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Nokia Lumia 928 Review

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Nokia Lumia 928 Review
Through the earpiece, voices are more than audible thanks primarily to its strong output – albeit, there’s just a small hint of muffle with the quality. Despite that, conversations as a whole is more than bearable on both end of the line, since our callers didn’t have any difficulty comprehending us. Better yet, the noise cancellation feature works exquisitely well, as our callers couldn’t even distinguish the difference with our voice under windy conditions. Switching to the speakerphone, it delivers nearly the same results with its near deafening output.


Battery:

Stuffed with a 2000 mAh battery, the Nokia Lumia 928 produces nearly the same amount of battery life we got out of the Lumia 920. Fully charging its battery and using it strictly as a mobile hotspot with LTE connectivity, it produced a little under 9 hours before it was dead. On another occasion, using the handset with our normal usage, which consists of mostly web surfing, text messaging, and sending emails, it produced 15 hours of juice. For an LTE enabled device, it isn’t bad at all, but it’s nowhere close to the class leader in the Motorola DROID HD MAXX.


Conclusion:

Somehow in the back of our minds, we can’t help but think about why it took so long for the Lumia 928 to arrive – even more when it’s essentially a remodeled Lumia 920, which AT&T customers have been presented with since the fall of 2012. Granted, it’s nice that it’s finally here and complements Big Red’s existing Windows Phone lineup, especially when it’s flaunting a tantalizing price point of $99.99 with a 2-year contract, but it just seems, you know, late to the game. Despite that, it’s undoubtedly the best Windows Phone that’s on the lineup – for now, that is. Who knows when we’ll see another Windows Phone, but let’s not think ahead of ourselves right now, seeing that the Lumia 928 is a wonderful offering that delivers the goods in making it a very well-rounded choice for those conscious on a budget.

Software: Windows Phone 8
OS Version: 8.0.10211.204


Nokia Lumia 928 Video Review:



Pros

  • $100 on-contract price
  • Slightly thinner & lighter design
  • Balanced camera quality
  • Nokia specific enhancements

Cons

  • No boost in the specs department compared to the old Lumia 920
  • Long focus adjustment with video recording
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posted on 17 May 2013, 06:30 1

1. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Well JV, this is the first time I'll have to agree with you. Dammit!

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:36 21

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7711; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lumia 920 received a 9/10 and this got a 8/10. Guess the Xenon flash didn't help it at all.

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:56 22

6. raunak (Posts: 502; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


time also plays a role

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:58 7

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Down-rated for stale specs?

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:22 5

13. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Have to agree that you do lose a point or 2 for old specs. 6 months in phone years is like 30 in human years. If the iPhone 4 scored a 9 back in 2010 it would score a 5 maybe a 4 by today's standards. IPhone 4s would be a 6 and iPhone 5 a 8. Heck; even the S4 beats my Note 2 in speed and resolution. Samsung is moving faster than any phone OEM.

posted on 17 May 2013, 11:11 2

31. evarod48 (Posts: 137; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


that's a great point, not sure why you got the downvote

posted on 17 May 2013, 19:54 3

47. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


haha he got downvoted by applefanboys for saying the iP5 is out of date

posted on 20 May 2013, 13:43 1

69. OccupyAJob (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The 920 shouldn't have ranked that high to begin with. In fact, most of these phones are being over-rated. In the "high-end" category, I'd deduct for these things alone where the 920 and any other so called "flagship" didn't meet expectations of the class:

No micro-SD... -1 point
No removable battery... -1 point
Plastic Chassis... -1 point.

That being said, I'll be buying one of these next week.

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:25

70. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


So basically you're suggesting that the iPhone, Lumia and any recent HTC should get nothing higher than an 8. And everyone else will never exceed a 9. That seems completely fair.

posted on 21 May 2013, 16:32

71. serg227 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2013)


to add on to your comment, the phone's backplate looks ugly, its's extremely bulky and heavy

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:49

3. Credo (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


8/10?
It got an Amoled screen PhoneArena how could you do this, besides, all the specs are the same ......

