Since the release of the phone last month, I have done my best to avoid reading any reviews of Windows Phone 8 or the Lumia 920. Naturally, being on twitter, facts from various reviews and opinions from my tech reviewer and blogger friends do somehow get my attention at times. I wanted to approach the OS and phone with a fresh perspective. Now, as a fan of Windows Phone 7 rather unusual but beautiful homescreen, I did not welcome the initial announcement of the redesigned homescreen on Windows Phone 8. In fact, I downright loath it. But like everything else, there's a difference between what you see on your laptop's screen and what you see in real life.
|No more stupid flaps!|
Please Microsoft, just throw a big sack of money at Facebook to make it happen.
|No. More. Scratches.|
So the auto setting is kinda fail, but at least these can be fixed with some form of post processing software, or you can at least switch to settings stuff like ISO and white balance can be selected manually. What you can't fix however is defocused pictures. You simply can't refocus an out of focus image despite what Hollywood thinks. Here's where the Lumia 920's camera autofocus mechanism failed. It's erratic, inaccurate and at worse, sometimes plainly do not work. Like at all. Take this image for example:
Galaxy S III where I raved about the autofocus mechanism being almost perfect (it has a fail rate of like 1%), this is the complete opposite. Of the 120 pictures I have taken, 50% were out of focus!
|Holy cow, I must be an awful photographer!|
After three days of using the Lumia 920, I am not really feeling it. It is the complete opposite of what I felt when I first received the Lumia 800 which I loved almost immediately, and only stopped using because, I feel onto the Instagram trap. One possible reason for this is because Nokia announced the Lumia 920 far too early (way back in early September) and all form of excitement has since fizzled out. Microsoft's seemingly lack of interest with Windows Phone 8 has also damaged developer support. I understand getting Windows 8 out was a major priority for them, considering the laptop/desktop market is what they have most to lose. But if Microsoft isn't committed to Windows Phone 8, then they really shouldn't be in this market at all.
The Lumia 920 is still a darn gorgeous looking phone that has impress everyone I have shown it too, but whether or not this will be a keeper depends on a lot of criteria than just design. Keep an eye out for my review in a week or two.