Nokia Lumia 928 unboxing and hands-on

Nokia Lumia 928 unboxing and hands-on

Verizon customers watch out, you have one snazzy Windows Phone heading your way very soon! Already, Big Red’s customer base has been exposed to the entry-level like Nokia Lumia 822, but we bet they’re drooling for something far better – specs and feature wise, of course. Fortunately, the Nokia Lumia 928, a distant relative of the mighty Lumia 920, is coming to Verizon’s lineup starting on May 16th for the 2-year contract price of $99.99. When it boils down, it seems as though it’s a skinnier and lighter version of its sibling.


Well folks, even though it’s a brand spanking new Windows Phone from Nokia’s camp, there isn’t an improvement whatsoever to the display on the Lumia 928. In fact, it’s the same one we all know and love on the Lumia 920 from before – albeit, it's an OLED panel instead of an IPS LCD one. To be specific, it features a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ OLED WXGA (1280 x 768) display, which delivers the iridescent colors that are typical amongst OLED panels in general. Indeed, it’s not as high-res as some other displays, but it’s effective enough for most things. Likewise, the display brings forth the wow factor with its wide viewing angles, pitch black color, and overblown color reproduction. Despite the many lovely things in tow with the display, it still would’ve been nice to see something new.


Donning the same fashionable design DNA of Nokia’s Lumia branded smartphones, which is great, but at this point, it’s becoming all too ordinary. However, it’s worth noting that the Lumia 928 makes an improvement with its skinnier and lighter frame. In getting there, they’ve employed the same design approach that’s used by other recent flagships of late – it’s the tapered look around the edges that gives it the perception of being slimmer. As a whole, we appreciate the subtle improvements, but it shouldn’t surprise people much since it’s the same lovable design we know and love from before.

Apart from its looks, the other noteworthy thing about the Lumia 928, is the 8.7-megapixel PureView Camera with Carl Zeiss optics in the rear, which utilizes an f2.0 lens and optical image stabilization. With all of that in tow, it should produce some wicked shots – especially under low lighting conditions, which seems to be the focus with this one. When lighting is non-existent, the Lumia 928 benefits more than some other smartphones thanks to its included Xenon flash.


Besides the software specific enhancements that Nokia puts into the Lumia 928, like various new shooting modes and Nokia branded apps, there’s nothing really new to say about the Windows Phone 8 experience running on it. Therefore, if you’re well versed with the platform, you should be able to easily fit in right away. Powering things behind the scene, its dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor coupled with 1GB of RAM should be familiar, seeing that it’s the same exact one under the hood of the Nokia Lumia 920. Despite that, we're greeted to the familiar smooth performance of the platform right out of the box.

Going back to the PureView experience of the smartphone, the Lumia 928 has a slight step ahead in the photo taking department over other Windows Phone. In fact, the shooting modes consist of smart shoot, panorama, and cinemagraph. Indeed, it’s not as comprehensive as the Galaxy S4, but in the greater scheme of things in the Windows Phone camp, it’s surely better than most.


Broadening its exposure is definitely something that the Nokia Lumia 928 is going to accomplish over on Big Red’s department, especially when this is the highest spec’d of Windows Phone Verizon customers have seen from Nokia. No doubt, the Lumia 822 started things, but in the back of our minds, it still wasn’t that drool worthy smartphone that we crave. Thankfully, we’re seeing that here with the Lumia 928, even more when it carries along Nokia’s PureView camera technology and is regarded as a contemporary high-spec’d Windows Phone. Blessed with an enticing $99.99 on-contract price, it’ll certainly garner some attention from those looking for a great smartphone that won’t break the bank. However, we’ll hold off from giving our final thoughts until we test out all aspects of the Lumia 928. Expect our review soon!

