Countdown to Black Friday with New Deals Every Day on Amazon

Amazon just launched their Black Friday Pre-sale event. You can check back every day for new items at http://amazon.com/Black-Friday/…

Already they are offering up some pretty sweet deals for geeks and gamers. I recommend bookmarking and checking back as often as possible. I’m hoping for a PS4 Bundle or Console to go on sale. I have enough already to purchase, but since it is that time of year, saving some money never hurts, and I’ve waited this long already to get myself the newest consoles, so might as well hang in there a few more weeks and see what happens!

Last year, amazon had amazing black friday and cyber monday exclusive gaming bundles for all three major game systems including Xbone, PS4, and WiiU. This year the savings should be even greater since the technology continues to age and the market gets even more competitive with new consoles such as the Xbox Scorpio, PS4 Pro, and (soon to be released) Nintendo Switch, which means the standard Xbox One, PS4 Slim, and possibly Wii U will need to discount their inventory to see a strong finish this year.

PC Gamers are not to be forgotten, RIGHT NOW amazon has awesome Black Friday deals on headsets, lightup keyboards, game controllers, gaming mice, and more. There are some great deals such as headsets for 65% off, hot new release games for both console and pc at up to 75% off and many more.

Amazon even has a page set up specifically for gaming deals here: http://amzn.to/2evLcYi

or a general one for Electronics here: http://amzn.to/2evMYZH

I’m also needing a new gaming laptop, and Amazon has a page for PC and Laptop deals here: http://amzn.to/2elLmON

Video Games not your thing? Maybe you want some boardgames, legos, cute plushies, dolls, or figures? If so amazon also has a page for you here: http://amzn.to/2fp9ssJ

And the sales will continue into cyber monday as well and Cyber Monday has it’s own page for deals which will be located at http://amzn.to/2fk9JB3 once it goes live later this month.

 

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Per Amazon’s site:

“Black Friday Deals–The Party Is Just Getting Started!

Black Friday 2016 will be here soon, but we didn’t want you to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to save on Black Friday deals, so we are counting down to Black Friday 2016 with exciting deals today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and…you get the picture. Stop by each day through November 24 for early Black Friday deals, including sales on electronics, low prices on DVDs, magazine subscription specials, toy bargains, and fashionable deals for women, men, kids & baby, and more. You’ll find our best Black Friday deals, and Deal of the Day bargains you won’t want to resist for holiday gifts.

Something else to be excited about–at Amazon, Black Friday 2016 isn’t just a day to us–it’s a whole week! We’ll kick off Black Friday Deals Week early with Black Friday deals and sales all day every day that week, including Black Friday, with those big after-Thanksgiving sales you’ve been waiting for. Trust us, if you love a good deal, you won’t want to miss it!

To continue the excitement, we have made Cyber Monday 2016 a whole week too! We’ll be kicking off Cyber Monday with a week’s worth of cyber deals, just in time for you to get back to work after Thanksgiving … and shop online. Shhh … we won’t tell your boss! You’ll find more great deals every day during Cyber Monday Deals Week.
So stop by any day, or better yet, every day. We’ll be here with great deals!”

 

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Sonicomi Communication with Sonico English PC Game Review

Title: Sonicomi Communication with Sonico

Genre: Visual Novel / Idol Simulation / Rhythm Game / Photography Simulation / Dating Sim / Raising Sim

Platform: PC

Developer: Nitro+

Publisher: JASTUSA

Where to Buy: Jlist – use Coupon Code: MOE-22Y-E8BNV5 to get 5% off!

Geeky: 4/5 – High quality anime style graphics. This version of Sonicomi is the original PC version; however, for the US release, they integrated the new improved graphics from the Playstation version which adds a lot more visual appeal to the game. Sonicomi comes to life with fully animated and expressive movements. Unlike other visual novels which show only static images, the graphics in Sonicomi definitely do impress. There are multiple game modes and tons of achievements to unlock as well. Like most visual novels, this game is light on gameplay, however, there is some challenge to see how high you can score each photoshoot, and the appeal of unlocking new outfits for Sonico. There’s also 18 different endings and a surprisingly touching story.

PC Game Review: Super Sonico Sonicomi Communication With Sonico
PC Game Review: Super Sonico Sonicomi Communication With Sonico

Sweetie: 5/5 – Sonicomi is very cute! And the ability to customize her with hundreds of different pieces of outfit and tens of thousands of combinations for those outfits, makes this a game that girls are sure to love, just as much as guys who like the busty and sexy appeal of the pink haired gravure idol.

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Overall: 76/90 84% B “Very Good Game for Girls”

Concept: 10/10  As I mentioned when I announced the preorder bonuses for the game here, this game basically is like combining Princess Maker (which I reviewed here) with Pokemon Snap (a game in which you photograph pokemon). Of course, Sonico’s lusty and busty figure make this game a lot more “Ecchi” or perverted than those games, but the game mechanics are like a perfect mashup of these two gaming gems. You determine Sonico’s fate and what direction her career will take (similar to Princess Maker), while the gameplay itself is a visual novel with about a dozen different “levels” each defined by a photo shoot. On these photo shoots your client will request different images, from sexy to sweet and innocent, or even weird. You must try to recommend different locations, outfits, and poses to meet the needs of your client. At different points in the story you will be presented opportunities to respond to Sonico in different ways (hence the name of the game), your responses, as well as choices made and how well you perform the various photo shoots will lead you to one of 18 different endings. Each time you play the game, you keep any outfits you unlock and continue to add new items to use to dress up Sonico however you’d like. There’s different difficulty modes, and even a free play mode where you can just photograph Sonico without worrying about a timer or any requests from your clients. You can save and share these images to show off how cute Sonico has become.

