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Nokia Lumia 928 Review

0. phoneArena posted on 17 May 2013, 06:22

Verizon Wireless is getting its own variant of the 920, which should no doubt put Nokia’s name near the top of the ladder within the carrier’s Windows Phone selection. At its core, the recently announced Nokia Lumia 928 might seem like a subtle variant of the version that AT&T has been selling for some time now, but there are some notable differences that should make Big Red’s customers feel proud they’re getting something new...

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posted on 17 May 2013, 06:30 1

1. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Well JV, this is the first time I'll have to agree with you. Dammit!

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:36 21

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Lumia 920 received a 9/10 and this got a 8/10. Guess the Xenon flash didn't help it at all.

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:56 22

6. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

time also plays a role

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:58 7

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Down-rated for stale specs?

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:22 5

13. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Have to agree that you do lose a point or 2 for old specs. 6 months in phone years is like 30 in human years. If the iPhone 4 scored a 9 back in 2010 it would score a 5 maybe a 4 by today's standards. IPhone 4s would be a 6 and iPhone 5 a 8. Heck; even the S4 beats my Note 2 in speed and resolution. Samsung is moving faster than any phone OEM.

posted on 17 May 2013, 11:11 2

31. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

that's a great point, not sure why you got the downvote

posted on 17 May 2013, 19:54 3

47. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

haha he got downvoted by applefanboys for saying the iP5 is out of date

posted on 20 May 2013, 13:43 1

69. OccupyAJob (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

The 920 shouldn't have ranked that high to begin with. In fact, most of these phones are being over-rated. In the "high-end" category, I'd deduct for these things alone where the 920 and any other so called "flagship" didn't meet expectations of the class:

No micro-SD... -1 point
No removable battery... -1 point
Plastic Chassis... -1 point.

That being said, I'll be buying one of these next week.

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:25

70. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

So basically you're suggesting that the iPhone, Lumia and any recent HTC should get nothing higher than an 8. And everyone else will never exceed a 9. That seems completely fair.

posted on 21 May 2013, 16:32

71. serg227 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2013)

to add on to your comment, the phone's backplate looks ugly, its's extremely bulky and heavy

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:49

3. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

It got an Amoled screen PhoneArena how could you do this, besides, all the specs are the same ......

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:56 11

5. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)

i don't really know what kind of spec boost would be necessary for an already snappy handset... it's still not android guys. it still does not require octacores. so yeah. i too call bullsh| on the 8 points.

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:05 3

10. mrcrangle (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)

Six months is a long time in the smartphone industry, so I think the move down to 8 from 9 - even *with the incremental tweaks - is fair.

Incidentally my own 920 bricked itself a few weeks ago and my supplier (Phones 4U) no longer offers it, couldn't replace it and upgraded me with an HTC one. As much as I loved my Nokia, I can see the difference between the smartphone of today and the smartphone of six months ago!

posted on 17 May 2013, 08:00 1

23. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

You don't know how to fix a bricked lumia? Its as simple as plugging in the charger, pressing the lock and power buttons in sequence, connecting it to your compute and flashing the firmware from the nokia care suite.

posted on 17 May 2013, 18:31 1

42. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

you actually believe this idiot (re the bricked phone) ?? The Lumia 920 is the most reliable phone currently available, bar none. People like him will always praise android while bashing Nokia and WP because it matches perfectly their unstable and erratic lives'.

posted on 20 May 2013, 10:45

68. mrcrangle (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)

Thanks for calling me an 'idiot'...yes the phone did brick (why would I waste my time posting something I made up?), and no I wasn't going to turn a new phone down. Been a Nokia user for years, from N95 to N900 then eventually to the 920, and this is my first Andriod device. Would have been very happy if Phones4U had replaced it with a new 920...see my review of the 920 I posted a few months back. So...not sure what you mean by 'people like him'...actually if anything I'm a Nokia fanboy who's inadvertently ended up with the HTC One and isn't that unhappy with it!

No doubt you'll be directing your bile towards somebody else you disagree with, but wanted to post this reply even if you never see it.

posted on 17 May 2013, 11:01 3

30. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

Well then why does everyone bash on iphone:s HW? You pay a lot of money for a phone, you want the best, not a year old adreno 225 and that is why they didn´t put 1080p display, I think.
And could you Phonearena please make a comparison between all the new phones cameras including lumia 928 so that we can see if lumia is any good, because I wasn´t very impressed by the pictures. And it would be awesome if you also could put a pro camera in the comparison.

posted on 17 May 2013, 16:43 1

37. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Pedro0x, what are you doing with your smartphone? Are you playing video games with it plugged into your HD TV, transcoding, 3d modelling? You act as if a mobile device requires an intel i7 3770 with a Nvidia GTX 690 video card, and 32GB system RAM. However, that isn't true, and even support for 1080p at 4.5 inches doesn't yield results that you can discern!

