This will be my last Nokia Lumia 920 post. If you have any questions, please post in the comment section below. Prior to being selected by Mauricio and Telecom New Zealand to get involved in this TelecomTech blog, I left Vodafone for Telecom. I paid hefty 'fees' for breaking the 24 months term plan. So you know I "invested" in this blog.
Since moving to Tauranga, I have found that the Vodafone coverage is not great around here. In the building where I work, calls will drop when I am in the lift, walking in the hallway etc. Our work phone is on Telecom Smartphone Network. It does not seem to have the same problem. Because of the poor reception, my phone used to overheat at times and the battery dropped quite fast.
At our meeting room down in the basement, the Vodafone reception drops to 2G only. I needed to have a few attempts before I could send text messages. Calling was 'okay' but calls dropped as soon as you'd move.
This is the Telecom speedtest result:
I decided not to run a Vodafone speedtest because it would only fall back to their 2G network. Therefore the data speed would be markedly different and the test would be unfair. At Bayfair Mall, specifically at K-Mart, the Vodafone reception drops to 2G. With Telecom network, the 3G reception is still great - typical busy afternoon at the mall:
Looking at the NZ cell sites map, it could be because the Vodafone tower is a bit far from the mall. The other explanation would be Telecom 850 MHz WCDMA has better building penetration.
Overall, I am quite happy with Telecom coverage. One thing to note is that Telecom is way behind with their 'online' experience. I found it ridiculously difficult navigating their website compared to Vodafone or 2Degrees. If you are a Telecom postpaid customer, it is much better to ring their centre rather than trying to be independent. I started this thread and it seems like a major work is underway and we should be seeing some changes soon.
Nokia Lumia 920
So far, the Nokia Lumia 920 has been great. I haven't had many issues except for the fact that the phone is very slow at receiving updates. They should sort this out. I think that the phone should be receiving updates in the same manner that Windows Update is deployed.
It is also interesting to note how successful Nokia has been in Q4. They have moved from loss to making a huge Net Profit. This is partly due to successful Lumia devices. Engadget wrote an excellent article here.
Since my first encounter with Android devices, the first thing that I learned was to use Task Manager to kill the apps and clear the memory. The main reason for this was to extend the battery life. Out of the box, the Nokia Lumia 920 has a great battery life. After normal work hours 8am to 4pm, I still have equal or greater than 90%. At least 15-20 minutes of phone call, browsing and mails polling in the background. This is something that I wasn't used to after having used Android phones.
Many have pointed out that the wireless charger is a novelty. I personally love it and would not go back to using a conventional charger. It is so convenient especially at night time. I have two of these Nokia dt-900 charging plates. I use Otterbox cover and the cover for micro USB port can be left closed.
Office / OneNote
One of the perks of using a 'Windows' phone is that it comes with Office and One Note. I did not use Office as much to be able to write a review about it. At a quick glance, Excel looks quite good. It seems like you are able to do lots of editing, formula, graph etc. If anyone is interested, I can take a closer look at it.
OneNote however is great. It is just like other note-taking apps such as Evernote. You can have picture and audio embedded in it. You can also 'dictate' the note via Bluetooth. Overall, great app and it syncs flawlessly.
App availability is on the rise. In the last two months, I can see some of the apps that are well-established in other platforms starting to appear in the Store.
Overall, the Nokia Lumia 920 is a great phone. It is simple and easy to use. Few comments from my mates are that this phone is fast and smooth. Learning curve is exceptionally easy. Tiles and apps list! That's it. I have updated the phone to Portico manually and it seems like Microsoft is serious with the OS. New features are added together with bug fixes. I have decided that this will be my phone for some time! My apologies since I am not able to cover Music or Xbox games because I do not listen to music nor play games that much.
Lastly, thanks to Telecom for letting me to be a part of the TelecomTech blog. I look forward to further future participation.
About the author
Hi, my name is Fergus. I am a big fan of the nakedmolerat character in Kim Possible - Rufus. I work in the health sector. I am also a volunteer firefighter when I am not working. I started using computers when I was five years old. I am the 'guy' that family and friends approach when they have issues with their computers. I am also an Android fanboy (Yes! I believe Android will takeover the world soon). It was such a great opportunity when Telecom New Zealand and Geekzone offered me to be one of the Nokia Lumia 920 / Windows Phone reviewers. I hope my reviews are helpful to the readers.
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