Thoughts On My New Lumia 920

I recently picked a Lumia 920 (so long, iPhone 4S!) and I’ve been using it for about two weeks now. Overall, I really like it. I got in Cyan with a Cyan NFC charger. I really like the Windows Phone OS. With the Live Tiles and easy navigation, it’s just beautiful.

The screen resolution is phenomenal, and the camera takes really good photographs. I also like all the camera add-in apps that you can get to provide filters, create animated gifs, etc. I haven’t yet used the Kid’s Corner feature, but not because my four year old hasn’t asked, I just don’t really have many games on it yet. I’m pretty sure I’ll be setting that up in the near future.

I use Windows 8 on most of my PCs now and I enjoy having the integration between them and my phone. With SkyDrive, everything is always accessible. And since I got in on the 25G promotion, I’ll probably never run out of room. And with the Nokia Music subscription, I don’t really use much of the phone’s storage for music any longer.

That being said, there are some things that are missing that while aren’t complete deal-breakers, would certainly be nice.

1. More apps – Probably the most complained about item, and probably the thing that’s the most out of Microsoft’s hands. There were a lot of apps I had on my iPhone that just aren’t available on Windows Phone. And I don’t even care about Instagram, but it seems quite a few do. There are several third-party apps for it that seem to do a pretty good job, though. Personally I have third-party apps for Starbucks, RedBox, and Google Voice. They all work fine, but official apps would be most welcome. Also, WTF, MLB? You have a BB app, but not Windows Phone? Would love to be able to watch a game on my phone, get with the program!

2. EAP-TLS Even WinMo phones had this ability. If your workplace uses certificates to access WiFi, you’re probably using EAP-TLS. Windows Phone does not have the ability to join my office wireless. But I’m working around it using Connectify on my laptop to create my own access point (don’t tell the network guy) when I need to download something large.

3. There is no way to page forward in IE? Really? That’s just pitiful.

4. The phone should remember different volume settings for when headphones are inserted or removed. I have to turn the volume nearly all the way up to listen through the aux jack in my vehicle, and regularly forget to turn it back down (because the iPhone would automatically switch volume levels) so that the first time I get an email or phone call, it’s ridiculously loud.

5. Windows Phone needs a central location to check all your notifications. Live tiles are awesome, but I don’t have every single app pinned that gets notifications. Would be nice to see them all in one place.

6. Integration between the Windows Store and the Windows Phone store. If I’ve bought an app from the Windows Store, I don’t want to have to pay for it again to get it on my phone.

As I said, I love my phone, but there is always room for improvement. I hope to see some of these things show up in the near future.

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