Review: Nokia Lumia 920

I’ve had the Nokia Lumia 920 for a few months now and I think I can give a pretty good review. The phone was quite large to me at first but I did have an HTC Aria before this so anything was going to be huge to me. The phone is a bit heavy but the build quality is excellent. The screen looks great in a variety of lighting conditions. I’ve yet to use the “you can use gloves” feature since we never get glove weather but my wife loves that she can use her fingernails.

Side Note: The OtterBox case must be the best built OtterBox case I’ve ever seen. Even my carrier’s sales rep was amazed at how snug the phone sat in the case and how well it was made. I’m extremely glad I bought it considering I’ve dropped my phone multiple times now…

Wireless Charging

Wireless charging is also an interesting addition to the phone. The phone’s battery can easily go at least all day without a charge if you’re not using it much. With wireless charging, it really doesn’t matter how much you use it though. I usually just keep my phone on my desk anyway. Now I just make sure to drop it on the charging plate. As a bonus, the phone will never have the charging port/cable go bad which seems to be a common problem amongst my friends and family.

Camera

I was a bit worried about the camera with some people saying it doesn’t live up to the hype. They were wrong. The camera produces beautiful pictures. I will agree with some reviewers in that the built in software is a bit limited but a quick search on the marketplace for additional Lenses will fix that quickly.

Operating System

Not much to say about the operating system. Windows Phone is easy to use and intuitive. There are some great ease of use features like the ability to text a reply directly in the incoming call screen. There are two features suprisingly missing from the OS though: an incoming call blacklist and automatic silent/vibrate when appointment is marked busy. Add these 2 features Microsoft and you’ve got a perfect OS.

The browser (IE10) has worked amazing although I do wish they’d implement the full version’s InPrivate mode into the phone version. I keep my gaming accounts separate and InPrivate is an easy way to move between accounts.

Applications

Play and iTunes boast about the number of applications that they have but let’s be realistic. How many of those applications are actually be used by consumers. I have not had trouble finding applications for Windows Phone.

With that said, I don’t game much on my phone besides Sudoku and Word Search type applications and I never used Instagram which is the big one I hear people complain about. If I want to share photos with people, I put them on Facebook. And I’m blaming Google for YouTube. There are some great 3rd party YouTube applications (PrimeTube, MetroTube, etc) but Google keeps breaking them. I use Vimeo for my personal and work-related videos anyway since they have a group feature.

Conclusion

I would definitely recommend the Lumia 920 to anyone in the market for a easy to use phone.

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New Cell Phone

So I geeked out and finally bought a pda phone. I got the Cingular 8125 Windows Mobile 5 phone. I’ve been having it for about a month or 2 now but I didn’t want to post anything about it until I had a chance to form an opinion about it.

Like most self-proclaimed nerds/geeks, I’ve had pda’s before but having both a cell phone and a pda was awkward. I ended up selling both of the pda’s that I had previously owned to some friends. (For those wondering, I had a Dell Axim and before that a Palm m125)

Reception

The reviews that I read in my “do I want to buy this” phase said that if your reception was bad before you wouldn’t enjoy any better with the 8125. I have not found this to be true. I have excellent reception with the 8125 and sometimes in places where I had none before.

Software and Applications

It runs on Windows Mobile 5 so there is an abundant supply of applications, etc available for download on the internet. The fact that Microsoft only released Windows Media Player for the phone with 4 codecs (2 audio and 2 video) really bothered me at first until I found The Core Pocket Media Player. This media package solved all of my issues with media playback.

I haven’t really messed with to many of the pre-packaged software outside of the Outlook tie-ins (notes, calendar, contacts, etc). But, if you’re like me, you’ll get more use out of the apps you’ve choosen to install like the work/field specific apps or the shopping list program you download because you can never seem to remember the last item you need from Wal-Mart.

Connectivity

Bluetooth is great but it is almost a standard feature in today’s cell phone industry. It was easy to setup my headset… Which is about the full extent of my Bluetooth use. What do I really love about this phone’s connectivity? Built in Wi-Fi! I added the phone’s MAC address to my wireless router and it connected with no problems.

Hardware and Design

I have to start with the Sidekick like slide out keyboard. It takes a bit of getting used to but as your typing speed increases you’ll love it more and more. It’s a complete life saver when surfing the internet, sending emails and text messages, etc. Since I usually keep my phone’s stylus input mode on Transcribe, the keyboard also helps get those characters that the software just can’t seem convert.

Summary

I was a bit nervous about buying the 8125 when I first got it since I still had reservations about pda’s in general after my past experiences. Between the 8125 combining my cell phone with a pda and the variety of applications for the Windows Mobile platform (sadly lacking when I owned the Axim), I am very satisfied with my purchase. The phone connects well in places where previous phones wouldn’t have had a single bar of reception. The phone is designed well and feels comfortable in you hand in most situations. And who can forget the Wi-Fi!

I hope you enjoy the read and if you were thinking of purchasing an 8125, I sincerely hope that this helped you one way or the other.