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My time with the Nokia Lumia 1520


So the awesome people over at Connects sorted me out with a two week trial and review time of the Nokia Lumia 1520. And as a Mac and iPhone user this was going to be interesting.

 

So in the video above I unboxed it and gave my first impressions before taking it on a two week round of my daily work and home life, putting it through it’s paces with apps, browsing,  social networking, vlogging and a smattering of photography with that huge 20 megapixel rear camera.

So with all this in mind I immediately set up the basics and logged into many of my online accounts and got to grips with the camera.

I have to start by saying this thing is huge, I mean really huge. It just fits in my work trouser pockets and surprisingly easily into my jeans pocket and leaves me able to sit in a regular chair.

Thats where the size part reaches its limit. Once seated I have no choice but to stand to get it out of my pocket. In the hand I very quickly got used to it and for many applications i.e. browsing, gaming, messaging, tweeting and emailing I actually preferred it to my iPhone 5. Indeed when going back to the iPhone I found myself wondering where my phone had gone.

Now I’m not saying I’m converted but this super sized device is actually a pleasure to use and I wish I didn’t have to return it, I would (funds allowing) definitely have one as a second device for work, where I use windows as my daily OS. I’m too financially invested in OSX and iOS to make a complete change, plus the Apple eco system “just works” and does it well.

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My only real problem with it as a YouTuber was getting footage off it. Maybe there is some software out there that could help but when I plugged it into my Mac iPhoto launched as expected and created a folder automatically called Lumia 1520, but then it did nothing. So the easiest work around I found was “One Drive”, this worked pretty much like iCloud all be it a little slower but it worked.

After a lengthy two week trial of this device I have found it to be perfectly adept at all the jobs you would expect from it, apps can be buggy and lacking in numbers, however as a UK work device for email and connection to a Windows based environment (which is why I say UK) ,still the main business work software here in the UK, it is perfect for sending detailed photos back to base when on working days out, which is where it would be a good performer for my working situation. My full round up video can be watched below.

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My new video went live earlier. Pansonic HC V750 Unboxing.


Manfrotto Pixi Mini tripod


After a long search and decision process in the purchase of a folding tripod that I felt was going to be strong enough and versatile enough for some long term use as a vlogging handle with the ability to stand on a desk or table while I talked to a camera (my iPhone 5 camera), I finally settled on this one.

 

I just needed a handle and tripod for my vlogging channel due to a few minor factors starting with the basic ergonomics of holding my iPhone 5 while keeping clear of the lens and microphone without having to constantly think about it.

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But into the bargain with this particular tripod you get quite a bit more in the way of it’s capabilities and strength. Very solid in build and construction and able to carry

**Maximum body weight of 650g/ 1.4lb

Maximum 85mm Focal length

Maximum total payload 1kg/ 2.2lb

So as you can see from these statistics it is able to carry a fair weight. For the serious photographer or anyone who intends to use it a fair bit, the price is pretty good right now from Amazon stores (Affiliate links below).  If you won’t use it much, maybe just for the odd Phone shot then maybe a cheaper option would suit better.

UK Amazon http://amzn.to/1laYROQ

US Amazon http://amzn.to/RNuF3U

This tripod in some stores subject to availability can also be bought in other colours, for the more expressive of you out there. So hit the links above, at the time of this post going live the price is much lower than I paid.

 

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