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My two week #LumiaChallenge

Those who know me will be aware of the fact that I’m a big Nokia fan. The first phone I ever got was a second hand 5110 and I owned six or seven Nokia’s until I got an iPhone in 2007. While supporters had to suffer through the brand insisting on using Symbian for their operating system about two years back they ditched Symbian for Windows Phone and the Lumia range. Since then there’s been a lot of uproar about Windows Phone not having the same level of apps that iPhone and Android and while this is true, the reality is that living with a Lumia isn’t as crippling as one would think. As an experiment I decided to use a Nokia Lumia 925 and use it as my primary phone for two weeks. I’m not going to speak about the phone (despite it being great) but focus specifically on the operating system.┬áBefore I go into the phone I’ll quickly describe my general use case.

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The Nokia-Soft empire strikes back

Microsoft and their favourite Windows Phone developers have struck back to the Samsung and Apple camps (even though we have no idea what the iPhone 5 will be like) with the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, the spiritual successor to the widely well reviewed but moderately unpopular Lumia 800 and 900 devices. Nokia only sold 7 million of their first generation Lumia range, a decent sum however if you consider that Samsung sold over 10 million Galaxy S3’s alone it’s not that impressive.

According to Engadget:

As one of the first Windows Phone 8 devices to be officially announced, this device augments Espoo’s line with a larger, curved 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display, dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2,000mAh battery, NFC, integrated wireless charging and an 8-megapixel rear PureView camera capable of 1080p video.

In terms of specs it pretty much blazes past the competition and Windows Phone 8 (which the Nokia runs) is looking pretty sweet. It’s still going to be a matter of apps but from a hardware perspective it looks to eclipse what we assume is going to be the iPhone 5. Best part:

The company just formally unveiled the charging accessory — a soap-dish-shaped device based on the popular Qi wireless standard. (Of course, the Lumia 920’s built-in Qi tech means that you can use all manner of third-party charging pads; they don’t have to be made by Nokia.) Additionally, the company briefly teased a Fatboy-branded pillow also designed for recharging.

Wireless charging, high res screen, great camera and a beautiful design: sign me up!