Summary: I'm a business user, and my phone lets me manage my life. Lots of flipping back and forth from email to contacts to calls etc. and I use it all day long This phone is heavy, well built, great camera and the Windows OS is very fluid and easy to use. Here's the major problem, the battery life is horrible. I can hardly use the phone without having to plug it in immediately after.
Summary: I was hoping for more from this phone, but outside of the camera, which is terrific, it's a horrifying experience. Horrifying in the sense that you can do nothing with this OS and I mean nothing. The Live Tiles are hardly live...they simply do not update. The ecosystem is barron, there are very few quality apps. Nokia did a pretty nice job with the hardware, but the Windows OS is just not suited for someone who actually uses their smartphone.
Pros: nice camera
Cons: windows os , live tiles don't update , windows ecosystem is embarrassing , zero customization to the windows os , not a true smartphone
Perfect phone for someone who doesn't need a smartphone
VirtualReality, Wireless AT&T
26 August 2013
Summary: I have used this phone for a few weeks but at the end had to sell it... Yes, it has an excellent (currently the best) photo/video camera for a smartphone, but other than that - there's nothing else that makes it stand out. The Windows Phone OS is horribly limited, even more than Apple's iOS, the fancy "live tiles" often fail to update themselves no matter what you do (soft resets/hard resets, enabling/disabling background tasks, reinstalling the apps, etc.
Pros: good camera quality and features. , good physical build quality , easy to use for a toddler or a senior person
Cons: inconsistent battery life , very limited built-in apps (browser/mail) , very limited os (not customizable enough) , laughable number of apps in app store , extremely expensive even on 2-year contract
Summary: After a week I can say I really hate this phone. I've never been so sourly disappointed in a piece of technology. The phone itself is sturdy enough, easily pocketable and attractive, but the OS is a huge problem. There are few apps, and the ones I use (Twitter, Facebook etc) are inferior to what we have on ios and even Blackberry. We have a couple iPhone 4s, iPod Touch; I just got rid of the Blackberry, so we have some experience here.
Pros: nice camera
Cons: short battery life , limited app store , microsoft owns a part of you , poor built-in email client
Summary: This phone is basically the 920 with a better camera and a 200% markup. The claim of 41 mega pixels could be argued to explain that markup except for a few details. 1. The actual resolution you get in the images is only 33 Mega pixels. 2. Even at that reslution you need a tripod to really capture an image with that much detail. The human hand can not hold a the phone perfectly stable so as you zoom in you find you just zooming into a lot of blur. 3.
Excerpt: I'm a bit surprised at all the 5 star reviews. I have had at least one of all the major phones at one time or another. iPhone, Blackberry, Android. This is my first Windows phone. I was hoping for a lot more from a phone with the big screen, a monster camera and Windows 8.0.
The camera, at 41 megapixels, is pretty bad. I am a photographer and have a number of cameras at home, and even my small Canon 10 MP takes a much better photo than this Lumia does.
Summary: Had mine a month & found it to be a sturdy handset that is capable of speed & easy to use, but the windows system seems bland & restrictive as do the apps from the app store, in fact a 3rd party Facebook app was awful, If you are into the windows scene (as many are quite happy to be) then this phone has lots in it to integrate with your windows 8 pc, the battery is very capable & saw out most of the day with good use, Right....the camera!