If my old iPhone 4S is a mid-sized sedan, the device I’ve been using for the past day is more like an SUV. This thing is a beast. And I’m getting more and more comfortable with it.

Yes, it’s true: With the New Year approaching, I decided to try something new in my life. This weekend I made the switch to Windows Phone — plunking down $99 plus taxes and fees for the flagship Nokia Lumia 920.

Why am I doing this? I’ve tested Windows Phones in the past as part of our coverage but never used them for more than two weeks at a stretch, while always keeping my trusty iPhone within close reach. My goal in making the switch completely is to broaden my perspective and better understand the benefits and drawbacks of Microsoft’s mobile platform.

Plus, it’s looking like my colleague Taylor Soper will be sticking with Android, and getting the Samsung Galaxy S III. With our colleague John Cook recently upgrading to the iPhone 5, we thought it would make things more interesting around the office, and on the site, to have each of us on a competing mobile platform.

And lastly, it seemed like a logical extension of my other recent experiment, in which I convinced my wife to spend our iPad budget on a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT. That has actually turned out pretty well.

Why the Lumia 920? I was initially leaning toward the HTC 8X Windows Phone, just based on look and feel. But after polling my Twitter followers and holding both devices in the store, I decided to go with the Lumia 920. Although the Nokia device is thicker and heavier, the real issue for me was the face of the device and the screen size — would it be too big?

But the screen sizes are actually very comparable — 4.5 inches for the Lumia and 4.3 inches for the HTC 8X. Basically a wash. Nokia has developed some interesting Windows Phone apps, including maps, turn-by-turn directions and its City Lens application. The quality of the Nokia camera and the 32 GB of storage also were a draw for me.

In addition, Nokia has bet its future on Windows Phone, for better or worse, so the Lumia feels like it’s on front lines.

I had visions of getting the red one, but the AT&T store where I went was out of that color, so I went with basic black. Given the black casing and familiar Windows button, my daughter has started calling the Lumia 920 “the Surface Phone.” (No, I’ve been telling her, those won’t be out until next year.)

Good news for Microsoft: The salesman at the store was very helpful, knowledgable about Windows Phone, and enthusiastic about my decision, noting that he had the Lumia 920 and loved it. A far cry from the tepid sales pitch I’ve gotten in the past.

First surprise: No headphones in the box. Wait a second, ear buds don’t come standard with all phones? I guess Apple has spoiled me. Then again, I did only pay $99 for this device, compared to $299 for a 32GB iPhone 5. So I can live with it.

When I brought up the lack of ear buds, the salesman pointed out that the Lumia 920 did come with a handy SIM door key, in case I wanted to take the SIM card out later.

That was an odd thing to say, not only because a paper clip can generally do the job, but because it implied that I might want to switch the SIM to another device. Yes, it’s compatible with my iPhone 4S, in case I want to switch back, but that wouldn’t be true to my goals with this exercise.

At any rate, I’ve been using my new Windows Phone for the past day, and will have lots to share in the coming days and weeks, as I try to make this device work for me in my daily work and life. Stay tuned.

Follow-up: Window Phone Diary: Week 1 of an uncertain relationship

Comments

  • Forrest Corbett

    Has anyone seen low light camera tests of the 920 _without_ the flash? Every test I’ve seen uses the flash. Haven’t found an android phone with a camera I like. Very frustrating that the quality of the image is largely dependent upon the camera app used.

    • http://www.engadget.com/ Jon Fingas

      I’ve taken a few Lumia 920 photos minus flash. It’s surprisingly sensitive — occasionally so much that it captures more light than you could see yourself (you may even want to tone the image down afterwards).

      Right now, mobile camera junkies really have two choices: Lumia 920 or iPhone 5. Everything else falls short.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=666738926 Thom George

        Jon, when I take low light shots, mostly outside at night, I set the EV to -1, it saves post processing time.

      • http://twitter.com/irsanss Irsan S.

        what about Samsung galaxy s3 / note 2 ?

        • http://www.engadget.com/ Jon Fingas

          Used both… they can take good photos, but they’re mostly where the iPhone 4S was in 2011. They fall apart pretty quickly in low light next to the Lumia 920 and iPhone 5 (even the One X has a better chance in the dark).

      • chrislynch

        And I haven’t been impressed with the iPhone 5’s camera. My sister just got one and we have compared shots. The Lumia 920 is just that much better at taking pictures. Plus, there is just the simplicity of being able to tap anywhere on the screen to have the camera focus and then take the pic, instead of tapping the screen to focus and then press the camera soft button to take the picture.

