I have had the most interesting phone experience for the past few months. A while back, I was given my very own Nokia Lumia 710 to try out. This little phone is jam-packed with features!
Because it runs with Windows Phone Mango, I have to admit that at first I really didn’t like it. Spending time learning a new operating system was just not high on my list of things to do.
I did eventually start playing with it, and now I really love the phone! It’s not going to replace my existing phone long term, but only because I’m already in a contract with my carrier and there’s no point in shifting gears and paying the fines to change.
I have decided to keep the Lumia though. With its wireless access, I can use it any place with Internet available. I can watch live TV, Netflix, and keep up with my friends on Facebook and Twitter. A confirmed night owl, I will confess to watching television on the crystal clear screen late at night. Because it’s so small, there’s not as much in the way of flashing lights to bother Hubby. (Perhaps I shouldn’t have him read this…he might take away my Lumia and then I’d have to go to the living room at night.)
The Windows interface means that when you turn on the phone, you’re greeted with large tiles that are essentially categories. So I click on the people tile and it takes me to all my contacts and their updates. How cool is that? The Facebook app on my existing cell phone is a bit clunky and time-consuming. The Lumia gets me real-time updates, specific to my friends, very quickly. I like that.
Because it has a built-in camera (5-megapixel), the wireless access, and all the apps I can possibly download, I’ve decided to keep the phone and ditch my iPod (sorry, Apple). The Lumia is affordable, with prices starting as low as $49.99 (with phone contract from T-Mobile).
This is the best part: I get to give away a Lumia! Yay! Just click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win your own phone. I need you to comment, telling me how the Lumia could make your life easier. And you can get extra entries by Tweeting the giveaway or sharing on Facebook.
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FTC Disclosure: I was given a free Nokia Lumia 710 which I love and am planning to keep. Because I love it.
Hi Amy i am not really good with all these new phones. I have been wanting something, so when i am out of town or have to go baby sit for one of the little grandkid I could take it with me and get a little work done on the side. Maybe the the Nokia Lumia 710 would be the answer for me. I don’t want something that is going to cost me and arm and leg every month.
What do you think would fit for my need/
Thanks Amy and blessings to you,
I actually like the Lumia quite a bit for you. It’s fairly easy to use as smartphones go. You shoulda seen me trying to learn the Android a year and a half ago. Oy. Painful. The Lumia is intended to be affordable. You’d have to sign up for a plan with T-Mobile, but from what I’ve seen they have great rates.
Thanks Amy I shall check it out.
I know it’s just a blog post. Yet it sounds like a (great) commercial for the Nokia Lumia 710. “What’s the catch?” – I wonder.
LOL. Beat, are you approving or disapproving? I can’t tell. The only catch would be that if you win the phone and want to use it as a phone, you have to sign up for a contract with T-Mobile. It’s a small catch though, and not required. I’m using the phone without service; it’s kind of like an ipod for me.
For me a phone is…a phone! Nothing else. Perhaps I’m getting too old but all these ‘extras’ just don;t excite me. Sorry!
You’ll never be too old. Stop it. And that’s no biggie, you’re welcome to not be excited. 🙂 More prize for other folks, right?
I have never seen one of these but it sounds fun. Never considered using one with just wifi. Maybe a good idea. It sounds like it is working for you. I really did not want it but your post motivated me. The power of the story and your action verbs convey enthusiasm. Effective post.
PS I do recommend that you not watch TV late regularly. You are messing with the pineal gland and your biological click regulated by the melatonin it makes, listen to music instead.
Bruce, thanks for the compliments! One of my boys is actually looking to buy a used iphone because he can do more with it than an ipod, and he’s not going to use the phone part either. I’m starting a revolution! Or not, lol.
Hmmmmm, I will most definitely take your advice. I’m trying to get my poor ol’ body back in good shape, and I’ve gotten into the terrible habit of staying up late and then sleeping too late. I don’t like it. I’ll get the music set up asap. Thanks!
Dear Amy –
Spound like a good deal. My grandaughter would like it since she will not let me take out and use my very old phonwe. She says it embarasses her. But it works fine.
If i happen to win, I would want to know about the contract though before accepting.
I don’t use my cell much. I am chained to my PC.
The phone does not come with a contract. Which is actually pretty nice, because you’re not locked into anything. Last night I used it to play music per Bruce’s suggestion that late-night TV is bad for me. That worked very well! Until I got bored and tried out a new game. I played Scrabble, first against myself and now I am locked in a game with some opponent. It’s kind of okay, but slow because we have to wait for each other (up to 5 days!) before we can go again. And I started with a 24-point word, of which I was very proud.
As for your granddaughter, I think she’d like the phone. It’s modern and nice-looking, and wouldn’t embarrass her I’m thinking.
I still have an old fashioned phone. But it makes and received calls and text messages, and as I’m married to my computer 12 hours a day I don’t really need one. However to post updates to Twitter and Facebook easily it would be useful, as well as the camera.
LOL. I wouldn’t have described a phone that receives texts as “old fashioned”. How quickly definitions change! Being on my computer most of the time you’d think I could do without the fancy gadgets. It is super nice, though, to be able to keep up with everything on the go. And camera! Love having a camera in my phone!