Nokia Lumia 930 ReviewNokia Lumia 930 8.5
The Lumia 930 is the international version of Verizon's exclusive Lumia Icon flagship, and is arguably the swan song of the Nokia that were, as it has been conceived before Microsoft gobbled up its entire smartphone business. Nevertheless, it is Windows Phone's attempt to hold the flagship fort against Android juggernauts like the Galaxy S5 or the Xperia Z2. At first brush it has everything needed to take them head-on, like a large 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, a 20 MP main camera, and exclusive Dolby surround audio recording. How about when we dive into the details? Let's see...
In the box
- In-ear stereo headphones
- Nokia AC-60 wall charger
- Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-190CD
- Warranty and information leaflets
With its chunky, but comfortable to grasp chassis, the Lumia 930 is one solid piece of unibody craftsmanship.
Compared to the Lumia 1020 and its giant 41 MP camera hump on the back, Nokia Lumia 930 is definitely smaller. However, at 5.39 x 2.80 x 0.39 inches (137 x 71 x 9.8 mm) and weighing 5.89 oz (167 g), it is still bulky and heavy for a 5-incher. The heavy unibody chassis feel very solid, though, and this feeling is further reinforced by the aluminum rim surrounding the sides, which gives the colorful polycarbonate pillow-shaped shells of the Lumia 930 a more premium look. We also liked how the tapered cover glass slopes towards the sides to merge with the metal rim for one uninterrupted look and feel. Nokia bragged that it takes hundreds of robotic movements to achieve the curved glass edges, and we have to say that the results of all that scrubbing are very pleasant to hold or simply look at.
The buttons are all located comfortably on the right hand side, with the most used power/lock key right smack in the middle. The lock key, as well as the volume rocker above it, and the two-stage camera shutter button are very ergonomic, easy to feel and press without looking, and with a deep tactile feedback.
137 x 71 x 9.8 mm
5.89 oz (167 g)
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)
146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)
130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)
True to its traditions, Nokia supplied a display with excellent outdoor visibility, and then threw in manual color mode adjustments for a good measure.
Lumia 930 sports a 5” 1080x1920 pixels AMOLED display with the respectable 441ppi pixel density. You have several display modes to choose from, like cool, vivid and advanced, with the latter letting you play around with color temperature and saturation sliders, until you've reached the desired results. Color saturation can be adjusted from “natural”, all the way to the gaudy “vivid” level. Color temperature goes from warm through neutral to cold, while you can also emphasize separate colors with another slider – from green to purple. In the default mode, we measured the color temperature to be 6724K, which is very close to the reference 6500K white point, but still, white has a slight purpleish tint. As usual with AMOLED display, colors are oversaturated colors but to a lesser extent than, say, in the Galaxy S5's default mode.
Nokia's ClearBlack layer on top of the display comes to improve the screen reflectivity and we can attest that the Lumia 930 performs great in terms of outdoor visibility. We took it out together with the Galaxy S5, which is great in this aspect, and Nokia's phone performed on par, even beating the S5 by a tad when looked at from an angle.
Covered by sculpted Gorilla Glass 3, the Nokia Lumia 930 screen should withstand more than a few bumps and scratches, and, as usual, it also features a supersensitive touch layer, meaning that you can operate it with your gloves on.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Sony Xperia Z2||458
|Samsung Galaxy S5||442
|Nokia Lumia 1020||317
|Nokia Lumia 930||297
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Nokia Lumia 1020||50.8%
|Nokia Lumia 930||56.6%
|Samsung Galaxy S5||62.7%
|Sony Xperia Z2||90.4%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. Scarambay (Posts: 57; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
The maximum brightness is 298 nits and yet has excellent outdoor visibility?! Something's not correct.
15. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
i think it has something to do with clearback tech.....brightness does not tell much about outdoor visibility, the glass on nokia must be good and not very reflective due to which less light reflects from glass and the screen inside is visible easily....
