My first days with a Windows 8 phone

Steve, no need to be emberrassed. This is my first smartphone too and I did not even set up a T-Mobile service. Their minimum service for calls only (no data) is $30 and that is not worth it. Their mother company in Germany (Telecom) offers a minimum for E9.95. That is stiill a lot but more reasonable.

The VoIP works well, but I have only set it up for outgoing calls because chances are that incoming calls will not reach me anyhow because either the phone is switched off or I am no near a WiFi. The caller can leave a message at my Gmail account which I then can read and call back. That way I can work it at my pace.

This phone may be the cheapest, but it does everything I need. I use it more like a little tablet. Playing music an videos is great and I can get to any website. All the usual information sources like Weather Cannel, etc. are there and I made myself a .docx document with the URLs of my favorite Radio and TV stations in Europe and start this right from the .docx. That is the advantage of having Office included.

But you will see - this thing is a lot of fun.

PS: This is the first program you need, else it is hard to get to your files. I have tried a few of the free file managers. They are all no good. With this one you get a real file manager for $1.99. That should not break the bank. But buy it from accessing it via the phone at the MS store using the store app.

Pocket File Manager | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
 

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Thanks. I think it will be fun too. I'm looking forward to it. Now, to convince my Wife may be harder than working the phone.
 

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I am hereby subscribing to this thread. There is a lot of good information here, at least the little I understand is good. I am waiting on MS to deliver my W8 Lumia 521. As much as I am embarrassed to admit it, this will be my first smart phone and I am not sure what to expect. And yes, I am aware this is kind of the bottom of the barrel when it comes to smart Phones, but it will be great for me. I have no intention of connecting it with T Mobile. The service where I live and need it is almost non existent. So, I'm sure I will have a lot of fun trying to 'fix' that issue. Hope I can learn much here, and already have.

If a Windows Phone will be your first smartphone, it'll be a good first step in that direction for sure. It's a pretty easy OS to learn and not overwhelming like android usually is.
 

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Thanks Coke Robot, I sure hope you are right. Just the idea of a smart phone is a little overwhelming to me. LOL. I'm kind of old as well as old fashioned, but I'm not afraid to give it a good try. Thanks again and keep any tips coming.
 

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Very good to hear you're finally trying out a Windows Phone! :thumb:

The 521 is a pretty solid device, it's a perfect low end handset that does the job and does it well. If you haven't gotten the Nokia Black firmware update, you should but in all honesty, the 521 doesn't get a whole lot in terms of features like the 1020 or 920 would but that's mostly because it's a lower end handset.

Apps have been the major pain the crotch since 7. Luckily though, some third party developers have been delivering certain apps of interest and typically don't have the actual name of the official version due to obvious copyrights. Instagram for example, there's an app on Windows Phone called Instance. Another called Latte Locator uses the official Starbucks API to locate the nearest Starbucks nearest you, although they've said they have a Windows Phone app in the works. There's this one developer in the community that's been hammering out top notch quality apps of official ones like no other. He has a list of several in the works he's going to be doing from a OneDrive app to the ACTUAL official Tinder app. It's basically just a work in progress, albeit slow. It's something of such I'M actually going to be taking up soon and get a couple of apps developed for Windows Phone because I ain't got no time for slow progress!

The HERE+ app is fairly decent, although it annoys me how it doesn't show interstate exit numbers versus how it shows highway routes instead. I've had it be weird and have gaps in the route even though it was connected to data... I disabled the voice since I don't like to be patronized when I drive. :p

On the 521, it should have a neat feature called Data Sense that actually will show you a map of wifi hotspots. It's freaking cool! I know the Lumia 925 has this, but I don't know about the 521, but it has wifi calling so you don't even need a SIM card to call someone.

System imaging of Windows Phone is a non-needed thing. When you have your Microsoft account set up on it, it saves a list of your downloaded apps. So if you needed to do a reset, the easiest way to go on the Windows Phone site and just hit reinstall on that app list and your phone will reinstall what you want back onto it. It uses OneDrive, like Windows 8.1, for image, settings, and text back ups. The nice thing about WinRT is that it doesn't dive deep into the system, so there won't ever be system slowdowns like "WinRot" as on Windows PCs. The ONLY thing will obviously be many background running tasks that will ever slow you down. I've seen an issue on a Lumia 928 where doing a mass deletion of music causes a screw up with Xbox Music where it doesn't play new music you added back onto it. That required just deleting the artist list cache, but no need to reset or reimage it. Windows Phone is like ios in the way that it's VERY secure, much more than android. You can side load apps if you have an SD card hooked up and with a company profile, but it's pretty rare if you need to sideload apps if you're not in an enterprise environment.

