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Lumia 920 vs. iPhone 5 (and vs. Android, Galaxy S3, HTC One X+)

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András Velvárt suggested to me an excellent customer review available on Amazon of Lumia 920 vs. iPhone 5. It is really amazing that Lumia 920 is winning against iPhone 5 in so many respects. I checked on the web and there is nothing surprising about that as according to a widely watched/read technical media source iPhone 5 vs HTC One X+ vs Lumia 920 (Gadget Show) [thegadgetshow YouTube channel, Dec 3, 2012]:

Giving out verdicts on three of this Christmas’ hottest smartphones:

– iPhone 5: image

[4:31] The iPhone 5 gets just 3 Gs. No innovation. The battery life is terrible. It is still expensive and the build quality is poor. [4:40]

– HTC One X+: image nearly 5
Read also: HTC One X+ [review] [the Gadget Show, Nov 9, 2012]

[4:40] The HTC wins 4 Gs, nearly 5. Its processor is super powerful, and the only thing that holds it back it’s ugly and it is not 4G ready. [4:50]

– Nokia Lumia 920: image nearly 5

[4:51] The Nokia also snaps 4 Gs, nearly 5. The user experience and the wireless charger are ace, but it lacks apps and too heavy [5:01]

But, according to the reviewer on Amazon, Lumia 920 loses in the most heavy way in terms of “Current Fashion Index”with ‘0’ against ‘11’. This is even more amazing considering the fact that design is one of the core competencies of Nokia and the man in charge of that, Marko Ahtisaari, is a globally recognised leader in that, and he is as well an executive member of the Nokia Leadership Team. You can assess his talent and expertise in that from my yesterday’s blog titled Marko Ahtisaari from Nokia and Steven Guggenheimer from Microsoft on the Internet of Things day of LeWeb Paris’12 [Nov 6, 2012].

Here I would add, before the otherwise excellent customer review (reformatted for a better appearance), his very recent video interview:
Nokia Lumia 920 – Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia Design Team [nokia YouTube channel, Nov 22, 2012]

Marko Ahtisaari, Head of Nokia Design, talks about the design approach behind Nokia’s latest flagship phone.

Customer Review on Amazon [Nov 14, 2012] 5.0 out of 5 stars

By b. Weiss This review is from: Nokia Lumia 920 4G Windows Phone, Black (AT&T) (Wireless Phone)
Having used the phone for a while now, I’d like to provide a more objective assessment. I give ratings below first, followed by detailed explanations. The rating numbers are on a scale of 10. A score of “10” means it is not only the best but also has no apparent need to improve, and a score less than “10” just means there is room to improve but does not necessarily mean another product is better.
# comment
RATINGS Lumia 920
vs. iPhone 5
1.
Call Quality
10
8
Uncompromising call quality from Nokia, a true phone company
 
Instant Messaging
10
10
Big improvement over WP7; group messaging and MMS
2.
E-Mail
9
7
WP8 has the best enterprise-ready e-mail client
3.
Skype and VoIP calls
9
7
International VoIP calls a reality with on WP8
4.
Contact Management
9
5
WP8’s multi-contact aggregator and integrator the best
 
Entertainment
10
10
Too much already, what more could you want
 
Social Networking
9
8
Facebook integration is an edge
 
Web browsing
9
8
IE10 is outstanding
 
Shopping
7
9
Comes from Apple’s apps edge
5.
Productivity
6
3
Not there yet, but at least WP8 can do some work
6.
Navigation
9
6
Apple’s first Maps is actually impressive, but see discussions
7.
Screen
10
8
Lumia 920 has the best looking screen consumers have ever seen
8.
Camera
9
7
In its own league
9.
Build quality
10
8
You might have trouble to say goodbye to Lumia 920 two years later
10.
Thermal performance
8
8
Competitive
10.
Battery life
5
5
All need improvement badly in this area
11.
OS apps ecosystem
6
9.5
iOS rules for now
 
OS reliability
9.9
9.5
WP8 never even freezes, much less crashes
12.
OS fluency
9.5
9
Ice-skating with WP8, and floor dancing with iOS, I much prefer the former
13.
OS flexibility/customization
8
8
Android is the king
14.
OS refinement
7.5
9.5
Microsoft is still no Apple on refined details
 