        • http://www.engadget.com/ Jon Fingas

          That immediate capture after the focus is a liability to me, not an advantage. It means you can’t use autofocus or autoexposure lock: you have to hope that whatever focus and exposure you got when you tapped the screen were what you needed.

          Also, remember that there’s no built-in HDR or panorama modes (you can get apps, but it’s handy to have those in the box, so to speak). I’ve found the HDR mode can rescue shots that wouldn’t have worked on any phone camera, such as a sunset with a prominent foreground — it both fleshes out the sky detail I actually see without turning everything in the main scene into a silhouette. And, thankfully, without going the tacky route like some HDR processing.

          • chrislynch

            “immediate capture after the focus is a liability to me, not an advantage”

            I couldn’t disagree more. I have tried numerous shots, and in all instances, the iPhone 5 picture quality has not been better or on par with the Lumia 920’s PureView sensor.

            As for your assertion that there is no built-in panorama mode, that is incorrect. Both HTC and Nokia have either modified the camera app or added a Camera Lens to provide panorama capabilities. There are some HDR apps as you say, but that is the ONLY way to get a better image than the Lumia 920. And let’s not forget, it takes longer to produce an HDR image.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=666738926 Thom George

      I use the 920 without the flash, under all conditions. Very pleased with results. Trying to post a sample, but site won’t let me upload file larger than 2 MB.

    • Nick

      The 920 camera is AMAZING in low-light without the flash. Which is awesome because I hate what flash does to photos. I took some night pictures outside with my girlfriends 920 compared to my 900 and in mine all you can see is a little dot that looks kinda like the moon. On the 920 it’s a clear picture where everything is visible. We’ve converted 3 iphone users to the 920 now mostly because of camera comparisons :)

      • Michael Pedersen

        Just thought I’d add to the report about poor bluetooth car integration. My car has a aftermarket Windows CE 6 GPSDVD which doesnt work with Windows Mobile 8 for phone calls however I can stream music. I also have a parrot bluetooth device which cant ring out but receives calls and locks the phone completely if I disconnect the call. Many reports out there at different manufactures websites, Nokia, HTC and others identifying the problem. My wifes IPhone 5 works fine by the way. Otherwise the phne is good.

  • http://twitter.com/NokiaKnowings Kevin Everett

    I feel a Windows Phone conversion coming on. iOS is solid but is stale at this point Once he feels Windows Phone on for size iOS will feel old.

    • JoshuaSchlag

      I didn’t think this would be possible, but it’s quite true. I have a Lumia 920 and used to be an iPhone user – now when I use my iPad it feels a bit…. clunky.

  • Kirk

    Congrats! AT&T salespeople usually just give a strange look when you ask about a Windows Phone.

  • http://twitter.com/M_Khalilian Michael Khalilian

    Interested to hear how the switch goes! I’m also about to get the Lumia 920.

  • bibleverse1

    Make sure to update the results of your transition.

  • Robert

    I like Windows Phone 8. I also like Android and iOS. Frankly I couldn’t care less if one more self-important blogger decided to switch from one to another. It doesn’t speak to the quality of the phones themselves, it speaks to the lack of imagination of the author. Yawn.

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      I appreciate your perspective. Here’s a little more background that may help you understand why I’m doing this. With our earlier ‘Surface Diary’ series, we found that documenting the process of actually incorporating a device into work/life, over the course of several weeks, was illuminating and helpful for people hoping to better understand the technology, or thinking about making a switch themselves. I’m hoping to accomplish the same thing with this, and this is the introductory post for anyone who wants to follow along.

      • http://www.christopherbudd.com Christopher Budd

        Thank you for doing this. I thought your Surface series was excellent and I’m glad to see you doing this for Windows Phone now. I can’t say I feel there are balanced reviews out there so this will be very welcome in that regard.

        Also, I’d encourage you to explicitly speak to where having Surface and WP brings (or doesn’t) benefits you’d not get having only one or the other.

        As I’m (finally) looking at a tablet of some kind myself, I’m specifically thinking about my next phone purchase as well and will likely get the same platform for both.

    • Forrest Corbett

      One thing I appreciate about the author doing this, is based on how he handled his Surface series, he does a good (IMHO) job of getting other people’s perspectives on actual usage. Many other bloggers simply give their own perspective, and/or regurgitate press releases and other marking material.

    • lol

      So don’t read the article. That’s simple enough.

  • DazzlingD

    Maybe you don’t get headphones, but you do get a wireless charger.

