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Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on

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Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on
There you have it folks! The lid has finally come off, as Nokia introduced its new line of Windows Phone 8 devices, in one very soak fest morning in the Big Apple. Needless to say, the damp weather couldn't downplay the enormity surrounding Nokia's anticipated unveiling. Taking the show by storm, the Nokia Lumia 920 is now all official with its PureView packing super camera!

As expected, the Nokia Lumia 920 follows in the same fashionable footsteps as previous Lumia devices, but this time, it's the variety of colorful paint jobs offered that's most compelling. Donning the same distinctive look and feel as before, the Lumia 920 takes the cake for being the most massive Lumia to date with its sizable girth. Despite that, the construction is exquisite, as expected, since it's employing the same polycarbonate body as before.
Part of the reason why it's so darn big, is because of the 4.5" PureMotion HD+ display it's packing along for the ride. Simply, it's a dreamy thing that complements the overall chic beauty of the smartphone. It's likable in many aspects, especially when it comes to maintaining its clarity in a variety of lighting conditions.

Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on


Above all, the single best feature of the Lumia 920 is the PureView camera it's packing in the rear! Rather than featuring the same 41-megapixel sensor used by the Nokia 808 PureView, it's instead carrying an 8.7-megapixel sensor that's gunning to be a revolutionary replacement. Furthermore, its "floating lens" technology enables it to absorb much more light – allowing the shutter to stay open longer. In terms of HD video capture, the floating lens continues to show its worth by providing stabilization to its recording. Naturally, we're salivating just thinking about its bountiful feature set, but we'll have to wait to see the final results for ourselves to pass judgment.

Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on


Behind the glitz and glamor, the Lumia 920 is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM – making it one of the most powerful Windows Phones thus far. As expected, the Windows Phone 8 experience is graced with fluidity and fast movement. Overall., it doesn't surprise us that it moves just like all other Windows Phones before it.

Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on


Well, as much as we'd like to proclaim that Nokia is finally rolling, it's a bit difficult to argue the point since no pricing or release date has been attached to it. Aside from the remarked specialties attached with its PureView camera, there isn't much else that's found for it to be downright compelling amongst the heap of other highly prized devices out there. Sure, the colorful paints jobs are a nice change of scenery, but overall, we've seen this device before – in the Lumia 800 and 900 before it.


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posted on 05 Sep 2012, 14:53 15

1. Waffleny (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


The camera is by far the most fetching thing about this phone.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 22:24 1

27. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I think it's a better thing to call the camera module of this phone, "ClearView" or "MotionView". Calling it pureview made the branding too broad.

But yep, the camera of this thing is genius.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:21

29. Mittal (Posts: 426; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


@ John V - In the last line i guess it should be "in the Lumia 800 and 900 before it."

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 02:23

35. desijatt (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


I wished that the lower bezel was reduced a bit. Those three bottons doesn't need much space.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 14:55 4

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Will decide everything after the reviews...

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:09 1

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5289; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Which begs the question - when is PA going to post up their review?

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 19:07 1

22. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


dude please, if you want to know real this phone, read 3-4 reviews
1 can be good another bad and it is important to get this real feeling about the phone

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 14:59 10

3. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I wanna take that 920 for a test run for the 30 days and maybe make the switch. Never used Windows Mobile before but the new set of phones coming out make it seem so appetizing.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:11 2

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5289; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Still no 'official' ship date. MS and Nokia had better put out a date. Otherwise the new Nokia phones risk getting drowned out in the commotion about the iPhone and new Android phones set to be released (and ship) by October, 2012.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:14 1

10. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I would assume that all the phones being talked about now will all be out prior to Black Friday so everyone can go crazy buying it for the holiday season. As for me I go on deployment and won't be back until the new year almost so I'll have all the toys to play with when I get back.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 17:49

19. Dr.Phil (Posts: 824; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I'm also interested in seeing the price they set for them. Are they going to go head to head with the iPhone and premium Android devices at $200 or are they going to do like they did with the 900 and price it at $100? It'll be interesting to see.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:29 1

30. Penny (Posts: 991; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I don't think they can feasibly set the price for this phone at $100. I would see it at either $200 or $250, probably the former.

This is WP8's flagship phone at the moment after all, so pricing it at $100 would set the standard that any other great WP8 out there would have to be priced even lower.

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 13:27

40. dnyalexander (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


it should be priced At $300, is the best smartphone on the market, the crappy iphone 32Gb cost $300 and is the worst phone, only morons itards buy iphone and ipad.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 21:20

26. KParks23 (Posts: 422; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


I would not mind trying it either but after using windows 6 and 6.5 they would have to give me one for free if they ever want me to make the switch cuz yes.. I my experience was that bad!

