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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MadDeez
Reply #21 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 2:47 PM

i've found a buyer for my Bose headphones so i'm going to get one these phones within the next day or so. i ordered some headphones for it today and they should be here friday. i read an article online somewhere that stated Windows Phone 8 devices can be synced using itunes. that seems pretty odd to me but i'll see for myself. if it can't be done, i guess i'll be sitting for awhile entering all my contacts and such. at&t says their transfer app will do it, also. i may have to give that a shot, too.

the_Monk
Reply #22 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 3:05 PM

 

MadDeez,

 

The Lumia has a built-in "Transfer my Data" app which should take care of your contacts etc.  I didn't use it however, as instead I opted to try the NFC (near field communications) aspect of the 920 and because my wife and I have some contacts the same I just held the the two lumia's back to back and "beamed" the contacts etc. from one phone to the other.  Very cool indeed! 

Here are some articles to help when moving from an iPhone to Windows Phone 8:

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/how-to/wp8/start/moving-from-iphone-to-windows-phone

 

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/how-to/wp8/music/copy-my-itunes-music-to-my-phone

 

pacov
Reply #23 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 3:44 PM

the_Monk
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".

Thanks!

WebGizmos
Reply #24 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 11:05 PM

Cell phones are the bane of society.

Uvah
Reply #25 Thursday, December 06, 2012 6:36 AM

But they do make for an interesting read. I'm seeing the techy side of it. I'm imagining myself not home...somewhere out in the world where all I can see is blue sky with a cool breeze. I find a big rock and with java in one hand, back in the day the java would have been an illegal nonviolent activity, sit down with my 920 in the other hand. Then I play. What do I want my house to do before I get home. Hmmm......maybe I'll tell it to activate the robot vacuum cleaner and have it clean up the mess I forgot to clean up before I left or........see where I'm going with this. Eventually I want to control a workstation through my laptop. Using a phone such as the 920 to sync with my laptop and start something at home before I get there. Maybe I'll have it run a system diagnostic or some such. Yeah........when the time comes I'm gonna have so much fun.

MadDeez
Reply #26 Thursday, December 06, 2012 12:27 PM

i'm leaving in a few to get one of these rascals. white or red, which do i choose? hmmmmm.

the_Monk
Reply #27 Thursday, December 06, 2012 1:05 PM

 

At first when it was revealed that if I wanted a Lumia up here in Canada I'd have to be ok with the matte black variety I wasn't too thrilled.  After a few weeks of use I am convinced other than the cyan (the other matte finish colour) it was the right choice.  The black means that the screen and the phone look seamless.  The matte finish means less attraction of dust/lint and fingerprints. 

I guess in this one case my cellphone carrier was looking out for me!   hehe

Daiwa
Reply #28 Thursday, December 06, 2012 1:23 PM

Bookmark.  Thx.

starkers
Reply #29 Thursday, December 06, 2012 2:37 PM

the_Monk
At first when it was revealed that if I wanted a Lumia up here in Canada I'd have to be ok with the matte black variety

The one I looked at in the Telstra store was white and looked nice enough, but I'd prefer the black one myself... though maybe that's cos it suits my mood better.

Apparently, only the white one is available here in oz for now, but that won't matter to me as I'm not yet ready to buy anyhow.. need to accrue the necesary funds.

the_Monk
Reply #30 Thursday, December 06, 2012 4:51 PM

 

Monk's Nokia Lumia 920 mini-review #2

 

Finishing out the 3rd week of consistent use with this device I have the following thoughts:

 

The screen is gorgeous.  I have owned a myriad of smartphones to date (various models of the iPhone, several Samsung and Sony droid devices, and windows-mobile devices of the past) and I can't say enough about the screen on the 920.  It is brilliant even in direct sunlight, never ever lags or hitches, has probably the smoothest/clearest pinch-to-zoom and scrolling in browsing I have experienced to date and just always feels "fluid" (the inertia of the screen just feels right if you know what I mean).  If there is a complaint about this screen I might have to say that it is almost "too bright" in low light conditions as trying to be secretive about what you're doing on the Lumia 920 when other people are around can sometimes be a chore! 

 

The OS is lean and mean.  Windows Phone 8 while a lot more "locked down" than android (less locked down than iOS of course) is the porsche of mobile OSes at the moment.  It is smooth, always.  It is intuitive, beautiful to look at and so easy to use.  Customization options are lacking at the moment but I don't doubt MS will continue to build on this little gem of an OS they have here.  Having said that, the lacking in customization is less of an issue and more a matter of preference as anyone even remotely familiar with android will miss the opportunity to really "make the phone UI your own".  Of course you can resize tiles and choose which tiles to display etc. but that goes more to the usability and intuitiveness (if that's a word..hehe) of the device rather than to personalization of the OS.  One can pretty much turn anything on the device into a live tile including individual web pages, contacts etc. which again drives the point home about Microsoft's focus on "usability" over all.  With android I always felt like I was spending hours playing with my phone in order to "set it up" (there seemed to be endless options and settings etc.), whereas with windows phone 8 I feel more like the time I'm spending with my phone is simply in "using" the device to do things and unlike in iOS where I would click into this or that app almost as if to "find things to do" the live-tiles really do save time and help to direct focus when using your device.

