The iPhone detox: My week with the Lumia 930 – Day 3

Given how impressed I was with the Lumia 930's battery yesterday, I thought I'd see how long I could go without charging it. At about 3pm today, the battery had withered down to 5%, so I decided it was finally time for a recharge. That's an impressive 32 hours of battery life. 

By Alex Choros

Given how impressed I was with the Lumia 930's battery yesterday, I thought I'd see how long I could go without charging it. At about 3pm today, the battery had withered down to 5%, so I decided it was finally time for a recharge. That's an impressive 32 hours of battery life. While I'm kind of person who likes to recharge his phone overnight anyway, it's great to know that in a pinch, I don't have to. Unlike many of its competitors, the Lumia 930 seems to truly be an all-day phone.

I'm still getting a little used to the phone's size; the Lumia is perfect if you're using it in two hands, but can be a little awkward when just using one. Fortunately you can swipe left and right to navigate back and forth between pages when in Internet Explorer (as in iOS), which aids one handed usage. On the subject of Internet Explorer, an interesting quirk is that if you do a search in the address bar, it opens in a separate Bing app. This neither good nor bad, just thought it was worth noting. However, if you change your default search provider to Google, searches are solely undertaken within the browser.

I was asked by one of our Twitter followers to do a speaker comparison between the Lumia and the iPhone 5, so I loaded up a few tunes and tested away. Overall, the Lumia's speakers are much louder and clearer than the iPhone's. While the iPhone's speakers distort at max volume, the Lumia's still remain crisp. The iPhone's max volume is roughly about the same as 2/3rds of the Lumia's max.

On a related note, phone conversation volume is a pleasant improvement on the Lumia compared to the iPhone. While I normally keep my iPhone on max in a phone call, 50% has been perfect for me on the Lumia.

I've really been enjoying my time with the Lumia so far, so it's a bit of a shame that the app ecosystem isn't a bit better supported. While there's a Facebook app available, it's missing features that have been available in the iOS and Android versions for years. For example, there's no way to appear offline, which seems like a pretty strange oversight. The problem is it's a weird catch 22 situation where developers aren't going to lift their game unless the Windows Phone user base grows, and the Windows Phone user base might not grow unless developers support the operating system better.

Here's a link to day two, and here's one to day one. Again, if anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask!

UPDATE: Here's day four!

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