I'm due for an upgrade on AT&T anytime now. At $99, the Lumia is a lot of phone for the money.
Anyway - in using the HTC Titan, I'm having a lot of love/hate moments with Windows Phone. Will briefly list those later.
Also sometimes thinking of switching over to T-Mobile (I think we'd save a bit on our monthly bill...coverage isn't really a concern since we're in an urban area most of the time...very near T-Mobile USA HQ, in fact)
Was by the Microsoft Store today and got to briefly play with a 920. Here's what I like about it:
- Thinner than my HTC Titan in its case (and about as heavy too...I can live with that)
- Nice screen; I like the size and pixel density.
- Mini tiles in Windoes Phone 8 allow for more density on start screen; even the small sizes are functional
- Plastic body seems super durable
- 32 gigs of storage for a $99 price (on AT&T contract? yay!
- Nokia Drive app seems pretty good - really nice bonus feature to have; voice navigation is handy when needed (the few times I ever use it...)
- Camera lens position seems easy to scratch
- Screen could be bigger, phone could be lighter (this is not a dealbreaker, to me however)
- I am really on the fence about Windows Phone. It's okay to use, but I feel like it's still lacking a bit in its current state...there's promise but it's not great now. Android and iPhone have more immediate functionality.
Lumia things I don't care about one way or the other:
- Wireless charging - neat tech, but I'm not sure if I'd use it every day - the money spent on charging mats could just be put towards extra chargers for different places (home, work).
- LTE - I'm sure it's nice, but not so nice that it's really worth getting a more expensive data plan. I bet my net cost will work out around the same.
- AT&T - I'm not a fan of their consumer-unfriendly behavior with regards to facetime restrictions (even though as an iOS user, I've never used Facetime). It's a bad way for AT&T to act and I don't want to reward them with my business But their coverage has been good for me, and I like that it's GSM so I can use my devices globally when I travel.
- NFC - nice that it's there, but I don't expect enough stores/services where I live to take advantage of it during the life of this phone.
Windows Phone likes:
- SmartDJ is a pretty nice feature on Zune (and I assume that will work the same in Xbox Music)
- People hub is a pretty good way of consolidating Twitter & Facebook for reading, though it comes up short
- Fast, fluid, clean interface
- I like the way my pictures get automatically updated
- Feels uncluttered
- Good onscreen keyboard
- I like the approach to multiple email inboxes - I don't like all of my accounts being thrown into one big inbox (I like to keep personal, work, and junk accounts separate & process accordingly)
- Most of the main apps I rely on exist in WP7, or have a good enough equivalent. (though sometimes not as robust as on other platforms...Evernote, I'm looking at you)
- Office document support is pretty good (though I rarely need it and don't want to do work on my phone).
Windows Phone dislikes:
- New "Groups" feature is neat but I don't think I'll have nearly as many friends using it as I do have friends using iMessage
- Camera doesn't autofocus quickly - when taking pictures of my very young son or cats, the focus doesn't seem to follow fast enough.
- Zune client is sometimes awesome and other times frustrating
- I'm on Windows 7 and have no intention of upgrading to Windows 8 anytime soon; I have reservations on how well the music sync will work
- Social features of Rdio (and the general interface, IMHO) are superior to Xbox Music
- Bing...google search results are usually better for me.
- IE zoom/scaling has been pretty crappy on WP7. But I hear this is better on WP8
- Games have been really late in arrival. Maybe this will change with WP8....but it's nice on iOS being able to play games like Jetpack Joyride or Letterpress when they're really new.
- Apps are also more expensive compared to iOS or Android.
- I don't own an Xbox (nor plan to get one at this stage in its lifecycle) - so the Xbox integration & SmartGlass do nothing for me.
- Copy/paste & text selection is awkward compared to iOS and Android...
- Email syncing with read & unread messages is a little slow/weird compared to iOS or Android
- Google docs support is next to nonexistent.
Other phones I'm considering - iPhone 5, Galaxy Note II, HTC One S (T-Mobile), Nexus 4, Galaxy S III, HTC 8x
So, despite it all - I still am pretty tempted by the Lumia.
Can anyone help me overcome my lingering concerns?