Most new-device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.
Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.
For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few weeks or months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.
So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.
The Lumia 920 was Nokia’s chance to fix the shortcomings of its earlier Windows Phone attempt, the Lumia 900. The screen size and resolution were bumped up, taking advantage of the support for full-HD screens in Windows Phone 8. Some build quality issues like the easily-scratched camera bezel were addressed. Most prominently, the lackluster camera of the 900 was replaced with an optically-stabilized PureView super-camera in the 920. As announced, the new device was a significant improvement in almost every measurable sense.
But were these enhancements, along with some style refinements and a Microsoft-based ad push, enough to catapult the 920 into the super-stardom it sought? More importantly, how has the handset as a whole held up in the months since its release? We’ve had a long, involved history with the Lumia 920, and we’re as eager to find the answer to that question as you. So tune in, turn up, and sit back: it’s time for episode 12 of After The Buzz.