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    My family has like seven lines or so on Verizon, so we always have upgrades floating around. I've been fascinated with how "new and hip" the new Windows Phones were looking. Saw some posts about the free 822 at Walmart on Friday. Printed the ad, found a Best Buy that had some (only 2) in stock - and retired my iPhone 5. Great deal! The phone seems pretty amazing thus far, and it was FREE (minus the $30 upgrade fee which was quietly billed to the family account - which they didn't mention until I asked about it, and it was already on the receipt :D).

    After calling various retailers, it seems the grey 822's are exclusive to Verizon stores and the VZW website? Best Buy and Walmart only had black and white listed in their systems so far. And, neither Walmart nor Best Buy had the whites in stock. So I ended up with the black - which won't matter anyway after the different colored back plates show up for purchase *more on this later*.

    I ended up going to the Verizon store once I had my Lumia up and running to get a screen protector. Verizon had the black and white ones on display, but no grey model on the floor to look at. Does anyone know if the grey ones have actually been released yet? The white models looked pretty shiny or glossy.

    Been spending the day getting acclimated with the WP8 OS. It's a very user-friendly system, but I'm so used to the complexity of Android (and I've had a couple iPhones), that it's taking a little while to get to know WP8. Setting up, sizing, and picking my Live Tiles has been really fun! I'm sure I'll have more questions about the in's-and-out's later. The OS is SO FREAKIN' FLUID. So quick and seamless. The Best Buy employee setting it up commented that this was the first WP8 that had been activated at their location, and he and his coworkers were gathered around drooling at it. I offered to let him take a couple minutes to browse through, and he wanted to - but he was like "Nah, man, it's your new phone. Enjoy it!" Hahah.

    I'm very impressed with the physical phone itself. Feels very solid and well-built, while not too heavy, ya know?

    Now, back to the issue of the back plates. I was under the impression that you had to buy the specific 'wireless charging' back that would work with the charging pad? The Verizon employee said the original backs are made for wireless charging - is that true? One big draw for me getting a new Lumia was how there was supposed to be a variety of swappable backs for sale (different colors, a "ruggedized" one, etc). However, I cannot find these for sale *anywhere*. And the Verizon employees had no clue when I asked. One went to his computer to look it up for me, but all he did was log onto the verizonwireless website. While I appreciate the initiative, I'd already looked there - all over the web actually.

    So, does anyone know when these different backs will be released to purchase? I hope this feature doesn't someone get cancelled or forgotten about. That's be a huge bummer for me (I know, it's sad, but I love little things like that when it comes to customizing my phones.

    To wrap up, I'd have to say that, thus far, the 822 and its WP8 OS is the best-running OS I've come across. Once I start figuring more out and get with the flow of it, I think it will be golden! And to compare, lemme throw out some other smartphones I've had, in case you were curious:

    Blackberry Storm 1
    Blackberry Tour
    Blackberry 8350
    HTC Rezound
    iPhone 3GS
    iPhone 5
    Motorola Droid 2
    Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
    Samsung Galaxy S (Fascinate)

    I'm really excited to be a new member of the WP8 family! ERMAHGERD! :P


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    Unfortunately, it sounds like Best Buy told you wrong.

    First off, the standard cover DOES NOT support wireless charging. You need to buy a separate cover for that, but it doesn't seem to be available yet. It's a little bit thicker than the standard cover.

    On another note, you can't change the color to white with just the cover. Unlike with the standard Lumia 820 on which the 822 is based, where the entire plastic shell is removeable, on the 822 it's ONLY the back cover... so even if you replaced it with a white on, the sides and rim would still be black, unlike with the real white 822.
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    Welcome to Windows Phone! I'm glad you're enjoying the 822.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TotalLamer View Post
    On another note, you can't change the color to white with just the cover. Unlike with the standard Lumia 820 on which the 822 is based, where the entire plastic shell is removeable, on the 822 it's ONLY the back cover... so even if you replaced it with a white on, the sides and rim would still be black, unlike with the real white 822.
    Yeah, I was wondering that after looking at the 822 closer. I notice the sides don't pop off, so it'd be just the back cover changing colors. That's a bummer.

    I actually on bought the black one because I thought I could take the whole shell off and give it a new color :/

    Another thing I found after some use is that I really enjoy the look of the 822 "bare" but it's too slippery to carry around without a case on it. I have the blue gel Verizon case, but it makes it a tad bulkier and takes away from how nice-looking the phone actually is.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mcskipp View Post
    ERMAHGERD! :P


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    LOL! Welcome! We have a great community here! The 822 is a fantastic device, kind of underrated around these parts but people are catching on.
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    Welcome to the community!
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    yeah, the gray ones are available. I ordered from Verizon online and got the gray one in two days. You are right about it beig slippery. Will have to put a non slip cover when they become available. Love the phone. Had the 920 for a short while but decided to stay with Verizon and get the 822; good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcskipp View Post
    Yeah, I was wondering that after looking at the 822 closer. I notice the sides don't pop off, so it'd be just the back cover changing colors. That's a bummer.

    I actually on bought the black one because I thought I could take the whole shell off and give it a new color :/

    Another thing I found after some use is that I really enjoy the look of the 822 "bare" but it's too slippery to carry around without a case on it. I have the blue gel Verizon case, but it makes it a tad bulkier and takes away from how nice-looking the phone actually is.


    -mcskipp
    Well on the plus side, if you decide you really want the white, you have 14 days to return them... Verizon might even just let you swap out a black for white since they're the same phone if you found a store with the white in stock.
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    I was thinking about that, but I bought it at Best Buy - I'd have to find out if they even have the white yet.

    Also, I found some nice looking skin sticker things in white and red. I'll post the link in a new thread for everyone.

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