Gravure Idol Simulation PC Game Super Sonico Communications with Sonico Review
Gravure Idol Simulation PC Game Super Sonico Communications with Sonico Review

Gameplay: 8/10 The story unfolds like a visual novel at different points you can talk to, or even touch Sonico in various ways which raises her affection or changes her mood or even changes how the public views her as an idol. The main gameplay however comes in the form of photoshoots. You start by choosing an outfit for Sonico by combining different pieces and parts, such as a jacket, top, pants, skirt, jewelry, handbag, shoes, socks, hair, skin tone, etc. In these shoots, you must complete all “takes” (ranging from 1 to 3) without wearing any duplicate items from the previous takes, all while taking into account the client request. Once on set, you’ll see Sonico frolicking around and soon begin to see blue and pink “rings” on your screen. It’s your job to mouse over these rings and click them right as they turn pink. Clicking too soon or too late will lower your score. Clicking at just the right time will allow you to “chain” “perfects” which gives a large boost to your score. Getting perfects will also begin to fill up a gauge on the screen which when full, left clicking will open a number of options such as Communication, where you ask Sonico how she’s doing – she may tell you she’s tired, thirsty, nervous, fired up/excited, or able to still go on. Another option is to give Sonico a break which will help refill her stamina, and if executed correctly will extend the time you have in the photoshoot. If you let Sonico get too exhausted you will fail the photoshoot so you must be careful. The remaining options let you change Sonico’s pose and position from standing, sitting, or lying down. If Sonico is “excited and fired up” and you select Communication, you will activate a special mode with new poses and bigger chances for bonuses. After each take you’ll see your score, and after completing all takes, you’ll receive a letter grade which you need to pass to move on to the next scene.

I deducted a few points because this game is impossible to play without a mouse or game controller. I bought a mouse just to play this game. I think a lot of casual gamers, especially those on laptop devices may not have a mouse? I didn’t because I played in bed anyways so where would I put a mouse? (Hint: I ended up putting it on the wrist/rest area near the touchpad, below the keyboard.) The touchpad on my laptop was totally laggy/nonresponsive – which was something weird caused only when playing this game. I couldn’t even get past the tutorial and it wasn’t from a lack of skill, my pointer on screen would not move where I wanted it, and even when it did, I found I couldn’t “snap” the photo, just nothing would happen when I clicked the “mouse button” (built into my touchpad). This seems like a weird glitch or bug? But now that I’m using a mouse, there’s no problem 🙂 And I’ve used the mouse in some other more actiony games too so it’s all good. Mice are cheap enough anyways *under 10 bucks* but I just can’t help thinking that the touchpad should have worked, or my touch screen on my laptop, but both were very laggy and made it impossible to play. Bad controls = bad gameplay. So you’ll want to make sure you have a mouse or steam controller or similar input device.

However, the gameplay is very engaging, and the hunt for new outfit pieces (all of which carry over into any new games you begin) as well as unlocking the achievements and all 18 different endings keeps you playing over and over. The in depth tutorial at the beginning of the game lets anyone just pick up and play the game, but some of the higher difficulty settings offer a large challenge even for more seasoned rhythm game players. The free play mode is really cute and fun too, especially with the ability to take and share steam screenshots, or collect the images in an in-game photo album.

Story: 5/10 I get the feeling that there’s only “illusion of choice” for very much of this game. Yes, there are 18 different endings, but it seems to me that they are determined more in how you do on photoshoots than how you respond to the story prompts. Although those DO impact the game also. I only suspect this, because on multiple play throughs, when I skip “previously read text” I’m skipping about 75-85% of the story. There is a decision later in the game to take Sonico’s career in different directions, such as being a commercial model or a high fashion model, but even that seemingly important decision does little to change the story – though it does change several of the different photo shoots in the later part of the game.

The story itself is pretty cute, but way too short and simplistic to really rank this score any higher than “mediocre” – but it’s a Gravure Idol Sim, people don’t really play this for story. — The story isn’t bad, actually I was pleasantly surprised that it’s very touching and hits close to the heart at times, but that’s mostly attributed to the strong character interaction which I’m scoring separately below. The story has a lot of comedic moments and some truly wtf moments as well which makes it highly entertaining.  Perhaps my biggest complaint against the story is that it starts strong, but just as it’s taking off, the game comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, and that’s not from getting a “bad end” but instead it just feels like the second half of the game is rushed, and that more could have been done which could have added not only more story, but more photoshoots and more gameplay too.

Cameo Appearance: Danny Choo Mirai Culture Japan Smart Doll Smartdoll
Cameo Appearance: Danny Choo Mirai Culture Japan Smart Doll Smartdoll

Characters: 10/10 The biggest and most pleasant surprise to me was how endearing and likable all of the characters were, especially Sonico. I had heard of Sonico, and seen cameo appearances in other games, but I honestly knew very little about her. As I played, I couldn’t help but think, OMG Sonico is JUST LIKE ME!! Since I related to her, it increased my enjoyment of the game and story and made her even cuter to me. She loves cats, I love cats (like REALLY love cats), She loves her grandma – I love my grandma, we’re like best friends. She loves sweets, I love sweets. She loves shopping, I love shopping. She’s really really naive and ditzy… I’m sadly also really naive and ditzy. She’s clumsy and hurts herself often, I’m clumsy too! It was like seeing myself as an anime character. Of course I’m not as cute or sexy as Sonico, but her pure heart and bubbly happy go lucky and laid back personality are very similar to my own personality and attitude.

Sonico wasn’t the only character who I found likable either. I also really liked Cutie Q who mysteriously turns up and gives you advice throughout the game, and Pandagawa, an idol manager who’s also a cute (and perverted) panda. And Sonico’s rival Angie, who is pretty much like Sonico’s exact polar opposite (and who I think should have her own game, right? she’s pretty amazing). All of the characters are really unique and quirky. Even Danny choo and his Smart Doll Mirai makes an appearance in the game which was a huge plus since I’m such a huge Smartdoll / Dollfie Dream / ABJD fan.

Pandagawa - Super Sonico - PC Game Review - Sonicomi Communication with Sonico
Pandagawa – Super Sonico – PC Game Review – Sonicomi Communication with Sonico

Graphics: 8/10 It’s already been said how cute and sexy Sonico is, and already been said that there’s literally tens of thousands of different outfit combinations possible to make Sonico look however you’d like. The environments and poses and background art is all very lovely. In the photoshoots it’s all 3D, and in free mode you can even adjust lighting and other touches to make the environment look as you please. In the visual novel, the backgrounds are done in an a more anime style. Sonico is a full body and fully animated figure. Her expressions and movements are just like a real person, which makes this visual novel stand out from others that just use static sprites or images. However, and where the game loses some points, is that Sonico is the only character who we ever “see” in the game or any of the photoshoots. There’s at least two occasions where you’re “supposedly” photographing another model with Sonico – and it would have been cute, awesome and AMAZING to have both models in the photoshoot at the same time, playing together, dancing, and frolicking around. — But okay, maybe that’s asking too much, but it would’ve been nice to see some better sprites for the other characters. In true visual novel fashion, every other character in this game, is just like every character in every other visual novel, just a chest and face with a few different expressions, and always over some background, like out of a comic book, which I guess is kinda cool in a stylistic way, but it definitely makes them seem less “alive” or “real” than Sonico. Also the clients and Sonico’s manager always have a mask on, which is just weird to me and makes them kinda unlikable honestly to me even though it also does add humor and make them memorable in a way too.

