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12/9/2012 | 12:22:27 AM
re: Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
@ author:
I'm new to WP8 OS, and I love it. I got all the apps I wanted. Every category has some good apps.

I don't think Lumia 920 is too heavy. I have seen many iphones with big, bulky, ugly, and heavy cases. If you add the weight of those big, bulky, ugly & heavy cases to iphone, then you end up with a heavy and thick iphone.

You can use Lumia 920 with gloves on. Can you do this with other smartphones???

I got Lumia 920 because of these features:
Super image/video stabilization
Offline GPS
City lense
Most beautiful design
You can use it with gloves on

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12/8/2012 | 9:47:05 PM
re: Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
I Love wp8 OS, it is very easy to use. It is really fun to use it. I got my Lumia 920 a month ago, and I love it.
I think, author is out of his mind. I don't see any problem with Lumia 920's size/weight.

I have seen many people with iphone, who use big, ugly, bulky, and heavy cases to protect their iphones. But with Lumia 920, you don't need a case, plus it uses "gorilla glass screen".
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12/8/2012 | 8:06:01 PM
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Whilst I respect the right to a view, I am in agreement that it would be nice to have a critic that uses a handset for more than a few days. Having used an Xperia ArcS, Samsung Galaxy,several Nokia handsets including a Lumia 800, I recognise the differences and also appreciate what each offers. The responsiveness of the Lumia 800 however wows me over but this is personal because my spouse prefers the Xperia Arc S namely because it is less responsive. Does that make either less desireable, I doubt.Windows 7.5 and 8 take getting used to but after using them I have come to really enjoy the tiles and find the integrated features fantastic for business use while the Android interface currently lacks intuitiveness. Again that is personal.Having thousands of applications in the store is neither here nor there because the average user does not use more than a few over the lifespan of the handset or its subsequent replacements. Regarding the IPhone, whilst I like the hardware I am personally not intrigued by much more. Again its personal.
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12/8/2012 | 7:58:01 PM
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In other words, your goal to begin with was to find faults or put another way, to do a hit job, even if it meant making things up. Thanks for letting us know.
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12/8/2012 | 7:12:39 PM
re: Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
Now, now, the author has a right to his opinion. He thinks the Live Tile concept can be confusing with all the shuffling updates, and I think its a valid argument.

However, I like the new format, and I've been able to get used to it through my Xbox 360's UI, because its practically the same.

Yes the author made a few errors in the facts, but hey we all make mistakes, right? Maybe he can get a WP8 with a tech app so he can be constantly updated :)
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12/8/2012 | 7:10:32 PM
re: Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
Almost forgot...if you don't want the "fancy" live tiles that scroll pics and what not b/c you think they're distracting, you've got three size options...4x2, 2x2, (both of these can be busy...I completely agree), and then normal 1x1. If you don't like them, make them 1x1 and they function mostly like an iOS icon. They generally don't scroll anything, they're just icons. I have my photo stream 2x2 and a couple of key contacts as well b/c it streams photos from them from Facebook and I like that...but I have those just past what you see on the page when you first open the phone so the main page is clean. You've got to scroll down a bit to see them. That's a matter of preference and is easily configured. It's another point where once you get used to it it's actually sort of better IMO.
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12/8/2012 | 7:02:35 PM
re: Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
I've been using iOS on an iPhone since 2008 and have had an iPad since it came out. I loved iOS, but with iPhone 4s I saw no real improvement. Siri is a big "whatever" in my opinion and then iPhone 5 brought nada worth talking about. So I migrated to WP8 with the Nokia 920 and love it. I disagree with the author regarding the scrolling app homepage. Not unlike a PC desktop, you don't need to throw every app you own on that page. You put what you need readily at hand and the rest is an easy slide to the left and then all you apps in alpha order. That's common sense and iPhone doesn't do it. Is it different? Sure, but once you're used to it it's also superior. The size and weight are perfect for me, I much prefer it to the iPhone, but that's certainly a matter of preference. In terms of the App Store...if you're honest with yourself and aren't a hipster douche bag show off there's probably nothing really missing you'd actually use in day-to-day life.
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12/8/2012 | 6:57:10 PM
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At least it's titled accurately as a commentary. Look else where if you want a factual review of specific features of the 920.
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12/8/2012 | 6:29:22 PM
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Forgive my opinion but your article makes you sound like an Apple shill who hasn't judged the 920 objectively. I've used both it and the iPhone 5, and the 920 is clearly superior. You claim there is no app search capability on Windows Phone? You clearly didn't do much homework on this hit piece...
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12/8/2012 | 6:29:06 PM
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1. You make the claim that "Windows Phone 8 apes the pc". However, in reality the Metro UI was first introduced as the main ui of a device in the Microsoft Zune HD music player. This was later implemented in Windows Phone 7 and 7.5 Mango. If anything at all Windows 8 interface "apes" the Metro UI in Windows phone 7 and 7.5.

2. You refer to Jacob Nielsen's conclusions on the implementation of the Live Tiles in Windows 8, however what you fail to highlight is that he was specifically talking about how it was implemented on windows 8 and how some application developers made the tiles live to the point of it being difficult to identify the application. His conclusion is not related at all to Windows Phone 8. The live tile implementation in Windows Phones are perhaps the best you will find out there. Remember you are review Windows Phone 8 and not Windows 8.

3. You also said "All the more so since Windows Phone 8, unlike Android and iOS, has no way to search for locally installed apps". This is blatantly wrong! If you swipe left to get to the list of applications, there is a search button (with a magnifying class icon) at the top left corner of the applications list. This allows you not only to search for installed applications, but will also allow you to search the marketplace in case you do not have the app you are searching for.

Additionally, as your list of installed applications grows, you automatically get and indexed layout of your applications so that you can easily find an application by simply pressing the first letter of the alphabet that starts it's name.

4. you said " no one will ever confuse it for an iPhone". I wasn't aware that for a phone to be successful it had to be confused with an iPhone.

5. In terms of browser performance, you make the claim that it lags android and ios by at least 30%. This is untrue. Please refer to http://bit.ly/VpZDcx

6. You even went as far to claim that low light shots on the iphone were better. Please refer to the engadget review here http://engt.co/Rhuw7D. Read the camera section: "We got to work shooting samples and seeing how the Lumia 920 stacked up against both its PureView predecessor and current smartphone heavyweights. Throughout the course of our testing, we pitted Nokia's new Windows Phone against a number of other capable cameraphones, including the 808 PureView, the HTC One X+, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note II and the LG Optimus G. We came into these testing scenarios with exceedingly high expectations, and in extremely low-light situations, where most phones fall flat on their face, the Lumia 920 indeed hit its stride. Yes, there was often some ISO noise to be seen and the results weren't always spectacular, but the 920's low-light shots were always the best of the bunch. Images were blur-free and reasonably clear, a definite improvement from the frequent messy quality induced by longer shutter times in the other cameras. Everything from contrast to color reproduction in low-light imagery was truly superior in the 920 to any other shooter we sampled it against, living up to Nokia's claims on that front"

7. You mention apps in particular implied that the Windows Phone store (with 120000 applications) had none worth installing. What you did not mention is that 46 out of the topo 50 used apps on mobile devices are in then windows phone store, and even for the missing apps you can find alternatives that are up to par (if not better) than their counterparts on both android and ios. As an example you mention flipboard not being in the store, however there is an application called Weave that I will suggest is even better than flipboard.

8. It is so unfortunate that you regard ATand T's subsidy on the phone for $99 on a two year contact to be sign that Microsoft is resigned to the fact that this will only do well with feature phone converts in developing countries.
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