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  1. WINDOW LOVIN's Avatar
    Im hearing good and bad things.
    04-18-2014 02:24 AM
  2. Qiyamata's Avatar
    Just put it on my 521 a few hours ago. It lags a bit more now switching and opening apps. And Asphalt 8 has a little lag since I moved it to my 16gb class 10 SD card. And the brightness settings are a little wonky for example I switch it from high to medium and nothing happens unless I switch to low then back to high and sometimes the low setting really makes it high and the high really the low and etc. But other then that I can honestly say it doesn't bother me, very pleased with it so far. Love the 3 row tiles and my Internet Sharing and everything else seems to be working fine. I played with Cortana a little bit its cool. But the best part is being able to move and download apps straight to the SD card, now I can have Asphalt 7 and 8 with Halo SA all at once on my device!
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    04-18-2014 02:35 AM
  3. ojo otter's Avatar
    My lumia 520 works better then before! I love the app installation onto SD card and extra tiles, notification and cortana is amazing! For some it has been slow, for me, WP8 was slow, and WP8.1 is soo much faster, and I have way less 'resuming' or 'loading' time.
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    04-18-2014 02:37 AM
  4. ghken's Avatar
    For me it's been a mixed bag. The new features are working pretty well. Cortana is great fun to play with and actually pretty useful in terms of setting reminders, calendar updates, etc.

    On the negative side, there is a definite performance hit, with lag that didn't exist before. It's not consistent, so no way to tell what the cause is. Sometimes Cortana will launch instantly, sometimes it takes several seconds. General navigation is spotty as well, with smooth buttery WP goodness at times and Android-like delays at other times. I've done a soft reset and don't want to go through the bother of a hard reset and reinstalling everything with the likely end result that nothing will change. It's not horrible and I'll live with it and hope that an MS or Nokia firmware update will improve it.

    The biggest downside - which I haven't seen mentioned anywhere else in regards to the 521 - is that SMS is no longer working when using T-Mobile wifi calling. I can still place and receive calls using wifi calling, but attempting to send an SMS message immediately comes back with the phone telling me it couldn't send the message. And incoming messages never make it.

    I knew it was risky installing 8.1 and although there are a few issues, overall I'm glad I did it.
    04-18-2014 10:44 AM
  5. Guytronic's Avatar
    My Lumia 520 works better then before! I love the app installation onto SD card and extra tiles, notification and Cortana is amazing! For some it has been slow, for me, WP8 was slow, and WP8.1 is sooooo much faster, and I have way less 'resuming' or 'loading' time.
    Same here with a 521.
    The Lumia 521 with 8.1 is like a device reborn IMO.
    Far as bugs there's is the normal complaining about growing pains.

    However things like:
    Storage Sense
    start+theme
    notification+actions
    Wi-Fi Sense
    Word Flow
    Separate volume for ringer and media
    The new WP appstore
    Back-up and phone reset
    ...and of course Cortana (US)
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    All the above in my opinion have definitely pushed the 521 further up the ladder.

    I just did a phone reset last evening to see what would happen.
    Everything on the phone came back except the 3rd row of tiles and apps I left on the SD card.
    Being able to move\install apps to SD has freed a lot of internal phone space.
    The 521 user with a large fast SD card no longer has to worry about collecting store apps.

    Out of 7.2 gig available I'm showing 2.5 gig used 1.9 is system plus whatever else.
    4.7 gig free!
    The notifications pull down is pretty cool also.
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    Had nothing but the best experience with the 8.1 preview on the 521.
    For me and the 521 it has been what I would call a galactic improvement.
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    04-18-2014 11:54 AM
  6. eddieDOTexe's Avatar
    Lags a bit more but I'm assuming its because 8.1 isn't quite finished. It performs pretty well though considering all the extra features. I haven't bothered to hard reset my phone though but I wouldn't doubt it would help. If this ever gets on my nerves and I have the time then ill do it but as it stands its pretty good. Unless it reaches Android level or something ill be good until final release.
    04-18-2014 05:33 PM
  7. CrossedFaith's Avatar
    It does lag a little bit. However is rare for me that I notice it. It's a solid update though

    Sent from my magical toaster
    04-18-2014 11:16 PM
  8. skalover89's Avatar
    So far I'm loving the update. I think there is a little lag but nothing that is intolerable. Has anyone had any issues making calls? I don't make a lot of phone calls and didn't realize it at first. I can't remember if it happens every time, but I've tried to make phone calls and it just ends. Then there is a message that says "Can't Connect: Can't complete the call. Check your cellular signal, and the number, and try again." So far I've had no issues receiving calls or texts/mms. I reset the phone and then I can make a call, but it will happen all over again later. According to the phone, I have 4 bars out of 5 using 4G....unless it's lying to me.
    04-19-2014 04:15 PM
  9. Qiyamata's Avatar
    Update, just did a hard reset last night on my 521, it fixed all the lag. It really does work! Even the games run smoother.
    04-19-2014 04:26 PM
  10. CrossedFaith's Avatar
    As far as calling issues go, I have not had any...the only thing that I have is a slight lag sometimes...but it is very tolerable as its a seldom occurrence...

