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Nokia Lumia Icon Review

0. phoneArena 13 Feb 2014, 06:39 posted on

More recently, AT&T continued to reap all of Nokia’s fruitful labors with the Lumia 1520, a game changing Windows Phone in respect to its specs and size. Following in tradition, from what it seems, Verizon is laying claim to a modified version – the non-number branded Nokia Lumia Icon. Taking almost everything we love about the mighty Lumia 1520, the Icon’s package is slightly smaller, due to the 5-inch display it’s packing along for the ride...

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posted on 22 Feb 2014, 11:50

97. LuckyS (Posts: 154; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

Yea, me too. Plastic case and squre tiles remind me of fishing compartment case (for hooks, lures etc.).

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:00 1

11. HASHTAG (unregistered)

Great device! Though I thought it would've received at least a 9 since it's almost a smaller version of the 1520. I currently own the 1520 and love it. Would love to try this phone out.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:06

12. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

Display is difficult to view outdoors
thats weird

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:34

20. HASHTAG (unregistered)

I was thinking the same thing; I don't fully agree w/ John V. on that claim. But I can't be too sure since I haven't seen the phone in hand.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:46 2

51. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

One of OLED display disadvantages is poor readability in bright ambient light such as outdoors, you need circular polarizer and antireflective coatings to improve OLED display outdoor performance.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:22

66. TechKnowledge (Posts: 55; Member since: 05 May 2013)

Question.... Is the display of the Icon different from that of the one used on the 928. I own the Lumia 928, and it's readability in sunlight is excellent. Thanks in advance.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 03:27

89. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Yeah... from what i know L 925/928 has one of the best
screens in terms of sunlight legibility and Icon has the same display, but just like what i've said before without circular polarizer and antireflective coatings OLED/AMOLED display has poor ourdoors visibility.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 01:30

108. timidapsin (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:09 3

14. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)

8.5? WP fans aren't gonna like this.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:14

18. papss (unregistered)

It is what it is double poster lol.. If this were on att I might get one to have next to my 1520

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:12 4

17. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

8.5??? Why??? Deserves 9+... What's wrong with this device? Oh WP, right PA?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:39 1

46. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

Actually. Yes, thats exactly right. Getting the job done is not comparable with all of the missing features.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 01:31

109. timidapsin (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

True deserves a 9

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:58

53. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Would've probably scored a 9 if it was running Android.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:58

60. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

You mean 7 ?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:14

78. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)

Why so bulky and ugly?????

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:29

19. ali123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

Its rate must be 10

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 07:58 2

24. JDogg5281 (Posts: 64; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Great phone but Nokia is still doing this exclusive thing....if they want to catch apple, Samsung, and LG...they have to bring their best phones to all the big carriers.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 01:33

110. timidapsin (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

Yes, In other to meet up with this guys

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 08:31

31. snyborg (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)

"Accessing the web on a Windows Phone device happens exclusively via Internet Explorer, and the Lumia Icon is no exception." Wrong John V. UC Browser running great on WP (920), and if you need some private time you can go incognito... :))

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:35

100. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

Right now, any browser you find in the store is only a modified version of IE. Hopefully webkit support comes with 8.1 so we can have more options.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 09:06

33. Arthurhkt (Posts: 477; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Ah..... John V. your rating for any device other than Apple product never stop to amuse me (Don't get me wrong, i am not either fan or hater of Apple and Microsoft)

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:11 2

40. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)

Didn't he get this device two days ago???? Yet another reason why it's a terrible idea to trust Phonearena's reviews.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:26

44. BobWellington (Posts: 8; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)

I wish I could get the same exact phone but with a 4.3" screen and a micro SD card slot.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 01:43

111. timidapsin (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

Same here

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 14:03 1

67. bull727 (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)

Why does every other site claims 500nits but you guys say 300? different sites say sunlight readability is excellent. You guys may want to rephrase your statement. Nor did you mention it comes unlocked out the box. With those two changes you may rate it 9.5 lol. if it was running WP 8.1 then it would be a 10. If it had android it would be rated 10. But also runing android nokia would be broke because Samsung rules android plain and simple. So good job Nokia not using android. Wouldn't pay the bills. Sure people here would say yea I'll get a nokia if it ran android. No you wouldn't look at HTC, Motorola, Sony, Lg, all struggling against the King Samsung lol. HA!

