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#106 George P

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:57

I picked up my blue 8X yesterday, love it but it seems a few apps i had before don't have WP8 versions. Photosynth is one and the other is tune in radio. Anymore else not able to get these two apps?


#107 Dashel

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 16:12

I've decided to hold off till the 7.8 update hits before I make the jump (seems I'd give up more than I'd gain currently for my uses). Figure it will give me something to play with for a bit and its nice being off contract again.

GP007, how is the amp on that thing (if you disable the Beats processing)? What did you have before?

#108 George P

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 18:59

I've decided to hold off till the 7.8 update hits before I make the jump (seems I'd give up more than I'd gain currently for my uses). Figure it will give me something to play with for a bit and its nice being off contract again.

GP007, how is the amp on that thing (if you disable the Beats processing)? What did you have before?


Can't say yet, haven't had a chance to listen to music on it yet actually. One thing I'll tell you for sure is that the overall ring and vibrate levels are higher than my old LG Optimus 7. I'd set the ring volume on it to 22-25 but with the 8X I actually turned it down to 16-18 when I have it out sitting on a table etc. Beats is off by default until you connect the headphones though, I'll get back to you on that part.

#109 Dashel

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 20:07

Heh, I only turn my G1 Focus to 14 or so but I like it quiet. I bet having two speakers helps with that on yours. I love how the vibrations really pop on the 8X when you hit the back button etc, even better than the Focus2/Flash. The 920 was pretty flaccid in that regard. Unless that is configurable on some? (I looked but didn't find)

(They put a keyboard on the LG when it hit the States which pretty much killed it here)

#110 floopydoodle

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 21:15

I got my Lumia 920 today. I'm loving it so far. The only thing that annoys me is the empty space above the uppermost tiles. They should have made it so that you could fit three rows of large tiles plus one row of small tiles. I find myself scrolling the tiles so that they align with the clock at the top. Yeah, I'm kind of ocd like that.

Come to think of it. Alot of the press images of both the Lumia and the 8X have the tiles aligned with the clock. Why did they change that?

Edited by floopydoodle, 28 November 2012 - 21:19.


#111 George P

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 20:59

Heh, I only turn my G1 Focus to 14 or so but I like it quiet. I bet having two speakers helps with that on yours. I love how the vibrations really pop on the 8X when you hit the back button etc, even better than the Focus2/Flash. The 920 was pretty flaccid in that regard. Unless that is configurable on some? (I looked but didn't find)

(They put a keyboard on the LG when it hit the States which pretty much killed it here)


I listened to some music today on my 8X, through the headphones with beats on and then off and there is a noticeable difference. With it off the music sounds more flat but with it on it's more deep/heavy etc. It's worth keeping on imo.

#112 Dashel

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:48

I'm not a big fan of processing like that. If it was recorded flat, I like it flat. :) Were you using the included or a dedicated pair of headphones?

#113 George P

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 14:46

Included headphones. And the music isn't flat in the least. I suggest you try it personally since each persons ear is different. All I can say is that there is a difference when it's on and off with the limited testing I've done personally.

#114 MorganX

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 17:59

Included headphones. And the music isn't flat in the least. I suggest you try it personally since each persons ear is different. All I can say is that there is a difference when it's on and off with the limited testing I've done personally.

Lumia 920 actually has beats and Dolby. I just messed with both a little and definitely sounded better. I use Bluetooth stereo and none of these effects are usable. But Bluetooth sounds better as well. iPhone used to be Bluetooth stereo champ, but the 920 is delivering more and cleaner blue bass.

#115 Perfect72

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:07

A dear friend I saw over the Thanksgiving holiday played with my phone, and just got this text from her a few minutes ago:
(Also, just figured this out. To take a screenshot of what is on your screen, hold in the power/standby button then press the Windows logo button. Pretty neat feature.)

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#116 Fahim S.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 18:15

Really want to go Windows Phone but the apps aren't their (particularly for my Bank) and there isn't a device with enough storage (I need at least 64GB).

#117 pack34

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 18:23

My wife and I are loving our 810s. I'm a bit suprised how many small tiles I'm using now. I originally didn't like them but counters still display on them so I'm able to fit everything I need on it without swiping. I was suprised how crisp the screen is. Colors seem much more vibrant than my Trophy and the camera is amazing.

I originally had some issues with mine but the problem turned out to be a bad SD card (SanDisk class 10 64GB). It worked great until you transferred about five gigs to it.

Really want to go Windows Phone but the apps aren't their (particularly for my Bank) and there isn't a device with enough storage (I need at least 64GB).


The bank apps will get there eventually, but for storage there's always getting one with an SD card slot.

#118 wv@gt

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 18:28

I am about to get the 810, played around with it at Tmobile and love it. Im hoping the app marketplace increases, looking for Spotify, Instagram and banking apps. Also hoping they improve the speech features, to work more like Siri/Android as its still pretty primitive compared.

#119 Perfect72

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 18:57

Really want to go Windows Phone but the apps aren't their (particularly for my Bank) and there isn't a device with enough storage (I need at least 64GB).


If your bank has a website, it shouldn't be any issue. Internet Explorer on the phone is lightning fast. Not having my bank app wasn't a big issue considering how well the browser is optimized on the phone.

#120 Fahim S.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 20:15

My wife and I are loving our 810s. I'm a bit suprised how many small tiles I'm using now. I originally didn't like them but counters still display on them so I'm able to fit everything I need on it without swiping. I was suprised how crisp the screen is. Colors seem much more vibrant than my Trophy and the camera is amazing.

I originally had some issues with mine but the problem turned out to be a bad SD card (SanDisk class 10 64GB). It worked great until you transferred about five gigs to it.



The bank apps will get there eventually, but for storage there's always getting one with an SD card slot.


Devices with an SD slot mean lower range devices or the Samsung Ativ S - none of which seem particularly appealing.

I agree the bank apps will get there - but they quite simply aren't there yet.

If your bank has a website, it shouldn't be any issue. Internet Explorer on the phone is lightning fast. Not having my bank app wasn't a big issue considering how well the browser is optimized on the phone.


The log-in experience on the web site is horrible (surname + online user ID + secret code) vs a 5 digit pin on the iPhone/Android apps. Makes a massive difference. Also the app acts as an authorisation code generator which would require me to otherwise carry another device.



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