    Sent from my magical toaster
    04-19-2014 05:06 PM
  11. Imperiums's Avatar
    skype so far seems to have changed since the update, push notifications with lock screen no longer work,
    anyone else having this issue? other than that, as reported by others, there does seem to be some lag
    switching between apps.
    04-19-2014 05:21 PM
  12. WINDOW LOVIN's Avatar
    So far I am impressed by the replies and glad to know our low end devices are receiving the update without to many problems..i have a lag as it is with my 8.0 I figure it will correct itself after the update. I am going to dwell on it more and by the end of the night I am sure I'm going to want too update hehe. Btw does anyone know how to sign up for the dev account on the website. It is kinda confusing.
    04-19-2014 06:08 PM
  13. Guytronic's Avatar
    Skype so far seems to have changed since the update, push notifications with lock screen no longer work,
    anyone else having this issue? Other than that, as reported by others, there does seem to be some lag switching between apps.
    Happening here also with the phone and after 8.1 on my Surface.
    I reported it to MSFT via feedback.
    04-19-2014 06:09 PM
  14. Qiyamata's Avatar
    Sign up for a dev acc using app studio. All you have to do is sign into your Microsoft account there.
    04-19-2014 06:47 PM
  15. WINDOW LOVIN's Avatar
    Is that the app in the store??
    Sign up for a dev acc using app studio. All you have to do is sign into your Microsoft account there.
    04-19-2014 07:15 PM
  16. BrandonCormier's Avatar
    I had it for a couple days but ultimately restored back to 8 for a couple reasons. The main was the battery. Generally at the end of the day (7:30am to 9pm) I have about 50% battery left but with 8.1 I was left with around 25%. Its not horribly bad, and is probably caused by a lack of the new firmware and Cortana. The second main reason is that 8 is just so buttery smooth. Again though I think this is the firmware. When I had GDR3 preview is was laggy here and there but the Nokia Black firmware totally smoothed everything out for me. The new features are super cool. The notification center is a life saver. But I will probably wait until they update the preview or until T-Mobile pushes out the update.
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    04-19-2014 09:50 PM
  17. CrossedFaith's Avatar
    How did you downgrade? Nokia care suite?

    Sent from my magical toaster
    04-19-2014 10:17 PM
  18. Guytronic's Avatar
    Curious here.
    Where is the lagging again.
    The only real stutter I see is returning to the home screen (set up as third row) from say a heavy duty app like ProShot, OneShot, Fotor or one of my games.
    Everything else looks smooth all round.

    Just to check I went back to two rows "ugh" and the start screen pops up faster.
    Evidently the third row feature is a bit intense...but I don't mind that it ever so slightly stalls.
    I'm sure there are many variables between users i.e; live tiles, tile sizes, extent of home screen set-up etc.

    I would say for a rock bottom phone which soars above quite few others it does quite well.
    04-19-2014 11:05 PM
  19. eddieDOTexe's Avatar
    Well, I went ahead and reset my phone. And while it did take a while for all my apps to download and all, once it was all done. 8.1 is running just as smooth as 8.0. So definitely give it a shot if your 521 is lagging a bit.
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    04-20-2014 01:20 AM
  20. Norris Rochelle's Avatar
    Flawless

    Owner of - HTC Fuze, Nokia Lumia 521, Windows Vista PC, Windows 8.1 PC, Xbox Ambassador, Official Developer.
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    04-20-2014 01:39 AM
  21. BrandonCormier's Avatar
    How did you downgrade? Nokia care suite?

    Sent from my magical toaster
    I restored using the Nokia Software Recovery Tool. Worked like a charm.
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    04-20-2014 01:52 PM
  22. BrandonCormier's Avatar
    Curious here.
    Where is the lagging again.
    The only real stutter I see is returning to the home screen (set up as third row) from say a heavy duty app like ProShot, OneShot, Fotor or one of my games.
    Everything else looks smooth all round.

