Once upon a time, not so many years ago, most smartphone users were on Symbian, with a few on Windows Mobile, and all was right with the world. Then the iPhone came along and changed the way we view our phones. In the months that followed, Google bought over a company and launched the Android operating system. Both of these were in their infancy and us Symbian users scoffed at them.
Fast forward two years, and things were looking quite different. The two infants were growing up quite fast. In fact, they were even beginning to challenge, and in some ways, exceed, the giant that was Symbian / Series 60. Nokia tried to keep up, with a refreshed S^3 (with S^4 in the works) upgrade path, but sadly this was too little too late for most. A lot of power users decided it was time to jump ship and leave their Nokia (and Symbian devices) behind for greener pastures, including Yours Truly. The Feb 11 fiasco simply caused more people to feel the same. Most Symbian users moved over to Android-powered devices as it was in many ways the Symbian of the future.
Meanwhile, Nokia side, the first range of Mango running Windows Phone devices did the rounds, and we all know how that went. Finally, Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8 and it seemed like a decisive step forward in the direction that the competition was in. Nokia’s first batch of WP8 phones have been doing the rounds for a couple of months now and I finally got my hands on a Lumia 920.
For the past two and a half years I have been using an Android device as my full time phone. First the Samsung Galaxy S and more recently, the Galaxy Nexus. The usage pattern of an Android device has got ingrained deeply in my muscle memory. Having never tried a Windows Phone 7 device for longer than half an hour at a time, this is my first experience with the Metro Interface on phones and I’m quite curious to see how it goes.
The point of this walk down memory lane was to show that like me, there will be tons of people who have a history with Nokia, but due to their recent smartphones, have been forced to jump ship. The Lumia 920 is Nokia’s flagship device in this crucial year and I am curious to see if it is good enough to win me back.
Since we have already reviewed the Lumia 920, that will not be the aim here. The next couple of articles will be about how Android users will find the Lumia 920, if switching from their current device. Stay tuned.