People keep praising Samsung for it's "8 core" monster CPU in the S4, and yet the device itself is still pathetic compared to any desktop or laptop computer, or even a tablet for that matter. Exactly how is an adreno 225 such a big liability in a mobile device? PAC-MAN is sure to run as fast on a Lumia 928 as it is on the S4, and so I fail to see your point...

posted on 18 May 2013, 02:00 2

52. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

Ofcourse I don´t need 1080p display on a phone, but it is a trend now, everyone is now doing it, except nokia. If manufacturers finetuned their 720p displays as 1080p displays, it would draw much less battery but we can´t generally do much about it.
We will soon reach a point were our devices will be more powerful than consoles and once we will reach there, you will not need consoles, you will be able to stream games into your tv through wifi. And when 64-bit arm processors will come, we will be able to do much more again. See, we need to advance otherwise we are stuck. And technology advances the most in mobile devices because there you will earn most cash. If you won´t upgrade your phones like Nokia (except camera) almost no-one will be interested in upgrading from lumia 920 to lumia 928.
We don´t really need like tegra 4 in our devices but it is good to know that you have the power, even if you don´t use it you still have the power.
This is the way I see it, I know that the most customers won´t care about HW that much, but I will and I only settle for the best

posted on 18 May 2013, 02:26 1

53. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

A flagship luxery device can afford to have all the bells and whistles, even if they are not needed. In case you hadn't noticed, Nokia has built a device to cover virtually every price range, except the top end. The 928 is merely a place marker, in preparation for a killer high end device that will be released this coming summer, or the early fall. However, the lower and middle ground are important to Nokia, which is why they have focused on that instead of building a rocketship with all the options. The majority of Nokia's sales are derived from the developing world, not in North America, and that shapes their priority list...

You can expect an atom bomb to drop on Samsung and Apple later on, possibly in the form of a super-charged Lumia EOS. However, the 928 is a great device, and deserves respect in it's own right. Real photographers will find it's Xenon flash a bonus, and it has the quality low light sensor and OIS that exist in the 920, as well as the excellent Nokia build quality.

As for smartphones conquering the desktop, we're not quite there yet. Intel's Haswell is coming, and Nvidia and AMD's next gen GPU's are on their way too. Unless you can stick a 1000 watt PSU inside your S4 or HTC One, don't talk to me about being a real gamer. Gaming via remote servers is a possibility, but that hasn't grown wings, and so there will still be consoles and PC towers and laptops for a long time to come.

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:53 11

4. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 852; Member since: 11 May 2013)

Why 8?? The phone deserves 8.5-9

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:32 6

17. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Only if you compare to other Window phones. The competition got even better since Nokia released the 920 which this phone is based off of. Do you really believe that a better flash can out do all the changes from the S3 to the S4 or what HTC, Sony and LG has done after the release of the 920?
Time to stop living in a fantasy land and look at what's around you. Giving this phone a 8 is being generous.

posted on 18 May 2013, 14:51 2

56. rjmlive (Posts: 70; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

Spec race hasn't improved the Android experience. S4 is a perfect example of offering absolute functionality and surprising uselessness at the same time. Bolt on app UI experiences and general gimmick-ness.

This phone exists to give another carrier a high end Windows Phone with small elements of uniqueness so that customers don't feel they are missing out on carrier exclusives on other networks. When EOS comes out it will be an ATT 6 month exclusive for sure so the 928 has to offer a solid option for people that realize Windows Phone is the best platform for them.

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:50 2

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

No it dosen't....


posted on 17 May 2013, 16:17 3

36. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

TROLL is a paid shill, working for the competition, and his/her sole purpose for being here is to write fundamentally negative and dishonest comments about Nokia and/or Microsoft products and services.

NOTE: This person's comments should be deleted due to countless past violations, and their account should be suspended indefinitely. PHONE ARENA, please stop allowing paid bashers working for other companies to interfere with the review and feedback process!

posted on 17 May 2013, 08:35 1

26. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

The score is just fine.

posted on 17 May 2013, 06:58 1

7. mydi.maus (unregistered)

NICE number PA..

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:03 1

9. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 871; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

What method was used to take photos?

Screen tapping or using the camera key to focus and then snap?

posted on 17 May 2013, 18:41

44. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

The "method" where any photo taken with the 928 is made to look as bad as possible and/or worse that the competition (galaxy s4 and htc one). Seriously though, even a mid-range DSLR will give poor results if you don't know how to use it.

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:09 2

11. pyradark (Posts: 882; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

So the 925 will received 8.5-9.0 due to its metallic body. I actually prefer the925 than this big ugly looking phone.

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