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Nokia Lumia 930 Review

Nokia Lumia 930

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Nokia Lumia 930 Review

Nokia Lumia 930 Review
Nokia Lumia 930 Review
Nokia Lumia 930 Review
Nokia Lumia 930 Review

The Lumia 930 is the international version of Verizon's exclusive Lumia Icon flagship, and is arguably the swan song of the Nokia that were, as it has been conceived before Microsoft gobbled up its entire smartphone business. Nevertheless, it is Windows Phone's attempt to hold the flagship fort against Android juggernauts like the Galaxy S5 or the Xperia Z2. At first brush it has everything needed to take them head-on, like a large 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, a 20 MP main camera, and exclusive Dolby surround audio recording. How about when we dive into the details? Let's see...

In the box

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Nokia AC-60 wall charger
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-190CD
  • Warranty and information leaflets


With its chunky, but comfortable to grasp chassis, the Lumia 930 is one solid piece of unibody craftsmanship.

Compared to the Lumia 1020 and its giant 41 MP camera hump on the back, Nokia Lumia 930 is definitely smaller. However, at 5.39 x 2.80 x 0.39 inches (137 x 71 x 9.8 mm) and weighing 5.89 oz (167 g), it is still bulky and heavy for a 5-incher. The heavy unibody chassis feel very solid, though, and this feeling is further reinforced by the aluminum rim surrounding the sides, which gives the colorful polycarbonate pillow-shaped shells of the Lumia 930 a more premium look. We also liked how the tapered cover glass slopes towards the sides to merge with the metal rim for one uninterrupted look and feel. Nokia bragged that it takes hundreds of robotic movements to achieve the curved glass edges, and we have to say that the results of all that scrubbing are very pleasant to hold or simply look at.

The buttons are all located comfortably on the right hand side, with the most used power/lock key right smack in the middle. The lock key, as well as the volume rocker above it, and the two-stage camera shutter button are very ergonomic, easy to feel and press without looking, and with a deep tactile feedback.

Nokia Lumia 930
5.39 x 2.8 x 0.39 inches
137 x 71 x 9.8 mm
5.89 oz (167 g)

Nokia Lumia 930

Samsung Galaxy S5
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Sony Xperia Z2
5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches
146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Nokia Lumia 1020
5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 inches
130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

Nokia Lumia 1020

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


True to its traditions, Nokia supplied a display with excellent outdoor visibility, and then threw in manual color mode adjustments for a good measure.

Lumia 930 sports a 5” 1080x1920 pixels AMOLED display with the respectable 441ppi pixel density. You have several display modes to choose from, like cool, vivid and advanced, with the latter letting you play around with color temperature and saturation sliders, until you've reached the desired results. Color saturation can be adjusted from “natural”, all the way to the gaudy “vivid” level. Color temperature goes from warm through neutral to cold, while you can also emphasize separate colors with another slider – from green to purple. In the default mode, we measured the color temperature to be 6724K, which is very close to the reference 6500K white point, but still, white has a slight purpleish tint. As usual with AMOLED display, colors are oversaturated colors but to a lesser extent than, say, in the Galaxy S5's default mode.

Nokia's ClearBlack layer on top of the display comes to improve the screen reflectivity and we can attest that the Lumia 930 performs great in terms of outdoor visibility. We took it out together with the Galaxy S5, which is great in this aspect, and Nokia's phone performed on par, even beating the S5 by a tad when looked at from an angle.

Covered by sculpted Gorilla Glass 3, the Nokia Lumia 930 screen should withstand more than a few bumps and scratches, and, as usual, it also features a supersensitive touch layer, meaning that you can operate it with your gloves on.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Nokia Lumia 930 297
Samsung Galaxy S5 442
Sony Xperia Z2 458
Nokia Lumia 1020 317
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posted on 18 Jul 2014, 04:49 12

1. Scarambay (Posts: 94; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

The maximum brightness is 298 nits and yet has excellent outdoor visibility?! Something's not correct.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 05:55 16

15. Anshulonweb (Posts: 437; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

i think it has something to do with clearback tech.....brightness does not tell much about outdoor visibility, the glass on nokia must be good and not very reflective due to which less light reflects from glass and the screen inside is visible easily....

