Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder

Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder

If you know me, you know my long love affair with iPhones. Well, I cheated. I tested out the new Lumia Icon on a weeklong Carnival Miracle cruise to Alaska, and for the first time, ever, I am seriously considering swapping my iPhone for a Windows phone.

ProductReviewWhen the iPhone 5c came out, I ‘upgraded’ to it, but I never liked it as much as my trusty iPhone 4. Sure, I had Siri, the voice activated controls, but the camera was not good enough for me to abandon using my Panasonic Lumix.

Switch to Android? Windows?

The Lumia Icon, on the other hand, has a fantastic camera that made my videos crisper, my photos better. Options make it super easy to shoot depth of field, and play with white balance and lighting. With two touches of a button you can easily see how to improve your

Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder

Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder

photos, but you are not stuck in a mode. It’s not cumbersome to go back and forth, and if you want to just use the automatic settings, you still get great photos. With the amazing scenery in Alaska, I needed a fantastic camera.

Can a mac user learn new tricks?

I am pretty set in my ways with an iPhone and a Mac, but the learning curve for Lumia is easy to conquer. The phone is simple to use, intuitive, with a big screen. I have yet to try out Cortana which offers voice controlled texting and a geo targeted info system. It is crazy easy to transfer pictures to a mac – as simple as downloading one application and dragging the photos in. Done. It is almost easier than using an iPhone.

Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder

Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder

Bottom line

  • The Lumia Icon has an outstanding battery life
  • I made numerous calls with the Lumia and could detect no difference in quality
  • The Lumia is larger than an iPhone, and heavier, but this meant a larger screen, with videos easier to watch.
  • All the basic apps, like travel and weather, are there. I’m not a big gamer, but for basic apps, you are fine.
  • The Lumia Icon takes great pictures and truly doubles as a camera. The iPhone can’t do that (yet). Game, set, match, Lumia.