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Old 25-10-2012, 12:11
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I've been with O2 for all my mobile phone life - about 11 years. I'm due for an upgrade in a couple of weeks and by the looks of it, I'll have to pay a decent sum of money to upgrade to an iPhone 4S (a phone that is a year old). I'm not even gonna bother with the iPhone 5 because that will cost several hundred on upgrade and it's not good value for money.

I've had iPhone 3GS' for my last 2 contracts, dating back to 2009. While I like iPhones, I am loathed to pay for an upgrade to a phone which isn't even the latest iPhone model, so I've been looking at other options - especially since I was underwhelmed with the iOS6 upgrade.

What do people think of the Nokia Lumia?

I've had Nokias in the past (though not smartphones) and I really liked them. The live tiles and navigation look good and with Windows phone 8 coming out shortly, I think it looks like a good alternative to Apple. The handsets are also a lot more reasonably priced.

Any advice is welcome, thanks.
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Old 25-10-2012, 12:27
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I've been with O2 for all my mobile phone life - about 11 years. I'm due for an upgrade in a couple of weeks and by the looks of it, I'll have to pay a decent sum of money to upgrade to an iPhone 4S (a phone that is a year old). I'm not even gonna bother with the iPhone 5 because that will cost several hundred on upgrade and it's not good value for money.

I've had iPhone 3GS' for my last 2 contracts, dating back to 2009. While I like iPhones, I am loathed to pay for an upgrade to a phone which isn't even the latest iPhone model, so I've been looking at other options - especially since I was underwhelmed with the iOS6 upgrade.

What do people think of the Nokia Lumia?

I've had Nokias in the past (though not smartphones) and I really liked them. The live tiles and navigation look good and with Windows phone 8 coming out shortly, I think it looks like a good alternative to Apple. The handsets are also a lot more reasonably priced.

Any advice is welcome, thanks.
Is there any particular reason why you're so keen to hang on to O2? Do you live in an area where only they have signal?

If not, try another provider - you'll get offered a better deal with a new contract else where and you'd be able to get an iPhone 5, if that's what you want.
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Old 25-10-2012, 12:49
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i like the nokia lumias.

in particular the 820 looks like an absolute steal.
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Old 25-10-2012, 14:19
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I have Lumia 800, best phone I had so far. 2 things, currently available WP7 phones won't be upgradable to WP8. If you want WP8, you need the phones that already come with it. And, if you want an app for everything, you won't get that with WP8. But Nokia Maps are slightly better than the latest masterpiece from Apple.
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Old 25-10-2012, 14:29
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Nokia maps is the best mobile navigation system by far.
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Old 25-10-2012, 14:43
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I have a Nokia Lumia 800 and I am very impressed with it. Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps are one of the best around, much much better than Apple's Maps. I have had an Apple iPhone 3GS a couple of years ago and after the initial excitement wore off with me, it was still another smart phone.

Those with Windows 7.5 on their phones will be be getting an update which will be Windows 7.8 and will have some Windows 8 features.
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Old 25-10-2012, 15:42
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If you get a current Nokia, it could be the overtaken within a few weeks by the newer models, and there is no upgrade path for the OS.

If you really want a Nokia, I'd wait until the WP8 phones are available.

Personally, I'd get an Android, but choice is a good thing.
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Old 25-10-2012, 15:56
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I've got a Nokia Lumia 800 and love it.
Nokia music is also a fantastic service. I have to agree the Nokia Drive app is stunning for a free Sat Nav.
There isn't as many apps for the windows phone but do you really need 20 twitter programs.
My only gripe is that the camera is bloody awful, and you can't add to the phones storage, but you can link the phone to your Skydrive account.

Wait till windows 8 phone comes out though.
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Old 25-10-2012, 16:07
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I've had both, a 4S and a Lumia 800, the 800 wins hands down for me.

There was something about the 4S which I didn't like, I couldn't put my finger on exactly why but the moment I held and saw what the 800 could do, I knew it was the phone for me.

It's all very subjective anyway, what I like, someone else doesn't and vice versa. My suggestion is to go to a phone store and 'try' both out and see which one floats your boat.
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Old 25-10-2012, 17:24
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Its definitely worth waiting for the Lumia 820 & 920 to appear, both look like a really useful improvement over the existing models.

The 920 definitely looks like the better phone, but is restricted to its internal storage; definitely appears to have a much improved camera (but possibly still only the third best mobile camera on the market?).

I wish that we had the Lumias available as work phone choices, but we've only got Android, iOS or BB on offer. For whatever reason Vodafone don't offer the Exchange integration (security, remote wipe, etc) for WP. Maybe it'll "be coming" for WP 8 devices.
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Old 25-10-2012, 17:31
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I think a Lumia is the only option for me other than an iPhone. I don't like Android as an OS but I really like the look of WP (though I haven't actually tried it out yet) and Nokia has always been a good make to me. I'll go to a store and give it a whirl.

Any ideas on pricing for the 820 and 920 on O2 contracts? I know they've not been released yet, just wondering if anyone more clued up on phones than me would hazard a guess.
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Old 25-10-2012, 19:01
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New Nokias look decent but too heavy for me.
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Old 25-10-2012, 19:06
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The new ones should be able to buy from next week Friday or shortly after that so it's not too long a wait.

The 920 is the flagship but the 820 has an SD card slot which the 920 doesn't. The 920 is better in most other respects.
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Old 25-10-2012, 19:09
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My issue with Windows Phone is the lack of apps, there is a rather poor selection.
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Old 25-10-2012, 20:12
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I went from an original iPhone to a Lumia 800 and thought it one of the best phones ever...really nice to use and quick to move round all the screens.

The only issue you may find is the lack of some apps...but I never found that a problem myself - but that will depend on what you want.

If you want Windows 8 though I'd wait until you can get a new Lumia with it on
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Old 25-10-2012, 20:26
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I agree with all the other Lumia 800 owners on here. It's the best phone I've ever had for speed and ease of use. My only small gripe is a few missing apps I used on Android, but I've managed to find alternatives or workarounds for most of them.
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Old 25-10-2012, 20:47
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I agree with all the other Lumia 800 owners on here. It's the best phone I've ever had for speed and ease of use. My only small gripe is a few missing apps I used on Android, but I've managed to find alternatives or workarounds for most of them.
No flash and no separate volume for games I find annoying at times, plus I miss TV Catchup.
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Old 25-10-2012, 20:49
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I agree with all the other Lumia 800 owners on here. It's the best phone I've ever had for speed and ease of use. My only small gripe is a few missing apps I used on Android, but I've managed to find alternatives or workarounds for most of them.
No flash and no separate volume for games I find annoying at times, plus I miss TV Catchup.

Camera button and power button are a bit rattly as well.
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Old 25-10-2012, 22:02
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OP - if you are heavily bought into the Apple world you may consider if it is worth moving. Also, as mentioned the re is not the depth or breadth of apps on WP. If there are particular apps on your iPhone that you rely on make sure you can either get them or an equivalent on WP.

The Lumia 800 is very cheap now, there are payg deals on HotUKDeal for about 130. It may be worth a punt. But really if you are keen on a contract do not get WP7 device as they will soon be left far behind. Just wait a few days for the WP8 devices. And if I was you I would bypass the Lumia devices as the 920 is a real brick of a device (but still looks like a great device) and the 820 is nothing special. My advice would be to get the HTC 8X. It has a 4.3" high res screen, will be built well and has a great camera - not as great as the 920 but then nothing is.
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