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  • BSMonitor - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    How do the Kindle and Nook apps look?? LOL Reply
  • Solidstate89 - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Kindle App works just fine for me on my Focus Flash. Though I obviously prefer using Audible when I'm in the car.

    Is your comment supposed to be funny or something?
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  • BSMonitor - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    No, all the features of each new generation of phone are great.. But of all things smartphone, I spend the most time on either of those two apps!! Gotta have both or no sale!

    Music/Movies #2, and should also be smooth.
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  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    I can see what BSMonitor is getting at. You put 'lol' after the question which kind of means that instead of asking a question you're taking the Michael. Did you actually laugh out loud after the question? Reply
  • Myrandex - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    No nook app yet, although I would imagine that would change soon with the alliance between Microsoft and Barnes & Noble.

    The Amazon Kindle app works perfectly fine (although I'm a bit bothered by the fact that I cannot search books in my library, I have to manually scroll to the book).
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  • MadMan007 - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    The Lumia 920 would have been high on my list if it had a micro SD slot. Same stupid fail as HTC with the One X/One S...at least with those you can hack mass storage support, WP is pretty locked down.

    Why REMOVE features from the higher-end phone?? aarggggh
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  • BSMonitor - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    They are slow. The push is the cloud for extra storage/sharing.. Reply
  • tipoo - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    The 820 had SD though. I guess it's just a design choice on the 920 without the removable back. Reply
  • stanwood - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    I'm bummed too at having to choose between the nice screen and SD. But I wouldn't jump to assume this was simply a dumb design choice. More likely, there was no space left for an SD card slow with the bigger battery required on the 920. And maybe the IPS screen is thicker? (I don't know). Probably this was a design tradeoff between features and size.

    Funny thing is, when Apple drops features like SD they get away with pretending it is "on purpose". Nokia adds it in where they can fit it and gets grief for leaving it out elsewhere. Such is life.
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  • ericloewe - Thursday, September 06, 2012 - link

    Honest question: When will you need more than 32GB at a time on your phone? Reply
  • nitram_tpr - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Wowsers, is the battery lead-acid? Reply
  • agent2099 - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    If the 920 features integrated battery, and no microSD slot, I would also expect it to have the thinner profile of the two. The specs are a little bit backwards on these models. Reply
  • dagamer34 - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    920 has a larger battery with built-in wireless charging and a better camera sensor. Also, optical image stabilization requires a certain thickness in the phone. Reply
  • SmCaudata - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Maybe the parts are just thicker. It has a better screen. Both cameras are better. The batter is significantly larger. It has 4 times the internal storage. I doubt they wanted the flagship to be thicker. Reply
  • Doormat - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    "LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600"

    I take it that's for the European model? LTE for the US would be 700/850/1900/AWS/[2300|2600]
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  • ImSpartacus - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Is anyone else a little disappointed with Nokia's use of the "Pureview" brand?

    I'm cool with them not including a 41MP camera. I understand that WP8 is new and engineers can't work magic (lol).

    However, when it DOES come, how are we supposed to distinguish it from Nokia's other camera technologies?
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  • powerarmour - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Windows Phone 8 still seems to be an extremely polished turd to me (emphasis on polish), it looks great, undoubtedly runs great, but start poking into the sandbox and you might get a smelly surprise.

    Nokia will be circling the toilet bowl with this soon I fear.
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  • Pirks - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Right. Says who? Some lame troll who saw WP8 only on pictures? Gee MS is so scared of you baby hahaha :))) LOOOL Reply
  • powerarmour - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Erm, no I watched the whole presentation actually, and many thanks for that childish comment, quite ironic wouldn't you agree? :D Reply
  • Pirks - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Ah so you saw it on _MOVING_ pictures AKA video! Now this is changing EVERYTHING ain't it LOL :))) Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    But it comes in yellow.

    Color sounds stupid to us (I'm still bummed that I had to get a 'blue' GS3), but obnoxious colors are important to a lot of people.

    Nokia isn't exactly in great shape, but they will avoid the toilet bowl for at least a little longer.
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  • powerarmour - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    I guess MS will buy them if it comes to it, but it'll be hard work to deflect some of the '8' negativity that'll come with this.

    If Win8 is successful, then WP8 will have a chance, but if not, I can't see a way through for them against iOS and Android.
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  • Belard - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Nowadays, the SGS3 comes in black, white, red and blue... Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    I own a HTC Titan and have not had any issues, so far, so I'm a bit confused as to what you mean when you say, "but start poking into the sandbox and you might get a smelly surprise."

