Nokia Lumia 920 Review

It’s do or die time for Nokia, right? Already on numerous occasions, the industry has questioned the staying power of the once magnificent handset maker, as they’ve redirected their focus in recent times towards Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In all fairness, it’s rather difficult to say how much time the Lumia 900 has bought Nokia, but in any event, they’re here once again trying to stay relevant on top of the heap of other smartphone makers making it big in the industry. Most recently, however, the Finnish company has been able to turn heads thanks to the impressive delivery of the Nokia PureView 808 – a magnificent camera centric handset that decidedly opted to rely on the older Symbian Belle platform.

Well people, they’ve listened intently to all the concerns and followed through appeasing the masses by incorporating a PureView camera into a Windows Phone. Culminating all into the Nokia Lumia 920, the successor to the Lumia 900 from earlier in the year, there’s a lot of excitement regarding this flagship device – but most importantly, will it actually stir enough noise to entice consumers to take grasp of it? Considering that it’s attached with a very attractive $99.99 on-contract price point, it would seem as though the Lumia 920 will have enough of the prized elements to make it the runaway Windows Phone 8 smartphone to own at the moment.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product and Safety Information Guide
  • NFC tag


Distinctively a Lumia handset, there’s nothing particularly fresh about the design of the Lumia 920, as it maintains an almost identical figure to the previous Lumia 900 model. To its credit, though, the single noticeable improvement is evident with the glass over the display, which is now rounded around its trim to match the contour of the device. Still, it’s one hefty feeling (0.42” thick) and very weighty (6.53 oz) device compared to the svelte and compact constructions of other premier smartphones. Nevertheless, its unibody polycarbonate design is sturdy enough to ensure it’s going to withstand the usual bout of normal wear and tear it’ll experience throughout its lifetime.

You can compare the Nokia Lumia 920 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Most prominent amongst its look, is the variety of Skittles-like colors that are available with the Lumia 920 – thus, giving it a stylish edge over other things out there. Even though we appreciate the hint of character and pizazz it adds to the familiar looking handset, the glossy appearance of our red model is a fingerprint and smudge magnet. Then again, the cyan and black versions of the Lumia 920 opt for a matte finish to minimize those unwanted distractions. In a world of cold looking industrial design, it’s heartwarming to see the Lumia 920 setting itself apart with its vibrant color selection and solid construction – albeit, we wish it weren’t so darn bulky.

Being a staple amongst most Windows Phones, the Lumia 920 packs the typical trio of capacitive Windows Phone buttons beneath its display, which are spaced far from one another to minimize accidental presses. Conversely, we’re greeted with the usual assortment of characters on the opposite edge – these include its earpiece, light & proximity sensors, and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera that has the ability to shoot videos in 720p.

Looking around the trim of the handset, the left edge is completely barren, but on the right, the power button, volume control, and two-level shutter key are placed near one another. Luckily, they’re raised enough to offer a sufficient feel with the finger – while exhibiting springy responses when pressed. Meanwhile, the top trim is home to the microSIM slot and 3.5mm headset jack. Showing off its attention to detail, microdots line up in unison to make up its speaker grill on the bottom edge, with the microUSB port also there for charging and data connectivity.

Recognized easily as its main attraction, the Lumia 920 is packing along an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera in the rear, which features a dual-LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, and an F2.0 lens. Furthermore, it features Nokia’s “floating lens technology” to deliver optical image stabilization. Needless to say, there’s a lot of talk riding on its back, but we’re quite intrigued by how it’ll perform in the end – so we’ll find if it can walk the walk later on.


Undeniably regarded as a vast improvement, since the Lumia 900 from before featured a 4.3-inch WVGA ClearBlack AMOLED display, this latest Lumia smartphone impresses with its larger 4.5-inch IPS LCD PureMotionHD+ display, which so happens to employ a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. Doing the math, that equates to a pixel density of 332 ppi – making it one of the most detailed screens out there. And of course, it shows as fine text in a zoomed out view in the web browser are visually crisp to make out with ease.

As much as we appreciate the saturated colors produced by the prior ClearBlack AMOLED display of the Lumia 900, we’re nevertheless still content with the natural looking colors pumped out by this IPS LCD screen. Throw in the fact that it has good viewing angles and a strong iridescent glow, it’s more than visible in outdoor conditions with the sun present. All in all, it absolutely rivals some of the best displays out there, like the ones on the Apple iPhone 5 and LG Optimus G, so we have no complaints about its brilliance. Oh yeah, did we mention that its sensitivity is maintained if we were to use gloves over our hands courtesy of its supersensitive touch technology?