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 14:20 5

69. muneshyne21 (Posts: 17; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)

8.5...fine I get it, you guys have a scoring system but why is the whole review written in such a negative light?

"By now, we’re familiar with the routine here. Knowing that, we’re kind of ready for a change of scenery"

Who is this "we" and why are they ready for a change in scenery? How long did it take iOS to change its scenery?

"Some apps might load a bit slower than its contemporaries on other platforms, but that’s mainly attributed to the platform – not the phone’s hardware per se"


"...so it’s refreshing to know that the Icon is blessed with an ample 32GB. That’ll go a long for some people, especially when there’s no expandable memory with this."

No mention of not having expandable memory as a negative on the 5s review.

"Accessing the web on a Windows Phone device happens exclusively via Internet Explorer, and the Lumia Icon is no exception. We don’t like the lack of choice"

Really? Because you guys seem to love Safari and don't gripe about it being the default choice. Oh and there are other options in the WP store.

"Undeniably, its quality is better than average..."

It like they are not allowed to use words like "Good" or "excellent" for this phone. I wonder if the writer tells a cute girl that she is definitely not ugly...

"It’s pretty neat actually!"

Actually? As in you have low expectations and a negative view of it but it was so good that you couldn't help but like it?!

Sigh...ok guys time to go to work...flamers and trolls, you may proceed...

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 23:54 1

87. funktacious2 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Thank you so much! I've never even owned a windows phone; I own a Samsung, and I was blown away by how biased this review felt. It was like they weren't reviewing it for it's standalone features alone. but also predetermined opinion of windows phones. I bet when they get a S5 or IPhone 6 they'll be "excited" to review it. That's the problems with reviews for anything ever. These guys probably just like brands better than the others, no one is totally unbiased. They works for a phone reviewing site, so I'm sure they owns some of these phones, so It's gotta be easy for them to nickpick at other phones they don't own, to justify their personal tastes. I've owned and IPhone and a Samsung Galaxy S4, and I see no reason why this phone falls short of those standards, the others have their flaws too. And while we're on that subject, looking at the cons, they're far from a big deal at all. Hell, many of them I've heard as pros from other reviews (i.e. I've heard from many other reviews that the low-light image quality is actually great!)

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 17:38 2

73. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

8.5.... 8.0... 10.0 whatever. This is still the sweet spot. A great 5" display, excellent powerful internals, and a company that has a great track record of supporting their phones. Bring this "outdated" baby to AT&T, and I am all over it and would giggle to myself for months!!

Happy for Verizon users. Wish Big Red was more into color options. Other then that, just a little support would be nice.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 23:09

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

Once again Verizon takes a great Nokia phone and stupifies it. Ugly design (overall shape and edges are far too reminiscent of a fruit device we all loathe), limited storage (again fruity), delayed and about to be outclassed by its newer brethren running 8.1 natively (echoes of fruit company and the robot league, and, really, not as compelling as a Nokia is and should be. Disappointing, but looking forward to MWC for the truly good stuff.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 04:35

76. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

It's a great phone, should have gotten at least 9. But what else can we expect from iphone arena? :D
And someone tell them about the excellent UC browser.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 17:49

80. rahool360 (Posts: 18; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

plz put the video review of this phone please

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 18:47 1

81. Misfire (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

I'm no tech guy, so be gentle!
I'd like to switch from my iPhone 4 to Nokia with Verizon.
The 929 (Lumia Icon) has my attention, but I read that the 1820 is due out soon.
Does it make sense to wait for the 1820, or is it realistically six months out?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 21:15

83. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

The 1820 is simply rumor at this point. There will be some new hardware following the WP 8.1 announcement in April, but if Verizon's past history is any indication of future policy, you can just bet on there being a healthy wait for a top end WP 8.1. Blind guess: June sounds about right.

And truly, the internals will not be that much better then the Icon (or L928). The Wp 8.1 update will sing on this bad boy. I would say give it a whirl at your local Verizon store. Also, double check to ensure WP has any "must have" apps you are using on your iPhone. If you feel comfortable with it, buy it and do not look back.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 08:48

92. Misfire (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

thanks for the nice answer!

