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Nokia Lumia 930 hands-on

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Nokia Lumia 930 hands-on
The Nokia Lumia 930 was surprising in that while we were thinking it would be a close relative of the Verizon exclusive Lumia Icon, we did not expect it would be an exact copy for the global market.  Not that we are complaining mind you, the Lumia Icon is a nice looking device.  However, its design language is a bit of a departure from the Lumias Nokia has made available outside the United States.

That said, what you see, is what you get.  The Lumia 930 is not really a "new" device.  This is an Icon for the rest of you.  The good news is that the Lumia 930 holds true to Nokia's overall build quality and functionality. 

Nokia Lumia 930 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 930 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 930 hands-on
Display


The 5-inch display is an OLED panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.  It provides wide viewing angles, and fits comfortably within the 930's bezels.  The display also has Nokia's stellar ClearBlack which makes the device exceptionally viewable in bright sunlight.

Interface


Windows Phone 8.1 is not a departure from the previous user experience.  Instead, it simply adds some features that add to the whole package.  The action center is accessible through swiping down from the top of the screen.  One added benefit to that is the information bar remains on the screen at all times, signal strength, Wi-Fi meter, Bluetooth and time all stay on the screen with no need to swipe down to see if you have a signal.

The presentation to the user is the same as what we have seen with the Lumia Icon, Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320.

Processor and memory


Also like the Lumia Icon, the Lumia 930 has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and no microSD support. The processor is the same quad-core Snapdragon 800 at 2.2GHz.  The storage capacity should be adequate for most people, as it has proven a good formula for previous Lumia devices.  Of course, this new Lumia has all the Nokia experience apps on hand. Like many global Nokia products, there will be a variety of colors available, bright orange, green, white, and black.

Camera


This would not be a banner bearing Lumia if it weren't for the impressive camera.  The 20MP sensor is ostensibly the same as the one found on the Lumia Icon.  It also has optical image stabilization and PureView to ensure superior picture quality.  The Lumia 930 has a dedicated camera shutter key along the side like previous devices.

Other design items


The battery is a 2420mAh cell which should be good for up to 11.5 hours of talk time, 18 days of standby time, 9 hours of video, and 75 hours of music playback. When recording video in 1080p at 30 frames per second, there are 4 high-performance microphones to provide directional, distortion free audio.

Of course, this new Lumia has all the Nokia experience apps on hand. Like many global Nokia products, there will be a variety of colors available, bright orange, green, white, and black.

During the Build 2014 Keynote, Stephen Elop did not mention anything about an eventual US sale for this particular device, though it would work with AT&T or T-Mobile, with selective LTE functionality, but if you happen to buy an unlocked device and bring it stateside early, count on HSPA+ data connectivity.

We do not like to be naysayers though, so we happen to be hopeful that the Lumia 930 may be a US debut later in the summer. By then the rollout of Windows Phone 8.1 will be in full swing, and the Lumia 930 would be a great upgrade for those who have been holding on to a Lumia 920 or even Lumia 925 for a while.




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posted on 03 Apr 2014, 02:20

1. harsh_doshi (Posts: 36; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


does it have glance screen? the icon does not and this has the same screen.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 02:55 2

5. alex88ucv (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


the preview units from the show HAVE glance screen

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 08:18 4

20. akki20892 (Posts: 3618; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Read in Nokia site. It has

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:25

39. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2056; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Sadly, the 930 does not have Glance screen, due to some display limitations.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 02:25 7

2. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


everything is ok but battery

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 04:29

11. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2056; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The battery in the Icon holds up decently. There's no reason why the 930 should have bad battery life.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 05:27 2

16. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


this is high-end device it suppose to have very good battery life , not decent

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 07:24

17. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


compared to other 2400mah phones?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 08:10

19. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


why? 2400 mah phones either a mid-ranger or 2013 phones. so do you compare 930 with 2013 phones ? 930 has sd800 , fullhd IPS display 20mp camera all of the specs makes it high-end phone. comparing it with phones like galaxy s4 and htc one (m7) is dumb.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 08:59

23. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


depends if a 2400mah wp phone can last as long like a 3000mah android phone.

i compare on optimizations.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:12

26. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


3000 mah android phone lg g2 has better battery life than lumia icon check out battery test of phonearena.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:06 1

24. user996 (Posts: 190; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


display is OLED clearblack

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 10:35 1

40. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


If you think the size of the battery is the sole factor that determines battery life, you obviously don't know much about tech. How do you explain how Sony's flagships always have the largest battery, but the worst battery life? The M8 has a 2600mAh, while the G2 has a 3000mAh, yet the former is said to have better battery life. The word is optimization. Google that ish.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 05:13 2

14. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Nexus 5 also have 2300mah battery and have nearly good backup and nokia lumia 930 is wp not android....

