My CES 2015 trip experience was sponsored by Microsoft/Lumia! I can’t thank them enough for such a FABULOUS time.
I am NOT a Las Vegas virgin….but, during CES a couple of weeks ago, I found myself learning about Las Vegas a little differently than I had in the past. I was there sponsored by the Microsoft/Lumia, and while I didn’t spend much time at the conference, I did have a Champagne Living good time.
Armed with my Lumia 635, a bunch of besties, and a room at the HOTTEST hotel in Vegas – The Delano, I knew that this was going to be a SPECTACULAR week, and the combo DIDN’T disappoint. I’ll fill you in on the BEST places to eat, drink, stay and play in sin city next week, but what I really wanted to share was the MOST fun that I’ve had in ages….
A scavenger hunt down the strip armed with ONLY my Lumia 635 and a team to figure out the clues and do the challenges? This could either be FUN or we could be spending the night out in the cold Nevada night if we didn’t figure things out quickly. While most had teams of FOUR, it was just my partner Eric Chan of Mobilslate and I, so the odds were NOT in our favor. That didn’t mean that we didn’t have an AMAZING time trying to figure out how to use Cortana and all of the apps in order to complete each of the challenges.
Challenge #1 – Find a celebrity impersonator on the street & take a photo
Hmmm…..what constitutes a celebrity?
As we searched for an impersonator, I saw the storm troopers coming up an elevator. All of a sudden, I heard Marshall Weinbaum’s voice in my head saying “you know what to do.” The storm trooper on my right holding my hand…well, he proposed, I said yes…I wonder if this is what they mean by a “shot gun wedding?
Back on track…or at least back onto the strip
I’m not going to take you through ALL of the challenges, but you need to know that we found our way into a wedding chapel (shhh…don’t tell Mr. S), a diversion from the US (ooh-la-la we’re in Paris), and even a little dancing as I poured water over my head (was supposed to video “dancing water” but with a half hour before the Bellagio Fountains were to perform, I figured that it was close enough).
Needless to say…we came in DEAD last, but we had SO MUCH FUN that it didn’t matter. Plus, I was excited to see my original #PoweredbyLumia team mate Crissy Beam from Motherhood Your Way win an X-Box One for my virtual grandson. The BEST part? I feel like I went from Lumia amateur to pro over the course of an afternoon….PLUS, I explored areas of Las Vegas that I had never seen before!
Here’s What I Learned
1. Cortana is talented – she can do impressions, remind you of things, get directions and even perform a wedding ceremony if need be (well, maybe not that)
2. Battery Life – the Lumia 635 has the LONGEST battery life of ANY phone I’ve ever used. It lasted DAYS without charging, and can even last over 17 days on standby.
3. Integrates with my computer – I’m a Windows 8.1 user and I was able to access everything in my One Drive right on my phone
4. BEST TUNES EVER – OK, so I thought I had a good music platform until I found Mix Radio. NO OTHER RADIO PROGRAM COMES CLOSE. I made mixes from songs that I’d not been able to find on the “other” stations….WHOO HOO.
5. Cute – Is that a word to describe a phone? Well, she is (yes, my phone is a she). I love the sleek and simple look….there’s something about an accessory that goes with EVERYTHING.
6. Memory – My biggest complaint with the fruit phone is that once you buy it, you’re stuck with the memory that’s installed. Um, 16GB is NOT enough for this gal. The Lumia 635 takes a microSD card, making it expandable up to 128GB
7. Priced Right – Yes, you can pay through the nose for a fancy phone if you want to….but I’d rather pay less for MORE VALUE with the Lumia 635. Best part? You can even get one for a pre-paid service (Boostmobile, Virgin Mobile, etc.) or with your regular T-Mobile or AT&T plan. I hear that Sprint will have it available soon as well.
I’ll be bringing you more about my Microsoft Lumia adventures in Las Vegas! But, if you’re itching to get your hands on this phone, you can check out some of the special offers they’ve got going at:
Thank you once again to Microsoft/Lumia for sponsoring my CES 2015 trip experience to learn all of what this phone has to offer in one of the most EXCITING cities in the US…Las Vegas.
Lisa from Life with Lisa says
Loved the scavenger hunt. Using the phone under pressure like that was brilliant (and fun)!
Zipporah Sandler says
Too bad we were on different teams Lisa.
Lisa from Life with Lisa says
should have been a team with you, crissy, rach, me and james
Zipporah Sandler says
YES it should have. Why did she split us up? 🙁 #TeamSamples
Wow looks like you had an awesome time. I’m apart of the Lumia Switch team and we’re enjoying the challenges. Thanks for sharing your experience.
jen vargas says
I’m trying out the Lumia 830 right now and, so far, am notably impressed with the camera and Cortana. I was at CES at the same time as you gals! Too bad I missed out on the #GroupSwitch.
Maryann Peik says
For sure the storm troopers are celebrities! Looks like you had a fab time and the phone was valuable for your trip! I am also participating in the #lumiaswitch — I will have to check out the MIx app!
This is the second great article that talks about Cortana. I really need to pay her more attention.
How fun! I would have loved to partook in a Scavenger hunt down the Las Vegas Strip… .I’d have Cortana on speed dial though… Help me find this, help me find that… lol
I am also check out the Lumia 830 right now, I can not say a bad thing about it. The ease of use to the great apps, I am such a fan of this phone. Seems like you had an amazing time in Vegas!
I have the Lumia 830 and am loving it! Cortana is a lot of fun, I love how big the screen is compared to the one on my old phone & the battery life has been GREAT! #LumiaSwitch
Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? says
I need to investigate this songs feature some more! I need music when I work and I don’t like to have it running on my computer at the same time!
Looks like you had some fun in Vegas@ I just got the Lumia 830, and though it’s taken me some time to get used to it (I’ve been an Android girl for years) I’m having a blast with all the fun features.
Were you using the Lumia when we were in LA in July? You took some great shots while we were there. I’m loving the camera on my Lumia much more than the fruit phone or even my droid phone.
Kelly Stiwell says
I can always count on you for great information to help me travel smarter! Thank you!
Beth Larrabee says
I’m part of the Lumia Switch project as well. Loving the phone! You looked like you had so much fun! Storm trooper are most definitely celebs!
Jacob Cass says
Thanks for sharing your findings with the Lumia 635. I am apart of the #LumiaSwitch program and can also attest to the battery life. 5 days with no charge!
Shop with Me Mama (Kim) says
Now that sounded like a BLAST! Who cares if you came in last, the adventures you went on sounded so FUN!