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Rawwr

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Ok, so I've had my Lumia 920 since Saturday and now think I'm able to give some feedback on what it's like and, more specifically, what Windows Phone 8 is like. In the run up to purchasing the Lumia 920, I've also been using an Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and my trust old BlackBerry Bold 9900. I've been doing this to try to determine in which direction the company I work for should move with their mobile comms.

First off, the UI is wonderful. It's arguably the most slick OS available at the moment with a pleasant, uniform design which is far removed from the jumble of styles in BBOS, the tired skeuomorphism of IOS and the easily ruined UI of Android. There were a few mistakes in WP7 which have been corrected, tidied and polished in WP8 and overall all the little tweaks have produced an OS which is greater than the sum of its tweaks. I'm yet to experience and lag, stalling or crashes within WP8, despite my best efforts to try and roger it by running as much stuff as possible and fast-switching between applications. It appears to be quite good at handling multiple processes but maybe not as smooth or as well as the QNX-based OS on the BlackBerry Playbook, which I still believe handles multitasking better than any other mobile device.

The battery life is sometimes questionable. The first couple of days were fairly poor but I put this down to me doing a lot of dicking around with it and the fact it was still calibrating. Its been a lot better since then and appears to be getting stronger every day. The 920 will absolutely munch through its 2000mAh battery if you batter it but then I guess that's to be expected. Out of the four devices I've tried the BB9900 will last the longest, followed by the iPhone 5 and then the battle for last place is going to be between the S3 and 920 - I suspect the 920 squeaks into last place but I need a bit more time with it before I totally condemn it on that front.

On the plus side; wireless charging is almost sexual. You don't realise how much you've needed it in your life until you have it. The wireless charger will throw electricity into the phone at around 85-90% the rate of the mains charger so it's not the quickest way to charge but it's massively better than charging from USB. Every device should have wireless charging. It's lovely.

The display is another high point for the 920 and I definitely rate it as the best out of the devices I tried. The colours are extremely well saturated and everything looks crisp and tidy. I'll acknowledge that a part of this crispness is probably due to the tiled nature of the interface so sharp corners will always look sharper than rounded ones (©), obviously.

I don't need to say a lot about the camera. The height from which it takes a huge, yellow slash on other phone cameras is incalculably huge. That is all.

App choice is one hell of a lot more reasonable that people might have you believe. If we try to bear in mind that 98% of all apps ever written are a waste of time then I don't think anyone would be disappointed with what you can get for WP8 already. Obviously, IOS and Android devices lead by quite a huge margin in this respect but I don't think anyone will be left wanting in WP8. I have my guitar tuner, Paypal, eBay, weather, news and games based around miffed avarians. BBOS is well behind in terms of applications and I really hope that the forthcoming BBX can help turn that around.

In terms of actually using it as a communications device, it's nice to use, handles email and texts well and the integration with Twitter, Facebook and others is well implemented and has clearly been thought about. Coming from a BlackBerry, I'll admit that a lack of a notification LED is getting on my tits a bit but I guess we can't have everything, eh? Speaking of BlackBerrys, I still maintain that if you do a lot of texting, emailing and IM stuff, the BB9900 knocks the competition into a cocked hat... and then poops into the hat. All touchscreen devices are compromised when it comes to typing and that is never going to change (unless we get some sort of kooky living glass with haptic feedback).

Finally, build quality and tactility. The 920 is big and fairly weighty. I can't really complain about its weight too much because as a fully-grown adult male, I don't have too much of a problem lifting 180g. The plus side is that the weight does give it a 'hewn from granite' kind of feel and its unibody polycarb case feels really nice and solid. The downside is that it might make my trousers fall down if I'm not wearing a belt. Swings and roundabouts. At the other end of the specturm, my experience with the iPhone 5 was not a positive one; it looked good but felt cheap, like a chinese knock-off of itself. The 4/4S always felt like a quality item but the 5 is woefully disappointing, feeling unpleasant in the hand, having bits of cheap paint flaking off and just generally fearing it may turn to dust at any point. This is not a quality product. At best, it just has that feeling its been rushed to market and that is not a feeling Apple want to be giving to its customers. Sort it out.

