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My Windows Phone 8 Start screen: Martin Banham

Adam Fraser Published by Adam Fraser Fri, May 24

My Windows Phone 8 Start screen: Martin Banham

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Adam Fraser Published by Adam Fraser Fri, May 24

One thing that’s clear about owning a Nokia Lumia is that every single owner’s Start screen is different and personalised to that individual. Today we’re looking at the Start screen of Martin Banham, Product Owner of Nokia Music for Windows Phone, to see what’s important to him.

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Tell us the apps you’ve prioritised and why?

Martin-BanhamRight at the top are five apps I use all day every day: Phone, SMS, work and private Emails and Calendar. Pinning the Calendar at this size means I can tell what my next meeting is at a glance, without having to open the app.

Next up is, of course, Nokia Music. As Product Owner, one of the key parts of my job is to test out the new features and make sure our users continue to get the highest quality experience. So, I always have the next upcoming version installed for me to play with. And I always have it pinned at this size, because I really love the Live Tile!  I also tend to download one or two of my favourite Mix Radio stations, and keep them pinned to the bottom of my Start Screen to fire up during my commute.

Of course I want to have my nearest and dearest close at hand, and so I always have my wife and daughters pinned to my Start Screen. As you can see, one of them got a little camera shy, so I’ve been forced to use a substitute photo for her ;-)

Finally, right at the bottom are two apps I use whenever I travel. HERE Drive just works and has totally replaced the Sat Nav in my car. First Great Western is a neat little free app that lets me keep an eye on any delays to my journey home.

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What apps do you use to pass the time?

People Hub is great for getting all of your social media updates in one place. And I also visit the Store pretty regularly, both to keep up with what’s out there and to see how users are reviewing Nokia Music. I think Settings is probably the first thing all Windows Phone power users pin to their start screen, so I’ve put that there to save time. A web browser is pretty important, too – Internet Explorer 10 is incredibly fast and fluid on my Lumia when I’m browsing the Web.

What is the last app you paid for, and what does it do?

That’ll be my guilty pleasure, as you’ll see below.

Which app(s) is your guilty pleasure?

One of the apps that sit at the bottom of my Start screen is my guilty pleasure. If you’re into aviation like me, then having live air traffic at your fingertips is simply amazing. I don’t tend to buy many paid apps as the pre-loaded and free ones are so good, but Flightradar24 is definitely worth it. Strangely, my family can’t see the attraction.

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