Lumia 920–Best Smartphone I Have Owned

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing

Before I left on vacation I went and bought myself a late birthday present which was the Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone running Windows Phone 8.  It was a decision between the iPhone 5 and the Lumia 920.  I’ve mostly used iPhones over the past few years, but I did have a Windows Phone 7 device as well.  I liked it, but too many quirks made me return to the iPhone.

I’ve been watching closely the progress of Windows Phone 8, and between that and the hardware from Nokia, I decided to take another plunge into Windows Phone.  I’m certainly glad I did.

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Most of the quirks I had with Windows Phone 7 were resolved in WP8, and the hardware side is so much better than the iPhone at half the price (on contract).  The device is bigger than the iPhone with a beautiful 4.5” display.  Some reviewers like to point out the 920 is “big”, but that’s a plus in my book as the larger screen area is much easier on the eyes.

I’ll go into Windows Phone 8 in another article, but it’s no problem for me to say this is much better than the stale iOS platform.  Live Tiles are a great feature, integration with Office and SkyDrive is done right, and overall it’s a smooth experience.

I’ve only had it a short time, so I’ll keep writing about it, but if you are in the market for a new smartphone, give this one a look.

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starkers
Reply #1 Tuesday, December 04, 2012 1:29 PM

Thanks, Spence, I recently was gifted my first Smartphone and I quite like the idea now I actually have one.  I wasn't too interested before, just needing a phone to make calls or send texts, but now I have Win 8 installed on my main PC, and I've had time to play with a Smartphone, the idea of a Win 8 phone has become somewhat more appealing... and Nokia certainly do make good phones.  

My current phone is an Android and connects with my PC using 'Join Me' software that came with it, which is fine and quite usable, but a Win 8 phone would sync with my PC so much better, I think.  I don't know that I'd go with a plan/contract, though.  While my current landline/ISP provider could bundle it into my current package, I think I'd rather have a PAYG that costs me only when I make a call, send a text or download data.

Some reviewers like to point out the 920 is “big”, but that’s a plus in my book as the larger screen area is much easier on the eyes.

That's another advantage!  Apart for being easier on the eyes, I have big hands and prefer something I can get a decent hold of, not to mention something that's not too fiddly.  One of the reasons I didn't like mobile phones in the first place was the fiddly buttons all being too close together.  My current Smartphone has aleviated that problem, and with its bigger screen, the Lumina 920 with Win 8v sounds perfect.

the_Monk
Reply #2 Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:40 PM

 

My wife and I have had our Lumia 920's for about 2 weeks now and I can't say enough positive things about it.  I used to believe I would never leave my beloved Blackberry (nothing in the world does email like BB imo......and of course BBM is just sexy!) but here I am a Lumia 920 owner and couldn't be happier.

 

As you said ID, the best smart-phone I've ever owned as well.  Live-tiles truly is innovation over the standard icon-grid from droid or iOs devices and I'm finding it actually is a rather large time-saver as well.

The fact that my wife can use the touch-screen with her gloves on and not freeze her pretty little fingers (it gets cold up here in Canuckistan!) is also a plus.  MS Office on my phone.........HUGE plus.  Skydrive, about as seamless and painless as "the cloud" gets.

Hands-down the best phone UI in existence......period.  The screen on the lumia (considered to be HD+ with its "better than HD" res of 1280x768) is FAST!  There is absolutely NO lag on that screen.....ever.  This makes browsing and scrolling around in IE 10 a dream, especailly when you can take advantage of the superfast LTE network speeds.

The phone itself is PENTABAND which means it works on more carriers/networks and my wife and I were lucky enough to get phones of the first batch shipped to our carrier which ended up being carrier-UN-locked.   Now when I travel I simply pop another SIM-card from a different carrier into the phone and boom I have a phone to use in another country.  Bonus! 

 

Nokia also has (better than most) free apps including Nokia Maps (which is on par with google maps in my opinion) and Nokia Drive (great turn-by-turn GPS software).  For both of those apps you can download maps so the apps can be used in your more frequented areas without incurring higher data costs.  There are quite a few very useful free Nokia apps (I won't go into them all) but one they just added a few days ago is called "PhotoBeamer".  This app allows you to point your Lumia 920 at any internet-enabled screen and via QR-code technology "beam" any picture on your phone to said screen.  The absolutely simplest way to "show" family/friends a photo from your phone, give it a go ID you'll love it! 