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:56 11

5. GJanee (Posts: 211; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


i don't really know what kind of spec boost would be necessary for an already snappy handset... it's still not android guys. it still does not require octacores. so yeah. i too call bullsh| on the 8 points.

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:05 3

10. mrcrangle (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)


Six months is a long time in the smartphone industry, so I think the move down to 8 from 9 - even *with the incremental tweaks - is fair.

Incidentally my own 920 bricked itself a few weeks ago and my supplier (Phones 4U) no longer offers it, couldn't replace it and upgraded me with an HTC one. As much as I loved my Nokia, I can see the difference between the smartphone of today and the smartphone of six months ago!

posted on 17 May 2013, 08:00 1

23. shikroi (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


You don't know how to fix a bricked lumia? Its as simple as plugging in the charger, pressing the lock and power buttons in sequence, connecting it to your compute and flashing the firmware from the nokia care suite.

posted on 17 May 2013, 18:31 1

42. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


you actually believe this idiot (re the bricked phone) ?? The Lumia 920 is the most reliable phone currently available, bar none. People like him will always praise android while bashing Nokia and WP because it matches perfectly their unstable and erratic lives'.

posted on 20 May 2013, 10:45

68. mrcrangle (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)


Thanks for calling me an 'idiot'...yes the phone did brick (why would I waste my time posting something I made up?), and no I wasn't going to turn a new phone down. Been a Nokia user for years, from N95 to N900 then eventually to the 920, and this is my first Andriod device. Would have been very happy if Phones4U had replaced it with a new 920...see my review of the 920 I posted a few months back. So...not sure what you mean by 'people like him'...actually if anything I'm a Nokia fanboy who's inadvertently ended up with the HTC One and isn't that unhappy with it!

No doubt you'll be directing your bile towards somebody else you disagree with, but wanted to post this reply even if you never see it.

posted on 17 May 2013, 11:01 3

30. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Well then why does everyone bash on iphone:s HW? You pay a lot of money for a phone, you want the best, not a year old adreno 225 and that is why they didn´t put 1080p display, I think.
And could you Phonearena please make a comparison between all the new phones cameras including lumia 928 so that we can see if lumia is any good, because I wasn´t very impressed by the pictures. And it would be awesome if you also could put a pro camera in the comparison.

posted on 17 May 2013, 16:43 1

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


Pedro0x, what are you doing with your smartphone? Are you playing video games with it plugged into your HD TV, transcoding, 3d modelling? You act as if a mobile device requires an intel i7 3770 with a Nvidia GTX 690 video card, and 32GB system RAM. However, that isn't true, and even support for 1080p at 4.5 inches doesn't yield results that you can discern!

People keep praising Samsung for it's "8 core" monster CPU in the S4, and yet the device itself is still pathetic compared to any desktop or laptop computer, or even a tablet for that matter. Exactly how is an adreno 225 such a big liability in a mobile device? PAC-MAN is sure to run as fast on a Lumia 928 as it is on the S4, and so I fail to see your point...

posted on 18 May 2013, 02:00 2

52. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Ofcourse I don´t need 1080p display on a phone, but it is a trend now, everyone is now doing it, except nokia. If manufacturers finetuned their 720p displays as 1080p displays, it would draw much less battery but we can´t generally do much about it.
We will soon reach a point were our devices will be more powerful than consoles and once we will reach there, you will not need consoles, you will be able to stream games into your tv through wifi. And when 64-bit arm processors will come, we will be able to do much more again. See, we need to advance otherwise we are stuck. And technology advances the most in mobile devices because there you will earn most cash. If you won´t upgrade your phones like Nokia (except camera) almost no-one will be interested in upgrading from lumia 920 to lumia 928.
We don´t really need like tegra 4 in our devices but it is good to know that you have the power, even if you don´t use it you still have the power.
This is the way I see it, I know that the most customers won´t care about HW that much, but I will and I only settle for the best

