"Real alternative to endless iOS, Android screen swiping"4.5 starson by L-Smith
Pros: + Interface design beautiful
+ Touch screen is very sensitive and fast
+ Built in speaker has plenty of volume
+ Visual voicemail (free, but have to enable your account)
Cons: - No LED flash
- Camera is OK but not great
- Phone case is a bit plasticy
Summary: I have been using Android phones and an Apple iPod touch for a few years now and have enjoyed both very much. Lately I have been reading some good press on the Nokia Windows phones and wanted to give it a try. What also got me very interested was that Nokia phones have traditionally had good hardware. I had been using a Samsung Galaxy S Blaze for about a year now and it's been solid but a bit slow. I chose it over faster cell phones because I like a phone that can go a day or two on a full charge. My wife's Samsung Galaxy 2 has a great screen but you better have a charger and a current supply around because extended use will drain it quickly. My Samsung Galaxy also an annoying problem when trying to connect to my built in Bluetooth speaker system in my car. I would have to turn the Samsung Bluetooth on and off to get it connected. This problem never occurred using my older Motorola phone.
Anyway, ordered the Lumia 521 and figured I could sell it on eBay if it was a dog. I got it july 26 and have been using it a lot.
This phone is really great: it's very fast and the ability to create a custom display with what you really use makes it super easy and frustration free. No more endless side swiping to get to the app you currently need because the Windows animated tiles show what you want in the way you want. Many of the tiles function as small video screens that display information status related to the app. After using it a while I realized how limited the swiping system is in both iOS and Android.
I cannot emphasis how useful and functional this is it real life when you need to get things done efficiently. Microsoft doesn't communicate this effectively and perhaps people are so conditioned to swipe, swipe, swipe to get what they want that no other way seems possible. But it really offers an extremely effective way to monitor the many information streams that mobile phones can provide. You can design a kind of information cockpit with important streams where you want them and less important info streams in a view able but less conspicuous location. And this increased efficiency translates in a better user experience.
I found the interface design beautiful in terms of legible fonts and colors. A pleasure to use. Touch screen is very sensitive and fast, fast, fast. And linking up to my car's hands off Bluetooth system is quick. By the time I turn on the car engine and back out my driveway, it is always connected. No more Bluetooth tag to get a working connection.
For another viewpoint, Google "Wozniak praises windows phone".
Battery easily lasts a day.
Built in speaker has plenty of volume. The 521 camera is OK, not great and there is no built in flash. For a better camera, look to the Nokia Lumia 925 with Carl Zeiss lens. For now I really don't care to spend the $$ as the pictures are good enough.
This weekend I'll put my Samsung Galaxy S Blaze up for sale. Works great but I am keeping the Windows phone.
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Thank for reading, I hope it helps.