Nokia 920 - the first week

by Volker Weber

Last week Nokia sent me the new Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8. Over the course of the week I have posted quite a few remarks. Without a final verdict so far. I just like to let things sink in a bit.

Time to come to a conclusion. Actually, two conclusions:

  1. Nokia has done an outstanding job. I did not find a single flaw in the Lumia. It's a wonderful phone, it has the best display I have seen so far, I just love the design and the materials chosen. It's fast, has a great camera, voice calls are perfect, it did not drop a connections once, neither a voice call nor the Internet connection. It may be a bit big and heavy but I do like it just as it is.
  2. Microsoft however has not finished their homework. The Windows Phone ecosystem is very incomplete. I can do a lot more things with an iPhone than I can do with a Lumia. It does not matter how many apps there are in the Store, as long as the ones you need are available. And that's simply not the case for me. I cannot control my Sonos system in style (yes, some 3rd party second rate apps, but none from Sonos), I don't have a Google+ client nor one for Path. ZDF Mediathek is available but not Tagesschau or Arte. There are just a lot of front page apps missing.

I can work around those things since I also carry an iPad where ever I travel. It fills in the missing blanks. And since I can tie both machines into Skydrive, I can move files back and forth.

One more thing: There has never been a device that fell off the table as often as the Lumia 920. I dropped it at least six times this week. There is nothing broken, no scratch anywhere, just a tiny ding in one of the corners it fell on. But why is it happening? The Lumia is extremely slick with a glossy finish. That makes it pretty, but it also slides easily on hard surfaces. And I have plenty of those. If you connect a cable and let it hang over the edge of a glass table, that's already enough to pull the phone over the edge if you bump the table or the phone vibrates.

Anyway. I love this thing.


Vielen Dank, Volker. Meines ist nun auch da, ich bin aber noch in der Kennenlernphase. Bisher ist es genial :-)

Negativ aufgefallen ist mir der fehlende Migrationspfad von WP7 nach WP8. Apps, Einstellungen, Bilder, alles muss manuell übertragen werde. Oder habe ich das übersehen?

Hubert Stettner, 2012-11-05 14:59

Das habe ich nicht mal probiert. Ich fange gerne bei Null an. Nokia hat eine App empfohlen, welche die Programme installiert. Aber Backup/Restore ging ja nicht mal zwischen zwei WP7.

Volker Weber, 2012-11-05 15:01

@Hubert Wie Volker schreibt, man kann ja schon ein Backup vom Lumia 800 nicht auf ein Lumia 900 anwenden, man muss also alles neu aufsetzen.

@Volker Wie bei Windows 8 auch, für das es ja aktuell gerade mal etwas über 3000 Apps gibt, ist auch WP 8 noch nicht wirklich bei allen Developern angekommen - deshalb fehlt natürlich noch einiges. Meine Hoffnung ist allerdings, dass das gute Standing, das MSFT bei Devs geniesst in den nächsten Wochen und Monaten einen Hype erzeugt. Die gerade beendete //build/ Developerkonferenz gibt da ja einigen Grund zum Optimismus. :)

Abgesehen davon finde ich, dass es bereits eine ganze Reihe toller Apps für WP gibt. Ich war mal begeisterter webOS / Pré User... DAS war eine dürftige Plattform ;)

Dan H. Racek, 2012-11-05 16:10

I'm just impressed that you have 'ding' in your vocabulary! That's got to be direct usage of an English word, rather than the translation of a German term? (If it were, it would surely be a German word with at least 15 syllables :) )

John Ash, 2012-11-05 17:19

Fear not Volker... The app store has been growing whilst we've been sleeping. Due to it being very easy to port games/apps from apple store to win 8 store, they seem to be being added at a rate of knots!

Can't wait to get my Lumia 920... and I'm loving windows 8 on my desktop pc with the mouse. Works insanely fast and is a hell of a pleasure to use and makes a lot of sense.

James Trusler, 2012-11-05 17:35

You may have been sleeping. We haven't. The number of apps is irrelevant as long as you can find the essential ten apps you need.

Volker Weber, 2012-11-05 17:43

@John, the german word would be "Delle". That's Del-le. Two syllables. :-)

Volker Weber, 2012-11-05 19:06

Kann man den Akku tauschen?

Marcus Humann, 2012-11-05 19:11

Ganz bestimmt. Nur nicht selbst. Also wie beim iPhone.

Volker Weber, 2012-11-05 19:13

Naja, beim Iphone4 ist der Akkutausch eigentlich keine große Sache. Drei Schrauben und etwas sanfter Druck um den Akku aus dem geklebten "Bett" zu heben.

Roland Dressler, 2012-11-06 09:43

ich habe das Gerät nach langem Überlegen doch geholt. Aber letztendes bin ich ganz happy damit. Bisher nutzte Iphone. Es ist schon ein Riesenunterschied zum Iphone.

How do you Sync Mac Contacts, Calender with IPad and Lumina ?

David Justen, 2012-11-07 00:29

If you are using iCloud then there is no way to sync contacts and calendar.

If you are switching to google, then you can sync it. But if a contact does have two or more phone numbers you can only call one of them with a windows phone 8.

I read elsewhere that this bug still exists in windows phone 8. Kinda funny, right?


Karl Heindel, 2012-11-07 08:20

You may have read it somewhere, but I have a WP8 phone. And I can call any of the numbers stored in GMail Contacts.

Volker Weber, 2012-11-07 08:23

Wer will kann das Lumia 920 einfach mal testen.

Blogpost dazu im Nokia Smartphone Blog

Ralf Hammen, 2012-11-07 10:31

Interessante Aktion wobei man sich das Lumia 920 auch in jeden Media Markt angucken kann, nur dann eben nicht so ausführlich testen.
Das habe ich dann eben auch mal gemacht, mit einen „durchwachsenem“ Fazit.
Witzigerweise stand dort auch das Lumia 820 rum und das ist ja mal eine echte Überraschung. Als Cover war da was dunkles und ich meine auch metallisches drauf. Das Gerät ist sehr schön, nicht zu groß, nicht zu klein und auch das Display macht auf den ersten Blick einen kaum schlechteren Eindruck als der große Bruder. Wenn das mal auf einen Straßenpreis von ca. 400 Euro fällt, dann ist es als Business Handy eine gute Alternative.
Schöne Produkte haben die Finnen da. Obs mit WP8 läuft, das steht aber in den Sternen.

Roland Dressler, 2012-11-07 14:10

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