Nokia Lumia – any reason not to…
I just recently picked up a 920 from Tesco direct for £200 (had an e-coupon). They’ve gone up a tenner (and couldnt see a relevant coupon) but them ones are here:
Haven’t actually used it yet (waiting on a screen protector).
Seemed too good a bargain to go past.
Now doubt dannybgoode will be on shortly to tell you how good they are (not taking the piss by the way)Posted 4 years agoperthmtbMember
Love my Lumia 720. I’m not heavily into the social apps/games etc – use it more for the business side – email, MS Office, timesheets, notes, where the slightly larger screen than the iPhone, and seamless integration with other Microsoft products makes it a winner for me…Posted 4 years ago
I like my 920 overall. For Strava I just use a Garmin, Strava’s website still works really well with it, just slightly less convenient.
Generally, most features are coded into the OS, unlike Android where most stuff is developed either by apps or the handset maker. So that means that it integrates well, but it does what it does and isn’t quite so easy to extend.
For example, the integrated social hub is cool, but it doesn’t quite handle all the features you get on say FB and there’s no way of extending it. Having said that, I’ve not bothered to look up any apps that may replace the hub generally. The FB app is like the Android one but less mature.
Generally there is less customisation available, but then again there’s less to faff about with so it’s swings and roundabouts in a way.
I’ve found most apps I want in the appstore – if there’s anything missing, there’s usually an alternative, and some apps are much nicer and prettier than the Android version, which is nice.
The camera’s excellent, as is the GPS. Here maps is good as a GPS but the search is a bit naff compared to google maps. Fortunately there’s a Google maps app that uses Here offline maps but google for the search – handy.
The Skydrive/Office/Family Room/One Note integration is fantastic out of the box though.Posted 4 years agomattydMember
Wife has one and seems to like it – the only downside (for me) is that you cannot have repeating alerts, so if she misses a text alert there is no reminder until she actually checks the phone for messages – which she rarely does – this means I rarely get a timely reply, which directly breaks the Service Level Agreement of our relationship.Posted 4 years ago
In summary, sometimes I have to go to the shop to buy my own beer on the way home – I blame Microsoft.dannybgoodeSubscriber
Brilliant phones. I have the 925 and it is all the phone you could want.
At least on a par with the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S.
Want by far the best camera on any phone – Lumia 1020.
Windows Phone has most major apps on it now with more following all the time. Instagram is a major omission if you like that kind of thing but plenty of 3rd party ones that link in to Instagram anyway so not an issue.
The inbuilt Nokia navigation apps are head and shoulders above anything else also.
Danny BPosted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
Nokia 820 here. I didn’t go for 920 as too bulky for me.
Also had a previous generation Nokia Windows phone.
People on here used to really slag them off, more ignorance I guess.. I wouldn’t get any other platform.
No Strava, but you can use Endomondo and export.
The free sat nav is ok, but I don’t think it routes you the best direction always.
One thing that does annoy me is that you can set the volume on the alarm. Or have a vibrate only option.Posted 4 years ago
What annoys me is that there only seems to be one volume control for both ringer and game or media. On my Android phone they were separate – adjust volume when playing a game or media and it changed game/media volume, and it stayed like that. If you adjust volume at other times it adjusted the ring volume.Posted 4 years ago
i have a 720[ I think] and it is let down by the lack of apps IMHO
Hard to get a decent mapping one for cycling for example – if any user above knows then feel free to name one
Battery life in use seems poor – though I have never had a smart phone so nothing for comparison- mine does not/barely charges if using sat nav for example.Posted 4 years ago
Screen seems susceptible to rain/wet handskevjMember
Slightly differing view.
I have a HTC 1 x as my personal phone and a 920 for (supplied by) work.
The HTC is far far better. I am constantly frustrated with the Nokia.
It may be that I’m biased but Ive given it six months and I’m still of the same opinion.
Battery life is brilliant though on the Nokia.Posted 4 years agogears_suckMember
I had the 920 it was ok. I used an app (can’t remember the name) which recorded a ride/run… Whatever and then when saved it would send the data directly to strava. No info available on the fly but worked great to record my rides.Posted 4 years ago
I found the os was glitchy and apps would frequently freeze. Also the phone would reset itself quite often when switching between apps and sometimes during using and app. It wasn’t the best operating system I’ve used. After trying all sorts of phones. Apple, Google, Nokia etc I found that Samsung was better than anything else and the android os is versatile and more stable than any of the others.dannybgoodeSubscriber
GDR3 to be released later this month or early next I think is going to fix the volume issue. Otherwise it will be addressed in WinPho 8.1 due Q1 2014.
Nokia release Bittersweet Shimmer to be released in conjunction with it on Nokia phones with AMOLED screens is going to add full Glance notifications also.
@Molgrips-make sure you are using offline search when using Drive and Maps. It is way way better than online search.
