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Nokia Lumia 920 Review

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Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Introduction:

It’s do or die time for Nokia, right? Already on numerous occasions, the industry has questioned the staying power of the once magnificent handset maker, as they’ve redirected their focus in recent times towards Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In all fairness, it’s rather difficult to say how much time the Lumia 900 has bought Nokia, but in any event, they’re here once again trying to stay relevant on top of the heap of other smartphone makers making it big in the industry. Most recently, however, the Finnish company has been able to turn heads thanks to the impressive delivery of the Nokia PureView 808 – a magnificent camera centric handset that decidedly opted to rely on the older Symbian Belle platform.

Well people, they’ve listened intently to all the concerns and followed through appeasing the masses by incorporating a PureView camera into a Windows Phone. Culminating all into the Nokia Lumia 920, the successor to the Lumia 900 from earlier in the year, there’s a lot of excitement regarding this flagship device – but most importantly, will it actually stir enough noise to entice consumers to take grasp of it? Considering that it’s attached with a very attractive $99.99 on-contract price point, it would seem as though the Lumia 920 will have enough of the prized elements to make it the runaway Windows Phone 8 smartphone to own at the moment.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product and Safety Information Guide
  • NFC tag

Design:

Distinctively a Lumia handset, there’s nothing particularly fresh about the design of the Lumia 920, as it maintains an almost identical figure to the previous Lumia 900 model. To its credit, though, the single noticeable improvement is evident with the glass over the display, which is now rounded around its trim to match the contour of the device. Still, it’s one hefty feeling (0.42” thick) and very weighty (6.53 oz) device compared to the svelte and compact constructions of other premier smartphones. Nevertheless, its unibody polycarbonate design is sturdy enough to ensure it’s going to withstand the usual bout of normal wear and tear it’ll experience throughout its lifetime.

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The Nokia Lumia 920 is distinctively a Lumia handset - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Nokia Lumia 920 is distinctively a Lumia handset - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

The Nokia Lumia 920 is distinctively a Lumia handset


Nokia Lumia 920 Review

You can compare the Nokia Lumia 920 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Most prominent amongst its look, is the variety of Skittles-like colors that are available with the Lumia 920 – thus, giving it a stylish edge over other things out there. Even though we appreciate the hint of character and pizazz it adds to the familiar looking handset, the glossy appearance of our red model is a fingerprint and smudge magnet. Then again, the cyan and black versions of the Lumia 920 opt for a matte finish to minimize those unwanted distractions. In a world of cold looking industrial design, it’s heartwarming to see the Lumia 920 setting itself apart with its vibrant color selection and solid construction – albeit, we wish it weren’t so darn bulky.

Being a staple amongst most Windows Phones, the Lumia 920 packs the typical trio of capacitive Windows Phone buttons beneath its display, which are spaced far from one another to minimize accidental presses. Conversely, we’re greeted with the usual assortment of characters on the opposite edge – these include its earpiece, light & proximity sensors, and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera that has the ability to shoot videos in 720p.

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Capacitive Windows Phone buttons

Front camera


Looking around the trim of the handset, the left edge is completely barren, but on the right, the power button, volume control, and two-level shutter key are placed near one another. Luckily, they’re raised enough to offer a sufficient feel with the finger – while exhibiting springy responses when pressed. Meanwhile, the top trim is home to the microSIM slot and 3.5mm headset jack. Showing off its attention to detail, microdots line up in unison to make up its speaker grill on the bottom edge, with the microUSB port also there for charging and data connectivity.

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The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920


Recognized easily as its main attraction, the Lumia 920 is packing along an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera in the rear, which features a dual-LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, and an F2.0 lens. Furthermore, it features Nokia’s “floating lens technology” to deliver optical image stabilization. Needless to say, there’s a lot of talk riding on its back, but we’re quite intrigued by how it’ll perform in the end – so we’ll find if it can walk the walk later on.

