May 2, 2012 at 9:30 am , by Catherine LeFebvre
I’m a big believer in carving out a bit of me-time every day, so any time I find a gadget that helps simplify my routine, I’m happy. The new Windows Phone from Nokia does just that, and since Mother’s Day is coming up, we thought it would be nice to give one away as a treat for all the busy Moms who make life simpler for everyone in their family. Here’s how I think it’ll help free up some time:
Live Tiles – In the Windows Phone world, your screen has “tiles,” or buttons that link to photos, programs, etc. Kind of like apps, except that you can make almost anything a tile. You can have a best friend (or a husband) app on your start screen that pulls in all of that person’s photos, Facebook, and Twitter updates, so can keep up to date on your favorite people without going to three different social media sites. Or you can make an important contacts tile that keeps phone numbers for your pediatrician, school, and babysitters all in one place. If your kids are a little older, make a family tile and you can text message everyone at once.
Camera – this is a small thing, but my jaw dropped when I first figured it out. Say your kid (or in my case, my dog) is doing something adorable and you want to take a picture. Instead of taking out your phone, unlocking it, entering your password, and opening the camera app, all you have to do is point it at the cuteness and hold down the camera button. It’ll bypass the lock function and take the picture immediately.
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