Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on

Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on
There you have it folks! The lid has finally come off, as Nokia introduced its new line of Windows Phone 8 devices, in one very soak fest morning in the Big Apple. Needless to say, the damp weather couldn't downplay the enormity surrounding Nokia's anticipated unveiling. Taking the show by storm, the Nokia Lumia 920 is now all official with its PureView packing super camera!

As expected, the Nokia Lumia 920 follows in the same fashionable footsteps as previous Lumia devices, but this time, it's the variety of colorful paint jobs offered that's most compelling. Donning the same distinctive look and feel as before, the Lumia 920 takes the cake for being the most massive Lumia to date with its sizable girth. Despite that, the construction is exquisite, as expected, since it's employing the same polycarbonate body as before.

Part of the reason why it's so darn big, is because of the 4.5" PureMotion HD+ display it's packing along for the ride. Simply, it's a dreamy thing that complements the overall chic beauty of the smartphone. It's likable in many aspects, especially when it comes to maintaining its clarity in a variety of lighting conditions.

Above all, the single best feature of the Lumia 920 is the PureView camera it's packing in the rear! Rather than featuring the same 41-megapixel sensor used by the Nokia 808 PureView, it's instead carrying an 8.7-megapixel sensor that's gunning to be a revolutionary replacement. Furthermore, its "floating lens" technology enables it to absorb much more light – allowing the shutter to stay open longer. In terms of HD video capture, the floating lens continues to show its worth by providing stabilization to its recording. Naturally, we're salivating just thinking about its bountiful feature set, but we'll have to wait to see the final results for ourselves to pass judgment.

Behind the glitz and glamor, the Lumia 920 is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM – making it one of the most powerful Windows Phones thus far. As expected, the Windows Phone 8 experience is graced with fluidity and fast movement. Overall., it doesn't surprise us that it moves just like all other Windows Phones before it.

Well, as much as we'd like to proclaim that Nokia is finally rolling, it's a bit difficult to argue the point since no pricing or release date has been attached to it. Aside from the remarked specialties attached with its PureView camera, there isn't much else that's found for it to be downright compelling amongst the heap of other highly prized devices out there. Sure, the colorful paints jobs are a nice change of scenery, but overall, we've seen this device before – in the Lumia 800 and 900 before it.

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Lumia 920
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(10.8h 3G talk time)



1. Waffleny

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

The camera is by far the most fetching thing about this phone.

27. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I think it's a better thing to call the camera module of this phone, "ClearView" or "MotionView". Calling it pureview made the branding too broad. But yep, the camera of this thing is genius.

29. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

@ John V - In the last line i guess it should be "in the Lumia 800 and 900 before it."

35. desijatt

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I wished that the lower bezel was reduced a bit. Those three bottons doesn't need much space.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Will decide everything after the reviews...

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Which begs the question - when is PA going to post up their review?

22. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

dude please, if you want to know real this phone, read 3-4 reviews 1 can be good another bad and it is important to get this real feeling about the phone

3. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

I wanna take that 920 for a test run for the 30 days and maybe make the switch. Never used Windows Mobile before but the new set of phones coming out make it seem so appetizing.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Still no 'official' ship date. MS and Nokia had better put out a date. Otherwise the new Nokia phones risk getting drowned out in the commotion about the iPhone and new Android phones set to be released (and ship) by October, 2012.

10. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

I would assume that all the phones being talked about now will all be out prior to Black Friday so everyone can go crazy buying it for the holiday season. As for me I go on deployment and won't be back until the new year almost so I'll have all the toys to play with when I get back.

19. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I'm also interested in seeing the price they set for them. Are they going to go head to head with the iPhone and premium Android devices at $200 or are they going to do like they did with the 900 and price it at $100? It'll be interesting to see.

30. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I don't think they can feasibly set the price for this phone at $100. I would see it at either $200 or $250, probably the former. This is WP8's flagship phone at the moment after all, so pricing it at $100 would set the standard that any other great WP8 out there would have to be priced even lower.

40. dnyalexander

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

it should be priced At $300, is the best smartphone on the market, the crappy iphone 32Gb cost $300 and is the worst phone, only morons itards buy iphone and ipad.

26. KParks23

Posts: 723; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I would not mind trying it either but after using windows 6 and 6.5 they would have to give me one for free if they ever want me to make the switch cuz yes.. I my experience was that bad!

4. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Man, this must be the most drool-worthy thing I've seen for a loooooong while. Incredible design (using the best of 800/900 and then some), top notch performance, the fluidity of WP8, the shared kernel with Win8, that screen, and to top it off, the most mindblowing camera this side of 808. Must have.

5. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I still don't see why would anyone want a windows phone. For always having to deal with utterly boring/ugly look of live tiles? For not being able to put a wallpaper or clear up the screen for a bit if you want? For the non-configurable or changeable keyboard? For one and only browser option? For having to scroll up and down without other way around it? For having no folders? For Qualcomm-only chips? For having less features than android? For completely inferior app store/eco system? Yeah, I just don't get it.

7. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

After having an Android phone I don't get why anyone would want that laggy, unstable junk either. But hey, I got rid of my Android, no one forced me to use it. And no one is forcing you to like WP either.

13. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Still stuck at stone age? Stop it with these fables about lag and unstability. Reports said that ios crashes a lot more than android and lag was gone already with the gs2. Of course, if you're not able to handle a smartphone and you load the homescreen with trilions of bad programmed widgets and live wallpapers you may see lag that is anyway solved with 4.1. Next.

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

^this. The guy is bashing the entire OS that revolutionized the world, because he bought a crap phone. Yet every argument I put up there is a fact.

20. eaphx

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 24, 2011

Stock Jellybean on GS3 lags! So did ICS. If u think the GS2 didnt lag then you might need to get your eyes checked. I don't want one hiccup in my UI nor do i want my phone to randomly restart or have apps crash. Now not to say WP7 never froze crashed or hiccuped but it sure does it at a 10th of the amount android does.

36. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

GS3 on ICS is the second smoothest phone out there. After the galaxy nexus on JB Not to mention the infinite superiority feature-wise compared to windows phone 7. Smoothness and speed? Compare Nokia Lumia 900 browser with galaxy s3 one! You are ridiculous.

32. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Lag was gone since the gs2? Stop with these denials about buttery smoothness and stability. Every single "flagship" Android phone prior to the SGSIII experienced lag and instability, including the SGSII (basing this on my experience with Samsung Droid Charge, SGSII, and SGSIII -- the best of the bunch by far). My brother's once "flagship on Verizon" Samsung Droid Charge is starting to get on his nerves. He has to reset it in the middle of navigating on road trips. He has to keep GPS off most of the time just to have any battery life at all. When he landed at the local airport today, his battery life was at 91%. When I picked him up half an hour later, he was at 57%. And no, he doesn't have trillions of widgets or any live wallpapers -- just an OS with inefficient code. I mean, even if he had live wallpapers, I'd like to think that this OS that was designed to run this stuff was actually able to run this stuff without pissing me off. " may see lag that is anyway solved with 4.1." Yeah, good luck with that, let me know when most consumers are actually running 4.1.

17. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

@ Veigald, stick with your POS inferior OS. I've used the Radar and Lumia 800 and what a joy it was being back on ICS and the openness, no more draconian jail hell from MS. The interface was not always buttery smooth as you claim, like IOS which I have also tried, the OS is prone to freezing if you are an app heavy user. + 2 to darac'c comment

12. kindahipdude

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I used to think the same way. I still might, since I've never actually used a windows phone. I like how everything about them is different tho (OS, colorful case), and that camera looks nice. If IE on their phones is as sucky as on computers, I would never get a windows phone tho. So they could suck, but from what I see WP8 is appealing. I wouldn't mind having live tiles instead of a live background that I can't see much of anyway.

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

you cannot really make some of your statements stick because all the features of Windows phone 8 have not been revealed to the public but will be revealed when it it launched in october and I would take live tiles over dead do nothing icons on a screen any day because data is being updated within them

24. joex2

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

"boring/ugly look of live tiles?" The icons are boring. " put a wallpaper " put the wallpaper behind a bunch of icons? the wallpaper not appear.

34. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

1) I don't see how live tiles are any more boring or ugly than standard icons. In fact I would argue the opposite. 2) Okay, not able to put up a wallpaper. I'd like to play with that, but it may also be distracting. BTW, can you change the color of icons in Android? 3) Okay, no options that I know of for alternative keyboards. On the plus side though, the keyboard does work pretty damn well. And you always have voice dictation. 4) Who said IE10 is going to be the only option. Since it shares the same kernel as Windows 8, I'd expect the Metro version of Chrome (and Firefox when it comes out) will work as well. Only desktop class browsers here. 5) As opposed to having to scroll horizontally across your home pages? Just a choice in implementation made by Microsoft, and a subjective preference for any potential users... 6) No folders, true that. If it helps any all my games are automatically stored in the XBOX tile, and apps are organized alphabetically with a jumplist. Usually find the one I need faster than if I would have to navigate through a folder to be honest, even though I'm a fan of folders. 7) WP8 has support for many processors, I believe it's just the initial round of WP8 phones that are coming with Qualcomm chips. 8) Maybe, maybe not. We'll see when they reveal all of the features, and even now I can say that it doesn't seem to have many weaknesses in this regard. I also think some of the features that have been shown so far are pretty damn cool. 9) Apps will continue to build (at a faster pace than Android's app market did, mind you). Oh, also, did I mention that WP8 is using the same kernel as Windows 8? Actual Windows 8 RT/Metro apps that can be easily ported to WP8? DirectX support for superior game possibilities? Syncing contacts, pictures, documents, OS personal settings across all my W8 and WP8 devices automatically? SmartGlass? More stock features in the OS? Fewer apps. Hardly an inferior ecosystem. Maybe we're not looking at the same products. Maybe you've decided on how good or bad WP8 is before WP8 has even been demoed. Maybe you're not thinking long term enough in regard to the ecosystem, because I clearly see Microsoft leading the charge to have the most comprehensive ecosystem. I do know one thing though -- if you don't get it now, chances are you don't want to get it and therefore never will. If you can't acknowledge your competitor's strengths, you're never going to make a better product.

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Nice....might get it...if priced right....oh and if it has atleast 32GB memory ..its decent phone... something different, too me

16. BigSupes

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

It has 32GB memory. :)

11. kindahipdude

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Window's phones seem nice. I like how it's different, that camera looks nice too. I think I'll make my next phone a Windows. Sadly that won't be for a while since I recently picked up an SIII.

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