Angie Gravite the Black Ship - Super Sonico - Sonicomi Communication with Sonico PC Game Review
Angie Gravite the Black Ship – Super Sonico – Sonicomi Communication with Sonico PC Game Review

Music: 7/10 – The soundtrack, while being actually pretty good and not at all irritating, even on multiple playthroughs, just frankly, doesn’t have enough tracks or variation in it to score much higher than this. Each photoshoot has the same soundtrack, regardless of location selected for the shoot. Or if they were in fact different, it wasn’t noticeable enough for me to remember. The music is good, but you will hear the same tracks over and over when walking Sonico home, or at different key moments in the game.

Voice Acting: 9/10  I’m actually surprised how close the English voice for Sonico comes to capturing the original Japanese voice actress’ same “personality”. A bubbly, cute, and somewhat ditzy / brainless type of voice. The English voice actress for Sonico really put a lot of emotion into delivering her lines, which you can tell from how she enunciates or emphasizes different words or phrases. Even her laugh and other mannerisms are quite similar. I thought she did such a good job that I’ve played in English every time except for twice now. The Japanese voice actress is of course cute and adorable and does an excellent job, but that’s usually just a “given” when it comes to Japanese voice acting. They’re all pretty much amazing right? But that’s not the case (typically) with English dubs. (sorry to dubbed anime fans out there). While I think everyone should play the game at least once in it’s native language, you really in this case don’t miss much by playing it in English. I’ve gotten used to the English Sonico now, and actually, surprisingly, prefer her voice over the original Japanese one now. Also I’ve heard that this same voice actress does the Sonico in the anime (which I’ve never watched). But the good thing is, that no matter what you prefer, English or Japanese, they left both tracks in the game for you to choose! — It’d be nice if you could switch this option while playing the game but I think you have to save, exit, and select the option when starting back up. Also if I remember correctly, Sonico is the only character who’s voiced in this game, which is a little disappointing (and why I deducted 1 point).

Sonicomi - Free Style Game Mode - Sonicomi Review for PC - Sonicomi Communication with Sonico
Sonicomi – Free Style Game Mode – Sonicomi Review for PC – Sonicomi Communication with Sonico

Replay Value: 10/10 This game is super addictive! As if 18 endings weren’t enough to keep you playing, there’s also achievements, and new outfits to unlock through multiple playthroughs (which carry over into any new games you start), and sonicoins to earn which unlock even more outfits, and a free play mode that lets you enjoy uninterrupted time with Sonico in any location or outfit or pose that you’ve previously unlocked. You can then add the freeplay images into an album in game, or use the steam shortcut (F12 by default) to take pictures and share via steam or social media so you can spam your friends and share Sonico’s charm. There’s also different difficulty modes which let you challenge yourself as you become more familiar with the game. With so much to do and so many different dressup combinations and such a cute and charming idol to control, this is a game that will keep you hooked!

Overall: 76/90 84% B “Very Good Game for Girls”

Sonicomi Communication with Sonico English PC Game Review was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

Sonicomi Communication English Preorders Begin. Game Release Date Scheduled for Summer 2016

Sonicomi English Preorder is now live on JLIST. Up til now, the game has only been available in Asian regions. This new English release is the original Sonicomi Game from 2011 for the PC; however, JLIST has licensed the visuals from the much improved 2014 PS3 version.

Preorder Sonicomi Communication – and use Coupon Code: MOE-22Y-E8BNV5 to get 5% off!

Gameplay puts you in the role of a professional cameraman as you photograph a “Gravure Idol” (which loosely translates to Magazine Model), the busty, pink haired, Sonico. You get scores and combos for taking better photos. Outside of the photography element, you interact with the model in visual novel fashion.

The game features a ton of customization with well over 100 items to dressup in.

The replay value is also very high, because depending on your advice, Sonico’s career is at stake and she will evolve to reach one of 18 different endings, including a special ending where she falls in love with you.

Unlike most visual novels, this one is fully animated and in 3D.

In all, from the descriptions, Gameplay reminds me of a very perverse, echi style “Pokemon Snap” X Princess Maker 2 Crossover lol.

Super Sonico is Nitro+ special mascot and makes cameo appearances in many other games, and even has her own anime series.

There are 2 editions available for preorder. The standard edition includes preorder bonuses of an action figure, steam key (for when the game is later released on steam), and art cards. The special “collector’s edition” includes a “full body” mouse pad which is “2 times larger than other moe mouse pads” and they said the mousepad has never been sold before anywhere, not even in Japan, and features brand new artwork by the designer of the game, just for the US English release and once preorders end this Mousepad will no longer be available. $100 bucks seems Crazy to me for a Mousepad – but if you’re really into this character, I guess some people may be interested in it. Meanwhile, the standard edition will run $55 – which yes, is a lot for a visual novel. Clannad recently released with a $50 price tag too. Now that visual novels are gaining popularity in the west it seems we can expect typical “new release” prices on par with other genres of gaming. I plan to preorder the standard edition when I get paid this week.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review

One of my most popular blog posts is my Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Preview. Which you can read here. However this was written well before I actually purchased the phone. And my opinion, enthusiasm, and love for the phone are much different now, after having owned the Nokia Lumia for over a year already. The bottom line is, I would NOT recommend this phone. And I’m going to tell you why.

First of all it crashes, or freezes, multiple times a week. It’s done this pretty much from day 1. ATT just advises me to press and hold all 3 buttons, and soft reset the phone. Which usually works, except sometimes it doesn’t, in which case you have to perform a hard reset.

