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Nokia Lumia 920
Member Name: Essexgirl2006
Nokia Lumia 920
Advantages: Easy to use, smart, looks good, many colours
Disadvantages: Heavy, not as many apps as other operating systems
WHAT YOU GET....
In the compact, sturdy box were the phone, plug and compatible charger with USB connecter, a small manual (for getting started), a headset and a sim key.
The phone is a touch screen phone using the Windows 8 platform.
First thing I noticed was the size and weight. It is 71 x 130mm but only 11mm thick and weighs in at 185g (including battery). It feels heavy to hold and, although slim, feels bulky in my little hands. Screen size is almost the full size so it is easy to read e-mails etc. You need a micro sim to use, so if you are getting your sim separate from the phone you will need to remember this. You access the sim holder (on the top of the phone) using the included little metal 'key', you simply push it into the tiny slot until the tray pops out. The phone feels durable but I have tried not to drop it so I cannot comment on if it actually is as durable as it looks. I am nervous about damaging the screen, but so far no harm has come to it other than lots of finger-prints.
I found it really easy to get started (once I had located the sim slot). When I first got my Blackberry I found it hard to get used to, but this was much more intuitive, and certainly if I did tap something that I didn't want it was easy to get out of, but mainly I found the phone's start page easy to browse and find what I was looking for. Scrolling through by sliding my finger up and down the screen was easy to control, as was zooming in/out using my fingers (pinching in/out as required). I did occasionally miss-tap an option or a character on the touch screen keyboard, but this happened less and less as I got used to it.
I linked it up to my facebook and e-mail accounts in no time. On my start page were all my friends and the images changed regularly from their profile pictures - tapping on the icon brought up a list of people alphabetically (not just from facebook but from my e-mail as well) and it was easy to find the person I wanted.
The start page has lots of boxes with different icons and these can be changed and moved around to personalise the page. The phone came with a few I would not use so I removed these. If you download an app it goes in the app lists on the second page of the start list (just slide your finger across) and to 'pin' it to the main page just tap and hold. You also do this to delete things and move them around. You can also change the colour, and I do this most days. Call me shallow, but I do like to co-ordinate the phone with my outfit :-)
MAKING/RECEIVING CALLS AND TEXTS
Go to the 'people' icon and tap it. This brings up everybody in your contacts, it automatically keeps a record of your favourites, so you can slide your finger over to this list or scroll down the full list or search for the person by using the touch screen keyboard. Either way, it is just a couple of taps to make the call. I found I can hear people very well my end, but it has been commented that I am not very clear to them. Often this has been where there has been a bit of background noise, but also apparently I cut out. It seems odd to have someone say they can't hear me, when to me, they couldn't sound any clearer if they were sat next to me. This could also be a network problem (I have only used this on the Orange/EE network which I have not used before) or due to the atrocious weather we have been having.
I don't like the supplied ringtones. I can't really hear them, even with the volume up quite high, they are just not persistent enough. I have transferred music from my laptop which I now use. Of course you can use different music/ringtones for different people.
As with many smartphones, you view text messages as a 'conversation' and see previous replies above it. Attaching and sending pictures is a doddle and apart from a few teething problems on the touch screen with my inelegant and uncoordinated fingers, the whole process could not be simpler. It evens predicts what you are typing and gives you suggestions. Such as typing 'Hap' would offer up 'Happy' as a suggestion above the keypad and then immediately offered up the word 'Birthday'. So I managed to wish Ciao's very own Supersonic75 a Happy Birthday on Facebook in a matter of a few taps.
Some of the included apps include TripAdvisor and Ebay. Plus you can find restaurants etc in the area you are in.
I have mainly downloaded free apps so far. There are various social networking apps available from the app store (tap the shopping bag icon on your start page), and I found the Nokia Facebook App not that great, preferring a different one that I found, but still think my Blackberry better for Facebook. There is also a free You Tube app, and what videos I have seen have been very good.
Kindle - this synced with my actual Kindle in no time and I could comfortably read on the generous screen, perfect for times when I have a smaller bag and just want to carry my phone, rather then a separate Kindle.
