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  1. theefman's Avatar
    BTW, I had to VZW sales reps help me when buying the phone this morning. The first guy greeted me with, "So, you want a Windows Phone??" and started pointing to Android. I held up my iPhone and then just pointed to the 928 and said my decision is made. They had a HUGE banner for the 928. More signage for Nokia than any other brand at this store.
    So even with that huge banner these VZW employees are still trying to push people away from WP? Do these morons run the company or shouldnt they at least pretend to try and promote the option their company is clearly pushing with that huge sign? No wonder WP sales are non-existent in the US.
    05-17-2013 09:36 AM
  2. elpedrogrande's Avatar
    Oh one more thing I should add. I get LTE at my house! This is Shocking, as I live in the middle of nowhere. I can't even get Cable or DSL and LTE is there. The speeds are very impressive. If it wasn't for the Data limit I might ditch my current ISP and get a verizon setup, but I blast through WAY too much data for that. My current ISP while slowish at 4Mb/s is unimited.
    05-17-2013 10:12 AM
  3. ealexand#CB's Avatar
    the group text issue is ridiculous. I've been twitter bombing nokia, verizon, windows phone execs to no avail
    05-17-2013 10:13 AM
  4. jleebiker's Avatar
    Voice call quality? I just had my first call and am somewhat concerned. Other side was also on 928. Is there some sort of active background noise cancellation going on? If so, that may have been a factor and I am trying to get used to the volume rocker. Anyone else can comment on voice calls?
    I used it as a handset and it was better than my Trophy. Where I thought it was much better was while it was BT connected to my car. I usually talk to someone that I uually have to use the Trophy as a handset or wired earphones. Yesterday, it was crystal clear through my car's BT, it was AWESOME!
    05-17-2013 10:26 AM
  5. hopmedic's Avatar
    OK, so keep in mind that this is my first experience with a Windows Phone. I have been a long time iPhone user. I picked up my Lumia 928 from the Verizon store yesterday and had it activated and number ported before leaving. I got my work email set up and the first thing I got was a voicemail from my work phone emailed to me. Went to play it and was told that the phone won't play .wav files! Not a good start. I get support calls this way! I've been able to play these on my iPhone and before that Palm's for years. So I find a work around where I have to forward the email to a online site that coverts it and emails it back. We will see how this works out. Still it was kind of a jaw dropper moment for me.
    Not to make an excuse, as I agree that it should play wav files, but I'm kind of surprised that work would send your files as wav instead of mp3, if for no other reason than to compress the file and save data. Interesting.
    I've tried several times to redeem my $25 Microsoft store redemption but it keeps failing. This is kind of annoying! I had ordered a black model but when I went to pick it up they only had the white. The rep said he called all the stores in the area and no one had any black models. I did get a wireless charging pad and I liked that very much!
    Look in this thread - there was an email address to contact given in the thread.
    I have 13 more days to decide if I'm going to keep this or go back to iPhone. So far it's been a little culture shock for me but I'll wait a few more days to see what I think then.
    Let us know what you decide. And welcome to WP!

    Got mine yesterday before going to work. So I went in grabbed the unit at full retail and went home. Initial unscientific trials are the camera is way better then my Galaxy Nexus. It is hit or miss if you can get voice recognition. I guess on WP is is an option that needs to be enabled on an app by app basis instead of built in to the keyboard like on most android phones, so that kinda sucks. After an extensive use period the phone didn't really heat up and only used about 10% of it's power. At work when I walk around the building my Nexus would drop connection literally all the time swap to 4G and then back again to wifi. Yesterday I walked to the farthest place in the building away from all WAPs and still had 4 bars. Normally my Nexus would have 0-1. I'd have thought that it wasn't displaying signal strength however I started to see the residential networks show up and 1-4 bars so I know it was working. It just has awesome wifi radio's I guess. We'll have to see how the 4G radios work. The Nexus would drop out to 3G a lot in the area so we'll see.
    Check this link for Windows Phone Suggestions.
    I found Have Voice option for most apps and improve accuracy with voice dictation software
    Add a button to allow voice dictation to any textbox via the keyboard
    I have two other main critiques so far one with Gmail one with the over all phone. The Gmail one when setting it to constant updates I get my email pushes in real time. All my devices computer and now this phone get the emails in unison. Same with changing to read status. However if I delete something on the phone it doesn't seem to delete it on Google's server until I press the manual refresh button. I can't seem to find a way to do that automatically. I am hoping with the new OS upgrade that supports the new Google protocols this will be improved. Not as nice as my Nexus but not a huge deal.
    While I agree that there should be an option, their reasoning is to save the data required by the refresh.
    This is a very subjective opinion however I just don't feel that I know what's going on with the phone. Am I in LTE or CDMA? Can I lock the phone in to one or the other. Am I in Wifi or not. What are my signal strengths. I have to constantly try and swipe down the top of the screen to find out. What apps are actually running vs what daemons are running in the background. What's my battery like. Simple bar at the top not really good enough. On the Nexus I got a % over time graph with breakdowns of what power was doing what. Are there any apps that do any of the above with live tiles by any chance?
    Settings | Cellular - most recommend switching to Roam, CDMA and LTE, for battery life. LTE is for data, CDMA is for voice, so you can't go with one or the other. You don't have to swipe at the top - just a tap will do it.

