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Nokia Lumia 920 Review

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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.

The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920


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.


Functionality:

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.

Organizer apps - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Organizer apps - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Organizer apps - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Organizer apps


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.

On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 920


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.

Internet Explorer - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Internet Explorer - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Internet Explorer - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Internet Explorer


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.

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posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:17 59

1. desijatt (Posts: 58; 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, 07:43 31

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4097; 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: 3991; 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: 4097; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


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

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:06 10

29. -box- (Posts: 3991; 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: 3991; 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 12 Nov 2012, 08:17 7

31. schinnak (Posts: 100; 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, 08:54 2

39. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; 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, 08:35

36. -box- (Posts: 3991; 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, 11:08 3

63. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)


thanks for pointing it out!

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: 443; 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 12 Nov 2012, 10:47 6

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


U GO GIRL (Nokia)

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, 12:10

79. fervid (Posts: 183; 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, 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 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, 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: 1853; 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 12 Nov 2012, 14:58

94. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Yep. Thanks for the outside confirmation :)

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 17:47

104. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Where is the full video review?

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 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 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 23 Dec 2012, 20:59

166. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1201; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


the n9 came with everything installed

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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, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB 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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