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Rear camera

 

The back of the Nokia Lumia 920



Display:


Undeniably regarded as a vast improvement, since the Lumia 900 from before featured a 4.3-inch WVGA ClearBlack AMOLED display, this latest Lumia smartphone impresses with its larger 4.5-inch IPS LCD PureMotionHD+ display, which so happens to employ a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. Doing the math, that equates to a pixel density of 332 ppi – making it one of the most detailed screens out there. And of course, it shows as fine text in a zoomed out view in the web browser are visually crisp to make out with ease.

As much as we appreciate the saturated colors produced by the prior ClearBlack AMOLED display of the Lumia 900, we’re nevertheless still content with the natural looking colors pumped out by this IPS LCD screen. Throw in the fact that it has good viewing angles and a strong iridescent glow, it’s more than visible in outdoor conditions with the sun present. All in all, it absolutely rivals some of the best displays out there, like the ones on the Apple iPhone 5 and LG Optimus G, so we have no complaints about its brilliance. Oh yeah, did we mention that its sensitivity is maintained if we were to use gloves over our hands courtesy of its supersensitive touch technology?

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Viewing angles - Color production - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Viewing angles - Color production - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Viewing angles - Color production - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Viewing angles

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Color production - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
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posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:17 59

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


I LOVE NOKIA............

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:38 14

9. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


I do too. (just saying)

still waiting for the Nexus 4 - and after that... will be the battle for my next phone. :) for once, a galaxy or an appleis out of the question. it's this or the Nexus 4 ( if it comes soon enough, HTC DLX)

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 09:18 5

46. san47 (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Sep 2012)


my honest suggestion: never buy a HTC phone it keeps you in down whole time.
Nexus 4 is from LG not sure about the quality of build and performance though price and specs are attractive.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 09:44 8

50. robocopvn (Posts: 152; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


I agree. I was so upset on what HTC do for their early-customers. In my case, I bought the HTC Aria in October 2010 at 500usd (not cheap), and let's see what I've got: nothing, even no ginger-bread update at all. During that time, the Samsung galaxy Ace (with identical hardware) got many good updates.

I still use HTC aria now with CM7 (big thank to the CM team). To be honest, HTC has one of the best build quality but after-sell service is so bad. I will never ever buy the other HTC phone

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:53 5

120. Lifesogood (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


LG NEXUS 4 & OPTIMUS GANGNAM STYLE
ARE THE BEST PHONE ON THE MARKET!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:59 1

121. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


what about the note 2, lumia 920, htc 8x

what makes those 2 the best?

except blind fanboyism

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 16:16 3

136. PLASTICPHONES (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


LUMIA 920, SAMSUNG NOTE 2 HTC 8X ARE ALL MADE OF PLASTIC ...

LUMIA 920 LOOKS PLASTIC TOY PHONE.
VERY THICK AND HEAVY WEIGHT!

SAMSUNG NOTE2 IS A BIG PLASTIC PHONE.

LG Optimus "G" gangnam style is A PREMIUM ELEGANT PHONE.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 17:16 6

138. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


lmao you need help mate the 920 doesnt look like a toy, plus its build quality is to nokia standards which is arguably the best

the fact you said ''LG Optimus "G" gangnam style''

this shows your just some kid

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 05:17

159. PolishHitta (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Just like the Iphone? the phone that is known to have a cracked screen as well as the back?

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 23:57

171. Skiman (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Bought my first lumia 920 last week, first time I've ever really loved a phone

You are suffering from blind noobism

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 10:47 6

56. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


U GO GIRL (Nokia)

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 00:34

162. jameshoe (unregistered)


Nexus 4 is good but using wrong processor, I guess. Snapdragon S4 pro is suit for Tablet of Notebook

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:43 31

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


Wish i could give the phone a thumb up!!
This is it people...the real deal! And it scored 9!! :D

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:51 8

19. -box- (Posts: 3564; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Just a nine? Not even a little extra change? 9.3, perhaps? Think of it on a A, B, C, D, F scale: only a couple phones have yet scored above a B.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:53 12

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


Let's be content with nine Sir...:)

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:06 10

29. -box- (Posts: 3564; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


@PA there is a free Nokia app called "Camera Extras" that has all the modes you lament the lack of. It is a must-have for any Lumia, to the point I am surprised it isn't pre-installed.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:13 13

30. -box- (Posts: 3564; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Also, how is it not "cutting-edge" and "compelling"? Wireless charging, great screen usable through nom-capacitive gloves, extra tweaks that really solidify the UX and improve overall satisfaction? If they'd managed to do it in a body as thin as an Oppo5, would it help its cause?