My entire family got one of these phones. My mother’s phone INEXPLICABLY died within 3 months of owning it. It’d never been dropped, never gotten wet, etc. ATT agreed there was no logical reason for the phone to die and not turn back on and so gave her a replacement one, and so far hers has been fine.

Out of the four phones, MINE is the only one that freezes all the time. I have more apps than anyone else in my family on this phone. BUT that can’t be the reason, because as I mentioned, it’s done this from DAY ONE.

So there’s the first point, freezing, crashing.

Next, let’s talk about “all of those apps” on my phone. Truth be told, I’ve owned androids all my life, ever since the first motorola droid back in the early 2000s. You know, the one with the keyboard and everything? Right. So when I first got android, there were not many apps available in the google play store. Fair enough, it was early technology. It was not long before it began gaining traction, and now, 15+ years later, google has ALMOST as many apps as the Apple App store. I know, because I ALSO own an Ipad, and play mobile games on it EXTENSIVELY (daily). … So where are all the apps for Windows Phone? In a recent marketing conference, Microsoft announced that developers could very easily port their games over to the windows phone at the simple push of a button, and they showed a demonstration. AT LAST, I thought maybe we would see some good apps….. That was almost six months ago…. and you know how many of my existing games now have windows apps? TWO of them, out of probably 70 games… TWO….. And the apps that ARE available are DRASTICALLY different from their IOS and Android versions. For example, Instagram, has maybe 5 filters on the windows version, and you can not control the “strength” of the filters, etc the way you can on the other versions.

So there’s point 2: No third party application support.

Along a similar vein, none of the big-box electronic stores such as Fryes, Best Buy, Radio Shack, etc, carry any accessories for the Windows Phone. Sure you can find a few things online, but I REALLY miss just being able to walk into a store and buy something off the shelf, the way I could with my Galaxy phone. As a girl, who regards her phone as a fashion accessory, and enjoys customizing her phones, this is a definite draw back. I can’t even find screen protectors or cases and have to order those online also. Design and selection of which are often limited.

Point 3, availability of phone accessories.

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So Now that I’ve told you about the bad things, let me tell you a couple really cool things that the Nokia Lumia 1020 can do that Apple and Android can’t. My favorite thing is the ability to block a caller. I’ve blocked so many unwanted messages. When I first got my phone, someone had text alerts turned on whoever had my number previously, and I kept texting back STOP UNSUB UNSUBSCRIBE REMOVE DELETE HELP etc. None of these worked. I eventually found by pressing and holding my finger down over a number in my call or text history, I can block that number! This is AMAZE-BALLS you guys. Why don’t android and apple have this, built into the phones natively? I assume they probably have apps for this, but this is like the most useful feature of a phone EVER. Telemarketers, bill collectors, angry ex boyfriend/girlfriends, whoever, wherever just block them! It’s so awesome. Their calls and texts no longer show up, never ring, never alert you, never get recorded. BEST THING EVER!!!.

The camera also is pretty badass. I showed some photos from flicker in my Preview a few years ago, and I have to say, at the time, my camera, completely blew any android or apple camera out of the water. However, I’m not so sure now, with the new Iphone 6 camera, it looks pretty amazing too, even though it has far less Megapixels. Here are a few pictures I’ve taken with my own Nokia Lumia 1020 taken at night in a dark room and 100% unretouched/unfiltered.

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So in it’s defense, the ability to block any number, and the capabilities of the camera, are both amazing selling points in favor of purchasing the Nokia Lumia 1020.

In the end, it’s not the worst phone, but it definitely is not the best phone either! I’m writing this as a follow up to my Nokia Lumia 1020 PREVIEW article which I had written before owning this phone. Every day that article gets tons of hits and views. So I wanted to write this piece as a follow up. I hope it helps you to make an informed buying decision. I plan to switch to Iphone as soon as my contract ends, but I will keep the phone as an ultra lightweight portable DSLR camera.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review

One of my most popular blog posts is my Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Preview. Which you can read here. However this was written well before I actually purchased the phone. And my opinion, enthusiasm, and love for the phone are much different now, after having owned the Nokia Lumia for over a year already. The bottom line is, I would NOT recommend this phone. And I’m going to tell you why.

First of all it crashes, or freezes, multiple times a week. It’s done this pretty much from day 1. ATT just advises me to press and hold all 3 buttons, and soft reset the phone. Which usually works, except sometimes it doesn’t, in which case you have to perform a hard reset.

My entire family got one of these phones. My mother’s phone INEXPLICABLY died within 3 months of owning it. It’d never been dropped, never gotten wet, etc. ATT agreed there was no logical reason for the phone to die and not turn back on and so gave her a replacement one, and so far hers has been fine.

Out of the four phones, MINE is the only one that freezes all the time. I have more apps than anyone else in my family on this phone. BUT that can’t be the reason, because as I mentioned, it’s done this from DAY ONE.

So there’s the first point, freezing, crashing.

Next, let’s talk about “all of those apps” on my phone. Truth be told, I’ve owned androids all my life, ever since the first motorola droid back in the early 2000s. You know, the one with the keyboard and everything? Right. So when I first got android, there were not many apps available in the google play store. Fair enough, it was early technology. It was not long before it began gaining traction, and now, 15+ years later, google has ALMOST as many apps as the Apple App store. I know, because I ALSO own an Ipad, and play mobile games on it EXTENSIVELY (daily). … So where are all the apps for Windows Phone? In a recent marketing conference, Microsoft announced that developers could very easily port their games over to the windows phone at the simple push of a button, and they showed a demonstration. AT LAST, I thought maybe we would see some good apps….. That was almost six months ago…. and you know how many of my existing games now have windows apps? TWO of them, out of probably 70 games… TWO….. And the apps that ARE available are DRASTICALLY different from their IOS and Android versions. For example, Instagram, has maybe 5 filters on the windows version, and you can not control the “strength” of the filters, etc the way you can on the other versions.

So there’s point 2: No third party application support.

Along a similar vein, none of the big-box electronic stores such as Fryes, Best Buy, Radio Shack, etc, carry any accessories for the Windows Phone. Sure you can find a few things online, but I REALLY miss just being able to walk into a store and buy something off the shelf, the way I could with my Galaxy phone. As a girl, who regards her phone as a fashion accessory, and enjoys customizing her phones, this is a definite draw back. I can’t even find screen protectors or cases and have to order those online also. Design and selection of which are often limited.

