5 App Favourites: What Happens When You Set the Nokia Lumia 920 Free In a Pub During #SummerSwitch

I took a trip back to my hometown for the Canada Day long weekend, and I met up with a group of old friends at the Yard & Flagon, our watering hole of choice. As soon as I sat down, I took out my Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone and put it out in the middle of the table, because I was curious to see how people who hadn't been through my three-hour walk-through as part of the #SummerSwitch program with Microsoft Canada would react to it.

It turns out that if you take five people, add a little beer, and hand them a Windows phone to play with, they'll react pretty enthusiastically.

One: Creative Studio

The above photo was taken by my friend Rebecca and edited in Windows' Creative Studio, which is a native app in the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone, and it's still my favourite camera app. She stumbled across it herself and had fun poking through it and editing, which is notable, because she is neither a tech nor a camera aficionada.

By the way, I completely get the irony of the fact that I am holding an iPhone in that photo taken with the Nokia Lumia 920. I had no other way to document the situation once everyone had commandeered my Windows phone. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

The first thing everyone commented on was the Nokia Lumia 920's larger 9.7 x 5.8 cm screen size, which they found interesting enough to take photos of in a side-by-side comparison with an iPhone 4. Goofs.

My Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone is on the left, and Geof's iPhone 4 is on the right. Also, nice bicep, Geof.

I'm going to sound a bit like luddite here when I tell you this, but the screen size is still my favourite thing about this phone. User experience is everything, and I am near-sighted. I love being able to see everything on the screen without feeling like I'm peering at it. It also makes viewing outdoors, whether you're texting or taking photos, so much easier.

Two: Flow Free

After Rebecca and Geof had played around enough with the camera apps, Mmrilla got a hold of my Windows phone and promptly installed an addictive game app called Flow Free. I try to avoid game apps, MMRILLA, because I have a compulsive personality, MMRILLA, and I am easily given to hyper-focusing on games, MMRILLA.


I guess the good side of this, phone-wise, is that she was able to find the games and download one without any previous experience with a Windows phone and without any direction from me. Go, Windows. Go, Free Flow.

Needless to say, I have been flowing free, and by "flowing free" I mean "watching my time drain down into connecting little coloured dots until it's 3:00 a.m. and my eyes are sticky".

Three: MangaTron!c Colors

Mary got the Nokia Lumia 920 next on its tour around the table. She's an artist at heart, so she ferreted out the MangaTron!c Colors app tout de suite.

This is me describing sexual activities.

No, it isn't.

BUT, this is a great game I like to play. Just look at any photo of a person gesticulating and wonder what sex act they're (not) discussing. It's like adding "in bed at night" to the end of every fortune cookie fortune or after every title in the church hymnal. I used to do that during sermons: "Oh, For a Thousand Tongues [in bed at night]".

This is how I got to be popular in church with absolutely no one.

Moving on…


Four: Netflix

I love Netflix, and everyone around the pub table loved Netflix. If you don't love Netflix, what is your problem? Do you not like looking at stuff?

Why only make blueberry pancakes when I could watch The X-Files AND make blueberry pancakes?

Five: HERE Maps

Becky found HERE Maps, and, let me tell you, maps are like pollen for nerd bees. (That's not a saying, but it should be.)

"Pollen for nerd bees." Write that down. Use it.

Look! We went to the Burggarten in Vienna, Austria! We visited our childhood homes. We went to Moscow, Russia. I visited Redwood National Park, where I had one of the best vacations of my life.

Maps are too cool. Gawd. Do I have to explain cool to you?

At any rate, my guinea pigs, who had no idea they were guinea pigs, performed beautifully! They leapt on the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone, easily found a bunch of stuff to do with it on their own, discovered new things to do with it on their own, and spent about three hours passing it around. Go, guinea pigs!

And what did I learn? I learned that you can't guzzle diet Cokes for three hours straight without waking up with a worse hangover than all the drinkers. Even the sober shall suffer.

So, do you have a Windows phone? What other apps should I have?

Check out my previous Nokia Lumia 920 review here:

I am a participant in Microsoft Canada's #SummerSwitch, a 30-day challenge to switch to the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone. Products and compensation for reviews have been supplied by Microsoft Canada. Opinions stated in product reviews on Schmutzie.com are strictly my own, and I am under no obligation to provide a favourable opinion.

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