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 05:20 2

160. PolishHitta (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Isn't this the first phone EVER to introduce a build in optical stabilizer into its imaging lens?

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 15:50

163. lkjhg755 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


People who didn't do the research would be more likely to buy it, but other than that no.
Personally though, I'd love to have it be just a tad thinner (and slightly narrower) so I wouldn't have as much trouble fitteng it in my pocket.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:54 2

39. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


This is an example of why I continue to wonder who is minding the store at Nokia - why do they under-provision their flagship phone? If the app exists, why not include it? It is not as if people aren't interested in camera functions of the L920....

It would also justify (to me) why the L920 scored a 9....

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 11:08 3

63. John.V (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 May 2011)


thanks for pointing it out!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 17:47

104. apocalypsebc (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Where is the full video review?

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 12:10

79. fervid (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I'm not seeing this app, I did get all their other lenses though that do pretty good.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 13:48

89. abbjr (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Where did you find this app? I am not seeing it...

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 14:29

92. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


for start nothing is installed now a day s on any moblies free or not we have to get it from market places eaisy to do it though
i had my lumia800 first i was wtf its empty lol my bad then i found everything listed on the market.

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 20:59

166. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 764; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


the n9 came with everything installed

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:35

36. -box- (Posts: 3564; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


FWIW, I said the same thing about the Note2 and another device recently, so while I'm admittedly pro-WP and pro-Nokia, this is a statement more about the scoring than the phones' scores. These half-point increments don't do an adequate job of showing differentiation. If, for instance, the Note2 got a 9.2 and the Lumia 920 got a 9.1 and a Galaxy S3 got a 9.0 (just for an example), we could infer that the Note2 is, overall and in PA's view, the bestof the three phones.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 13:29

88. fins71 (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Fwiw, just confirming that you did state in Note2 comments that since it had no stated cons that you thought it should be a 9.3 or higher.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 14:58

94. -box- (Posts: 3564; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Yep. Thanks for the outside confirmation :)

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:17 7

31. schinnak (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Me too ;-))

There was a time when Nokia phones were considered premium and the likes of Samsung etc were alternate cheaper options. Look how the tables have turned !

Having said that, Lumia 920 is definitely a good bang for the buck and arguably one of the best win phones to grab and try your hands on.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 11:09 4

64. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


just what i predicted!
8x: 8
Activ:8.5
Lumia920:9

I would argue with the first 2 but the 9 for the lumia was well deserved

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 12:53 1

84. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Me too....the size & Feel of this phone is its main attraction!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 15:53

164. lkjhg755 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Same here, I have the Nexus 4 currently but am thinking of switching for this because I don't like the idea of carrying around a flimsy sheet of glass.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:19 26

2. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


Now this is a non-biased review.. :D

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:25 4

6. MeoCao (unregistered)


And it would be even more non-biased if the score was 10, right? :))

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:33 13

7. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


I dont really expect that. But this one is not bashing the weight. Im sick of it.lol

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:52 4

21. MeoCao (unregistered)


There is no such thing as a non-biased review, b-c the reviewer say what HE thinks, and every1 has his/her own opinion.

maybe in this case you and the reviewer have same opinion. But most people want lighter phones than 180gr given the screen size is only 4.5".

