6 Must Have Windows 8 Phone Apps

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When you get a new phone there is always the conversation as to apps. Here are 6 apps that are a must on my Nokia Lumina 822 phone!

1) Sky Drive: Access to my files are a must!

2)One Note: I save all kinds of notes to myself! They can pictures, links or lists and all have a home on my One Note. I can even share folders with the husband super easy.

3) Office App: I can keep track of work for clients, put together posts (with formatting) or anything else when I get a minute in the car.

4) You Version Bible App: Not only does it have a ton of different versions of the Bible but it also has all my church’s sermon notes (free to me and the church) and reading plans for devotions.

5) Facebook: I use this more to see what everyone else is doing than my own posts (I can make and manage those through the phone’s Me pane).

6) Twitter: I use twitter not only to keep up with my friends but also on news and the world!!! I don’t quite remember how I lived with out it;).

What are your must have Windows 8 apps?

(I am part of a Verizon Ambassador program and received the Nokia Lumina 822 for free. I am also part of the Windows Champions program. All opinions are my own!)

A Glimpse at CES Day1

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Picture from Cnet

I am not at CES this year but I, like every other geek in the world, am watching the announcements with bated breath! So here are some of the things I have found interesting!

The 32 inch View Sonic tablet looks very fun and cool! It is Windows 8 with 10 point multi touch. (Cnet)

Kingston has a 1Tb USB 3.0 flash drive….Is there really anything I can say to make that cooler? (DailyTech)

BuQu Tech announced a magnetizing iPhone 5 charger. I hope they release some for Android too! (i4U News)

There are a few awesome tools for the connected home like the Philips Hue system and the Wemo lighting control system. (Techlicious)

 

Tomorrow I will share what coolness I see;)!

 

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,;)

Staying Safe on Mobile Social Networks

I love Twitter and Facebook. I even love Foursquare. What can I say, I am competitive! But I travel a lot by myself and I’m always running around town with my kids. Are these apps safe? Is mobile social networking a responsible thing to do?

(Keep reading on the Verizon Insider Blog)

A Look at the LG Spectrum

Recently I was gifted a brand new LG Spectrum 4G Android Phone and I love it!!! In the spirit of full disclosure my last phone would overheat and just shut down randomly. So some of my fascination could just be in my judgement the LG Spectrum 4G Android Phone really is a solid piece of technology!

At first look this is a sturdy phone! I am a little paranoid but I always really protect my tech… except this time. It feels solid in my hand and is big enough that you don’t feel like you will drop it easily. The screen is Corning’s Gorilla Glass. So that is pretty hard to scratch! The glare is pretty minimal in the sunlight and the resolution is very crisp. With a screen of 4.5 inches, the screen actually functional. I don’t want to have to squint or scroll a ton to see anything! It actually becomes more functional due to the size and readability alone.

Then there are the insides to take into consideration. This thing is fast and runs clean! It has an updated Gingerbread OS and has no problems keeping up with me at all! There isn’t a lot of memory built into the phone (4 gb) but it comes with a 16gb sd card! I have loaded it up with apps and music and there is still plenty of room.

Then there is one of my favorite things. The built in rear facing camera is 8 mega pixels! To compare, my Canon point and shoot only has 10. It also will take 1080p video too. It has a forward facing camera too but it isn’t quite as good.

I have become so much more productive since I have started using the Spectrum! I am able to write on it (I am writing this on it:), take pictures on it and even vlog from it. I am also traveling lighter. No longer do I have to carry a purse large enough to also hold of camera and a Flip camera.

My final analysis? A definite thumbs up! It gives me a solid performance. It is like carrying a little, but sturdy computer that fits in my girlie pockets.

(Disclosure: Verizon provided me with the phone but not the opinions. They are all mine!)