In a League of Its Own... November 20, 2012
I don't review much unless I get a product that really stands out. The 920 is that product.
I own the Red 920 and actually owned a Windows Phone prior to the Lumia 920; it was the HTC Arrive on Sprint, which was WP7. Now even though that was a fairly decent phone, HTC makes cheap products so it ended up breaking in multiple areas because it was made out plastic and poorly shaped aluminum.
However, the 920's unibody framework is sturdy. You can tell how well built it is when you hold it. There is not a single area that feels like it's going to break or bend or give any form of trouble. The edges are smooth and its curves make it a beautiful phone to look at.
The Windows 8 Operating system is the best on the market. Anyone can say what they want but, when it gets down to it, this OS is fast, functional, efficient, and effective. Even though the App's market could use some growing, many of the apps that you would need or want on an iPhone and/or Android device, comes native to the Windows Phone Operating system. Thus, all other apps are pretty much geared to entertainment--which is, at least in my humble opinion, what a phone should do.
Now to be fair, there are a few aspects that do need attention but they aren't deal breakers by far. For example, although the phone comes with Microsoft Office Suite, it only has Microsoft Word and Excel within the suite. OneNote, which is my most used and favorite app by far, is its own separate app instead of being included in the suite. Now this is a minor annoyance to me because in WP7 everything was in ONE suite/hub. Either way, its more of me being picky than anything else.
The battery life is Insanely good. I can go up to 17 hours straight without needing to charge and that's with fairly heavy usage. If anyone has owned a smartphone before, you know that that's an admirable feat. My last phone barely did 10 to 12 hours. My Palm Pre+ barely got 7 hours. My wife's HTC Thunderbolt is constantly dying multiple times a day. The only other phone that'll match it is the iPhone in regards to battery life that is.
Now, if you are planning on getting Windows 8 for your computer or are going to purchase a computer with windows 8 on it, then this is most definitely the phone to have (or any windows phone for that matter). It syncs up like nothing I've ever seen before. Between Windows 8 and skydrive, moving files around couldn't be any easier. I was lucky enough to get the 25gb skydrive that MS was handing out with WP7 so it's even better for me. Nonetheless, anything over 5gbs is good enough for documents and pictures. I say this because I literally have hundreds of pictures and documents (including work documents) and I'm not even close to hitting 5gb in storage. So believe me when I say its plenty enough storage.
The best feature of the phone is definitely the Camera. Nokia went out of their way to create a beast of a camera. It literally takes the best pictures I've ever seen any phone take. Nearly every picture looks professional even when you're hardly trying. The low light pictures are bar none the best on the market as well. Couple that with the exclusive Nokia apps in the App Store and you'll feel like a photographer no matter how little skill you actually have. Add the fact that it's a floating lens which reduces shaking and blurring, and you can take incredible pictures that rival stand alone cameras. The ONLY con I've seen in regards to the camera is that while taking Low-Light pics, you have to be really, really still. It's the only time that movement will ruin the picture. This is because the Lens "aperture" has to stay open longer when in dark environments; thus, any movement will cause a blurring/streaking effect. Other than that, you'll notice more pros than cons.
Rather than babbling on I'll say this...Go to any store that has the 920, play with it for a bit. It'll seem a bit alien at first but as you use it, the more it'll grow on you. After giving it a whirl, use any other phone i.e. Android and/or iPhone and you'll see the difference. If you want to have a phone that gets you what you want and how you want it as fast as possible then Windows phone is the one to have and the Lumia 920 is definitely a great choice. If the 920 isn't your gig and you'd want something more mid-range, then the 820 series are pretty awesome as well. Windows has really put thought and effort into this platform and they're leaving their competitors in the dust. Nokia is the premier manufacturer as well so the two together is like a peanut butter and jelly haha. Seriously, try one, hold it, use it...but make sure you use it as you would in real life and you'll see the difference.
if you read all of this, then thanks! I hope it helped and I hope you enjoy whichever phone you choose!
Smooth UI, powerful and fun phone November 13, 2012
Reviewer: Eric K. Addo "ekaddo" (Charlotte, NC) -
This is a great phone so far. The Live Tiles are functional and provide tons of "at a glance information" (ESPN scores, new message notifications, etc). In addition the low light performance of the camera is the best of any cell phone I've used. The Nokia apps are actually fun/useful, so far I've played with Nokia Maps with turn by turn voice navigation and a fun app called Cinemagraph that allows you to create slick animated gifs right on the phone.