    Just to check I went back to two rows "ugh" and the start screen pops up faster.
    Evidently the third row feature is a bit intense...but I don't mind that it ever so slightly stalls.
    I'm sure there are many variables between users i.e; live tiles, tile sizes, extent of home screen set-up etc.

    I would say for a rock bottom phone which soars above quite few others it does quite well.
    The lag I had was mostly in things like loading the app list and playing music. Had a lot of refreshes. Also like you said going to the start screen had some lag as well, even though I wasnt running the third tile. I might just switch back anyways though because I keep reading all the new cool features here on WP Central, and I miss the new start screen. Battery was my main issue. Maybe all I needed to to was disable Cortana?

    Well, I went ahead and reset my phone. And while it did take a while for all my apps to download and all, once it was all done. 8.1 is running just as smooth as 8.0. So definitely give it a shot if your 521 is lagging a bit.
    I might try this. I have heard a lot of good reports of this working.
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    04-20-2014 01:56 PM
  23. onlysublime's Avatar
    the bottom line is... is the 521 better with it or without it? and the answer is it is definitely better with it. WP8 was great but limited. As for lag, it's weird. sometimes it's there and sometimes it's not there.

    but there's something that people haven't written about (and I guess maybe they didn't think it was important). I notice it more with the Icon than the 521 (because the icon is faster). The animation when the tiles go away (after you hit a tile to load it, the tiles fly away) or lay down (going back to the Start screen). they cut the animation time in half. so the tiles lay down a lot faster. When i first got the Icon, I thought the tiles would drop faster because it's a much faster phone but the animation speed was the same. So I was disappointed that it animated at the same speed as the 521. You might not think the animation speed is slow on WP8 but after seeing it on WP8.1, you notice it. That split second adds up over time. it's no wonder I read reviews of WP8 and how reviewers wished they could set a "no animations" setting so that when you tap a tile, it just loads without showing any animation that delays the loading process.
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    04-21-2014 12:05 AM
  24. WINDOW LOVIN's Avatar
    the bottom line is... is the 521 better with it or without it? and the answer is it is definitely better with it. WP8 was great but limited. As for lag, it's weird. sometimes it's there and sometimes it's not there.

    but there's something that people haven't written about (and I guess maybe they didn't think it was important). I notice it more with the Icon than the 521 (because the icon is faster). The animation when the tiles go away (after you hit a tile to load it, the tiles fly away) or lay down (going back to the Start screen). they cut the animation time in half. so the tiles lay down a lot faster. When i first got the Icon, I thought the tiles would drop faster because it's a much faster phone but the animation speed was the same. So I was disappointed that it animated at the same speed as the 521. You might not think the animation speed is slow on WP8 but after seeing it on WP8.1, you notice it. That split second adds up over time. it's no wonder I read reviews of WP8 and how reviewers wished they could set a "no animations" setting so that when you tap a tile, it just loads without showing any animation that delays the loading process.
    Thanks for your input man. I have restrained myself (though very strenuously) till I researched enough on how well it is doing. I find it less "glitchy" then the GDR3 update. And I feel this "preview" update is atleast 60% completed with the other 40% to come out by next month which is what I am hearing. I made a decision to updated but I can't due to a hotmail problem. I have been locked out for 30 days because I updated my security info :( meaning I cant access any other services except my email. Which sucks because dev preview and app studio requires that. So Now I have to wait till the 20th of May :( Im sure by then it will already be released officialy.
    04-21-2014 06:06 PM
  25. eddieDOTexe's Avatar
    the bottom line is... is the 521 better with it or without it? and the answer is it is definitely better with it. WP8 was great but limited. As for lag, it's weird. sometimes it's there and sometimes it's not there.

    but there's something that people haven't written about (and I guess maybe they didn't think it was important). I notice it more with the Icon than the 521 (because the icon is faster). The animation when the tiles go away (after you hit a tile to load it, the tiles fly away) or lay down (going back to the Start screen). they cut the animation time in half. so the tiles lay down a lot faster. When i first got the Icon, I thought the tiles would drop faster because it's a much faster phone but the animation speed was the same. So I was disappointed that it animated at the same speed as the 521. You might not think the animation speed is slow on WP8 but after seeing it on WP8.1, you notice it. That split second adds up over time. it's no wonder I read reviews of WP8 and how reviewers wished they could set a "no animations" setting so that when you tap a tile, it just loads without showing any animation that delays the loading process.
    I personally don't mind the animation. Apps start to load as soon as the animation plays so the whole "that split second adds up over time" statement is moot.
    04-22-2014 03:46 PM
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