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Nokia Lumia Icon Review

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~ I received the Nokia Lumia Icon and compensation for this post by participating in a FitFluential campaign sponsored by Nokia. All opinions are my own. 

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Are you looking for a Nokia Lumia Icon Review? If so, you’ve come to the right place! I have been using the Nokia Lumia Icon exclusively for about three weeks now. During that time I have learned a lot about both the Windows OS and the Nokia branded apps, and I have to say that I am pretty pleased with the phone. The Nokia Lumia Icon is only available through Verizon Wireless, so be sure to check it out on their website for more info.

I really like the phone, but I will admit that going from an iPhone to the Nokia Lumia Icon, has proved to be a bit of a challenge for me. I have used the iPhone for about five years now, so most of my issues or concerns come from trying something new. I will say that the transition from Apple to Windows was probably easier for me because I have used Windows before (on my home computer) and I am fan of Microsoft for email services, Office, and my XBox, so those things made this switch easier than going from Apple to Andriod.

So what do I love about the Nokia Lumia Icon?

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– Picture Quality  – I have the iPhone 5c and the pictures are better than they were with the 4s, but they don’t hold a candle to the 20 MP camera on the Icon! This camera takes amazing pictures. I find that I take a lot more pictures with my phone because they always turn out so well. It’s like having a full digital camera in my purse.

 

Sound Quality – When recording videos I never really paid any attention to the sound quality until I got the Icon. I attended a concert last weekend and recorded it on both my Icon and my 5c and wow, the sound quality is unbelievable! My videos of the concert sound exactly the way it sounded in the concert!

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– Kid’s Corner – My children are always asking to play games on my phone, and with Kid’s Corner I know they will only have access to the apps I allow them to use. You simply set it up, add the apps, and then open it. If they try to exit Kid’s Corner, they have to enter your passcode.

–  Microsoft Office – As a blogger and a student I am always getting documents though email and preparing assignments for my classes. Having Office at my fingertips has proven to be very useful. I can start working on a school assignment or blog post and finish it up when I return home.

Gorilla Glass – Oh how there is nothing more upsetting than cracking the glass on your $500 phone! I have been down that road not twice, but three times (that’s not counting iPod Touch disasters) and I can tell you that it’s both costly and a pain in the butt to deal with cracked screens and the bill that follows the repair. Gorilla Glass is ridiculously durable, and I know because I have already dropped this phone numerous times. I have dropped it on it’s face on concrete and it didn’t leave one scratch. While I wouldn’t recommend being careless or trying to test it’s durability I can say that it truly holds up to my clumsiness.

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Where’s My App? – Okay, so the biggest complaint you will ever hear about the Windows platform has to do with the apps. Because the Windows platform is both relatively new in comparison and completely different from a coding standpoint there are not as many applications from the actual publisher for apps like Pinterest, Snapchat, Candy Crush, and various others. What they do have however is this app (Where’s my app?) that gives you a list of the best alternative third-party apps that work in similar ways. Of course as the popularity of this platform grows the number of publisher based apps will increase, but for now this is app is a great way to get the most out of your Windows phone.

Nokia Music– If you love being able to play music from your phone without paying for it, then Nokia Music was made for you! You can choose up to four playlists from every genera of music to download onto your phone, which means you won’t eat up your data by playing these playlists. You can still play music from the other lists as well, and the radio but it will cost you some data. I personally love to download workout mixes that I can use at the gym, because we don’t have wi-fi at our gym, so Nokia Music is the perfect alternative for me.

Battery Life – My biggest complaint about the iPhone 5 is the battery. I used my iPhone to go on a cruise, and then to visit Washington DC. My phone died repeatedly during both of these trips and I was hardly using my apps at all. As a blogger I have to have my phone, I need to be able to use my social media apps, and I want to be able to call my family. My iPhone could be fully charged and then dead within a matter of hours (usually 3-4) and that was with background refresh off, and sometimes even airplane mode on! The Nokia Lumia Icon can be used ALL DAY! I have been on trips where I am posting to social media, checking my email, making calls, texting, playing games and taking tons of pictures and it still stays charged until the end of the day! This is huge for me because a phone is useless if you can’t keep it alive, and I don’t want to spend $100 on a portable battery pack.

So there you have it, this is my Nokia Lumia Icon Review. To be honest I don’t really have any issues with this phone. When I first got it, it seemed like it was a little slow to refresh, update, or open a page, but after using it for a few weeks I haven’t had any trouble, so it was possibly a connection issue. I have never dropped a call, my calls aren’t filled with static, and I love the bigger screen size! Overall I am now a Windows and Nokia fan!

I plan to post more about this platform and the phone in the future so watch for posts about my favorite apps, and tips and tricks for making the Nokia Lumia Icon work for you.

 

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