In the apps store, I've found many of the apps I've used on my prior android phone: Endmondo, mmyfitnessplan, Yelp, Amazon,Kindle, BigOven, BankOfAmerica,KeyRing,Flashlight,Linkedin, oneNote, and Tweetcaster to name a few..Plus I have Office Apps and native integration with Office365/SharePoint sites..Every day I discover something new about this phone. For example, there is a native capability to take screenshots on the phone, before I needed an app for that. Overall I am pleased.
The main downside of the phone (to me), is that I miss my SWYPE keyboard I had on my Samsung Infuse. Hopefully this is coming soon.
This is the awesome November 13, 2012
Reviewer: Pierre Jimenez
This phone feels great in your hand, sturdy...smooth and fast. (How does something that's still in your hand feel fast? not sure. Maybe it has to do with the responsiveness) The video camera is great. The picture camera is alright, but I still haven't really given it a good run around. The improvements made are beautiful and functional. This really does feel like the future.
To put it succinctly: my cousin who is an Apple aficionado saw the phone and what it could do and just said, "Wow...Apple feels like they're behind."
Traded in my iPhone 4 for the Lumia 920 November 20, 2012
Reviewer: Bryan (Spring Lake, NC USA) -
I just got my red Lumia 920 after it being backordered for a few days. I upgraded from my iPhone 4 which I had for around 2 years and could barely hold a charge. I'm very impressed by the phone so far. I was initially concerned that there weren't going to be enough apps in the Windows Phone ecosystem but I found that all the major apps that can be found on iOS are on this platform. When I told my fiancé that I was swapping out my iPhone for a Lumia 920, she thought I was nuts. She actually tried to stop me because we use iMessage all the time and was afraid that we would have to use text messages after switching to the Lumia. Well, I can't use iMessage on my Lumia but instead there's a great cross platform texting program called "Whatsapp" that's far superior to iMessage. Although my fiancé was skeptical that "whatsapp" was going to be any good, she now loves it and says it's better than any other messaging service she's ever used. I also showed my fiancé how I personalized my phone and is very interested in buying a Windows Phone now. Perhaps a HTC Windows Phone 8x instead as she finds the Lumia 920 a little too big for her hands. Funny thing is that she's told me that I have to always have a tile of her that's the biggest size possible. I told her if she makes me mad I'll reduce her tile size to the smallest one. haha
The best part of owning this phone is how random strangers keep on approaching me and commenting on my stylish new phone. They ask me how I like it and always let me know it looks awesome. I love the fact that Windows Phones look nothing like other smart phones on the market and I can customize it with cool tiles like my fiancé's contact tile.
If you're coming to the Lumia 920 from the iPhone, there are some things that run a little different that you will need to get used to. These are small things like using the back button but you'll get used to it instantly.
In Windows Phone, you can have unified email inboxes but it wasn't easily apparent that you could do this.
Also, if you link your phone to Facebook, make sure you filter out your facebook contacts or less you'll have hundreds of facebook friends on your phone contact list who you will probably never call. Just filter them out and you should be good to go.
Bottom line: I love my Lumia 920 and I have no regrets leaving my iPhone. If you were hesitating like me about ditching iOS, let me reassure you, there's nothing to worry about - your experience with this phone will be superb. You'll love the great new features and apps on the phone (especially Nokia Maps and Drive). I highly recommend this phone for anyone who is looking for change in their smartphone.
Love this Phone November 13, 2012
Just got the red phone and man this has to be the best phone I have owned.
I had the 900 but this is extremely fast and fluid.
the only downside I would have would be weight but I really don't notice that much
The Lumia Experience is Like no Other. January 21, 2013
Let me first start by saying, I've used all the different major phone OS' (Android, IOS)for extended periods of time as a heavy user and now Windows 8 Phone.
This phone is AMAZING, 5/5! but it may not be for everyone. But it's pretty dang close to it.
Each person has their own preference on the OS/Brand(s). Android with overlays such as TouchWiz, Sense, Mytouch, and the Pure Un-adultered Nexus/Google experience. Than there's Apple's IOS with it's "mac-like" experience. Lastly there's Windows Phone, Microsoft's long push into the Smartphone market that functions similarly to Windows 8 on desktop.