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 14:59 6

4. Veigald (Posts: 224; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Man, this must be the most drool-worthy thing I've seen for a loooooong while. Incredible design (using the best of 800/900 and then some), top notch performance, the fluidity of WP8, the shared kernel with Win8, that screen, and to top it off, the most mindblowing camera this side of 808.

Must have.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:01 9

5. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I still don't see why would anyone want a windows phone.
For always having to deal with utterly boring/ugly look of live tiles?
For not being able to put a wallpaper or clear up the screen for a bit if you want?
For the non-configurable or changeable keyboard?
For one and only browser option?
For having to scroll up and down without other way around it?
For having no folders?
For Qualcomm-only chips?
For having less features than android?
For completely inferior app store/eco system?

Yeah, I just don't get it.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:08 16

7. Veigald (Posts: 224; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


After having an Android phone I don't get why anyone would want that laggy, unstable junk either. But hey, I got rid of my Android, no one forced me to use it. And no one is forcing you to like WP either.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:20 11

13. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Still stuck at stone age? Stop it with these fables about lag and unstability. Reports said that ios crashes a lot more than android and lag was gone already with the gs2. Of course, if you're not able to handle a smartphone and you load the homescreen with trilions of bad programmed widgets and live wallpapers you may see lag that is anyway solved with 4.1. Next.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:43 7

15. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


^this.
The guy is bashing the entire OS that revolutionized the world, because he bought a crap phone.
Yet every argument I put up there is a fact.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 17:54 1

20. eaphx (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Apr 2011)


Stock Jellybean on GS3 lags! So did ICS. If u think the GS2 didnt lag then you might need to get your eyes checked. I don't want one hiccup in my UI nor do i want my phone to randomly restart or have apps crash. Now not to say WP7 never froze crashed or hiccuped but it sure does it at a 10th of the amount android does.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 02:40 2

36. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


GS3 on ICS is the second smoothest phone out there.
After the galaxy nexus on JB
Not to mention the infinite superiority feature-wise compared to windows phone 7.
Smoothness and speed?
Compare Nokia Lumia 900 browser with galaxy s3 one!

You are ridiculous.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:46 1

32. Penny (Posts: 991; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Lag was gone since the gs2?

Stop with these denials about buttery smoothness and stability. Every single "flagship" Android phone prior to the SGSIII experienced lag and instability, including the SGSII (basing this on my experience with Samsung Droid Charge, SGSII, and SGSIII -- the best of the bunch by far). My brother's once "flagship on Verizon" Samsung Droid Charge is starting to get on his nerves. He has to reset it in the middle of navigating on road trips. He has to keep GPS off most of the time just to have any battery life at all. When he landed at the local airport today, his battery life was at 91%. When I picked him up half an hour later, he was at 57%. And no, he doesn't have trillions of widgets or any live wallpapers -- just an OS with inefficient code. I mean, even if he had live wallpapers, I'd like to think that this OS that was designed to run this stuff was actually able to run this stuff without pissing me off.

"...you may see lag that is anyway solved with 4.1." Yeah, good luck with that, let me know when most consumers are actually running 4.1.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 16:42 4

17. MistB (Posts: 543; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


@ Veigald, stick with your POS inferior OS. I've used the Radar and Lumia 800 and what a joy it was being back on ICS and the openness, no more draconian jail hell from MS. The interface was not always buttery smooth as you claim, like IOS which I have also tried, the OS is prone to freezing if you are an app heavy user. + 2 to darac'c comment

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:20 2

12. kindahipdude (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


I used to think the same way. I still might, since I've never actually used a windows phone. I like how everything about them is different tho (OS, colorful case), and that camera looks nice. If IE on their phones is as sucky as on computers, I would never get a windows phone tho. So they could suck, but from what I see WP8 is appealing. I wouldn't mind having live tiles instead of a live background that I can't see much of anyway.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 17:34

18. 7thspaceman (Posts: 902; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


you cannot really make some of your statements stick because all the features of Windows phone 8 have not been revealed to the public but will be revealed when it it launched in october and I would take live tiles over
dead do nothing icons on a screen any day because data is being updated within them

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 20:05

24. joex2 (Posts: 22; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


"boring/ugly look of live tiles?" The icons are boring.

