Switching on and setting up a Windows Phone:
Apart from the essential Windows specific buttons at middle of bottom, Nokia Lumia 800 looked like a typical Nokia, simple and elegant, but considering this was a Windows phone, I was wondering that if I gonna see the famous joining hands video while switching on the device.
Yes! that didn’t happened. In place of joining hands, I was greeted with a white Nokia logo in middle of the CBD screen (CBD is awesome) and then just for a half second the Windows logo came in. No joining hands or Nokia tune any more.
The next thing to think was if it was going to ask me for my Nokia Account credentials or Windows Live ID. Answer was the screen prompting me for Windows Live ID.
So, it was just like Google asks for Google Account, iOS asks for iTune ID\Apple Account and Nokia asks for their Nokia Account. First time, you are allowed to do one of the following: Either sign in, create one Live ID or leave it off as of now. It allows you to leave it off as of now though that will limit you from accessing most of the services like Market Place etc. No worries. I had an earlier hotmail account.
Little different from Google or Apple IDs, this Hotmail a.k.a Live ID links Windows Live, Hotmail, XBOX Live, and Zune on your phone. If you are new to these services, then it will be a no brainer for you, but if you been a user then there are some points of caution.
1. First Windows Live ID that you login your phone with, becomes the primary ID and if you add one more Windows Live ID then it will not bring in your Xbox Live gamertag or Zune Tag information.
2. Somehow Microsoft Services seem to be not that perfectly unified as Google’s one. There might be cases that you had services like Xbox or Zune under different Live IDs and if it is so then it would not be possible to bring all your services under one account that easily.
If you are starting a fresh, then I will suggest you to do these things on your desktop first rather than starting from phone itself.
You can sign up for a Windows Live ID here. Its very simple and requires you to give an email address (or create a Windows Live email), your name, a password, and some other personal information used to identify you if you need to retrieve sensitive account information. Fill in the obligatory captcha and you are ready to go. You get access to your Calendar, Messenger, SkyDrive, and more with the new Windows Live ID. It also sets up a Hotmail, XBOX Live and Zune account for you but you need to login to these accounts to customize and configure them. Once your Windows Live ID is setup, you can travel over to Hotmail here, Zune account here and configure your XBox Live account here.
In XBOX Live account, you can change your gamer tag from the default to one of your own choice, customize your avatar, upgrade to a Gold membership, and more.
In Zune Account, while US Account gives you options for unlimited Music (trial for 7 days) or option to purchase the membership to enjoy unlimited music, I couldn’t find any such thing in Indian Account.
Even if there is no Zune unlimited music for Indian users, there is Nokia Mix Radio that comes with every Lumia device, where you can listen to thousands of artists and songs. The service is completely FREE and doesn’t even require you to subscribe (You need to login into your Nokia Account though.. finally …:D ). You can listen to all of the music you want while you have an internet connection, and download up to 14 hours worth of music to listen offline. Unlike the similar iTunes service on the iPhone, Nokia Mix Radio is completely free. There is no monthly subscription, and you do not need to pay for each song listened to.
Anyway, we got deviated from the topic, but It is advised to setup these accounts first to explore the Nokia Lumia 800 fully at its potential.
You can add one Facebook Account (Facebook Chat would be integrated in messaging, no video though), One twitter Account (Twitter pic upload available via app but not via Gallery), One LinkedIn Account (You get your contacts, their updates and can update your status, no official app though), multiple exchange accounts (not sure how many, but more than one just like Android), multiple Yahoo Accounts, multiple Google Accounts (No IM or Video Chat Support though Push should be there), Multiple hotmail accounts, Multiple Pop Accounts and Multiple Nokia Mail Accounts.
In addition to these third party accounts, we obviously have the accounts for Windows Live (Hotmail, XBox Live, Messenger etc) and Outlook (Exchange and Office 365). Also you can add share point or Skydrive in your Microsoft Office Mobile.