Windows Phone 8 OS:
Strength #1: Seamless Syncing with Skydrive for ANY content between your W8 Devices.
Strength #2: Smooth, Smooth Smooth! I've never used an OS so quick, fluid, and seamless. 920's screen also is the first phone with 60FPS(frames per second, how fast the screen refreshes when scrolling or moving between different apps) for the screen. No Screen blurring or smudging..EVER.
Strength #3: Business. Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, PDF, etc.
Strength #4: All apps are streamlined with the OS. You won't see an app that doesn't Feel like WP. (My major critisism of android; it's Too diverse in it's apps, in quality, design, and functionality. I'm personally sick of my apps on android not working how they should, and having to sort through tons of others that MIGHT work accordingly.)
Strength #5: Windows has great support for updates and fixes. I've yet to see ANYONE complain about their windows phone becoming slower or having issues because of this, yet I hear it day in and day out with android. Android reqs far too much memory to run all their background apps and the excessive new features they add with every update and make you feel like you require a quad-core phone. Ridiculous. My Android phones ALWAYS get worse with an update. (Reminds me of OLD windows; works fine? Don't fix it. Main reason why this is a problem for android: Samsung, htc, motorola; all of them like to throw their own OS Theme ontop of android bogging it down and making it harder to near impossible for them to keep up with the updates coming out; aka: the interface and the design suffers and so does the end user; if you want android please buy a nexus; don't deal with the BS of the manufacturer's.)
There are more strengths but I think I covered the major ones. Now here's the one two weakness' of Windows phone that may or may not set you on your way.
Weakness #1: APPs. Just like advertised there are not as many apps as more hardened OS out there.
*However all the major essentials are there; news apps, maps, gps, trailers, office, Internet Explorer 10 which can run the Desktop Versions VERY Seamlessly. (Auto screen calibration for size, WP type interface, etc.) THE main reason for this is because it hasn't garnered as much attention as the other OS till now. Some Business' are flat out ignoring the users to build an actual app for it. W8 is a huge push for microsoft since with the actual new W8 OS for desktop and with everything coming into fruition with cloud services everything will be synced together and it'll be a true ecosystem. Microsoft has the biggest lead with this over any other Company. Mainly because of Xbox. Xbox is Microsoft's key to success for a "W8/Xbox Home." with W8 Desktop, W8 Phone, W8 Surface/Tablets, and W8 XBOX. [WORK(office), COMMUTE(skydrive), PEOPLE(skype,facebook,email, etc. All goes into my Text messaging folder and I can reply to all of them in one interface easily. I'm in love with that. It's a big deal., ENTERTAINMENT (xboxlive, youtube, xboxmusic/xboxmovies,netflix etc. it's all there.] Microsoft Has You Covered. I didn't have high hopes for Windows 7 or anything before w8, but I've always seen the potential and they're in a major shift in how they do their business and I'm sure if they proceed the same way as they're doing , w8 and all their devices will be a major success. It just takes some adoption. Cause face it; if you want a true Seamless ecosystem. Microsoft is the only company who can truely deliver that to you in the next couple years. *
Weakness #2: It's not nearly as customizable as android. No live wallpapers, (Live tiles instead with actual information however which is very practical rather than just static icons which was actually one major reason why I made the "Switch".) You can change the colors to suit your mood or style/preference/whatever, that's all I really care about. And if someone picks up your WP and sees the screen they can tell in a sense who you are. You have Office, Facebook, and ... whatever else on your main live tiles. Ok so you can than assume that person is yadaydyada. Same as you would an android in a sense if you see their live wallpapers and widgets and main apps. Like any other phone it's in a sense an extension of yourself and this and can be felt with windows phone as well as any of the other OS out there. (w7 didn't garner my interest until than, having 4 smaller apps is the same as android or ios , 4 apps per row, perfect for an actual phone for thumb reach, etc. Bigger ones for widgets, or whatever else, it works, just as how i'd want a phone to work. *5/5*.
Now with the main specs:
CAM: 8.7MEGAPIXELS WITH OIS - FLOATING LENS IMAGE STABILIZATION (There's no camera better, even the upcoming sony model with 13mp couldn't beat this beaut) This is the main differentiator for the 920.
