Nokia Lumia 822 Review from Verizon Wireless…
Way back when, I had a little blue and gray Nokia mobile phone. My favorite thing about it was how easy it was to turn it on and just start using it. Menu options were very straightforward and basic enough for even a first-time user to find what they needed. After using the Nokia Lumia 822 from Verizon Wireless, I found that that fundamental feature has not changed.
The Lumia 822 uses the Windows 8 mobile operating system. Since I’ve been Apple-only for a few years now, I was a bit nervous. The last PC platform I used was Microsoft Vista so I’ve been completely oblivious to any changes in current functionality. Would this affect the learning curve of adapting to the mobile version? Fortunately, the combination of Nokia and Windows 8 was a perfect match for a platform crossover.
The navigation is so intuitive and user-friendly that I had no problem just jumping in and using it. I really liked the tutorial prompts which helped to ease the learning process. How did the makers of Nokia know that I would never even think of picking up and reading the phone’s user manual?! In a few minutes I was already customizing the Live Tiles to the way I liked them. Settings were right under ‘settings’ (duh) and it was a breeze to adjust sound, display, check data, usage, etc. I haven’t let my daughter use my phone yet but if she does, I’ll definitely look into using the Kids Corner Content. This is where you designate which games, music, videos, and apps you want to give your child(ren) access to.
Specific to Nokia phones is Nokia Music, which I was extremely impressed by. Not only can I choose a music mix to fit my mood and taste, but I can then download it for offline listening. We took advantage of this on our drive home from Yosemite. By that time, none of us felt like talking and part of the way there was no radio reception. I had a few songs on my phone but there’s no way we could listen to those 17 songs over and over again for 3 hours! There’s an awesome selection of song mixes and beats Pandora many times over, in my humble opinion. In an hour’s time, I think I only skipped maybe 2-3 songs that we didn’t like. Nokia Music, as well as Nokia City Lens, Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps, are completely free and require no subscription.
The library of apps available for Windows is still relatively small in comparison with that for iOS and Android devices. That collection is growing and there are many noteworthy apps already available. The Shared Shopping List is awesome! I’ve been on the hunt for such an app for a long time but most of them are plain ugly and unnecessarily confusion. Finally, someone got it right! The layout is the best I’ve seend and I was quick to add this to my Live Tiles. It’s so simple to create lists for different stores and check off items as you go. This is so helpful because, really, who shops at just one store when doing grocery shopping these days?! Plus, these lists can be shared among phones so the whole family can know what’s needed and there’s no doubling up on items purchased.
For busy parents, the Nokia Lumia 822 is a fantastic, budget-friendly solution. The features easily fit any lifestyle with ease. Plus, it’s so nice not having to charge it all the time either thanks to the longer-lasting battery power is! It does what it needs to, looks sleek, and takes awesome pictures. It’s got all the stuff without the the fluff 🙂 Now if I could just transport all the apps I already purchased for my iPhone…
I was provided a device (activation and service is paid by me) and compensation as a Verizon Wireless Ambassador. This, however, will not affect me in providing my 100% honest opinion in this or subsequent posts I write regarding this product or sponsoring company.