    • jsflsdf

      I never got a wireless charger despite buying it from AT&T

  • Bailey

    Awesome! I’ve had the 920 since launch, you’ll love it!

  • Joe

    Hope you love not having any apps.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrea-Barbera/633833446 Andrea Barbera

      Except there are 150.000 apps. And you’ll only use 10.

      • ll

        Ahhh welcome, you are officially the first troll

    • Jasmine

      Made a fool of yourself there, Joe.

  • http://twitter.com/RMathis77 RMathis77

    I’ve got a WP8 phone (Lumia 810) Love the platform. I’ve used Android (my wife still does) and my work gives me an iphone 4s. Having used all 3 I prefer WP8 I am more efficient with WP than I was with Android and iOS.

    I feel that iOS is way behind and needs a complete re haul…. I look at my IPhone and think of it as so 2007. Yes they usually get all the apps first but the overall OS sucks! Android is just a fresh approach to iOS. The WP8 is new and easy to use. I am not a person that spends all day playing games so for me my WP8 gets me what I need faster than the other options so I’ll stick with Windows.

  • Guest

    Congrats on the new purchase! I really enjoyed your Surface diaries and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Windows Phone. I’m planning to try another OS shunt next year, replacing my old Android phone with an iPhone to see how I personally like it.

  • http://twitter.com/EasycapExpertti EasycapExpertti

    I got headphones and discount coupon for a wireless charger with Nokia Lumia 920 from Elisa operator here in Finland. You can use any regular headphones with it.

    Lumia 920 has many things which are better or You don’t have at all with iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3:

    1. The best screen – 2.4x faster than Samsung S3’s screen and 5.4x faster than iPhone 5’s screen (tested with Lagom test). You can use its screen with gloves on. It’s the first smartphone in the world to deliver a full 60 frames-per-second (FPS) without any blurring.

    2. It has 3pcs HAAC (High Amplitude Audio Capture) microphones and so the recorded audio is distortion free also at the loudest music performances and it can record also very low bass sound vs its rivals has nonHAAC mics and so the recorded audio at music concert recordings is mostly distorted and they can’t capture low bass sound.

    3. Nokia Lumia 920 is the first smartphone which has pentaband LTE support.

    4. Nokia Lumia 920 is the first smartphone with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) system which makes it possible to get better photos in the low light and makes more stable videos.

    5. Nokia Lumia 920 is the first smartphone with integrated wireless charging.

    6. WP8 is smooth, efficient and simple. MS Word & Excel seamlessly integrated.

    7. Free Apps: City Lens, Nokia Drive, Nokia Music, Smartshoot, Whatsapp etc.

    8. Aluminium cover of iPhone 5 and Samsung S3 gets broken easier than Lumia 920’s polycarbonate cover – polycarbonate is used for example with bulletproof windows

  • AvoidDroid

    You’ll be s-ooooo-ry!

  • Bas

    A shame about yr earbuds – they were part of my Sim contract free international version of the device. However, to really enjoy the dolby surround features you need some high(er) end buds anyway. Quality is however comparable to iphone buds, though stick better in my ears. They also have a funny design which looks better in the matching red colours than they do in black.

  • http://www.mainstreetchatham.com/ JimmyFal

    You will never have a problem taking a picture of a full moon again.

  • BTN

    I did the switch from an iPhone 4 to the Lumia 920 back on November 9th. I have no regrets. It’s a really nice phone. I use my old iPhone as an iPod for some of the old Apple apps and use it for FaceTime calls. I love the bigger screen on the Lumia 920. It’s nice having both systems.

  • guest

    Interested to see how it goes. My first impression of the 920 was that it was really, really heavy compared to the iPhone 5, and I think the weight combined with the size made it feel really bulky, too.

    But am willing to keep an open mind on this one.

    • chrislynch

      I personally like the heft feeling. Not everyone is going to agree with that statement. The iPhone 5 is just too thin, so much so it seems extremely delicate (like the Samsung Galaxy III.) The iPhone 5 is 112 grams versus the Lumia 920 at 182 grams. Plus, the Lumia 920 has a bigger battery, NFC, OSI camera housing, larger screen (dimensions and PPI), etc.

  • Dave

    Todd, I will be really curious for your take. I thought the Surface series was very useful, even if it confirmed for me that I should stick with an iPad at home.