Point 3, availability of phone accessories.

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So Now that I’ve told you about the bad things, let me tell you a couple really cool things that the Nokia Lumia 1020 can do that Apple and Android can’t. My favorite thing is the ability to block a caller. I’ve blocked so many unwanted messages. When I first got my phone, someone had text alerts turned on whoever had my number previously, and I kept texting back STOP UNSUB UNSUBSCRIBE REMOVE DELETE HELP etc. None of these worked. I eventually found by pressing and holding my finger down over a number in my call or text history, I can block that number! This is AMAZE-BALLS you guys. Why don’t android and apple have this, built into the phones natively? I assume they probably have apps for this, but this is like the most useful feature of a phone EVER. Telemarketers, bill collectors, angry ex boyfriend/girlfriends, whoever, wherever just block them! It’s so awesome. Their calls and texts no longer show up, never ring, never alert you, never get recorded. BEST THING EVER!!!.

The camera also is pretty badass. I showed some photos from flicker in my Preview a few years ago, and I have to say, at the time, my camera, completely blew any android or apple camera out of the water. However, I’m not so sure now, with the new Iphone 6 camera, it looks pretty amazing too, even though it has far less Megapixels. Here are a few pictures I’ve taken with my own Nokia Lumia 1020 taken at night in a dark room and 100% unretouched/unfiltered.

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My Limited edition Migidoll Kay 2 head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:24pm PDT

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My Migidoll Kay 2 Limited edition head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:18pm PDT

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So in it’s defense, the ability to block any number, and the capabilities of the camera, are both amazing selling points in favor of purchasing the Nokia Lumia 1020.

In the end, it’s not the worst phone, but it definitely is not the best phone either! I’m writing this as a follow up to my Nokia Lumia 1020 PREVIEW article which I had written before owning this phone. Every day that article gets tons of hits and views. So I wanted to write this piece as a follow up. I hope it helps you to make an informed buying decision. I plan to switch to Iphone as soon as my contract ends, but I will keep the phone as an ultra lightweight portable DSLR camera.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review

One of my most popular blog posts is my Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Preview. Which you can read here. However this was written well before I actually purchased the phone. And my opinion, enthusiasm, and love for the phone are much different now, after having owned the Nokia Lumia for over a year already. The bottom line is, I would NOT recommend this phone. And I’m going to tell you why.

First of all it crashes, or freezes, multiple times a week. It’s done this pretty much from day 1. ATT just advises me to press and hold all 3 buttons, and soft reset the phone. Which usually works, except sometimes it doesn’t, in which case you have to perform a hard reset.

My entire family got one of these phones. My mother’s phone INEXPLICABLY died within 3 months of owning it. It’d never been dropped, never gotten wet, etc. ATT agreed there was no logical reason for the phone to die and not turn back on and so gave her a replacement one, and so far hers has been fine.

Out of the four phones, MINE is the only one that freezes all the time. I have more apps than anyone else in my family on this phone. BUT that can’t be the reason, because as I mentioned, it’s done this from DAY ONE.

So there’s the first point, freezing, crashing.

Next, let’s talk about “all of those apps” on my phone. Truth be told, I’ve owned androids all my life, ever since the first motorola droid back in the early 2000s. You know, the one with the keyboard and everything? Right. So when I first got android, there were not many apps available in the google play store. Fair enough, it was early technology. It was not long before it began gaining traction, and now, 15+ years later, google has ALMOST as many apps as the Apple App store. I know, because I ALSO own an Ipad, and play mobile games on it EXTENSIVELY (daily). … So where are all the apps for Windows Phone? In a recent marketing conference, Microsoft announced that developers could very easily port their games over to the windows phone at the simple push of a button, and they showed a demonstration. AT LAST, I thought maybe we would see some good apps….. That was almost six months ago…. and you know how many of my existing games now have windows apps? TWO of them, out of probably 70 games… TWO….. And the apps that ARE available are DRASTICALLY different from their IOS and Android versions. For example, Instagram, has maybe 5 filters on the windows version, and you can not control the “strength” of the filters, etc the way you can on the other versions.

So there’s point 2: No third party application support.

Along a similar vein, none of the big-box electronic stores such as Fryes, Best Buy, Radio Shack, etc, carry any accessories for the Windows Phone. Sure you can find a few things online, but I REALLY miss just being able to walk into a store and buy something off the shelf, the way I could with my Galaxy phone. As a girl, who regards her phone as a fashion accessory, and enjoys customizing her phones, this is a definite draw back. I can’t even find screen protectors or cases and have to order those online also. Design and selection of which are often limited.

Point 3, availability of phone accessories.

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So Now that I’ve told you about the bad things, let me tell you a couple really cool things that the Nokia Lumia 1020 can do that Apple and Android can’t. My favorite thing is the ability to block a caller. I’ve blocked so many unwanted messages. When I first got my phone, someone had text alerts turned on whoever had my number previously, and I kept texting back STOP UNSUB UNSUBSCRIBE REMOVE DELETE HELP etc. None of these worked. I eventually found by pressing and holding my finger down over a number in my call or text history, I can block that number! This is AMAZE-BALLS you guys. Why don’t android and apple have this, built into the phones natively? I assume they probably have apps for this, but this is like the most useful feature of a phone EVER. Telemarketers, bill collectors, angry ex boyfriend/girlfriends, whoever, wherever just block them! It’s so awesome. Their calls and texts no longer show up, never ring, never alert you, never get recorded. BEST THING EVER!!!.

The camera also is pretty badass. I showed some photos from flicker in my Preview a few years ago, and I have to say, at the time, my camera, completely blew any android or apple camera out of the water. However, I’m not so sure now, with the new Iphone 6 camera, it looks pretty amazing too, even though it has far less Megapixels. Here are a few pictures I’ve taken with my own Nokia Lumia 1020 taken at night in a dark room and 100% unretouched/unfiltered.

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My Limited edition Migidoll Kay 2 head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:24pm PDT

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My limited edition Migidoll Kay 2 head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:23pm PDT

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My Migidoll Kay 2 Limited edition head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:18pm PDT

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So in it’s defense, the ability to block any number, and the capabilities of the camera, are both amazing selling points in favor of purchasing the Nokia Lumia 1020.

