The Lumia 920 wins the editor-refuses-to-give-it-back award

by Volker Weber

It has been one month since the Lumia 920 has arrived at vowe's magic flying circus. And I have not used any other device as my primary phone in a month. I have even left behind the mighty BlackBerry on business trips.

I like the size and I don't mind the weight. The screen is outstanding, the digitizer works with gloves on. The device is built like a tank. I have dropped it half a dozen times and it shows nary a scratch. I like Windows Phone 8 and the software suite that Nokia is providing.

Initially I was missing three apps: Google+, Path, Sonos Controller. I have since stopped using Path (for other reasons). As a very basic Sonos controller (start, stop, previous/next, volume up/down) I am using Sonata Lite. And I have come to like the mobile site more than the Google+ app, which emphasizes photos.

What's really keeping me on the Lumia however is the camera. I have no other device that shoots low light photos like the Lumia 920. I can force the 808 Pureview into night mode so it can match the 920. But the Lumia does that in full automatic. Point and shoot.

This is the first time in years, since the Nokia E71, that a phone from Nokia won the number one spot. The Lumia will be replaced by other phones, just to keep me up-to-date on other platforms. But it will be a drag. An iPhone looks quaint and an Android rather unfinished, once you got used to the Lumia.

  

  

  

Comments

How do you force the Google+ website to be in this mode?

When I open http://plus.google.com/ on my Lumia 920, it opens in a simpler version with plus.google.com/app/basic/ in the URL. (Regardless wether my IE is set to "mobile version" or "desktop version".)

Christian Heindel, 2012-12-04 10:37

I have pinned this url to the start screen.

https://plus.google.com/app/plus/mp/397/?force=1#~loop:view=stream

Volker Weber, 2012-12-04 10:40

Thanks for the G+ shortcut, works like a charm.

What's the weather app in the last screenshot?

Marius Kallhardt, 2012-12-04 10:45

Weather View

http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=6ee44eea-4b2a-e011-854c-00237de2db9e

Volker Weber, 2012-12-04 10:47

Hey, great to hear :) Thanks for the G+ hint!
For weather I am using 'Forecast'. It is looking beautiful and I like it more with every version :) There is a hint in the about section of the app, why ;)

Hubert Stettner, 2012-12-04 11:05

Ich hinterlasse keine Kreditkarten-Infos in einem App Store. Und da ich anders als bei Apple keine Geschenkkarten kaufen kann, ist meine Auswahl etwas beschränkt: frei Apps ohne Werbung.

Volker Weber, 2012-12-04 11:24

Du solltest im Windows Store auch mit PayPal bezahlen können.

Raphael Rehberg , 2012-12-04 22:25

OK, das stimmt, das schränkt es wohl etwas ein ;)

Forecast gibt es auch als kostenlose Forecast Free. Die kann (glaube ich) nur ein Live-Tile:
http://www.windowsphone.com/de-de/store/app/forecast-free/7f9d406f-df25-47dd-a860-c948310e12d3
Nett: Nimmt man das Handy quer, kommt ein Meteogramm, das ist mir das allerliebste.

BTW, keine Links und keine Link-Hilfe mehr?

Hubert Stettner, 2012-12-05 07:07

Leider nein. Anders werde ich die Spammer nicht los, die zu blöd waren, das nofollow zu entdecken.

Volker Weber, 2012-12-05 07:12

Is that WhatsApp on there? I had it installed on my WinPho7, but it says it's been discontinued when I try to install on WinPho8.

Amy Blumenfield, 2012-12-05 17:56

Hallo Volker,

du hast geschrieben, dass du Path nicht mehr benutzt. Mich würde interessieren warum, außer es sind private Gründe ? Oder haben dich irgendwelche fadenscheinigen AGBs dazu gebracht ?
Finde Path eigentlich sehr schön.

Peter Seidl, 2012-12-05 23:51

Ich finde Path auch schön. Aber es sind zu viele Uploads verloren gegangen. Und die iPad App drängt mir Leute auf, die ich nicht will. Überhaupt gefällt mir die iPad App gar nicht. Ich teile heute Bilder einfach mit einem kleinen Kreis auf Google+.

Volker Weber, 2012-12-05 23:53

Amy, yes, this is WhatsApp. I installed it while it was on. Now it isn't, but I expect it to be back. It seems to work just fine.

Volker Weber, 2012-12-06 00:11

Aber so richtig erhältlich ist das Lumia hierzulande noch nicht, oder?

Wenn ich auf z.B. bei Geizhals nachsehe, gibt es gerade einen Händler, der eine Farbvariante als lieferbar kennzeichnet. Alle anderen reichen von einigen Werktagen Lieferzeit über mehrere Wochen bis zu "Noch nicht erschienen".

Oliver Stör, 2012-12-06 15:46

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