Early reviews of the specs, features and general prowess of the Nokia Lumia 920 are in – critics seem to be split well and truly down the middle. The release date of the unofficial Windows Phone 8 flagship was supposed to herald the beginning of Nokia’s unstoppable return to greatness.
Sadly, however, it appears they still have some work to do in convincing the masses, as the Nokia Lumia 920 at least has been found by many top-level reviewers to be a little on the frustrating side in parts.
Despite the fact that the phone as a whole is built excellently, runs like a dream and has a worthy list of specs and features, several early reviewers have drawn attention to the virtual keyboard the Lumia 920 uses. In the worst cases, some have gone so far as to say that the keyboard makes it nigh on impossible to properly use standard features like email and texting, with a poor predictive text system and a lack of haptic feedback.
One specific example highlighted is the difficulty of selecting a single letter in the middle of an already typed word, while the system’s use of a separate screen when needing add apostrophes for example has already seen some tearing their hair out.
This might not seem the end of the world, but just so happen to be two of the niggles that annoyed a few too many when Windows Phone 7 came around – has Microsoft gone and made the same mistakes again?
Some of them it seems – the browser isn’t one of the best and doesn’t come close to Chrome, while connectivity is a bit hit and miss in some areas.
Last but not least comes a biggie – there just aren’t enough Windows Phone 8 apps on the market right now to enable the release date of the Lumia 920 to have been all it could. Even with promises of Pandora and Skype on the horizon, they’re notably absent from the party now and won’t hit the airwaves until early next year.
Overall therefore, a good effort and a worthy device perhaps, though so far seems to be less than the reinvention of the wheel both Microsoft and Nokia have been banking on.