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At the end of Meetup 2013 on Saturday (yesterday), we all trundled over to the Microsoft Store and a few of the guys picked up some $99 no-contract Lumia 520 phones, and at least one person picked up the Lumia 1020. I wisely picked up a Lumia 928 for $0 and received a $50 gift card which I then put down on a wireless charger, essentially getting both for free with a 2-yr Verizon contract. Sweet phone. Sweet deal. Plenty of slaps on the back from my compadres. Life = good.

 

I fully charged it overnight. At 7 am this morning, I pulled the phone from the charger, and jumped on a jet headed back to Maine. The phone was off part of the time (probably 45 minutes total) and in airplane mode for ~3 hours. By the time I arrived home the battery level was at < 10%. We're talking 7+ hours of on time where 3 hours of that saw the transceiver shut off. You'd think...

 

In any case, we're sure not talking a full day+, or anything close to what I was hoping/expecting to see for battery life. So now I'm in a wee bit of a panic.

 

I did see that the phone had an update. GDR2? In any event, the OS version is now at 8.0.10327.77.

 

I'm resisting an urge to run down to the Verizon store and tear up the contract, maybe stamp my feet and carry on if necessary. I'm kinda tired and I could easily see me doing that :P

 

But, I'll hold off until it's fully charged again and give it another go tomorrow. If the battery life doesn't exceed that of my tired ol' GS2 which it currently is not, it's off to the Verizon store.

 

Ok. So there's that. Now for the head scratching stuff. There's no offical Dropbox app. Yes, I know. Skydrive. But I use Dropbox, and I want an official app. There's some snafu going on here between Nokia and Dropbox, I think, but the details don't matter to me. I wants it and I wants it now. *stomps feet*  Or I'll settle for a decent alternative suggestion?

 

Then there's G+ Hangouts. There's no official app for that? What? Can I even do a Hangout on the 928? Still looking into that.

 

There's no Chromecast app. Chromecast does require a phone app (or tablet app) to run it. So...

 

People, I'm telling ya, if battery life post-update doesn't really wow me, this lovely piece of technology is going back.

 

I'm hoping I've missed a bunch of things because the phone seems snappy and the screen is fairly beautiful. The camera and some of the included apps are pretty nice.

 

Lines are open... haha....  (translation: 'H-hhhhhhhhhelppppppp!')   :D

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jcollison

You have 14 days Rich and you are right on the apps. Its not great with Google apps or dropbox and that is well documented. Give it a week but I think you will most likely take it back.

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Dave

Rich, check settings. Touch. Turn off double tap to unlock. I don't run battery save and my phone lasted all meet up. 6am to midnight. I forgot to plug it in that night and had 7% when I woke up.

 

its not a google phone so hangouts are out. Verizon gives you 14 days so if you don't like it take it back. No stomping required. Be happy.

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Rich, check settings. Touch. Turn off double tap to unlock. I don't run battery save and my phone lasted all meet up. 6am to midnight. I forgot to plug it in that night and had 7% when I woke up.

 

its not a google phone so hangouts are out. Verizon gives you 14 days so if you don't like it take it back. No stomping required. Be happy.

Thanks, Dave. I'd really like to keep the phone. It's so nice and fast and Windows and all - my gf says she can hear me better. But the things I mentioned above will probably be the deciding factor. Chromecast I could ignore. The others, not so sure. 

 

I will see what I can do with Verizon. I'm in a situation where I my AT&T GS2 is still active for another month or two on my daughter's shared plan. I jumped on gf Tamara's Verizon plan to pick up this phone. Not sure if Verizon will tear up the contract entirely. If so, cool. If not, I'm really just back to where I was at when I decided to buy the phone in the first place, so it's no big deal, I'll just swap out the phone for something else.

 

Tamara wants to swap phones with me - my 928 for her GSIII. I'll have to think about that. The GSIII would be better than my GS2 and I can get something new next summer when her plan is up.  

 

This seems to have some good ideas. NFC is the first thing I would turn off;

http://mynokiablog.com/2013/01/12/tip-how-to-increase-your-lumias-battery-life/

Thanks, Kevin. I need to check my email settings. I think they are set to retrieve mail as it arrives. The 4G vs 3G thing is interesting. I'll check that. The rest I had already figured out but not enough time has passed to know if it'll be enough of a factor. 

 

  

You have 14 days Rich and you are right on the apps. Its not great with Google apps or dropbox and that is well documented. Give it a week but I think you will most likely take it back.

You may be right, but right now I'm taking a deep breath and trying to figure out whether I can deal with these things or not. Shower, breakfast... a trip to the VZ store to see what my options are... 

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dvn

Some comforting news. I've been told by Verizon phone support that there is a 14-day grace period where you can either swap your phone for something else, or give it back and tear up the contract.

 

I will use the Lumia for the rest of the week and make a decision by Saturday. 

 

Sunny day today...I was holding the Lumia and a GS2 side by side in direct sunlight and it was easily viewable while the GS2 was not. Fairly stark difference, in fact, with both set to automatic display brightness.

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awraynor

i have a GS4 and it is useless in direct sun.

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dvn

i have a GS4 and it is useless in direct sun.

Interesting..

 

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I can't play mp4's? Trying to play vids that play just fine on my gs2.

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