This year I upgraded my gadgets. I bought a new laptop and I now have a new Microsoft Surface tab. The upgrade was needed. The only thing about my upgrades was that I now had to start using Windows 8.
At first, I was a little iffy on Windows 8 but then I got it. I really enjoy it. Now my phone has not been upgraded this year. Until now. I recently received a Nokia Lumia to use. I do love my Droid 4 and I am not sure I will get rid of it just now but the Lumia offered a few nice features that I really liked.
The most important feature was the ability to have Windows 8 handy whenever I want it. The other thing I really loved about the Lumia was the display. This makes it easy for me to use the tiles and all the apps I can download.
The Carl Zeiss camera on the Lumia is probably one, if not, the best feature on the phone. I could not believe how clear the display was. While I use my current smartphone as a camera, I also have another digital camera that I use as well. I can definitely see myself using the Lumia as my only camera.
Because I travel a lot and take so many pictures for my blog, it would be handy to have on gadget that I use for that purpose. Right now I have to download pictures from my digital camera instead of just sending them to my computer.
There have been so many times that I come back from events or trips with terrible pictures because of the light not being sufficient. I cannot tell you how many times I have blurry pictures. The Lumia takes great photos even when there is low light. The video capability is great. The short video I took was so much better than the video on the my Flip camera.
There are cool features like the Cinemagraph. I needed a little more time to master this feature but it brings your pictures to life. You can add animation to your photos. It was wild. My favorite feature is the Creative Suite. You no longer need Instagram to make your pictures look cool. I find this great because I no longer have to log into an app to manipulate my photos.
I am excited to keep trying all the other features. Unlike my droid, this phone seems to have cooler apps and better features. Because it runs Windows 8, I can also now possibly sync my laptop apps to my phone.
I still need more time to discover the cool features on this phone. I just realized that the phone has a very cool service called HERE. Since we travel so much, this might be right up my alley.
So far, I like the Lumia. The fact that I can have a Windows phone is very appealing. Windows 8 has definitely made my life easier. The one feature I wish this phone did have was a keyboard. I am not sure I can ever give up my keyboard but this phone is steering me toward that.
Disclosure: As a member of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Program, I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.