Current Fashion Index
0
11
 
The numbers in the parentheses are for iPhone 5 as a reference.
1. CALL QUALITY [10 (8)]
It is a phone after all. The call quality of Lumia 920 is absolutely top-notch. The voice is so clear it puts my landline cordless phone to shame. Nokia knows how to make phones. They are the true phone company. The HAAC microphones (Rich Recording Mic) are not your ordinary microphones on cell phones. A different league. The speakerphone is pretty good too, quite loud and clear. In fact I once had a conference call using the speakerphone with several people on my side, and it worked out fine.
2. E-MAIL [9 (7)]
Overall, WP8 has the best mobile e-mail. Windows Phone has an inherent advantage in e-mail, especially work e-mails. Apple does not own a popular e-mail service, and can only support third-party e-mails. Android enjoys the excellent Gmail, but Gmail does not have a strong foothold in the workplace.
WP8 has deep integration of Exchange, Office 365’s Outlook e-mail, Hotmail and Live Mail on Windows Phone. WP8 further has excellent integration with the popular Gmail and Yahoo Mail. All this results in an e-mail client that is more capable and efficient than other platforms. To name a few, contact management, contact synchronization, message management, message synchronization, file management, attachment management, folder management, conversation thread management, and e-mail search, are significantly better on Windows Phone e-mail. The difference is far deeper than appearance. If you handle e-mails with some degree of sophistication, you will appreciate the difference.
I travel with both my iPad and Windows Phone. Unless I am using my computer, I usually reach out for the Windows Phone for e-mails instead of the iPad, despite the fact that the e-mails on iPad have so much better readability. To just read a recent e-mail, the iPad is an obvious choice. But you don’t just read a recent e-mail. Work e-mails have history and threads, and they need to be searchable, and fully synchronized with your computer, and that’s where the Windows Phone shines.
For example, if you just read or deleted an e-mail on you phone, you want the read status or deletion to synchronize with the server and other devices. This is important because otherwise you end up paying attention to the same e-mail too many times and having to delete the same e-mail multiple times, and often even get confused because you thought you have deleted it already but the same e-mail still appears on other devices. WP8 performs this flawlessly. On iOS, this type of backward synchronization is spotty. It seems to work with Gmail, but not with Outlook mail, Hotmail and Live Mail.
For another example, if you need to search to find an older e-mail which is not stored on your phone (due to memory conservation, mobile devices do not download and keep a copy of every e-mail in the past), you want your mobile e-mail to give you an opportunity to search e-mails on the server. WP8 does this perfectly.
I also like the fact that Windows Phone has a separate live tile with a customized icon for each e-mail account. I don’t like the idea of mixing my work e-mail and personal e-mail in the same box, or even under the same icon. I need a clean definition of territories. Of course, if you intend to combine e-mails, you can do that as well. Flexibility.
3. SKYPE AND NON-CELLULAR SERVICE DEPENDENT PHONE CALLS [9 (7)]
Skype, owned by Microsoft now, is an important function on WP. If you use Skype Pro and/or Skype Out, you can actually make phone calls anywhere in the world as long as you have Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. I’m not talking about Skype-to-Skype online calls. I’m talking about calling real phone numbers. (This works only with Skype Pro; the free Skype account can only make online Skype calls). No cellular phone connection is required with Skype Pro on Windows Phone. Microsoft also makes a Skype app for iOS though. But the app is still not as nearly good as the integrated Skype on the Windows Phone.
Take an international trip you will understand what I’m saying. Being able to call home and work at international airports *without* a SIM card for the local service is a major convenience. Even if you already have got a local SIM card, using Skype Pro on Windows Phone to make calls on the 3G/4G data service is still a great convenience because it costs only two cents a minute, less than 1/20 of the cost for international calls made on a regular cell phone. It also works other way around. You can make international calls from the US using Skype Pro on your Windows Phone for two cents a minute.
Cheap international calls anywhere on your cell phone (and enjoying the integrated phone contacts) – I hope this concept registers with you.
4. CONTACT MANAGEMENT [8 (5)]
The People Hub on the Windows Phone deserves a separate mentioning. This is by and large the best contact management on a cell phone (WebOS users might have an issue with the statement). It automatically integrates all the contacts from different sources (e-mails, Skype and Facebook) and provides the best accessibility and connectivity on a mobile device.
This significantly betters iOS, which has a pretty address book and good editing capabilities, but very little beyond that. When it comes to multi-source contacts integration, accessibility and connectivity, the People Hub on WP is much superior to iOS’s contact management.
For example, iOS address book has links to internal phone numbers (the ones that you entered directly into the iPhone) and e-mail addresses, but basically that’s it. It does not have active links to external phone numbers (contacts pulled from e-mail accounts), Skype contacts, and Facebook friends, etc.. In the People Hub, all these have active links, meaning that they provide a single click connection. In addition, People Hub pulls contacts from Skype, which iOS does not do at all. If you use Skype, especially Skype Pro (which you should if you use Windows Phone), you will suffer a disconnection on iOS.
