Million times this question was asked to me ‘Why you have gone for Windows Phone in the midst of Android Yuga?’ When I retrieved, it could be the three reasons that favored me to buy the windows phone.
  1.   The first and foremost is ‘I am a diehard fan of Nokia. Yes, even if they build brick and sell, I might end up purchasing that. Nokia is known for its build quality, is stable & solid. Rock Solid. Drop the phone. You may come to know what I am talking about.
  2.   The second one is that I am fagged out of seeing this Android platform. Everywhere. Literally in all places, in all hands. From 5000 to 40000 bucks. In all range except the difference in display from TFT to AMOLED stuff. So I wanted to have a refreshing one. There comes the windows OS immixed with NOKIA.
  3.   More to that, my daughter really loves the Lumia Ad (apart from Fanta) which you could have seen a few days back in all channels. She was 12 months old and shakes a little bit whenever it is broadcasted. She ran to the TV hall from anywhere if she hears the music and her eyes get glued to the TV for few seconds. Also those were the days I was searching for a substitute to the Android, get attracted to Lumia. Even I was considering Samsung ‘Bada OS.’

Lumia 710 Home Screen

Finally purchased Lumia 710, which is powered with 1.4 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM with 8 GB internal memory support. No expandable. 5 MP Camera.  It’s a pity that they don’t have a front facing camera. It didn’t have a wallop on me as I have never assayed any video calls on my 5800 XpressMusic. The latest Windows OS Version is 7.5, named as Mango. An update to Mango is called Tango. Mango OS is veritably an eye catching one. Until you see that you won’t believe what I am saying. A group of tiles is your home screen. Live tile notifications gives a face lift called as metro Style by Microsoft. Swipe to the right, you get the apps getting listed in alphabetical order. That’s it. Only two screens.


Lumia 710 Secondary Screen
First Class interface. Neither the Symbian stuff nor the Android model. Despite of the brand we use, Smartphones  always looks beautiful if you have a decent internet connection. Either Wifi or 3G. And Lumia is awe-inspiring when it’s comes to surfing. The posh IE9 has made browsing a step ahead among other browsers.

Coming to the marketplace, windows has added quite a number of apps to its kitty. Over 1 lakh apps has been certified and added in Market place so far. Its far less than Android's 5 lakhs and apple's 6 lakhs count. Long way to go. Though a lot of apps which are runaway hit in Google's play store is missing  in Microsoft's market place, Microsoft is taking care by filling in with alternate apps. Long way to go. Waiting.
Market and Contact screen in Windows Phone

 Some of the features that I really miss in Lumia 710 are No Bluetooth transfer and No Mass storage mode. Bluetooth is available but it can be paired only with a headset. Other phones will get deducted but Lumia cannot pair with them. Lumia is not at all meant for BT file transfer.

And instead of Mass storage mode, phone can be connected to PC via Zune, a third party for Windows phone and PCs. All we can do is, transfer pictures, music and videos. Nothing else. No file can be copied. No file can be downloaded. Word, Excel, PPT, PDF are very well supported but cannot be transferred via wire. Instead you can upload all of them in Microsoft’s Skydrive, a cloud storage (25 GB supported) and download it from there. Like touching your nose from behind your head and around. Funny? Sometimes painful.




When questioned why mass storage mode cannot be enabled, Microsoft answer was, ‘Our OS is not steadfast in mass storage mode.’ And In the name of holy mother what the hell were they doing for those long times building the best OS in the world.

Frankly speaking the Lumia 710,800,900 immixed with Windows OS is not as much successful for Nokia as expected. Didn’t do any gimmick in smartphone market. And for the last one year they were betting high on Windows OS 8 codenamed Apollo.

Lumia 820 being the low end and Lumia 920 the higher version were launched on September 5 as planned. Interestingly or Gallingly Samsung unveiled its ATIV model Windows 8 phone before a week Nokia has planned i.e. on August 29th. But Samsung ATIV didn’t stir up the market well. Whereas the 920 launched on September 5 has reached very well among the gadget freaks. As i said the build quality. And reviews came flowing optimistically about the Apollo. More to that, the missing ‘Wow’ factor in iPhone 5 has added some reputations to Lumia 920.
Lumia 920 Home Screen

Lumia 920 is better in lot of ways. Sporting some of its very own features like NFC (Near field communication), Image Stabilization sensor in the camera (has beaten iPhone 5 in a camera test), imbedded with IE10 (reported that IE10 is 8% faster than chrome), micro SD support (which is an awaiting one for a long time), Wireless charging (iPhone has missed it. Phew) and so on. And on the interface side the tile can be resized in three sizes. Small, Medium and Large.

The most deplorable part is, the existing Lumia handset cannot be updated from Mango to Apollo. Reason being windows 8 is supported on multi core processor. Yes. Microsoft believes in a generation shift in Technology!!! But to solace, Windows 7.8 will be released for all existing 7.x devices. This sports the windows 8 home screen and other features from apollo but not yet brought out officially. But a custom ROM is released by XDA developers for unlocked phones. I am crossing my finger for the official 7.8 release. Expected on first week of November.

Nokia was enjoying its monopoly for a longtime in the smartphone market before Samsung and Sony materialized themselves with the support of Android. The smartphone market was upturned when the Google’s open source OS Android was utilized. Samsung has smartly utilized Android, released all sort of models from lower to higher end, and attracted a huge market in Asia. Android is the most sought OS after iOS in US market. I was wondering why Nokia has opted for Microsoft OS whereas the rivals like Samsung, Sony, HTC have turned their heads to Android. Some business insider told that Nokia was not able to tweak Android for its use and hence they signed a pact with Microsoft for their Windows OS. Really a gutsy decision made by Nokia by signing with Microsoft when all other competitors are using the Google’s open source Android. Still they hang on with Microsoft. So far the result is positive on Windows 8. Whether the Microsoft can really pull up the ailing Finnish firm? Have to wait and see.

Whatever it may be, With Lumia-it’s Amazing everyday.




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