I fear I may have made a mistake in purchasing a Nokia 920.
I've had it for about 48 hours now and found little niggles which are simply not great. Been so excited to finally get one and move away from Android but it seems Google have really got their grips around me.
I know the screen is a huge power hungry display but I would have thought it might last at least 24 hours. My Galaxy Nexus lasted around a day and a half. The phone has been unplugged for about two hours and has just 85% left. GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC all turned off.
I expect it will get better but it's pretty poor show coming out of the box.
2) Missing Features
I don't want to harp on about things like missing an FM radio and such (the example I know is coming). It struck me with Android how easy it was (with the control widget) to turn GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth on or off. I know there is an app that could do this but that means yet another app to clutter up the list.
> The "settings" menu is also a bit of a mess with everything seemingly chucked into one list.
> While it contributes to the look and feel, not having how much battery I have and what my signal is like permanently displayed is a downfall.
> Why no pattern or word available for a password? Numbers only indeed!
> Keyboard is great, but why no long press on a top letter it becomes a number thus saving a separate button push?
3) Lack of Comparable Apps
I am sacrificing a good number of apps to move to Windows Phone as some don't have a suitable comparison. I am surprised the BBC haven't published an official BBC news app as yet. But of course, this is the problem, companies don't want to waste money creating an app for WP, so nobody buys WP, chicken and the egg and all that.
To be fair though, I haven't found any problems with Twitter or Facebook apps, which are fairly important.
4) Different Game Controls
There are some battleship type games that have strange controls but I guess this is something to get used to. However other apps (such as a plane landing game) don't allow you to freely manipulate the plane where you want, therefore much more likely to cause a crash.
Also sad that the Nokia exclusives are chargeable. I just assumed they were free for Lumia owners.
5) Physical Phone
The weight doesn't bother me but since it's been in my pocket, a warm patch is evident near the flash. It's almost like the phone is doing something (to waste the battery) but I can't work out what. The design though is top notch. If I could have Android on it, it would be the best of both worlds.
6) Camera Features
Why do the lenses need to be separate apps? I would have thought they would be an option within the camera, again to save cluttering up the app list.
Android's panorama is a lot better than Nokia's offering and the latter appears to be lacking a "world" option (panorama up/down/side to side/diagonal - creating huge photos).
On the plus side, the phone is smooth, looks great and is very functional. I love the Metro design and the live tiles are nice, although I think I prefer little icons rather than a square. A bit sad there are only three size options for live tiles instead of a sort of "draw your own" size. While it feels like a "grown ups" phone that is getting down to the business of what a phone should be for, all these little niggles are just too many to ignore.
Do I think Windows Phone will survive?
Yes, most definitely. But until it develops a little more then I am not convinced right now, especially shelling out the full whack (£429) to get the best. Maybe I will look at cheaper phones, but I doubt I'll be purchasing any time soon. Just annoying as I want to get away from Google services.
I would welcome thoughts.
Best Answer Sir Topham Hatt , 08 July 2013 - 07:57
Well, after a few more days I think the answer is no, I haven't made a mistake.
Perhaps the Lumia 920 isn't the right phone due to the cost, physical dimensions I don't know but the more I use Windows Phone 8, the more I feel better about it.
Yes, my gripes are still valid on why Microsoft chose to work the system like they have but it will only get better. Plus, the more people use it, the more apps will be available as they will probably be in the end anyway.Go to the full post