Processor: 1.5GHZ Dualcore - Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960. [For android users: If you need more than a dual core to run a phone smoothly/efficiently for multi-tasking, I'm sorry your battery life will suffer as WP has no hickups as many of my previous android "High-ends", and I've yet to have any of my apps freeze or crash on me] It just works.
Ram: 1GB [1gb is more than anyone would ever need for a phone; I so far have run 6 apps running simultaneously with that with no lag or issues and little battery drain when doing so]
"HardDrive": The Lumia 920 sports a 32gb of onboard memory space for music, songs, apps, etc. About 2gb will be used up from the OS itself it seems. 32gb is A lot. 99% of users will never need more than that.
Bluetooth: 3.0 (Although I heard a firmware update could update it to 4.0, but not too sure on that)
NFC: Yes. (Near Field Communication) All of the newer high end models should and will be taking advantage of this relatively new technology. (Japan's been using it for years for Everything. Card payments, forms of ID, checking into locations, sharing content easily, etc. etc. etc. U.S. is just an emerging market so give it a couple years to take off)
Wireless Charging: YES! This is a feature you may not see as majorly important but once you get used to it the convenience is amazing. I've adapted one of nokias plates to a car mount, and I use bluetooth to stream music while using the Nokia Drive GPS. The Wireless plates or QI Certified so any other wirelessly certified charging device from now into the future should be compatible with it. The pads/stands needed etc. won't just go to waste once you upgrade your phone in 2 years. Sweet! *Oh only downside with wireless charging is it that it doesn't allow for Hard-Wiring into a computer or other device. So you'll still want to use a micro-usb for transfering a lot of content to and from your phone if you choose not to use sky-drive. [Future versions of plates Should be able to get this built in; however many apps for streaming content are and will be more widely available to different devices making hard-wiring a near-dead feature besides having One for your main Desktop or PC.*
DLNA: Yes. (Like stated above, this is for streaming content directly to other devices like photos, videos to a smart tv compatible with dlna or a computer)
Music: Equalized by nokia built in, and it's ITUNES compatible. You download a WP program when hooking up your phone to your CPU, it downloads it for free where it'll pull all or any of the selected itunes media into the WP program. It's extremely easy, quick, and painless!
Screen: 4.5' inches
Resolution: 768 x 1280 - 332 ppi (yours eyes can't perceive past 300, so it's a "Retina")
Type: IPS LCD - PUREBLACK technology. The blacks are true blacks, not grayed out like similiar LCD screens like HTC. I could be deceived into thinking its one of samsungs Super Amoled Screens but that it doesn't distort the colors. (blue-tones added ontop of all images for Samoled but not lcd)
Outside: ok YUP, best phone I've ever used outside. Can see it easily even on the lowest settings, no glares or issues. Awesome!
Dmg: Scratch Resistant, gorilla glass 2. However it can still be scratched! It's still glass. Get a screen protector or a Lipped-Case (makes it so the screen doesn't lay flat on surfaces). I received a tiny tiny scratch that I have no idea how it got there 3 days after use but if angled right you could see it but not at all during use. But I'm a perfectionist so this kind've surprised me. But I just put a Armor Shield screen on it cause the InvisiShield brand feels too "Clingy" to your fingers unlike armor which feels like almost like the screen itself and with it on the scratch isn't noticeable whatsoever, armor shield appears to have the same durability and resilience if not better than the invisi-Shield brand.
BATTERY!: Standby time is ... like any other phone i've used; and microsoft is apparently getting started on working on making a Sleep Mode for their W8phones. When screen is off ONLY the major apps like text, calls, will go through and whatever else youd want to customize. As of right now it still will give you email updates, calls, texts, news updates if youd like etc. 2 days of Standby Time with some calls and texts here or there.
Battery Heavy User: I work with phones and I'm constantly showing them off various OS and phones to consumers including my own 920 for WP8. Apps, movies, games, etc. I get about 10-12 hours of heavy useage. My htc rezound with an extended battery would give me 2-4HR with a new battery and if lucky.
