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    This is article 2 about my journey from iOS to WP8.  Specifically the Nokia Lumia 928.  As I stated in the first article, I was originally going to purchase a used Lumia 822 but that transaction was botched beyond belief.

     

    I thought I liked the Lumia 822's size but the 928 is fantastic.  I know you Lumia 920 owners are laughing at us Verizon guys but we don't care now that we have our cake.  I was ok with the iPhone 4s screen size.  In fact, I liked the one handed ability of it's small size.  It doesn't take very long to get used to a big screen size though and even less time to look back at the "puny" iPhone size and scoff.  The extra real estate cannot be beat.  I don't know if I could get up to Galaxy Note size, but the 928 seems perfect.  Here are the specs  according to PC Mag.  The only number you need to remember is 4.5.  Inches that is; screen size.  It's a big, gorgeous, and a bright 4.5 inches.  There is no access to the battery and no SD Card slot although it does come with 32Gig and your Microsoft Live ID will net you 7Gb of some mighty fine cloud storage in SkyDrive.  Oh, it's lighter "in" your pocket than the Lumia 920 too.

     

    A typical adjustment for myself and most folks is the hardware button adjustment. On the iPhone you do what you gotta do and hit the button on the top right of the phone to power the screen off. I often do this in one motion on the way to my pocket. It's a natural motion after a few years.  The 928's power button on the side of the phone is sticking out but I can barely feel it and find myself hunting for it visually because there are other buttons around it. I suppose more time will help but its an observation I made. I have read many articles of iOS switchers going back to their iPhone and every little thing like this eventually adds up to a frustrating experience. I've found you just have to stick it out.  Your thumb will learn!

     

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    The headphone and charging port are on the top of the phone.  Top or bottom is ok with me as long as they are all on the same side.  You can drop the phone into your cupholder and charge it via the top USB connector and the speaker on the back will use the cupholder as a mini amphitheater.

     

    The speaker is loud!  Here is a little hint for you.  If you are in bed messing with your phone while your wife is sleeping beside you, don't attempt a screen capture.  Even if you turn the volume of the phone to ZERO the screen capture sound will play at level 30.  Mrs. Surface Geek was not happy.

     

    It's loaded with microphones to provide distortion free audio recording but I have yet to test that feature.  I'll be doing some video and camera testing for a future article.

     

    The screen is beautiful for the New UI Design.  The basic colors of the tiles really pop off the screen.  You will notice however, that the color saturation is turned up to a maximum on the PureMotion OLED screen and will distort colors as you look through the camera while taking photos.  The specs list the screen as a 4.5-inch OLED, 1,280-by-768 display with 334 ppi.  Don't get me wrong, the display is impressive, but you will absolutely notice a color shift when you point the camera at the real world.  For home screen tiles, it's freaking awesome!

     

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    It's pretty basic in the box.  It comes with a little manual, which I've yet to open, a USB charger, and a USB cable.  No earbuds, no frills.

    Is it hard to believe that I have yet to hook this phone physically to a computer yet?  Honestly, I think that is fantastic.  It's nice to be able to work with the phone and not be tied to the computer.  SkyDrive makes it so simple to transfer files that I haven't had the need to connect it.  I have yet to get into music or hard backups to the computer so I'll probably be connecting soon.  I'll cover SkyDrive and syncing in a future article.

     

    Keep checking back for the continuation of this series.  I'll have more on the camera, Live ID's, E-Mail, Contacts, Apps, Podcasts, etc.  I'm going to cover every aspect of my journey.  I'll also take your feedback in the Surface Geeks Forums.

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