My experiences when migrating from iPhone 5 to Nokia Lumia 920 (Windows 8 Phone)



I have had an iPhone for the past 4 years and have watched as various Microsoft phones have been released over the years.

I have toyed with the idea of moving to a Windows Phone but it’s not been a serious thought. The main reason being that I have had an iPhone for 4 years and invested a lot of time and money in the platform and bought various apps. However that all changed in December when a couple of events happened:-

1. I was given the opportunity to try out a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Phone.

2. I lost my iPhone 5 in the back of a taxi

The Lumia had arrived a few days before my unfortunate accident. However, fortunately I had actually transferred all my contacts from my iPhone via Bluetooth using the Windows 8 Phone “Transfer My Data” app.

However once I had lost my iPhone this presented a perfect opportunity to actually give the Nokia Lumia a proper try out.

The following sections explain my thoughts and experiences as I moved from iPhone to Nokia.


Sim Card Swap

The first step is to move your phone calls and number over to the Nokia. The iPhone 5 uses a NanoSIM which is a little smaller than the Nokia Lumia’s MicroSIM. Therefore I need to swap the my mobile phone number from the NanoSIM to a new MicroSIM.

I am with O2 and normally this is a pretty straightforward process which I have used a few times. O2 provide a automated website based service, called Swap My Sim. With this service  you put in the details of your mobile phone number and a code is sent to your phone. Once you get the code, you enter that into the website and fill in the SIM serial number. Your mobile phone number is then moved over to the new SIM. This SIM swap process however requires that you have access to your mobile.

Therefore I had to go to the O2 shop, I took the Nokia Lumia with some ID. After a quick conversation, I was taken through the security process and a new SIM card was setup. The process to transfer the SIM was pretty quick for voice. I waited about 5 minutes and rebooted the phone and it picked up the O2 network.

However the process to pick up data was a little more complicated. The SIM swap process can take up to an hour for voice and 24 hours for data, this has never been the case when I have used it, its normally been pretty rapid.

After about an hour, I received a text from O2 saying that I need to phone customer services to get the phone configured for MMS and WAP. So I called up O2, they explained that I need to be moved over to another profile and off the iPhone package. I would keep my plan of unlimited minutes, texts and 1 Gb of data.

Anyway after a day I still wasn’t getting data. So I ended up having a look at the settings for the Windows Phone. Amazingly I found the answer within the Settings App.

If you scroll to the bottom there is an Access Point setting, this has a number of profiles available, one of them being the O2 Monthly access point profile. I chose this setting and I could see that the data connection started to kick in.


Transfer your contacts

The Transfer My Data app was very easy to use and required Bluetooth to be switched on both phones. The Nokia Lumia was connected to the iPhone and the application started. You have a number of choices of the type of data to migrate.

I chose to transfer my contacts and the 1700 contacts took about 10 minutes to transfer the data between the two phones.


Transfer your music/photos and podcasts

Microsoft provide an application for your desktop called the Windows Phone 8 Application. This is currently in beta and is a great tool to get the rest of your data that was backed up by iTunes for you iPhone.

The application interrogates iTunes and allows you to sync the iTunes content which includes, music, photos and podcasts out of ITunes on to the Nokia phone.


Transfer your e-Mail / Calendars

I use Office 365 which is effectively a hosted Microsoft Exchange account that is managed by Microsoft. The process to setup my email and calendars was pretty straightforward. I used the Windows Phone Mail app and added my email address and password, all the settings were brought across and my calendar was setup.

I do think that this process was relatively straightforward though in part this is because I am using Office 365. I am not sure what the process would be like if I was using a Gmail or Yahoo account. This is something that I might add later after some investigation.



So this is where the gap between Windows Phone 8 and iPhone starts to show. I had a number of apps on my iPhone which I have struggled to get replacements for on the Nokia.

I use the following apps a lot:-

iPhone App


National Rail Train Timetable

This is an app which allows you to quickly find out train times, where your train is on your journey, which platform the train is leaving from etc.


This comes free with the iPhone and allowed me to keep up to date with the latest and greatest podcast from the likes of .Net Rocks, Hanselminutes, SharePoint Pod Show, The Moss Show and BBC Radio 4!


Listen to music that I want to, download for offline streaming

2Do Task app

This app I used to manage my task list and sync up between the website and app.

Google Maps

The awesome app which allows you to find out how to get somewhere. It knows where you are and where the destinations are


Allows me to connect with my friends on Facebook


Allows me to connect with colleagues and business associated


Allows me to keep in contact with all the goings on from Twitter


Keeps me fit, records my progress, maps any runs. Gives me feedback to keep running when I started to tire.

Angry Birds

The classic game

Angry Birds – Space

The classic game with a twist


Windows Phone App Alternatives

So taking the list of Apps from above these are the apps that I moved to.

iPhone App

Windows Phone App


National Rail Timetable App

National Rail Timetable App


Podcast App


Initially I tried a couple of different apps, this was the better of the two though had problems when I upgraded to the bought version. Recently there have been two upgrades which provide much better features. I still prefer the Apple app though



Apparently this has just been released. I haven’t tried this yet.

Thanks Dave for the update.

2Do Task App


I actually prefer the Windows Phone app as it syncs up with my Outlook tasks on my desktop and also other devices which makes it much more useful and simplifies the process to know what I need to get done.

Google Maps

Nokia Maps

Not used Nokia Maps a huge amount but it seems pretty good. There is also the Nokia Drive App which is great when you need a SatNav type device, the only thing is that you need data connection for it to work in the most efficient manner.



I really like the Windows Phone interface over the iPhone interface. Took me a while to work out how to get back to my homepage though.

Linked In


Again I really like the Windows Phone interface over the iPhone interface



The iPhone twitter app seems better and found it less clunky than the Windows App version


Runner Pro

Still working on this, like the Nike+ app over the runner pro but I haven’t used the Runner Pro as much as the Nike+ app.

Angry Birds

Angry Birds

Classic game performs well on both platforms

Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds Space

Classic game performs well on both platforms



The one area that I have struggled with on my transition from iPhone to Windows is the keyboard. I remember the iPhone keyboard was a little strange when I first started using the phone but I got used to it.

However, the Windows Phone hasn’t been so easy, I have been using the phone for a month now and I still consistently hit the comma key instead of the space bar. This is very frustrating but I am sure I will stop doing it at some point!


Back Button

The Windows Phone has three buttons at the bottom of the phone, unlike the iPhone with its single ‘Home’ button. I really like the Back button, it’s great when you are moving between a text message and say the IE app to copy information back and forth.

The back button is also a godsend when you start typing a reply to a text, if you close the message app and then click on the messages app again it will reset your session and you will lose the message that you were typing. However if you click on the back button a few times you will be returned back to the message app with your message typed as you left it.



The process to move from iPhone to Nokia Lumia was a pretty straightforward process. There are a few steps but generally it’s pretty painless. Overall I am pretty impressed with the Windows Phone OS and really like the screen. The iPhone screen seems really small and difficult to use now that I have got used to the Nokia.

There are some missing apps, most noticeably the Spotify and Nike+ apps and I hope that these are rectified soon.