And... For people concerned about the Confined Chassis. It's not Impossible to remote to exchange a battery down the road. There's 2 screws you take out so you can peel off the back and than you have to just remove a few of the connectors that pop right off with the right tools. (Find youtube videos on it; a basic battery replacement should be fairly easy)
Anyways.... I hope you enjoy your Lumia 920. or any other WP that you decide to get. (Their speeds and performance will be nearly identical; the only differences will be Camera, Screen size and resolutions, battery mah, weight, colors, etc.) Oh.... I can actually teach my technology Illiterate family how to operate a WP easily without having to show them, they love it as well. And we all stay in even better contact than before due to all the integrations between skype,facebook, messaging, etc. into one messaging inbox. ^_^
Really happy with my new phone, thanks NOKIA!!! November 13, 2012
Reviewer: Ram Wats "Ram Wat"
The Nokia Lumia 920 is a better choice than other Windows 8 phones because it included Nokia City Lens which is a augmented reality search tool. If you are new to a city or a different part of town, you can activate the City Lens app which turns on the camera and populates the screen with points of interest including location and distance. No other phone offers this. Not Samsung, not HTC, not iOS, and not Android.
Nokia also provides Nokia Music which has over 100 music stations that are free of charge.
The pixel density on the 920's screen is sharp and rivals that of the iPhone 5. Furthermore, the 920's screen extremely touch sensitive making it possible to scroll through the phone with gloves on or with a stylus.
There is a lot of innovation in this Lumia 920 that is unique to Nokia and is not found in any other Windows 8 phone.
I absolutely love this phone December 4, 2012
I dont usually write reviews... but this phone is so fantastic that I had to write one.
Weight: I was initially worried about the weight, given that I prefer thin and light in all my gadgets. However after having this phone for a couple of days, the size and weight don't seem like an issue. In fact it feels normal and all other smaller and thinner phones feel tiny and flimsy now :)
Screen: Great quality. Thought I might miss the AMOLED, but this pure motion LCD keeps me satisfied.
Apps: Barely enough to keep me from returning the phone, however the nokia maps, music and other services are worth it.
If you are planning on getting a windows phone 8, then this is the one. Even worth switching from VZ to ATT.
Disclosure: I work for MSFT and hold NOK stock. In any case I absolutely love this phone.
very very very pleased with my new LUMIA 920!! GREAT GREAT PHONE!!! November 14, 2012
Reviewer: A Lynchy "A. Lynchy"
The pictures are just GREAT!!
PUREVIEW enables better image stabilization and better low-light performance! Its simply unbelievable!!!
Plus its wireless charging and City lens makes it a must!!
Thanks Nokia!!! Thanks LUMIA!!!
Insanely better than anything out there! November 14, 2012
Why are you reading these reviews? Get out there and grab your own Nokia Lumia 920! This phone is nothing short of amazing. The battery lasts forever - literally a full day and night with very heavy usage! It takes photos like a dedicated camera - even at night. The microphone is able to record hi-def audio at levels 20db greater than the competition! Every 3 decibels is twice the volume level, so the Lumia 920 records hi-def audio that is about 50 times louder than the competing phones are able to record. The camera has an optical image stabilizer, allowing it to produce video that looks like you're floating on air as you walk with it.
I can go on and on!
Wireless charging, Xbox integration, Office apps, IE10 browsing, a music service that lets you listen to anything you want, anytime you want. An amazing screen that looks beautiful and allows you to use the phone even with gloves on. The games are amazing on this phone! The speech recognition is the most accurate I've seen of all my friends phones at work!
Seriously, go get one before they're backordered for a month!
