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Nokia Lumia 920 Review

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Before forging ahead to the nitty-gritty portion of its camera quality, we’re rather perplexed as to how this camera-centric smartphone is lacking any convincing shooting modes and features. Relying on the usual Windows Phone camera interface, the only modifiable settings include Scenes , ISO, Exposure Value, White Balance, Aspect Ratio, and Focus Assist Light. Making matters worse, it doesn’t offer any of the modern conveniences we’d want to find nowadays – like modes for burst shooting, panoramic, or simultaneously snapping a photo while recording video. No doubt a jab to the stomach, we’re undoubtedly shocked by this revelation.

The camera interface - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The camera interface - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The camera interface - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The camera interface - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

The camera interface


So here we are, finally! We know you’re all dying to know how its 8.7-megapixel PureView camera fares, but to reiterate things, it’s armed with compelling features like Carl Zeiss optics, F2.0 lens, a back-illuminated sensor, and a dual-LED flash. When so much talk is emphasized on its prowess, we’d expect nothing less than close to perfection – and to an extent, it is definitely a point and shoot replacement. Still, as we look beyond the generalization of its results and peer meticulously at all of the minute nuances of its quality, we uncover some surprising results.

Overall, it takes pleasant looking photos that are worth framing later on, but we’re not soundly convinced with its fine details. Compared to some of the elite camera shooting smartphones out there, the Lumia 920 exhibits a recognizable level of softness to its details, which are deceptively masked by the subtle amount of over-sharpening evident in the entire shot. Meanwhile, its color reproduction grazes the fine line of being neutral looking for the most part, but for some strange reason, its white balances gets thrown off inexplicably – resulting in some distortion, like the purple fringe that’s exhibited with shots taken indoors under artificial lighting.



Above all, we have to admit that we’re most impressed by its low lighting performance, which shows the advantage of its F2.0 lens and image stabilization. The lens is able to absorb more light, and the stabilization helps avoid the occasional blurring due to camera shake. On one hand, we love how there’s very minimal evidence of noise and graininess with its shots, but it has difficulty handling dynamic range in low lighting – essentially over-exposing brighter areas. Finally, the dual-LED flash can be set to kick on prior to snapping a shot to keep images in focus at all the times. Nokia’s “floating lens technology” for image stabilization helps for the video recording, too! And simply, it shows in the results! Whether it’s panning left/right or up/down, it maintains a very smooth capture – whereas other devices exhibit shakiness. Besides that one noteworthy item, though, we can’t say that the other aspects of its quality compels us. Yet again, details are lacking a convincing level of sharpness, but its post-processing adds the same over-sharpening results as before. This time around, there’s some artifacting persistent in the video as we’re panning, but hey, at least we’re pleased by its clear audio recording, gradual exposure adjustment, and continuous auto-focus feature.

Strong light - Indoor samples - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Low - Indoor samples - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Strong light

Medium

Low

Indoor samples

3ft - Darkness with flash - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
5ft - Darkness with flash - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
7ft - Darkness with flash - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

3ft

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Darkness with flash


Nokia Lumia 920 Sample Video:


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Multimedia:

Taking a peek at the picture gallery of the Lumia 920, it follows in form to any other Windows 8 device on the market. Aside from being able to view the images in the camera roll, the app populates albums stored in our Facebook account. And even though we were disappointed by the paltry shooting options with its camera interface, we’re given a few basic editing tools to tweak our images. Also, we can use the “Tap & Send” feature to share photos to other NFC-enabled Windows Phones.

The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone



Even though the music player on this is identical to any other Windows Phone 8 handset out there, we’re still appreciative of the dynamic approach of its presentation. Pumping out a strong volume output, it’s lacking firepower in the form of shaky base tones to give it some pop.

The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

The music player



Watching videos is of course a fun and pleasant experience on the Lumia 920, due to the nature of its brilliant looking display. In addition to its wealthy real estate and flawless performance, the handset supports a wide variety of video codecs out of the box to appease enthusiasts.

Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920



Software:

Being the AT&T smartphone it is, we’re naturally exposed to the carrier’s usual set of apps, which include AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, AT&T U-verse Live TV, and myAT&T. As we mentioned earlier in the review, the Lumia 920 features Nokia’s “pure experience” apps that consists of Nokia City Lens, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, and Nokia Music.

Starting with Nokia City Lens, it’s one of those apps that are great for sniffing out local points of interests. Being an augmented reality app at its core, we find it extremely useful to visualize nearby locations with it.

Nokia City Lens augmented reality - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia City Lens augmented reality - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Nokia City Lens augmented reality



With Nokia Drive and Maps, the two are here for all our navigational needs. Therefore, whether it’s searching for an address or getting voice-guided directions, the apps are extremely useful in getting us around. To be honest though, Nokia Drive isn’t as comprehensive compared to other dedicated GPS apps (think Navigon or Magellan), but it has the basics to get us from point A to point B in one piece.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Lumia 920 Review


And lastly, there’s Nokia Music for those who want to surround themselves with an array of music. One part a free radio station service, similar to what you’d experience with Pandora, Nokia Music also provides us access to any purchased content that are bought from Microsoft’s Music Store. Additionally, it integrates a bunch of social networking aspects to its functionality, like sharing songs you like on Facebook or reading about tweets regarding specific artists.

Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Nokia Music



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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, 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: 436; 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: 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

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: 4003; 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: 4003; 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 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 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, 11:08 3

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


thanks for pointing it out!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 17:47

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


Where is the full video review?

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, 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 23 Dec 2012, 20:59

166. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


the n9 came with everything installed

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, 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: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Yep. Thanks for the outside confirmation :)

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:17 7

31. schinnak (Posts: 99; 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

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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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