" put a wallpaper " put the wallpaper behind a bunch of icons? the wallpaper not appear.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 02:18 1

34. Penny (Posts: 991; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


1) I don't see how live tiles are any more boring or ugly than standard icons. In fact I would argue the opposite.
2) Okay, not able to put up a wallpaper. I'd like to play with that, but it may also be distracting. BTW, can you change the color of icons in Android?
3) Okay, no options that I know of for alternative keyboards. On the plus side though, the keyboard does work pretty damn well. And you always have voice dictation.
4) Who said IE10 is going to be the only option. Since it shares the same kernel as Windows 8, I'd expect the Metro version of Chrome (and Firefox when it comes out) will work as well. Only desktop class browsers here.
5) As opposed to having to scroll horizontally across your home pages? Just a choice in implementation made by Microsoft, and a subjective preference for any potential users...
6) No folders, true that. If it helps any all my games are automatically stored in the XBOX tile, and apps are organized alphabetically with a jumplist. Usually find the one I need faster than if I would have to navigate through a folder to be honest, even though I'm a fan of folders.
7) WP8 has support for many processors, I believe it's just the initial round of WP8 phones that are coming with Qualcomm chips.
8) Maybe, maybe not. We'll see when they reveal all of the features, and even now I can say that it doesn't seem to have many weaknesses in this regard. I also think some of the features that have been shown so far are pretty damn cool.
9) Apps will continue to build (at a faster pace than Android's app market did, mind you). Oh, also, did I mention that WP8 is using the same kernel as Windows 8? Actual Windows 8 RT/Metro apps that can be easily ported to WP8? DirectX support for superior game possibilities? Syncing contacts, pictures, documents, OS personal settings across all my W8 and WP8 devices automatically? SmartGlass? More stock features in the OS?

Fewer apps. Hardly an inferior ecosystem. Maybe we're not looking at the same products. Maybe you've decided on how good or bad WP8 is before WP8 has even been demoed. Maybe you're not thinking long term enough in regard to the ecosystem, because I clearly see Microsoft leading the charge to have the most comprehensive ecosystem. I do know one thing though -- if you don't get it now, chances are you don't want to get it and therefore never will. If you can't acknowledge your competitor's strengths, you're never going to make a better product.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:05 4

6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1454; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Nice....might get it...if priced right....oh and if it has atleast 32GB memory ..its decent phone... something different, too me

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 16:24 2

16. BigSupes (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


It has 32GB memory. :)

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:14 2

11. kindahipdude (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Window's phones seem nice. I like how it's different, that camera looks nice too. I think I'll make my next phone a Windows. Sadly that won't be for a while since I recently picked up an SIII.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:24 2

14. Aeires (unregistered)


I've been looking at the images for days now and starting to like what I'm seeing but couldn't nail it down until I watched the vid, the tiles are now centered. For the first time, IMO, the screens look balanced and the tiles have a more natural feel to them. Subtle improvement but it goes far in the overall ascetics of the UI, nice improvement MS.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 19:01 2

21. papss (Posts: 3461; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I think this phone is exciting.. Love the layout of the tiles, love it all. I'm up for contract now so I need to to know price/release

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 19:42 3

23. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


NOKIA is BACK!

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 20:21

25. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Nokia is back? That must be why they dropped 16% of their stock price today... welcome back!

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 23:13

28. jtech (Posts: 100; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


The phone is thick because of pureview! I still want it!! And I hope Nokia comes out with different form factors as well. A N8 like device running wp 8 would be a awesome

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:43

31. mohitmk21 (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


i hope this time there aren't any bug issues like last time when lumia 900 was launched

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 02:16

33. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


The Lumia deserves to be a top seller. Many more people should try WP+Nokia

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:27

37. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


this is going to be epic.. but i think s3 will still gonna be the best selling phone (this is comng from a samsung mobile hater) and so is iPhone (love it or hate it.. iPhone will still be relevant of all carriers, even the iPhone 4S is a year old, it is still on top of s3 and oneX)

why? coz nokia release 920 with no memory card slot and people will opt for a phone that has a microSD slot!! like the s3, it eat the oneX coz oneX dont have microSD slot...

but that's different to lumia 820.. but its on different price category!

posted on 07 Sep 2012, 11:43

38. zekes (Posts: 201; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


dammm nokia thats nice

posted on 08 Sep 2012, 11:42

39. Scorpion (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


I think they made a way early announsment. We don't know yet how WP8 will work, no reviews so far. Windows 8 itself isn't out yet. Getting the same expirience as on their laptops, can get many people back to the Nokia brand. Nokia should have waited. They can't afford misses like that. I symptize the company, even though it's going to become a manufacturing arm of Microsoft and nothing more.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:51

41. DerryAhmad (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I really want to to get this phone. I really like the camera and the design. But the no Bluetooth File Transfer is kinda a big deal to me, Gotta think it through..

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