Redefining the PC

Why Microsoft's Surface phone could be MUCH more than a mere 'phone'

Surface Pwn 5

Surface Pro 5, Project NEON details leaked on LinkedIn?

XP-YESSSSSSS

Dell's already awesome XPS 15 gets even better in 2017

Surface table meets Windows 10

Yes, we did put Windows 10 on the original Surface table ... and it rocks

Cream o' the crop

Before buying a Microsoft laptop, check out our pick for the absolute best

Simple and secure, just the way I like it

We think Windows 10 Cloud is a great idea, here's why

uber micro

Halo Wars 2 has something for everyone. Here's our full review.

Oldie but goldie

We reviewed Microsoft's decade-old Surface table

Creators Update comin' at ya

These are the coolest new features in the next big Xbox One update (video)

Buyer's guide

The Razer Blade 14 is the best laptop Razer has to offer

Windows 10 app gems

10 terrific Windows 10 apps you should be using

Tower of power

Here's what we think of Dell's XPS Tower Special Edition

Quite a deal

Grab the complete C# coding bootcamp for $41!

Your go-to laptop guide

Introducing our ultimate laptop buyer's guide

Listen here

Attn Android and iPhone users: What you need to know about Windows phone

Old is new?

The original Surface Pro still holds its own in the 2-in-1 world

Xbox Greenlight?

No, internet, Microsoft isn't opening Xbox to all UWP games

Falling in love

HP Envy 34 review: An ultrawide curved all-in-one after my heart

2015 machine in 2017?

Surface 3 still holds its own in 2017

Let Kodi cut your cord

You should be using Kodi for Windows 10

< >
Welcome to the Windows Central Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
Results 1 to 19 of 19
  1. Andrew Z's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    55 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
       #1  
    So I'm debating between getting the Lumia 820 and 920. I like the smaller size of the 820, and the removable battery and expandable memory. I don't like not being able to use my phone for storage :/. Currently, I have a 900. The only benefit I see to the 920 is the bigger size, nicer screen and 32gb on-board storage. So the real question, is why would I get the 920? I mean it seems that both have the super-sensitive touch screen, and I think that the screen on my 900 is just beautiful already, SO especially easy to see in the sunlight.

    Now for a filler, I was considering the 8x, but I have about 14gb of music/pictures that I'd like to sync, and the 8x only has about 10.9gb on-board, non-expandable.
  2. alaskanjackson's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    92 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #2  
    One distinct advantage is the ability to use the touch screen with gloves. I run daily and that was one of the 900's drawbacks. Tethering is an option I didn't have on the 900. Also, my youngest (9) was semi trustworthy with my 900. Kids corner is a nice option the 900 didn't have. Call quality and photo quality are both better as well. I am a heavy emailer and use the 920 for work and home, it was worth the switch for me. Just my opinions.
  3. Andrew Z's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    55 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
       #3  
    Sorry if I was unclear. I have the 900, and I know that the 820/920 offers more than my 900. I just don't know why I would get the 920 when I could get the 820, for previously stated reasons. Sorry for the confusion!
  4. Morq's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    64 Posts
    Global Posts
    196 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #4  
    920:
    -> bigger, better quality screen with higher resolution
    -> single bar, which means it should be sturdy
    -> bigger battery
    -> much better camera

