vowe's Top 3

by Volker Weber


Here is my current Top 3 in smartphones. Why does the photo show 4? Wait for it.

  1. The Lumia 1020 is the phone that lives in my pocket. I love Windows Phone and the camera. It's almost perfect for me. My start screen is highly customized to provide all the information I need at a glance. And it changes all the time, depending on my needs.
  2. The iPhone 5S needs no introduction. By now I find it a bit too small. And the all icon user interface does not provide enough information at a glance. The camera is fantastic. Yup. Coming from the Lumia I find it incredibly fast and easy.
  3. The BlackBerry Z30 is the odd one out. If its camera would match the Lumia or the iPhone, then I would use it a lot more. If you are, like myself, not into apps, this can be you perfect device. BlackBerry 10 is extremely effective and speedy. With a few gestures you are on top of everything in your stream of incoming data. Best keyboard.
  4. The Lumia 1520 is the other #1 in this list. Best screen, highest resolution, thinner than the 1020, excellent camera. Frankly I cannot tell the 1020 photos from the 1520 photos. One has a 41 megapixel sensor, the other has 20. Both create perfect 5 megapixel photos. The 1520 has wireless charging without requiring a case. The 1020 has a Xenon flash, which makes all the difference if you do need a flash. And the 1020 provides me with a solid tripod mount through the optional camera grip.

All of these are great devices. It does not really matter which one you have. I find the Nokias to be very robust. Both have survived multiple drops. If I needed to combine the strength of all four into one, this would be it:

A Lumia the size of the 1020 with 1520 screen resolution, BlackBerry's messaging hub and separation of private from business data, with a camera combining the Nokia quality and Apple speed, running on Windows Phone 8.1.


No love for Android, huh?

Personally I am really happy with my Nexus 5, but I would not refrain from trying out a Windows Phone and getting some experience and insight.

Daniel Haferkorn, 2014-02-13 11:11

I desperately want a 1520 (but not so desperately that I'll pay for it myself, I'm trying to acquire one via company-funded means). I love the live tiles and a bigger screen just means more tiles with more info.

Darren Adams, 2014-02-13 11:17

Daniel, the Nexus 5 is really nice. But it does not have anything that would squeeze itself into my Top 3. Storage is very limited, the camera cannot touch the Lumias, and I have a bad case of OCD. Things just don't line up the way I need them to on the home screens.

Volker Weber, 2014-02-13 11:26

Darren, now that Verizon has announced the Nokia Lumia Icon I expect a 5" 1520 derivative really soon. Same resolution, just a little bit more manageable.

Volker Weber, 2014-02-13 11:32

Und dann wird zugeschnappt :) Endlich wieder mal... bis hier war Nokia Opfer der Perfektion des Lumia 920 :) (re: 5" 1520).

Hubert Stettner, 2014-02-13 12:05

Volker, what would interest me: I know that you are not into apps, but did you run already into some custom apps for Windows Phone used by corporate owners on your international journeys? My impression is, that Microsoft is currently giving away the Lumias for almost free to companies to get a bigger stake in the business market.

Peter Meuser, 2014-02-13 16:46

Won't happen before 8.1 with VPN.

Volker Weber, 2014-02-13 16:49

You mean "per-app" VPN ;-)

Peter Meuser, 2014-02-13 18:36

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