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 (Funny Commercial - Switch to the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 2013 - YouTube
). 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.