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Marymoose hates the phone everyone else loves!
Nokia Lumia 920
Member Name: marymoose
Nokia Lumia 920
Advantages: Good for Internet browsing, has a couple of good points
Disadvantages: Blurred pictures with camera, crashing, most things really
Since everyone else seems to love the Nokia Lumia 920, I thought it was time I wrote a review to redress the balance, as quite frankly I hate it.
I loved my Nokia N8, for me it was the best phone I've ever come across. The camera was amazing, it worked really well as an MP3 player (absolutely essential when I was commuting), and it worked well as a phone too. I didn't REALLY want to get rid of it, however it was getting a bit glitchy and having read so many reviews saying how amazing the Nokia Lumia 920 was, I took the plunge. I really wish I hadn't. I wish I'd just got a replacement N8.
---What I paid---
I paid £230 for the handset, on a 24 month contract where I pay around £26 a month (this includes insurance). I got a wireless charger with it (which I sold), and some quite nice headphones in addition to the normal in ear earphones. I sold my old N8 online for £75 which was a lot more than the Orange shop offered me.
Dimensions - 5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches (130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm)
Weight - 185g - it initially seemed quite heavy, but not anymore
Display - 4.5 inches
Touchscreen - admittedly this does work well and is responsive
Talktime - 17 hours (average 12)
I don't seem much need to list them all, as if you want to buy the phone you will probably want to look on a technical site anyway. I should perhaps mention that I probably don't use the phone to its full capabilities - this review just focuses on my own experiences of the phone.
The phone does look quite nice, and I like the big screen. I believe the phone comes in different colours, but mine is black. I do have a screen protector on it, so it has no scratches on it. I have dropped the phone a number of times with no damage yet (not that it would make much difference!)
One of the first things I noticed when I got the phone home was that my old Nokia chargers didn't work on it, which was a bit of an annoyance - but my boyfriend had plenty which do work (some better than others) and I got one with it. I did also get a wireless charger which personally I find pointless (everyone who has reviewed it seems to love it - I must be missing something) so have sold it.
I tend to charge the phone every night regardless of whether or not it needs it. If I've been using the Internet very heavily then I might have to charge it during the day too. As far as phones go this one isn't too bad for holding the charge.
---A Windows 8 Phone---
I quite liked the idea of having a Windows phone. I'm not sure why really, I suppose it does look quite nice. On the screen with all the applications you can move them around and make them smaller or bigger depending on what you want. Mine has a predominantly pink background which I presume I selected! I also have my boyfriend as a big picture/contact, so it's easy to find him to call!
I found it quite annoying that the phone synced all my contacts with Facebook and Hotmail. This meant that I had to spend ages deleting multiple entries. It is also stupid since I have no intention of ever phoning or texting the vast majority of people I'm friends with on Facebook.
The phone works ok for making and receiving calls. I suppose this is important. But really I want more than that from a phone, and for me this just doesn't deliver at all.
It keeps a history of every call which has ever been made and received on the phone which is interesting if you're bored!
For the most part this is an ok phone to text on (it's fairly easy to type although the predictive text doesn't seem to be good as on my previous phone and it doesn't seem to remember words used), and it's good that you can see the whole conversation you've been having with that person.
However, often after sending a text I get a message saying "Can't Send", with the option to try again. Obviously I try again (making sure I have a good signal) and it still comes back as not sent. Then sometimes I find that the person replies to the text while as far as I'm concerned it hasn't sent. Therefore I sometimes send the same text numerous times which is very annoying...and really until someone replies I have no way of knowing if the other person has received it or not.
I have never had problems like this with a previous phone (apart from an incident one New Year's Eve when there were network problems and I ended up sending multiple messages).
---The Internet (either using Wifi or my included Internet stuff)---
The only positive aspect of this phone over my previous pones is that it is more user-friendly when browsing the Internet. It's simple to have more than one tab open at once (I tend to keep them there), easy to use and really fast. I enjoy reading and rating reviews on dooyoo on this phone (Ciao isn't quite so good) and do this more than ever before. However, you do notice that using the Internet eats up the battery. There are three touchcreen buttons on the phone - back (which sometimes brings me out of the Internet rather than just back), windows, and search (which takes you to Bing).
It is also linked to my hotmail account which makes it easy to check emails when on the go - only annoying thing is that if I delete emails on my phone they're still there when I log in on my computer.
It is also very easy to upload pictures to Facebook from my phone (when I have been able to take decent pics - it's fine when taking close ups of things not moving!) and also to email them to myself (I tend to find this easiest when taking photos for reviews).
