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*Lumia 928 is priced at $99 after a pesky $50 mail-in-rebate

Nokia's latest smartphone now officially has a date with Verizon Wireless: May 16. The new Nokia Lumia 928 packs in a 4.5" OLED (1280x768), a 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, 32GB of storage space, an 8.7mp rear shooter with Carl Zeiss optics, a xenon flash, and NFC. The smartphone also manages to pack in a 2000 mAh battery.
Naturally, the Lumia 928 comes with PureView imaging and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) in an effort to cut down on blurry pictures and improve nighttime shots.

The Lumia 928 is priced at $99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate (really, a MIR?) with a new 2-year contract. For a limited time, those who purchase a Lumia 928 will also get a $25 credit to use on Windows Phone apps and games.

Source: Nokia

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RE: No
By retrospooty on 5/12/2013 10:07:21 AM , Rating: 2
It is a good phone and WP8 looks really good too, but for whatever reason its not taking off. People just don't seem to care... Your assertion that this will propel WP8 into a widely adopted platform is just between wishful thinking and pure fantasy. This is a small step up from previous phones that have failed to gain any real traction. Its all like WebOS and BBOS10 great OS's that no one cares about.

RE: No
By Mitch101 on 5/12/2013 12:22:49 PM , Rating: 2
When iPhone came out its only real competition was the Blackberry that was an easy win for Apple. When Android came along its competition was iPhone and it took a while until they finally got decent hardware to support it and it also proved one size doesn't fit all. They have had time to refine their stuff. Now comes Microsoft in an established market of Android and iPhone that's quite some competition there and tough to do something different or better to justify moving out of the eco system of Apple or away from Android where hardware varies according to taste. But they finally are able to go it with Nokia by offering in some areas a better product than Samsing. Nokia has an excellent reputation for hardware and innovation and Microsoft has a tough time competing in an established eco system but its starting to gain market share as more and more people discover how good it is. Just like the X-Box 360 is an excellent game console so it the Windows Phone 8 and excellent Platform it just needed a console/Nokia to deliver.

Windows phone outside the US is gaining ground its in the double digits in a number of places some places are starting to say its hitting 20% and in the US its finally starting to see growth but very soon it will be on Verizon and that market share will increase as more and more people realize Windows Phone 8 is a winning OS with the Hardware flexibility and power of anything in the Android camp with a great eco system. Windows Phone will succeed and grown.

Windows Phone is well funded too.

Microsoft will make $3.4 billion from Android in 2013

RE: No
By retrospooty on 5/12/2013 5:23:50 PM , Rating: 3
Good luck with that...

When IOS grew it was far better than anything else on the market. When Android grew it was far more open, flexible and feature rich than anything else on the market. WP8 is neither.

RE: No
By Reclaimer77 on 5/12/2013 8:32:02 PM , Rating: 2
Windows Phone is well funded too. Microsoft will make $3.4 billion from Android in 2013

Sigh, you DO sound like Tony Swash.

And do you realize the relevance of what you just posted? It's telling us that Microsoft makes far more revenue off Android than it's own platform! Hello! That's a win to you?

RE: No
By Mitch101 on 5/13/2013 8:29:00 AM , Rating: 2
Wait around for the next 2 quarters.

RE: No
By retrospooty on 5/13/2013 8:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
I will be here, and I might even own a WP phone myself at that time. I like WP8 and it looks like there are some larger screened higher res versions coming later this year and that is definitely on my shortlist... But you, me and a million others doesn't make it a hit. Like I said IOS was far better than anything else when it got huge... Android filled the gap with a better feature set, more flexibility, more price ranges etc. WP8 is good, so is BB10 but they really dont offer anything that the others dont already have. To knock the others out of their entrenched spots and get people to dump all their apps and pick a new platform you have to have something to draw them. A better platform, feature set... Something to make people want to switch. As IOS and Android grew they had that. I havent seen a single thing that WP8 or BB10 can do that will get the masses to switch... U less you can tell me some great feature I am unaware of.

RE: No
By Mitch101 on 5/13/2013 1:38:15 PM , Rating: 2
Its going to be slow but as more people use it they will get it.

As for above I technically want a camera thats also a phone the single most item I use on my phone is the camera for pictures and video so I want the best possible Audio and Video quality I can and the Nokia 920 is that until the Nokia EOS arrives. 2nd is the phone and coverage is king so you have to be on AT&T and Verizon. 3rd is GPS and Nokia make awesome maps app that doesnt require a data connection. 4th is Apps and Games and there is plenty to keep me interested.

This is why I dont even consider Apple they took a step backwards with thier latest camera on the 5 and the maps until google maps was available was a major catastrophy.

