Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Consistency is something that’s persistently found with the Window Phone experience, and in this scenario, it’s no different from the other Window Phone 8 smartphones we’ve reviewed in recent memory. That’s not a bad thing per se, especially when the dynamic look of the start screen and its live tiles help to complement the actual design of the smartphone. Frankly, there’s no arguing the appreciable new improvements found with the platform, which we’ve detailed in our reviews of the HTC 8X and Samsung ATIV S.
However, there are still some much-needed improvements required to bring it up to the level of its contemporaries. For instance, we like how the lock screen provides us with tangible notifications, but it would be nice to find a centralized hub somewhere in the interface aside from the lock screen, where we can view everything simultaneously. Yet, behind it all, it’s the energetic presentation and lively appearance of the start screen that makes it so very engaging and enticing.
Unlike the other Windows Phone 8 smartphones we’ve checked out, Nokia has it wildcard of “pure experience” apps to catapult its offering – these include Nokia Maps, Drive, City Lens, and Music. For now, it’s worth pointing out that these are only available on Nokia’s Lumia smartphones, but we’ll expand more about their functionality and usefulness later on.
In terms of organization, there’s nothing out of the ordinary found with the Nokia Lumia 920, seeing that we’re presented with the usual set of core organizer apps found with all Windows Phone 8 devices. In addition to the Alarm, Calendar, Calculator, and Kids Corner, you have Bing Search to accomplish a variety of tasks besides web searches – such as being able to speak commands to open apps, compose a message, or search for a point of interest.
Having plenty of room to play around with, its 4.5-inch display is perfect for typing up messages with its on-screen keyboard. Seeing that it has a spacious portrait layout that’s easily encompassed by our thumbs, combined with its responsiveness, we’re able to maintain a steady rate of input with little to no issues at all. However, we’re not a fan of the gap on the left side of the landscape keyboard.
As usual, the email experience is effective enough to keep up busy and organized on the road. Indeed, it has all the basic functions we’d expect to find, but it doesn’t quite match the level of depth seen with Android’s Gmail experience.
Processor and Memory:
Armed with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, it’s obviously more than ample to elicit one responsive performance. Surely it’s adept in handling a wide array of basic tasks, like opening apps, but it’s also capable of maintaining a tolerable level with more intensive processes – such as 3D gaming. As much as we want to say we’re astounded by the performance, it’s nothing necessarily different, since you know, this is the typical performance we see out of all Windows Phones in general.
Donning a closed design with its unibody polycarbonate body, there’s no storage expandability with this beauty. Meaning, you’ll need to be a bit cautious with monitoring its 32GB internal capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
Although it’s something expected in this day and age, the Lumia 920 is able to deliver fast data speeds courtesy of its 4G LTE connection. However, it’s nice to find that there isn’t a hitch to Internet Explorer’s performance now that the Lumia 920 is sporting a higher resolution display. Delivering the same lovable aspects as before, such as fast page loads, fluid navigational controls, and proper rendering, the Lumia 920 continues the trend of providing us with a superb experience.
International travel isn’t a problem with this GSM smartphone, seeing that it’s compatible to work with most GSM networks overseas – though, LTE connectivity is established domestically via AT&T’s network. Being the flagship device it is, the Lumia 920 packs connectivity feature like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC. With the latter, the platform’s “Tap & Send” feature allows for quick sharing of multimedia by simply tapping the rear of the Lumia 920 with another NFC-equipped Windows Phone.
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)
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.
50. robocopvn (Posts: 175; 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
120. Lifesogood (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
LG NEXUS 4 & OPTIMUS GANGNAM STYLE
ARE THE BEST PHONE ON THE MARKET!
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
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.
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
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?
171. Skiman (Posts: 15; 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
162. jameshoe (unregistered)
Nexus 4 is good but using wrong processor, I guess. Snapdragon S4 pro is suit for Tablet of Notebook
12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2997; 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
19. -box- (Posts: 3729; 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.
29. -box- (Posts: 3729; 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.
30. -box- (Posts: 3729; 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?
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?
39. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5580; 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....
79. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I'm not seeing this app, I did get all their other lenses though that do pretty good.
89. abbjr (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Where did you find this app? I am not seeing it...
92. haseebzahid (Posts: 1812; 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.
166. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 892; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
the n9 came with everything installed
36. -box- (Posts: 3729; 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.
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.
94. -box- (Posts: 3729; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Yep. Thanks for the outside confirmation :)
31. schinnak (Posts: 81; 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.
64. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
just what i predicted!
I would argue with the first 2 but the 9 for the lumia was well deserved
84. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
Me too....the size & Feel of this phone is its main attraction!
6. MeoCao (unregistered)
And it would be even more non-biased if the score was 10, right? :))
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
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".
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.
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.
40. Commentator (Posts: 2324; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Just like how the OG Palm Pre was the most un-biased at all for getting a 9.9!
3. shahulvm (Posts: 110; 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)
52. Jabarkas (Posts: 18; 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.
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
35. hiBreed (Posts: 90; Member since: 29 May 2012)
that is no over price, you get what you pay for
68. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
I think you get more for what you pay for
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!!!!!!
22. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2997; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Get a life!!!! Seems like your browser only loads "that" picture of the display!!
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
93. haseebzahid (Posts: 1812; 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
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.
112. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1109; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
shut the hell up d**k head!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
13. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1668; 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
23. -box- (Posts: 3729; 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!
95. -box- (Posts: 3729; 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.
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?
43. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; 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.......
48. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
no you not understanding, android will confuse more then wp8 as like all you android users go on and on about the amount of setting and customisation will be confusing.
also they say how wp8 is so simple, so you cant at one time say its simple then say its confusing when it suits.
54. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
You are telling about early years of android....just go and have experience with jelly bean....nothing confusing......every thing is on the go.....am using android from 2.2...at that time it was little complex....but now its very fast, easy to use...
|Display||4.5 inches, 768 x 1280 pixels (332 ppi) IPS LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches|
(130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm)
6.53 oz (185 g)
|Battery||2000 mAh, 18.6 hours talk time|