"Heavy? OK. Slippery? Maybe a bit. Spectacular? Yes."5.0 starson by pjjjjjjjjjj
Pros: * Easiest to use phone OS gets even better and more effective
* Wireless charging
* Great camera
* Good battery life
* New, more customizable Live Tiles are fantastic
* Beautiful, big screen
* No longer requires Zune
Cons: A bit heavy and thick (but other phones with a hard case would be almost identical and 920 doesn't need a sep. case). Some niche apps may be truly missing, but these are the exception. Not as customizable as other platforms.
Summary: Tons of apps available. There are some niche apps that are truly missing and may be a dealbreaker for some, but for most people "only" ten flashlight apps (instead of hundreds in the Apple Store) is plenty. The store (http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store) makes it easy to see if specific apps you care about are available. Going forward, as Windows 8 on PC's and tablet devices takes off, the phone apps will start to expand exponentially (the new development platform is nearly identical between desktop, tablet and phone so "porting" the app to the phone is trivial compared to what it would have been in the past).
Low-light capabilities of this phone's camera are amazing. Bluriness can still be an issue (it's not magic), but I've taken pics in a dark room with and without the flash and people honestly had to really investigate the two pics closely to tell the diff. The "lack of settings" mentioned in the review may show a lack of knowledge - the "lens applications" that are provided (as a separate download) resolve this and more.
There are some things that you may want to tweak but can't. For ex, you can customize sounds for ringtones and alarms, but can't (yet?) provide custom sounds for things like new messages, emails, etc. My teenage daughters probably care a lot more about that than the average person, but it may annoy some. Also, some aspects of the UI are not as customizable as on other platforms; however, this is often with good reason. There are certain things imposed design-wise by the phone's OS that ensure that the overall experience is consistent.
In 7.x versions of Windows Phone, the ONLY way to interact with your phone on your PC was via the Zune software. I actually didn't mind Zune at all - I thought it was generally pretty good "for that kind of thing." However, what I always wanted was a way to just copy content to and from the phone right from Windows Explorer. With v 8, you can still use Zune or a nice new app for this, but you can now copy stuff directly within your PC's OS. Simply drag and drop MP3's, pics, videos, etc. to and from your phone's storage folders. Best part - when you do this it will automatically ask if you want to re-encode the content on the fly (this is great if you've got a bunch of "lossless" type of content that you want to get on the phone without blowing out all of your storage).
Speaking of storage, the storage on the 920 is NOT expandable (as it is on the Lumia 820), but you do get 32 GB.
I was an early convert to Win Phone, but I had spent about 4 years on iPhone and Android before that. I'm not a fanboy or zealot for any platform. Overall the usability and effectiveness of the Win Phone OS wins hands-down. The integration between apps on 7.5 was already great but only gets significantly better w/ 8, meaning that getting stuff done is almost always faster and easier on Win Phone than others.