    Apps running in the background? None, with the exceptions of location tracking apps (if you have any - like Drive +) or background music playing (Pandora, for example). Other than that, even apps that have background agents do not run constantly. Their run frequency is roughly every half an hour or so, but it is not scheduled finer than that. Background agents have to meet certain requirements - execute in less than 15 seconds, use less than 50 MB (I think) of memory while running.... I don't know them all off the top of my head. The restrictions are designed to save battery and data use.

    You do not have to manage apps like on Android, because when you hit the start button and switch out of the app, it is deactivated. At that point the app is still in memory, but it is not executing anything. No CPU cycles. There can be up to 7 apps in the back stack (the "stack" of apps running when you tap/hold the back button), and if you open another app, the oldest one will drop off the stack. Additionally, if the OS determines that it needs more memory, it will tombstone apps in the back stack. Tombstone means that the app is removed from memory, and left in the back stack. This triggers an event in the app, and if the developer has done his job, the app will save its state, so when you do go back to it, you won't know the difference - it will reload that saved state data and return to the page in the app that it was at.

    It's more detailed than that, but that gives you the high-level view, which is probably what you need. It shows why you do not need to manage running apps - the OS does it for you. Does that help?
    So far like the phone and the platform but could definitely use a lot of works on the subtle things.
    http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...wbie-tips.html
    http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...uides-how-tos/

    I used it as a handset and it was better than my Trophy. Where I thought it was much better was while it was BT connected to my car. I usually talk to someone that I uually have to use the Trophy as a handset or wired earphones. Yesterday, it was crystal clear through my car's BT, it was AWESOME!
    I found this to be the case with my 822 vs Trophy as well. And likewise now that I have a 928.
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    05-17-2013 12:06 PM
  6. zerotheloner's Avatar
    Hey comrades! New here, so I finally have my Lumia this morning but the thing is...they could't transfer my old number to the Lumia so I have to wait 24 hours for that to happen. Meanwhile I'lve been playing with it and what not and I really love this phone! :D
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    05-17-2013 01:25 PM
  7. explosive0's Avatar
    the group text issue is ridiculous. I've been twitter bombing nokia, verizon, windows phone execs to no avail
    I actually had to switch back to my iPhone 5 last night. I get a lot of group texts from family. I'll still keep the 928 though. Hopefully the issue gets fixed soon.
    05-17-2013 03:12 PM
  8. McSlappy's Avatar
    It's more detailed than that, but that gives you the high-level view, which is probably what you need. It shows why you do not need to manage running apps - the OS does it for you. Does that help?
    Awesome reply thx a ton for the info. So then to keep my Skype up so that I can receive Skype messages what do I need to do? Launch the app and then hit the windows key to leave it open while I do other things?
    05-17-2013 09:05 PM
  9. hopmedic's Avatar
    I haven't used skype, so I can't say for sure, but IIRC voip is one of the kinds of apps that can run in the background, so I don't believe you have to leave it in the back stack.
    05-17-2013 10:42 PM
  10. GolferChris68's Avatar
    I picked up my Lumia 928 from the Verizon store yesterday and had it activated and number ported before leaving. I got my work email set up and the first thing I got was a voicemail from my work phone emailed to me. Went to play it and was told that the phone won't play .wav files! Not a good start. I get support calls this way! I've been able to play these on my iPhone and before that Palm's for years. So I find a work around where I have to forward the email to a online site that coverts it and emails it back. We will see how this works out. Still it was kind of a jaw dropper moment for me.
    It doesn't play .wav files??? That's a deal-breaker for me. I also get .wav files for missed phone messages emailed through our Exchange server, so not being able to play them is a problem. My iPhone and Androids could play these, why can't a Windows Phone? It's a standard audio format.
    05-18-2013 07:58 AM
  11. dakranii's Avatar
    Windows Phone 7.X did play them. It's strange that WP8 won't. I get my work voicemail in that format as well.
    05-18-2013 08:09 AM
  12. Brad Miller2's Avatar
    My verdict/review on the Nokia Lumia 928 from Verizon Wireless

