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December 10, 2014

Gift Guide: Give them the Lumia they want!

Confused about which Microsoft Lumia is right for those on your holiday gift list?

With a range of Lumia smartphones available at a variety of prices and features, there’s a Lumia for everyone. But how do you decide which is the right Lumia for your sibling, significant other or parent?

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Well, you can head here to help you decide, and below is a handy guide to help you match the Lumia to the appropriate person. 

Selfie social bee

Perfect for: Friend

Recommended Lumia: Lumia 730, Lumia 735Lumia 535

The Lumia 730 and the Lumia 735 feature a powerful full high-definition, 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera with a focal length of 24mm and will offer your pal more than enough reasons to snap more selfies and detail. Don’t forget the pre-installed Lumia Selfie app with filters that will make your selfies speak for you.

If your friend is more into video messaging, then the Microsoft Lumia 535 provides an even bigger imaging and video calling experience, using Skype. A preferred smartphone for the messaging, socializing and gaming-savvy young ones, the Lumia 535 gives you fun at an affordable price tag.

Wanted: A great first smartphone

Perfect for: Your older relatives

Recommended Lumia: Lumia 630, Lumia 635

If you have relatives like my uncle Peter and aunt Annie who don’t want lots of bells and whistles but still need a powerful smartphone, then the Lumia 630 running Windows Phone 8.1 could be a good fit.


The Lumia 630 features a 4.5-inch display and a super-fast quadcore processor, and will help your older relatives reinvent their Windows experience with OneDrive, OneNote and Skype that run across devices, from phones to tablets to PCs.

Teach them how to personalize the home screen with a background image, customize Live Tiles and keep track of all the notifications in one single place with Action Center with a single swipe.

Motivate them to stay fit with the SensorCore feature found in Health & Fitness and challenge them for the 10,000 steps a day goal while they navigate their way without getting lost with Here Maps.

Avid reader and movie buff

Perfect for: Mother or father

Recommended LumiaLumia 1520

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With a 6-inch, full high-definition assertive display and great readability in sunlight, the Lumia 1520 may be the right stocking stuffer for the bookworm on your gift list. The phone’s powerful 3400mAh battery will also ensure that the entertainment never stops.

If your mum or dad happen to be a movie buff like my father or love making videos, the phone’s 20-megapixel Pureview Camera, high-definition 1080p video-recording capability, and four-speaker multi-directional audio capture will let you tell better stories.

A partner with an eye for detail and creativity

Perfect for: Your better half

Recommended LumiaLumia 1020

Sporting a 41-megapixel main camera, the Lumia 1020 is the best snapper you can give a loved one who’s also a photography enthusiast. The 1/1.5 inch sensor size with the 6-lens optics packing in an aperture f/2.2 with 26 mm focal length has been blowing away professional photographers alike.

Top it with the Lumia 1020’s PureView imaging, Optical Image Stabilization, continuous auto- focus, high resolution zoom and Xenon flash, and your better half can shed the tag of amateur photographer.

It is not just the photos that do the talking. The phone’s 1080p video resolution with a frame rate of 30 frames-per-second ensures that you never miss a moment. With a 6x video camera zoom, it records MP4/H.264 video formats with stereo audio recording quality.

Enhance the camera with a mix of camera apps such as Bing Vision, Creative Studio, Lumia Camera, Lumia Cinemagraph, Lumia Panorama, Lumia Selfie, and your chosen one is all set to embrace photography as a profession!

High flier on the go

Perfect for: sister or brother

Recommended Lumia: Lumia 830 or Lumia 930


The Lumia 830 is a pretty and a powerful smartphone that is designed to fit nicely in your hand. Lumia 830’s ultra slim design and chrome-like silver edges is bound to catch the attention. And the chances are that its super-sensitive touch (perfect for using while still wearing gloves), built-in wireless charging and 16 GB of onboard memory will keep  your siblings entertained for hours. It’s also a great office companion and work tool for the always-connected executive.

And don’t forget to introduce him or her to the world of Living Images on the 10MP PureView camera by bringing your pictures to life.

Then there’s also the Lumia 930 with its bright, 5” (12.7 cm) Full HD display, 32 GB onboard memory and built-in wireless charging, giving them enough reasons to like it.  And if they are looking for both feel and function then its 20MP PureView Camera with four directional microphones offer them a true surround sound recording experience.

What better way to indulge someone than by gifting him or her a phone?

So … which Lumia are you buying next?