google is being a little spaghetti in regards with Windows Phone. They'll gladly develop for Windows, but Windows Phone they'll throw a hissy fit if Microsoft makes a better YouTube app ON THEIR OWN. They'll gladly try to cut off gmail account access on the Windows Phone Mail app. They'll gladly prevent google calendar users from syncing calendar items to Windows Phone. They'll gladly claim it's sad that Microsoft is trying to add google chat support to Outlook.com while at the same time claiming they're "not" being evil. Basically, google and Windows Phone are much like Microsoft of the mid to late '90s. Arrogant and pissy. Almost everyone in the Windows Phone community shuns away from google ever since all of this drama. Even Microsoft lets you use google search over Bing on the platform, but google won't even let them make their own YouTube app... Wow.

The OneDrive app has been claimed by Microsoft as being the File Explorer app for Windows Phone. It's really not much at all, but that's because the platform doesn't allow deep access into the system like Windows 8 does in the WinRT side of things. The Xbox Music app is like opening File Explorer on the Desktop and going to the Music library. So on and so forth. But again, not terribly necessary as again, there isn't a need to dive into the depths of the system. After all, it's just a simple smartphone! :geek:

The PowerPoint issue you had might be due to the fact you're at the limit of what it can handle. PowerPoint on Windows Phone is a very simple version of it. You can do some light editing, but that's mostly it. Viewing things like advanced animations and advanced things won't display right. It bugs me too as I have an Excel spreadsheet of finance tracking and I can't really use it on mine since I have formula links spanning different sheets on it and I can't edit it at all. This I'd like to see them fix in 8.1, make Office more powerful.

Speaking of such, if you're liking Windows Phone 8 so far, 8.1 is going to make your pants blow off! Wow! From Cortana to better syncing between it and Windows to hopefully MUCH more Start Screen customizations and colors, it will quite literally be a baby PC! The Xbox Music+Video app will be split into two and be constantly updated as on Windows. Interwebs Explorer will get a nice update and InPrivate mode as well.

My app suggestions are these...

MetroTube (best Youtube app there is along with MyTube)
Amazing Weather HD (for the lockscreen support)
Bing News and Weather
Flashlight-X
HERE Drive and Maps
MPATool (for artist and album cover picture editing/adding for Xbox Music)
Newegg
Nokia Camera (set as default camera)
Nokia MixRadio
PDF Reader
Shortcuts4All (adds Bluetooth and Battery settings tiles to Start among other things)


OH! Before I forget, Windows Phone's metro style differs a tad than Windows meaning it's VERY uber metro style based. It's incredibly detailed oriented (example, when it's like 4:10 or 6:10 or usually when it's 10 after, go to Start and scroll the tiles up and down, notice how the 1 is aligned right next to the tiles) and very text based. When you're playing music, you can turn on the screen, tap the song name and it goes to the Now Playing view of Xbox Music. Tap that artist name, it goes to that artist and the albums you have of it. If you're texting someone but decide to just call them, tap their contact name in that view, and it goes to the contact card of the People hub and from there you can call, text, email, facebook chat, or whatever them. apple stole this in ios 7 by the way...

And also, use your freaking live tiles please! The reason why Windows Phone doesn't have a notification center up until soon is BECAUSE your Start Screen should be used as your notification center!
 

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Thanks Coke for the very informative input. Here are my observations.

The 521 may be low end but it's a perfect little tablet.

Nokia black is already in.

Android is not complex. Even I could learn it. W8P is a bit like a reduced Android.

Who needs more features and what other features could old folks like us want.

Yukk, who wants to drink the Starbucks brew. That is awful stuff.

Here+ is great. Don't knock it and you don't have to be on data. The GPS does it all. And it does not show exit numbers because in Europe we don't go by those numbers - and it is a European product after all.

The only file manager that's worth having is the Pocket File Manager for $1.99. All the freebies I tried are useless.

I am looking forward to 8.1. I need no sync functions and the startscreen colors are fine. I hope they'll come up with something useful.
 

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I had an off-line conversation with Steve where we touched on a few points. As they may be interesting for other Lumia 521 beginners, I post them here.

1. Here is a useful introduction series to the Lumia 521 which you may want to study.

Nokia Lumia 521 - Support, Updates, Downloads and User Guides, Troubleshooting - Nokia - USA

2. I find that the small screen is easier to operate with a stylus. If you have small fingers, the finger touch is OK - it works well. But sometimes the links are really tiny and a stylus is handy. You should be able to get one from your nearest brick and mortar store. I paid $7 and change for mine.

