So, I just finished signing up for classes for my next (and last) semester at SUNY Fredonia. It’s kind of daunting to realize that in May I will have my Bachelor’s degree in Public Accountancy and Finance, and that it will become time to join the real world all over again.
It will also become time to pay off all those student loans I had to take out in order to go back school!
Hopefully it won’t take me too long to get a job once school is over.
About a month ago, I replaced my HTC Windows Phone 8X with a Nokia 520, the cheapest of Nokia’s Windows 8 phones ($99.99 at AT&T without a contract) because I could expand the 520 to have more storage. This was something I couldn’t do with the HTC.
Over the past month, I have discovered some things I really like about the Nokia. The screen is so sensitive that I can use the phone while wearing gloves,vsomething I couldn’t do on the HTC.
I can use Nokia’s HERE Drive app as a GPS navigation system without being connected to the internet through Wi-Fi or data plan. I just have to make sure that the phone is charging as I use it in the car.
I can, of course, get any of the available apps in the Store.
But the 520 has some downsides.
There is no flash for the camera, and if there isn’t enough light in the area, the pics come out horrible.
There is also no front-facing camera, so there is no way to use Skype or any other video conferencing apps. This isn’t that big a deal, as I don’t use those apps anyway, and I am not into taking selfies, but for those who need a front camera, this phone is not for you.
The screen, which is super-sensitive, is also very pixelated. While it is a very clear screen, you can see the pixels that make up your live-tiles, especially if the phone is the only light source in the room.
Overall, if I had to rate the phone from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best phone ever, I would give the 520 a 7.5.
Now for a bit of a What The Hell Are They Thinking? moment.
Microsoft makes Windows 8 for phones, computers, and tablets. They also make their own hardware in the form of the Surface, Surface Pro, Surface 2, and Surface Pro 2.
Over the last few months, Microsoft bought Nokia’s cellphone business, so now Microsoft is also making the Nokia phones. And a new Nokia tablet called the 2520.
A Nokia tablet is a direct competitor to the Surface line of tablets. And the Surface hasn’t been the most sales-worthy product. So why would they create a competing product under the Nokia label? Especially since the Surface hasn’t been the success Microsoft had hoped for?
It’s a bad business decision, and one I think Microsoft will come to regret.
So let’s wrap this up now. My miscellaneous ramblings are over.
You can go on with your day.