 

Anyway,  I could rave and rave about this phone.......suffice it to say it has integrated with my Exchange environment and my Win8 desktops/notebooks so easily I wonder if Microsoft has secretly stolen the "consumer-usability-and-ease-of-use" crown from Apple somehow!  hehe

 

 

 

 

 

starkers
Reply #3 Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:11 PM

@ the_Monk.  Thanks for your comments on the Win 8 powered Lumina 920, it sounds more and more like it will be my next Smartphone.  Yeah, I've only had my Telstra Smartphone a few weeks, but it just seems to be lacking somehow.  While it makes and receives calls and texts well enough, and is connectable to my PC via the 'Join Me' software, I'm thinking a Win 8 phone would be the better option, and that Lumina screen just looks elegant as well as sumptuous.

the_Monk
Anyway, I could rave and rave about this phone.......suffice it to say it has integrated with my Exchange environment and my Win8 desktops/notebooks so easily I wonder if Microsoft has secretly stolen the "consumer-usability-and-ease-of-use" crown from Apple somehow! hehe

Let's hope so... I'd like to hear some MS fanbois for a change. 

Jafo
Reply #4 Tuesday, December 04, 2012 7:51 PM

the_Monk
"better than HD" res of 1280x768)

That'd be 'minimalist HD'  - "real" HD is 1080, not 768 .... Spell checker ...

MadDeez
Reply #5 Tuesday, December 04, 2012 8:31 PM

i had a white 920 in my hands the other day and came this close |<->| to getting one. i currently have an iphone 4s and that 920 is very appealing. i'll probably get one for an early Christmas gift to myself in the next few days. if i do, i can sell my 32 gb iphone and come out ahead money-wise on the deal. the only reason that MAY stop me from getting the 920 is the fact i have 3 Bose headphones designed for the iphone.

the_Monk
Reply #6 Tuesday, December 04, 2012 10:58 PM

 

The equalizer and dolby headphone settings on the Lumia 920 do a pretty decent job of boosting selective frequencies for audiophiles like myself.

pacov
Reply #7 Tuesday, December 04, 2012 11:46 PM

Does sirius work on the device?  I my iphone, but am due for an upgrade in Jan.  Either its iphone 5 (from a 4) or something else.  Any additional thoughts would be appreciated.  Thanks!

starkers
Reply #8 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:59 AM

Well I had a close up look at the Lumina 920 and it sure is nice, but for the time being price is the killer, for me at least.  My telco has them on contract for 60 bucks a month over 24, months minimum price $1,449... not including calls.  Nah, that's too rich for me.  I could pick up an unlocked one for $749.95 at an online dealer I've used before.  Yeah, well, the sales rep reckons that if I wait 6 to 8 months, they'll be available as PAYG units for about 450 to 500 bucks, which is alright... it would likely have taken me longer than that to raise the $749, so I'll just sit back and wait a while.

Jafo
Reply #9 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 8:24 AM

starkers
24, months minimum price $14, 459... not including calls.

For that price the calling should be a teleport face to face....

Timmaigh
Reply #10 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 8:29 AM

Its very aesthetically pleasing piece of hardware...definitely up there with the iPhone, when it comes to cellphone design. 

Personally i would still prefer iPhone cause of its smaller size. Its funny how things change btw, i remember times when Nokia 8310 was the shit, because of how little it was... 

starkers
Reply #11 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 11:47 AM

For that price the calling should be a teleport face to face

Yeah, another typo that got by me.  However, I was in quite a deal of pain and discomfort at the time, and as hard as I tried, well I messed up.  We had not long gotten home from our fortnightly shopping, and by the time we'd lugged it all up the stairs and put it all away, I was pretty much knackered.  Anyway, I will correct it to put it in context and reflect the actual price.

starkers
Reply #12 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 11:58 AM

Timmaigh
Its very aesthetically pleasing piece of hardware...definitely up there with the iPhone

For mine, it surpasses the iPhone by far and leaves Apple quaking in its boots.  As for the size, well I held it in my hand and it felt really good... and that large screen is top notch for viewability and getting things done.  Brilliant.... and ooh, how I hate having to wait for new toys. 

I want it now, wahhh, wahhhh, wahhhhh.