    ?

    I want it to take calls, play a few games, couple of apps and be stable, It does that. This, of course, is fantastic especially after all those years of messing around with different roms on other platforms which led to visiting forums. 10 pages of 'you're awesome' and 145 pages asking for fixes.
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  • SydneyBlue120d - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    What kind of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 are using them? S4 with Adreno 225? S4 Pro with Adreno 320? S4 with Adreno 305? Thanks a lot. Reply
  • sviola - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    They are using the one with the krait cores. Reply
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    You don't say.... :/ Reply
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    I'm afraid it isn't the Pro.... It's the MSM 8960A (LTE) and MSM 8260 (GSM)... Both come with the Adreno 225 GPU.

    Yea, I know, bummer.
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  • Wolfpup - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Just wish there was a Qualcom CDMA version + hope Windows Phone 8 is great. 7 really had a lot going for it. I was impressed and pleased in a lot of ways, but podcast support is terrible under anything but iOS, and I don't like that you can't back up programs on your PC like iOS does. Plus little things, like being able to easily lock rotation on iOS isn't really present in WP7.

    Still, it was a nice first start, and 8 might fix some of those things, massively upgrades from CE to NT, allows native programs versus Android and WP7's Java/silverlight-like stuff.

    Soooo pretty interested to see this!
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  • Moizy - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Neither phone is compatible with AT&T or Verizon's LTE networks--which means we're looking at Euro phones. Which wouldn't be a problem, except they didn't announce when US versions would be available, and on which networks, and for how much. If it follows like last year, then US versions will come 4-6 months after unveiling, which is idiotic. How long did it take Samsung to get US versions of the SG3 in carriers' stores? Two months maybe? How long does it take Apple to get iPhones in stores? Weeks to days?

    And they wonder why their stock is down 15% today--they came to the US, announced Euro phones, and gave no time frame or pricing info for US, the country they came to to announce the phones in the first place. Poor execution.

    I like the phone, the initial info I'm finding about the camera is that it is absolutely elite for smartphones, and that display must be nice. But while the company does make good design, operationally they execute terribly. Everyone rants about iPhones excessive marketing, but their advantage is in solid design AND rock solid operations. Everyone is trying to copy Apple's marketing with these hyped launch events, but Apple's advantage is the combination of design, marketing, and operational execution.
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  • Spivonious - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Apple hasn't changed their design for 5 years. It's starting to look very dated.

    WP8 takes the best parts of WP7 and adds in lots of nice features. I'm sure these will be "world phones" and support all required bands.

    Rumors point to WP8 releasing alongside Win8, so that means October 26th. Carriers will most likely be AT&T and T-Mobile, being tthat those were Nokia's partners for Lumia 710/800/900.
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  • Moizy - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    I agree, Apple's design has received a lot of solid competition, it isn't heads and shoulders above everything anymore. But Apple's other great, not-as-noticed advantage is that at the end of their unveilings, they're able to say the phone or tablet will be available in two weeks, and two weeks later they have millions of units ready to ship. The Nexus 7 was available pretty soon after unveiling, to capitalize on the fervor. Can you imagine if Google took Nokia's approach from today, or Microsoft's approach from the Surface announcement, and the Nexus 7 was still forthcoming? If the phones were available in less than 2 months, I would imagine Nokia would want to let us know, especially if they have gotten their foot in the door at Verizon.

    Likely, they had two options: 1) inform of us of less than desirable availability dates, or 2) not broach the topic hoping it will be overlooked.
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  • Belard - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    They have to DO IT TODAY, to get some sales from possible iPhone5 buyers.

    Waiting 2~3 months for a new phone is not a big deal - unless your phone is dying (like mine). In another few weeks, Apple will be selling those iPhone5 and accessories out the ass until Christmas.

    WP8 devices will go un-noticed for the most part. Wait and see.

    Perhaps if Microsoft was a little bit smarter, they would release their OS/Product launchers in AUG rather than OCT... ahead of Apple and Christmas.
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  • Belard - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Good point. But then again, the USA (were #1 - blah) is rarely the first with the latest tech. Japan and Europe are bigger phone markets.

    In those markets (okay, pretty much everywhere but here) - phones are sold to people, there ARE NO long-term contracts with the carriers.

    US Carriers have to validate the phones for their network, install some of their junk and put them in their own carrier-branded boxes and manuals.

