Poll: is the Nokia Lumia 920 on your radar?

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September has seen a flurry of new smartphone news, with Apple, Motorola and Samsung all announcing new models, and LG expected to add to the list on 19 September. But perhaps no announcement was more critical to the success of a company than Nokia's new Lumia launch was in New York on 5 September. Many see this as the company's "make or break" phone, and we'd love to know what you thought about what was unveiled.

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As a bit of a recap, the Lumia 920 is the handset in question, and is designed to run on Windows Phone 8. On the surface, it looks quite similar to its forerunner, but there are plenty of upgrades below the surface. Nokia packs in a 4.5-inch IPS display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and its new PureView camera technology (which you can read more about here).

Our interest was really piqued after watching the CNET live blog of the Apple iPhone launch last week. Because our team shares the same live-blogging tools, we had a behind-the-scenes look at the blog as it was being published, including all of the comments made by users that weren't published in the final stream. Of these, there were a lot of questions about the Lumia 920 — asking how the CNET team thought the new iPhone compared to it — and comments about how the new iPhone's features compare to the Lumia, especially in regards to photography.

Is the Nokia Lumia 920 on your radar?

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That same day, we monitored search terms on CNET Australia, and found that Australians were not searching for information about Nokia or the new Lumias nearly as much as the commentary earlier had suggested. Considering that the commentary on the live blog was primarily American, we're wondering whether interest in the Lumia 920 is regionally specific.

Recent OS market share figures show Australia as being one of the countries with the highest uptake of Windows Phone 7 devices, with 4.8 per cent share in Oz, compared with 3 per cent in the US and other parts of the world. So, if Australians aren't interested in the new Lumias, does this spell trouble for Nokia?



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JohnM9 posted a comment   

Like many posters here, I've been an iPhone user for years and frankly I'm just bored with them. Looking for something new, I bought a HTC One X and later a Galaxy S3. Still not happy as Android ICS lacks polish in my opinion and Jelly Bean on my Nexus 7 not that much better. I was hoping for something unexpected and exciting about the iPhone 5 but think I'd be bored with it within hours so struggling to justify forking out for one.

As WP8 has captured my interest,I've had my eye on the Lumia 920 for a while and have decided I'll definately purchase one. I wish it had an SD card slot, but it's not a deal-breaker as 32 GB should do. My main concern is the weight of the device...180g is much heavier than the competition so I hope I don't find it too heavy in practice. Everything else looks awesome so I'm looking forward to its release.

 

Objeron posted a comment   

I really like the look of it. I'm torn between a nice safe black one and a yellow one.

The issues I see with the phone are..
1) Lack of microSD card slot (the 820 has one Why miss it on the 920?!) Having said that I can't remember the last time I swapped an SD card in my last two phones so not a major issue. A USB to go port would be a good alternative Nokia had that before on the E7.

2) The version of Bluetooth. I'm not really sure what version 4 would add but it's on other phones and missing on this.

3) Lack of a HDMI port. Got one on my current phone, only used it to test that it worked, but its lack still feels like a step back.

Basically for a 'hero phone' its missing features that should have been easy to add and tick some boxes when comparing phones.

That said, I still like it, there is no way I'd get myself trapped in the Apple eco-system and I was rather underwhelmed by the Android experience (I went back to my old Symbian phone when my Android broke.)

 

Amando posted a comment   

Android user here and I'm heavily considering this phone. Better not be a let-down!

 

makolo posted a comment   

I am a Nokia fan and have always been. Have own a string of nokia phones including N95 and currently N8. I do treasure my nokia phhones because of their durability, super camera quality and nokia maps. I am so excited about the upcoming lumia 920. I wish it was out already because I keep dreaming about holding it in my hand. Nokia for life. Never going to own an apple product because to me its just hipe. They cant beat nokia if marketing strategy were same.

 

zi ggy posted a comment   
Australia

on another article it said this had amoled display, not ips

 

kalval posted a reply   
Australia

Definitely IPS: http://www.nokia.com/us-en/products/phone/lumia920/specifications/

More accurate colour will be a welcome change from my current handset. Amoled makes taking photos difficult due to the high saturation.

 

rusthuna posted a comment   
Australia

I have been an iPhone user for years and am really bored of it now, iPhone 5 is boring. lumina looks new and fresh and i am keen to see how the 920 goes. My problem is that i have bought everything else apple (iMac, iPad, apple t.v) so switching over to a lumina will be massive.

Does anyone know how well the lumina 920 will work with apple products ? I assume there will be no communication between lumina and apple t.v correct ?

 

kalval posted a reply   
Australia

Not likely to have much luck with apple TV and windows phone :(. If you happen to have an xbox 360 connected to your tv you will get similar function with WP8 as you got with iphone and apple tv. Otherwise if your tv is dlna enabled you might have some luck.

 

JohnP5 posted a comment   
Australia

Abso-freaken-lutely ! Nokia have their work cut out in Australia, but it'll be a huge success in Asia (including China) and the USA.


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