In the end, it’s not the worst phone, but it definitely is not the best phone either! I’m writing this as a follow up to my Nokia Lumia 1020 PREVIEW article which I had written before owning this phone. Every day that article gets tons of hits and views. So I wanted to write this piece as a follow up. I hope it helps you to make an informed buying decision. I plan to switch to Iphone as soon as my contract ends, but I will keep the phone as an ultra lightweight portable DSLR camera.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review

One of my most popular blog posts is my Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Preview. Which you can read here. However this was written well before I actually purchased the phone. And my opinion, enthusiasm, and love for the phone are much different now, after having owned the Nokia Lumia for over a year already. The bottom line is, I would NOT recommend this phone. And I’m going to tell you why.

First of all it crashes, or freezes, multiple times a week. It’s done this pretty much from day 1. ATT just advises me to press and hold all 3 buttons, and soft reset the phone. Which usually works, except sometimes it doesn’t, in which case you have to perform a hard reset.

My entire family got one of these phones. My mother’s phone INEXPLICABLY died within 3 months of owning it. It’d never been dropped, never gotten wet, etc. ATT agreed there was no logical reason for the phone to die and not turn back on and so gave her a replacement one, and so far hers has been fine.

Out of the four phones, MINE is the only one that freezes all the time. I have more apps than anyone else in my family on this phone. BUT that can’t be the reason, because as I mentioned, it’s done this from DAY ONE.

So there’s the first point, freezing, crashing.

Next, let’s talk about “all of those apps” on my phone. Truth be told, I’ve owned androids all my life, ever since the first motorola droid back in the early 2000s. You know, the one with the keyboard and everything? Right. So when I first got android, there were not many apps available in the google play store. Fair enough, it was early technology. It was not long before it began gaining traction, and now, 15+ years later, google has ALMOST as many apps as the Apple App store. I know, because I ALSO own an Ipad, and play mobile games on it EXTENSIVELY (daily). … So where are all the apps for Windows Phone? In a recent marketing conference, Microsoft announced that developers could very easily port their games over to the windows phone at the simple push of a button, and they showed a demonstration. AT LAST, I thought maybe we would see some good apps….. That was almost six months ago…. and you know how many of my existing games now have windows apps? TWO of them, out of probably 70 games… TWO….. And the apps that ARE available are DRASTICALLY different from their IOS and Android versions. For example, Instagram, has maybe 5 filters on the windows version, and you can not control the “strength” of the filters, etc the way you can on the other versions.

So there’s point 2: No third party application support.

Along a similar vein, none of the big-box electronic stores such as Fryes, Best Buy, Radio Shack, etc, carry any accessories for the Windows Phone. Sure you can find a few things online, but I REALLY miss just being able to walk into a store and buy something off the shelf, the way I could with my Galaxy phone. As a girl, who regards her phone as a fashion accessory, and enjoys customizing her phones, this is a definite draw back. I can’t even find screen protectors or cases and have to order those online also. Design and selection of which are often limited.

Point 3, availability of phone accessories.

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So Now that I’ve told you about the bad things, let me tell you a couple really cool things that the Nokia Lumia 1020 can do that Apple and Android can’t. My favorite thing is the ability to block a caller. I’ve blocked so many unwanted messages. When I first got my phone, someone had text alerts turned on whoever had my number previously, and I kept texting back STOP UNSUB UNSUBSCRIBE REMOVE DELETE HELP etc. None of these worked. I eventually found by pressing and holding my finger down over a number in my call or text history, I can block that number! This is AMAZE-BALLS you guys. Why don’t android and apple have this, built into the phones natively? I assume they probably have apps for this, but this is like the most useful feature of a phone EVER. Telemarketers, bill collectors, angry ex boyfriend/girlfriends, whoever, wherever just block them! It’s so awesome. Their calls and texts no longer show up, never ring, never alert you, never get recorded. BEST THING EVER!!!.

The camera also is pretty badass. I showed some photos from flicker in my Preview a few years ago, and I have to say, at the time, my camera, completely blew any android or apple camera out of the water. However, I’m not so sure now, with the new Iphone 6 camera, it looks pretty amazing too, even though it has far less Megapixels. Here are a few pictures I’ve taken with my own Nokia Lumia 1020 taken at night in a dark room and 100% unretouched/unfiltered.

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My Limited edition Migidoll Kay 2 head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:24pm PDT

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My limited edition Migidoll Kay 2 head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:23pm PDT

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My Migidoll Kay 2 Limited edition head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:18pm PDT

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So in it’s defense, the ability to block any number, and the capabilities of the camera, are both amazing selling points in favor of purchasing the Nokia Lumia 1020.

In the end, it’s not the worst phone, but it definitely is not the best phone either! I’m writing this as a follow up to my Nokia Lumia 1020 PREVIEW article which I had written before owning this phone. Every day that article gets tons of hits and views. So I wanted to write this piece as a follow up. I hope it helps you to make an informed buying decision. I plan to switch to Iphone as soon as my contract ends, but I will keep the phone as an ultra lightweight portable DSLR camera.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review

One of my most popular blog posts is my Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Preview. Which you can read here. However this was written well before I actually purchased the phone. And my opinion, enthusiasm, and love for the phone are much different now, after having owned the Nokia Lumia for over a year already. The bottom line is, I would NOT recommend this phone. And I’m going to tell you why.

First of all it crashes, or freezes, multiple times a week. It’s done this pretty much from day 1. ATT just advises me to press and hold all 3 buttons, and soft reset the phone. Which usually works, except sometimes it doesn’t, in which case you have to perform a hard reset.

My entire family got one of these phones. My mother’s phone INEXPLICABLY died within 3 months of owning it. It’d never been dropped, never gotten wet, etc. ATT agreed there was no logical reason for the phone to die and not turn back on and so gave her a replacement one, and so far hers has been fine.

Out of the four phones, MINE is the only one that freezes all the time. I have more apps than anyone else in my family on this phone. BUT that can’t be the reason, because as I mentioned, it’s done this from DAY ONE.

So there’s the first point, freezing, crashing.