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 22:13

84. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Lol its amazing to see nokia's amazing hardware with an amazingly cartoonish OS.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 23:25

86. funktacious2 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

I can't really speak for the OS quality, because this will be my first venture to a windows phone, leaving my Galaxy (Which I really liked btw). However, the MS slurs earlier in this comment section are silly and unwarranted. The company has changed so much over these last few years, and it's pretty much all for the good of the customer. I don't know if anyone pays attention to video games, but when the Xbox One was announced it got a lot of flak for some of it's features, but they listened to fans, and now it's turned into an early commercial success that fans love. Why can't that mean they won't continue to take the philosophy into the mobile world? Like I said, I've never used the OS, but I've heard a lot about the strides it's made in the last year or so, and the app store is picking up steam. I'm excited to get this phone, because it's features, design, and performance look stellar, but the icing on the cake is the Microsoft ecosystem, in my opinion, is really growing into something great!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 05:11

90. dome888 (Posts: 73; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

too heavy for me and os is really boring

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 13:28

91. LuckyS (Posts: 154; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

OS is crap, complete disaster, phone could have smaller lower bezel, otherwise not bad. Damn MS, damn Nokia, why U no make full-blooded Android phone?

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 08:16

93. sefadziprince (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)

is picture password coming to win phone 8.1?

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 01:01 1

96. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i'm thinking about getting one of these bad boys off-contract. o:

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 08:14

98. Misfire (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Today I went to the S. Portland, ME Verizon store (not a kiosk) to make the big switch from AT&T and my iPhone 4 to Big Red and the Nokia Lumia Icon.
I'm met at the door by a polite gentleman who ask how he can help me. I say I'm there to see the Nokia Lumia Icon. "The what?" The new Nokia Lumia Icon, you know, the 929? "Never heard of it, let me show you what we have"
They have the 928 on display, no placeholder, nor information of any kind for the Icon.
He states he'll check "out back". When he returns he states they are sold out.
I ask him if I can see the display model and he tells me they sold it. I ask if that isn't unusual, for how am I to know if I want to order it without seeing it. He states it is unusual. I also ask why there isn't any information out about it, he states he doesn't know.
He ask if he can help me, and I laugh, stating, obviously not! He is the assistant manager. Guess I'll go with the 1020 and stay with AT&T., or stick with iPhone and go to US /Cellular.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 22:36

101. jphillips63 (Posts: 220; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Well based on complaints in windows forums this phone is a big disappointment. Good luck to those of you interested in the device, I had high hopes for this phone and switching over from android, but looks like windows has a lot of catching up to do and Nokia shouldn't had released a phone full of bugs

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 08:01 1

102. Misfire (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

I've had my Icon now for about 4 days.
While there is a learning curve from switching from iPhone, it isn't hard even for a non-techie like me.
The Icon is a great phone; I won't be going back to iPhone.
While it isn't perfect, neither was my iPhone (gasp!).
The tutorials and support from Verizon have been great.
As I like to take pictures, this phone allows me to forgo carrying a point-and-shoot. For serious photography, a full size camera is warranted.
Most of the complaints I read, to me, are trivial.
I use a case, so a logo being on the back does't bother me (does it bother those who own a car that there are emblems all over it?).
The sound is great, the clarity of the calls is so much better, and I don't feel it is heavy, but hey, I weigh 190lbs...
This is a phone worth considering. Don't go by the reviewers (most seem to have a slant for a certain OS or brand to start with), talk to users.
On line it is available for $149. I mentioned this in my chat, and Verizon dropped the price to match.
Set up was quick.
Next to go is my iMac (seriously, no DVD drive?) !

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 01:01

103. LevelingTheDebate (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Mar 2014)

I am in love with Nokia. A phone I can see myself using for two years, but with Windows phone lagging behind so much I will wait until their ecosystem is improved..(and not saying windows phone right now is bad, it's pretty good, but trading in a iOS or Android for that would be a downgrade than an upgrade).

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 10:02

104. dritani (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)

I definetly would like to have this phone, and unfortunatly, I still wonder what Nokia would have done with Android...!

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 11:34 1

106. johnpa2006 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Aug 2013)

Very nice phone, I was checking in a Verizon store.
Screen is clear and crisp, size is just right.
OS interface navigation is ridiculously fast. zero lag of any kind.
I could complain about no SD card but I can live without it, 32gb on the phone is fine.

my only gripe is Verizon's artificial price of $200 on 2 year contract.
If I wait a little bit more it will drop.
I see the Galaxy S5 was going BOGO, so why in Gods name is the ICON so much more.
Its just a matter of time and I am getting one.

Looking forward to running WP8.1 and Cortana.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 01:29

107. timidapsin (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

Sleek design

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