    An article I read somewhere about the US phones (I think here). The iPhone comes in a very classy packaging, as did the KIN (tubes) - but in the USA, the carriers open these for you, stick in the sims, etc... so the customer doesn't get the initial "its mine, I opened it" experience.

    At best, the new Nokias will hit the USA in December, but would not be surprised for a Feb/March release... in time to go against blackberry 10 (yawn).

    RIM, Nokia, MS are doing their promos NOW, before the iPhone5 launch - which will be strong for the next 2-3 months.
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  • Belard - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    The 820 uses a 4.3-inch but its 800x480?! It should be the same 1280x720 screen... they can reserve their 720 for the low-res.

    Its the 820 that actually LOOKS cool and has more flexibility over the 920... but they mess it up with the screen.

    People didn't wet their pants over the 900... don't see that changing with the 920.
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  • Belard - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Thinking about it.

    Too bad I have no faith in Windows8... I'd still want the 820 (but with the better screen)... I have no interests in the 920 style.

    My requirements are: 1280x720 / Nice feel / I like how it looks and feels. I liked the texture on the 900, but the shape didn't do it for me. So to me, I wouldn't buy either of these phones. Samsung has a new WP8 phone that is very RIM-like... Looks slick.

    The "preview" BB10 phone and its GUI is not all that impressive... and their current phones are so 2~4 years old.... oh yeah, because they are ALL 2~4 years old.

    RIM messed up big time. They are nose diving into the ground... Android 5.0 will be out before BB10 sees the light of day.
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  • Penti - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - link

    Nokia only has been trying to kill their platform for about two years in order to wait for Windows Phone 8 and had most of their employees engage in manufacturing before Microsoft essentially stole the company without paying. Current Mango phones laughable and truly can't even run Microsoft's own Skype or for that matter Spotify without serious flaws and troubles that mostly stems from limitations Microsoft choose to enforce. Before the beginning of 2013 essentially no notable Windows Phone 8 devices will be out in the shops, and essentially for consumers it's about 2.5 years after Nokia was able to do multitouch properly themselves and have a proper smartphone OS with a developing platform (SDK) that evolved and was more mature then the WP7.X devices ever will be even with the 7.8/Tango update, and 2.5 years for Nokia to even compete against their ~2 year old products. If someone couldn't deliver here it was Microsoft, largely because they didn't need to, and was happy to kill the only system developed outside of North America instead.

    The "ecosystem" just isn't there for Microsoft and it won't be just because they will switch to an NT core either. I still remember how MeeGo got the Spotify App right away almost and it wasn't even released for WP when Mango was out so it was about 1.5 years (including some of the talks before the WP7 release) of bullshitting before an app came out that didn't even work properly. In real life it means they talked about apps running on Microsoft's system in early 2010 and didn't deliver an acceptable experience to date. If you had bought a WP7 device in October 21, 2010 you could run a buggy version of the Spotify app in Nov 7, 2011. If you bought a new Symbian device in Oct 2010, you can still enjoy a Spotify app that has been there from the beginning. Essentially meaning a device from two years ago ran the app better even in late 2010 then their high-end devices do today. Users will of course give up without caring about the underpinnings to begin with.

    RIM is a totally different company they can subside even with lower volumes. They might have been slow but at least they have a direction and the underpinnings shouldn't be useless with BB10. They just have to find the right nisch. Messaging-phones in Asia might not be it. RIM can handle sales at half their previous volumes, Nokia need to close shops in Finland, Romania, Hungary, Mexico and elsewhere even before dropping hundreds of millions in volume. Essentially wiping out the core of the company. That's some 20 000 jobs just since Elop took office over the mobile business. In total they have dropped some 25k jobs between June 2012 and 2011 in the whole of the Nokia group which includes the network business. They will essentially by the end of 2013 have gone from almost 140 000 employees down to maybe under 100 000 in just a couple of years. They can't possibly mess up as bad as Nokia under Nokia's new leadership. Elop is essentially trying to turn a 60 000 employee manufacturer that before him sold over 100 million smartphones a year (they are down to under 50M with no more then a few millions units being WP) into a 10,000 - 20,000 smartphone vendor with contract manufacturing. That isn't something you would call a success with a company that was making money the year and quarter before he was hired. It really doesn't matter for Nokia if Microsoft is successful with _their_ own strategy as they have already killed Symbian/MeeGo/Qt competition and only needs to sell a smaller number of units to be on the market maybe up to 20 million a year. For Nokia that is essentially worse then closing the whole company down. At least somebody can pick up the pieces in an all out collapse. Instead all they are really doing is turning out full touch Asha (Series 40) phones and pretending they are smartphones. They already make less then half of the revenue from mobile sales compared to Q4 2010. Nokia's own UX work might have been worth sticking to it even if it dragged on somewhat. At least they could deliver working software and sell stuff then. At least RIM has something to recover and build from if they succeed in giving BB10 some marketplace with the hundreds of millions of other devices and handful of other platforms. Even if RIM lays off the planned 5000 more people they still have over 10 000 people working on developing smartphones and services. Down from peak 20k. Nokia doesn't have that kind of development staff any more. Nokia cut Symbian, cut MeeGo, cut the Meltemi-project and everything they could build a future on and spent money on working with Microsoft instead despite the fact they have no control over it.
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  • Belard - Thursday, September 06, 2012 - link