5. PRODUCTIVITY [6 (3)]
Nokia with Windows Phone 8 wins this important area hands down, not because it is so good, but because others are so bad. One major thing is that Microsoft’s Office 365 and SkyDrive integrate with Microsoft Phone perfectly. If you or your company subscribe to Office 365 and use the cloud versions of the OneNote, Office, Outlook, TeamSite and SharePoint, the Windows phone can do the most essential things you can do using a laptop, with obvious limitations on a small user interface of course. The iPhone and Android simply cannot provide that kind of productivity. Even if you don’t use Office 365, getting the Windows Live and Skydrive (which is very much underrated) would already be an excellent productive user experience because of the integration with the Web version of Office.
Overall, if documents and e-mails are just different ways of casual “instant messaging” to you, the iPhone is fine. But if documents and e-mails are a work tool to you, Windows Phone is the way to go.
On the other hand, one should realize that these mobile devices are still quite limited in productivity. Potentially, a lot more work could be done using these devices despite the tiny screens, so there is still a large room to improve. It just happens that WP8 is way better than others in this respect.
6. NAVIGATION [9 (6)]
First of all, for those who miss Bing Maps, your Windows Phone still has it. It’s only two taps away: tap the Bing search button (every Windows Phone has a Bing search button on the right side at the bottom), and then tap the “Local Scout” button (on the left side of the three).
But I honestly don’t miss it. Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia Transit, and Nokia City Lens, together offer excellent navigation, much better than Bing Maps alone, and also better than what iOS has to offer.
I’m actually very impressed by Apple’s first map. It has some very good features. But as Google has said, doing maps is hard. Currently, Apple maps does have a problem. The reports of Apple’s terrible map performance seems to be related to map data inaccuracy. Those Apple fans who repute such reports by claiming that they haven’t experienced any problems are missing the point. Unlike other software in which a test is usually universal, your map test results only have to do with the location you tried, and only proves that the map is OK in at least one location. When there is a problem at a certain location, there is a problem. And Apple has a lot of such problems reported. The company acknowledges it. They’re not fools. I don’t know how fast Apple can improve on that. Data is far more than just doing some programming.
Regardless, I don’t think Apple can match the level of usability of Nokia’s navigation set even after it has fixed the data inaccuracy problems. In addition to data, the feature integration and map search are also important and Apple currently lacks on that. These are also very hard things to do, and it takes experience and time, plus very hard work on algorithms. Apple is apparently not taking any sleep on this. I’m curious of its upcoming updates.
Compared to the excellent Google Maps, Nokia’s navigation solution is mixed. It’s better in some ways, but worse in other ways. Google Maps is excellent. Google shines on map data, especially in the North America segment, there’s no question about it. Google’s supremacy in search is also reflected in its maps. But I think Nokia has comparable map data (although arguably slightly inferior North America segment data), but better user interface with Drive, Public transit Transport [Transit], shopping and city places guide [i.e. Nokia City Lens].
Although Nokia’s navigation solution comes with several separate apps (in comparison, Google puts everything under Google Maps), I feel Nokia paradoxically has better user interface in actual use. If you use Nokia Drive, you have Nokia Maps automatically integrated with it; if you start with Nokia City Lens, you have both Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps automatically integrated with it. This all make sense, because if you want a pure traditional GPS, you just use Nokia Drive; if you just want to search for specific address on a map, you use Nokia Maps; but if you simply have no idea of what address it is but instead want to explore the city, you start with Nokia City Lens (and have the power of Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive come along with it automatically, integrated).
Potentially, Nokia’s approach could directly put you at the best leveraging angle depending on your actual situation, and uses a specific app with the most suited user interface to maximize the user experience. Unfortunately, the current level of integration is still lacking and has not reached its full potential. But Nokia takes navigation seriously on their mobile phones. Considering that they jumped on the WP ship only recently, I’m confident that they will make this whole thing even better in a quite fast pace.
An often overlooked but significant feature Nokia offers is downloadable maps segmented according to regions. Once downloaded to your phone’s local storage, the maps are fully functional off-line even when you don’t have any cellular network or WiFi access. That could be a matter of getting or not getting to the destination timely sometimes. If you don’t think this is important, I don’t know what is. Even when cellular network is present, the off-line GPS map means big savings on your data usage.
