"Nokia's High End Phone is Pretty Great"4.5 starson by HarveyChavis
Pros: Screen is high quality and a pretty nice size
CPU/GPU/RAM are all high end
Interface is generally just very intuitive and clean
Battery life has been outstanding so far
Cons: No External Storage
No removable battery
No Swype Keyboard
Arabic font looks awful (not that anybody would care about that)
Summary: Nokia's Lumia 928 is pretty much the big high end Windows Phone 8 phone right now. As such, it's unsurprisingly a pretty great phone. Nokia's always been known for good reception. The screen is high quality and a pretty nice size (I'm increasingly leaning towards liking even larger screens, but 4.5" isn't bad). It's got tech in it for dealing with sun glare, and is supposed to work even if you're wearing gloves (though I haven't tried, since...well, it's 85 degrees out!) The CPU/GPU/RAM are all high end. (You can get quad core CPUs on high end Android phones, but I've found Windows Phone 8 seems to be a much faster OS-it feels fast even on the low end Nokia 521, much less this 928, and I doubt much software actually takes advantage of more than 2 cores on mobile devices like this) It's also got a great camera-apparently the best low light performance of any phone. CNET's pictures show it clearly better than even HTC's One or Apple's iPhone 5, and it absolutely destroys Samsung's Galaxy S4. The camera even has a xenon flash, which is incredibly rare for a phone.Edit:
One of the things I love about both iOS and Windows Phone 8 as compared to Android is how the OS doesn't come mucked up by a third party skin running over the top, like most android phones do. Besides giving phones a consistent interface, this also means Windows Phones can get updates faster-the updates don't have to be customized so much for every phone, the way they do for most Android devices. Instead of obnoxious custom skins, Windows Phone manufacturers are allowed to include custom programs, either on the phone, or available in the "app" store, which only run on that manufacturer's phones. Nokia by far has the most and best programs available for their phones. My favorite by far is Nokia's "drive" program, which is basically the equivalent of TomTom's software on iOS or Android, only Nokia gives it to you free. Maps get installed on the phone itself, so you don't waste data doing navigation, and navigation works even if you don't have a data connection. I'm not sure that Nokia's program is as good as TomTom's, but it still works pretty well, and is an amazing bonus for free!
I personally like Windows Phone 8 quite a bit. I think WP8's start screen is quite a bit better than iOS or Android's. "Tiles" are kind of the equivalent of program icons on iOS or Android, but there are three tile sizes. You can also pin things like individual contacts to the start screen as a tile. In my case there are two people I contact most often, so I have both pinned as tiles right on the start screen, and any calls or texts or emails from them show up on the tiles, separately from the main phone or texting program. Things like that make Windows Phone really customizable compared to the competition. "Live tiles" are kind of neat too, although mostly the Weather Channel program is the only one that I use that actually updates with anything particularly useful (since programs on iOS can update with the number of new texts/voicemails, etc. also). From the start screen, a quick swipe to the left pulls up an alphabetical list of all programs installed on the phone. The interface is generally just very intuitive and clean.
The email, texting, web browser, etc. are all good too. Pretty intuitive, fast, and work like you'd expect.
There are a lot of there little things I like about WP8 too. The lock screen can use the Bing Desktop picture-like a smaller version of the same picture you can get on a Windows PC every day can just automatically gets used as your lock screen, which is a LOT more interesting and appealing than what Android and iOS do. Even the way the lock screen kind of bounces is intuitive and appealing. It's just small things here and there that really make Windows Phone pleasant to use, particularly compared to Android...it just feels a lot faster and more intuitive.
I had a funny moment a week ago where my friend's android phone's network connection was refusing to work, while I'm just talking to my phone to pull up movie listings. I felt like we were in some kind of Windows Phone ad lol
One thing I DON'T like about WP8-for whatever reason, the time and reception bars at the top tend to be hidden more often than on iOS. I suppose Microsoft's thinking is that that gives you more screen real-estate. True, and maybe it's just psychological, but I prefer seeing the reception bars, battery, and time up there most of the time. A quick swipe down from the top, but still. iOS programs CAN hide that bar, but most programs (outside of games or full screen video) tend to leave it up there. The other oddity-for some reason there's no way to lock screen orientation. That can be useful (for example) to prevent the screen from rotating if you're lying in bed and trying to read something. I think individual programs can include screen orientation lock though.
Also, for me, iOS handles podcasts FAR better than anything else. Android has no native podcast ability at all, and there's no good way to manage podcasts on a PC and sync, like what iTunes gives you. Windows Phone 8 is better, though still nowhere near as good as iOS. WP8 has podcast management built in to the phone-you can subscribe to stuff, have it auto-download when you're on Wifi, etc. Problem is, there's still not a great way to sync it with a PC if you want to.
Files can be manually copied between a PC and windows phone just like to any drive, and Microsoft does have a pretty nice, easy to use "Windows Phone" program for syncing files (available as both a Windows 8 "app", and a more full featured desktop version for any version of Windows). That program even lets you synchronize with iTunes if you want to, but in my experience it's not flawless, the way it would be syncing an iPod/iphone, at least for podcasts. Playback position doesn't get saved right. Play counts don't seem to work quite right, etc. At least it runs well...honestly every single Android syncing equivalent has been a mess, often even containing malware, and never working right. At least this desktop program is light weight, easy to use, and built by Microsoft. I think MAYBE if you ONLY wanted to have podcasts on your phone, then Windows Phone would work roughly as well as an iPhone. Or of course if you only care about syncing music, it should work just fine. I don't like the Windows Phone media player as well as iOS', but still, it more or less gets the job done as you'd expect, and has lock screen controls like iOS, etc. (I do wonder if the 8.1 update coming later this year will make some of this stuff even better).
I'll mention that while Windows Phone lags behind iOS and Android in terms of the total number of programs available, I've actually found more programs on it I care about than on Android. Most of the "big" stuff seems to be here. A lot of the same games are available, although iOS is still best for that. (It is cool that games can have achievement points just like Xbox and PC games.) I'm sure it'll keep getting better, but really most everything I want is already available, though obviously that may not be the case for everyone. It's worth mentioning that when you download programs for Android, Google gives out your personal info to the developer. Microsoft (and I guess Apple?) don't, which I appreciate, and which is another reason I like Windows Phone better than Android for programs.
I'll probably think of other things to say about it all, but bottom line is I mostly really love my Nokia Lumia 928, and mostly love Windows Phone 8. I really wish it could match iOS for podcast support, but for the most part it's pretty awesome, and well worth considering.
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Updated on Nov 30, 2013
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