On January 25th, 2013, I could finally get my hands on an unbranded Nokia Lumia 920, colour: black. Because it is the high end model, I was very curious if the device could meet my expectations. After all, it was quite hyped even before it was available in stores. So here is my experience. It will not be a hands on review, because there are very fine articles to be found on the internet already.
Settings made easy
Make sure you have your microsim placed. The shop employee will be happy to help you, I think. They were in my case. To set up your email, calendar and social media accounts is easy… Really easy. Just go to the second menu and choose settings. You will see what to do. There is no need to study a huge manual. Just play a little, the menu is fairly intuitive, you just need your usernames and passwords.
Because it is the high end telephone, it also features company security settings, when employees are provided this phone by the company. Since I use it privately, I do not have anything to do with it, but I can imagine the IT department will be happy with it.
Link your mailboxes Outlook Mobile is a simple mail client, which does what it needs to do: receive and send mail. You can link your mailboxes, so you will have only one or two tiles for mail instead of like a lot. I divided mine in Private and Work mail. In that way, I can choose if I want to read my work mail. I love this feature.
Live tiles and notifications
Although you need to love the tiles in the first place, they are really useful because of the real time notifications they show. In that way, you do not have to open the app to see what’s new, you can read who send what (at least the first few words). When installed an app for e.g. Facebook, you can see the number of updates in that tile as well. You don’t have to open the app to see if there are any updates in the first place.
Although Windows Phone 8 doesn’t have a huge amount of apps in the store (which seems to be very important to iOS and Android users), that doesn’t mean it is bad. There is a mobile Microsoft Office suite already installed. A pdf reader of the like of the Windows 8 application can be downloaded from the store, as well as several other apps. Most paid apps have a trial version, so you can check it out first and they are not too expensive. The only app I am really missing is a mobile banking app of my bank. I hope they will work on that. The apps already provided work as they should, however the database is not always up to date (City Lens). There are more than sufficient nice working social media apps and for productivity, proper apps are provided too. It depends on your own preferences if the available apps work for you.
Hardware specs and related features
Since this is a user experience review, I am not too interested in the hardware specs as being purely figures. There are just some things I want to mention here.
Camera The camera works fine, but not as good as advertised with. As I understood, Nokia will push an update in short time. The pictures taken in low light situations are better than the pictures taken with competitive devices, so no complaints about that. And I am a poor photographer, so don’t take my opinion on this too serious. Rather read the more professional reviews which are to be found all around the web. Battery life When you have, like me, a constant wifi connection to receive messages and make use of GPS based apps and “tap to connect” (for NFC) on, the battery will run low quite fast. Always take a charging cable with you. A plus is that it is chargable on the computer, even if you do not have Zune or Windows Phone (on Windows 8) installed. It is a known problem though, but also one that seems to solve itself. It appears to need some charging cycles before getting the most out of it. There is no need to let it drain to 100%. Make sure that in Settings, you turn off all the background processes unneeded, and block Nokia Drive from running in the background (GPS!). That will enhance your battery life as well. However, if the issues continue after a week or 3-4, you should contact a Nokia Service point. It may be that your battery has to be replaced.
It is a wonderful device, perfectly fit for work, being social and being entertained. There are some issues, yes. That is what most early adapters face. However, When you keep informed and ask real questions instead of just complain or bash, you will learn a lot.
The picture used is from Nokia. The tips and tricks were found on the forums of Mashable and WP Central. This article is not to be used as a discussion forum, it only gives my experience. If you want to start a discussion about this topic, please search for the proper place.