With the downloaded maps, the navigation on Lumia 920 may have come to a point to replace standalone GPS units. It has vastly better user interface for one thing. Its address search, although not as good as Google Maps’, is vastly better than that of standalone GPS (address search is probably the most frustrating thing on standalone GPS units). It probably lacks a few features, but the overall user experience is superior. Of course, if you need a dedicated GPS unit to be mounted at a fixed position in the car for convenience, you will find that irreplaceable. But personally, I don’t think I’ll buy another GPS.
If you happen to be at a place without a car (hello, Americans, have you traveled to other places in the world? People don’t always drive), you can use Nokia Transit. Nokia Transit provides detailed guide for public transportation of cities around the world, including lines and schedules. Nokia Transit is relatively new, and I don’t think it is as good as the Google’s counterpart yet. But it is certainly better than iPhone, because with the iOS 6, this is entirely lacking on the iPhone. Do you need it? Well, Americans don’t seem to think this is a big deal, but this is of great importance in Europe and many other Asian cities. Those who travel to Europe and Asia should not ignore the importance of this function.
7. THE SCREEN [10 (8)]
Both Lumia 920 and iPhone 5 have gorgeous screens, but the Lumia is still better. The viewability under direct sunlight is noticeably better on Lumia 920. Both are extremely clear for text and webpage rendering, but Lumia 920 works much better in the portrait mode because of its greater viewing dimension.
And Lumia 920 has touchscreen capability when you wear gloves. This may come handy in very cold winter outdoors. But for me, the usefulness is more than during the winter. I like to wear one glove on my right hand while I’m doing air traveling to protect my hand, or I would have painful skin and split fingernails. Lumia 920 is the only phone that I can use wearing a glove. It is not a gimmick at all.
8. THE CAMERA [9 (7)]
Lumia 920 has the best cell phone camera on the market, leading by a significant margin, except for Nokia’s own PureView 808 which is a different type of device. I say this very objectively. Those who don’t see the difference either didn’t test it under right conditions, or simply can’t tell the differences in photo quality. Lumia 920 is the only smart phone camera that can take decent concert (or party) photos and videos. Its lowlight performance is at least two ISO stops (that’s 4 times) better than the iPhone 5. This is primarily due to Nokia’s unique pixel binning technology further combined with image stabilization. Neither Nokia nor Apple makes the camera sensors (Sony does), but the photo quality is not only about the sensor itself. Nokia has a tremendous advantage in this area, and they have a strong patent portfolio protecting that position.
By the way, stop comparing which camera has more megapixels. This is one of the saddest things in digital camera industry in which companies advertise the number of megapixels as if that was the hallmark of the camera quality. They do so to take advantage of the mass consumers’ lack of understanding of digital sensor image forming. If they had focused on real performances on 2-4MP sensors that are of a sensor size as large as possible for smartphones, we would have now had much more useful cameras on these gadgets. This is because for any given chip technology and a given sensor size, an increase of the number of pixels comes at the expense of lowlight performance. (Please, I hear you sneering. I actually know what I’m talking about. I’m not saying that a smaller pixel number is always a good thing in itself. On the contrary, I’m just saying that for a given sensor size and a given chip technology, pixel number is the best sacrifice to make if the goal is to take better pictures. With an improved sensor chip technology or an increase in the sensor size, they usually have the options of either increasing the lowlight performance and dynamic range by keeping the same MP count, or increasing the MP count by withholding the real performance, but unfortunately they usually choose the latter because the MP count is a much more marketable gimmick.)
On cell phones in particular, because of the very small sensor sizes, low light performance is a far bigger problem than resolution (MP count). Generally, photos taken by smart phones are only used for screen viewing instead of making large prints. For that reason, even 2MP would be plenty. For web posting, a high-quality 1MP photo is far better than a lousy 10MP photo. But instead, we now have the madness of smartphones reaching and going beyond 10MP with little meaningful result but unnecessarily bad lowlight performance, poor dynamic range, and a big waste of storage, data usage and processing time.
So in this regard, Nokia is doing great in spite of (not because of) joining the megapixel race, again thanks to its pixel binning technology and image stabilization.
9. BUILD QUALITY [10 (8)]
Nokia 920 is a marvelous piece of engineering and manufacturing. Both Nokia 920 and iPhone 5 have a premium appearance, only very different flavors. But the Nokia is without question tougher. I say this not because Nokia is heavier. They use different materials. In choosing materials, these two companies have very different philosophies. Apple always goes after materials that enable extremely slim and light products, while Nokia has always been concerned of durability.
