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 #181 Tuesday, February 05, 2013 7:39 AM

An interesting development for Lumia owners, Nokia is branching into Windows 8 tablets as well.

For more information, I put up a thread about it over here...http://forums.wincustomize.com/439984

MadDeez
Reply #182 Tuesday, February 05, 2013 11:32 AM

http://youtu.be/xcJjyQ5Cb84

 

Daiwa
Reply #183 Tuesday, February 05, 2013 9:15 PM

The tech guru who services our office was in this morning (bad power supply on one of our workstations) and showed me his 4-day old LG Google Nexus.  Was an iPhone 4S user.  Paid ~$350 for the phone, using T-Mobile all-you-can-eat no-contract plan @ $70/mo.  Pretty damn sweet, I must admit.

 

Loved the vid, MadDeez.

the_Monk
Reply #184 Tuesday, February 05, 2013 10:54 PM

 

@MadDeez

 

Yeah funny vid. 

That's the same guy who made the 'tribute' video I linked back on page 6.  He really does need to get a side-job with Nokia making AD's for them.  He has some real talent.

Jafo
Reply #185 Tuesday, February 05, 2013 11:23 PM

Fixed the link...

MadDeez
Reply #186 Wednesday, February 06, 2013 8:00 AM

thanks, Paul. i hadn't noticed the text wasn't a link. i guess i should've double and triple checked the post.

the_Monk
Reply #187 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 2:02 PM

 

Those with a Nokia Lumia device should check back to the "Nokia Collection" in the app store from time to time.  Nokia has been steadily growing their own app offerings from month to month.  I am not sure about this, but I was under the impression that those apps in the "Nokia Collection" were Nokia exclusives so they may not show up anywhere else....

starkers
Reply #188 Thursday, March 07, 2013 2:25 AM

My sister recently purchased an unlocked Nokia Lumia 620 for $279.00 AUD and is very, very happy with it.  Essentially it is a smaller version of the 820 an has a 1.0ghz processor instead of the 1.5ghz, but other than that it is a nice unit that does all she needs and what the 820 does.

Had it been available when we got our 820's, I may very well have considered it as an option.  Oh well, I'm happy with what I have.

MadDeez
Reply #189 Thursday, March 07, 2013 8:07 AM

i was showing some pics of my granddaughter to my 94 year old neighbor lady a couple of weeks ago and she became pretty interested in my 920. last saturday,  she asked me to take her to the grocery store. as i was checking off items of my grocery list on my phone, she was even more curios about the phone. well, to make a long story short, we made a side trip to the at&t store where she bought an 820. other than my spending about 20 minutes to show her the basics of the phone that day, she's been on her own and she loves that phone. she even came over to my place in the middle of the snow storm tuesday night to show me how her weather app was animated.

 

 

my only complaint about the phone and os is it isn't very easy to create a music playlist. hopefully, the next os update will ease that issue.

the_Monk
Reply #190 Saturday, July 27, 2013 2:47 PM

 

8 months of Lumia 920 and I have this to say......

 

I still miss my Blackberry QWERTY keyboard (I don't think I will ever stop hating touchscreens for typing) but hey.....one can't have everything eh?  

 

 

The Lumia 920 still takes the best pictures of any phone in our home and with Photobeamer (Nokia exclusive app) you can 'beam' your photos to any internet-enabled screen anywhere (there is simply no easier way to display/share your pictures with family/friends).

The flexibility of being able to pin absolutely anything to the home screen (and then resize it at will) is still something I'm not entirely used to.  For instance say I were to pin my wife to the home screen, her texts, posts/updates etc. would now show up nicely in her live tile.  Same thing with pinning GPS locations, and/or specific webpages etc.  I guess old habits do die hard because I'm still stuck in the mindset of having one tile for all texts, one tile for all phone contacts, and so on.

The integration of this phone with skydrive/sharepoint is nothing short of amazing.  There are a multitude of file-handling options, editing capability with Office and with full LTE network coverage in many places these days my phone is faster at downloading/uploading than my desktop PC's.

I have to confess I haven't used the phone much for gaming/music although I have watched the odd show via Netflix when travelling.

The wireless charging is still the only way I charge my phone (I think I charged it the very first day with the cord) and it works like a charm.  Battery life is still fantastic and easily takes me through the entire day even with moderate to heavy use with things such as skydrive/sharepoint etc.   I do make sure any 'background apps/tasks' are limited and I turn things like WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth off when not expressly needed.

 

Just an update on how things are going with my Lumia 920.  Here's hoping those of you with the same devices are just as happy/satisfied.  

