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#1 George P

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:46

Ben Rudolph has tweeted this picture, taken at the Bellevue Microsoft Store, earlier today, indicating that the store has run out of both the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X.

Twitter is also full of potential buyers hunting from store to store trying to find a Nokia Lumia 920 in particular, which seems to be the one that is in shortest supply.

http://wmpoweruser.c...one-8-handsets/


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:58

I can understand this - I think the L920 looks like the 'perfect' phone for ME. I want solid design, only glass at the front (id actually prefer the samsung plastic screen). Good res, moderate screen size, LTE.

The only issue i may have is with WP8 - i haven't checked out the details of it, and I just hope they've made it 'business ready'... and that they've got it up to par with a few features other OS' have (because, face it, its missing a few things other OS' has - while it does also have features they don't have, which i love)

Oh...and that I can get this lovely phone in Aust for a reasonable price!! (USA price + shipping to be specific)

Edit: The 8X doesn't have LTE in Aust I don't think =(

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:46

The Lumia 920 looks like a great phone but it's way too expensive and the non-removable battery really hurts it, especially given most reviews say it lasts less than a day during normal usage. If it's selling out it's not because it's selling more than the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S3 - it's because there weren't as many available to start with.

#4 YouSuck

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:53

Awesome. I love my 920 :)

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:54

I would expect them to be among the first places to sell out, even given the additional stock, simply because people will think of Microsoft stores first to buy them from.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:56

The Lumia 920 looks like a great phone but it's way too expensive and the non-removable battery really hurts it, especially given most reviews say it lasts less than a day during normal usage. If it's selling out it's not because it's selling more than the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S3 - it's because there weren't as many available to start with.


How much are they selling the 920 for where you live? Over here it's one of the less expensive phones, especially when considering all the specs.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 13:04

How much are they selling the 920 for where you live? Over here it's one of the less expensive phones, especially when considering all the specs.


To get it on 4G it's £36 / $57 a month with a 24-month contract, while the handset costs £130 / $206 - the basic plan has unlimited calls and texts but only 500MB of data. That means it costs £994 / $1578 in total, with a data package that is simply too small for a 4G phone. Oh, and the nearest 4G area from me is over 170 miles away. For the 8GB package it would cost £1364 / $2165.

It's only slightly cheaper than the iPhone 5 (the only difference is the cost of the handset). My contract isn't up for renewal until next June so it's too far away for me to be thinking about what to get, though the Lumia 920 is certainly one of my favourites at the moment - I'm just really annoyed that the battery isn't changeable and that it's so expensive for what it is.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 13:15

How much are they selling the 920 for where you live? Over here it's one of the less expensive phones, especially when considering all the specs.


In the UK it's currently as expensive to buy sim free as the Galaxy S3, and more on contract.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 15:01

the good thing is not only L920 sold out but also 8x :)
i wonder how many units was in the store

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 17:25

To get it on 4G it's £36 / $57 a month with a 24-month contract, while the handset costs £130 / $206 - the basic plan has unlimited calls and texts but only 500MB of data. That means it costs £994 / $1578 in total, with a data package that is simply too small for a 4G phone. Oh, and the nearest 4G area from me is over 170 miles away. For the 8GB package it would cost £1364 / $2165.

It's only slightly cheaper than the iPhone 5 (the only difference is the cost of the handset). My contract isn't up for renewal until next June so it's too far away for me to be thinking about what to get, though the Lumia 920 is certainly one of my favourites at the moment - I'm just really annoyed that the battery isn't changeable and that it's so expensive for what it is.


I guess I'm used to paying too much for my phone service. I pay $89 a month for "unlimited" service. I wish they would reduce my monthly rate if I bought the phone "off contract" for $449.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 17:30

The Lumia 920 looks like a great phone but it's way too expensive and the non-removable battery really hurts it, especially given most reviews say it lasts less than a day during normal usage. If it's selling out it's not because it's selling more than the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S3 - it's because there weren't as many available to start with.


Huh, all the reviews I've seen say it lasts well over a day with heavy review usage.

In the UK it's currently as expensive to buy sim free as the Galaxy S3, and more on contract.


It should be more expensive just because it doesn't have a terrible Samsung smiled screen that tints blue/green if viewed at a slight angle :p

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 17:37

I guess I'm used to paying too much for my phone service. I pay $89 a month for "unlimited" service. I wish they would reduce my monthly rate if I bought the phone "off contract" for $449.


I pay 74$/month (before taxes, comes out to 85$ or so after), on a 3 year contract with my Atrix (cost me 75$ when I got it, was on a promo + counted as new contract, would have been ~600$ to buy outright)

200 minutes
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Still over the course of 36 months, I'll have paid ~3100$

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 17:38

Huh, all the reviews I've seen say it lasts well over a day with heavy review usage.


Well, given that it only has a 2000mAh battery that seems remarkably unlikely. TechRadar said "with careful usage you will be able to get a whole day's use out of the Nokia Lumia 920, but if you actually want to use you brand new phone for more than just a couple of calls and few texts you'll need to watch the battery". CNET said "it certainly won't last an entire working day".

Those reviews were from major sites, so it's not like I'm just trying to dig up dirt on the phone. Virtually every review I've seen has complained about the battery life. Some reckon that it can last over a day, with others adamant that it can't.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 18:25

Here's what WPCentral had to say about the phone's battery:

Battery life on the phone is decent. It won’t set any records nor will it send you running for a charger every few hours. The Snapdragon S4 is said to be very nimble with the battery (here at 2000 mAh) and so far from our experience this is accurate. After 8 hours of heavy usage—a few phone calls, lots of photos, 30 minutes of a gaming, push services—we’re at 54% with a whopping 18 hours of estimated battery left. In short, no complaints and we think Nokia got the right balance here.


I'd trust TechRadar but I certainly wouldn't trust anything that CNet has to say.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 18:48

Well, given that it only has a 2000mAh battery that seems remarkably unlikely. TechRadar said "with careful usage you will be able to get a whole day's use out of the Nokia Lumia 920, but if you actually want to use you brand new phone for more than just a couple of calls and few texts you'll need to watch the battery". CNET said "it certainly won't last an entire working day".

Those reviews were from major sites, so it's not like I'm just trying to dig up dirt on the phone. Virtually every review I've seen has complained about the battery life. Some reckon that it can last over a day, with others adamant that it can't.


Well it doesn't match up with what other reviewer have said. also I don't find it remarkably unlikely at all, but then I'm used to the remarkable ability of WP to save on battery, whereas my current android will eat battery even if I don't use it, and if I try to use a GPS app or play a game... then it's gone in a second.

Even the best battery saver apps for Android don't match what's built into WP, and at best only badly mimic WP's ability to do sensible stuff like turn off radios that aren't necessary whent he screen is on, only turning on 3G and WiFi intermittently to check mails or other stuff. the problem with android is that such a battery savign feature isn't built into the core OS, which means even IF a third party tool could add a feature like this, the apps wouldn't know about it and either wouldn't find the necessary radio's off, or they would constantly make the battery saver app turn them on. instead of the OS turning it on for a quick "check updates" round, and informing all the apps that "hey, it's time to check for updates".

even so the reviewer use the phones heavily and the off screen battery saving doesn't even factor in to the battery time on the 920. and 54% left after 8 hours of heavy usage seems like more than enough for a day and a half of usage to me. something I don't see many Android phones able to do, maybe except the Razr MAXX, and that's not because it's so energy efficient ;)