 

The battery life is standard (what could/should be expected from a modern superphone).  What I mean by this is, that I can easily get through the entire day with fairly heavy use of the device (ie. making calls, watching videos + listening to music, texting up a storm and emailing like mad).  With NFC (near field communication), bluetooth, wifi and background gps services (like those used by the Nokia Drive app) turned off I can easily get 2-3 days of battery life out of the device with a more moderate amount of use.

 

Cloud and social integration.  This phone cannot be beaten on that front.  The Lumia 920 is easily the most socially integrated phone on the market today.  The "people" tile by default (this can be modified to personal taste) collects all of your contacts from sim-card, facebook, twitter, linkedIn, hotmail etc. into one location.  Swiping left or right (which can be done in any windows phone app) gives you updates from facebook/twitter etc., news feeds, photo-streams and all of your contact's contact info.  There is a new ROOMS feature as well which allows you to create say a "family room" (group with all family members in a home).  This creates almost a family-only-facebook setup where everyone in that "room" is part of a group-chat, group-calendar, group-photostream, and group-notes/lists.  Very handy feature and even if not everyone in the "family room" has a windows-phone the other members can still share the calendar, lists and photos they will just receive texts though instead of being part of the messenger group-chat.  The cloud-integration (SKYDRIVE) is brilliant.  Photos, documents, calendars and notes are easily and seamlessly available to any/all devices via SkyDrive (on which you have 7GB of free storage) as well as phone backups etc.  Microsoft's Office on Windows Phone 8 takes full advantage of SkyDrive integration and makes moving from desktop, notebook to the phone in the car or on a plane a completely painless affair.  You can also quite easily (even from the phone) set up shared areas within your SkyDrive to give access and permissions to certain people or even have some areas deemed completely open for PUBLIC view.

 

The camera so pure.  The Lumia 920's camera really is pureview technology.  While some have complained that daylight photos seem "too soft" / overexposed (Nokia has stated they will release a software update to address this "issue") this camera really shines in situations where I (and I'm sure many others) are most likely to use their phone as a camera which is in low-light situations.  During the day I am still more likely to use my SLR camera if I know I'm going to take picuters but who carries around an SLR at night?    Nothing out there today can touch the low-light picture quality of the Lumia 920's camera thanks to Nokia's hardware optical image stabilization tech built into the Carl Zeiss lens.  The add-on software "lenses" provided for free by Nokia also add a nice touch and I can atest to the fact that all of them (Smartshoot - takes mutiple shots so you can choose the one where everyone is smiling,  Cinemagraph -  allows for the creation of cute animated .GIF's on the fly and Panorama - self-explanatory......work as advertised).  The phone also comes with Nokia's "Creative Studio" app which allows for some rudementary photo editing.  While this app "Nokia City Lens" doesn't really fit into the camera section of any "review" I do have to touch on it briefly.  It is Nokia's "augmented reality" app in which you simply choose what kinds of points-of-interest you'd like the phone to display, point the phone at the world around you and it will populate the screen with points of interest information nearby.  Selecting one, then gives you standard contact info as well as directions and you can use Nokia's turn-by-turn free navigation system to then take you there.  Back to photos for just a minute.......I already touched on a new free Nokia app on page 1 of this thread called "Photo Beamer" and just to reiterate, it is the absolute easiest way to show/share a photo or photos with family/friends.  Find an internet-enabled screen nearby, navigate to www.photobeamer.com on said screen (ie. laptop, other phone, internet-enabled TV), now scan the QR code into your Lumia 920 and voila swipe left-right to navigate your photos now displaying on the other screen.  Should your friend/family member want a copy of that picture just have them right-click and "save as".   Simple as that.    Of course with NFC you can also just "tap'n share" any photo or contact with any other NFC-enabled device.  Also, not to forget the video camera.  Thanks to the aforementioned "hardware optical image stabaliztion" built into this phone one can finally produce "shake-free" HD video even in extreme low-light conditions.  Suffice it to say.....the camera on this phone is one of its hallmark features.

 

There is so much more I could say about this phone but I've only had it for 3 weeks.  I'll check in with another review around the 6-8 week mark.

 

 

EDIT:  To add some stuff about the video camera in the camera section.

 

 

 

Leo in WI
Reply #31 Thursday, December 06, 2012 5:10 PM

the_Monk
Cloud and social integration.

It isn't trying to mash those contacts all together is it? For instance, it is not going to try and take all my facebook contacts and try to push them to my gmail address book is it? Or even worse, share any of my gmail data with Facebook??

Went and fondled a 920 at the AT&T store during lunch today. Damn nice phone. You are definitely right about the fluidity of everything!

Seems like as far as calendar entries on the lock screen, it currently only shows the next one, is that correct? Or is there an option to display more that I missed?

 

 

starkers
Reply #32 Thursday, December 06, 2012 5:41 PM

@ the_Monk  SHADDUP!!!!