posted on 18 May 2013, 02:26 1

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


A flagship luxery device can afford to have all the bells and whistles, even if they are not needed. In case you hadn't noticed, Nokia has built a device to cover virtually every price range, except the top end. The 928 is merely a place marker, in preparation for a killer high end device that will be released this coming summer, or the early fall. However, the lower and middle ground are important to Nokia, which is why they have focused on that instead of building a rocketship with all the options. The majority of Nokia's sales are derived from the developing world, not in North America, and that shapes their priority list...

You can expect an atom bomb to drop on Samsung and Apple later on, possibly in the form of a super-charged Lumia EOS. However, the 928 is a great device, and deserves respect in it's own right. Real photographers will find it's Xenon flash a bonus, and it has the quality low light sensor and OIS that exist in the 920, as well as the excellent Nokia build quality.

As for smartphones conquering the desktop, we're not quite there yet. Intel's Haswell is coming, and Nvidia and AMD's next gen GPU's are on their way too. Unless you can stick a 1000 watt PSU inside your S4 or HTC One, don't talk to me about being a real gamer. Gaming via remote servers is a possibility, but that hasn't grown wings, and so there will still be consoles and PC towers and laptops for a long time to come.

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:53 11

4. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Why 8?? The phone deserves 8.5-9

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:32 6

17. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Only if you compare to other Window phones. The competition got even better since Nokia released the 920 which this phone is based off of. Do you really believe that a better flash can out do all the changes from the S3 to the S4 or what HTC, Sony and LG has done after the release of the 920?
Time to stop living in a fantasy land and look at what's around you. Giving this phone a 8 is being generous.

posted on 18 May 2013, 14:51 2

56. rjmlive (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Spec race hasn't improved the Android experience. S4 is a perfect example of offering absolute functionality and surprising uselessness at the same time. Bolt on app UI experiences and general gimmick-ness.

This phone exists to give another carrier a high end Windows Phone with small elements of uniqueness so that customers don't feel they are missing out on carrier exclusives on other networks. When EOS comes out it will be an ATT 6 month exclusive for sure so the 928 has to offer a solid option for people that realize Windows Phone is the best platform for them.

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:50 2

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


No it dosen't....

RED from TROLL™

posted on 17 May 2013, 16:17 3

36. 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, 08:35 1

26. shikroi (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


The score is just fine.

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:58 1

7. mydi.maus (unregistered)


NICE number PA..

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:03 1

9. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 844; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


What method was used to take photos?

Screen tapping or using the camera key to focus and then snap?

posted on 17 May 2013, 18:41

44. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


The "method" where any photo taken with the 928 is made to look as bad as possible and/or worse that the competition (galaxy s4 and htc one). Seriously though, even a mid-range DSLR will give poor results if you don't know how to use it.

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:09 2

11. pyradark (Posts: 750; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


So the 925 will received 8.5-9.0 due to its metallic body. I actually prefer the925 than this big ugly looking phone.

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:19 1

12. tiara6918 (Posts: 1353; 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: 1353; 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: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Fair enough...

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:24 5

15. Jubin (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


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

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:37 2

19. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1149; 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 (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


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: 770; 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: 441; 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: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Camera upgraded, display downgraded. :)

posted on 17 May 2013, 09:06 4

27. roldefol (Posts: 2858; 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: 5471; 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: 14; 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: 2858; 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: 1047; 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: 1619; 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: 66; 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: 654; 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: 2858; 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: 2858; 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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Nokia Lumia 928

Nokia Lumia 928

OS: Windows Phone 8
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Display4.5 inches, 768 x 1280 pixels (332 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8.7 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.24 x 2.71 x 0.40 inches
(133 x 68.9 x 10.1 mm)
5.7 oz  (162 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 11.8 hours talk time

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