A fun part of being a Verizon Insider lifestyle ambassador is getting the chance to sample a variety of great phones! My focus in the past has tended to be on flagship, “iconic” devices but I am really happy to tell you that many of Verizon’s budget & mid price range devices offer a lot of features that when coupled with 4G LTE speed gives the user a powerful tool. The Nokia Lumia 822 for Verizon, a Windows 8X phone that’s easy to use & delivers a shocking amount of value for a device that is currently FREE with a 2 year contract. Oh, I almost forgot, you’ll get a chance to win one for yourself :)
The Lumia 822 is thicker than many current phones on the market but the device is slightly curved at it’s shoulders and my husband found it quite comfortable to hold and handle. At 4.3 inches the AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 2 screen is smaller than many android devices but the screen real estate is really crisp and bright with surprisingly good viewing angles thanks to Nokia’s ClearBlack display. The phone was easy to set up with Windows 8 Live Tiles present on the start screen. Live Tiles are customizable to your needs & offer a huge range of features that you can learn more about here. My husband loved how nicely the phone works with his Windows 8 laptop & was delighted to see Office Hub, OneNote, Bing & fully customizable email options.
Nokia has bundled a ton of great features here! Nokia Drive+ and Nokia Maps with voice turn by turn GPS navigation made driving through unfamiliar parts of California a lot easier for my husband, US maps are included free & many more are available to download. The Nokia Music app is a huge hit with my husband, you can stream & download tons of music for free. The app includes gig finder which will let you know about concerts coming to your area based on your music preferences and offers you the option to quickly purchase tickets. The 8MP Auto Focus rear facing camera with Carl Zeiss lens allowed him to take & quickly share great pictures along the way.
One downside to Windows phones that many reviewers have mentioned is the lack of Windows phone apps in comparison to ios or android. Fact is developers are adding new apps to the store at a rapid pace & Microsoft checks these offerings to make sure they are safe. I tend to like devices that grow with me & the Windows Phone Store will continue to do just that, offering users continued support and an ever increasing range of useful apps.
My husband really liked this phone,the screen quality is great & the device is ruggedly built, large enough to use comfortably while being small enough to tuck into his pockets. Setup was fast & the phone worked well with his Windows 8 laptop. He was pretty surprised with all the extras offered by a “budget” phone.
Verizon Nokia Lumia 822 Giveaway
My friend Monica over at The Online Mom was nice enough to loan me this phone for my husband to use while he was visiting family for 6 weeks & we decided that the best way to celebrate my officially becoming a Verizon Insider would be to give you folks a chance to win this gently used, like new device!
One reader will receive a gently used white Nokia Lumia 822, complete with battery, charger, usb cable, Verizon box, user manuals & an unused sim card. Please note that NO Verizon service is included in this prize package.
How To Enter
Just head down to the Rafflecopter form below & follow the easy instructions!
No purchase required to enter. Must reside in the USA, no PO boxes, & be aged 18 and over, void where prohibited by law.Immediate & extended family of the Shoppinqueen, the Online Mom & employees of Verizon and its affiliates or agents, the families of such employees and any other person connected with this promotion are not eligible to enter or win. One Entry per household for all entry methods. Contest runs from 2pm EST on Sunday, 03/03/ 2013 through 11:59PM EST on Sunday 03/31 /2013 . Make sure at least one of your entries includes a contact method (i.e. Twitter, email, blog). winner will be chosen & verified shortly after the contest ends using Rafflecoptor. Winner will be announced/displayed on the Rafflecopter form. The winner have 48 hours to reply or another winner will be selected. Prize will be shipped directly to the winner by me using Priority Mail with signature required at delivery. See Complete Giveaway Rules, terms & Conditions
Want to know more? Need a new phone NOW & don’t want to wait? The Nokia Lumia 822 is now available for FREE with a 2 year contract over at the Verizon Wireless Store
Disclaimer: I receive a fee for select promotional programs for Verizon Wireless. All review opinions expressed are my own.