Nokia Lumia design sets way for smartphone style

When Nokia announced the switch to Windows in a bid to concentrate on the hardware aspect, I expected flawless design from the Lumia series.

With its curved edges and colourful interchangeable back cases, the Lumia 510 gets points for its design. The 4inch screen is much more superior to other phones in its price range which oscillate between 3 inch and 3.8 inch screens.

It comes in comes in five vibrant colours—blue, red, white, yellow and black —offering buyers variety and choice.

However, the 5megapixel camera does not have an inbuilt flash. No good camera phone is expected to capture pictures in the poor light without a flash. And for a phone that retails at Sh16,900, a flash is a must have.

As a diehard Android user, the transition to Windows was a bit like rocket science, but once past the basic hurdles, the Window phone experience is manoeuvrable.

Powered by Windows Phone 7.5 and can be upgraded to Windows 7.8, the operating systems meets the basic standards of a smartphone.

The Windows market offers a wide selection of apps to suit the needs of the user but, not all Windows applications can run on this version.

Memory on this phone is limited. With only 4GB internal memory and no option for a memory card once you hit the 2.5GB mark, your phone system slows down dramatically.

Even with the 7GB available on SkyDrive, to access the cloud storage, you must have a stable reliable source of Internet; which means when you travel to the remote areas of the village where 3G Internet is unheard of; you may as well give up on anything not stored in the phone’s internal memory.

Readily installed with Microsoft Office and access to the market, the phone can be converted into a mobile office with no compatibility issues when transferring data to your PC.

A minor setback for this budget smartphone is that it is not able to run all background tasks.

The integrated people hub means you do not need to keep shifting between Facebook and Twitter app to stay in touch. It synchronises with your address book and avails updates, Newsfeed, pictures and tweets at a central point.

The Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps come in handy in finding directions, providing users with routes and dotted by clear landmarks.

The battery life is good clearing just over a day with moderate data usage.

Go get yourself a Lumia and get a feel of Windows as Nokia shifts from its signature Symbian operating system it has long been associated with.