3 Things I Liked and Didn't Like About the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone #SummerSwitch

I am a participant in Microsoft Canada's 30-day #SummerSwitch challenge to switch to the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone. This is my final take on the phone and whether or not I'll actually make the switch.

my new polka-dotty Nokia Lumia 920 case from Best Buy

3 Things I Liked About the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone

ONE: Larger Screen Size
It has a larger 9.7 x 5.8 cm display size, which makes looking at anything on it a joy. It made shooting photos easier, and it made viewing the screen in outdoor environments so much simpler.

TWO: More Precise Native Camera Settings
With the iPhone 5, which is my usual device, I have long wondered why their camera doesn't allow for setting Scenes, ISO, Exposure Value, White Balance, and Aspect Ratio. The Nokia Lumia 920 does, and I love the flexibility it gives the camera in brighter and lower light settings.

THREE: Haptic Feedback
"Haptic feedback" is what happens when a user interface design allows for feedback through your sense of touch. As is the case with the Nokia Lumia 920, I notice a little bump sensation when I switch screens and apps, and I really like it. It soothes my little ape brain that something is happening, and I found myself less frustrated if there was ever a moment of lag time when switching to a new app or screen.

Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone

3 Things I Didn't Like About the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone

ONE: Lack of Clarity In Photos
No matter what I did, unless I worked on sharpening photos using apps, the camera just would not shoot crisp photos. This is highly problematic for someone like me who is an avid phoneographer. Editing for sharpness after a photo is shot tends to create extra noise in the image, which means you have to trade off sharpness for lesser quality. Nokia brags about the camera's ability to take low light photos, but that's because there isn't much else to brag about with the photos it takes pre-editing.

TWO: Bing's Intrusive Search Feature
They've built Bing's search into the basic structure of the phone, placing a Bing search button right on the phone itself at the lower right. First, I don't normally use Bing, because I don't like Bing, and I bristle at being forced to have it as a basic part of my phone's architecture. Second, the placement of the button at the lower right means that a right-handed person such as myself hits it by accident ALL THE TIME. I am constantly losing my place and being thrown into Bing's search. I don't know how often Microsoft thinks people will be using Bing, or how essential they think it is to the basic operation of their phone, but they succeeded in making it the most often used but least useful element of the device. This repetitive irritation alone is enough for me not to make the switch to this phone full time.

THREE: Lack of Useful Apps
The strength of a smart phone these days relies on their apps, because, as users, we rely on the apps to increase usability when it comes to things like social media, image creation, and blogging. The Windows phone simply does not have social media apps that measure up. I need to be able to run five Twitter accounts, four Facebook pages, and a Google+ account, and this phone's apps are simply not up to the task. The Twitter apps are okay, but limited, and there isn't even a Facebook Pages management app to critique. It's camera apps are also limited. While their native camera apps are pretty good, they're not enough to win me over from the flexibility that the iPhone 5's camera apps offer me.

The Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone's ability to synch with your Windows computer might give it some traction with businesses that want to have their employees connected to work through mobile, but it won't really gain traction if they want that connection extended to the internet at large.

While I love the physical nature of the Nokia Lumia 920 with its larger screen, the ability to fine tune its camera settings, and its haptic feedback, it suffers a heavy lack of image creation quality, a weird and intrusive Bing positioning, and a lack of decent apps.

The Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone strikes me as one that would be better suited to someone who valued connection to their Windows computer and ran only one or two social media accounts rather than someone like me who needs the ability to run a whole population of social media accounts out of their phone and wants to shoot higher quality photos.

In short, I like the feel of using the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone, but I don't necessarily like using the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone. If I could marry its physicality (sans Bing, of course) to the better camera and apps of my iPhone 5, I'd switch in a heartbeat, but I can't make a complete switch to using it over my iPhone following this 30-day run with #SummerSwitch.

I'd say Microsoft has some work left to do with regard to its design (have I mentioned the unreasonably intrusive Bing?) and its library of apps to win over a broader user base.

Check out my previous Nokia Lumia 920 reviews here:

I am a participant in Microsoft Canada's #SummerSwitch, a 30-day challenge to switch to the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone. Products and compensation for reviews have been supplied by Microsoft Canada. Opinions stated in product reviews on Schmutzie.com are strictly my own, and I am under no obligation to provide a favourable opinion.

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