Track Your Exercise and Diet With The MSN Health & Fitness App and a SensorCore Enabled Lumia

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If you follow me on Twitter or know me personally, you know that I’m a big user of Fitbit and MyFitnessPal.  In 2009 I weighed in at just under 300lbs while today I’m a healthy 195lbs and I credit my Fitbit (One and now a Flex) as well as MyFitnessPal as part of my success in losing the weight and keeping it off.  That said, there are some out there who do not necessarily want to have a wearable device to track their activities let alone have another app they have to go to so they can log their food and caloric intake.

With the introduction of the Lumia 1520, Nokia introduced SensorCore, a sensor and software application built into certain Lumia devices that will allow you to track activities such as walking and running.  Couple that with the free MSN Health & Fitness app for Windows Phone, you now have a way to keep track of your steps, runs, diet, and calories burned all in one app and you don’t have to wear any other devices other than your Lumia in your pocket – which is where it always is anyway, right?  Setting up your Lumia to use SensorCore is easy and it automatically configures MSN Health & Fitness so you can get to tracking things straight away.

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Lumia 830 on AT&T Now Free with a Fitbit Flex on Contract

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At the Microsoft Store or on Amazon while supplies last you can pick up a great deal on the Lumia 830 Windows Phone on AT&T.  If you sign up for a new 2-year contract or are an existing customer and want to upgrade, you can get the Lumia 830 plus a Fitbit Flex all for free.  Keep in mind that just last week this was $99 and the Fitbit Flex (which has been free with the 830 since November of last year) is an additional $90 value.  Basically you walk out of the online store with a great phone that at one point was $199 on contract for free.  For those of you who don’t want to get a new contract and would rather buy the device outright, you can do that too at the new low price of $399 which is $50 off the regular price.  Oh, and you still get the Fitbit Flex.

Lumia 830 with Fitbit Flex – Free (2-year contract) – Microsoft Store

Lumia 830 with Fitbit Flex – $399 (Save $50 – No Contract) – Microsoft Store

Lumia 830 with Fitbit Flex – Free (2-Year Contract) – Amazon

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Lumia 830 Unlocked – $369.99 on Amazon

Here is another great deal running currently on Amazon.  Right now you can get the Lumia 830 International Unlocked version for only $369.99.  That’s a full $130 less than what you can buy it from AT&T or Microsoft direct on their sites.  The “Affordable Flagship” has done reasonably well here in the US market and at this price it certainly is one to consider.

The International Unlocked version means that it will work here in the US with no problem but you will not be able to use LTE connectivity.  You will only have HSDPA+ which is really fast 3G.  Personally, this is what I have on my Lumia 1320 as it is also an international unlock version that I acquired while in Europe.  Unless you just really, really need LTE, HSDPA+ will meet the needs of most users.

Lumia 830 International Unlocked – $369.99 – Amazon

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Lumia 830 Unlocked Now Available At the Microsoft Store for $499

For the first time you can now get a Lumia 830 unlocked from the Microsoft Store for only $499.  The “Affordable Flagship” phone has to this point only been available either on or off contract from AT&T but today it because truly unlocked for anyone user on any network.  The $499 price is only $50 more than what you can get it off-contract from AT&T at the Microsoft store.

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AT&T Windows Phone Options Doubles This Week

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The AT&T Windows Phone options for customers and those looking to move to the carrier will take a nice step forward this week.  Yesterday the carrier announced that the Microsoft Lumia 830 and HTC One M8 Windows Phone will both be making their debut on the their network on Friday, November 7th.  Customers will have the choice of no less than four Windows Phone devices with AT&T, with the Lumia 635 and Lumia 1520 to the lineup. Continue reading “AT&T Windows Phone Options Doubles This Week”

Lumia 830 Goes On Sale In UK

Microsoft today announced the availability of its affordable flagship Lumia 830 in the UK, priced from only £24.99 pm.

Features include premium design, PureView imaging for superior picture quality and integrated Microsoft services that work straight out of the box. The affordable Lumia 830 makes high-end innovation available to more people than ever before.

With the ease of use and elegant interface of Windows Phone 8.1, and packing the very best Lumia innovations including Cortana, Wireless Charging, Optical Image Stabilisation and SensorCore into an ultra-sleek package, the Lumia 830 delivers:

  • Cortana – your very own personal assistant. She is there to make things easier for you and to make sure that you are always up to date on the things that matter most.
  • Incredible image and video quality, day or night – the Lumia 830 captures sharp images with its 10-megapixel PureView
    Lumia 830
    Lumia 830

    camera with ZEISS optics, multi-mic Rich Recording, and Lumia’s thinnest optical image stabilisation system to date.

  • The chance to capture expressions and emotions with Living Images that make your photos come alive. These are easy to share on social networks using the integrated Storyteller app.
  • The latest software – Windows Phone 8.1 including the new Lumia Denim software enhancements. It means faster and easier connections to everything and everybody that matters most to you.
  • Great software like Cortana, Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft Office with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for leading productivity on the go, ready installed, straight out of the box!
  • A massive 15GB of free OneDrive storage – sync and instantly share pictures and content with friends, family, and colleagues on the go across all your devices. .
  • A world of apps including Instagram, Adidas miCoach, Vimeo, and Flipboard – plus apps that sync across devices so you can be always ready to pick up where you left off.
  • Great hardware design backed by a powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor, featuring quad-core CPUs at 1.2 GHz, for super-fast, smooth web browsing and gaming, all delivered on a beautiful, sharp 5-inch ClearBlack display.
  • Inbuilt SensorCore low-power motion sensing which tracks motion and location even while the phone is ‘asleep’ in your pocket – perfect for exercise and exploration – and with apps like Bing Health and Fitness, and Adidas miCoach you can make every step count!
  • A large 2200 mAh battery so you can keep going longer and built-in wireless charging adding convenience (wireless charging pads, car kits and audio docks are sold separately).

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Lumia 830 Half the Cost of iPhone 6 with Nearly Identical Features

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Yesterday, despite massive live streaming issues, Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, the latest generation of their phones.  For the sake of full disclosure, I do own AlliOSNews, a site dedicated to iOS, much like this site is to Windows Phone.  But in all honesty, I was absolutely underwhelmed by what I saw yesterday from Apple.  If you go purely from a specifications perspective, the new Lumia 830 is on par and in many ways beats the new iPhone 6.  Then there is the cost factor.  It’s a bit eye watering when you come right down to it.

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