Windows Phone 8 – Nokia Lumia 920
August 9, 2013 1 Comment
Okay, so not feeling that cutting edge with my Windows Phone 8 – Nokia Lumia 920 atm. I swapped out my beloved Motorola Atrix 2 (which I described fully in “My Shiny New Toy” in July 2012) for this device, and found a lot of things to be rockin’ with the WP8 device .. however, I’m writing this JUST as Microsoft and Nokia are releasing the Windows Phone 8 – Nokia Lumia 1020 (41-mp camera .. wowza!).
So .. feeling a tiny bit behind the times. That said, let’s cover what I found to be cool in my WP8 / Nokia experience:
- LOVE the text-to-voice interface .. texts are read to me and I can respond in voice.
- LOVE the Metro Tiles. Wonderful to be able to place the applications I use the most within easy reach for one-handed operation.
- LOVE the ability to use Lync (meeting and collaboration software) while holding meetings on the Microsoft Corporate Network .. that was reason alone for me to switch.
- 32GB RAM .. wahoo!
Some bits I found to be not-so-hot:
- Metro tiles: not happy they are not more customizable. I have multiple email accounts, and there is only one icon (that I found) .. which is which?
- Text-to-voice: there doesn’t appear to be reliable ‘learning’ in the device. It doesn’t recognize / remember various bits of slang that I use.
- Text-to-voice: the TTV interface simply ‘gives up’ if I’m in a noisy environment, even on an earbud.
- The Bluetooth stack is oddly unreliable .. multiple earbuds will simply ‘forget’ they are connected, which forces me to the handset to complete a call. When the earbud fails, it must be power-cycled to reconnect. Further, it doesn’t accept the first attempt to PC the device (this makes me think the earbud internal system needs a reboot after connecting with WP8).
- The lack of applications. I cannot use Schwab, Alaska Airlines, Chase, BECU and so on (YMMV).
- The lack of functionality in WP8 applications: missing hardware components (barcode scanner, audio) in apps that are available.
- The lack of Google Maps. In my experience, Bing Maps and Nokia “Here” are very poor substitutes.
IMHO: the WP8 platform still has a way to go. Maybe some of these things are resolved in the 1020 .. let’s dig about and see what we find.