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Sep 13

Nokia Lumia 1020: First week’s impressions of Windows Phone

CN Tower at night

The CN Tower in Toronto, shot at night without flash on Nokia Lumia 1020

It has now been a week since I got the Nokia Lumia 1020.
The phone feels great in your hand.
The photos are very good.
You do feel like you live on an island.

Windows Phone is still a novelty.

I love the flat design and once you get its implementation of panels, its interface seems more fluid than iOS’ dependency on tabs. The user interface’s fit and finish are polished and smooth, nothing like the noisy bumpy experience on Android.

I am what I believe is an enterprise user.
I need impeccable email and calendar experience, as close as you would get in Outlook (however frustrating it is sometimes). Windows Phone is not there. It is smooth, but close (see gripes below). Microsoft can and should improve on this, but who do you talk to in order to ask?

Presently, with a week left for me to return the phone, I am swaying between keeping it and getting the new iPhone 5s. Below are some of the impressions I gathered over the last week.

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Posted from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sep 13

Nokia Lumia 1020: Day 1 with Windows Phone

Day 1 thoughts with the Lumia 1020:

  1. As expected, the phone is built very well.
  2. Adjusting to the Windows Phone user interface takes learning. Not as easy a transition from Android, a bigger departure.
  3. Initial shots are fantastic, as they should be.
  4. AT&T shoves crap onto the phone, which is easily removed, though.
  5. LTE speeds are great. Ran Skype with without a problem.
  6. WiFi sharing is very fast (as a result of LTE) but stops working during phone calls, which is disappointing.
  7. To get the phone to show its network connection quality and the time you need to tap the top of the screen.
  8. Office 365 connectivity was very quick and easy to set up. Similarly Google.

Apr 12

Is nothing really that much worse than something?

How much is a brand worth to a company? For most small companies it means virtually everything. They are one and all with the brand. Bigger companies often pour massive amounts into building and maintaining brands. According to David Ogilvy, the father of modern advertising, such brand positioning makes or breaks the brand. Something breaks, though, when it comes to mobile. 

Companies and organizations that make such huge investments in their brand suddenly realize their website, often times their core offering, looks bad or does not work on mobile devices. In a world where budgets are almost always tight, they look to do something out of nothing to address this problem. They want to be available to the growing smartphones and tablet-using masses. They need something

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