Leo in WI
Reply #13 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 12:12 PM

Island dog, Couple questions if you don't mind..

1. is your pic of the lockscreen or the main screen once un-locked?

2. Does it let you see calendar events (on lockscreen or just main screen) and if so how many/how far in advance.

3. I have heard the live tiles are resizable, if true, just how big can those go?

Thanks for any answers. Am really considering upgrading to this from my iPhone4, have been holding out on upgrading since the iPhone5 came out, just waiting to see what this phone was like. It looks beautiful!

Uvah
Reply #14 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 12:24 PM

Rich and infamous first. Toys.......ASAP!

Island Dog
Reply #15 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 12:56 PM

Leo in WI
1. is your pic of the lockscreen or the main screen once un-locked?

2. Does it let you see calendar events (on lockscreen or just main screen) and if so how many/how far in advance.

3. I have heard the live tiles are resizable, if true, just how big can those go?

 

1.  That's the main screen un-locked.  

2.  Yep, you can choose what to display on the lockscreen.  My calendar is clear at the moment, so I'm not sure how far it goes.  The Live Tiles also display events.

3.  There's 3 sizes.  The small and medium sizes you can see in my image, and the big size spans across the screen.

 

Leo in WI
Reply #16 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 1:34 PM

Island Dog
1. That's the main screen un-locked.

2. Yep, you can choose what to display on the lockscreen. My calendar is clear at the moment, so I'm not sure how far it goes. The Live Tiles also display events.

3. There's 3 sizes. The small and medium sizes you can see in my image, and the big size spans across the screen.

Thanks, appreciate the info! Just what I was hoping the answers were, going to have to make the trek to an AT&T store and check one of these out soon!

the_Monk
Reply #17 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 1:52 PM

pacov
Does sirius work on the device?  I my iphone, but am due for an upgrade in Jan.  Either its iphone 5 (from a 4) or something else.  Any additional thoughts would be appreciated.  Thanks!

 

So far there is no official Sirius XM app for the Windows Phone, however I found a WP7 app in the app-store (FREE) on my Lumia 920 that claims to be able to connect to your Sirius subsciption although as I don't have an account I cannot test it.  The app is called "Sat RAD".

I also found one hardcore Sirius fan who uses the "internet sharing" on the Lumia 920 to connect his iPhone 4s to Sirius.  Kind of convoluted but my inner geek respects the ingenuity! 

 

I will see if any of my family are using Sirius and if so, try their account with that free app on my Lumia.  I will let you know what I find out.

the_Monk
Reply #18 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 1:56 PM

Leo in WI
Quoting Island Dog, reply 161. That's the main screen un-locked.

2. Yep, you can choose what to display on the lockscreen. My calendar is clear at the moment, so I'm not sure how far it goes. The Live Tiles also display events.

3. There's 3 sizes. The small and medium sizes you can see in my image, and the big size spans across the screen.

Thanks, appreciate the info! Just what I was hoping the answers were, going to have to make the trek to an AT&T store and check one of these out soon!

 

Some additional info Leo.

 

You can change the lockscreen picture, change which app displays "detailed" info, add apps that display minimal info etc.  Searching and Camera functions can also be added straight from the lockscreen.  You can also use voice-commands (if you enable them) from the lockscreen to listen to incoming text messages as well as respond to them using voice.  There is a tutorial on youtube showing how that is done (can't find it at the moment or I would have linked it).

 

EDIT:  Found it.  The video is for the Lumia 800 but it works the same on a 920:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eidHRMmUS0Y

DrJBHL
Reply #19 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 2:19 PM

starkers
I want it now, wahhh, wahhhh, wahhhhh.  

 

Alright! Alright!

Nokia Lumia 920 Gassy Pirate Edition

 

 

Leo in WI
Reply #20 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 2:29 PM

the_Monk
You can change the lockscreen picture, change which app displays "detailed" info, add apps that display minimal info etc. Searching and Camera functions can also be added straight from the lockscreen. You can also use voice-commands (if you enable them) from the lockscreen to listen to incoming text messages as well as respond to them using voice. There is a tutorial on youtube showing how that is done (can't find it at the moment or I would have linked it).



EDIT: Found it. The video is for the Lumia 800 but it works the same on a 920:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eidHRMmUS0Y

Thanks, seems pretty customizable. Will take a look at that video now.

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