Hype and reality

by Volker Weber

Currently my #1 mobile device: Lumia 920. Reasons: excellent camera, outstanding display, quick. With quick I mean, I can get to stuff really quickly. When I am idle, I am moving more important stuff to the top of my front page.

But I find myself not using the features that Nokia touts as innovation:

Most likely I just have to order more accessories. If in doubt, always white. ;-)


70 EUR for a charging pad is fairly expensive. Especially if you have already all those USB chargers lying around - and who hasn't?

UK and Ireland residents can pick up one for free at nokiafreecharger.com till the end of the year. It's definitely great for showing off in the office. ;-)

Max Nierbauer, 2012-11-19 14:27

A friend from Ireland just offered to do exactly that. But I'd rather ask Nokia Germany. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2012-11-19 15:01

I completely agree, the wireless charging pads are way too expensive the way you would need at least five around the house.
I am hoping that their price will come down with further adoption of the Qi wireless charging standard.

Besides that I love my Lumia 920 as well. Spoiled me, can not stand my ipad2 display anymore :-o

Hubert Stettner, 2012-11-19 16:35

Yes, for the moment the cable has to stay in the rucksack. However, I can easily imagine that wireless charging will make it's way into our daily infrastructure. Do you remember when trains had no plugs at all? Now most trains have plugs all over the place. The same thing I expect for wireless charging. My guess is that in five or ten years we will have "charging spots" on trains, in restaurants, in the hotel room and in every office.

With NFC I am quite sure this is going to be the killa featr. Not only for music (remember those long afternoons with friends and lots of tapes?) but also as an electronic key in office buildings, a check-in-tool at the receptions of hotels and conferences and what so ever. Compared to bar code scanning or bluetooth configuration a simple touch is such a natural gesture and no brainer that I am quite sure people will adopt it extremely fast.

Lucius Bobikiewicz, 2012-11-19 19:30

I red elsewhere that the good old palm touchstone works with the new Nokia 920.

Do you have one of those and can you confirm that?

Karl Heindel, 2012-11-19 20:00

No. I have returned all Palm gear. The touchstone would work, if the Lumia would not fall off.

Volker Weber, 2012-11-19 20:01

Repeat after me: electronic devices do not belong on the night stand. None of them.

Thomas Merchel, 2012-11-19 23:58

I bought the Philips DLP7210B/10:

I use it in the office, syncing the Lumia via OWA-Webaccess and a Wlan cell via virtual router. Super-convenient setup, no cables in the office required.

At home, I can live with a cable since I return from the office with a fully charged device.
Great phone, very happy customer.

Steffen Udolph, 2012-11-20 20:04

I use airplane mode to kill all radios. Let's me sleep very nicely and use the phone as an alarm without random telephon calls/whatsapp or other transmissions disturb me. Only have to remember to tun it on again in the morning. occasionally I forget that. Does make for a quiet working day, no interruptions!

Lars Berntrop-Bos, 2012-11-20 23:34

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