Well, if you are already conditioned to update your phone every year, you are an ideal Apple-kind person already any way. But still, hold your iPhone dearly and don’t drop it. I have an iPad 3 that was accidentally dropped from a sofa sidetable to a hard floor head-down. I was completely shocked by the amount of damage it caused. I was expecting a dent on the edge or at worst a crack on the screen, but the whole thing was smashed like glass (that’s when I discovered that the iPod 3 uses a glasslike material even for the frame, which looks great, but, well, just don’t drop it).
Many use a case for their iPhones. I never understood the utility of that until I dropped my iPad, which is made of very similar materials. So you might actually need a case for your iPhone. Not so for Lumia 920. It does not need a case for protection. In addition, I can’t imagine a case for Lumia 920 without ruining its gorgeous appearance.
10. THERMAL BEHAVIOR [8 (8)] AND BATTERY LIFE [5 (5)]
The Nokia 920 does not run hot, thankfully. This is one thing I was particularly worried, after the bad experience with the Dell Venue Pro which had disastrous thermal performance and power management.
Battery life is good, although not excellent, comparable to other top performers such as iPhone 5. Lumia 920 will last a busy day of frequent use, but daily recharging is recommended if not necessary. Again, this is comparable to other smart phones.
If there would be an improvement that could persuade me to change my phone again, it would be a new phone that could last at least a couple of busy days without recharging. I am not a heavy mobile user, but I’m out on a trip quite often. The battery life of my cell phone is among the biggest mental burdens while traveling. Unfortunately, it looks like battery life is not what these companies are focusing on at this time.
11. APPS [6 (9.5)]
iPhone wins by a large margin in terms of app number. Vast majority of apps are junk on both systems. It is hard to understand why people would waste their time downloading those apps, much less developing them. Some people argue that Windows Phone 8 has better quality apps even though they are fewer in number, but I don’t know how they measure that.
Nevertheless, both systems do have some great apps; iOS just has more due to its sheer larger base. So it seems clear that most people will need to sacrifice a few apps by choosing Windows Phone platform for now. I’m missing quite a few useful apps on the Nokia 920, and make up the deficiency by using the iPad.
The most important app I miss on the Windows Phone is a decent PDF reader. Microsoft rushed out its own PDF reader, which works for basic reading but has some serious limitations. I hope Adobe release a better PDF reader on WP8. And help from the third party developers is also needed. This is a big pain point.
Windows Phone has some very good apps that are missing on iOS too (in addition to Nokia apps and Microsoft apps), although not as critical as something like PDF reader.
However, none of these missing apps has the kind of importance that even remotely approaches that of navigation and productivity. To me, the choice is clear. I think it’s misleading to do “bean counting” to compare just the number of advantages of each system. You’ve got to have priority. If you have one feature that has a dominating priority, then one million less useful “apps” would simply no longer matter.
Also, Windows Phone 8 has got a much better foundation in the program architecture than WP7, despite the relative minor changes in appearance. With the Windows NT kernel and 90% source code compatibility with Windows RT, the app future looks good.
12. FLUENCY AND EFFICIENCY OF THE OPERATING SYSTEM [9.5 (9)]
Windows Phone 8 on Lumia 920 actually beats iOS on iPhone 5 in terms of fluency and efficiency. WP has a hardware “Back” button in addition to the Home button, while iPhone has just a Home button. This has a significant impact on the flow of operation. I know this is rather subjective, but one thing that particularly bothers me on the iOS is that its flow is designed to require the user to always go back to the home button. You can’t directly go back to another place you have just visited. You always have to go back home and start from there again. I remember Steve Jobs proudly making a big point out of it. Theoretically, going back home and then to the last app takes only two steps, but problem is that when you have multiple pages of apps, it causes a bit of hesitation to locate the last app.
When you come to think of it, that is probably one of the reasons why the iOS is so intuitive for beginners, but less efficient for more experienced users. On user interfaces, these two things often conflict. I can see why many like the flow design of iOS, but I prefer WP8’s flow much better.
Another thing that impacts the efficiency is the management of installed apps. The iOS manages installed apps in a simplistic way with much emphasis on the appearance not the functionality. Windows Phone has a much more sophisticated way. The installed apps are directly searchable (there is a dedicated search button for installed apps, in addition to the general search and the app marketplace search), and are also automatically organized under alphabetical categories that can be quickly accessed through a single page grid (which is accessible by a single swipe). If you have less than 20 installed apps, you will see no difference. If you have about 20-50, the difference would start to show. With 50-100, it becomes apparent, and beyond 100, the difference would be huge. The more apps you install, the greater the difference would be. So again, power users will find this an advantage for Windows Phone.
13. CUSTOMIZATION [8 (8)]
