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Freezing, reboots, and battery life issues creep up in HTC and Nokia handsets

Windows Phone 8 enjoyed a big launch at the end of October.  Sporting a slick user interface, a growing app catalog, and (finally) premium hardware, it seemed that the Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) mobile operating system was finally growing into a legitimate competitor to Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG).

Unfortunately, the first handsets out the gates appear to be having some issues.

Microsoft Support Forums, Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1VSupport Forums, and WPCentral's forums have all been inundated with complaints of peculiar behavior creeping into the lineup.

Reportedly Nokia's flagship phone, the colorful Lumia 920 has been experiencing unexpected freezes and reboots.  The phone also appears to be suffering from bad battery life, a problem that has plagued past Lumia devices due to firmware glitches.  
 

Nokia Lumia 920
 
Reportedly disabling tap-to-send NFC helps improve the battery life; it's possible that Nokia's firmware is not smart enough to turn of the NFC modem when no devices is present, instead continuously pinging for compatible signals.

HTC Corp.'s (TPE:24988X has not reportedly experienced that battery life woes, but it has been rebooting.  That indicates that the rebooting/freezing problems may trace to deeper stability issues in Windows Phone.
HTC Windows Phone 8X
HTC 8X

The Lumia 900 did suffer a major software bug during the launch week, losing its data connection.  AT&T Inc. (T) and Nokia responded with a prompt patch, though, which largely fixed the issues.

One can at least hope that when Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (KSC:005930Ativ S WP8 phone finally lands, that some of these issues will have been ironed out with software patches.

To be fair, Microsoft is not the only one with issues.  In the Froyo era, Google Inc. (GOOG) Android 2.2 update reportedly bricked some handsets.  And more recently Apple suffered serious antenna issues with the iPhone 4 launch, and more issues -- broken maps, a battery life/wallet-draining data bug, and photograph discoloration with the iPhone 5 launch.

Sources: Microsoft Support Forums, Nokia Support Forums, WPCentral Forums, The Verge



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Love my Lumia 920
By bull2760 on 11/19/2012 2:29:47 PM , Rating: 2
Well I own the Lumia 920 bought it off contract and have not had a single issue with the phone out of the box. I charge it when I go to bed at night, lasts me all day, and I put it back on the charger when I go to bed at night. Depending on what I do with it during the course of the day battery life varies. I use my phone to listen to music when I workout in the morning for over an hour, read and reply to email and blogs, and play an occasional game. It has plenty of juice to last for what I do. Someone else that plays a ton of games or constantly streams music it might be a different story, and I don't care, I only care about what it does for me and I'm one happy W8 user. By the way I made the switch from an iPone 4S and am so glad I did.




RE: Love my Lumia 920
By Florinator on 11/19/2012 2:34:38 PM , Rating: 2
Same experience here with the battery life, I find it very good, I think only one day over the last 2 weeks it ever switched to the "battery saving mode" in the evening.


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