    820:
    -> exchangable shells
    -> card slot (but just 8gbs of built in mem that's being drained like ****)
    -> exchangable battery
    -> same hardware (cpu/ram/gpu) as 920
    -> cheaper :)
    Andrew Z likes this.
  5. wpwaukesha's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    61 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #5  
    I just bought my 820. I had the same dilema. They are identical as far as performance. The screen on the 820 is fantastic, some "professional" reviewers harp on the pixel density of the 820 compared to the 920 but really who looks at their phone that close? I like the understated styling of the 820. Remember this is a Swiss company (Volvo, Saab styling, solid good looks) Some reviewers complain about the removable battery door, ask yourself how often to you have to get in there? The camera is a whole other deal, the 920 has a better camera because of their PureView technology, it's not to say the 820 is terrible shooter, quite the opposite. In "proper" conditions the 820 is on par with most 8mp shooters, is as good as the iPhone? Probably not but again how often will you use that feature? When it comes down to it, it all depends on how you use your phone daily. I chose it the 820 because of the features, aesthetics and overall build quality and WP8. For roughly $50 more you can have the 920, but I bought my 820 on Amazon through the Nokia website for only a penny $0.01 ! So when I do upgrade to my next phone it won't hurt as much as if I paid more for the phone. So for a penny you can have a great solid phone.
  6. Andrew Z's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    55 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
       #6  
    Quote Originally Posted by wpwaukesha View Post
    I just bought my 820. I had the same dilema. They are identical as far as performance. The screen on the 820 is fantastic, some "professional" reviewers harp on the pixel density of the 820 compared to the 920 but really who looks at their phone that close? I like the understated styling of the 820. Remember this is a Swiss company (Volvo, Saab styling, solid good looks) Some reviewers complain about the removable battery door, ask yourself how often to you have to get in there? The camera is a whole other deal, the 920 has a better camera because of their PureView technology, it's not to say the 820 is terrible shooter, quite the opposite. In "proper" conditions the 820 is on par with most 8mp shooters, is as good as the iPhone? Probably not but again how often will you use that feature? When it comes down to it, it all depends on how you use your phone daily. I chose it the 820 because of the features, aesthetics and overall build quality and WP8. For roughly $50 more you can have the 920, but I bought my 820 on Amazon through the Nokia website for only a penny $0.01 ! So when I do upgrade to my next phone it won't hurt as much as if I paid more for the phone. So for a penny you can have a great solid phone.
    I mean I love the fact that you can change out the back with other OEM backs with different colors! Sure there's no OIS, but like you, camera isn't so important for me. And the smaller size will help with my smaller hands. I'm just scared about the fact that the glass isn't treated
  7. dogfish54's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    299 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #7  
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Z View Post
    I mean I love the fact that you can change out the back with other OEM backs with different colors! Sure there's no OIS, but like you, camera isn't so important for me. And the smaller size will help with my smaller hands. I'm just scared about the fact that the glass isn't treated
    If you buy directly from AT&T you'll get the free charging pad on the 920. 820 is an underrated device, but they priced the 920 so aggressively on ATT that it's hard to pass up.
  8. Andrew Z's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    55 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
       #8  
    Quote Originally Posted by dogfish54 View Post
    If you buy directly from AT&T you'll get the free charging pad on the 920. 820 is an underrated device, but they priced the 920 so aggressively on ATT that it's hard to pass up.
    true. The only problem I have is that I get paid on the 11th, and that sale, along with the $200 off the Asus vivo tab end on the 10th! >_<
  9. dogfish54's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    299 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #9  
    Wow .. that sux. BTW - that vivotab looks really nice, $200 off?
  10. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Retired Moderator

    Posts
    3,046 Posts
    Global Posts
    4,703 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #10  
    Quote Originally Posted by wpwaukesha View Post
    Some reviewers complain about the removable battery door, ask yourself how often to you have to get in there?
    For me, I have to get in there near enough daily. I'm going through about 180% battery life (my primary battery is charged to 100%, secondary battery charged to about 80%) in the space of like 6-8 hours. HTC TITAN. How would that affect my choice of next phone between 820 and 920?
  11. Andrew Z's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    55 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
       #11  
    Quote Originally Posted by dogfish54 View Post
    Wow .. that sux. BTW - that vivotab looks really nice, $200 off?
    yup! Buying wp8 device and the vivo tab, you save 200!
  12. Andrew Z's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    55 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
       #12  
    Quote Originally Posted by greynightshirt View Post
    If you don't need the probably better camera for taking pictures, take the 820. However, if you plan to record a lot of videos you should definitely go for the 920 because of stabilization.

