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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

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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By NellyFromMA on 11/19/2012 4:31:01 PM , Rating: 2
Not disagreeing per se as if this is true its embarassing for MS. But, to counter...

Google did exactly what you just said with Android and basically all of its services with great success.

So, idk, embarassing? Yes. Different from Google? No.

By Mitch101 on 11/19/2012 5:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
Android 4.2 has similar issues.

Auto-Brightness Bugs
Bluetooth Is Basically Broken
Random Reboots / Major Instability
Extreme Battery Drain / Slow Charging
Lockscreen Widgets / Camera App
December Is Missing!
HDMI Cable Blackout Issue

By TakinYourPoints on 11/20/2012 2:51:41 AM , Rating: 2
Complaints about 4.2 on a Nexus 4 and 7, copied/pasted from another board I go to.

- Constant hitching and slowdowns
- Lockscreen widgets require too much interaction to be useful at a glance
- Dual pull-down notifications are confusing and only give the illusion of access to settings and other info. I also hate how the shades come all the way down and then bounce up. I always think I'm doing something wrong when I swipe.
- Apps not saving login information after upgrading
- Missing December in Contacts/Calender app

By tamalero on 11/22/2012 12:12:11 PM , Rating: 2
arent most of these third party related problems (Ie apps)
it keeps mentioning Apps and Widgets.. not the core system of Android.

By NellyFromMA on 11/20/2012 10:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
Interesting. Hadn't heard about that, althoguht I guess it's so new that would probably explain it.

Android has made good headway with bugs and smoothness so I can't appreciate that from a developer and enthusiast standpoint.

I just like to keep things equal in terms to standards and how I apply them when judging / assessing products.

WP8 having any of these issues, if true, is embarassing no doubt. To say its somehow utterly damning for MS, however, is basically ignoring the entire lifecycle of Android though and its trajectory from buggy crap OS with no market share and no one beleiving it ever would to somewhat buggy but significantly improved with market share to match.

If Android / Google can do it, there's really no imaginable reason why MS couldn't.

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