    I’ve spent a decent amount of timing playing with Windows Phones and think they are very slick, but way late to the party. Seems like a much more modern feel than Apple and more polished than Android. However, Google’s end to ActiveSync support for WP for personal accounts would seem to be the nail in the coffin for me with an already weak WP ecosystem. I looked at the WP app store and it is pretty sparse. I do not overweight apps but even the major apps seem to have minimal updates with a lot of poor reviews–typically indicative of apps that were thrown out there and not updated. I will be very interested in your conclusions after working with the phone.

    • Dave

      Todd, in addition to your take on finding the apps you need, I’d like your take on whether you need apps or the WP mobile browser is sufficient. With iOS it feels like the focus has been on app development letting the browser lag. The ridiculous number of apps most people have is seemingly unmanageable–no one can check updates or use 100+ apps on any sort of regular basis–and I’ve wondered if really good browser could remove the need for most of the apps.

      At some point the fascination with apps would seem like it has to end, particularly for things you only do once or twice a year. The Geico apps seem like a good example to me. Does anyone really check in on their car insurance regularly enough to need an app?

      • chrislynch

        Well, you backtrack on a comment you made previously: “I looked at the WP app store and it is pretty sparse.” While I agree, it’s still missing a number of extremely popular 1st party apps, indie devs have filled in quite nicely. And I switched away from GMail years ago to Hotmail, and haven’t regretted it since. It’s too bad Google is pulling the stunt they are, and I do hope MS plays ball and adds DAV support (albeit, EAS and ActivSync is MUCH better than DAV.)

    • http://twitter.com/irsanss Irsan S.

      Hi Dave, my personal opinion about Gmail, it’s a very good one, but I am concern about privacy. don’t you concern if your mail can be read by someone by default?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffsandquist Jeff Sandquist

    Definitely take a look at getting the JBL wireless charging / Bluetooth speaker setup. We put one in our kitchen and enjoy using it for music, IHeartRadio and of course charging. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/bellevuefineart Bellevue Fine Art

    Interesting approach if the articles and feedback are truly objective. It’s always good to get different perspectives. I’m glad though that it’s you (Todd) and not me. Windows Phone would be my very last choice. I look forward to reading your articles about in in the future. In particular I would be interested in seeing how Windows Phone integrates in an open computing environment, such as synching with gmail, using IMAP accounts or POP accounts, and popular apps such as instagram and square, popular banking apps, and other non-Microsoft technologies.

    As for Nokia betting its future on Windows Phone, that comment seems a little disingenuous. Given their lack of market share, and even members of their own consortium betting against them, it’s not like they had much of a choice. Windows Phone wasn’t the best choice they had, it was pretty much the only choice they had.

    • mullta

      Lack of market share? Nokia was second in total devices sold in 2012… Do you mean smartphone market share?

  • autofahrer

    Btw, the sim key can be put on your keychain so you never lose it!

  • http://ListWithTom.com/ Thomas A B Johnson

    How long will I have to wait for a Verizon 920 Lumia. ATT is a no go in my part of Texas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001080966933 Walden Gajo

    It’s a welcome that your office is becoming more diverse and actually working towards getting an actual user experience to compare different platforms.
    I’d like to thank you also for your great article about the Surface and now looking forward to what you can share with the Windows Phone.
    I commend your office for bringing in a more neutral approach to product and technology reviews.
    Goodluck.

  • tehbigone

    Mine came with headbuds

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502496929 Alex Berg

    I love my Nokia 920. I do miss a few key apps (namely Dropbox, Mint, and Politico), but am surviving. I too feel the iOS experience is dated now. The pogo-sticking from one app to the other feels even more dated when compared to the live tiles and overall fluidity of the experience on WP8.

    • http://twitter.com/irsanss Irsan S.

      Hi alex, instead of Dropbox, try Skydrive ;)

      it’s usefull, and it’s available almost anywhere, except Blackberry.. :)
      http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/skydrive/compare

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502496929 Alex Berg

        Yeah, I’m well aware of Sky Drive, but my life (and company) are all already on Dropbox so Sky Drive isn’t an option.

        • tim

          Box files works well for dropbox.. That is what I’m using to get by.

  • http://twitter.com/theappnews Spencer Scott

    I made the switch and have been very happy with the 920. It’s a fantastic device and WP8 is much better than the stale iOS platform.

  • JTH

    Curious to find out if your Lumia works with your car bluetooth. Lot’s of issues have been reported.

    • http://twitter.com/benlower Ben Lower

      not sure what issues have been reported. we’ve repeatedly used HTC 8x, Lumia 920, and Lumia 820 successfully with our car’s Bluetooth.

