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solaide
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12/9/2012 | 5:10:32 AM
re: Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
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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12/9/2012 | 5:09:59 AM
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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.
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12/9/2012 | 5:09:06 AM
re: Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
6. You even went as far to claim that low light shots on the iphone were better. Please refer to the engadget on this (you can find it if you search engadget). 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"
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12/9/2012 | 5:07:46 AM
re: Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
5. In terms of browser performance, you make the claim that it lags android and ios by at least 30%. This is untrue. To get the truth do a google search for "legit reviews lumia 920 cpu benchmark". Read the first link from legit reviews on this issue.
solaide
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12/9/2012 | 5:04:27 AM
re: Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
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.
solaide
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12/9/2012 | 5:03:57 AM
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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.
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12/9/2012 | 5:03:21 AM
re: Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
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.
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12/9/2012 | 5:02:36 AM
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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.
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12/9/2012 | 2:44:48 AM
re: Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
I have the Nokia 920, and I love it. The screen is much, much larger than the Iphone 5. The Windows 8 interface is easy to use and customize. Instead of the microscopic text used on the Iphone, there is readable sized text used throughout. I like being able to have different sized tiles. I have a large phone button with other less used feature smaller. The button arrangement is also better than either the Samsung or the iPhone. The camera button is located were a camera button should be, on the lock/unlock button is located were it is easily clicked yet does not allow for easy accidental clicks. I do wish it have the same data usage monitor as the android, but you do have access to the AT&T app that show usage. Not as nice as on the android, but very usable.

I would give the phone 4/5 out of 5 start and have no problems recommending it.
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12/9/2012 | 1:59:48 AM
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OK, so I was playing with the lumia 920 in AT&T store today. I too wondered how I could search inside the phone, because the global search button fires the web bing search. In a couple of minutes, I was able to figure out the way to do it : flip the right of your home screen and you find an alphabetical list of apps. The search button in this screen searches inside the phone.

So here is my point: a tech journalists/bloggers who is supposed to be an expert cant/wont figure this out? And would actually make the apparent lack of in-phone search a negative point about lumia?

Seriously, after having played with the lumia I like it and a lot of points that the tech bloggers have used to hammer it down are just not existent (hint: it really does not feel heavy in your hand). The quality of tech journalism is affected by way too many me too types, its kinda sad.

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