A Look at the Nokia 822

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At Blogher I had gotten a chance to play a little with Windows 8 but that was for just a few minutes. But at that time Verizon didn’t have a cutting edge Windows phone. But they do now!!! I was stoked to get my little hands on my first Windows 8 device when I was sent the Nokia 822 to try out!

First instinct out of the box was that it felt good in my hand. It was super intuitive and within a moment I had it checking my email, Twitter, and Facebook. It took longer to phone Verizon to switch service than to get up and running!

I really like the Windows 8 phone experience! It is extremely easy to customize the interface. You can rearrange all your tiles and size them with just a pinch. You shop the app store and pin what ever apps you want to your home screen. You can even set up groups with specific people in them and tiles with just 1 person (I set up my husband in his own).

Then there is the Nokia and the technical sides. There is a great 8mp camera with Carl Zeiss optics. The battery life is crazy long!!! I listened to music on the phone through blue tooth earphones all day on Black Friday, the battery wasn’t even down to half!!!

Then there are Nokia specific features. 1 is that they have their own maps and navigation system. And it is pretty good! They also have a music service. There are a variety of music lists (Pop hits, Christian hits, Christmas music, etc) and you can listen to it for free. Better than that? You can download them for free (on wifi) and listen to it when you are offline!

Ok, so that is all great things… but there is the down side. The notifications are a bit odd in comparison to the Android experience. It took me a bit to get used to it but you can depend on getting notifications on the top, instead check your tile. It feels like a negative but I don’t know if it really is.

Windows 8 is still a new environment. Which means it doesn’t have as many apps. And I am not talking about just quirky apps. I couldn’t find a good app to manage my Twitter well much less a tool to manage my clients’ Twitter and Facebook accounts. Normally I use the pro version of Hootsuite and it saves me so much time (and time is money;). The other apps I use daily that aren’t on Windows 8 yet are CoziFamily, Pinterest and Vons!

So I have put my Windows 8 Nokia 822 back in the box, awaiting the day the apps catch up with the coolness! My final analysis is that… I love the phone, the Nokia perks and the Windows 8 environment but with out a couple of apps that are key for me, I can’t use it yet. If you don’t need those specific apps, this may be the phone for you!!!

(Disclosure: I am in a Verizon Ambassador program. And so they sent me this awesome phone in the hopes I would want to tell you about it. So yes, that means I was given the phone by Verizon! I am separately in the Windows Champions program, just so you know,;)

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