Danny BPosted 4 years agomuddydwarfSubscriber
I have the Lumia 820 and use the free app from Leisure Maps for general mapping and route finding. Use Endomondo for tracking my rides etc no need or want for Strava but there are some 3rd party apps if you want to use Strava.
Love the phone, very well built and the camera and post-photography apps are really good. I find the OS slick and easy to use – skydrive/people hub etc really nice to use.
I personally prefer it to Android and i find it more stable than the Android HTC i had before.
Chap at work has just sold his iphone5 and bought the lumia 1020, he’s loving it and much prefers it to the iphone5 (didn’t upgrade to iO7 either)Posted 4 years ago
EDIT : I keep reading this thing about a lack of apps, currently around 370’000 apps so how many do you need? Now that MS own Nokia phones you can expect lots of new apps.
I keep reading this thing about a lack of apps, currently around 370’000 apps so how many do you need?
Hahah.. I don’t need 370,000 apps, I do need a handful of decent ones though. 369,950 of those apps are total garbage.
Nokia Pro Cam however is not. Full manual control camera in a phone? Don’t mind if I do 🙂Posted 4 years agopatriotproMember
Wife has one and seems to like it – the only downside (for me) is that you cannot have repeating alerts, so if she misses a text alert there is no reminder until she actually checks the phone for messages – which she rarely does – this means I rarely get a timely reply, which directly breaks the Service Level Agreement of our relationship.
In summary, sometimes I have to go to the shop to buy my own beer on the way home – I blame Microsoft.
made me chuckle…:)
Cheers all. The GF doesn’t like android which is what drew me to the Lumia, well that and the price on contract as I’ll be covering the dd…will look at the various models tmro and use this thread as reference. Thanks again.Posted 4 years ago
Me and the Mrs were due upgrades at the same time, we made a pact to both go with Windows Phone, because of the collaboration features. We have a shared shopping list both pinned to our start screens, so she can select which items we need, then text me and send me to the shop. I check the list and see what she’s ticked, and if she remebers something she can tick that and I’ll see it update as I’m there.
Also she can put stuff in the family room calendar, she doesn’t even have to remember to tell me about it but I’ll see it on my calendar notification live tile. Cool, it is.Posted 4 years agoandyflaSubscriber
Story to be a dissenting voice, I went to an 820 about 6 months ago a I have had a 3GS for 3 or 4 years , and have grown slowly disappointed with it as time goes on, I have found it very unintuitive, and clunky to use.
Good hardware, not my taste in OS
iPhone orderedPosted 4 years agonwallaceMember
More importantly, will Nokias latest handset survive the same abuse as my E-72 has?
I’ve regularly dropped it from heights up to 1.5m due to general clumsiness (a mates iPhone didn’t survive my clumsiness), had it fall out of a saddle bag onto the road at ~30mph (the GPS trace it was doing of that incident is interesting) resulting in a small chip in a corner.
In fact the only other faults it has are that Symbian is unreliable and the speaker has become a bit rattly after its most recent drowing.
If the Lumnias can survive that out the box, I’ll happily but one to replace the E-72.Posted 4 years agoBikingcatastropheMember
A 920 here and I would say it is the best phone I have ever had. At first it seems a bit chunky but I found I quickly got used to that. I’m not a big app person so find the whole “there’s no apps for Win Phone” a bit of a pointless sideshow. I personally also find the Windows phone interface a lot more intuitive and consistent than Android. I wouldn’t say it is perfect but I would take it any day over Android. Overall a great phone and enjoyably quick when I get a 4G connection. 🙂Posted 4 years agoHansReySubscriber
I’ve had an 800 with latest software and some beta stuff for over a year now. It’s ok, but i’d prefer something else. My workplace supplied it and they only have Nokia phones available.
– pretty robust. It has been dropped in puddles, splashed, rained on, sweated on for 10 hours a day for 8 days, gone mouldy, etc. and it’s still fine. I wouldn’t recommend the silicone case for humid environments (i.e. Finland)
– Simple operating system. It’s so simple, i’d give it to my parents
– tough gorilla glass. Difficult to scratch, resists cracking from small impacts
– good for reading PDFs and office documents
the bad…Posted 4 years ago
– it’s damn slippery without the silicone case. Regularly falls out my hands or off things
– simple operating system. Can’t change much.
– lack of official apps. There are 3rd party apps (e.g. BBC news) available, but these are often poor quality.
– navigation software is awful to use, especially when driving. A google maps based system as seen on the Samsung Note 3 is my preferred option. The maps are supposedly updated often (commendable) but the interface needs an overhaul to make it usable
– can’t multitask. For example, I can’t play a game and listen to music without closing the game
– it overheats and becomes damn hot if checking emails + downloading large files
– can’t change the battery
– sometimes crashes or shuts down completely when browsing the internet and the download is big (youtube/soundcloud/the chive)
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