Recently I purchased a Windows 8 based Nokia Lumia, one of the economical smart phones. I am one of those phone users who use phone for basic function it was made for. Calling and receiving phone calls. One exception is good camera in the phone as it saves a lot of hassles of sharing photograph as compared to my point and shoot camera [again an old model, does not have connectivity features].
More recently, I had found ability to store and listen to music quite worthwhile feature [ Recently because though my phones always had these features, I never looked at them].
Last phone I had was nokia N8, quite decent phone even when I purchased it, long time after its release. It was my first touch phone. Camera was very good and worked for all my clinical photographs.
Few months after purchase, I started storing music files on it and could play them on my car’s music system by transmitting as FM. A great feature!
I could back its contacts to Nokia PC Suite like N79 that I previously never looked at the applications which were available all the time. For me those never existed. I stumbled across them during my last days with N8 when I happened to download few of them for the kids. Archery, Paint and there was another one I do not remember.
Those were the days when my revered N8 started having hiccups. It hanged, touch did not respond and most importantly, camera became slow.
After a lot of search and deliberation, I reached at the conclusion that I would purchase a dedicated camera for shooting and reduce my phone to the basic feature.
Then came the day when my N8 died. It sat there refusing to start and refused to get charged. Dead in every sense.
I needed a phone that was available, low on cost and reasonably good. With lot of reviews I chose Nokia Lumia 520 [In spite of suggestions, I could not come out of my Nokia comfort zone].
I had almost ordered 520 when news piece about launch of 525 came. It had enhanced RAM of 1 GB that could play Temple Run too. I never intended to play Temple Run, a free and popular game but I very well understood implications of enhanced RAM and it looked worth the increased price tag. [I later even downloaded and played Temple Run]
It was a good phone and I immediately liked it in spite of its cheap plastic looks.
Browser worked like charm and I was hooked to it. It would automatically updated emails from my account, messages from social site and the touch was great [ Before you say that this and that feature is better in any other phone, please remember I am comparing everything to N8, which in spite of Nokia star phone at its time appeared clumsy in front of 525.]
There were preinstalled applications and games and there were a lot to download from store [Yes! I know app store is nothing in comparison to android but who cares, there were more things than I knew or wished for].
Angry Birds was one of the available games and I downloaded a trial version for my kids. Daksh is six years old and Manya is 4 years old. It is a game where the birds get on catapult and hit the pigs because pigs stole their eggs.
The player launches the bird.
[I am not a very great fan of computer games. Though I feel these help in mental development of the child they are a hazard to physical development. May be, I am like this because I have seen games from other perspective, the ones I played in my childhood. Sitting in front of screen for hour and pressing some keys to destroy some thing is not my idea of game.]
From that moment, my six years old boy got hooked to the phone and played the game. As he learned the tricks, he played better [sometimes with my assistance] and demanded full version.
I purchased the game for Rs 55 and that added numerous levels of chapters to keep him busy for many days. [Read more...]