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 05:25 1

15. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


but it's price is higher than nexus so I would expect much more battery size.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 08:35

22. tarek1980 (Posts: 73; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Windows Phone doesn't need huge batteries like Android, WP 8 is really a battery friendly OS

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:15

27. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


even 2300 mah htc one m7 has better battery life than lumia icon. what r u saying ?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:25

30. desniper9 (Posts: 38; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


and no expandable storage. If HTC could do it Nokia can do it

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 02:41

3. aayupanday (Posts: 520; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


That's a 1520 not a 1530 at 1:36.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 02:50 2

4. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 36; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


It would have been my next phone if it had Snapdragon 801. Not because of the slight increase in CPU and GPU speed. BUT the ISP is 45% faster. Think about how fast you will be able to focus or faster burst :D

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 02:56

6. alex88ucv (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


the shot to shot time on the 930 is less than 1 second..not as fast as the m8, s5 but is less than a second

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 03:09 2

7. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 36; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


I know but...its just that we are in 2014 and since it very easy to replace snapdraon 800 with and 801. So yeah.....

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 16:49

34. sbw44 (Posts: 404; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Wow so now the s800 is not good enough? and 1 second shot to shot time also? what happens to all the phones that has the s801 SoC once the s805 comes out??

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 02:15

38. tech2 (Posts: 2333; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


You need to understand the logic behind a FLAGSHIP phone.

Most people when they buy a flagship they expect to remain future proof for 2 years. So a processor if released 10 months ago is featured in a new phone than how would it stay relevant in 2016 ? Did you remember how people said how GS5 is not a worthy upgrade to a last year's phone ? By that logic this phone is doing even worse.

Either it shouldn't be treated as flagship or the price should be reasonable as the technlogy isn't cutting edge. And the last time I checked Lumia 930 is priced very expensive.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:09

25. user996 (Posts: 190; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


kidding? lumia 1520 beats S5 in gaming benchmark and S5 has most powerful sd801 yet and with Dx3D12 support it will destroy any android flagship on gaming benchmarks

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 03:20 2

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2800; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I just love this phone. It's awesome............

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 03:39

9. ScottSchneider (Posts: 322; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


If it is goin to run WP8.1 and is going to be released soon, why use the capacitive buttons when WP 8.1 comes with on-screen buttons... It's a Bummer though,...

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 04:40 1

12. jeff1434325 (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


having a capacitive buttons means more screen-estate, so i think it's more of a good thing bro.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 04:15 1

10. GamasK (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


They should make this a bit different from the icon, like make it using on screen button

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 04:40 4

13. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I don't like the colour options other than the black and the white versions, they should have went for yellow and cyan instead of orange and green.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:41

28. pookiewood (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I agree. I don't like the colors Orange or green either. Orange is ugly, green is a color only Donatello could love. Not interested! Give me red or blue.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 16:52

35. sbw44 (Posts: 404; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


If they went with blue some trolls would say they copied the s5.

plus why not give people different colors?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 07:42 1

18. bakarock (Posts: 52; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)


Well, I think Lumia 1520 is way better.. No offence

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 08:28

21. Diego! (Posts: 508; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


I agree. I'm gonna wait a little bit longer in order to know if Nokia Lumia 1820 comes out before Fall and decide to get 1820 or 1520.
Nokia Lumia 930 looks great but I want a bigger screen :D

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:43

29. pookiewood (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Really sucks this isn't coming to AT&T. Not everyone wants a 6" phone! HTC Wins for me this year.....so far. I may not be getting the M8 but I was more excited about their reveal than Nokia's. The phone looks great but not coming to AT&T really is a bummer!

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:31

31. Zinop (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I would have sold my current phone if this phone had a sd card slot. 1 thing short of being the perfect phone.

WP doesnt really need anything higher then a SD 800 so the (slightly) older processor isnt a problem.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:41

32. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Why are Nokias designs getting more and more plain? Scatch off the Nokia logo, and this looks no different than the hundreds of cheap Asian phones.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 10:40

41. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I agree with you, but do those cheap Asian phones have Nokia's world renown durability & build quality? I doubt it. I'm all about functionality. Looks take a back seat to that.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 16:08

33. kingEngine (Posts: 20; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


Makes me want to return to WP.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 19:47

36. galahad (Posts: 26; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


why is it that most people here complain about specs, always saying "I want it but blah blah"., Is this the new way of bashing WP? own one before you complain. I have the 1520 and its awesome great. I got also S4.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 20:25 1

37. Furbal (Posts: 381; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


The icon build quality is freaking awesome

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