Nokia Lumia 920 First Impressions

Yellow 920

My 920 on the roof of a car at work
My 920 on the roof of a car at work

Screen shots on WP8

First Impressions of the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone

This is in no way a review, it's simply the first impressions of a very lucky Nokia fanboy (well old git really, but don't think that's a trendy tech term at the moment ?) I don't do reviews very well as I'm not the most technical geek in the universe, I just try and give my opinions and post a few pictures and if I do attempt to do a review it takes me over 24 hours to fully investigate a new gadget, would hate to claim a phone didn't have the option to change the search engine on it's browser from Bing to Google for example, without first checking the settings on the phone ? (which by the way, you can chose the search engine on the Lumia, if you bother to check through the settings)

So on with the 'non-review', more of an initial ramble, lol. As a bit of info for those who have asked, I received my 920 via the Nokia Support Discussions forum, along with a number of other users, the idea being that we have a head start to help new users visiting the forum for help with the new phones and OS, Windows Phone 8, so I am amongst a small gang of very lucky guys who have become slightly ahead of the game with the new WP generation. I had some issues with WP initially, and so far I still do, they have however turned to minor niggles rather than issues and to be fair there appears to be virtually nothing that I can't live with on the OS now, I would love to be able to customise all my alert tones rather than just the ring tone and I would love to be able to adjust the font size system wide (although with a 4.5" screen this is somewhat less necessary) but other than that, the Phone and the OS are great. They are not perfect, but no phone or operating system is and people need choice.

Old to New Nokias

5 nokias
5 nokias

Lumia 710,920 &Nokia 808 Stack

With WP8 the use of the phone, for me at least, has been given enough flexibilty for most users and a lot more openness and customisation than some other operating systems. Issues that Symbian users had have been largely eliminated with the latest Lumia, I have transferred photos to and from my 920 via Bluetooth transfer, I have managed to connect it to my PC, see the file system and drag and drop my music and video collection onto it with little issue ( few problems to start trying to use a SW programme on PC to sync, but after a quick chat with Stephen Oiller, @psychomania666 on twitter, simple drag and drop worked great just using the file system on the PC) All my music works great and MP4 and AVI video looks good too and sounds great on the very loud high quality speaker fitted on the 920. Connecting my nfc enabled Nokia Essence headset worked faultlessly also, as did the simple set up of the phone. One thing I noticed in the settings was that you can now backup settings and apps on the New Lumias so restoring your phone should be extremely simple in future as the need to search for your apps has been removed, you can also back up your text messages, all good stuff, Hell, you can even take screen shots !!!

As always, Windows Phone itself is extremely quick and fluid, crank up the processor and memory and it becomes quicker and more fluid, best description for the 920's performance is bloody fast, any swipe or gesture produces instant results, apps load extremely quickly, the web experience is superb along with the usual fantastic mail client. I tried the Drive navigation this morning which worked fine, turned it off only to find twenty minutes later that I was getting speed camera warnings coming from my pocket on the drive home, so that obviously multitasks in the background and I'm also getting notification from Twitter and Facebook as quickly on the L920 as I do on my Nokia 808. From my first few hours of use I honestly believe this is the one that will turn Nokia's fortunes, even the most jaded Nokia /Microsoft hater will struggle to criticise it's performance. There may be a difference in application availability for now, but EVERYTHING I need is available and the core requirements for most users are well implemented and extremely pleasant to use. Customisation of the home screen with different sized tiles is great and as developers produce more 'Live Tiles' the larger option will be even more beneficial, to be fair I really haven't finished fiddling with my home screen, massive choice apparently isn't always the best thing, but I'm sure I can get the lumia 920 set up exactly as I want it after a few days's

More Lumia size comparison

My L920 & @richardcyates L710 compared
My L920 & @richardcyates L710 compared
My L920 & @richardyates L710 compared
My L920 & @richardyates L710 compared
My L920 & @richardyates L710 compared
My L920 & @richardyates L710 compared
My L920 & @richardyates L710 compared
My L920 & @richardyates L710 compared

A lot has been said of the physical size of the 920 and to be fair, it is a BIG phone, probably about the biggest handset I could comfortably use (i don't have massive 'Man Hands'), however I can actually use it one handed, I can touch my thumb and middle finger accross the phone, it fits in my pocket easily and feels great in the hand. The build quality is just what you'd expect from Nokia and everything works well, all the physical buttons feel solid and work great and the capacitive 'Windows' buttons work great as does the super sensitive screen with or without gloves or a Banana !

