Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Wireless #VZWLife team and received a device as part of this program. I am a (long time) Verizon customer and all opinions are my own. I give photo credit to Verizon Wireless.
 I love trying out new phones and phone features. Recently I received the new Nokia Lumia Icon in black and I could not help but to brag about it here. I have never had a Windows Phone before. This totally blew me out of the water. The Nokia Lumia Icon comes in white and black. I received a black one and it is just perfect. The HD screen is great because there is always a clear picture in bright sunlight or indoors. One our of many of my favorite features about this phone is that you can personalize your live tiles theme to a color of your choosing depending on your mood. I change it often. The Mauve and Hot Pink are two colors I like to use.
This phone is so unique because you can personalize it to your liking. Resizing tiles, changing the theme and more! You can choose what apps you want on the screen and pin them. You can also pin your contacts. You can also add your social media and get live tile notifications. Another favorite feature about this phone is the 20 MP camera. Who would have thought that a cell phone would have a camera like this? This camera is amazing! I mean AMAZING. Not only can you re-frame and zoom into pictures after you have taken them, but you can zoom in by swiping your finger on the display. You can also reduce background noise by tapping your finger on the screen to focus toward that area. There are also four high-performance microphones to get an amazing experience. 
Another thing that I love is  how FAST the phone is. I mean super fast. You don't lag and the phone doesn't freeze because it has a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor (Verizon’s first Windows® Phone with quad-core technology). This gives you the ability to switch between texts to apps, and calls and more with no issue. The phone also has a 2420 mAh battery. It lasts me all day. It also has built in wireless charging. Currently I am searching for a dock so I can experience that.
As you can see above, I have a ton of Nokia photo and video apps. The Nokia Glam Me App allows you to take a photo via the front facing camera. It detects your face and makes you "beautified". Pretty neat app if you ask me! Check out the photo below for yourself.
One of my favorite is the Nokia Creative Studio. It gives you the ability to add filters and it has a quick way to crop photos if needed. I purchased the upgrade to the Phototastic app in the Windows App store. This app is amazing because you can add so many more filters as well as give your photos neat borders. Check out some of the photos that I have took with my phone and edited below.
 The sun was setting here in Tennessee so I snapped a picture and used the Vignette filter on it. It makes for a beautiful photo!
 My Max. I used the Phototastic App and a filter as well as this cute border. Pretty fancy huh? You can also add text or watermarks with the app. Check it out in the Window's Store!
This last photo here is perfect. Max and I were at the laundromat today and I snapped a picture. No filter. I just use the auto feature on the camera and it came out perfect. The Nokia Camera also has features such as- Best shot, Change faces, Remove moving objects, Action shot, Motion focus all in one app. This phone makes my life easier because I am a review blogger. I take photos often of my products and items that I get to review and I love how I can edit my photos without even going to the computer!
If you have kids that like to play with your phone and you don't want apps accidentally purchased after you add your credit card- there is a Kids Corner on the phone! NO more worrying they will purchase or click something you don't want them to see.  Kid's Corner grants your little ones access only to the apps, games, videos, and music you choose for them, so you can relax and let them play. They can open Kid's Corner on their own, but your Start screen, apps, and info are protected by a password you set! Pretty neat huh? Overall, I am in love with my new phone and all of the features that it has to offer. I am still learning and it will be a process. I do learn something new every day. With all of these features and more than 145,000 apps and games- I think I am going to be busy busy!
If you are a picture taker- This phone IS for you.. not to mention- Mother's Day is going to be here soon! This is a gift mom will LOVE and be thankful for! If you are looking to see what you will pay for a phone like this, the phone retails for $549.99 with no contract. With Verizon Edge, you can pay $22.91/mo or if you are looking to purchase WITH a 2 year contract- $199.99 and FREE Shipping online! Thanks for reading!
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Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Wireless #VZWLife team and received a device as part of this program. I am a (long time) Verizon customer and all opinions are my own. I give photo credit to Verizon Wireless. 
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  1. I've heard a lot about the Nokia Lumina Icon and would love to have one. The pictures look great!


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