    I settled for the 820 in the end, because I prefered the colours of the AMOLED screen, preferred the overall look of the phone and love the exchangeable back covers. (Couldn't decide if I wanted to have a yellow or white 920, with the 820 I can have both ;-)

    But it was a hard decision because I take a lot of photographs with my mobile.
    ya I'm kinda with you on that. I do like the exchangeable backs! Like when I want to demo my phone at work, and I'll have a cyan one, customers are going to go elsewhere for cool colors, but they can get the black from me, and buy removable backs :)

    The nice camera would be nice, because, for example, last night I was at a show, and the audio on my video just sucked... I've seen concerts recorded with the 920, and audio is just spectacular. Ugh the decisions
  13. cameradork's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    562 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #13  
    Based on your original post, it sounds like you might be happy with the 820 and then also a good point and shoot (Canon S100 or Panasonic LX7) for the times you want to record concerts. I think you wouldn't even be asking this question if photography was the most important differentiating feature of a phone for you - you'd just get the 920 and happily sacrifice expandable local storage and a more reasonable form factor like I did ;)
  14. andraeseus's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    129 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #14  
    The camera!!!!!! there is no other cell phone camera that takes the pictures the 920 takes in dim\low\and NO light conditions. The camera is worth it. that stabilization thing makes it VERY hard to take a picture out of focus. Don't beleive the hype. it is possible. I have taken some out of focuse but it's far and few between. Very hard to produce a shaky/blurry/out of focus picture even when you intentionally try to do so.
  15. X0LARIUM's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    1,748 Posts
    Global Posts
    1,852 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #15  
    Just a question, shouldnt the topic be "Why the 820?" Instead of 920?

    Sent from my RaZr on MIUI.
  16. Andrew Z's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    55 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
       #16  
    Quote Originally Posted by XENOPHOS View Post
    Just a question, shouldnt the topic be "Why the 820?" Instead of 920?

    Sent from my RaZr on MIUI.
    well it's more like "why would I get the 920, when the 820 is just better (obviously for my needs)"
  17. X0LARIUM's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    1,748 Posts
    Global Posts
    1,852 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #17  
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Z View Post
    well it's more like "why would I get the 920, when the 820 is just better (obviously for my needs)"
    Oh ok....may be this can help...it sure did help me change my decision!



    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.jpg 
Views:	11 
Size:	177.1 KB 
ID:	25894
  18. Tomasz S.'s Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    18 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #18  
    Quote Originally Posted by Morq View Post
    920:
    -> bigger, better quality screen with higher resolution
    bigger - yes.
    higher res - yes
    better quality - no, the colours, blacks and viewing angles on 920 suck compared to 820.
  19. bigkevbosky's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    497 Posts
    Global Posts
    564 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #19  
    Well, I'm someone who owns the 920, and just today bought an 820 off Ebay.

    For me its a couple of reasons :

    1) The 920 is just too big and heavy. No its not a major issue, but it is an issue. The 820 feels better in my hand (I've used it at an ATT store a couple of times).

    2) The 820 won't require a case. I mean, yeah, the screen can shatter if you drop it, but because you can change the back you'll never *really* need a case. If it scratches, buy a new one. The 920 doesn't need a case either, but if you scratch it or dent it, you're screwed. And try finding a small enough case for the 920 that doesn't make it feel even BULKIER.

    3) AMOLED. I kept looking at the 920 screen next to the 820 screen at the ATT store - I really prefer the "pop" of AMOLED screens. I'm not big on the lower resolution of the 820, but I don't really use my phone for gaming or movie watching. And I doubt I'll notice the drop from a 4.5" screen to a 4.3" screen.

    4) Uneven proportions. Ok, so this is the pickiest thing ever, but it bothered me enough to switch. The 820 is even on top and bottom, the 920 has a much bigger bottom than top. It just always looked a bit uneven to me.

    I'll end up throwing my stormtrooper 920 up here on WPCentral to sell in a few days when I get the 820. I think the only thing I really will miss from the 920 is the camera, but I don't take very many pictures anyway.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 73
    Last Post: 10-08-2012, 08:48 PM
  2. Most people said Nokia was overrated, so why the outcry?
    By theefman in forum Windows Phone 8
    Replies: 56
    Last Post: 10-08-2012, 06:49 PM
  3. Why the Lumia 920 wasn't displayed in Cyan
    By baileystein in forum Nokia Lumia 920
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-22-2012, 02:19 PM
  4. So do you think the 920 looks cheap because it's glossy?
    By Bentstraight in forum Upcoming & Rumored Windows Phones
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 09-12-2012, 10:19 AM
  5. Replies: 30
    Last Post: 09-06-2012, 12:00 AM

Posting Permissions