It almost sounds silly that one of the biggest improvements WP8 has over WP7 is adding some smaller sized tiles. Hardly innovative, but it makes a big difference, largely speaking against the old design. I don’t like those big sized tiles. I simply don’t think any app deserves that much attention, especially in such a uniquely precious small room. I customized my start page to have all tiles in quarter size except for the phone button. Thank you, Microsoft, for allowing such basic freedom. My start space is now much more efficiently used and no longer a victim of the almost tyrant “less is more” so-called clean design philosophy.
The level of customization further down is mostly on par with the iOS, but Android would still have an edge over both. I think this is got to a very reasonable level already, except for one big complaint I have against Windows Phone:
With WP8, you still can’t turn off that stupid screen auto-rotation. You simply can’t so far. No user settings has that. No app that does that. Even unlocked phone can’t do that. Forgive me to call auto-rotation feature stupid. But it is one of those tech-things that made no sense on a mobile phone, precisely because a mobile phone is just so, mobile. The problem is that these device designers fail to understand that the proper (or desired) orientation of the screen simply cannot be determined by an orientation sensor. The sensor determines the orientation using gravity and the earth as the reference, not your body. As a result, the sensor can only detect the phone’s orientation itself, not its relative orientation to the user’s body posture, which is what actually matters. So it works properly only when you are standing straight, not when you are inclined or lie down. In fact, it always turns to the wrong orientation when you are inclined or lie down, so you have to fight it.
In practice, the non-switchable autorotation causes much more annoyance than any utility. It is OK if they just want to use it as a gimmick to attract shallow feature counters, but it is not OK to have it permanently implemented and cannot be turned off. It’s simply stupid.
I think the best solution is iPad 3’s combination of autorotation plus a hardware-based button for a mechanical lock. It combines the best of both worlds. The iPhone has autorotation plus user manual options in the settings and apps, which is not as good as the iPad, but still much better than Windows Phone’s autorotation only, whenever and wherever.
The reason why I make this auto-rotation issue such a big deal is just to make a point, NOT because the thing itself is so life-threatening. I can live with the annoyance. But the failure or overlook of such issues after all these years is very telling of the level of ergonomics Microsoft understands or is willing to make an effort to.
14. REFINEMENT OF THE OPERATING SYSTEM [7.5 (9.5)]
When it comes to very fine details, Apple wins. WP8 has improved over WP7, but I think it is still a far cry from the iOS in its refinement of details. Company wise, and culture wise, Microsoft simply has not learned this art yet. Let me name a few:
(1) You can’t quickly do a “select all” to copy and paste a text. It requires a painful maneuver to do so, many times more difficult than doing the same on iOS which gives you a selection in an automatically pop-up menu. Oh please, they struggled with this copy and paste thing from the very beginning and received a disproportionately great amount of criticisms, so you would think that they would have jumped all over it to not only improve it, but in fact over-improve it. Not at all. It’s still a half cooked solution, compared to what Apple has. The team that is responsible for this feature needs to be examined.
(2) The network status indicators on the top of the screen don’t stay. They show up shortly and then disappear to leave a blank and unused space for you to stare at and be uncertain about. You have to touch the screen in a particular manner to bring them back. And there is no way to change that in the settings. (No, I’m not talk about the common automatic screen lockout, which is necessary for battery conservation.) What’s the utility of making these essential indicators disappear transiently? I see none. The network status indicators don’t occupy extra space at all when they are displayed, and in most situations their disappearance does not result in any benefit but just makes the whole system unnecessarily busy and less certain. My basic assertion is that when you are away from home, your cell phone’s network status is a constant concern, and being able to glance at these essential indicators any time to quickly learn about the network status gives you peace of mind, and is a good part of the harmonious “handset environment”. Having to always struggle for such a simple thing is nonsense especially when the sacrifice is made for no purpose.
I think what happened at Microsoft was like this: One day, someone from Microsoft management shouted in a meeting: “Less is more! Less is more! Look at Apple, we need to learn from them!” And shortly after that, a Microsoft engineer came up with this idea of hiding the network status indicators…
Those are just several among many small details. Microsoft has done the hard part of building a very promising mobile OS, why is it so difficult for them to do these very basic and simple things right? It is obviously not an engineering issue. It is a product management issue. It is a company culture issue. Microsoft’s level of paying attention to user experience details still has a long way to go to match that of Apple. Why didn’t Nokia fix those deficiencies? They probably don’t have a license from Microsoft to do so.
Anyway, despite some wanting, I am in love with my Lumia. I hesitated when Lumia 800 came out, knowing that it would be incompatible with WP8. Now Lumia 920 is such an attractive package. I don’t think I’ll change my phone anytime soon, although I do hope that there would be some nice updates from both Microsoft and Nokia to make this phone even better.