    • jamie

      I have been using it successfully on my Mazda CX-9

    • dean

      Works seamlessly with my trusty kia cerato/forte

  • ninjacut

    Good to know people are realizing how good WP8 and Nokia 920 is. I had great use of Bing offline translation, Nokia lenses during a trip abroad. The display, camera, OS, navigation, maps are top notch and actually better than iPhone

  • withbreaththatisbaited

    SO happy to have found this article. I’m ready to upgrade in a few months from a terrible Android and I was going to go iPhone until I went to the AT&T store and played with the Lumia 920 and the comparable (thinner, more expensive, less storage) HTC model. The salesperson helping me said he had the HTC one and really liked the Windows OS, though his favorite phone is still the iPhone 5. I’ll be interested in seeing how your transition goes. I’m definitely leaning towards the Lumia 920 – I just wish it wasn’t so big!

    • chrislynch

      The weight of the Lumia 920 is the SAME as an iPhone 4S with a case. Yeah, the iPhone 5 is thinner than the 4S, but to me it feels more delicate. I love the build quality of the Lumia 920, especially over the iPhone 5. Hardware wise, the Lumia 920 is just a better device. Apple made the screen bigger, but that’s only to add another row of icons to the device. App ecosystem, yeah, Apple still dominates that area.

  • noctorne

    I am enjoying my Lumia 920 so much. Especially the SmartGlass experience with Xbox and don’t forget to get an Xbox Music subscription, that’s totally bad ass! From my Surface to my Lumia to my Xbox. So easy to use and performs well.

    I was with Android for 4 years, and one thing I really hated is that the hardware kept on changing from one flagship Nexus to a completely different manufacturer. So everything I loved in the previous didn’t match what the new one had to offer. And from an ethical point of view, Google is just being unethical. Other companies like Apple and Microsoft invest billions of dollars a year innovating and researching. They do the homework and invest, and the result is excellent patents. Google in the other hand just steals what others have done and just focuses on building the product, and they complain that they are paying Microsoft/Apple royalties. Windows Phone 8 is different, they redid the experience to be way different than I had on my hands for over 10 years. And I love it! I just wish there was Instagram :)

  • Guest

    You guys are all delusional! I just went to the MS store in University Village Seattle to check out the Lumia 920 and the smaller ones. At 11:30am there were 7 customers in the store (me included), while about 50 customers at the Apple store across the street. I checked out both, the Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5, for the very first time. BTW, I don’t own neither Apple nor Android. The 920 is an oversized brick and feels very plasticky on the back. And what’s with all the hideous colors?! If anybody at MS (or Nokia) is reading this, there’s a huge difference between color selection and color selection, as in “Toys R’ Us” color palette versus “BMW” color palette. Tacky! The Nokia phone feels very heavy actually and kinda bulky. The iPhone 5 on the other hand appears almost delicate and very elegant in direct comparison. And very thin! It feels much nicer in your hands. Anyone who doesn’t believe me should hold them side-by-side once. And I don’t even like Apple. But one has to be high to think that MS stands a chance in the general public’s eyes. As for other W8 products, the displayed RT keyboard were all dirty(!) (it seems the rubber wears off quickly) and the Asus and Sony laptops were nowhere near the Mac Air’s elegance (well, they did have touch, so that was nice). I also saw that MS now displayed wireless MS keyboards in front of the Surface, they seemed to negate the whole keyboard cover thing. Oh, and I also stopped by at the Sony store around the corner, 1 customer (me). Terrible, terrible devices, mostly obsolete technology and totally overpriced. So in conclusion MS is heading somewhat in Sony’s direction (though slightly better), but a far cry from Apple products. Does any of you bloggers ever bother to visit the respective stores here in Seattle and ‘measure’ customer excitement at location? Nobody seems to care for W8 products (except for maybe diehard MS fanatics and Redmond employees). Todd, you must have received some form of kickback for getting that phone, it can’t possibly be solely because of a hand full of experience reports for geekwire. Open your eyes, people!

    • chrislynch

      Wow, don’t know where to begin. For one, the iPhone 5 is too small, except one of the biggest selling point is that it’s larger than the iPhone 4/4S. You do realize that the polycarbonate body of the Lumia series is a far better design than the plastic with metal body design Apple chose? And no, the colors are not “Toys ‘R Us” as you put it. But beauty is only in the eye of the beholder. Except I completely disagree with your assertions.
      When holding the iPhone 5, I feel as if it’s going to break in my hand. Just like the Nexus 4 or Samsung Galaxy III.
      Oh, and someone who decides to give Windows Phone longer than a few days worth of time is somehow getting a kickback or is a fraud? Go troll somewhere else.

