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Nokia Lumia 928 Review

0. phoneArena 17 May 2013, 06:22 posted on

Verizon Wireless is getting its own variant of the 920, which should no doubt put Nokia’s name near the top of the ladder within the carrier’s Windows Phone selection. At its core, the recently announced Nokia Lumia 928 might seem like a subtle variant of the version that AT&T has been selling for some time now, but there are some notable differences that should make Big Red’s customers feel proud they’re getting something new...

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posted on 17 May 2013, 07:19 1

12. tiara6918 (Posts: 2079; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Maybe it got an 8 because it was only just a minor improvement from its predecessor. Let's also not forget about the timing. I can still remember pa giving the one x+ a score of 8.5 and the s3 scored a 9 despite the HTC handset being better.

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:27 4

16. tiara6918 (Posts: 2079; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


9.3 for the s3 I mean. Anyways lumia 928 and 925 are the best windows phones right now,so I don't need to look at the rating since I know that Nokia has done an incredible job with their handsets

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:23

14. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Fair enough...

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:24 5

15. Jubin (unregistered)


720 gets 9/10 and 928 gets 8/10. Whats wrong here???

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:37 2

19. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Its a 6 month old phone. I don't expect my 6 month old Note 2 to receive a 9 if it was released on a different carrier today. And they call me the fanboy! What does that make you?

posted on 17 May 2013, 22:43

49. Jubin (unregistered)


First of all, read my comment again and this time carefully. I am talking about Lumia 720 here and not Lumia 920. I know there is not much diff between 920 & 928. But 928 is way better than 720 which is not a 6 month old phone as it came out in April (announced Feb 25).

posted on 18 May 2013, 19:49

58. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Maybe because of different prices? If the score was even for all prices low end phones would have low ratings.

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:33 2

18. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 810; Member since: 11 May 2013)


808 is still the undefeated phone's camera..
When can we really have a non bulk-provider smartphone camera that really stands out in lowlight without any daylight camera issues

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:46 3

20. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


It deserves an 8.

There's no diffrence between this and the L920, L928, L925, just an upgrade of camera!

The S3, S4 got a 9, 9.3!
Htc One, 9
No upgrade to Cpu
No upgrade to Gpu
No upgrade to 1080P
No 440PPI
No 32GB

It's sliimer and looks much better than the "Big, huge, thick,over-weight, wide L920"

I guess the guideline for the USB port was mainly cause MS thought it would attract more 3rd parties to release Accessories for WP8 device, and noe they've finally realized that WP8 market share isn't big enough to attract any manfacturer to do such thing!

Overall i see no bright future for Nokia WP8! I'm not waiting to see the real flagship for this year, cause surely it will be having the S600 dualcore with the same Gpu. Let's wait and see....

Also it's Nokias EOS left which i believe will be a dissapointment, just like the L925.
We were all hoping a new device with Androids S4, Htc One like specs, but we await

®

posted on 17 May 2013, 08:29

25. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Camera upgraded, display downgraded. :)

posted on 17 May 2013, 09:06 4

27. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Didn't the 920 just arrive 6 months ago? Okay, its specs were a half year old, but they worked for the OS, so it was a good product. So why did anyone expect a major upgrade to a half-year-old flagship? That would just annoy the 920 buyers. Did Samsung release the S4 6 months after the S3? No, what we're seeing here is a Verizon 920 and a T-Mobile/RoW 920 Slim. I don't expect a Snapdragon 600-and-1080-equipped 900-series Lumia until this fall.

posted on 17 May 2013, 16:16 2

35. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


TROLL is a paid shill, working for the competition, and his/her sole purpose for being here is to write fundamentally negative and dishonest comments about Nokia and/or Microsoft products and services.

NOTE: This person's comments should be deleted due to countless past violations, and their account should be suspended indefinitely. PHONE ARENA, please stop allowing paid bashers working for other companies to interfere with the review and feedback process!

posted on 17 May 2013, 17:35

39. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Can you prove that?

posted on 17 May 2013, 18:00 3

40. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Samsung was already busted for paying students to post fake online reviews that are critical of it's competitors. My guess is that TROLL is also on their payroll, and proof can be seen in the thousands of negative comments that he/she has posted during the past few months on Phone Arena, and also on other websites, the likes of which are highly critical towards Nokia and Microsoft products and services...

"Sold my WP Phone, no apps, bad performance." blah blah blah.

IMO, this fraudster's account should have been perma banned months ago...

