Now that the latest phones from Apple, Samsung, HTC, and Nokia have been released or announced, it seems like a good time to explain why I'll be getting the Nokia Lumia 920. I have been using the Windows Phone operating system since March 2011 when I bought a second hand LG Quantum. Previously I was using the old Windows Mobile OS. I really liked the Quantum and the Windows Phone 7 OS. I upgraded to the Nokia Lumia 900 as soon as it was released. The larger screen and more powerful processor were fully utilized by the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update. I'm still using the Lumia 900 and it is fantastic. I have very few complaints about it but as soon as I saw the Lumia 920 I knew I was going to get it.
The Lumia 920 has features that other phones simply do not have, like built in wireless charging and optical stabilization in the camera. These are killer features that put the phone over the top. Wireless charging is an interesting feature. I don't see myself buying a bunch of charging pads to put around my house, maybe just one. Where is really seems useful is with accessories like the JBL speakers. You just place your phone on the top of the speakers and it charges and streams music wirelessly, great feature. Since Nokia is using a standard wireless charging format there should be lots of compatible accessories. Despite the botched introduction, the camera on the 920 looks great. Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is the reason I purchased the Sony A77 digital camera. The fact that they could shrink the technology down to fit in a phone is amazing. The benefits will be obvious in low light situations and while recording video.
The design of the 920 is simply a refinement of the 900. It isn't the thinnest phone but I'm fine with that. When you start making the phone so thin that it compromises the structural integrity then you've gone too far. I can't tell you how many broken iPhone screens I've seen. The 920 also weighs more than other phones. If I'm going to spend a few hundred dollars on a device then I want it to feel like a substantial product. The design and weight of the 920 give me that feeling.
So what phones am I choosing the Lumia 920 over? First, the iPhone 5. Why would I want a phone with a lower resolution screen, worse camera, no NFC, no wireless charging, non standard connector, no live tiles, and will shatter in my hand? Okay. Next, I'm only interested in looking at other Windows Phones. The OS is simple to use and lets me do the stuff I need to do more quickly. The first generation of Windows Phone 8 devices includes the Samsung ATIV and HTC 8X and 8S. I like the design of the ATIV the least. The HTC and Nokia phones simply look better to me. Although the HTC phones look nice, they lack the wireless charging and OIS enabled camera in the Nokia phones. They also lack the exclusive apps that Nokia has been able to provide to the Lumia line. Nokia has made several apps and sponsored others that are exclusive to their phones. These include their Maps, Drive, and Transit apps. Taken together, the Nokia Lumia 920 will be my next phone.