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Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Nokia Lumia 920

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Before forging ahead to the nitty-gritty portion of its camera quality, we’re rather perplexed as to how this camera-centric smartphone is lacking any convincing shooting modes and features. Relying on the usual Windows Phone camera interface, the only modifiable settings include Scenes , ISO, Exposure Value, White Balance, Aspect Ratio, and Focus Assist Light. Making matters worse, it doesn’t offer any of the modern conveniences we’d want to find nowadays – like modes for burst shooting, panoramic, or simultaneously snapping a photo while recording video. No doubt a jab to the stomach, we’re undoubtedly shocked by this revelation.

The camera interface - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The camera interface - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The camera interface - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The camera interface - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

So here we are, finally! We know you’re all dying to know how its 8.7-megapixel PureView camera fares, but to reiterate things, it’s armed with compelling features like Carl Zeiss optics, F2.0 lens, a back-illuminated sensor, and a dual-LED flash. When so much talk is emphasized on its prowess, we’d expect nothing less than close to perfection – and to an extent, it is definitely a point and shoot replacement. Still, as we look beyond the generalization of its results and peer meticulously at all of the minute nuances of its quality, we uncover some surprising results.

Overall, it takes pleasant looking photos that are worth framing later on, but we’re not soundly convinced with its fine details. Compared to some of the elite camera shooting smartphones out there, the Lumia 920 exhibits a recognizable level of softness to its details, which are deceptively masked by the subtle amount of over-sharpening evident in the entire shot. Meanwhile, its color reproduction grazes the fine line of being neutral looking for the most part, but for some strange reason, its white balances gets thrown off inexplicably – resulting in some distortion, like the purple fringe that’s exhibited with shots taken indoors under artificial lighting.



Above all, we have to admit that we’re most impressed by its low lighting performance, which shows the advantage of its F2.0 lens and image stabilization. The lens is able to absorb more light, and the stabilization helps avoid the occasional blurring due to camera shake. On one hand, we love how there’s very minimal evidence of noise and graininess with its shots, but it has difficulty handling dynamic range in low lighting – essentially over-exposing brighter areas. Finally, the dual-LED flash can be set to kick on prior to snapping a shot to keep images in focus at all the times. Nokia’s “floating lens technology” for image stabilization helps for the video recording, too! And simply, it shows in the results! Whether it’s panning left/right or up/down, it maintains a very smooth capture – whereas other devices exhibit shakiness. Besides that one noteworthy item, though, we can’t say that the other aspects of its quality compels us. Yet again, details are lacking a convincing level of sharpness, but its post-processing adds the same over-sharpening results as before. This time around, there’s some artifacting persistent in the video as we’re panning, but hey, at least we’re pleased by its clear audio recording, gradual exposure adjustment, and continuous auto-focus feature.

Strong light - Indoor samples - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Low - Indoor samples - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

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5ft - Darkness with flash - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
7ft - Darkness with flash - Nokia Lumia 920 Review

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Multimedia:

Taking a peek at the picture gallery of the Lumia 920, it follows in form to any other Windows 8 device on the market. Aside from being able to view the images in the camera roll, the app populates albums stored in our Facebook account. And even though we were disappointed by the paltry shooting options with its camera interface, we’re given a few basic editing tools to tweak our images. Also, we can use the “Tap & Send” feature to share photos to other NFC-enabled Windows Phones.

The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the same as in any other Windows 8 phone - Nokia Lumia 920 Review


Even though the music player on this is identical to any other Windows Phone 8 handset out there, we’re still appreciative of the dynamic approach of its presentation. Pumping out a strong volume output, it’s lacking firepower in the form of shaky base tones to give it some pop.

The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
The music player - Nokia Lumia 920 Review


Watching videos is of course a fun and pleasant experience on the Lumia 920, due to the nature of its brilliant looking display. In addition to its wealthy real estate and flawless performance, the handset supports a wide variety of video codecs out of the box to appease enthusiasts.

Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 Review


Software:

Being the AT&T smartphone it is, we’re naturally exposed to the carrier’s usual set of apps, which include AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, AT&T U-verse Live TV, and myAT&T. As we mentioned earlier in the review, the Lumia 920 features Nokia’s “pure experience” apps that consists of Nokia City Lens, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, and Nokia Music.

Starting with Nokia City Lens, it’s one of those apps that are great for sniffing out local points of interests. Being an augmented reality app at its core, we find it extremely useful to visualize nearby locations with it.

Nokia City Lens augmented reality - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia City Lens augmented reality - Nokia Lumia 920 Review


With Nokia Drive and Maps, the two are here for all our navigational needs. Therefore, whether it’s searching for an address or getting voice-guided directions, the apps are extremely useful in getting us around. To be honest though, Nokia Drive isn’t as comprehensive compared to other dedicated GPS apps (think Navigon or Magellan), but it has the basics to get us from point A to point B in one piece.

Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Lumia 920 Review


And lastly, there’s Nokia Music for those who want to surround themselves with an array of music. One part a free radio station service, similar to what you’d experience with Pandora, Nokia Music also provides us access to any purchased content that are bought from Microsoft’s Music Store. Additionally, it integrates a bunch of social networking aspects to its functionality, like sharing songs you like on Facebook or reading about tweets regarding specific artists.

Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review
Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 920 Review


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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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