17. ChildInTime (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)
Assertive Display, a technology developed by Apica, is a whole different approach, which adjusts the image on the screen in real time, depending on the lighting conditions and the image displayed, just as our eyes work, constantly adjusting to the environment around. "If the content on the screen is darker on the right than on the left, the pixels on each side will be stimulated differently to each other to maximize both visibility and quality," says Nokia.
It's not all about brightness.
22. marcski07 (Posts: 588; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
yep, my n9 has it, i can see the display in broad daylight... that's why i dunno about the rant of comparison why samsung has best and other's can't see the display under the sun, never had that problem on my n9...
74. haseebzahid (Posts: 1844; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
yes i have lumia 800 and with that clearblack tech i can see the screen as clear as in indoor in Direct sun light even when i compared it to to other phones i dont see a thing on them at same time.
75. marcski07 (Posts: 588; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
yeah, clearblack tech is amazing, i've seen already 930, but in a lil disappointment, the curvature of 930's screen is not that appreciated, unlike with n9's and it's WP twin sister lumia 800.. i love it when it is on black background, it looks so premiuim with its shiny black screen... :D
79. sks1969 (Posts: 87; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)
The problem with that curved glass is that there is a tendency to crack the display if you bump it against something. The technology may be cool and it may also look cool but I prefer flush mount
88. marcski07 (Posts: 588; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
what is flush mount? i have my n9 for almost 3 yrs, and it experienced tons of bumps and falls and face first! the highest fall she experience was 6 feet, i feel guilty bout it, i didn't took care of my cp, and yet, my cp have just chips and scratches, it didn't crack, tho, lately, i have seen a thick line, like "crack" or split on my glass screen probably it was severely squished inside my bag. but again, the crack is not that severe unlike to others. there's just a line, and you can't notice it on a first look, you have to tilt it in any angle to see the thick line, so basically i believe it is tough enough to withstand an amount of force, it's like you have to punch it with iron knuckle to crack it...
91. sks1969 (Posts: 87; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)
on the N9 the glass does not pop out of the body at the edges, it is a flush mount. on the 930 the glass is curved at the corner if the phone falls on the edge, the glass bears the impact, the chances of it breaking are more.
92. marcski07 (Posts: 588; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
so basically you're saying 930 is the one who will easily cracked or shatter than n9? am i right?
111. captivater (Posts: 8; Member since: 02 Sep 2013)
The glass itself isn't curved. The glass is layered thicker towards the center of the screen.Not distorted material, just more of it. The ICON is very durable.
On the other hand, the HTC 8x has a single layer of glass that is curved, and it sucks. Very light phone but after breaking two of them, I switched.
40. tasior (Posts: 262; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
Increasing outdoor visibility by increasing maximum brightness is like optimizing program performance, by overclocking processor.
When other companies tried to increase brightness, and battery size, Nokia developed technology, that actually solves the issue of outdoor visibility.
44. JC557 (Posts: 1227; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I've dealt with really bright displays, some of which were LG devices, and they were pretty reflective which in turn hurt the outdoor performance. I used the Lumia Icon outdoors before and it was pretty good despite being at 65% brightness levels.
So yes, brightness count is only part of the story.
76. marcski07 (Posts: 588; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
yep that's why there's no need to increase brightness of nokia handsets because of that screen, instead of optimizing the light, they've managed to create something innovative. :D it won't hurt my eyes at pitch black, simply amazing nokia create, that's why i love them no gimmicks just pure technology for its consumer, that's why i'm a bit sad, when they sold it to microsoft, even they have the same personnel or employees the managament of it will be all different.. :)
78. tasior (Posts: 262; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
12 000 smaller personel. And that's just the begginning...
89. marcski07 (Posts: 588; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
i know, i just have to wait in 2016 if the nokia company will be back in the business of making quality phones again...
but if Nokia By Microsoft makes a handset with partnership of Canon... definitely i'll give it another try, WP is okay with me, they also have quality games, + they don't have that much bloatware. unlike on android makers, where there are tons of apps probably I don't use, i don't have android device yet, but it'll be my next upgrade when my n9 will retire. my n9 is very reliable, so I can't upgrade just yet... looking forward for next year's devices..