As even Android is coming up in the above customer review first see a brief:
iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3 vs Lumia 920 [cnetuk YouTube channel, Sept 13, 2012]

We compare the Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nokia Lumia 920 in this 4G phone fight video.

Then individually from a widely watched/read technical media source:
The Gadget Show – iPhone 5 Review [thegadgetshow YouTube channel, Sept 21, 2012]

Read also: Apple iPhone 5 review [the Gadget Show, Sept 24, 2012] Rating: image

Samsung Galaxy S3:
Samsung Galaxy S3 review [the Gadget Show, June 11, 2012] Rating: image
Samsung Galaxy S3 4G [the Gadget Show, Nov 8, 2012] Rating: image

The Gadget Show – Windows Phone 8 Handsets [thegadgetshow YouTube channel, Nov 20, 2012]: Windows Phone 8 – Nokia Lumia 920 – HTC Windows Phone 8X – Samsung ATIV S

Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Windows Phone 8X and Samsung ATIV S

Read also:
Nokia Lumia 920 [review] [the Gadget Show, Nov 21, 2012] Rating: image
Windows Phone 8X by HTC [the Gadget Show, Oct 29, 2012] Rating: image

And when the same widely watched/read technical media source compared iPhone 5 vs Lumia 920 and HTC One X+ (instead of Galaxy S3 because One X+ is a quad-core unit):
iPhone 5 vs HTC One X+ vs Lumia 920 (Gadget Show) [thegadgetshow YouTube channel, Dec 3, 2012]

Giving out verdicts on three of this Christmas’ hottest smartphones:

The Gadget Show looks at what flagship smartphone you should hope to find in your stocking on Christmas morning; an iPhone 5, an HTC One X+, or a Nokia Lumia 920?

Ratings:
– iPhone 5: image

[4:31] The iPhone 5 gets just 3 Gs. No innovation. The battery life is terrible. It is still expensive and the build quality is poor. [4:40]

– HTC One X+: image nearly 5
Read also: HTC One X+ [review] [the Gadget Show, Nov 9, 2012]

[4:40] The HTC wins 4 Gs, nearly 5. Its processor is super powerful, and the only thing that holds it back it’s ugly and it is not 4G ready. [4:50]

– Nokia Lumia 920: image nearly 5

[4:51] The Nokia also snaps 4 Gs, nearly 5. The user experience and the wireless charger are ace, but it lacks apps and too heavy [5:01]

Then let’s see a couple of Lumia 920 specific advantages mentioned in the large customer review from Amazon that could be read in the beginning:

Nokia Lumia 920 Drop Test [PhoneBuff YouTube channel, Nov 11, 2012]

Lumia 920 Hammer & Knife Scratch Test:http://youtu.be/yDEahsoa_N4 Lumia 920 Destruction: http://youtu.be/E3c8il_Q6SU

Work on the go with the Nokia Lumia 920 and Microsoft Office [nokia YouTube channel, Nov 26, 2012]

Nokia Maps for Windows Phone 8 [nokia YouTube channel, Nov 6, 2012]

