I must be one of those unluckiest Nokia Lumia 920 users out there! After I got the replacement for Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone, the same problem that failed me the first time resurfaced with the replacement one. The funny thing was that the replacement took just roughly the same amount of time before it failed just like the first one had, and this meant it took only two days for the replacement to go bad. If you don’t know what on earth I’d just spewed, you can always take a quick hop to my previous post (Lumia 920 Failed To Work After 2 Days; Black Screen And More…) to catchup with my Lumia 920 bad luck.
Nonetheless, I will do a quick recap anyway. So,it took two days before the replacement failed to turn on its screen. I think the majority people would know that when a smartphone’s screen isn’t turning on, the smartphone which relies on touchscreen would be rendered as useless. You would not be able to make a phone call without having a functional screen to start out with. The funny part with Lumia 920 replacement was that its Bluetooth functionality worked just fine even though its screen was dead. No amount of hard reset or soft reset would revive the screen as I had tried. To make a phone call, I had to run into my car, turned the engine on to allow the entertainment system to jolt up, and then Bluetooth would kick in to pair with the Bluetooth system within my car so I could make a phone call through the car’s navigation system. My car’s navigation system has a (touchscreen) screen — not a multitouch screen — which links to the Bluetooth function that relays the output to the smartphone. This means I can use the navigation touchscreen as if I use a smartphone, but the smartphone itself has to do the calling.
Perhaps, there are people who find their Lumia 920 to perform just fine without the problem that I encountered twice on mine, but I had enough of Lumia 920 hassle and so I said goodbye to it and joined the HTC 8X crowd. After all, my intention is to use Windows 8 smartphone ecosystem and stay disconnected from iOS ecosystem since iOS ecosystem was where I had come from. With HTC 8X, I’m achieving this very objective which Nokia Lumia 920 had failed on me. Two days had passed, and I’ve yet to experienced any black screen on HTC 8X. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that HTC 8X won’t face the same kind of problem. I’m betting on HTC 8X for it to be a different brand from a different smartphone maker might just help me put away the black screen problem for good. If HTC 8X will do this for me, it means Windows 8 OS might not be the big culprit in destroying the Lumia 920s (i.e., the first and the replacement that I had in my possession before).
To tell the truth, I like Lumia 920 better than HTC 8X, but I only like it when it works and not otherwise. When it works, I love it! I like the feel of Lumia 920 in the palm even though the registered weight of Lumia 920 does make one’s hand to feel so much more heavier in comparison to the weights of other smartphones. So when it works it feels great, but when it dies it feels like a brick. Anyhow, when Lumia 920 works, it does have several nice features that HTC 8X doesn’t possess. What? Let see, the Lumia 920 does have wireless charging, Nokia owned navigation software, better camera with Lumia 920 unique camera settings (allowing customizations of ISO, White Balance, etc…), better screen resolution (not by much but still — 1280 x 768 vs 1280 x 720), and you can also use glove with the touchscreen. With about the same price, I can get more memory space with Lumia 920 since the HTC 8X only gives me 16 GB worth of memory space for the price of 32 GB worth of memory space on Lumia 920. Unfortunately for us folks who use either Lumia 920 or HTC 8X, because we cannot expand the memory of the device since these two devices do not support microSD memory card.
In conclusion, I wish my encounter with Lumia 920 was a great smartphone experience, but it was bad to the point of rendering itself useless. It works great when it does work, but when it does not it feels like a heavy brick. It got all the features that I wish my current smartphone, HTC 8X, would carry. Anyhow, the point of me writing this piece is to be honest about how I feel of Lumia 920. Sure, this might not matter to anyone, but it matters to me since I did couple videos on Lumia 920. I had uploaded these videos on EssayBoard YouTube channel, and I had praised about how awesome some of the features Lumia 920 is carrying.
- Review: Nokia Lumia 920; Part 3: The display (wmpoweruser.com)
- Lumia 920 Failed To Work After 2 Days; Black Screen And More… (essayboard.com)
- The fingerprint test (Nokia Lumia 920 versus HTC 8X) (allaboutwindowsphone.com)
- Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 Arrive in China (news.softpedia.com)
- Nokia Lumia 990 Concept Phone Sports Full HD Screen (news.softpedia.com)
- The Independent calls the Nokia Lumia 920 “probably the most advanced smartphone on the market” (wmpoweruser.com)
- Review: Nokia Lumia 820 hardware (allaboutwindowsphone.com)
- HTC 8X, Nokia Lumia 822 release & price on Verizon (phonesreview.co.uk)
- Nokia Officially Launches Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in Indonesia (news.softpedia.com)
- Windows Phone Camera Faceoff: Nokia Lumia 920 vs. HTC 8X (wpcentral.com)