Amazing Nokia Lumia 920 December 14, 2012
I upgraded from a Black Nokia Lumia 900 to the Red Lumia 920. I knew that the limitations of the camera, resolution display, HD video on my Lumia 900 were due to WP7.5. Those limitations are gone with WP8 and Nokia beautifully takes advantage of the new OS. The pictures and video are cystal clear, with natural colors and lighting. The larger 4.5 screen makes it easier for reading and surfing the internet. The screen is so clear with sharp display of words and pictures, the smooth gorilla glass top is virtually smudge resistant. This is a feature I truly appreciate compare to other phones I have used including the Lumia 900. The solid build quality of the Lumia 920 makes it unbreakable when falling from your hand on to a cement sidewalk, some of you may have seen the you tube video of the Nokia Lumia used to hammer a nail into a piece of wood, this is truly a durable phone. Critics will say the Lumia 920 is heavy, but fail to elaborate as to why Lumia 920 is heavy and the benefits. Well, it is heavier than other phones and here are the benefits, includes a larger battery that last 3 hours longer than other phones, solidly built so that you do not need to buy an armored cover to protect fragile phones, no need to carry an extra battery or charger. Other phones come in only Black or Grey, because they are covered by their owners to protect their fragile phones, this renders the benefits of lightness and thinness of other phones over Lumia 920 to meaningless. The beautifully designed red Lumia does not need to be covered and I am so grateful, because I get a lot of remarks on the color and questions as to who makes my phone. The Lumia 920 will certainly attract attention. There are so many wonderful feature on the Nokia Lumia 920 with WP8 that I could write a small book. I recommend you get your hands on a Nokia Lumia 920 to see for yourself what a great phone this is. You can then come to Amazon.com and order it. I use my phone constantly to check my many email accounts, real time Stock/Option quotes, surfing web, sports updates, social media, playing chess, texting, Excel and Word, weather reports, transit directions, turn by turn voice navigation, my camera and video recorder, exercise app, etc, yes I also make phone calls. My wife had an Iphone and wanted to buy a Nikon camera, I show her that by getting a Nokia Lumia 920 she did not need to buy a camera. After showing her the pictures and videos on my Lumia 920 she agreed to get a cyan Lumia 920. She said "I used to buy a new cover for my Iphone every couple of months, but I am not going to cover this phone, it is too pretty".
Try the phone for yourself before deciding, you will not regret it!
Probably the best smart phone out there December 6, 2012
I got my Red Nokia 920 a while ago. Man its out of this world. I had a Samsung Android before this and an Iphone 3GS before that. I actually wanted to buy a Samsung Note 2 but...
I have to say that my previous phones were not bad and I didn't have any major problems with them but they are dwarfed in comparison to this beast. The feel of this phone is different-it feels like a luxury item. Its heavier than Iphone and other android phones but I believe the weight is optimal for a phone of this class- if it were any lighter, it would not feel as good. The colors, edges, the back curve and contour of the screen are all amazing. The buttons on side could not be built any better. The tiny holes for the speakers are nicely done. In short, I am a big fan of the design and look it has. If I ever get time, I want to write a long article describing the amazing design..
It works really well. The core OS and UI is cool. I themed the phone with dark back ground and red colors for the screen and it looks cool. It was like matching the interior of a car to its outside color. The tiles are good. I am not a big fan of live tiles but some people may like it. The screen responsiveness and resolution is awesome. It works with gloves! UI is very simple and easy to learn-took me few minutes to get used to it. The camera is really good. The wireless charging works seamlessly. (Didn't try NFC with speaker as dont have one).
I did have low battery economy initially but after decreasing the screen brightness, turning off location service and turning off back-ground apps, It lasts whole day (my day is 14 hours) without a recharge.
ATT does not give you the headphones with this buy but i learned that the international version had headphones in the box..
The ecosystem (apps) is not as bad as I initially thought. I was able to find all the apps that I wanted (depending upon my android use) except one medical app which doctors use a lot (but was able to find a replacement). [...] was helpful to find the apps that I had difficulty searching in the market store. Having said that, I believe that the app store does need and will get a good boost in coming months.
Nokia has done great work with some of its core apps. I greatly liked the Nokia music (can be used off-line and is ad free), Drive for navigation (again, can be used off-line), photoBeamer (its cool and seems to be a start of a new way of sharing data, please try it), Data-transfer, CityLens.
Pros: Design/built/Colors, screen responsiveness/resolution , camera, Nokia city-lens, nokia drive, nokia music, wireless charging, smooth UI
Cons: No headphones if you get this from ATT, Not as many apps (in comparison to other IOS and android markets)
I think this phone is a new milestone in the evolution of smart-phones. Kudos to Nokia!!!
Love this phone November 29, 2012
Reviewer: home "techie geek" (Chicago, IL) -
I ended up getting a great deal on this and bought three of them in white, blue and red (for my wife, daughter, myself). The wireless charging is amazing and works just like my electric toothbrush, just sit it on a pad (of course mine is the only one still backordered). The blue phone arrived last, red was second to arrive while white came in pretty quick but that's what my wife wanted after seeing the iPhone in white. I don't know why these are unavailable on Amazon although I have heard many stores are also sold out in one color or another. As for AT&T, I was willing to leave and go try Verizon but couldn't pass up on the deal due to my company's discounts on service PLUS I wanted this phone. My nephew also recently gave up his Iphone after many years to go buy a Lumia 920. He was able to move his music collection (from ITunes) with the app for his Mac. He considered Galaxy or Nexus as well and absolutely loves this phone.