    Yeah... I thought Meego was a pretty nice Phone OS. It was done a long time ago. I get the feeling that Nokia sales wouldn't have changed so much... other than having modern handsets in peoples hands faster, especially in the USA with the L900/N900.

    Technically under the hood, Meego is better than WP7.
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  • Penti - Thursday, September 06, 2012 - link

    Definitively and it's still a strong contender against WP8, QtMobility -- the platform API's on Qt is still very useful let's see what the Finns can do with it. At Jolla, Digia etc.

    It's not like the Symbian resources and skills are lost either, not the modern EKA2-core or the Qt-platform on top. Most of them have just been moved to Accenture, while many have been booted and changed careers, Nokia could still have had it as a active platform for years if they didn't undercut the trust. If they really wanted to kill their business it still seems wrong to do it without having something to release, a Compal made Lumia 800 wasn't it. WP7 will never get an SDK for native code and was a dead end if I have ever seen one. Maybe it was essentially out of North America but the Lumia devices has sold even less. As they turned into an made up none existing product essentially, a hardware platform was there the software platform was practically none existing. If the criticism was that they moved to slow it certainly went backwards. The Japanese might not have been interested in Symbian while it was open source though, but then again Sharp, Fujitsu etc aren't world mobile phone players

    Symbian as an OS and all the tools for it is certainly more modern and flexible then the base of WP7. Posix, Gstreamer, Qt was all there too and the primary environment since some time, some legacy stuff was left of course but it hardly killed it. When it comes to WP8, developing for Windows and the Phone still won't be the same thing. They can't bank on it.

    Still it can maybe gain some traction now that it supports C/C++ apps/games and is actually a platform you can port to. But it's still one out of at least 4 platforms (Android, iOS, BB10) not the dreamed up three platforms.

    When it comes to RIM they have pretty much showed that they can deliver with the Playbook and updated Playbook OS. If they can turn that to a phone platform it should still be around, and they always has the route to package Android apps for the platform and deliver via the appworld store too. Not a big fan of their earlier software at all, but their new software should have some appeal for technologists, nerds and be powerful enough to do what end users expect when it comes to using it, multimedia, games, browser and so on. HP/Palm never took the step to release a phone on WebOS 3.0 or to actually release the Pre 3, RIM will at least move along further then that. It's at least interesting to see technology develop rather then being killed. Marketing might have to take a different shape, think about it in reality the Kindle tablets aren't Android devices but rather forks without the Play store yet has sales in millions of units. Same with Nook. Should be some room in there. HP still might make something out of the Gram/WebOS unit and capitalize on that technology too. A a separate company maybe, if it attracts some talent. But that was a weird story to begin with as HP is a weird company since many years that can't even buy chairs for their employees and was essentially falling apart. Management is important here. Markets takes longer time to kill something. Technologies usually survives when companies themselves go under and is sold off, but not if it's mismanaged into oblivion. HP has kept several acquired technologies alive for decades they opted differently here.
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  • B3an - Friday, September 07, 2012 - link

    The 820 is a mid-range phone. You cant compare it to high-end phones with HD screens. Compared to the phones the 820 will be competing with, its much better than nearly all of them.

    This should be obvious to anyone, but then this is coming from Belard...
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  • silverblue - Friday, September 07, 2012 - link

    ...why give the 820 a lower number than the obviously inferior (and older) 900? Surely 910 would've made more sense here? Reply
  • kyuu - Friday, September 07, 2012 - link

    It's their new mid-range model, which is the 800-series, therefore it's the 820. Besides, there's no point quibbling about model numbers. Most model numbering systems are obviously not meant to make any sense to the general customer (look at Intel and Nvidia, for instance. Reply

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