    First, a little history. My 1st smartphone was a Motorola Q (Motorola Q - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) and I used it from 2005-2006. After that, I became a Blackberry lover and ran with the 8703e (BlackBerry Electron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) from 07 to 09. When the HTC Droid Eris (HTC Hero - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) came out, I was on board with Android for the next 4 years and a BUNCH of Android phones (Eris,X,Bionic,ReZound,Nexus,S3). I guess the point is, I am a smartphone JUNKIE. I bought the Samsung Galaxy S3 last July and I can honestly say it was the best smartphone I ever owned, and I've owned a lot of them!

    I just assumed that on the day the S4 launched, I'd be there before the Verizon store opened to get mine. When my son Josh Miller (he manages an AT&T store) showed me his S4 and let me spend some time playing around with it, I was blown away by how awesome it was (and is).

    And then they had to go and make that damn Lumia commercial ( ). Now, a commercial wasnt enough to get me to bail on the S4, but it did at least plant the idea in my head to see where the Windows phone OS has gone since 2006 and the Q, so I went down to the local store on Thursday and bought a Nokia Lumia 928.

    With Verizon, you have 14 days after purchase in which you can return the phone, no harm, no foul (there is a $35 restocking fee).

    I have literally beaten this poor Lumia to death these last few days and surprisingly enough, my verdict is IN well before the 14 day window closes.

    Let me save the suspense for all my friends running their office pool of "Will Brad return the Lumia for the S4 in LESS than 7 days or MORE than 7 days" - I am KEEPING the Lumia 928. Now let me tell you why:

    The screen is AMAZING, and I don't use that word lightly. It's a higher resolution than the IPhone 5, lower than the S4, but most importantly, it has the blackest of blacks I have ever seen on ANY phone. You can put this thing under direct bright sunlight and the screen comes through clear as a bell! The screen is also hi-sensitive, so you can operate it with gloves on as well.

    The Lumia has the tightest social integration of any smartphone on the market today. I can tap one time, type an update, hit send and BOOM - I just sent a tweet AND updated my Facebook status in about 5 seconds flat.

    The Live People tiles are a game-changing feature. I added a live people tile for my wife, Tracy to my home screen. I tap that tile and it launches her hub. In her hub, I am one tap away from calling the house or her cell, texting her, wall-posting her Facebook or emailing her. it also shows her latest tweets or Facebook status, and because it is a live tile, it updates in real time to show her current Facebook profile photo, right on my home screen.

    You also get an excellent suite of Nokia-exclusive apps, like HERE city lens, HERE maps, Nokia DRIVE (which downloads the maps offline so your gps nav works even when you have no signal at all) and Nokia music.

    And the camera. Oh me, oh my, the camera!! Industry leading Carl Zeiss F:2.0 lens with Nokia's Pureview technology, plus dual LED/Xenon flash. There is not another smartphone camera out there that can go toe-to-toe with the Lumia, PERIOD! Smart Shot, Panoramas, videos in full 1080P, this thing does it all, and does it BETTER THAN ANY OTHER SMARTPHONE CAMERA HANDS DOWN. Words cant do justice to the low light performance of this beast, so I am just going to show you a picture I took. 10PM, in my bedroom, lights out. I am talking "cant see your hand in front of your face" dark and I took this picture http://sdrv.ms/16v7i4v.

    The Nokia also ships with the standard Windows Phone 8 keyboard, which is surprisingly robust and a real pleasure to use, even without a swype option.

    This phone is, by today's standards, HEAVY. If you want a feather-light smartphone, the Lumia 928 is not for you. I personally have found I like the substantial feeling of the Lumia. It weighs about 2 ounces more than many of it's competitors, so it's not a brick, but you can definitely tell it's there.

    There are a couple downsides I want to talk about too.

    The battery is 2000 MaH and is NON_REMOVEABLE. I don't like non-removeable batteries, but I will say that thankfully the battery life on the Lumia is, in a word, OUTSTANDING.

