The first time I saw an iPhone was on a train in France in 2007. They had just come out and a man across from me was scrolling through his photos on his touch screen.
I had a Motorola Razr and was amazed.
I didn’t get my own iPhone until 2010. But since then, it’s all I’ve ever owned.
I’ve slowly Appletised myself (okay, I totally made that word up but I’m just going to go with it).
I bought an iPad, too. Ireplaced my desktop PC with a Mac. Then I decided I NEEDED an iPad Mini and I replaced my windows laptop with a MacBook Pro. I bet Steve Jobs get’s all smug when he looks down from the sky at people like me.
All my life is perfectly synced. Every iMessage, e-mail and Twitter notification goes to every single device. At the same time. It’s actually a bit ridiculous and sometimes makes me feel like I’m going to have a fit.
When I asked to try a Nokia Windows phone for a few weeks, my first thought was, ‘Can I ever be converted to something not Apple?’.
I’ve not owned a Nokia since I had a 3110 that you could play snake on and change the covers.
There’s no doubt that Nokia was the most popular handset on the market back in the early 2000’s but now they have to compete with Samsung and Apple. I wasn’t sure if I could find my way around a Windows OS after 4 years with the iPhone.
But what the heck – challenge accepted.
My first thoughts of the phone was WOW IT’S ORANGE. I love the orange back panel. Also, the screen is lovely size. It’s about the same width as the iPhone 6 but about half a CM longer.
The first thing I did was download my favourite apps:
- Instagram (BETA)
What I was missing most was Google Chrome and iMessage. One of my favourite things about having all Mac products is being able to text from my computer as well as my phone and also having all my bookmarks and favourite sites across all my devices.
After the initial annoyance the comes with new devices, such as installing apps, remember passwords and trying to make sure you don’t allow push notifications by mistake, I started to have a play about.
EMOJIS EXIST IN WINDOWS, GUYS! I was terrified I’d be deprived of sending out my favourite waaahhhhhh face over text.
Getting used to the keyboard was difficult. Let’s just say that I never realised how good the autocorrect on the iPhone was until I used this phone. I guess I’m a bit lazy after the iPhone automatically spells out words even if you’re a letter off. I was making errors all over place and I kept pressing enter by mistake!
One of my favourite features that I discovered straight away was making lists with OneNote. I like simple lists that I can tick off during my day. OneNote makes that easy – it includes a satisfying tick box and you can pin each unique list to your home screen.
All you do is unlock your phone, click your list and you can review or tick it off.
You can also pin individual websites to your home screen. I pinned my e-mail login and my Bloglovin home page so I could quickly get to the sites I use the most on my phone without having to open the browser and enter the URL.
Again: Quick, easy. I love these features.
A few days later.
I was worried about how complicated the Windows phone looks. But it’s simpler than it seems.
You can drag any app to your main screen and scroll down to find it. You can move it around your main screen, too. You just swipe left to view each app, including the ones not on your home screen, in alphabetical order.
Double tapping and swiping up to unlock the device became second nature, as did locking the screen on the side button and using the back button.
The Windows OS looks a lot cooler than the iPhone. The iPhone’s style has pretty much stayed the same over the past few years, whereas the Windows OS looks modern and up to date. The apps flash, showing updates to social media and swapping between photos and features on apps.
I have so many apps on my iPhone so as I only downloaded my most used onto the Nokia, it felt like I had just de-junked my life.
The app store is dead easy to use, there are various ways to search for apps either by their name, category, popularity, free or new.
The build of the phone is impressive, it’s very sturdy and when I picked up the iPhone after using this for a few days, the iPhone felt a bit like a plastic toy.
The screen is bigger than the iPhone which is great for streaming videos and viewing pictures. I watched YouTube on it quite a bit while on the treadmill.
The Battery Issue
Let’s face it, the iPhone’s battery life is proper pants.
I’ve been going to the gym after work, which means I need my battery to get me through an 11 hour working day then the gym. I had no issues with the battery on the Nokia and I always had over half left on an evening. When I switched back to the iPhone, by the time I had got to the gym I was on 20% battery life and worrying if it would last with the heavy use I put my phone through at the gym!
There’s not many things in life worse than the fear of your phone dying, thus being disconnected from the world as you know it. And not being able to play Candy Crush on the exercise bike.
Yes. I am that girl.
So, how would the Nokia 830’s 10MP camera match up against the iPhone’s 8MP one?
I wasn’t a massive fan of the camera app, mainly because it seemed to take about 10 seconds to load the camera, whereas the iPhone loads up almost instantly. I found this frustrating when trying to sneak selfies at the gym or take photos of the machines to track my time/distance.
Even if you’re quite happy to put selfies on social media, taking then with other humans around is REALLY AWKWARD. I need to process to be quick and sneaky.
While the photos look pretty standard on the phone, when you upload them to your computer, they’re pretty impressive. I took the same photo with both phones and think the Lumia 830 takes much sharper images with better quality. The iPhone’s image looks a bit washed out compared to this.
Here are some more on the go type photos I took with the phone:
Some quick specs for you, I’m not going to go through them all as I’m more focused on how easy the phone is to use in my daily life than the technical aspects, but some of the key features:
- 16GB internal memory
- MicroSD slot so you can expand memory to 128GB
- Runs Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
- 10MP camera, 0.9MP front facing camera
- 5 inch screen.
After two weeks with this phone, I became fond of it and was sad to see it go. The best features for me were the battery life, photo quality and being able to easily pin things to your home page.
I wasn’t a fan of the load time of the camera and some apps did seem to lag a bit, but not enough to be unusable.
If you’re looking for a new phone that will aid you in blogging, then you might want to give this a go. It’s packed with features and I’ve happily used many of the photos I’ve taken with it over on my instagram account and my fitness blog. The features within OneNote also make it the perfect aid for keeping your life and blog organised!
What phone do you use?