You know I want this phone! 

You know HOW badly I want it! [e digicons]:'([/e]

You know I CAN'T afford it now!!! 

Yet you stilll go ahead and write a glowing review that just makes my mouth water with jealous anticipation. 

You are a cruel SOB... just so, so cruel!

However, I will forgive you... this time.... and probably the next review as well.

P.S.  Good review, BTW.

the_Monk
Reply #33 Thursday, December 06, 2012 5:48 PM

Leo in WI


It isn't trying to mash those contacts all together is it? For instance, it is not going to try and take all my facebook contacts and try to push them to my gmail address book is it? Or even worse, share any of my gmail data with Facebook??

Went and fondled a 920 at the AT&T store during lunch today. Damn nice phone. You are definitely right about the fluidity of everything!

Seems like as far as calendar entries on the lock screen, it currently only shows the next one, is that correct? Or is there an option to display more that I missed?

 

 

 

No the "people" tile in Windows Phone 8 won't force info from one account into another it just "collects" all of the info from all connected accounts in one place.  Of course that is only the default behaviour and one can "filter" out any/all of the other accounts if one wants only say the sim-card contacts shown in the "people" tile.

 

Yes at this point it does look like the "detailed" view for the calendar app will only give you the next appointment.  Third-party apps however like Groupon for example are able to utilize the lockscreen more and are even able to use the location services to populate your lockscreen with deals pertinent to you at your current location.

 

 

EDIT:

I'm sorry starkers......I will stop now...........trying to stop typing........trying......really....really trying........hehe 

 

Leo in WI
Reply #34 Thursday, December 06, 2012 6:02 PM

the_Monk
No the "people" tile in Windows Phone 8 won't force info from one account into another it just "collects" all of the info from all connected accounts in one place. Of course that is only the default behaviour and one can "filter" out any/all of the other accounts if one wants only say the sim-card contacts shown in the "people" tile.

Awesome, perfectly acceptable that way!

the_Monk
Yes at this point it does look like the "detailed" view for the calendar app will only give you the next appointment. Third-party apps however like Groupon for example are able to utilize the lockscreen more and are even able to use the location services to populate your lockscreen with deals pertinent to you at your current location.

Bummer, at this point, but with others being able to use more of it, sounds like something that either they may change, or perhaps some other app can take advantage of down the road and display differently.

For now I think I'll keep waiting, at least just a bit longer. It has been hard to resist upgrading, think this is the longest I've ever had a cell phone, and I do love new toys!

starkers
Reply #35 Thursday, December 06, 2012 6:03 PM

Leo in WI
Went and fondled a 920 at the AT&T store

Hmmm, now this does not conjure a good mental picture, at all.  Fondled, eh?  And in an AT&T store, no less. 

And you weren't worried about security or what other customers thought?

You realise those stores have recordable CCTV, don't you? 

Hehe, I can see the embarrassment of it all now....

YouTube sensation goes viral: "AT&T's R Rated Fone Fondler Caught In The Act"

Yes, I have a lot of time on my hands... and the meds are just kicking in now... wheeeeee!

EDIT:

I'm sorry starkers......I will stop now...........trying to stop typing........trying......really....really trying........hehe

Hey, the_Monk, don't stop on my account, you're providing some pretty good info... and I'll learn to live with it.

Leo in WI
Reply #36 Thursday, December 06, 2012 7:33 PM

starkers
Hmmm, now this does not conjure a good mental picture, at all. Fondled, eh? And in an AT&T store, no less.

And you weren't worried about security or what other customers thought?

You realise those stores have recordable CCTV, don't you?

Hehe, I can see the embarrassment of it all now....

YouTube sensation goes viral: "AT&T's R Rated Fone Fondler Caught In The Act"

There was even a nice young lady giving me a hand!!

 

starkers
Yes, I have a lot of time on my hands... and the meds are just kicking in now... wheeeeee!

wheeeeee, indeed!

 

Frankief
Reply #37 Thursday, December 06, 2012 10:37 PM

I have a phone. It sits on my desk and makes and receives what? Phone calls of course! I have a PC to do anything else I want to do. Texting? Hate it! I have a simple Net10 cell to carry with me in case of an emergency. It costs me fifteen dollars a month. Would not even have that except it was a necessity when my Mom passed because our land line was out and needed to communicate with family in Virginia. And guess who isn't rushing out to get Windows 8! You boys have fun with your expensive toys but to me a phone is a phone and a PC is a PC!!

the_Monk
Reply #38 Thursday, December 06, 2012 10:58 PM

Frankief
You boys have fun with your expensive toys but to me a phone is a phone and a PC is a PC!!

 

I think the I hear the '90s calling?!?..........hehe 

 

Jafo
Reply #39 Thursday, December 06, 2012 11:16 PM

I don't go through a squillion phones....still have my first one....and it likely still works.....

The Galaxy II I have at the moment shall last until it dies.... by which time this thing you're all salivating over will be as redundant as that first phone of mine....

Daiwa
Reply #40 Thursday, December 06, 2012 11:22 PM

Back when Moto was King.  Yes.

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