Next, let’s talk about “all of those apps” on my phone. Truth be told, I’ve owned androids all my life, ever since the first motorola droid back in the early 2000s. You know, the one with the keyboard and everything? Right. So when I first got android, there were not many apps available in the google play store. Fair enough, it was early technology. It was not long before it began gaining traction, and now, 15+ years later, google has ALMOST as many apps as the Apple App store. I know, because I ALSO own an Ipad, and play mobile games on it EXTENSIVELY (daily). … So where are all the apps for Windows Phone? In a recent marketing conference, Microsoft announced that developers could very easily port their games over to the windows phone at the simple push of a button, and they showed a demonstration. AT LAST, I thought maybe we would see some good apps….. That was almost six months ago…. and you know how many of my existing games now have windows apps? TWO of them, out of probably 70 games… TWO….. And the apps that ARE available are DRASTICALLY different from their IOS and Android versions. For example, Instagram, has maybe 5 filters on the windows version, and you can not control the “strength” of the filters, etc the way you can on the other versions.

So there’s point 2: No third party application support.

Along a similar vein, none of the big-box electronic stores such as Fryes, Best Buy, Radio Shack, etc, carry any accessories for the Windows Phone. Sure you can find a few things online, but I REALLY miss just being able to walk into a store and buy something off the shelf, the way I could with my Galaxy phone. As a girl, who regards her phone as a fashion accessory, and enjoys customizing her phones, this is a definite draw back. I can’t even find screen protectors or cases and have to order those online also. Design and selection of which are often limited.

Point 3, availability of phone accessories.

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So Now that I’ve told you about the bad things, let me tell you a couple really cool things that the Nokia Lumia 1020 can do that Apple and Android can’t. My favorite thing is the ability to block a caller. I’ve blocked so many unwanted messages. When I first got my phone, someone had text alerts turned on whoever had my number previously, and I kept texting back STOP UNSUB UNSUBSCRIBE REMOVE DELETE HELP etc. None of these worked. I eventually found by pressing and holding my finger down over a number in my call or text history, I can block that number! This is AMAZE-BALLS you guys. Why don’t android and apple have this, built into the phones natively? I assume they probably have apps for this, but this is like the most useful feature of a phone EVER. Telemarketers, bill collectors, angry ex boyfriend/girlfriends, whoever, wherever just block them! It’s so awesome. Their calls and texts no longer show up, never ring, never alert you, never get recorded. BEST THING EVER!!!.

The camera also is pretty badass. I showed some photos from flicker in my Preview a few years ago, and I have to say, at the time, my camera, completely blew any android or apple camera out of the water. However, I’m not so sure now, with the new Iphone 6 camera, it looks pretty amazing too, even though it has far less Megapixels. Here are a few pictures I’ve taken with my own Nokia Lumia 1020 taken at night in a dark room and 100% unretouched/unfiltered.

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My Limited edition Migidoll Kay 2 head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:24pm PDT

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My limited edition Migidoll Kay 2 head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:23pm PDT

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My Migidoll Kay 2 Limited edition head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:18pm PDT

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So in it’s defense, the ability to block any number, and the capabilities of the camera, are both amazing selling points in favor of purchasing the Nokia Lumia 1020.

In the end, it’s not the worst phone, but it definitely is not the best phone either! I’m writing this as a follow up to my Nokia Lumia 1020 PREVIEW article which I had written before owning this phone. Every day that article gets tons of hits and views. So I wanted to write this piece as a follow up. I hope it helps you to make an informed buying decision. I plan to switch to Iphone as soon as my contract ends, but I will keep the phone as an ultra lightweight portable DSLR camera.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review

One of my most popular blog posts is my Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Preview. Which you can read here. However this was written well before I actually purchased the phone. And my opinion, enthusiasm, and love for the phone are much different now, after having owned the Nokia Lumia for over a year already. The bottom line is, I would NOT recommend this phone. And I’m going to tell you why.

First of all it crashes, or freezes, multiple times a week. It’s done this pretty much from day 1. ATT just advises me to press and hold all 3 buttons, and soft reset the phone. Which usually works, except sometimes it doesn’t, in which case you have to perform a hard reset.

My entire family got one of these phones. My mother’s phone INEXPLICABLY died within 3 months of owning it. It’d never been dropped, never gotten wet, etc. ATT agreed there was no logical reason for the phone to die and not turn back on and so gave her a replacement one, and so far hers has been fine.

Out of the four phones, MINE is the only one that freezes all the time. I have more apps than anyone else in my family on this phone. BUT that can’t be the reason, because as I mentioned, it’s done this from DAY ONE.

So there’s the first point, freezing, crashing.

Next, let’s talk about “all of those apps” on my phone. Truth be told, I’ve owned androids all my life, ever since the first motorola droid back in the early 2000s. You know, the one with the keyboard and everything? Right. So when I first got android, there were not many apps available in the google play store. Fair enough, it was early technology. It was not long before it began gaining traction, and now, 15+ years later, google has ALMOST as many apps as the Apple App store. I know, because I ALSO own an Ipad, and play mobile games on it EXTENSIVELY (daily). … So where are all the apps for Windows Phone? In a recent marketing conference, Microsoft announced that developers could very easily port their games over to the windows phone at the simple push of a button, and they showed a demonstration. AT LAST, I thought maybe we would see some good apps….. That was almost six months ago…. and you know how many of my existing games now have windows apps? TWO of them, out of probably 70 games… TWO….. And the apps that ARE available are DRASTICALLY different from their IOS and Android versions. For example, Instagram, has maybe 5 filters on the windows version, and you can not control the “strength” of the filters, etc the way you can on the other versions.

So there’s point 2: No third party application support.

Along a similar vein, none of the big-box electronic stores such as Fryes, Best Buy, Radio Shack, etc, carry any accessories for the Windows Phone. Sure you can find a few things online, but I REALLY miss just being able to walk into a store and buy something off the shelf, the way I could with my Galaxy phone. As a girl, who regards her phone as a fashion accessory, and enjoys customizing her phones, this is a definite draw back. I can’t even find screen protectors or cases and have to order those online also. Design and selection of which are often limited.

Point 3, availability of phone accessories.