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:53

22. HussamAldean (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


another pure view jock by Lumia
C'mon nokia you should not use pure view term in lumia if it doesn't deserve it
please nokia stop it

posted on 17 May 2013, 08:25 7

24. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


So basically, a good review that got knocked for not having high-end-for-2013 specs. Which is not how WP operates. I don't care if it's dual core or quad so long as it runs smoothly, nor whether it's a 768 or 1080 screen so long as it's sharp.

posted on 17 May 2013, 09:47 4

28. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Excellent camera quality!

posted on 17 May 2013, 10:09 1

29. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


There's no denying that this phone just doesn't quite impress like the HTC One and Galaxy S4 does. Why do you think its priced at $100?

posted on 18 May 2013, 22:38

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


So you base the phone as bad simply because its $100? My buddy and I played the same song on the ONE and 928, by far 928 is louder. Image quality definitely brighter and bigger. Two "unique" capabilities that HTC was advertising aren't so unique after all. The S4 is just an S3 with bigger screen and beefed up specs. Software didn't change by any means, yet it still lags in multiple cases.

posted on 17 May 2013, 13:14 6

32. dontlie (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 May 2013)


Switched from lagggy Android to this phone and I definitely do not miss Android at all!!!!!!!! This phone has an amazing camera, I love how fluid WP8 is, and the UI is just so aesthetically pleasing. I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about making the jump!!!!

posted on 18 May 2013, 22:31 1

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


Same, 928 is hands down one of the most beautiful devices made, at work I had 4 people ask what phone is this. Its definitely a looker, and the camera does wonders. I've taken a photo of my car without flash at 9:30 pm with the nearest light being 200ft away and the image came out stunning.

posted on 17 May 2013, 13:32 2

33. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


I'd rather jump ship to ios than WP lol

posted on 17 May 2013, 13:39 6

34. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Well then sir you my friend are dilluded!

posted on 17 May 2013, 16:45 2

38. grs_dev (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 May 2013)


In what way is the Galaxy S4 any better? The fact that you need a quad core to deliver the same smooth transitions and performance is a MINUS! NOT A PLUS!!!!!

posted on 17 May 2013, 18:15 2

41. timepilot84 (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


I bought one yesterday and returned it today. I was getting 1-2 bars of 3G service in the same location that I used to get 3-4 bars of LTE with my Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Unfortunately, that place was in my apartment.

Also, I knew that the Windows Phone 8 app situation was a little anemic, but I had no idea just to what degree. It's bleak.

I was hoping that the camera would be enough to make it worth keeping, but I wasn't that impressed with it other than the low light capability. Taking regular photos with the Xenon flash the pictures were grainy.

All in all, it was a rather disappointing outing. On top of the poor phone performance, the salesman at the Verizon store flat out lied to me. He said that there is a 30 day return policy for phones for a full refund. That is not the truth, it's only 14 days, and they charge a $35 re-stocking fee.

This is the last phone I'll buy from Verizon directly. If I buy a phone for Verizon I'll be sure to pick it up used. If they're going to nickel and dime me after buying a new phone from them for the last 6-7 years, they won't get another nickel from me voluntarily, unless it can't be avoided. When my contract is up, that unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 is looking pretty good right about now.

posted on 17 May 2013, 18:31

43. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


"I was hoping that the camera would be enough to make it worth keeping, but I wasn't that impressed with it other than the low light capability. Taking regular photos with the Xenon flash the pictures were grainy."

The Xenon flash might have given you overblown highlights, but certainly not grainy images. It looks like TROLL isn't the only fraudster posting fake reviews...

timepilot84 = epic fail

posted on 17 May 2013, 18:46 1

45. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Oh look, another Sprint employee posting a fake testimonial. At least read your comment before talking shyte

posted on 18 May 2013, 18:55

57. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Before you all dismiss timepilot's review out of hand, his isn't the first complaint about signal strength on the 928. Cnet had the same problem. Either Nokia screwed up the antenna placement in the phone or something is buggy in the radio software. I hope for Nokia that it's something they can fix with a software update. This phone looks great but if it doesn't function well as a phone, I'll pass.

posted on 19 May 2013, 18:55

63. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


timepilot84 claimed that pictures taken using the xenon flash on the Lumia 928 were grainy. However, you should understand that extra light doesn't result in grainy pictures, but rather over-blown and high contrast images. In other words, the review is a fake - nice try.

posted on 20 May 2013, 07:43

67. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I take all reviews with a grain of salt, and user reviews with three or four, but I have no reason not to believe his. Especially when I see one of his key complaints - that the signal is weaker than other phones *in his area* - echoed in a professional review. If you want to dismiss every negative comment or review just because you've affixed your brain to the Nokia wagon, that's your choice. I don't see anything wrong with criticism when it's justified.

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