The Galaxy S3 failed on the camera and thats my number one so yes a camera is a buying point for me and quite sure a lot of others would greatly appreciate having a killer camera with them all the time since they carry thier phones all the time.

Having Microsoft office is also a plus that I use from time to time. Anything else everyone has it and if they dont there are 200 alternatives and some of them better than the originals.

RE: No
By nikon133 on 5/12/2013 7:16:50 PM , Rating: 2
Well... it is just a bit over 6 months for Windows Phone 8.x and a bit over year and half for Metro/Modern GUI in smartphones (if we count WP7)... and it is competing against iOS and Android, both modern touch-screen app-market supported platforms.

Considering where Android was in it's first two years of existence, I'd say WP8 is not doing bad - especially when you think that only real competitor for Android was iOS, everything else already going the way of dinosaurs.

For me, question is not if WP8 is doing fine - I think it is, relative to everything I have mentioned above; for me, the question is will WP8 platform manage to keep momentum? I'm hopeful. 2 million smartphones for Nokia in Christmas 2011 quarter, 4 million in Christmass 2012 quarter, but more important - 5.6 million in post-Christmass quarter which is usually slower than Christmass one. I think those results are actually better than what iPhone was selling at the same stage after it's release. User satisfaction with WP8 seems to be extremely good - Lumia 920 was voted best smartphone by Engadget readers, for example - and I hope they've established beachead - critical mass of owners that will keep spreading platform by word of mouth, alongside proper advertising.

RE: No
By retrospooty on 5/13/2013 8:52:11 AM , Rating: 2
You need to look at the timing. Android filled a huge chunk of the market that IOS didnt. There was a huge largely untapped market that IOS and Android filled. WP 8 just caught up. There is no huge untapped market that WP8 fills. There is no major draw to make people switch. IOS was better than anything else at the time. Android filled the gap with a batter feature set and more flexibility. WP8 has what? Simply "catching up" isnt going to do it.

RE: No
By Labotomizer on 5/13/2013 1:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
There is a large, untapped market out there. We just crossed 50% on smartphone usage in the US. Which means there's somewhere around 45% of people who have yet to choose a platform. So it's not too late.

I also think WP8 is hitting critical mass with apps. Supposedly Instagram is around the corner and most of the other major ones are out there. Support for the Unity gaming engine is helping gaming development for cross platform titles.

As for the whole camera argument, there are people who value a quality camera on a smartphone and others who don't care. I think the camera is relevant to more people than the CPU specs. Most people care if a phone can do what they need. Email, text, facebook, twitter, instagram, Vine, games and appointments.

I am a huge fan of WP8. But if I were heavily vested in iOS or Android, which is the camp that a lot of people find themselves in, is it better to a level it's worth switching. That's the question. I feel that WP8 is as good as iOS and Android in almost every area. There are some places it's better, there are some places it's worse. But I think it's on equal footing. The problem is being equal isn't good enough to make people switch to an all new platform.

I am buying my wife the 928 when it comes out this week. I've got the 8X. She'll miss a few (stupid) games but other than that it's a better fit. The Rooms feature will be awesome for us. And she loves taking pics on her phone so the camera is a huge plus. If the HTC One were out on VZW already I'd be hardpressed not to go that route though.

RE: No
By retrospooty on 5/13/2013 4:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
Call me when they break 10% worldwide. I truly hope they do... But I doubt it.

RE: No
By nikon133 on 5/13/2013 7:03:45 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think smartphone market is already saturated - there is still plenty space to grow. In addition, I don't think that current market share is set in stone - people do and will switch on occasion.

WP has what? This is sort of personal, value of any product. I cannot talk for everyone, but in my case... I've been using iPhone 3Gs from 2009. While it still cover my smartphone needs, I am not at all motivated to get latest iPhone. Platform has attractive UX factor but GUI was already tried-and-familiar icons matrix that I had on my old Palm devices, my Windows desktop... In 2011 I got Asus Transformer tablet. While Google pushed UX with notifications, widgets... underlying concept was unchanged.

I see W8/WP8 as real advantage in both GUI and UX. It works for me. I use tiles regularly to see if I have new emails, calendar events, messages from mates... without having to run app or open web page. Granted I didn't have a chance to use WP8 phone, but based on my experience with W8 desktop, laptop and tablet (I ad opportunity to trial Lenovo ThinkPad tablet 2 for two weeks), I really like fluidity one moves with through GUI.

So, again, for me - WP8 is catching up in terms of market share and app library, but it is also a step above in terms of usability. Not that I cannot do everything on iOS or Android, but I like more how it is being done on WP8. That is a value WP8 has for me, but how many others think the same now and, more important, how many will think the same in 3, 6, 12 months time - that remains to be seen.

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