So in summary, I like the 920 I just really hope that a firmware revision or targeted software update will do something to improve the battery life.

aponting389

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thanks for the feedback. i am tempted by the nokia. currently have an iPhone 4S and dont fancy the 5. cant seem to find it on O2 or Voda websites though, even in the coming soon sections pages?

Rawwr

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It's exclusive to EE, Orange, T-Mobile until January 14th. You can get an unlocked, SIM-free one from http://www.clove.co.uk if you really want one.

durbster

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Thanks for the review.

I'm tempted to look into app development for Windows phones but can't quite work out if it's a dead end or not. If the Lumia clicks with the market then it may well be worthwhile.

silent k

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durbster said:
Thanks for the review.

I'm tempted to look into app development for Windows phones but can't quite work out if it's a dead end or not. If the Lumia clicks with the market then it may well be worthwhile.
I'm in the process of migrating one of my simpler kids apps over from iOS to WP8, so I'll tell in you in a month or two if it's a dead end or not! Hopefully not, as I think the actual OS is very good. It's just whether people take to it or not, and if they do whether they are prepared to pay for content.

I'm not sure if MS are still doing the offer for the developer programme or not, but when I signed up it was only £6 for the year.
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clonmult

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Rawwr said:
I don't need to say a lot about the camera. The height from which it takes a huge, yellow slash on other phone cameras is incalculably huge. That is all.
You should try the 808, which takes a huge yellow slash over the 920. Honestly, while the 920 is good, the 808 is on a level above.

fido

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clonmult said:
You should try the 808, which takes a huge yellow slash over the 920. Honestly, while the 920 is good, the 808 is on a level above.
Camera-wise perhaps, but the 920 has a better everything else. And looks better.

Rawwr

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clonmult said:
You should try the 808, which takes a huge yellow slash over the 920. Honestly, while the 920 is good, the 808 is on a level above.
Oh I agree. I also think of the 808 as being a camera with a phone attached rather than a phone with a camera attached smile

lewisf182

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I really really want this phone as the iphone 5 really just does not cut it. I just cant help but think the tacky colours just ruin it and make it look cheap though... If it were just a simple black or white device i'd have one in a heart beat, but yellow?!? no chance. Which is a shame, as I think if they'd have just played it safe and released what is a great phone in a great classy looking body style they would have finally gotten a decent bite of the smart phone market. All my friends agree that the look's are what's holding them back from choosing the 920 over the S3, the iphone 5 doesnt even come into play with any of them, which says a lot.

Rawwr

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lewisf182 said:
I really really want this phone as the iphone 5 really just does not cut it. I just cant help but think the tacky colours just ruin it and make it look cheap though... If it were just a simple black or white device i'd have one in a heart beat
Mine's black.

Rawwr

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lewisf182

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was just about to clarify that point lol. Yes they do black, but I mean the fact they do the range of colours detracts from the class of the phone as a whole. Reminds me of lower spec android devices which come in whacky colours as a selling point rather than whats inside them. just my opinion anyway......

Rawwr

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How odd.

lewisf182

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Odd, but my opinion none the less!

Rawwr

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That's like saying you wouldn't have a red Ferrari F40 because they also made yellow ones.

lewisf182

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Not really. as A) its my opinion, and B) The colour of an F40 would'nt put me off one, as I'd have one if it was covered in Sh*t, but the tacky colours offered on the 920 are enough to make me choose a different phone like the nexus 4.

Anyway, good review OP been waiting for an honest one to read!

Rawwr

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Sorry, I still don't get it. You wouldn't buy something because, despite the fact you could get it in the colour you wanted, the fact it was offered in other colours would put you off?

Is that what you're saying?

stoocake

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Very odd. What's wrong with choice? It doesn't take away from the product at all imo. Better than a 99p case which most people use to show off their personality :-P

liller

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I reckon the colour options make it stand out as a phone and give people choice. The colours have a matte finish so do not look tacky.

I took a look at the HTC 8X the other day and was very impressed with the quality of the handset and the slickness of the OS.

Rawwr

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liller said:
The colours have a matte finished so does not look tacky.
Some are matte and some are gloss. I have the matte black.

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