I'm going to stop rambling now and upload a few photos and carry on learning how this baby works and just how much it can do, interesting things keep popping up and there is more to this thing than meets the eye, it's great, try it as soon as you can, it's fresh , it's quick and pretty funky !

Yellow Lumia 920

Physical Buttons
Physical Buttons
Speaker Grill
Speaker Grill
Back and camera
Back and camera
Just touching fingers
Just touching fingers
one handed typing is fine
one handed typing is fine
Maps
Maps

Thanks for reading


Stephen Quin


06/11/2012


People needing technical spec for the 920 can find it here on the Nokia web Site

Fastest Post Script EVER, Re Issue with Font size on WP just had it pointed out to me by @psycomania666 on Twitter that the ease of access menu allows font resize so my issues are being reduced by the minute and enjoyment of my Lumia being increased at the same rate !! Thanks Steve

Ease Of Access

Adjust font size
Adjust font size

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vvaino 4 years ago

Well written and fine photos, @carman58!


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Thanks mate, hoping to do something else once I've spent more time with the phone :)


Craig 4 years ago

great review, id love a 920. but down to Nokias stupidity and not selling them sim free / unlocked i wont be getting one :-(


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Well I'd just hold my breath a couple of weeks, pretty sure the likes of Amazon etc as soon as stock starts flowing. Thanks for reading and commenting


John Norris 4 years ago

Great article Stephen! Keep them coming please.


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Thanks John, and thanks for taking the time to read and comment on it ;)


Android 4 years ago

I’m not that hard to convinced, but after what you experienced on the phone, it was indeed a great windows phone 8, I was right all along on my decision. I will surely grab one, as soon as it arrived in store in my place.

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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Thanks for reading, the 920 is really working out well so far, finding it hard to criticize anything about it !


Android 4 years ago

You’re just too modest m8, saying that this was not a review. I’ve seen load of reviews from professional technical writers in some mags & the like, and yours is on par with them. I’ve read also some, who tried to impose an authority on the subject of which they don’t have sufficient technical background to delve on the matter.

Citing pros & cons, giving other competitive brands good features is what an independent technical reviews, not one of those being sponsored. Carry on

I’m just hoping unlock version are available, the same time as franchised one so as people on the go, who does want to incur tremendous amount of bills on roaming.


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Thanks again, I really hope sim free Lumia 820/920 are available soon as I know a few people wanting them, so the sooner Nokia ramp up production the better.


Andy Hagon 4 years ago

A superb first-look into a Lumia that has actually made it to my wishlist! Looking forward to more of your great writing, SQ :)


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Thanks for your constant support and enthusiasm Mr Hagon :D


Suyog 4 years ago

@Stephen Good post as always, I guess you have many NFC based phones and accessories. Can you please check and report if they work with 920? like 920 with 808, N9, Nexus 7, Essence ?

I was curious to know how is cross platform NFC working now?

Also since I guess 920 has WiFi Direct , how that works for transfer of large files?


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Only checked Essence and 808 with,NFC essence works,perfectly,808 doesn't, file transfer I used usb cable and works exactly as, it should :) haven't had much more time to test everything, hoping to this coming week !


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Techstuff 4 years ago

Just curious, but what did you use to take those pictures?


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Mainly the Nokia 808 !


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Techstuff 4 years ago

Arrrgh, definately time to upgrade my phone then. My old piece of junk won't come anywhere close to that. :embarrassingly stays quiet on what phone I have:


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Lol, well it is kind of out of the ordinary :P

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