Windows Phone 8 Launch is Marred by Bugs
November 19, 2012 12:30 PM
comment(s) - last by
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. (
) mobile operating system was finally growing into a legitimate competitor to Apple, Inc. (
) and Google Inc. (
first handsets out the gates
appear to be having some issues.
Microsoft Support Forums
, Nokia Oyj.'s (
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
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 (
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.
The Lumia 900 did suffer
a major software bug
during the launch week,
losing its data connection
. AT&T Inc. (
) 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 (
Ativ 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. (
) Android 2.2 update reportedly
bricked some handsets
. And more recently Apple suffered
serious antenna issues
with the iPhone 4 launch, and more issues --
battery life/wallet-draining data bug
with the iPhone 5 launch.
Microsoft Support Forums
Nokia Support Forums
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Yeah, it's not perfect
11/19/2012 3:31:58 PM
Agreed. I got the California Blue 8X and it looks great. If I were on ATT the 920 would be a no brainer but poor experience in the past makes me not want to use them again.
I haven't played with voice much yet, I'll have to do that now. Something about talking to my phone always seemed odd. I work in a very anti-MS environment and even my coworkers are impressed. One of them was even wishing he had waited on the iPhone 5. Not that we're pro-Apple, lots of Unix and Networking folks. So Linux is relatively popular.
"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
Windows Phone 8 Launches on 3 of Top 4 U.S. Carriers With "Killer" Hardware
October 29, 2012, 4:24 PM
Quick Note: Nokia Lumia 920 $150 at Best Buy, HTC 8X Priced at $100
October 21, 2012, 12:37 PM
Apple iPhone 5 Users Stuck with Massive Bills Due to iOS 6 Wi-Fi Bug
October 4, 2012, 11:13 AM
AT&T Gets Nokia Lumia 920 as U.S. Exclusive, Plus Lumia 820
October 4, 2012, 1:37 PM
Apple Says "Purple Haze" is Normal Behavior for iPhone 5 Camera Images
October 2, 2012, 9:38 AM
Retiree Sues Apple For $7,500 for Wiping Honeymoon Photos From His iPhone
November 30, 2015, 10:23 AM
iPhone 7 May Pack 3-4 GB Memory, More Storage; 4-Inch Comeback is Rumored
November 20, 2015, 10:12 PM
OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 Will Receive Android Marshmallow in Q1 2016
November 16, 2015, 9:58 AM
Lenovo Whoa: Motorola Droid MAXX 2 and Turbo 2 Break Cover in Leaks
October 26, 2015, 3:12 PM
Leak: Apple Preps for First Real Android App Foray With New Apple Music App
October 24, 2015, 1:59 PM
Pepsi Smartphone? Empty Calories Coming Soon to the Midrange
October 12, 2015, 11:41 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information