How heavy? At first I thought it was heavy when I was trying it out in the store but now I am used to it. No one in the family complaining but know that it's heavier than most smartphones. If you have trouble carrying another 30 grams or so, perhaps look into doing some pushups :).
How sturdy? I also bought a case for my wife but she doesn't use it, the phone seems sturdy enough.
What about the OS? As for the Windows Phone OS, I haven't noticed any showstoppers. The interface is refreshing, fast and fluid. You have to keep the phone to realize how much easier it is to integrate with Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. I haven't explored a new feature called rooms or groups but it seems interesting for a family to stay in sync with shared contacts, calendar, notes etc. almost like an electronic bulletin board. My wife is not technical so will have to see how useful this feature is or if she uses it. Will update the review on this one. As for apps, they keep coming every day and I don't feel like it's limited or what the brouhaha is. The only one I hear about is instagram but I hear its coming.
Critical feature that sold me on this versus alternatives? Nokia Maps. I also considered HTC 8x but felt Nokia had more apps I wanted and I expect better support. One of the best phones I have ever owned was a Nokia and this seems solid. I would consider the 8x if the weight really bothers you but again, we are all used to it already.
Quick review of AT&T stores if I may: AT&T help and knowledge of these products at the store is a hit or miss. When asked what is the difference between 920 and 820, I got, one's bigger than the other. Daaah!!! How about wireless charging built in, the awesome camera (btw pics and video on this are great and much better than my old phone and rival my canon Point and shoot), xbox integration (some of it is gimmicky but man I use it as a remote more than I thought), Nokia music.
What I would have liked to see more of: FM radio but I can live without it. Nothing else comes to mind for now. If you go with an open mind with no preconceived notions (hard to do if you are a fanboy or fangirl), you'll be pleasantly surprised.
To add, 12/1/2012: I wondered if the phone locks do you just wait it for it to die or is there a reset?
I found out at the AT&T store (sorry if I said bad things about you before) you can press volume and power and hold for 5-10 seconds and the device resets (like ctl alt del).
I now need to find a clip so I can attach it to my dash somehow for music and gps. If someone has suggestions, please fire away.
I really like this Phone November 22, 2012
Reviewer: Grizzly Creek Fly Fisher "DanP" (N Georgia) -
Had this phone for a couple of days, and really like it. Previously I was a user of the previous generation Windows Phone (7.5x) but wanted to switch to AT&T and this phone has so far been even better than the previous HTC HD7, which I also liked. I like all the features I have tried so far, with the included Microsoft Phone 8 feature set, as well as some of the Nokia value added features such as Nokia Drive Turn by Turn navigation (Included for free!!), and the other features mentioned in the other reviews, etc. I really like the fact that you can pick what states GPS data you want to keep on the phone, so easy if you are navigating in a place that has no data signal, you can keep getting accurate directions, and its easy to add or delete other geographic areas when needed, or you can just add a whole country. In previous phones I had to pay extra for voice turn by turn, but its included with the Nokia 920.
For me the large screen, and size are perfect, and the "weight" mentioned by some reviews is no issue for me, but suggest that anybody contemplating purchase should try it. The touch screen seems fast and responsive too.
I was able to reinstall all of my Windows 7x applications with no issue and just by using my same Windows live ID, all of my setting seem to migrate with no issues encountered.
The only real negative that I can think of, is that my Microsoft Zune PC software (and my collection of MP3s purchased over the years) is not as easily managed from my PC to this phone, because my desktop PC Zune software does not sync directly with the phone nor my playlists from within Zune desktop software (or I have not yet figured it out), but rather I have to use a different Microsoft Application within my main PC to Copy the music folders\mp3s to the phone. I actually transferred the files over to the Nokia 920 very quickly, but it is not yet a smooth way to manage multiple music tastes within a family as was the direct syncing that Zune provided..........I am sure Microsoft will improve this, but it is the only negative I have seen so far....