Games - The phone can play Xbox games. I don't have an Xbox and to be honest I don't really understand what it is all about but I have downloaded some free games. I like wor dgames so have found free versions of word-search and Boggle (called Wordament), plus Tetris and a few others. Other free games include Draw Something, Millionaire, Sudoku, quizzes and bejewelled type games. Paid for games include Angry Birds (79p) and some Xbox games: Sonic CD (£3.99), Connect 4 (79p), Assasins Creed (£1.49), Sims 3 (£5.49). I have no idea how these games may compare with the Xbox versions, as I have not played them, but I am happy with the selection of free games for my use.
I am a tiny bit disappointed by the selection of apps. A friend has an older Nokia smartphone on Android and can download from BBC iPlayer programmes to watch off-line. I'd love to do something like this, so I hope this comes to Windows 8 soon.
The phone has its own Sat-nav feature, just download Nokia's own maps. The GPS is spot on. You can download a voice in many languages, the standard English voice is female with an English accent. There are no 'celeb' voices or regional accents. I have always dithered as to whether I would get enough use from a 'real' sat-nav, so am happy to use this for the occasional time that I am driving somewhere new. It can also help me locate myself in Central London if I am looking for a particular venue.
At first I couldn't work out how to transfer music, but that was more to my elderly laptop than the phone. It is a basic drag and drop method when the phone and laptop are connected with the supplied USB/micro USB cable. The supplied earphones are not particularly comfy, but will do for now. Certainly the sound is crystal clear, and the volume easy to adjust on the side. Not all my music files can be played, I think it is a licensing things. Once on the device the music is easy to find by artist, songs, album or genre. You can, of course, download music for the device, which I assume can then be synced with your PC. I have yet to try this. The phone also offers Nokia Music with various mixes which can be listened to through wi-fi for free. The internal memory holds 32MB, so a generous amount of space for a phone, but may not be suitable if you have lots of photos, music or video files.
I have used this a few times on nights out. I have a small compact camera I often take, but it is so much easier and handier to use the phone, which has a flash. I am quite pleased with the outcome too. You do need to hold it steady, and to get the best result, partially depress the button on the side, to get it in focus. Pictures and videos can be backed up on SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud drive and shared on Facebook, e-mailed, texted etc with just a few taps. They do have a few photo editing apps available, but I have only explored Cinemagraph which comes with the phone and allows you to 'rub' the picture, making colours shimmerier. At least that is what I think it is supposed to do. I decided to play another game of Wordament instead. I'm happy with the camera for occasional photos and nights out, it can also be reversed so you can take self portraits (no flash in this instance).
Naturally this has a calendar functions which syncs with your G-mail or Windows Live e-mail accounts, and probably others to such as Yahoo, but I don't use those. Of course those Facebook events are also automatically synced and it is easy to add any appointments, reminders and to-do lists by yourself, if so inclined. There is also a version of Office for Excel spreadsheets, Word etc. I have not used these, and think it unlikely I would get much use from them, as my phone isn't used for work purposes.
There are, of course, a number of accessories you can get such as cases (cheapy plastic ones start at £2.99), cleaning clothes, car holders for the sat-nav function (from £11.50) and the wireless charging mat.
As with many phones of this type, the battery doesn't last as long as with the more simple phones, and usage always depends on the person. I charge it up every day, either connected to my laptop or at the wall. It also supports wireless charging if you have a wireless mat.
The manual is good for getting started, especially if unfamiliar with touch screen phones; however I found most of it obsolete for me. There are tips and tricks within the start page boxes as well as videos to help you answer questions you may have once up and running. This has answered most questions I have had; sometimes I don't always find the answer straight away as there are so many options. At the moment the only thing I am stumped by is tagging anyone else when doing a Facebook check-in.
Overall I think this is an excellent phone. I was apprehensive that it may be quite complicated and smarter than me, and that I wouldn't be able to use it to its full advantage but I found it an intuitive phone to navigate and is full of useful little functions that I am discovering all the time. There are a good range of apps (but could be better, but this is due to the Windows 8 platform, so I hope new ones get added soon) and they are easy to install using wi-fi or your data allowance.
I have a black version but you can get some in other colours, but at least I don't have to worry about my personalised screen colourway doesn't clash with the outside of the phone.
Currently I am using a PAYG sim, which makes the phone quite expensive to buy. As it is such a new phone, I would guess that the monthly tariff would be quite high, and you may need to wait a while for a cheaper deal.
My only real disadvantage is the weight/size of it, and really that is only worth deducting half a star at most, as all the advantages of this phone far outweigh the disadvantages, so overall I will plump for 5 stars...
Summary: A smart and uder friendly smart phone