Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Call Quality:

Far from perfect, there are a few nagging issues with call quality on the Lumia 920, but still, we’re able to carry out conversations. Specifically, these include the hint of muteness attached to voices through the speaker, muffled tones using the speakerphone, and that it doesn’t offer wind noise reduction.

Using the Nokia Lumia 920 in high coverage areas, we didn’t come across any instance of its signal strength fluctuating dramatically, nor did we have any dropped calls during our testing.


Stuffing a 2,000 mAh battery in its closed body, the Lumia 920’s battery life is nothing more than average – delivering at least a day of normal usage on a full charge strictly with HSPA+ connectivity. Naturally, using it with 4G LTE connectivity will drastically lessen the tally. Rare to find even now, the Lumia 920 is unique in the fact that it offers wireless charging – employing the Qi standard we’re familiar with.


Frankly people, this isn’t the most cutting-edge or compelling device in recent memory, as we can name quite a few notable ones that are superbly premium in all categories. Regardless of that, the Nokia Lumia 920 simply has the luxury of being attached with the notion of having a whole lot of value for the buck. Naturally, we can overlook the fact that it’s rather hefty looking in size – mainly due to it sporting one solid build quality combined with its stylish color availability. Those elements alone help to splash a dose of youth and vigor to make people take notice of it from afar.

At $99.99 with a 2-year contract, there’s no denying that you’re getting something feature filled from head-to-toe, and as well as inside-out. Of course, the Nokia Lumia 920 stands apart from its other Windows Phone 8 colleagues thanks primarily to two specific items – its PureView camera and Nokia branded apps. With the former, its low lighting performance is something to behold, since it currently seems unmatched. On top of that, you gain a very useful image stabilization feature with video recording. And lastly, Nokia’s set of apps help to strengthen its worth over the offerings we’ve seen already with the competition from HTC and Samsung.

It’s still cloudy to affirm whether the Lumia 920 is indeed the flagship handset for Windows Phone 8, but regardless, it’s definitely taking the crown for the moment. Ultimately, when you factor in all the lovely things about the handset combined with some other surprising ones, like wireless charging, the $100 pricing attached to it surely amounts to something both tangibly complete and valuable. Just like those tasty Skittles candy, you can really taste the rainbow in Nokia’s offering.

Software: Windows Phone 8
OS Version: 8.0.9903.10

Nokia Lumia 920 Video Review:


  • Stylish looking color options
  • Superb low lighting camera performance
  • Great image stabilization
  • Crisp looking display
  • Useful Nokia apps


  • Bulky feeling
  • Nagging call quality issue

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68 Reviews



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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