Download the latest Nokia Maps from Windows Phone Marketplace for your Lumia Windows Phone 8: http://bit.ly/PPFNLx

Nokia City Lens for Nokia Lumia: Augmented Reality Browser [nokia YouTube channel, Sept 10, 2012]

Nokia City Lens http://nokia.ly/QeAOiK instantly connects you to all of the places you’re looking for—and even more importantly—gets you there exactly when and how you want to. Now available on Windows Phone Marketplace. Just landed in town and looking for a good restaurant? Interested in checking out the local museum or theater? Time to hit the nearest transit station to catch a ride uptown? No longer is finding your chosen destination a hassle—whether you’re in a new city or your hometown. Now you can simply launch Nokia City Lens on your phone to easily find all the places you want to go. Nokia City Lens instantly reveals what you’re looking for on your phone’s camera display, no matter if it’s down the street or just around the corner. You simply tap your chosen destination on your screen to conveniently access walking directions, make a reservation, or learn more detailed information about the locale.

As Nokia rebranded all of its location based services under a new HERE brand as so called “location cloud” you can find all the details that in:
Nokia HERE by Michael Halbherr [JB Su YouTube channel, Nov 15, 2012]

Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5, Camera video image stabilization [NewsTechChannel YouTube channel, Sept 26, 2012]

And now two reviews for each from a highly visited tech source on the web:

Nokia Lumia 920 Review – Engadget [engadget, Nov 2, 2012]

Check out our video review of the Nokia Lumia 920. It’s been almost a year to the day since we reviewed Nokia’s first Windows Phone and now we’re staring at its second-generation flagship, the Lumia 920. We’ll be frank: Nokia has crafted one substantial smartphone. After experiencing the curves and lightness of HTC’s Windows Phone 8X (4.5 ounces), the Lumia 920 makes the scales tremble at 6.5 ounces. Read our full review here: http://goo.gl/DKRfi and subscribe to Engadget: http://goo.gl/FZmRo. Engadget provides the web’s best consumer electronics & gadgets coverage. Launched in 2004 by former Gizmodo editor and co-founder Peter Rojas, Engadget now covers the latest mobile devices, computers, and every gadget under the sun. Engadget’s video property is a part of the AOL On Network, which includes great video from Autoblog (http://goo.gl/A8FXw), AOL Autos (http://goo.gl/bYgCz), Moviefone (http://goo.gl/3ou9d), Techcrunch (http://goo.gl/g63nk), The Huffington Post (http://goo.gl/1iQE0), AOL On Entertainment (http://goo.gl/W1fG3), AOL On Food (http://goo.gl/EjE3g), and many other video properties. At Aol, we’re in the business of making the internet better by producing high quality content that connects you with the best journalists, artists, and musicians. Leave a comment on any Aol video with your thoughts, feedback, and perspective! Get more Engadget: Read: http://www.engadget.com/ Like: http://www.facebook.com/Engadget Follow: https://twitter.com/engadget

iPhone 5 Hands On Review – Engadget [engadget, Sept 18, 2012]

This is it. Check out our video review of Apple’s iPhone 5! Thinner. Lighter. Faster. Simpler. The moment the iPhone 5 was unveiled we knew that it was checking off all the right boxes, folding in all the improvements and refinements people have been demanding over the past year — yet plenty of folks still went to their respective social networks to type out their bitter disappointment. Read the our full review here http://goo.gl/3VD1s and subscribe to Engadget:http://goo.gl/FZmRo. Engadget provides the web’s best consumer electronics & gadgets coverage. Launched in 2004 by former Gizmodo editor and co-founder Peter Rojas, Engadget now covers the latest mobile devices, computers, and every gadget under the sun. Engadget’s video property is a part of the AOL On Network, which includes great video from Autoblog (http://goo.gl/A8FXw), AOL Autos (http://goo.gl/bYgCz), Moviefone (http://goo.gl/3ou9d), Techcrunch (http://goo.gl/g63nk), The Huffington Post (http://goo.gl/1iQE0), AOL On Entertainment (http://goo.gl/W1fG3), AOL On Food (http://goo.gl/EjE3g), and many other video properties. At Aol, we’re in the business of making the internet better by producing high quality content that connects you with the best journalists, artists, and musicians. Leave a comment on any Aol video with your thoughts, feedback, and perspective! Get more Engadget: Read: http://www.engadget.com/ Like: http://www.facebook.com/Engadget Follow: https://twitter.com/engadget
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