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First impressions: Lumia Icon Windows Phone (unboxing)

It’s very, very red. It’s also a completely different UI from Android and iOS. In many ways, though, it's just another high-end smartphone. And that's a good thing.

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Topic: Mobility
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The little red box

Earlier this week, I described . At the time, I set up a set of questions and requirements that a phone would have to meet in order to meet my needs. Both iPhones and Android phones can meet these requirements. I wondered if Windows Phone could stand up to the comparison.

Microsoft was kind enough to loan me a Lumia Icon, which I just opened up today. Here are my first impressions, coming mostly from the process of unboxing the thing. I’ll have more in-depth discussions of the hardware, software, and ecosystem in future articles.

I have pretty mediocre wireless coverage across carriers at home, but Verizon is the best of the lot. Microsoft provided me with a Verizon phone, so we’re in for a lot of red.

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A smartphone box is a smartphone box

The box the phone comes in is pretty much like any other smartphone box. The one thing that gave me a grin was the overlaid description of the buttons and connectors. That’s just cute.

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It's alive!

As soon as I lifted the phone up, it powered on. 

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Clean design

The back is a simple white. I was worried I’d get some terribly gaudy Nokia color, and I’m glad that this is a phone that doesn’t scream “look at me, I’m plastic candy!”

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Quick activation

Next up was connecting to the network. This took a little work, because I have pretty terrible reception. But within a few minutes, I was using the phone.

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Nothing special besides the phone

This is what comes inside the box. More red.

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No earbuds!

Three things of note: First, there’s a lot of paper. Given that I read Kindle books on my phone, well … TL;DR. There’s a USB to micro-USB cable and a power adapter. One thing the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy have that the Lumia doesn’t: earbuds.

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Top 'o the phone

The top of the phone. If you have earbuds, this is where they would go. It’s also where the SIM card goes. No, that’s not extra memory, although this thing comes with 32G (of which 25GB was free right out of the box), so that’s not bad at all.

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Bottom of the phone

As the overlay says, “Charger/USB Port”.

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It can stand up

No controls at all on the left side of the phone. It’s flat enough to stand up by itself on my desk, and yet it’s still reasonably comfortable in my hand. That’s kind of cool.

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Dedicated camera button

The Lumia Icon, which has a 20 megapixel camera, is pretty serious about camera functions. That’s a dedicated camera button there. For those of you old-time iPhone users, remember when Apple pitched a fit when one of their developers had the audacity to try to use a button to take pictures?

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Not your typical Android or iOS interface

It’s very, very red. It’s also a completely different UI from Android and iOS. I’m very much looking forward to playing with it. Stay tuned!

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