be enough to save them in this new smartphone market?
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1520
Lumia - Innovation For Everyone
While the first Nokia Lumia devices were less than par, the devices that would follow would becomes the companies first flagship to be somewhat proud of. It wasn't until 2013 that we would see the release of the Lumia 1020 which came with a 4.5" screen, 41MP PureView camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5ghz processor, and an excellent battery. This device, then powered by Windows 8 and now more recently Windows 8.1 is built like a tank, an expectation we've come to receive from Nokia over the years. In the most recent year we saw Nokia release it's first phablet the Nokia Lumia 1520 which to rival the 1020 comes with a profusely large 6" Full 1080 HD screen, NFC capabilities, 16GB onboard storage, 20MP PureView camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core 2.3ghz processor, up to 64GB expandable micro SD storage, and a variety of colors in a quality build. Finally we have something to be excited about, a small snapshot into the newly found capabilities of the Finnish company. This was an extremely smart move by Nokia because in this age we now live in a world where phone cameras are more important than ever.
Let's talk a bit about the price points for Lumia devices as compared to its competitors. Nokia's tag line "Innovation For Everyone" really gives you an idea of what the goals of the company may be. Starting with their lowest end phone the Lumia 635, we can see that though it doesn't possess the same hardware as the flagship devices that it doesn't necessarily mean you're going to get nicked on your user experience. At a whopping $199 out the door cost and no lack in a streamlined OS, this is definitely a great starter phone for users new to the smartphone world. In handling the device myself at a local wireless store the device held up in speed to it's flagship competitors Lumia 1520 & 930, which is definitely something worth mentioning. There also are the in between devices that were recently released like the Lumia 730 dual sim, 735 selfie device, and 830 which are still very competitively priced and each with their own unique differences to make a stand on the market. Even the Lumia 1520 is aptly priced at only $584.00 off contract at the Microsoft Store Online, a price most definitely worth the hardware. So really Innovation For Everyone just means that there's a Lumia device for any budget, any specific need, and any kind of person. For more reviews on Lumia devices head over to MobileTechReview for extensive information on any of the Lumia line.
This September Nokia released information on their latest OS update called Lumia Denim. The newest software provides near professional photography options and camera utilization in 4K quality that has until now been absent from the mobile phone world. The revolutionary performance will utilize the 20MP sensor to its highest capacity and give the user customization options that are far supreme to any Android or iOS phone. Pictures with these devices are at a completely different level than it's competitors. Nokia is slowly placing itself as a leader in mobile imaging and innovation. Though the camera is an excellent cornerstone to the sales of Lumia devices, it's also the optimized Windows OS to it's hardware something that only Apple has currently done with their devices. Windows 8.1 runs smooth and is very snappy with it's users commands. Sure the Windows store doesn't have all of those gimmicky apps or games available in both the Google Play Store or App Store for iOS, but let's all rollback to the beginning days of Android when it was in the same position racing up to the arms of Apple.
Now that Apple and Android are paired fairly even in the apps available on their markets we can't sit and be blind to the firmware they are actually running. Windows OS may be slightly behind on the development of their app store, however what users should realize is that the experience of Windows OS isn't supposed to even be similar to Android or iOS. The Windows user experience is meant to offer a unique user friendly experience starting with the elusive live tiles. I personally am not a fan of live tiles on my Ultrabook and always thought they were meant for a mobile experience. Now seeing the transition come to a true fruition in Windows 8.1 Cyan for Microsoft Mobile, I say it's quite the user friendly experience. With Windows OS nothing runs in the background without your knowledge and it's very easy to remove the bloatware completely; something we're still waiting for Android to accomplish. Microsoft combined with the newly acquired Nokia is definitely paving it's way to success in the mobile market and we can expect to see this OS come to stand toe to toe (if they haven't already) with the likes of Apple iOS and Android.
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The Future of Microsoft & Windows Phone
The future of Nokia standing strong with Microsoft is yet untold. With current global low-end Android devices being branded as Nokia X and the sidelined Asha phones, I'm sure we will continue to see Nokia rise from the ashes. It has been speculated in recent news that the Nokia badge will drop form the Lumia devices here in the U.S. and will soon say "Microsoft Mobile". A major move set by the determined Microsoft to set a footprint in their brand in the mobile communications industry. With the release of a new Windows platform or Windows 9, there are many things to be excited about when it comes to Microsoft. The biggest question is to see if Windows 9 will also be translating to the mobile division in the Lumia updates. One can only assume that Microsoft's intended goal is to have seamless connectivity between it's devices and their PC/Tablet counterparts as Apple does with their iOS and OSX. Now with a full line-up of mobile phones ready to start competing with the latter competition, we can expect Microsoft to really step up to the plate with the forthcoming editions of the Lumia line-up.
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