When Nokia first announced they were moving to WP i couldn't figure out how they were going to differentiate. I'd already got a first gen Samsung windows phone so had an idea that nokia would add a few custom apps like samsung had done but man was I wrong. Though from a users perspective the lock down that Microsoft imposes is great because it removes the cruft that manufactures build into android phones I thought it would also make it hard for Nokia devices to stand out from a software point of view leaving only hardware as a point of differentiation. Nokia apps have become the things I like most about my phone, every time I show people Cinemgraph they want to download it straight away! except they can't cus they've got iPhones. For a WP owner that's a rare feeling! Also Nokia music which being a Zune subscriber I couldn't see the point of when it was 1st launched has now become my goto music service. Awesome
I just wish they offered the 920 on Verizon. I went to AT&T specifically for the Windows Phone 7 but the service in my neck of the woods is terrible compared to Verizon so I want to go back but I have Lumia 920 envy.
The 928 is coming to Verizon next month.
"Nokia Music offers a free, Pandora-style streaming music service exclusively to Lumia users, with an optional paid subscription (Music+) that offers offline station access."
The free Music+ service allows offline access to stations. The paid version allows you to skip as many songs as you want, while the free version limits the number of skips, like Pandora.
@ Josh: search for Lumia 928. Rumor has it that device is coming to Verizon in April. Of course, it's just rumor, but keep your eyes open - you may get your wish. I wouldn't be surprised if it's true. Nokia would love to have - needs to have, actually - a device on Verizon. The rumors were politics and $$ kept the Lumia 920 an exclusive.
I've heard it reported that it was not $$ that made 920 exclusive to AT&T but that this is Nokia's typical business plan when it comes to the US market. I think Nokia believes that exclusivity brings a certain je ne sais quoi. Also, given the launch quantities it was for the best.
Given Nokia's track record with launch quantities, if you want a 928, get it on day one or wait for weeks/months.
I wonder if there is some Nokia marketing exec with an affinity for '80s front engine Porsches (928).
Yes, the Nokia apps are quite interesting. I tried a Nokia 820 for a few weeks as my primary device. Not all of these apps are great. I liked Nokia Music, but Nokia Drive is not so great, practically every other navigation solution - like Navigon or TomTom for example - is better. And in the end, the apps dont help if the OS is weak. WP 8 is still way beyond Android, for example regarding notifications, multitasking or SD-card handling. So I gave it back.
Thanks Paul. I did not know about PhotoBeamer, so I installed it and it really works and quite fast too. :-). I have used other Nokia Apps such as the turn-by-turn navigation system and maps with traffic reports, etc. They work quite well!!!
I have the 8X, and judging by the quality of the Drive Beta app, I'm sure other Nokia apps are just as high quality.
Thanks for the reminder on the Transit app. I had totally forgotten about it. Just last weekend I was lamenting the lack of transit support on Windows Phone, and this appears to be the answer. The "transit nearby" feature is killer!
Thank you for writing about the Nokia apps. When I switched from an iPhone to WP8 a few months ago, I was bummed that Verizon offered only the HTC and the "mid-range" 822, thanks to the 920 exclusive with ATT.
I thought I was settling with the 822, but within a few days, I became a huge Nokia fan, thanks in large part to the quality of their apps. Now that my wife's contract is about to expire, she wants to use the 822, as well -- leaving me to eventually switch to the 928, when it arrives on VZ.
Paul, are you still sticking to your guns about the 8X or are you considering the 928 now?
Now if Nokia would just release at bat 2013 I would be as happy as a pig in !@#&. (or any for that matter looking at you MLB!)
I couldn't get over the difference in how the Lumia 822 felt in my hand vs the HTC 8x. It felt like I would have dropped it easily. Went with the 8x and am quite happy with it.
I agree, Nokia has great apps and services - as long as they "only blow the bloody doors off"
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