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Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Nokia Lumia 920

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Consistency is something that’s persistently found with the Window Phone experience, and in this scenario, it’s no different from the other Window Phone 8 smartphones we’ve reviewed in recent memory. That’s not a bad thing per se, especially when the dynamic look of the start screen and its live tiles help to complement the actual design of the smartphone. Frankly, there’s no arguing the appreciable new improvements found with the platform, which we’ve detailed in our reviews of the HTC 8X and Samsung ATIV S.

However, there are still some much-needed improvements required to bring it up to the level of its contemporaries. For instance, we like how the lock screen provides us with tangible notifications, but it would be nice to find a centralized hub somewhere in the interface aside from the lock screen, where we can view everything simultaneously. Yet, behind it all, it’s the energetic presentation and lively appearance of the start screen that makes it so very engaging and enticing.

The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Unlike the other Windows Phone 8 smartphones we’ve checked out, Nokia has it wildcard of “pure experience” apps to catapult its offering – these include Nokia Maps, Drive, City Lens, and Music. For now, it’s worth pointing out that these are only available on Nokia’s Lumia smartphones, but we’ll expand more about their functionality and usefulness later on.


Functionality:

In terms of organization, there’s nothing out of the ordinary found with the Nokia Lumia 920, seeing that we’re presented with the usual set of core organizer apps found with all Windows Phone 8 devices. In addition to the Alarm, Calendar, Calculator, and Kids Corner, you have Bing Search to accomplish a variety of tasks besides web searches – such as being able to speak commands to open apps, compose a message, or search for a point of interest.

Organizer apps - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Organizer apps - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Organizer apps - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Having plenty of room to play around with, its 4.5-inch display is perfect for typing up messages with its on-screen keyboard. Seeing that it has a spacious portrait layout that’s easily encompassed by our thumbs, combined with its responsiveness, we’re able to maintain a steady rate of input with little to no issues at all. However, we’re not a fan of the gap on the left side of the landscape keyboard.

On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

As usual, the email experience is effective enough to keep up busy and organized on the road. Indeed, it has all the basic functions we’d expect to find, but it doesn’t quite match the level of depth seen with Android’s Gmail experience.


Processor and Memory:

Armed with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, it’s obviously more than ample to elicit one responsive performance. Surely it’s adept in handling a wide array of basic tasks, like opening apps, but it’s also capable of maintaining a tolerable level with more intensive processes – such as 3D gaming. As much as we want to say we’re astounded by the performance, it’s nothing necessarily different, since you know, this is the typical performance we see out of all Windows Phones in general.

Donning a closed design with its unibody polycarbonate body, there’s no storage expandability with this beauty. Meaning, you’ll need to be a bit cautious with monitoring its 32GB internal capacity.


Internet and Connectivity:

Although it’s something expected in this day and age, the Lumia 920 is able to deliver fast data speeds courtesy of its 4G LTE connection. However, it’s nice to find that there isn’t a hitch to Internet Explorer’s performance now that the Lumia 920 is sporting a higher resolution display. Delivering the same lovable aspects as before, such as fast page loads, fluid navigational controls, and proper rendering, the Lumia 920 continues the trend of providing us with a superb experience.

Internet Explorer - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Internet Explorer - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Internet Explorer - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

International travel isn’t a problem with this GSM smartphone, seeing that it’s compatible to work with most GSM networks overseas – though, LTE connectivity is established domestically via AT&T’s network. Being the flagship device it is, the Lumia 920 packs connectivity feature like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC. With the latter, the platform’s “Tap & Send” feature allows for quick sharing of multimedia by simply tapping the rear of the Lumia 920 with another NFC-equipped Windows Phone.

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Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

OS: Windows Phone 8
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display4.5 inches, 768 x 1280 pixels (332 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8.7 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches
(130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm)
6.53 oz  (185 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 18.6 hours talk time

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