Interface:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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172 Comments

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

LG NEXUS 4 & OPTIMUS GANGNAM STYLE ARE THE BEST PHONE ON THE MARKET!

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

136. PLASTICPHONES

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

LUMIA 920, SAMSUNG NOTE 2 HTC 8X ARE ALL MADE OF PLASTIC ... LUMIA 920 LOOKS PLASTIC TOY PHONE. VERY THICK AND HEAVY WEIGHT! SAMSUNG NOTE2 IS A BIG PLASTIC PHONE. LG Optimus "G" gangnam style is A PREMIUM ELEGANT PHONE.

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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