Nokia Lumia 928 unboxing and hands-on
Verizon customers watch out, you have one snazzy Windows Phone heading your way very soon! Already, Big Red’s customer base has been exposed to the entry-level like Nokia Lumia 822, but we bet they’re drooling for something far better – specs and feature wise, of course. Fortunately, the Nokia Lumia 928, a distant relative of the mighty Lumia 920, is coming to Verizon’s lineup starting on May 16th for the 2-year contract price of $99.99. When it boils down, it seems as though it’s a skinnier and lighter version of its sibling.
Well folks, even though it’s a brand spanking new Windows Phone from Nokia’s camp, there isn’t an improvement whatsoever to the display on the Lumia 928. In fact, it’s the same one we all know and love on the Lumia 920 from before – albeit, it's an OLED panel instead of an IPS LCD one. To be specific, it features a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ OLED WXGA (1280 x 768) display, which delivers the iridescent colors that are typical amongst OLED panels in general. Indeed, it’s not as high-res as some other displays, but it’s effective enough for most things. Likewise, the display brings forth the wow factor with its wide viewing angles, pitch black color, and overblown color reproduction. Despite the many lovely things in tow with the display, it still would’ve been nice to see something new.
Donning the same fashionable design DNA of Nokia’s Lumia branded smartphones, which is great, but at this point, it’s becoming all too ordinary. However, it’s worth noting that the Lumia 928 makes an improvement with its skinnier and lighter frame. In getting there, they’ve employed the same design approach that’s used by other recent flagships of late – it’s the tapered look around the edges that gives it the perception of being slimmer. As a whole, we appreciate the subtle improvements, but it shouldn’t surprise people much since it’s the same lovable design we know and love from before.
Apart from its looks, the other noteworthy thing about the Lumia 928, is the 8.7-megapixel PureView Camera with Carl Zeiss optics in the rear, which utilizes an f2.0 lens and optical image stabilization. With all of that in tow, it should produce some wicked shots – especially under low lighting conditions, which seems to be the focus with this one. When lighting is non-existent, the Lumia 928 benefits more than some other smartphones thanks to its included Xenon flash.
Besides the software specific enhancements that Nokia puts into the Lumia 928, like various new shooting modes and Nokia branded apps, there’s nothing really new to say about the Windows Phone 8 experience running on it. Therefore, if you’re well versed with the platform, you should be able to easily fit in right away. Powering things behind the scene, its dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor coupled with 1GB of RAM should be familiar, seeing that it’s the same exact one under the hood of the Nokia Lumia 920. Despite that, we're greeted to the familiar smooth performance of the platform right out of the box.
Going back to the PureView experience of the smartphone, the Lumia 928 has a slight step ahead in the photo taking department over other Windows Phone. In fact, the shooting modes consist of smart shoot, panorama, and cinemagraph. Indeed, it’s not as comprehensive as the Galaxy S4, but in the greater scheme of things in the Windows Phone camp, it’s surely better than most.
Broadening its exposure is definitely something that the Nokia Lumia 928 is going to accomplish over on Big Red’s department, especially when this is the highest spec’d of Windows Phone Verizon customers have seen from Nokia. No doubt, the Lumia 822 started things, but in the back of our minds, it still wasn’t that drool worthy smartphone that we crave. Thankfully, we’re seeing that here with the Lumia 928, even more when it carries along Nokia’s PureView camera technology and is regarded as a contemporary high-spec’d Windows Phone. Blessed with an enticing $99.99 on-contract price, it’ll certainly garner some attention from those looking for a great smartphone that won’t break the bank. However, we’ll hold off from giving our final thoughts until we test out all aspects of the Lumia 928. Expect our review soon!
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Nokia Lumia 928 unboxing and hands-on
1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Prsentation box looks nice.
The phone looks sharp and neat, looks like SONY design, LG, oppo5.
It's slim, stainless-steel is better than Aluminum.
Overall great looking device, but that Wp OS is an "Epic Fail"®
Wouldn't mind owning this, if it was Android®
3. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Windows phones are worse than iphones. I don't understand how people think they are good. Guess when your stuck in a 2 year contract you just have to lie to yourself.
24. papss (Posts: 3429; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
Probably the same reason lemmings love a cheap SS device..at least here you are not over paying for a device here
38. moroninc (Posts: 162; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
dont judge a book by its cover, its whats on the inside that counts, FYI an Open OS is more fun than a closed system... unless your one of them old folks who just like things the way it is... to make a call, and just show off a new device.
7. Credo (Posts: 677; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
At least it is better than Android 2.3 was
8. SleepingOz (Posts: 2475; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Android 2.3 on the GSII? Nah, don't think so..
40. moroninc (Posts: 162; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
@Credo 2.3 was so 3 years ago.. its 4.2 now buddy, you can compare it to 2.3... i guess thats how far they are behind.. FYI nokia lost world market share from 19 - 14 % this year from last year.. ouch!! and Samsung is king...still in denial i guess..
13. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 947; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
TROLL is a paid shill, working for the competition, and his/her sole purpose is to write fundamentally negative and dishonest comments about Nokia and/or Microsoft products and services.
NOTE: All comments should be deleted due to countless past violations, and their account should also be suspended indefinitely. PHONE ARENA, please stop letting paid employees of other companies interfere with the review and feedback process!
14. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Same old, same old..
Urbanphantom please come back with logical state grounds of disputes.
18. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 947; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
TROLL, how many Phone Arena accounts in total do you have that are used to post negative propaganda? Should I call you wendygarnet, andro, or something else? I've lost track of all of your different names and accounts, but it's always the same crap:
"Sold my WP Phone, no apps, bad performance." blah blah blah.
You have posted no less than hundreds of negative comments about Nokia and/or Microsoft products and services. You are clearly a paid shill, working for the competition.
22. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
funny thing is P.A are aware of this muppets multiple accounts but they dont auto ban this main account like they should. it would save so much bs
ive seen people get banned and moderated for less then this sad act. good thing out of it is you get to see the other trolling accounts that agree with it
i.e HDshatter and well sleepyoz is all for samsung so he will jump in to
35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Yea just like you're Nokia Wp8 fans will do the same, but we Android outright you all, you don't stand a chance.
You've mentioned 2, but there's loads others left.
Says the kid whose not fit to post, and is half aware that he himself isn't him.
We Android fans never call others Trolls or complain or ask PA to help, wow can't face it you're self and need PA to solve you're problems.
Please get help, the last time you got 3 warnings for being rude, ignorant calling others abusive and being a peadophile!
We advise you still need treatment, please you're still half not well.
If you have any questions please seek help from southpark
36. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
We like that™
50. bioappberry (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
Working with all three OS's they all have their own benefits and down falls. But if you are going to compare iOS to Windows there really isn't much outside of Siri that is better. Apple is even going towards a flat design, like Windows already does. Just because you, Troll, don't like the OS doesn't mean its an "Epic Fail". I have converted countless iOS "fan boys" into Windows believers. Its really not difficult after you compare cameras, live tiles vs icons, the integration of social media into the people app, and kids corner for parents of young kids. Me personally, I prefer Android for my own reasons. The biggest downfall of Windows right now is app selection. Other than that, I see no reason to bash this platform for the general consumer.
25. AnTuTu (Posts: 599; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
I don't know why but I prefer the design of 925 over this one.
39. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Why the thumbs down!
I"m giving credit, even i really like the design of the phone, but i personally don't like Wp8, iOs is much better.
2. HASHTAG (unregistered)
So AT&T has the 920, T-Mobile is getting the 925, Verizon's getting the 928, while Sprint has nada. I want a Windows Phone, but Sprint won't let me have one. At least my contract ends in September.
4. bovcrx (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Get out now and pay the prorated etf. It should be like fifty bucks
9. HASHTAG (unregistered)
I may end up doing that.
12. bovcrx (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I'm considering the 925 myself, but I'm still interested in this EOS Lumia. I had the 808 and Nokia 710 and always wished they brought that camera to WP. I didn't care about the hump on the back at all
16. HASHTAG (unregistered)
I have interest in the 925 as well, but T-Mobile doesn't cover my area so I might end up getting the unlocked version. I don't know much about the EOS lumia, but I probably wouldn't mind the hump too much; that's only if it takes to quality pictures advertised by Nokia.
19. bovcrx (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
The 808 took awesome pictures and the video was amazing. I didn't realize how good it was til I recorded some video in the club with friends and then played back on the TV. No sound distortion at all and the bass was rich. I just pray they bring that same set up wit OIS added to WP8. I could always get an 808 again for under 400 now.
5. AfterShock (Posts: 1275; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
More land fill.
Nice enough hardware to use, just not interested in its OS.
Actually I'd be into it a lot more if it had WM6.5.
6. MartianMe (unregistered)
So beautiful!!!!....if only it would run on android...i would get this baby yesterday.
10. Penny (Posts: 988; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Hi John V.,
I've been following this device for a while, so I thought I might chime in with a few points for you to consider:
1.) While the display retains the resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate, ClearBlack, and super sensitive qualities of the Lumia 920, it is different in that the 920 was using an IPS LCD display. The 928, as you stated, uses the OLED+ display, which is why you get the deeper blacks and more vivid colors.
2.) The design language is actually noticeably different than the 920. The 928 is less rounded, slightly thinner and lighter as you mentioned, and body color doesn't appear on the front of the phone surrounding the display as it did with the 920.
3.) Audio is where they probably made any sort of performance enhancements. They added a third HAAC mic on the back (only have 2 mics on the 920), and the speaker is now supposed to be one of the loudest speakers on the market while remaining distortion free.
Other than that, yeah the 928 has exactly the same internals as the 920. Only big story here is that Verizon customers finally get a crack at it (even if it's 6 months late).
17. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 947; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Hey, another thing that seems to get misreported is Bluetooth: I am absolutely positive that the 920 is Bluetooth V.4 capable, and yet many review websites report this device as being V.3 and they have done the same for the 925/928.