2of3
Reply #191 Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:49 PM

The Lumia 1020 looks promising, but for now I'm still sticking to Android.

the_Monk
Reply #192 Thursday, August 01, 2013 2:45 PM


The Lumia 1020 looks promising, but for now I'm still sticking to Android.

 

I'm curious, would you mind elaborating as to what is keeping you from switching?   Is it your ecosystem investment?   I have had a few friends recently switch (some of whom were actually pretty heavily invested in the droid ecosystem) so I'm always curious for reasons either way......

2of3
Reply #193 Thursday, August 01, 2013 3:09 PM

the_Monk
I'm curious, would you mind elaborating as to what is keeping you from switching? Is it your ecosystem investment? I have had a few friends recently switch (some of whom were actually pretty heavily invested in the droid ecosystem) so I'm always curious for reasons either way......

I guess that I like the customization options with android. Before my first android device, I had a series of Nokia devices. The symbian UI was also pretty customizable and I enjoyed that. I haven't used a W8 phone so I don't really have a real basis for not wanting to switch, but it seems more "set" and less flexible from what I've read/heard.

2of3
Reply #194 Thursday, August 01, 2013 3:10 PM

What do you mean by "droid ecosystem"

kona0197
Reply #195 Friday, August 02, 2013 3:48 AM

I tried a Windows phone. Traded it for what I have now. Just didn't like it. Lack of apps. The interface didn't work like a Android phone. 

Island Dog
Reply #196 Friday, August 02, 2013 7:57 AM

kona0197
The interface didn't work like a Android phone. 

Yeah, that's kind of the point....

 

the_Monk
Reply #197 Friday, August 02, 2013 1:17 PM

I haven't used a W8 phone so I don't really have a real basis for not wanting to switch, but it seems more "set" and less flexible from what I've read/heard.

Well the phone OS is certainly more closed but the UI, at least the part of the UI one tends to be most in contact with (ie. the Home Screen) is certainly flexible with the 'live tiles', ability to pin and resize (turn into a live tile) most anything on the device. etc.

I don't like that there is absolutely no sort of 'file explorer' on the device, but then I don't have any real reason for wanting one other than assuaging my OCD issues. 

 

 

What do you mean by "droid ecosystem"

 

The google app-store.  Some people who have purchased a lot of apps for one device might feel reluctant to move to another platform etc.

 

 

kona0197
Lack of apps.

 

Lack of what apps specifically?  How many apps do you need that do the same thing?  Certainly any app-store starting out would be lacking some 'favourites' but looking around on the net it appears the MS store has 'bulked-up' quite nicely in the last while.  For me anyway, there is at least one app of everything I could conceivably need available in all 3 ecosystems.  Of course Apple and Google have many more iterations of the same app so it stands to reason they would have many times the apps available in the MS store.

Kantok
Reply #198 Friday, August 02, 2013 1:25 PM

the_Monk

Lack of what apps specifically?  How many apps do you need that do the same thing?  

I used to hate when people criticized Android early on about it's lack of apps.  I would use the same arguments as these.  Afterall, how many note taking apps do you need (for example)?

Now that the Android ecosystem has matured quite a bit, I have a different perspective.  The quantity of apps isn't needed, certainly, but it provides choice, which I think is overlooked in the "how many apps, not enough apps, etc" discussions around the various ecosystems.  

Everyone on every platform can get Evernote, for example.  I can't stand Evernote.  That Android has 15 other quality note taking applications is a benefit to me because I can try different ones until I find one that fits my workflow.  

I think the arguments about raw numbers of apps available are mostly overblown.  Any decent platform will let you do most of what you want.  And even on Android, with it's stupidly large amount of apps, I occasionally find myself not able to get the right app for the task I want (at least how I want to do it).  

I guess I don't have much point other than to say that, while the "your app store doesn't have as many apps as my app store" argument is pretty silly, there is some benefit to be gained from the higher number of apps.  They're not all just fart apps. 

2of3
Reply #199 Friday, August 02, 2013 1:39 PM

the_Monk
Quoting 2of3,
reply 194
What do you mean by "droid ecosystem"



The google app-store. Some people who have purchased a lot of apps for one device might feel reluctant to move to another platform etc.

 

Got it.

No....I never buy apps.

athelasloraiel
Reply #200 Saturday, August 03, 2013 3:32 AM

Im glad for all of you guys, but I will stick with iphones for whole family. we have a whole excosystem in house and it works wonders. No need to use apple maps if unsatisfying, there is google maps too.

 

As tot he others, I have a few friends using all of it, and one has house things with android connectivity, and it really doesn't come close to what we have with apple - constant problems with everything, half features dont work etc.

 

on another hand, another friend has lumia and is happy, just hates it that he doesnt have as much apps and games like I do, but the store is growing...

 

oh, I necroed? My bad...

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