3. I don't know whether you saw my suggestion regarding the MicroSD card. I have a 32GB model (class 10) but if you have less music, videos, etc., a smaller one may also do. The phone does not have a lot of storage that's why the SD card is handy. Once you are halfway setup, you are left with appr. 3.5GBs of phone storage and that I want to keep for future apps. With the SD card you can direct e.g. photos or videos that you take with the camera to the SD card - so that is saving me internal storage space. Plus I have a ton of stuff I copied from my desktop. There are a few caveats regarding filetypes that we have to discuss later.

4. Preferred music filetype is MP3 but WMA works too but with a different player.

5. For videos WMV but if you convert beforehand, use the Freemake converter. The Format Factory played quite an act on me and the bitrate was all wrong and did not play on the phone - although it played on the desktop.

6. If you have PowerPoint shows (I have a lot), make sure the embedded sound is in WAV. If you outsmart yourself like me and use MP3s with WAV headers, PP 365 refuses to play the sound.
If you have radio and TV stations you like to watch, make a docx file with the URLs and put it into a folder on the SD card. That works well for me.

7. Make sure your SD card folders are not called Music, Videos, etc. because the phone will create it's own set with those names. I called them sdMusic, sdVideos, etc.
 

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Had a major update on my Lumia 1520 this morning. Could someone shoot me the numbers on their phone with the model number. Just curious as to what the Black update version is.

OS: 8.0.10521.155
Firmware revision number: 1028.3562.1407.1001
Hardware revision number: 4.1.0.0
Radio software version: 1.0.26055.0001
Chip SOC version: 8974
 

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Had a major update on my Lumia 1520 this morning. Could someone shoot me the numbers on their phone with the model number. Just curious as to what the Black update version is.

OS: 8.0.10521.155
Firmware revision number: 1028.3562.1407.1001
Hardware revision number: 4.1.0.0
Radio software version: 1.0.26055.0001
Chip SOC version: 8974

If you have the 1520, it should be running Black and GDR3 out of the box.

Nokia Lumia 920
OS: 8.0.10517.150
Chip SOC version: 8960

Awww! I'm not up to date! But those numbers I have are baseline GDR3 and Black firmware updates. You are up to date!

If you gander around touch and glance and all that, you'll have options to disable the Windows key vibrations and enable glace and enable double tapping of the screen to wake it up. Battery drain though, but cool nonetheless!
 

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    ASUS R9 270
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014
Android is a thousand times better than WP8.

I once worked on a Samsung galaxy note 3. The system email app was showing -1 emails on the icon. I joked it was the NSA taking your emails to read but deep down inside, it was really because android can get faulty like that...
 

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    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014
Thanks Coke for the very informative input. Here are my observations.

The 521 may be low end but it's a perfect little tablet.

Nokia black is already in.

Android is not complex. Even I could learn it. W8P is a bit like a reduced Android.

Who needs more features and what other features could old folks like us want.

Yukk, who wants to drink the Starbucks brew. That is awful stuff.

Here+ is great. Don't knock it and you don't have to be on data. The GPS does it all. And it does not show exit numbers because in Europe we don't go by those numbers - and it is a European product after all.

The only file manager that's worth having is the Pocket File Manager for $1.99. All the freebies I tried are useless.

I am looking forward to 8.1. I need no sync functions and the startscreen colors are fine. I hope they'll come up with something useful.
There were a few times I was once actually considering picking up the 521 because it came in red, had microSD card support, and there was a promotion a while ago where it would only cost you 30 US freaking dollars. Wow! It's a nice little device for sure!

android to me seems too....over built for a smartphone OS. The fact that there is a legit power menu, very reminiscent of xp's little power menu, on certain handsets is just too weird for me. It's not proper.

I know Starbucks is meh, but that was an example! :p

That would explain why HERE Drive+ is like that. It's kind of weird since in the US, we go by exit numbers and it doesn't adapt to that. It would be nice if it did. Also, if the voice wouldn't cancel out the playing audio, that would be great too. I disabled it mostly because of that as well as the fact that the British lady and I called it quits... :(

IE improvements are what I'm looking for. It needs more speed and I don't believe it actually utilizes the SoC's GPU as much as on Windows... That and Cortana, WOW! More Start Screen colors and personalizations I'd accept, as well as a properly organized Phone Settings menu. It's becoming too overgrown I find.
 

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    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
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    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
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    OCZ 500 watt
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    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
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    Microsoft Touch Mouse
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    Internet Explorer 11
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We'll have to see what they send us. Colors I can care less. My tiles are mostely blue and that's OK. The phone I don't use, only VoIP. A faster IE would be welcome and Cortana I don't understand yet. I am actually happy the way it is. I hope the update will be optional so that I can wait until others report that it is safe to install.

