Awesome Ii Days Inwards Dubai, Amongst Nokia Connects

It's non oft you acquire a telephone telephone telephone bespeak if you're costless to acquire to Dubai side yesteryear side week. This is precisely what happened to me a few weeks ago.  I had just returned from Singapore, hence had my park annual acquire out restrictions (this is genuinely becoming an termination now), but I but cannot allow locomote opportunities go. I've learnt the difficult agency that these don't come upwards circular easily again, as well as I've made a witting determination to comprehend every chance that comes my way, provided I receive got acquire out available for it. Luckily, this trip alone required ii days' leave, as well as earlier I knew it, it was Sat afternoon as well as I was on an Emirates flying to Dubai, returning Tuesday.

I was invited on the trip yesteryear Nokia Connects, who flew upwards a few bloggers from all over the footing to Dubai, to exam out 2 of their novel phones. From South Africa, it was just myself as well as the absolutely amazing Gabi, who is an amusement journalist at the Sun Times as well as was a express joy a minute! She was such swell company. Generally I'm non a fan of press trips- equally you know my hubby is my favourite locomote partner as well as press trips are ordinarily for journalists only, non partners, but the grouping of people invited on this trip inward item was hence special. I made lots of friends, as well as I'm certain our paths volition cross i time to a greater extent than somewhere inward the world. Everyone was genuinely fun as well as tardily going, as well as I loved learning virtually their blogs, which receive got taken them all over the world.

We arrived at midnight Saturday. It honestly took me virtually 20 minutes to walk (briskly!) from the bird to passport control, as well as some other one-half an hr or hence to acquire through that. The aerodrome inward Dubai is crazy, y'all. When nosotros left Dubai, the aerodrome was hence busy, people were sleeping on the floor- every unmarried spot at every gate was occupied. I know lots of people mass flights alongside ridiculously long stopovers inward Dubai just because it's cheaper- I'm telling you now, don't produce it!

Anyway, after a curt xxx infinitesimal drive, nosotros arrived at our hotel- Media One Hotel. For a 4 star hotel, I idea it was fabulous. The room was precisely my style- modern, minimalist, spotless. The lineament of the finishes was practiced too. The hotel was located correct on the marina, hence I'd definitely remain at that spot again. It reminded me a fighting of Fire as well as Ice at Melrose Arch.

The side yesteryear side morning, I met all the other bloggers, equally good equally the squad from Nokia that would live hosting us. The aim of the trip was to showcase the amazing capabilities of ii of Nokia's phones, the Lumia 925 as well as the Lumia 1020. The phones receive got incredible depression lite capabilities, hence the conception was to drive ii hours to Oman, just off the Arabian Gulf. We'd hence canvass on a dhow to a specific spot where nosotros could regard bioluminescent plankton.

Our hosts were genuinely good organised, as well as gave us all both phones to essay out (which nosotros were later on told were ours to go yesteryear along - eeek!!)  as good equally local sim cards alongside data. The 2 hr drive passed inward a flash, field nosotros all eagerly customised our phones as well as started playing around.

The Nokia 1020 has a 41MP camera! I'm non likewise much of a tech/ telephone person, but I produce taste photography, as well as I tin give the sack tell you- this telephone rivals the capabilities of my SLR. The Nokia Procam characteristic allows you to conform ISO, white balance, aperture as well as shutter speed, as well as tin give the sack acquire upwards to a shutter speed of 4 seconds. The photos I took on my Iphone didn't come upwards anywhere unopen to those on the Nokia. The sharpness of the pics is on some other level, fifty-fifty when zooming.

I had some people who idea they were beingness smart inquire me why I was using Instagram hence much on a Nokia trip- but I genuinely downloaded an app called 6tag which is basically Instagram for a Nokia phone- industrial plant precisely the same. I also downloaded all my other musthaves, similar Twitter, Facebook as well as Whatsapp- which all worked perfectly.

Other than the rad camera, other things I similar virtually the telephone include the predictive text, which predicts sentences rather than words. What I hateful yesteryear this, is if I start typing "Hello", it volition popular upwards alongside diverse options which I tin give the sack select for my side yesteryear side word, similar "how", "what", etc. If I hence select "how", the side yesteryear side give-and-take it pops upwards is "are". So, you tin give the sack literally type a whole judgement yesteryear touching the keypad equally many times equally the publish of words you receive got inward your sentence, equally opposed to the publish of letters  - amazing!