Nokia Lumia 920 360-degrees View:



1. desijatt

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I LOVE NOKIA............

9. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I do too. (just saying) still waiting for the Nexus 4 - and after that... will be the battle for my next phone. :) for once, a galaxy or an appleis out of the question. it's this or the Nexus 4 ( if it comes soon enough, HTC DLX)

46. san47

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 07, 2012

my honest suggestion: never buy a HTC phone it keeps you in down whole time. Nexus 4 is from LG not sure about the quality of build and performance though price and specs are attractive.

50. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I agree. I was so upset on what HTC do for their early-customers. In my case, I bought the HTC Aria in October 2010 at 500usd (not cheap), and let's see what I've got: nothing, even no ginger-bread update at all. During that time, the Samsung galaxy Ace (with identical hardware) got many good updates. I still use HTC aria now with CM7 (big thank to the CM team). To be honest, HTC has one of the best build quality but after-sell service is so bad. I will never ever buy the other HTC phone

120. Lifesogood

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 13, 2012


121. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

what about the note 2, lumia 920, htc 8x what makes those 2 the best? except blind fanboyism


Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 14, 2012


138. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

lmao you need help mate the 920 doesnt look like a toy, plus its build quality is to nokia standards which is arguably the best the fact you said ''LG Optimus "G" gangnam style'' this shows your just some kid

159. PolishHitta

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Just like the Iphone? the phone that is known to have a cracked screen as well as the back?

171. Skiman

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Bought my first lumia 920 last week, first time I've ever really loved a phone You are suffering from blind noobism

56. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

U GO GIRL (Nokia)

162. jameshoe unregistered

Nexus 4 is good but using wrong processor, I guess. Snapdragon S4 pro is suit for Tablet of Notebook

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Wish i could give the phone a thumb up!! This is it people...the real deal! And it scored 9!! :D

19. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Just a nine? Not even a little extra change? 9.3, perhaps? Think of it on a A, B, C, D, F scale: only a couple phones have yet scored above a B.

24. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Let's be content with nine Sir...:)

29. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

@PA there is a free Nokia app called "Camera Extras" that has all the modes you lament the lack of. It is a must-have for any Lumia, to the point I am surprised it isn't pre-installed.

30. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Also, how is it not "cutting-edge" and "compelling"? Wireless charging, great screen usable through nom-capacitive gloves, extra tweaks that really solidify the UX and improve overall satisfaction? If they'd managed to do it in a body as thin as an Oppo5, would it help its cause?

160. PolishHitta

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Isn't this the first phone EVER to introduce a build in optical stabilizer into its imaging lens?

39. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This is an example of why I continue to wonder who is minding the store at Nokia - why do they under-provision their flagship phone? If the app exists, why not include it? It is not as if people aren't interested in camera functions of the L920.... It would also justify (to me) why the L920 scored a 9....

63. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

thanks for pointing it out!

104. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Where is the full video review?

79. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I'm not seeing this app, I did get all their other lenses though that do pretty good.

89. abbjr

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Where did you find this app? I am not seeing it...

92. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

for start nothing is installed now a day s on any moblies free or not we have to get it from market places eaisy to do it though i had my lumia800 first i was wtf its empty lol my bad then i found everything listed on the market.

166. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

the n9 came with everything installed

36. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

FWIW, I said the same thing about the Note2 and another device recently, so while I'm admittedly pro-WP and pro-Nokia, this is a statement more about the scoring than the phones' scores. These half-point increments don't do an adequate job of showing differentiation. If, for instance, the Note2 got a 9.2 and the Lumia 920 got a 9.1 and a Galaxy S3 got a 9.0 (just for an example), we could infer that the Note2 is, overall and in PA's view, the bestof the three phones.

88. fins71

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Fwiw, just confirming that you did state in Note2 comments that since it had no stated cons that you thought it should be a 9.3 or higher.

94. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Yep. Thanks for the outside confirmation :)

31. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Me too ;-)) There was a time when Nokia phones were considered premium and the likes of Samsung etc were alternate cheaper options. Look how the tables have turned ! Having said that, Lumia 920 is definitely a good bang for the buck and arguably one of the best win phones to grab and try your hands on.

64. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

just what i predicted! 8x: 8 Activ:8.5 Lumia920:9 I would argue with the first 2 but the 9 for the lumia was well deserved

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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)

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