Nokia Lumia Icon ReviewNokia Lumia Icon 8.5
Whoa, the call quality performance of the Nokia Lumia Icon is almost perfect! Through the earpiece, voices are clear and audible to comprehend – with all background noise silenced. And it helps too that the volume output is strong, enabling us to even hear our callers with the middle volume setting. On the other end of the line, our callers mention being greeted to voices that filled with plenty of clarity to decipher even the faintest of voices. And the good fortunes extend to the speakerphone as well!
Having a smaller figure than the Lumia 1520, we see the Icon’s battery chopped down as well. To be exact, there’s a 2420 mAh stuffed on the inside, which isn’t anything to gloat about. Setting its brightness to the medium setting and using our battery benchmark test, the Lumia Icon pulled out 4 hours, 50 minutes of battery life. That’s actually average, even more when our real world usage results in a solid one-day of juice from a full charge.
Also, it’s worth noting that it features wireless charging without the need of a case – it’s built right on, without adding any additional thickness to its already streamlined 0.39” body.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
Verizon customers who are envious of those Nokia Lumia 1520 owners over on AT&T have nothing to be jealous about anymore now that the Nokia Lumia Icon is inbound. Although it’s not necessarily a game changing device, the Icon has all of the goodies to make it prized offering on Big Red’s lineup – even more when it’s without a doubt the best Windows Phone in the carrier’s lineup. Topping things off, it features the same beefy specs as its admired sibling, but in a smaller package.
One perplexing choice that really baffles us is Verizon’s on-contract pricing for the smartphone. When the Lumia 1520 launched with AT&T all those months ago, it came out of the gate with an aggressive $100 on-contract price – giving it a lot of attention for its value. In comparison, Big Red’s Nokia Lumia Icon is going for $200 with a 2-year agreement. Without a doubt, the Icon is the best Windows Phone smartphone on Verizon’s lineup right now, but at the same time, we can’t help to think that next-generation Nokia Windows Phones are on the horizon. For what it is right now, the Icon is an admirable offering in face of other flagship smartphones. For all the heartache we have over its on-contract price, its off contract price of $550 is actually pretty good taking into consideration everything it boasts.
Software version of the review unit: Windows Phone 8.0
- Very good camera
- High-resolution 441 ppi display
- Excellent call quality
- Powerful internal speaker for music playback
- Speedy & consistent performance
- Metallic frame gives it a premium touch
- Sharp edges makes it uncomfortable to hold
- Display is difficult to view outdoors
- Underwhelming low lighting camera performance
4. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
what did ms do for this phone ???
13. ihavenoname (Posts: 1576; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I hate that Nokia guys do all the work, while M$ takes the credit. Nokia team designs great hardware and imaging technology, while M$ guys only bath in money.
26. Commentator (Posts: 2718; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Yeah, it's not like MS is providing outstanding financial support or anything...
70. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3570; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Or the feakin OS!!.... Ignore these fools...
61. TechKnowledge (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 May 2013)
Well I love Nokia and the tremendous help they have provided for Microsoft. However, I would like to believe that 250 million/Q is a bit of a helping hand.
77. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)
This phone is very thick and ugly.
Looks very bulky.
95. JC557 (Posts: 1227; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
See it in person then judge. I did and actually came away quite impressed.
Of course if you're just gonna come here and spew crap just because it's a WP or Nokia or both then the mods should really step in and do something.
28. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
How is its value down? It just released yesterday. Care to explain?
36. alterecho (Posts: 1094; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
First, A phone of this calibre is more than an 8.5
Second, talking about Nokia as a whole, look at this graph illustrating Nokia's share:
Detailed examination of the graph:
After Elop abandoned Symbian and forced Nokia to adopt WP, its value has diminished vastly.
Hence my comment.
43. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
That happened 4 years ago. How is that in any way relevant on a review of the Lumia Icon?
47. alterecho (Posts: 1094; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
It BEGAN around 4 years ago and is continuing.
"How is that in any way relevant on a review of the Lumia Icon?"
Lumia Icon is Nokia's phone.
74. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
The lumia icon isnt nokia phone!!!! If I buy the phone then its mine. And so is it to everbybody else.
62. TechKnowledge (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 May 2013)
I'll explain for him. When you're bent on the failure of a company. You remain pessimistic about all of their business operations, and you tend to forecast negative unrealistic outcomes without any proof what so ever! I'd like to say forgive him, but I can't find it in myself to do it either, so their goes that :-)
71. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3570; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Ignore them!.... If they think there's better devices out there then why do they waist their time on every WP article.. Just ignore them completely from now on.. It's the same three fools lined up, back to back.. Just let them entertain themselves...
8. papss (unregistered)
They provided an amazing OS of course ;)
21. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
amazing OS ??? what makes it amazing ?
22. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Spiderman. The amazing spiderman game makes it amazing.
27. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
If you've REALLY used the OS on a phone, you'll know what he's talking about. :)
35. Mike_L.13 (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
maybe it's crap when all you're trying to do is send snapchats and post tweets all day but for those of us who use it for work it's actually kind of spiffy.
i would recommend ios or even a forked version of Android to better suit your needs
37. papss (unregistered)
You mean in your opinion and only you care about your opinion
41. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Yeah you've used Android and its crap. I've also had the same experience with Android. You're not alone. ;)
54. SleepingOz (unregistered)
I guess that's why more and more people are jumping on Android's bandwagon. Because it sucks, right? And WP is losing market shares because it's amazing. Keep on deluding yourself. That's what WP fanboys do best!
55. sbw44 (Posts: 425; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
"And WP is losing market shares because it's amazing."
Funny how WP was the fastest growing OS and yet you idiots still think that you can spin your lies on here!
The funniest thing is if WP sucks so much WTF are you doing here????
And I thought apple's fanboys are bad you idiots take the cake!
59. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Agree with you. I mean why would they even bother to look, let alone comment, at a WP related article or review since they say they don't care about WP? These fandroids have topped iFans as the worst fanboys ever.
58. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
"Keep on deluding yourself. That's what WP fanboys do best!" Well, you Fandroids define the word delusion as you'll live in this fantasy world where Android is the best OS in the world. Well guess what, its not. And its growing at a slower pace than before and way slower than at the pace of WP. So get some good facts before you venture out here to troll.
79. Chakra (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)
Crap for you. Great for me. Guess we're at an impasse.
34. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
why dont you tell me what is amazing about wp ?? maybe I will decide wp for that reason
42. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
No one should bother explaining what's amazing about WP to a ignorant troll like you.
48. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
lol bcuz there is nothing amazing about Wp even fanboys like you knows that truth Wp isnt amazing maybe it will be amazing in 2016
49. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Hahahaha that was funny! LOL! Are you done?
68. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
this is the truth mate but you r too blind to see it. even android powered low-end nokia will sell more than lumia. watch and learn fanboy ;)
52. SleepingOz (unregistered)
56. papss (unregistered)
You mean maybe?
57. sbw44 (Posts: 425; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
So what are you doing here buddy? Looks to me someones a bit worried
39. Liveitup (Posts: 1766; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Use one you'll find out, ask yourself why Android and iOS has mimicked its flat UI.
45. cripton805 (Posts: 1133; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
What flat UI? Ive been using Android for 4 years and it's been the same. They have just been releasing more updates and making it smoother.
50. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
"Ive been using Android for 4 years and it's been the same"
You just said it yourself on how much Android has changed since ICS. And yet you trolls call it "the most advanced OS in the World"
63. TechKnowledge (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 May 2013)
I'm in love with the OS. In all fairness, I will not sit here and make pretend the OS is matured, but it serves all of the purposes that are necessary for my everyday use (e-mail, blogging, texting, pdf files for school, etc). As far as "Amazing OS" goes, Windows 8.1 (if the rumors are accurate) seems promising!
38. Liveitup (Posts: 1766; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
A smartphone is just more than its hardware,software is the other half of the equation common sense dictates that, who let these geniuses bashing WP in the room.
25. akki20892 (Posts: 3747; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
1820 will get above 9 for sure. That's my prediction.
94. JC557 (Posts: 1227; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I got to try out the phone today for about an hour or so and I'm honestly really impressed with the phone. It feels nice in hand (the edges don't bother me considering I had the LG Spectrum 2) and the display is quite pleasing to look at. The camera is really high quality and the battery life for that hour was pretty nice even after heavy usage.
I didn't really care for the way IE handled zooming on web pages (so used to Chromes double tap then swipe zoom) but it still provided a really good browsing experience.
I would wait for the price to come down a bit before I bite but I definitely have this in the running as to what phone I'll buy next. So far it's the Icon, HTC One, and Motorola Moto X/ Droid MAXX.
2. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
good device but they should have used ips screen. maybe they use it next device (1820)
3. jellmoo (Posts: 788; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Seriously? The 1520, an oversized incredibly niche product scores a 9, whilst the more mainstream device scores an 8.5?
16. Dthawk (Posts: 42; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)
you have to factor in the time the phones were released. The Icon is a solid phone, but it brings nothing new or innovative. Especially with the wave of flagships coming in the following weeks.
23. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Plus this time the devie has a name. I think PA hates it that nokia is giving its devices names.
29. jellmoo (Posts: 788; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
My issue there is that no real flagships have come out between the release of the 1520 and the Icon. It's not like there is some amazing new tech to skew the scores.
And while there are new devices on the horizon, you can't really score against things that aren't released yet, or even have release dates.
I'm not saying that 8.5 is a bad or unfair score. I'm saying that scoring an incredibly niche device of limited appeal higher when the devices have such similar internals is just wonky.
10. ihavenoname (Posts: 1576; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Great phone, but not the best of 2014, not at all. There will be GS5, iPhone 6, HTC M8, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2, Note 4, Lumia 1820, list goes on.
30. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Best of 2014 FOR ME*
forgot to add that :)
88. hurrycanger (Posts: 1467; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
There is no problem with blindfolding yourself. :)
9. papss (unregistered)
I actually like the squarish look
65. TechKnowledge (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 May 2013)
I agree... I thought I would hate it..... It looks cool now.... I like the comparison pics with the comparable devices too. It gave me a more clear view of how the overall appearance of the phone compares with its competitors. I could definitely do without the "Verizon" logo.