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Nokia Lumia 920 review & Windows Phone 8 OS impressions!

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When we received our first Lumia review unit from Nokia, then it was quite late for a device like Lumia 920 which has already been released some 6-7 months back. But, taking into account the fact that this was the first compelling smartphone coming from Nokia in Lumia range, we thought of doing a impressions review of it and Windows Phone 8 OS that it runs on. Though I had used a Lumia phone earlier as well, but this was the first time I took the sim out of my 808 PureView and plonked it into some other device. Yup, so our impressions are based on continuous use of Lumia 920 as a daily driver for more than 20 days.

Things which make you fall in love with Lumia 920 instantly are:

  • Awesome Build quality and premium feel.
  • Great Display with excellent sunlight readability,

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  • Pretty convenient to use one-handedly even with 4.5 inch display size.
  • The low-light imaging capability. Here it beats even N8 and 808 PureView in gathering more light.
  • I hardly found that dreaded 185 gm weight any issue and neither my 3-year old toddler who wouldn’t let me hold it for even a second if around :P.

Things I liked about WP 8:

  • Easy to configure and use. It hardly takes 10-15 min for the first time use in getting it ready.

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  • The UI is very simple and yet very radical in design. You have only two screens: Live tiles and swipe to the right and you will see all the apps listed.
  • It is one of the OSes that support true multitasking. So, the Live Tiles are live example of the multitasking taking place in background. It doesn’t support Symbian like 50-56 open apps and you will see at most 8 multitasking app cards. It freezes most of the apps in background, though browsing, Drive, Music, Skype and downloading of apps, images etc take place in background.
  • The thing that sets Windows Phone OS apart is its fluidity. It is really addictive. If you compare WP8 to Symbian, then this comes to mind,

If multitasking is addictive on Symbian, Fluidity is certainly addictive on Windows Phone

  • Surprisingly, the “Glance and go” approach of the Windows Phone tiles, is something which I truly liked.
  • Kid’s corner and Camera lenses are something which I put in use extensively and wished I had something like that on my 808.

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Things, which I certainly feel can be improved or added to the existing WP8 OS.

  • Notification centre is a much asked feature by many. Honestly speaking, I liked the glance and go approach supported by push notifications much superior and hardly felt the need of a separate notification centre. But, may be adding a unified notification screen will make the transition comfortable for many Android, Symbian and iOS users.
  • Toggles like WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC are certainly required and will make already easy navigation easier.
  • The sound settings is a bit of a downer and it is mandatory to have ability to set different audio settings for different purposes like ring tones, music etc.
  • Music and Video Player may help having more settings and control, but may be it is because it is that way on Symbian.

Conclusion:

In my more than 20 days daily use of Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8, I really liked it as my daily driver. The Nokia quality feel and easy and fluid navigation is something that sets it apart. Though there are some niggles which can be fixed without breaking much sweat, but none of them is a deal-breaker. The low-light imaging has been a revealation on Lumia 920, with others trying to follow in Nokia’s footsteps. Throw the 41 MP sensor of 808 PureView in and you have the best device out there!!

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Gallery of Lumia 920 images:

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Nayan

Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long.

He currently sports a Lumia 950 XL and Nexus 5X. Other interests include listening to Nu-Metal Hits and Kick-Boxing.
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  • “it is one of the OSes that support true multitasking” – it only supports selected agents (for example music streaming agent). Applications freezes when they aren’t visible. Tiles are refreshing after a half an hour, so symbian beats WP in multitasking in every area (look for clock tile). The WP is the only one smart-phone OS which doesn’t supports true multitasking. I have both 808 and 920 and 808 is much modern device. The low light pictures are better from 808 when I use personalized settings (more detailed). I can’t use 920 as my daily device. I use 808, it has better sound quality and it supports more audio formats (internal music player and external apps). I’m really disappointed with 920.

    • Kamal Mishra

      Don’t compare WP8 with Symbian in terms of multitasking. That’s easy to do for bashing WP8, if you want to. 808 is my daily driver too…..But thing is both are designed to handle things differently. Point is, WP still has true multitasking may be not the similar number of agents as Symbian can do!!

  • Latvian

    Thanks for review! I’m Nokia 808 user too, but I’m waiting for Nokia EOS/Elvis/1020 🙂

  • emi

    Nice Review!, i was a Symbian user (N8) but i changed cuz i was something “new” and got the lumia 800 wich was Fast but the Camera was a total Blah, then in fel in love with the L920 and i love it!,
    i still miss some Symbian features TBH,
    like creat your own folders, pics and Files manager,
    and microsoft needs to change the Problem with the music player cuz i hate when i open a random app, the music player shut down with no reason,
    Saludos!

    • Kamal Mishra

      Thanks for posting ur nice comment and really felt good to know that you liked our impressions review 🙂

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