Just downloaded the Tom and Jerry app and the Flintstones app. Used to watch that on my Nexus, but that is currently in Germany. That is my sort of TV since I don't watch TV in the US - because I hate commercials. It insults my intelligence.
 

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Had a major update on my Lumia 1520 this morning. Could someone shoot me the numbers on their phone with the model number. Just curious as to what the Black update version is.

OS: 8.0.10521.155
Firmware revision number: 1028.3562.1407.1001
Hardware revision number: 4.1.0.0
Radio software version: 1.0.26055.0001
Chip SOC version: 8974

If you have the 1520, it should be running Black and GDR3 out of the box.

Nokia Lumia 920
OS: 8.0.10517.150
Chip SOC version: 8960

Awww! I'm not up to date! But those numbers I have are baseline GDR3 and Black firmware updates. You are up to date!

If you gander around touch and glance and all that, you'll have options to disable the Windows key vibrations and enable glace and enable double tapping of the screen to wake it up. Battery drain though, but cool nonetheless!

Thanks for posting the numbers. Yes, it had palm peek to see the time, double tap the screen to wake, themes where I can change the basic color, lock screen options, super camera, and a whole lot more. It is very fast with quad core and 2GB RAM. Battery life on this thing is great since it's bigger. Very happy with this device. Glad I bought it. :)
 

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    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
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    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
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    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
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    54mbp/s
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    IE11
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    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1
OK, everyone, I told you I'd be here asking dumb questions. It took me 2 days to figure out how to create playlists on this thing. I really am over my head on this. Computers, I'm fine with, but these smart phones don't seem too smart to me. LOL. My question here is simple. I have an app of Here Maps. Is that the same as the Here+ everyone keeps talking about? if not, where do I find it. I did buy the Pocket File Manager.
 

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    Asus Maximus X Apex
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    16GB G Skill Trident X DDR4-3200C14
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    EVGA GTX 1080 TI FTW3
    Sound Card
    On Board Realtek
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    Asus 27" 144Hz/ 2X Asus 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
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    Samsung 960 250 GB, Samsung 960 500 GB, 2X Samsung 850 500 GB
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    EVGA 1050 W
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    Phanteks Entloo Luxe
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    Corsair H 105
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    LOGITECH G510
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    Logitech G502 & Logitech Wireless
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    Foot Messenger speed
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Hi Steve, I suspected that you were emerged in the phone because I had not seen you around the last 2 days.

As to your question: HERE are the maps for when you want to look something up (pretty useless on the little screen but you can also install it on the PC) -

and HERE+ is the navigation program. If you want to use it for navigation (works extremely well), I suggest you download the maps of those states that you will be visiting. Then it operates independent from the WiFi. You can even make a new target setting without WiFi.

With MP3s you need no playlist. Just put them into a folder and when you start the first one when opened from the 'Pocket file Manager' - that you have to buy for $1.99 from the apps store. But it is the only file manager that works.
 

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OK, Thanks Wolfgang. I'll try to figure out how to download the maps. I haven't tried that yet. But, if I have the here maps I just need the navigation program?
 

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With the maps you can navigate without a connection. But get only those that you need because they take some time to download and some storage space. Go to Here Maps and click on the 3 little dots (...). There you find the maps. And don't uninstall any of those programs.

I also added a paragraph to my previous posting regarding playlists.
 

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Yes, Here+ is Also Known As Here Drive +
You can get to Maps in 2 ways

Open Here Drive + app
Goto Settings
Goto Map Options
Goto Manage Maps
Then Download New Maps
Hit the + sign at the bottom and you can search for maps there

Or
Goto Settings tile for the phone
Swipe to Applications
Goto Maps
Tap on Download Maps
Click + sign

You can add as many maps as your device will handle, but, I would not download too many
You only need the ones for your country, beyond that is a waste of space.

From the Maps Settings for the Phone
You can delete history and check for updates there as well
You should check for Map Updates ever couple of months or so as it may not prompt you that there is a map update
and I delete my history every so often.

I have been using Waze though lately for traveling and it works.
I like the extra info it provides. There is no need to setup an account, you can just use the app without an account
But it will show you hazards and police locations if others have added it to the map in your vicinity
Here Drive + is very good though for my use as well.
But Waze is better in a lot of ways.

But, Here Drive + has a lot of info and details that are missing from Waze.
Such as, Speed limits of the road you are on,, [DEL]How fast you are driving[/DEL] this is in settings.
Not sure but I don't think it gives Over Limit Warnings.
Which all come in very very handy also.
But you also can not clear data, like recent searches and stuff, that's annoying.

For MP3's you can do as WHS suggested, works perfectly well.
But you can create an actual Play List by adding songs to the Now Playing List and create a Play List from that.
 

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