Mystery of the sliding Lumia 920: phone develops a mind of its own when lying flat

Mystery of the sliding Lumia 920: phone develops a mind of its own when lying flat
Owners are reporting that they have witnessed their Nokia Lumia 920 just slide away when lying flat on some surfaces, dropping on the floor as a result. Now, the phone is built like a tank, and nothing happened to it when it slid, but it wasn't vibrating with notifications or anything that would cause it to move while just standing still.

In the video below, the forum member Cheyenne Price documented the time when his Nokia Lumia 920 got possessed by the joy of motion, lying face down on the lid of his Dell laptop. The handset starts slowly sliding towards the edge of the computer, ready to tip over towards the carpet.

There is a pretty probably explanation to all this, which another forum member, mparker, gave about the mystery of the sliding Lumia 920:


The thing is that the Lumia 920 is heavier than today's average smartphone, so gravity is working overtime with it to make the sliding happen, especially if the surface it lies on is not utterly flat, and the friction with the phone is low. 

Other users are reporting similar experiences with different handsets, too, like the HTC 8X Windows Phone, and you might have experienced the same thing with a phone of your own, too. If so, sound off in the comments. One thing is for sure - the attention to minute Lumia 920 details seems to be reaching iPhone and Galaxy S line levels.


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Lumia 920
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2000 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8

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36 Comments

30. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

"One thing is for sure - the attention to minute Lumia 920 details seems to be reaching iPhone and Galaxy S line levels"; you mean iphones and galaxies are starting to reach Nokia levels? Nokia has been in the business a lot longer than the other two and has legendary attention to detail and hardware quality.

28. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

nice...but heck..i hate physics!

27. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

what's so special about it: put you phone on a table, make sure is set to vibrate and have someone to call you, voila!

31. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

RTFA. No vibration involved.

25. frustyak

Posts: 249; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Every single previous comment has at least one little red thumbs down next to it?

24. hobble

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I bet it was the ghost of steve jobs

23. frustyak

Posts: 249; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Call the Ghost Adventures crew to investigate. Probably the ghost of the late Steve Jobs haunting WP8.

22. k4j98

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

An ice cube is a little different that this...

21. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

Probably the Microsoft Lumia 920 is so disappointed that Android is 90% of the market in China, the single biggest market in the world, that it want to commit suicide in shame. Not even all the sales of every SKU combined of Microsoft Lumia can overtake Symbian, S40 and MeeGo.

35. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Are you some butthurt Symbian employee from Nokia who got kicked out?

36. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

No. Just a person who collects data and facts, not a fanatic of some cult or anything. http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2012/12/android-won-windows-lost-now-what-the-battle-of-the-century-is-decided-microsoft-relegated-to-ever-s.html Are you a cult leader of some sort?

20. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

No, it's jedi Power built into the phone.. Connected to your mind through Qi..

19. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

hmmm... a phone with a mind of its own, now thats what i call a smartphone!

17. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lol, was this really news worthy? My GS3 does tend to slide due to the smooth back cover so even on surfaces that arent at a steep angle it does tend to slide more so than my S2 did.

13. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

isn't Nexus 4 and Optimus G users facing the same problem ?

11. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

slow news day?

10. lintek

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

This is just another AD, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still the King! LOL!

14. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Undisputely it is the king™®©

7. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Why would you put ANY phone face down on it's screen? Am I the only one who freaks out if there's even a tiny scratch on the device?

8. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

The screen can't easily scratch on the Nokia Lumia 920.

9. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

and even though it dropped on the floor the screen wont be harmed

12. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

So what? That's the same as most newer phones with Gorilla Glass 2 Screens. Does that mean feel free to throw the device around on it's face?

15. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Failed technology, they produced the phone in a hurry into the market, cause eflop had few months to prove WP8 will succeed™®©

18. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Actually 'troll' it is already succeeding all over the world.

29. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

Except the biggest market of them all = China.http://www.phonearena.com/news/1.1-billion-Chinese-use-cellphones-Android-owned-90.1-of-the-Chinese-smartphone-market-during-Q3_id37229 1.1 billion Chinese use cellphones; Android owned 90.1% of the Chinese smartphone market during Q3

33. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Moron, they haven't launched the Lumia 920 in China yet.

34. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

"Moron, they haven't launched the Lumia 920 in China yet." Exactly.

6. terter

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Of course the most important factor here is the vibration of the laptop caused by the HDD and the fan.

4. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

The all new Nokia Lumia Slide20

3. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Oh my God Lumia 920s are possessed by VooDoo majic. Be careful. Hahahaha.

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