Windows Phone 8 Launch is Marred by Bugs
November 19, 2012 12:30 PM
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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. (
) 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
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RE: My Anecdote wins!
11/20/2012 1:10:48 AM
Same here, I leave NFC, Bluetooth, etc. all on and my Lumia 920's battery gets through the day like a champ (even with me using it heavily).
I don't doubt these issues are occurring for some people, but I'm sure they're overblown like most tech product bugs. For example, a couple of years ago out of the dozens of iPhone 4 owners I know, none of them ever dropped their signal with a death grip, yet this was "big" enough to be dubbed antenna-gate. So I have a feeling this isn't as widespread as perceived.
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