    There is no slot for an SD card, but the phone does come with 32GB of storage on board and, unlike the S4, half of that storage isnt taken up before you even turn it on.

    The biggest negative for the Lumia (or any Windows Phone for that matter) is the Windows App Store. Microsoft was very late to the smartphone game, and it shows. They are still trying to catch Android and Ios and probably will be for quite some time. If you are on an Android phone, you can download the free "switch to Windows Phone" app from the Google store which will tell you how many of your Android apps have identical or similar versions for Windows Phone. (Collector is nice, but it's not Flipboard)

    Does the Galaxy S4 do MORE STUFF than the Lumia 928? It sure does. Does it have a lot more apps and games in it's market? You betcha. But what the Lumia does do, it does way, way better than any other phone out there and the things *I* need on a day-to-day basis from MY smartphone are all right there in the Nokia Lumia 928 with Windows Phone 8.

    So in closing, if the top 3 things you do with your smartphone include Facebook, Twitter, texting, email, taking pictures and video then the Nokia Lumia 928 just might be YOUR next smartphone too! You never know until you try, so get to the store, get your hands on one, and decide for yourself.

    Thanks for reading.
    05-18-2013 08:36 AM
  13. devspeed's Avatar
    To everyone concerned about the play back of WAV files. WP8 Will play WAV files. It is only some of the older compression codec's aren't supported. Have your voicemail provider change the codec. There is a long discussion on Microsoft about this. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...b-1f1737ad2ff6
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    05-18-2013 10:43 AM
  14. moh maya's Avatar
    ok; I got my phone yesterday, and I am glad I pulled the trigger on ordering it as soon as it was released. It is remarkable phone - the hardware has heft; it feels substantial and solid - something that I really like. The Windows phone design language and interface appeals to me in a way the iphone and Android do not (My previous phone was a rooted Samsung droid charge, and I have/had an iPAD and ipod touch).

    The screen is simply stunning; and with the WP interface and its high contrast and tiles, it is just a treat to look at. I've never found much use for most apps - so the windows app store is more than sufficient for my needs. I am glad I made the switch, since for the things that I need to do on a regular basis with the phone, the phone is not getting in the way. I don't miss moving from Android, and I am glad I made that switch. With the droid charge, using the phone was a mechanical experience; with the lumia+WP, it is a visual, aesthetic treat.
    05-18-2013 11:34 AM
  15. zinj's Avatar
    Can anyone tell me if the 928 has the always-on clock option for the sleep mode?
    05-18-2013 12:09 PM
  16. antsin3d's Avatar
    Not yet, supposed to come with Nokia's "Amber" update in June or July, along with MS's WP update. Should be a nice couple months!
    05-18-2013 12:35 PM
  17. gibbyhome's Avatar
    I don't know why people use screen protectors, I have not used one since gorilla Glass and It does not scratch. in fact the protector looks so bad on such a beautiful phone.
    I was in line at the store the other day and a guy in front of me was looking at his phone and he kept pealing back the screen protector to look at his phone. I told the dude don't you have gorilla glass on that smart phone, he said yea. I told him you DON"T NEED A SCREEN PROTECTOR Than.. He ripped it off and threw it away..
    05-18-2013 02:33 PM
  18. Residing's Avatar
    I admonish all Lumia 928 owners to post their review on the Verizon website - be it favorable, non favorable, or indifferent. I only see 10 reviews thus far on their site. While the reviews are 'favorable', no one has yet to highlight what I consider 'unique' about the device - i.e. Xenon, screen sensitivity, sound quality (voice or recording), OIS, etc; if I didn't already know about Lumia's and WP, those are just some of the descriptions/features that would pique my interest.
    05-18-2013 02:38 PM
  19. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    I don't know why people use screen protectors, I have not used one since gorilla Glass and It does not scratch. in fact the protector looks so bad on such a beautiful phone.
    I was in line at the store the other day and a guy in front of me was looking at his phone and he kept pealing back the screen protector to look at his phone. I told the dude don't you have gorilla glass on that smart phone, he said yea. I told him you DON"T NEED A SCREEN PROTECTOR Than.. He ripped it off and threw it away..
    I agree with you. I bought a protector for my 822 and I never put it on. I thought what am I doing? This is gorilla glass!
    05-18-2013 02:39 PM
  20. dksf42's Avatar
    I don't know why people use screen protectors, I have not used one since gorilla Glass and It does not scratch. in fact the protector looks so bad on such a beautiful phone.
    I was in line at the store the other day and a guy in front of me was looking at his phone and he kept pealing back the screen protector to look at his phone. I told the dude don't you have gorilla glass on that smart phone, he said yea. I told him you DON"T NEED A SCREEN PROTECTOR Than.. He ripped it off and threw it away..
    Look no farther than Daniel's AMAZING torture test ... this was a Lumia 920 and the 928 "should be the same" ... WHY mess up the gorgeous scree with some protector after seeing this???