928 seems the best bang for the buck right now, but something else is needed to compete at the top end, and Nokia must be aware of this.
21. Penny (Posts: 988; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
I'm sure they're aware of it. Nokia is doing a phenomenal job trying to keep improving their hardware. They provide so many value-adding hardware features, but they can't bump up the specs to get that current "high-end" moniker because Microsoft continues to be slow and behind the curve in providing those options.
As far as Bluetooth, what I've heard so far is that the 920/928 are capable of Bluetooth 4.0, but that has to be enabled via software or firmware. Until then, however, the devices are limited to Bluetooth 3.0 functionality.
42. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"As far as Bluetooth, what I've heard so far is that the 920/928 are capable of Bluetooth 4.0, but that has to be enabled via software or firmware."
Presumably the 'software' you are referring to is MS software. (Sighs) This is what is keeping me from taking the plunge with WP8 - there are things that just work with JB on my Note II (like Bluetooth MAP) that are not supported on WP8.
I am not knocking WP8, but it just seems like 1 step forward (the camera) and 2 (or more) steps backward (Bluetooth, S-pen, multiple windows, etc.).
45. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 947; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Android is more polished, but it's worth remembering that WP8 is still relatively new. It's based on a completely new set of code (NT Kernel), and is entirely different than the old Windows CE. What I think is really missing is full x86 backwards compatibility. That would have given Windows Phone a huge advantage, especially if the devices were able to be based on an intel CPU. As things stand now, WP8's main advantage is speed and security: it's much leaner than Android, and the UI runs faster on low and mid-grade devices. Also, Android plays host to a million different malware, thanks to it's popularity and also it's open source nature. WP8 is better suited for corporate environments, especially because of it's Microsoft Office support. Android won't dissappear, and neither will iOS for that matter, but there's a place for WP and BB10 as well :o`
47. Penny (Posts: 988; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Hey, knock away. I'm with you on this one Doug. Microsoft often doesn't look like it has its priorities straight, and you have to make a ton of concessions going to Windows Phone 8. I was more willing to do that in the past because I had high hopes they would go back and make those basic improvements, but they've been moving forward in so many relatively irrelevant features and ignoring core enhancements; I just don't know if they are listening to their users. The dilemma for me is that I love Nokia's hardware and support -- that and I'm just hopelessly hopeful.
11. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 632; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
"Well folks, even though it’s a brand spanking new Windows Phone from Nokia’s camp, there isn’t an improvement whatsoever to the display on the Lumia 928. In fact, it’s the same one we all know and love on the Lumia 920 from before. To be specific, it features a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ OLED WXGA (1280 x 768) display"
I might be wrong but didn't the 920 have a IPS display instead of an OLED? If so Phonearena you might want to correct that misleading information, IPS is not the same as OLED.
20. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Well, too bad the OS is garbage
23. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
garbage- new definition is the crap that FlushGordon comments
if your so against the os dont comment its that simple
41. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
O now his comment is crap, blsht.
He said it's garbage, and you saying it's crap, bulsht wtf is wrong with you, why the hell you going off topic.
52. ZeroCide (Posts: 678; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
It is a smoothe buttery OS that works great. Your definition of garbage is skewed or you are using the wor wrong.
Someone needs a dictionary.
29. Lboogey6 (Posts: 245; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
my favorite part has to be how he attempted to be excited about pretty much showing off the same phone with nothing new to bring to the table... oh slimmer and lighter ...windows the new iphone
30. lumialove (Posts: 75; Member since: 16 May 2012)
the Lumia 928 has a slight step ahead in the photo taking departmentover other Windows Phone. In fact, the shooting modes consist of smart shoot, panorama, and cinemagraph.Indeed, it’s not as comprehensive as the Galaxy S4, but in the greaterschemeof things in the Windows Phone camp, it’s surely better than most.." but ,alas! it takes good photos than the S4, how on the earth it is possible.
31. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
A part of me would like to try out a WP, but I just don't think I can give up the customization I can do on Android. The few people that I know, that have one love them.
43. GoBears (Posts: 305; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
That's exactly why this is going to be a backup to my Note2. The Note2 is just an awesome all around device but there are times when I wish I had a smaller more durable phone with an incredible camera. This will be perfect for those occasions.
44. taikucing (unregistered)
Nice phone, but stupid chessboard OS.
46. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
"Despite the many lovely things in tow with the display, it still would’ve been nice to see something new."
Human's wants are endless. Sigh!
49. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Still haven't answered my lingering question about the display - is it PenTile? Yes it matters - even at 1280x768 a PenTile OLED will have artifacts and jaggies.
53. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2099; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Box looks cool but design is same somewhat like X Z, good hardware. I liked very much the concept design of Lumia FX800.
54. trollCall (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
It has not been cleared up anywhere yet whether or not Verizon has again removed group text capabilities from yet another WP8 device. Could the previewer/reviewer please address that?