Going on from my thoughts in the podcast about the time finally being right to consider moving with Nokia over to Windows Phone, now that the GDR2/Amber update is available, you might be interested in my walkthrough of setting up a 'virgin' Windows Phone 8 GDR2/Amber device. This is fairly representative of what you'll go through if you move over too.
Most of the Windows Phone 8 stable of devices have been updated through the various versions of the OS, over the air, and with all content staying intact. But what, I wondered would be the experience of someone coming to Windows Phone 8 GDR2, with Nokia Amber, for the first time? In other words, what does a totally fresh install of this latest version of Windows Phone look like? Here's my walkthrough, with comments.
In this case, my experience is based on a freshly minted, service centre-refurbished Nokia Lumia 920, but this also applies to any Lumia 925 or Lumia 1020 owner, plus many other models throughout the range which are all now being shipped with GDR2/Amber in the factory.
Here then are my notes and illustrated observations - hopefully you'll find this useful, whether you're a new Windows Phone 8 owner, or someone awaiting GDR2 yourself on an existing device and wondering whether to install in-place or to go through the temporary pain of a factory reset, so that you can 'start afresh'...
As I said in the last Insight podcast, the latest Windows Phone update, together with Nokia's contributions right, left and centre, building on its ideas from Symbian in the past, plus the emergence of the Lumia 1020, has meant that we're reaching a tipping point of sorts. We have a Symbian flagship that's now over a year old and with all functonal updates ceased, we have a Windows Phone platform update that now has built in just about everything that we'd complained about being missing since 2011, and we have a flagship device (in the 1020) that can (almost) match the Nokia 808 PureView on the camera front.
How do you feel about this tipping point? Does this new platform iteration and the 1020 hardware do it for you?