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So Now that I’ve told you about the bad things, let me tell you a couple really cool things that the Nokia Lumia 1020 can do that Apple and Android can’t. My favorite thing is the ability to block a caller. I’ve blocked so many unwanted messages. When I first got my phone, someone had text alerts turned on whoever had my number previously, and I kept texting back STOP UNSUB UNSUBSCRIBE REMOVE DELETE HELP etc. None of these worked. I eventually found by pressing and holding my finger down over a number in my call or text history, I can block that number! This is AMAZE-BALLS you guys. Why don’t android and apple have this, built into the phones natively? I assume they probably have apps for this, but this is like the most useful feature of a phone EVER. Telemarketers, bill collectors, angry ex boyfriend/girlfriends, whoever, wherever just block them! It’s so awesome. Their calls and texts no longer show up, never ring, never alert you, never get recorded. BEST THING EVER!!!.

The camera also is pretty badass. I showed some photos from flicker in my Preview a few years ago, and I have to say, at the time, my camera, completely blew any android or apple camera out of the water. However, I’m not so sure now, with the new Iphone 6 camera, it looks pretty amazing too, even though it has far less Megapixels. Here are a few pictures I’ve taken with my own Nokia Lumia 1020 taken at night in a dark room and 100% unretouched/unfiltered.

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My Limited edition Migidoll Kay 2 head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:24pm PDT

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My limited edition Migidoll Kay 2 head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:23pm PDT

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My Migidoll Kay 2 Limited edition head with default faceup from Migidoll

A photo posted by jenilee (@xenokitten) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:18pm PDT

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So in it’s defense, the ability to block any number, and the capabilities of the camera, are both amazing selling points in favor of purchasing the Nokia Lumia 1020.

In the end, it’s not the worst phone, but it definitely is not the best phone either! I’m writing this as a follow up to my Nokia Lumia 1020 PREVIEW article which I had written before owning this phone. Every day that article gets tons of hits and views. So I wanted to write this piece as a follow up. I hope it helps you to make an informed buying decision. I plan to switch to Iphone as soon as my contract ends, but I will keep the phone as an ultra lightweight portable DSLR camera.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review

One of my most popular blog posts is my Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Preview. Which you can read here. However this was written well before I actually purchased the phone. And my opinion, enthusiasm, and love for the phone are much different now, after having owned the Nokia Lumia for over a year already. The bottom line is, I would NOT recommend this phone. And I’m going to tell you why.

First of all it crashes, or freezes, multiple times a week. It’s done this pretty much from day 1. ATT just advises me to press and hold all 3 buttons, and soft reset the phone. Which usually works, except sometimes it doesn’t, in which case you have to perform a hard reset.

My entire family got one of these phones. My mother’s phone INEXPLICABLY died within 3 months of owning it. It’d never been dropped, never gotten wet, etc. ATT agreed there was no logical reason for the phone to die and not turn back on and so gave her a replacement one, and so far hers has been fine.

Out of the four phones, MINE is the only one that freezes all the time. I have more apps than anyone else in my family on this phone. BUT that can’t be the reason, because as I mentioned, it’s done this from DAY ONE.

So there’s the first point, freezing, crashing.

Next, let’s talk about “all of those apps” on my phone. Truth be told, I’ve owned androids all my life, ever since the first motorola droid back in the early 2000s. You know, the one with the keyboard and everything? Right. So when I first got android, there were not many apps available in the google play store. Fair enough, it was early technology. It was not long before it began gaining traction, and now, 15+ years later, google has ALMOST as many apps as the Apple App store. I know, because I ALSO own an Ipad, and play mobile games on it EXTENSIVELY (daily). … So where are all the apps for Windows Phone? In a recent marketing conference, Microsoft announced that developers could very easily port their games over to the windows phone at the simple push of a button, and they showed a demonstration. AT LAST, I thought maybe we would see some good apps….. That was almost six months ago…. and you know how many of my existing games now have windows apps? TWO of them, out of probably 70 games… TWO….. And the apps that ARE available are DRASTICALLY different from their IOS and Android versions. For example, Instagram, has maybe 5 filters on the windows version, and you can not control the “strength” of the filters, etc the way you can on the other versions.

So there’s point 2: No third party application support.

Along a similar vein, none of the big-box electronic stores such as Fryes, Best Buy, Radio Shack, etc, carry any accessories for the Windows Phone. Sure you can find a few things online, but I REALLY miss just being able to walk into a store and buy something off the shelf, the way I could with my Galaxy phone. As a girl, who regards her phone as a fashion accessory, and enjoys customizing her phones, this is a definite draw back. I can’t even find screen protectors or cases and have to order those online also. Design and selection of which are often limited.

Point 3, availability of phone accessories.

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So Now that I’ve told you about the bad things, let me tell you a couple really cool things that the Nokia Lumia 1020 can do that Apple and Android can’t. My favorite thing is the ability to block a caller. I’ve blocked so many unwanted messages. When I first got my phone, someone had text alerts turned on whoever had my number previously, and I kept texting back STOP UNSUB UNSUBSCRIBE REMOVE DELETE HELP etc. None of these worked. I eventually found by pressing and holding my finger down over a number in my call or text history, I can block that number! This is AMAZE-BALLS you guys. Why don’t android and apple have this, built into the phones natively? I assume they probably have apps for this, but this is like the most useful feature of a phone EVER. Telemarketers, bill collectors, angry ex boyfriend/girlfriends, whoever, wherever just block them! It’s so awesome. Their calls and texts no longer show up, never ring, never alert you, never get recorded. BEST THING EVER!!!.

The camera also is pretty badass. I showed some photos from flicker in my Preview a few years ago, and I have to say, at the time, my camera, completely blew any android or apple camera out of the water. However, I’m not so sure now, with the new Iphone 6 camera, it looks pretty amazing too, even though it has far less Megapixels. Here are a few pictures I’ve taken with my own Nokia Lumia 1020 taken at night in a dark room and 100% unretouched/unfiltered.

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So in it’s defense, the ability to block any number, and the capabilities of the camera, are both amazing selling points in favor of purchasing the Nokia Lumia 1020.

In the end, it’s not the worst phone, but it definitely is not the best phone either! I’m writing this as a follow up to my Nokia Lumia 1020 PREVIEW article which I had written before owning this phone. Every day that article gets tons of hits and views. So I wanted to write this piece as a follow up. I hope it helps you to make an informed buying decision. I plan to switch to Iphone as soon as my contract ends, but I will keep the phone as an ultra lightweight portable DSLR camera.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Review was originally published on Geeky Sweetie