    Nokia Lumia 920 Torture Test II - Keys, knife and a mallet | Windows Phone Central
    05-18-2013 03:03 PM
  21. Residing's Avatar
    I don't know why people use screen protectors, I have not used one since gorilla Glass and It does not scratch. in fact the protector looks so bad on such a beautiful phone.
    I was in line at the store the other day and a guy in front of me was looking at his phone and he kept pealing back the screen protector to look at his phone. I told the dude don't you have gorilla glass on that smart phone, he said yea. I told him you DON"T NEED A SCREEN PROTECTOR Than.. He ripped it off and threw it away..
    Lol! I use a screen protector on my Lumia 900 because I am under the impression that if I should drop it, and it 'falls' a certain way, that the screen protector can help in keeping the screen 'in tact'. Screen still looks good with the protector on :)
    05-18-2013 04:09 PM
  22. deadwrong03's Avatar
    how is the front camera on the 928? I read the 920's camera isn't the best but I saw in the specifications the 928 has a "improved" front camera with a wider lens is it better than the 920s ffc?
    05-18-2013 04:12 PM
  23. MikeLip's Avatar
    My new favorite phone!

    I have been through them all. iPhone4. Droid DNA. Note 2. S3. 8X. I have a very strong liking for Android on the DNA. Not quite so much on the Note 2, although I love the screen. iOS is just boring. The 8X was close, but who was the ***** who put a green searchlight on the thing for a charged light? It makes it useless as a bedside clock. Now, I know that Microsoft keeps nearly as tight a grip on their environment as Apple does, and you won't see huge performance differences between Windows8 phones. But the 928 has the 8X beat. The screen is hugely better, the camera is better, it feels better in the hand, the buttons are better, everything is just better. I do wish there were notification lights and a rotation lock - then it would be nearly perfect. I like Live Tiles - the Blackberry Z10 sort of does this but not as well. Win8 has a beautifully coherent look to it, unlike Android, although Android is more customizable. The phone is very fast, very smooth, and the OS shows a lot of, well, craftsmanship. Transitions are classy and smooth. Someone sat down and said, THIS is how things are going to work, and they are going to look GOOD. And they do. In terms of looks and symmetric operation, W8 is head of the pack. The Lumia 928 isn't on fire as a super high performance phone, but it never, ever lags, stutters or screws up. Interestingly the battery seems to last forever. I had some worries when I saw it's relatively low capacity, but W8 is very good on power.

    The keyboard is awesome. This is the first stock keyboard I've ever liked, and I like it a LOT. I don't need Swype or Swiftkey. Sound is amazing. This is the best sounding phone on the market, and you are talking to the is coming from Blackberry. BB is known for superb sound. The 928 beats it, and not by a little.

    If you are getting this phone, get the wireless charging pad. Better yet,get two. It seems like a small thing. How hard can it be to plugin a USB cable? But once you use inductve chargiing, you won't go back/

    I got mine from Verizon using my early upgrade. I paid $300, and got the phone, a Motorola external battery, a case, screen protectors, and the inductive charger. It was a great deal and a great phone. It's white but that's OK - the skin case they gave me is black. Problem solved. I think the phone is really good looking, and yeah it's kind of big and heavy. But hey, it's a top end phone and it fees like one.

    If you are thinking a Windows phone is what you want, you want this one. W8 is not as messy as Android,but it's more sophisticated and modern looking. It's not as stultified as iOS. he hardware is rock solid and performs amazingly well. Just do yourself a favor and get it.
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    05-19-2013 06:52 PM
  24. pjannon's Avatar
    So I can remove the screen protector?
    05-19-2013 10:18 PM
  25. berty6294's Avatar
    Yeh I'll keep using my screen protectors. I like when I sell my phone and can say "screen is in flawless condition" I guess that means something to people. :P
    scooterbro1956 and Vallos like this.
    05-19-2013 10:27 PM
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