---Apps and Games---
I'm not going to go through everything, since we all use different things. However, I will mention a few things:
GPS - not NEARLY as easy to use as it was on the N8. This is a shame.
Games - there is a game I really enjoy playing called "Fruit Ninja" - there is also a demo version of "Angry Birds".
Documents - it can be linked to Sky Drive on your computer. It also has a PDF reader which is useful and quick when downloading documents.
---Listening to Music---
It's not difficult, but it's not as easy (or quick) as it was on my N8 getting music from my computer onto my phone. In addition to this it seems virtually impossible to get some songs to be used as ringtones. I'm sure it is possible, but I haven't got the patience. It's an effort as it is converting songs to be able to be used as ringtones. It has been so simple on previous phones choosing a song as a ringtone - it certainly hasn't involved needing to do something to the song on the computer.
Since I no longer commute, I don't use this phone as much as an MP3 player as I have with previous ones, and as a result only have around 250 songs on it (rather than over 1000). One nice feature is the Music Mix radio where you can listen to up-to-date music rather than your own MP3s. This makes it a bit more interesting.
This was one of the big reasons that I loved my N8 (12 mega pixels) - the camera was absolutely fantastic, and I got some great pictures with it. I was aware that I was taking a risk with this phone as the camera on this does have less mega pixels (8.7). However, reviews I had read suggested that the camera was comparable.
Although I can take good pictures of things which aren't moving (and when I haven't zoomed in), I find it extremely difficult taking photos in focus outside when there's a lot going on. Although depressing the button slightly makes it appear to be in focus, when I actually take the picture it is blurred. Sometimes I can get a decent picture if I take a few, but this is NOT ideal at all, especially if it's a once off photo. The real problem seems to be zooming in.
I really don't know what the problem is as I have had no issues taking photos with any other phones (or cameras) EVER. This is very disappointing for me, and basically for me the phone is mostly useless as a camera which is what traditionally I use my phone most for, I have taken to using my boyfriend's digital camera for important things.
This phone crashes more than any phone I've ever had, and there seems to be absolutely no pattern as to when this happens. It hasn't been too bad lately, which means that in a few weeks it will start crashing at every given opportunity - usually when I'm waiting for an important call or in the middle of a text message conversation. My previous phone only crashed when I downloaded apps which messed with it (a reason I tend to avoid apps these days), this one crashes for no reason.
It is fairly easy to reset, by pressing and holding down two of the buttons on the side (the down volume, and on/off button). However, annoyingly when it comes back on the time and date are not correct - they seem to revert to the date and time from the last time my phone had updates. It is really annoying resetting them, only to have the phone crash again the next day.
I would have sent back the phone asking for a replacement, except that on this phone's insurance there is a £10 excess (on previous phones it was free to get a replacement) which seems a waste if there's a possibility that the new handset might do the same.
---In the Sun---
I read one review of this phone where someone said that it was easy to read the screen when out in the sun. Personally I find the complete opposite. I have NEVER had a problem with previous phones, but with this one if I'm out and it's sunny I simply cannot see a thing meaning that it is absolutely impossible to send a text message, or to do anything.
There are various other things I don't like about the Nokia Lumia 920. My previous two phones had a clock on the screen when the phone wasn't otherwise being used, which I found very useful during the night. With this phone I need to press the button to illuminate the screen in order to see what the time it.
I don't think much of the calendar - I find it MUCH harder to keep track of what I'm doing, and what tasks I have than I ever did on the N8 - this is more than an annoyance. It also randomly adds things to the calendar when people have invited me to things on Facebook even if I haven't accepted the invite. Also, you can only see on the home screen the next thing which is happening which isn't much good when you have a busy day ahead.
I am never going to love this phone, but I will tolerate it. I am stuck with it until January 2015 (unless perhaps my boyfriend upgrades his). Even the case I bought for it is tormenting me by falling apart (I thought it was the phone at first).
To be honest I've found it quite therapeutic writing this review, and it'll get me a couple of quid back anyway. Perhaps I have come across as a bit harsh - in reality I probably could overcome some of the issues I have with it, with a bit of time and patience. But I don't have any patience with it.
Although I loved my N8 and my previous phone (Nokia Xpress Music) I very much think that this is the end of the road for me and Nokia. To say I have been disappointed with this phone is an understatement. I simply cannot understand the good reviews it has received. However, a close friend of mine absolutely hated the N8 which for me was perfect. So I guess it's just down to personal preference.
2 out of 5 stars (only reason for 2 other than 1 is that I enjoy being on dooyoo on my phone).
Summary: I really missed my old Nokia N8 - that was MUCH better!