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It's contract renewal time again. I'm quite happy with my Xperia Arc and the only things I like the look of more are Nokia Windows phones. Anyone have any experience, good or bad?
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I've got a Nokia 520 windows phone . I'm on my second replacement now due to relability and the camera is good . The children don't try to borrow it instead of my wife's iPhone as the games are worse. It's probably got loads of functions I don't use.
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I have a 920 as a personal device and a 520 for work. The camera is very good on the 920 and Windows phone 8 is fast and clean looking on both. I don't really do apps, but it has all the usual social media and popular games. E-mail integration for work or personal works neatly and I like the ability to put shortcut tiles to different e-mail folders on my screens.

The two things I find irritating are that the volume is linked to everything, so you can't turn the volume down in say YouTube or a game and it not affect your ring or other notifications. Notifications are also a bit rubbish in that you can pick a notification tone for ringtones, texts, voicemail, email and calendar reminders, but all other apps get lumped under "all other notifications" so it's a bit all or nothing.

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I have a 520 as a work phone, fantastic value for money considering you can pick them up brand new unlocked sim free for around 90 if your lucky, i keep my eye for them on amazon marketplace.

I like the fact the touchscreen works when wearing gloves. Built in apps like email are decent and easy to use.

Not much not to like, it also has a battery saver mode to make battery last longer, battery can easily be replaced anyway.

Windows mobile still has some way to go to catch up with iOS or Android for sheer number of apps but lots of the most popular ones are available.

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The app thing doesn't really bother me, my initial android app frenzy has now worn off. As long as it has satnav, t'internet, emails and a reasonable camera, that'll probably do the job.
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Nokia bought Navteq a few years ago and the "Here Drive" application is both free and very good.
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Pretty much convinced by the Nokia 920 I think. Camera in particular sounds very good.
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If they stuck a keyboard/pad on one I'd definitely jump ship.
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My son has a 520....apart from the inferior app store he says the windows phone is superior to the Android phones.
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If they stuck a keyboard/pad on one I'd definitely jump ship.
You mean like this?

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You try running a unix desktop session over Citrix or VNC
without a physical keyboard.

Or even type proper emails.
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I have had my 920 for a few months now, me likes it, quality feel, great camera (have to turn phone off when connecting to a computer to import pics) plenty of tests versus everything on youtube..
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You try running a unix desktop session over Citrix or VNC
without a physical keyboard.

Or even type proper emails.
I have, Citrix Receiver app works fine. Although I'm binning citrix off cos its not supported as a vdi for our erp.

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That's for their tablet though not any of the phones.

Surely a tablet is a better device for any kind of remote working ?


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If you are travelling and all you want to do is check a batch job or mail a logfile
to someone (cat filename | mail [email protected]) or something, it's bloody useful
to just whip out the phone and log in.

And getting symbols like | / and \ on a touchscreen keyboard is just annoyingly fiddle
and you loose more than half the screen area with the keyboard displayed, I find.


I would definitely not rule out WinPhone8 or NokiaX .
Even the next (last) BB might be a possibility.
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My daughter has a Nokia 1020 and its been nothing but trouble since she's had it. It refuses to update and many of the apps simply refuse to work at all! We contacted EE and Nokia regarding it (it's only a few months old and on contract) and neither of them are willing to either repair or replace the handset without payment. The camera is excellent though. Me, I'll stick with Android, I can't fault my HTC One.
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Too late! It's coming today. Going out for a pint or two later so I'll probably break it when I get home.
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Too late! It's coming today. Going out for a pint or two later so I'll probably break it when I get home.
So clumsy after two pints? Or was that a lie and 1-2 means 9-10?
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So clumsy after two pints? Or was that a lie and 1-2 means 9-10?
To be fair, I can be clumsy after a glass of milk. As it happens, the phone is at a parcel depot in Eccles where it can stay until Monday when I'm out that way so I can't damage it.
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To be fair, I can be clumsy after a glass of milk. As it happens, the phone is at a parcel depot in Eccles where it can stay until Monday when I'm out that way so I can't damage it.
Heh, first thing on the shopping list should be a case for it then, I find the nokia's a bit slippery to handle.
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Heh, first thing on the shopping list should be a case for it then, I find the nokia's a bit slippery to handle.
Dropped it getting it out of the box.

First impressions are very good. Email up and running, contacts all transferred, music copied over and so on. I can't get a 3G internet connection for some reason but apart from that, it's all good. I like the fact that everything I use is on one screen. The only slight ballache is a lack of widgets to adjust the brightness, put it on silent etc without fannying about it the menus. whether there's a solution to that I've yet to establish.
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Got a 920 and it's been virtually faultless since purchase a year ago. Windows Phone 8.1 (aka Blue) is due for announcement today at Microsoft Build conference and all Windows 8 phones should be updateable to it. We are having Nokia visit us more regularly now so hope to help them see what needs improving :-)
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Got a 920 and it's been virtually faultless since purchase a year ago. Windows Phone 8.1 (aka Blue) is due for announcement today at Microsoft Build conference and all Windows 8 phones should be updateable to it. We are having Nokia visit us more regularly now so hope to help them see what needs improving :-)
Tell 'em to sort the ****ing music player out; it's utter ****e.

I found apps to help with putting it on silent etc now. The camera is excellent, and the whole thing works fairly quickly and seamlessly. The music player is, however, a massive let down. All I want to do is tee up a series of tracks to play and maybe create the odd playlist. None of the alternative players seem any better either.
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