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:06 9

28. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


you cant help but find negatives with anything other the android can you.

and you cant say most people want a lighter phone, as if the weight of the 920 is a problem for you to pick up you really need help. plus people manage with the size and weight of the note 2 why is it different when it comes to the 920.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 05:28 1

161. PolishHitta (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


I found the Lumia 920 weight to be perfect. It actually feels like a solid phone, not some toy that falls apart after six months of use. Aside from that it felt really well in my hand, didn't slide or feel out of balance.

Now that's my point of view of the weight... ITS AN OPINION. Kids gotta quit assuming that everyone prefers a lighter phone.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 09:07 5

40. Commentator (Posts: 2169; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Just like how the OG Palm Pre was the most un-biased at all for getting a 9.9!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:48 3

17. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


indeed it is, Great job John :)

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:19 5

3. shahulvm (Posts: 96; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


I read from Ativ S review user comments, that Lumia 920 would get a score of 9, as phonearena has become predictable and how the true score is..

(second comment in Ativ S review)

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 09:53 3

52. Jabarkas (Posts: 16; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I'm also a little bit dissapointed with PA. Lumia 920 has problems with call quality. Its camera is exceptional only in the field of low-light photos. In other areas even not so great HTC 8X is often better (yet Nokia still weights 185g mostly because of the camera). Moreover while it is relatively a cheap phone in U.S., it is incredibly expensive in other countries.
Perhaps Nokia is still in our hearts. But that still makes this score (9/10) unjustified.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:22 10

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


I thought it will be overpriced.
But credit where it's due, this a great package for the money

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:35 2

35. hiBreed (Posts: 90; Member since: 29 May 2012)


that is no over price, you get what you pay for

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 11:20 3

68. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I think you get more for what you pay for

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:22 4

5. sonisoe (Posts: 306; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Video review?

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:36

8. havardu (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Where's the video review guys???

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:41 7

10. lumiaG (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


OMG! ITS BAD !
VERY BAD DISPLAY !

look at that picture on the DARKEST DISPLAY on the first upper picture FIRST AT THE RIGHT!

LUMIA 920 FAILED!!!!!!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:52 10

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


Get a life!!!! Seems like your browser only loads "that" picture of the display!!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 09:08 2

41. i_hate_my_life (banned) (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


he gave this phone a 6/10 -_-"

cying bout its weight :') wat a sissy boy haha

lumia 920 weight = iphone5 + 2 slices of deli turkey

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 14:34 2

93. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol u making us laugh its the top end display you can wait for review of 920 vs samsung and ip5 then say wht u see cuz those are detailed comparisions

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 18:57

107. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I've seen this display IRL. Doesn't pop as much as the display on the 900, but it's pretty good. And the resolution more than makes up for it. BTW, who actually looks at their phone from that angle anyways.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 20:46 1

112. dexter_jdr (Posts: 991; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


shut the hell up d**k head!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 16:19 1

137. PLASTICPHONES (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


YOU ARE RIGHT MAN.

LUMIA 920 IS SO THICK AND HEAVY WEIGHT!
LOOKS LIKE A PLASTIC TOY PHONE.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:44 5

13. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1433; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I like my Nokia 920.. But unfortunately.. I'll be taking it back... Its confusing..i will try the iPhone 5 now..then the Samsung galaxy note 2

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:53 7

23. -box- (Posts: 3564; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


...how is it confusing? There are user guides and tutorials not only on the phone, but online as well. You can also call Nokia and they offer FREE human assistance for setting it up!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 15:01 1

95. -box- (Posts: 3564; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Also in-store. Since AT&T was requiring a lot of its "frontline" reps to use the Lumia 900, most of the tenured store reps have decent familiarity with Windows Phone.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:24 5

32. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


if your confused by the 920, you wont be able to use android lol how is it confusing?

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 09:10 2

43. shuaibhere (Posts: 851; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


How android is confusing??????it maintains traditional UI....where as wp uses whole new UI.... Honestly wp will be confusing for new comers.......

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Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

OS: Windows Phone 8
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Display4.5 inches, 768 x 1280 pixels (332 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8.7 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches
(130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm)
6.53 oz  (185 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 18.6 hours talk time

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