43. akki20892 (Posts: 3746; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Photos often have inaccurate colors????
Something is wrong here too.....
63. Busyboy (unregistered)
This whole review is wrong lol
58. szaboagoston (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
2. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
nano SIM card is a con? It's quickly becoming the standard PA, why do you like to light up people for no reason?
4. sip1995 (Posts: 1192; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
They know nothing. iPhone uses the same size of sim too.
62. Busyboy (unregistered)
Agreed, I don't even see how it can possibly be a con. It's the same as a micro or regular, just smaller. Might actually be an advantage for some..
5. sip1995 (Posts: 1192; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
They had to say something bad about the device, so they found this as a con.
33. marcski07 (Posts: 588; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
i think they are referring to a loosely made nano sim card slot and it will be definitely be a con if it break loose completely... the beauty of this phone will be reduced... :)
10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
It is not. The One M8 is much larger, yet packs a nano sim slot. This is a stupid con. This is one of the worst reviews ever on PA. There is no REAL con or problem with the phone, yet it gets only an 8.5. I would have expected a 9 at least, since the the Lumia 1520 also got a 9, and this is a more pocket friendly version of that beast.
13. adecvat (Posts: 159; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
9? No way. Poor battery, bad screen, no glance and etc.
18. marcski07 (Posts: 588; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
bad screen? how come? they have the most beautiful screen ever made, you must be talking on a display. but hey, i don't mind if it is dimmer or not that lively, I DON'T WATCH A MOVIE on a phone, i watch it on a tv! d fuq, as long as i can play text browse and everything it can that is not irritating to the eye, it doesn't matter at all, all you nagging with displays and viewing angles, why? are you using your phone slanted? instead of looking straight on it?? wouldn't you be more happy, because if it has bad viewing angle, your text won't be seen by the people beside you??? PRIVACY?? some people even buying screen on their iPhones for that purpose to reduce viewing angle!
21. ihavenoname (Posts: 1576; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
1. It's not the most beautiful display ever made
2. People are definitely not buying iPhone to "reduce viewing angle"
3. Calm down
25. marcski07 (Posts: 588; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
i said, some people are buying a screen protectors that is dark and thick to reduce viewing angle... my friend bought one, cause there are people who love to peak on other's convo messages. and i'm not referring on their display, it's their clear black screen tech, have you ever seen one of them? the curved glass? for me, they have the best screen, that's why it was patented. the black curved glass feels solid to swipe and elegant. i have a n9 so i know... i don't care in display if it is 1080p 720p or QHD, coz i don't enjoy watching movie on tiny screen and playing too long on tiny display, games in smarthphone are just there to kill time. i have my desktop, and a smart tv on my convinience.
i know my grammar ain't that good, so it's either my sentences are incorrect, or you are completely didn't read carefully my comment.
27. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Poor battery? The battery life is average. Bad screen? Are you high or something? No Glance? Really? That's a major con? You sir are an idiot!
30. marcski07 (Posts: 588; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
don't call him an idiot, maybe they haven't seen or held one, that's why i want to see personally a product that is advertised, because user experience more matters than numbers.... i only search for reviews, to find if there's an issues bugs or problems, if it suits me. then i'll buy it. these people are indeed not that brilliant to have a common sense. they just look at the numbers and say it is the best. smh....
36. Furbal (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Glance is a large con when the past flag ships have had it. Specially with no notification led. It would shine on the amoled screen... I'd hate to not have it on my 1520.3
45. JC557 (Posts: 1227; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
If it's in any way like the Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon then it's definitely not a bad screen. Battery life was sufficient to good on that model as well for the time I've had it.
99. joey_sfb (Posts: 3936; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
And their camera take 6 sec to warm up. I wouldn't buy it even if it runs Android.
14. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)
You know pa can't give an objective review of a wp device
77. marcski07 (Posts: 588; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
nokiaFTW, i have some question about the acquisition, since you are a fan of nokia, are the patents of nokia company, was sold to microsoft? and those patent are exlusive "ONLY" to MS, and they have the rights if they sell it to other company? or MS just have privilege to use the patent for a span of time, and nokia still owns those patent and when they decide to comeback in smartphone industry they can use their invention?
6. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
I would prefer thinner 930 design with midrange specs
11. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Then get a Lumia 720. It is thin and NOT A FLAGSHIP.
28. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3364; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Wait for 830 then. Have you checked 830's concept design?
31. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
wow thats what Im talking about thx m8, is this real deal ??
34. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3364; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Yes, it is, with what you want. :)
It has good design of 930 with smaller screen and all mid-high range specs yet powerful.
35. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3364; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
And 4.5-inch display, 13MP PureView camera, traditional capacitive keys
IMO it would have HD screen, quadcore processor, 1/2 GB RAM, 1/2 MP FFC.
37. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
lol thats good as if nokia produced it for me
38. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3364; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
By MS... You can say MS now.
Nokia By Microsoft. :D
12. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)
I absolutely love this phone. Love the look of the OS
20. nasznjoka (Posts: 372; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Obviously you're a sh333p It would look strange if you didin't come out like this
23. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)
Obviously you don't have a lie what you are talking about. I own a z2 my friend, before that a z1 and before that a s5.
98. joey_sfb (Posts: 3936; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
You should just shut up and buy it since you love it so much but still end up with Sony Z2 Samsung GS5.
WHY didn't you get it? Because it runs a poorly supported WP8.1 that's why.
You are the worst type of WP fans. You only pay lips service to your favorite platform.
42. akki20892 (Posts: 3746; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
I agree..... But after all 9+ is all about Android phones.
61. tech2 (Posts: 2860; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Nope 9+ is about phones with great battery life, water & dust resistance and a very stellar app ecosystem.
The thickness of this phone is also off-putting.
But I guess its easy to blame the website when the decision isn't in your favour.
82. WTFphones (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)
All you're doing is moving the goal post for what deserves a 9+.
What if I prefer OIS, Qi charging, and solid build quality.
Everyone has different preferences, listing things you like about your phone of choice does little to prove your point.
Outside of the basics, there shouldn't be a required checklist to reach a good score because no phone will meet every requirement. After that, how do you prioritize which features matter more than others? You can't without letting personal preferences get in the way and that doesn't make for a very good review IMO. People need to be objective when reviewing products, otherwise they will always be swayed by what they know or like, which doesn’t lead to an honest review.
But I guess it's easy to be the fanboy of a product instead of seeing how others enjoy something different...
83. tech2 (Posts: 2860; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
GS5 has wireless charging and solid built quality. It doesn't have OIS and thats why PA gave 9.1 and not 9.3 which other phones have achieved.
'listing things you like about your phone of choice does little to prove your point' How are things like battery life things I prefer ?! They're quite universal.
86. WTFphones (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)
You need a special cover for the wireless charging last I checked, that doesn't really count when you consider the device "as is". It having a solid build is also subjective when it feels less sturdy in the hand compared to the 930 or even other Android phones like the M8.
I agree that great battery life is a universal preference, but it's clear that you went out of your way to highlight why this phone doesn't deserve a 9. It also seems like you missed my point if you're going to cherry pick what to respond to.
To further my point, what if I wanted a phone that records in DD 5.1? Should we make that a requirement for every phone going forward to earn a 9 or above?
In the end, your point makes little sense when these reviewers are supposed to carry an objective mindset. The fact that they use the marketshare as a con on the device proves that they will do and say what they can do to tear down any WP device.
|Display||5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) AMOLED|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974-AA, Quad core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400 processor
2048 MB RAM
|Size||5.39 x 2.80 x 0.39 inches|
(137 x 71 x 9.8 mm)
5.89 oz (167 g)
|Battery||2420 mAh, 11.5 hours talk time|