      • Guest

        Not trolling at all, just stating what I witnessed today in person. But I tell you what, why don’t you go and check the MS & Apple stores for yourself and tell us how many people seem to agree with my sense of beauty vs yours. I mean, who the heck likes turquoise phones?! Or yellow. Polycarbonate – lol – it’s still plastic! And the phone feels heavy like a 90s phone. The screen is bigger, I’ll give you that. I didn’t call Todd a fraud, you did. I just think that his phone and decision are somehow sponsored/influenced by MSFT. Just look at the biased photo, a used 4S in a worn cover vs a new Lumia 920. Yeah, it looks better alright. Not to mention the weird angle. If the 920 is soo much better as you stress, why is hardly anybody at the MSFT store picking up them funny colored polycarbonate phones?? There’s plenty of ads on TV, no? But everywhere I look on the streets I see iPhones instead that are “too small”. Well, apparently not. Most people I know simply don’t like a bulky phone in their pockets. In the end people vote with their wallets, and a near empty MSFT store (in Seattle of all places) to me speaks volumes. But hey, I’m just pointing out the obvious here.

        • dean

          iPhones will be sold in more colors soon including pink and you’ll probably drool

          • Guest

            No, I won’t, because I personally don’t buy Apple products. But I still have eyes and notice how the masses react. I guess I’m just not affected by the Redmond distortion field.

        • Rouz

          As you said this article is clearly sponsored

        • chrislynch

          It’s not turquoise, but Cyan. And yes, I have seen the Apple and MS stores near me. They are both busy. Microsoft CLEARLY doesn’t have the same brand recognition in the mobile space as Apple does. But that’s changing.

        • Ordeith

          The Lumia 920 weighs about the same as an iPhone in a case.
          and compared to the iPhone the 920 is nearly indestructable.
          The 920 has survived dropping, stabbing, being hit with a mallet, being hit with a fast ball, and playing fruit ninja on the screen with a knife. Any of those would have done a lesser phone in.

      • Guest

        “You do realize that the polycarbonate body of the Lumia series is a far better design than the plastic with metal body design Apple chose?”

        Apparently Nokia doesn’t share your opinion:
        “Nokia’s next flagship phone will reportedly be made of aluminum and be much lighter than its predecessor, the Lumia 920.

        The Verge website reported Thursday that the Finnish phone company is set to dump polycarbonate as the body material for its upcoming top-of-the-line device. It cited unnamed sources “familiar with Nokia’s plans.”

        By using aluminum instead, which is the material used for the Apple iPhone 5’s body, Nokia might be able to achieve a lighter and thinner build.”

        http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-nokia-lumia-aluminum-lighter-20130103,0,3430708.story

        • chrislynch

          Yeah, cuz Tom Warren and The Verge have never been wrong before… [/sarcasm] Yes, Nokia could make the 920 thinner. Things like that take time and don’t always happen on the first release.

          • Guest

            Will you at least admit here on GeekWire that you were totally off, IF Nokia indeed dumps polycarbonate for their next flagship phone in favor of a metal body? Then I will do the same, IF the W8 phones indeed become a significant market force in 2013. ;)

    • dsfjkldlfkj

      the htc 8x is much lighter and not as bright.

  • http://neil.nuttall.id.au Neil Nuttall

    Ha ha… Surface phone. Because I had my Lumia 800 before the announcement of Surface, my 6yo son calls Surface the Lumia computer

  • http://www.facebook.com/imperialdynamics Imperial Dynamics

    good decision

  • UnhappyWP8User

    I have been using Lumia 810 for a couple months. I am surprised none of the reviewers ever mention the lacking of some basic phone functions. Like you cannot make ring volume as loud as possible while keeping other volumes reasonable (think games, music, button presses). It’s one volume control for EVERYTHING is complete asinine. I really wish I read about something like that while researching.

  • Jonathan

    Good luck with your new Windows phone, Todd Bishop! Of course, YOU could be right and 125.04 million people who bought iPhones (and even more who bought Android) in 2012 alone could be wrong … but I doubt that somehow.

    Who needs to visit comedy sites when it’s so much more fun watching all the MS fanboys fighting hard to maintain their self-delusions to protect their damaged ego’s. To all the other Microsoft shills who post on sites like this, all I can say is: Reality sucks sometimes, doesn’t it?

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