My very first mobile phone was a Nokia but I hadn't looked at the brand in years until last month when I was asked to try out the Lumia Windows Phone. Now I totally luffs my iPhone and had a slight wobbly lip at the thought of being unfaithful to it, even if it was only for 30 days. But new experiences are good for the soul, right?
So which is better, the Nokia Lumia 920 or the iPhone 4?
There's only one way to find out....
Nooo! Not by setting them to hand to hand combat. I'm not a barbarian. Plus then I'd have no phone.
There's no denying that the Nokia Lumia 920 is a very handsome piece of tech. It comes in bright, pop art colours and has a large 4.5 inch screen. A recent BBC report informs me that bigger screens are cooler these days, to the extent that the word phablet (phone/tablet) has been coined.
So just how fab is this phablet?
- At 185g it's heavier than an iPhone, a relatively lightweight 112g. It's hardly a Kettlebell but you do notice the difference at first.
- The Lumia smooshes all your contacts from your sim card and Facebook together and shows them on the home screen. They flap around like a jigsaw made of the people in your life, which is quite nice once you get used to your mum's pic merging into your bank manager's.
- You have to create a Windows Live account to download apps, which is a pain - I really don't want to be creating more accounts for stuff.
- When texting the autocorrect offers you a choice of words and you can tap the relevant one (rather than it automatically replacing words it thinks you've got wrong), thus cutting back on those Damn you autocorrect moments.
- There's no swooshing sound when you send a text. I love that swooshing sound! That's the best bit of texting. Missed that, and also didn't totally believe that my texts had landed - obviously the swooshing sound makes all the difference
- The 8 megapixel camera on the Lumia is terrific and we liked the facility to shoot panoramic views. We took some lovely images which I forgot to download before I sent the phone back so you'll have to take my word on that. Trust me, they were peachy.
- Wireless charging is being touted as a major bonus for the Nokia Lumia, but you'll have to shell out an extra £40+ for the charging plate so I wasn't able to use that feature. Looks good though.
- Lots of apps to choose from, but no Instagram. If I am to make my cat look like he's on a 1970's album cover, this Windows Phone will not be able to help.
- Great local mapping & navigation. Look through the camera display and it shows local suggestions for places to eat, drink and visit.
- Battery life seemed about the same for me for both phones, though as always it depends on what you use your phone for.
- Homescreen can be easily customised so you can keep up with work & social networks
- Comes with Office - I've just bought a new PC and even that didn't have Office. There's also Powerpoint and Excel so you can create documents. You can sync documents so you can move from phone to laptop to desktop easily. This handset recognises the fact that making calls is probably only a tiny part of what you use your phone for.
So on Friday a courier came and took my Lumia back to Nokia and I will miss it. I've gone from thinking This looks a bit big to Geesh, my iPhone looks a bit small.
It'll have less appeal to anyone looking for a mini phone to slip into their shirt pocket. But for what amounts to a mini office on the move it's extremely handy. The big screen was great for reading documents and web pages. I'm not planning on changing my phone just yet but if I was then this would be a very strong contender.
Tariffs vary, so, y'know, shop around.