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Lumia 928
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(17h 3G talk time)




Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Prsentation box looks nice. The phone looks sharp and neat, looks like SONY design, LG, oppo5. It's slim, stainless-steel is better than Aluminum. Overall great looking device, but that Wp OS is an "Epic Fail"® Wouldn't mind owning this, if it was Android®

3. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Windows phones are worse than iphones. I don't understand how people think they are good. Guess when your stuck in a 2 year contract you just have to lie to yourself.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012


24. papss unregistered

Probably the same reason lemmings love a cheap SS least here you are not over paying for a device here

32. myclevername

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 07, 2010



Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Hey what's with the ®


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Try harder next time ™®©

38. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

dont judge a book by its cover, its whats on the inside that counts, FYI an Open OS is more fun than a closed system... unless your one of them old folks who just like things the way it is... to make a call, and just show off a new device.

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i agree

33. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011


51. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

One paid monkey feeds the other.

7. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

At least it is better than Android 2.3 was Greetzz.

8. SleepingOz unregistered

Android 2.3 on the GSII? Nah, don't think so..

40. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

@Credo 2.3 was so 3 years ago.. its 4.2 now buddy, you can compare it to 2.3... i guess thats how far they are behind.. FYI nokia lost world market share from 19 - 14 % this year from last year.. ouch!! and Samsung is king...still in denial i guess..

13. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

TROLL is a paid shill, working for the competition, and his/her sole purpose is to write fundamentally negative and dishonest comments about Nokia and/or Microsoft products and services. NOTE: All comments should be deleted due to countless past violations, and their account should also be suspended indefinitely. PHONE ARENA, please stop letting paid employees of other companies interfere with the review and feedback process!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Lmao™ Same old, same old.. Urbanphantom please come back with logical state grounds of disputes. Off topic ™

18. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

TROLL, how many Phone Arena accounts in total do you have that are used to post negative propaganda? Should I call you wendygarnet, andro, or something else? I've lost track of all of your different names and accounts, but it's always the same crap: "Sold my WP Phone, no apps, bad performance." blah blah blah. You have posted no less than hundreds of negative comments about Nokia and/or Microsoft products and services. You are clearly a paid shill, working for the competition. Owned*

22. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

funny thing is P.A are aware of this muppets multiple accounts but they dont auto ban this main account like they should. it would save so much bs ive seen people get banned and moderated for less then this sad act. good thing out of it is you get to see the other trolling accounts that agree with it i.e HDshatter and well sleepyoz is all for samsung so he will jump in to


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yea just like you're Nokia Wp8 fans will do the same, but we Android outright you all, you don't stand a chance. You've mentioned 2, but there's loads others left. Says the kid whose not fit to post, and is half aware that he himself isn't him. We Android fans never call others Trolls or complain or ask PA to help, wow can't face it you're self and need PA to solve you're problems. Please get help, the last time you got 3 warnings for being rude, ignorant calling others abusive and being a peadophile! We advise you still need treatment, please you're still half not well. If you have any questions please seek help from southpark ™


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Smaaaaaaart boy™ We like that™ LMFAO ™®©

50. bioappberry

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

Working with all three OS's they all have their own benefits and down falls. But if you are going to compare iOS to Windows there really isn't much outside of Siri that is better. Apple is even going towards a flat design, like Windows already does. Just because you, Troll, don't like the OS doesn't mean its an "Epic Fail". I have converted countless iOS "fan boys" into Windows believers. Its really not difficult after you compare cameras, live tiles vs icons, the integration of social media into the people app, and kids corner for parents of young kids. Me personally, I prefer Android for my own reasons. The biggest downfall of Windows right now is app selection. Other than that, I see no reason to bash this platform for the general consumer.

28. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i agree

25. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I don't know why but I prefer the design of 925 over this one.

26. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i agree


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Why the thumbs down! I"m giving credit, even i really like the design of the phone, but i personally don't like Wp8, iOs is much better. ™

48. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

because people dislike you TROLL

2. HASHTAG unregistered

So AT&T has the 920, T-Mobile is getting the 925, Verizon's getting the 928, while Sprint has nada. I want a Windows Phone, but Sprint won't let me have one. At least my contract ends in September.

4. bovcrx

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Get out now and pay the prorated etf. It should be like fifty bucks

9. HASHTAG unregistered

I may end up doing that.

12. bovcrx

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I'm considering the 925 myself, but I'm still interested in this EOS Lumia. I had the 808 and Nokia 710 and always wished they brought that camera to WP. I didn't care about the hump on the back at all

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