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August 5, 2015

Back to school: The student’s survival kit

Prepare for the classroom with this pack of essential Lumia devices, tools, and apps. Tell us why you need our survival kit the most and you may just win it!


As summer vacation comes to a close (in the northern hemisphere), the school year looms large. It’s time to start thinking about supplies and the latest tools you’ll need for class.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard part for you. The Conversations team has put together the essential survival kit for students, no matter where they are in their education.

How do you get your hands on a kit like this? It’s easy—tell us why you (or the student in your family) need this kit the most in the comments below. In a month, we’ll select the best entry as our winner. So be creative!

Here’s the kit:

Lumia 735

The Lumia 735 is the smartphone designed specifically for selfies and Skype video calls. Boasting a full-HD 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera, it’ll always capture your good side when posting to Facebook or chatting with your parents back at home.


The Lumia 735’s quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor can handle the apps to keep you connected and productive while at school. Access your notes in Word on OneDrive anywhere or check out some of our suggested apps below.

The Lumia 735 will also receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 when available.

Microsoft Dual Portable Charger

Running out of power while on the go? Not so fast—the Microsoft Dual Portable Charger is here to rescue you from a long class day without power outlets.


Simply connect up to two devices—such as your Lumia 735 and a tablet—to its dual USB ports to charge both simultaneously. At 215 grams (or less than half a pound), this portable charger is light enough to go anywhere.

Treasure Tag

Are you constantly losing your keys? Your textbook? Even your backpack?


Clip a Treasure Tag to it and you’ll always be able to locate lost possessions with your Lumia phone. It’ll also alert you when you’re about to leave your belongings behind.


Every student needs a quality backpack—especially one that can hold the high-quality goodies we’ve selected above!

Essential apps

No matter which Lumia you have, these free apps are essential to surviving—and excelling—in your school courses. They can be downloaded easily from the Windows Phone app store:

Wunderlist: Set to-do lists and share them across multiple devices.

Perfect Recorder: Record lectures and upload them to OneDrive with this intuitive recording app.

Perfect Dictionary: A comprehensive off-line dictionary that allows you to search in more than 50 languages.

Skype: Stay connected with family and friends via chat, voice, and video from anywhere.

Duolingo: Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish Gaelic, Dutch, Danish, and English for free with this app that makes learning a new language fun.

Microsoft Math: Do math exercises, take tests, learn theory, and collaborate or compete against other students with this excellent app.

Power Planner: Manage homework assignments and exams with this powerful app that lets you stay on top of your class schedule.

Now that you’ve seen what’s in our survival kit for students, tell us why you need it in the comments below by Friday, September 4. Take a photo, record a video, or write something creative and heartfelt—we want to see what you come up with!