I also dear how the telephone consolidates info. If you sync your contacts to your social media, when pulling upwards a specific contact, it displays their Facebook photograph albums, their latest Twitter updates, as well as your most recent conversations alongside them- all inward i screen. Great for stalking :)

Battery life is sadly similar to that of my Iphone- lasts a twenty-four hours when used yesteryear someone who is constantly connected, checking tweets etc.

Once inward Oman, nosotros checked into our hotel, Golden Tulip, (which I won't tell you virtually because it was a fighting of a dive, but at that spot was literally nil else just about inward Oman- it's a tiny fiddling port), as well as hence boarded the dhow. I loved laying on the deck chair, alongside a cool breeze blowing inward my face, field chatting to Gabi, who gave me the lowdown on all the SA celeb scandals.

I took lots of photos on my Nikon but I'm alone going to postal service the ones taken on the Nokia (these are unedited unless specified inward the caption), hence that you tin give the sack regard how practiced they are- if I produce state hence myself :)


We genuinely wanted to grab the sunset at a specific spot- where mount as well as body of body of water meet, as well as the dhow just wasn't quick plenty to acquire us there, hence just earlier sunset nosotros all jumped on a speedboat as well as raced through the waters- it was exhilarating!

This film was filtered on Instagram, the lineament hither is genuinely worse than the unedited photos





The Arabian Gulf is amazing. Completely isolated, alongside small-scale canals that look to deport on forever. It's also form of eerie, I'm glad I was inward a large grouping of people :) Eventually, nosotros got to the expanse where the plankton was. At outset nosotros couldn't regard it, but i time people jumped into the water, the plankton started lighting upwards equally they were disturbed. It was incredible to see, but sadly it was pitch black as well as nosotros couldn't photograph the plankton because it was powdery as well as tiny.

We stopped the boat close a rocky beach, as well as nosotros all waded through the articulatio genus deep water, armed alongside glowsticks- cook to exam out the increased shutter speed of the phone. Using a tripod, this is what nosotros created alongside v people as well as v glowsticks as well as a 4 2nd shutter speed- cool, right?!

 
That night, nosotros all collapsed into bed, as well as were cook to hitting the route dorsum to Dubai the side yesteryear side morning. I was genuinely excited virtually the helicopter ride that Nokia had planned, inward lodge for us to exam the zoom on the phone's camera.
 
Seeing Dubai from inward a higher house made me realize how developed it is. I dear how modern as well as build clean it is, but it's also rattling urban- much similar Joburg. Lots of cars as well as highways, rattling fiddling people on the street (it's just likewise hot!) I personally prefer a pedestrianized city- I but dear the street vibe of Europe. I also similar cities alongside natural beauty as well as a potent history, which Dubai doesn't receive got much of. So, my recommendation is to see for 2-3 days as well as build the best of the malls, restaurants as well as other novel places similar Atlantis, but don't remain for longer than that.
 
The helicopter ride was genuinely cool as well as I got some amazing shots alongside my Lumia 1020.
 
How incredible is this zoom?! We were genuinely high...



 
 
 
You tin give the sack regard that sharpness is non compromised at all alongside the zoom. I'm certain I'm non the alone blogger who gets annoyed carrying a big-ass SLR just about alongside me wherever I go, as well as who kicks herself for non taking it when a practiced photographic minute arises. I won't fifty-fifty write a weblog postal service if I alone receive got iPhone photos, hence I'm seriously thinking of trading inward both my iPhone as well as my Nikon SLR for the Lumia 1020.
 
That afternoon, a few of us hitting the Mall of Emirates, where I bought some stunning items  for a steal. Dubai has all the build scream stores we're used to, but I establish the prices at that spot uncompetitive. I went wild at a shop called Splash- depository fiscal establishment tally it out!
 
We agreed to encounter the others at the rooftop bar of a hotel called The Address. The views of the Marina were spectacular.. I took the below shot just asset the telephone inward my hand, no tripod.
 

 
 And after alone 2 total days inward Dubai, it was fourth dimension to wing dorsum to SA. When I flew to PE this yesteryear weekend, I realised that I'd been on v trips inward v weeks- iii of them international. Crazy times!
 
I receive got to state a large give thank you you to the squad from Nokia Connects for beingness such gracious hosts as well as for organizing everything hence well, as well as of course of written report thank you to the local Nokia squad inward Jozi for picking me out of millions of bloggers as well as journalists to acquire on this trip, I'm SO grateful :)
 
xxx H

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