Most Innovative phone yet December 16, 2012
I have been an iPhone user for the longest time and even after the release of multiple Samsung product releases, I was unimpressed. What switched me over finally was this incredible phone. Wireless charging, a SLR like camera, NFC, and a slick new operating system. This is the phone to buy. You will not regret it.
Best Phone I've ever had November 24, 2012
I work for an authorized retail store for AT&T and have used every single phone out there. The Nokia Lumia is the best I have ever seen. It is attractive beyond belief, easy to use, has a much larger app base than some would have you believe, is very durable (google drop tests), and has the most fluid interface of all the platforms out there. The camera is superb and the battery life is amazing. At first I though the battery sucked but that is because you have to turn on the battery saver mode in settings and turn of NFC function when you are not using it. After doing that this phone easily lasts 24 hours with very regular use. The sound quality in calls and on speaker is the best I have ever seen and the pre-installed apps such as Nokia Drive, Maps, Microsoft Office, and One Note are fantastic. All apps work amazing, never any glitching that I have seen and that goes for all Windows phones (Microsoft is very particular about their app development).
By far the best phone I've ever had and the best $99.99 I've ever spent. Even bought one for my brother for Christmas. He loves it also :)
Nokia Lumia 920 is AWESOME! November 20, 2012
Reviewer: John Fieser
I just purchased this phone and it is by far the best phone I have ever owned. There are many reasons:
1) Love the physical specs and how it fits in my hand. The 920 is very sturdy, and at 6.5 ounces, I actually like the weight of it. Some folks say it is too heavy, but I think it is just right.
2) The Windows Phone 8 OS is fantastic. It allows for the most personalized home screen experience, much more than the IPhone or Android, which both seem cold in comparison.
3) Kids corner is great for folks with kids. It allows you to have a 'kids' section that allows them to play games, listen to music, whatever you decide to allow. As a parent of yound kids, this will be fantastic for long car rides. They can't get into any of your mail clients or send texts.
4) The camera is the best out there for smartphones, with an 8.7 megapixel Carl Zeis lens, with Pure View technology. Couple that with Optical Image Stabilisation and a 4.5 inch gorilla glass screen, the pictures and video are amazingly clear, especially in low light conditions. My kids play sports and it takes amazing action shots.
5) Dolby sound lets me listen to music in style.
6) Windows Phone 8 has plenty of apps, inclusing 46 of the top 50 best selling apps today on Android and IOS.
7) Too many others to mention:)
I just love this phone! Great job by Nokia and Microsoft for teaming up to make a best in class phone. The biggest issue is it appears hard to keep this phone is stock. If you try this, you will love it.
"Lumia 920 is a tank" November 19, 2012
Its a smartphone war at the moment and Nokia just built a tank - when you realize what this means, you wont be disappointed!
get to a store and feel it in your hands and you will love it. (admittedly I was cautious the first time but the second time I was sold)
yes its a little heavier and bigger but when your realize that those are only 2 specs out of many you will quickly conclude that the 920 blows everything else out of the water.
I have had it for a week now so final points:
camera is amazing, screen is amazing, WP8 is amazing, red looks amazing and if you want to know more about Nokia, look up indestructible in any dictionary.
I love Nokia Lumia 920 !!!!!! November 16, 2012
Reviewer: S. MAEUNG (Seattle, WA) -
I had used iPhone 3GS for more than 5 years. I siwtched to Lumia 920. I start loving this toy , Lumia 920. Specially, I like the design , and it gives me good feeling when I was holding. overall, I like it. no battery issue yet, it has wireless charging plate also.
Buttery smooth November 16, 2012
Reviewer: Zachary Way
Coming from an HTC EVO 4G, this phone is bliss. Everything is buttery smooth. The Camera is amazing, and the screen is beyond comparison. It has every hardware feature you can imagine, catches anyone's eye within a half mile instantly, and has some of the best call audio quality I've ever experienced on a cell phone. I'll never buy another phone unless it's at least as good as this Nokia. Hopefully this phone will be the one that saves Nokia, because it's an amazing piece of hardware. As to the OS, Microsoft has finally hit a homerun. Windows Phone 7 / 7.5 were ok, but lacked a lot of features in the OS. Now with 8 they've closed nearly all the gaps, and new software is rolling out that takes the platform to a new level. Finally feels like a leading class OS, instead of a "me too" OS.