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 06:02 2

17. ChildInTime (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)

Assertive Display, a technology developed by Apica, is a whole different approach, which adjusts the image on the screen in real time, depending on the lighting conditions and the image displayed, just as our eyes work, constantly adjusting to the environment around. "If the content on the screen is darker on the right than on the left, the pixels on each side will be stimulated differently to each other to maximize both visibility and quality," says Nokia.
It's not all about brightness.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 06:09 2

22. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

yep, my n9 has it, i can see the display in broad daylight... that's why i dunno about the rant of comparison why samsung has best and other's can't see the display under the sun, never had that problem on my n9...

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 13:08 1

74. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

yes i have lumia 800 and with that clearblack tech i can see the screen as clear as in indoor in Direct sun light even when i compared it to to other phones i dont see a thing on them at same time.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 18:02

75. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

yeah, clearblack tech is amazing, i've seen already 930, but in a lil disappointment, the curvature of 930's screen is not that appreciated, unlike with n9's and it's WP twin sister lumia 800.. i love it when it is on black background, it looks so premiuim with its shiny black screen... :D

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 07:49

79. sks1969 (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)

The problem with that curved glass is that there is a tendency to crack the display if you bump it against something. The technology may be cool and it may also look cool but I prefer flush mount

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 17:34

88. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

what is flush mount? i have my n9 for almost 3 yrs, and it experienced tons of bumps and falls and face first! the highest fall she experience was 6 feet, i feel guilty bout it, i didn't took care of my cp, and yet, my cp have just chips and scratches, it didn't crack, tho, lately, i have seen a thick line, like "crack" or split on my glass screen probably it was severely squished inside my bag. but again, the crack is not that severe unlike to others. there's just a line, and you can't notice it on a first look, you have to tilt it in any angle to see the thick line, so basically i believe it is tough enough to withstand an amount of force, it's like you have to punch it with iron knuckle to crack it...

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 02:33 1

91. sks1969 (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)

on the N9 the glass does not pop out of the body at the edges, it is a flush mount. on the 930 the glass is curved at the corner if the phone falls on the edge, the glass bears the impact, the chances of it breaking are more.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 09:45

92. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

so basically you're saying 930 is the one who will easily cracked or shatter than n9? am i right?

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 18:48

111. captivater (Posts: 11; Member since: 02 Sep 2013)

The glass itself isn't curved. The glass is layered thicker towards the center of the screen.Not distorted material, just more of it. The ICON is very durable.

On the other hand, the HTC 8x has a single layer of glass that is curved, and it sucks. Very light phone but after breaking two of them, I switched.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 08:13 6

40. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)

Increasing outdoor visibility by increasing maximum brightness is like optimizing program performance, by overclocking processor.

When other companies tried to increase brightness, and battery size, Nokia developed technology, that actually solves the issue of outdoor visibility.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 08:47 4

44. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

I've dealt with really bright displays, some of which were LG devices, and they were pretty reflective which in turn hurt the outdoor performance. I used the Lumia Icon outdoors before and it was pretty good despite being at 65% brightness levels.

So yes, brightness count is only part of the story.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 18:07 2

76. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

yep that's why there's no need to increase brightness of nokia handsets because of that screen, instead of optimizing the light, they've managed to create something innovative. :D it won't hurt my eyes at pitch black, simply amazing nokia create, that's why i love them no gimmicks just pure technology for its consumer, that's why i'm a bit sad, when they sold it to microsoft, even they have the same personnel or employees the managament of it will be all different.. :)

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 06:36 1

78. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)

12 000 smaller personel. And that's just the begginning...

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 17:44

89. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

i know, i just have to wait in 2016 if the nokia company will be back in the business of making quality phones again...

but if Nokia By Microsoft makes a handset with partnership of Canon... definitely i'll give it another try, WP is okay with me, they also have quality games, + they don't have that much bloatware. unlike on android makers, where there are tons of apps probably I don't use, i don't have android device yet, but it'll be my next upgrade when my n9 will retire. my n9 is very reliable, so I can't upgrade just yet... looking forward for next year's devices..

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 08:34 6

43. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Photos often have inaccurate colors????
Something is wrong here too.....

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 22:54 6

63. Busyboy (unregistered)

This whole review is wrong lol

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:06

58. szaboagoston (Posts: 43; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)

Watch this:

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 04:50 12

2. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

nano SIM card is a con? It's quickly becoming the standard PA, why do you like to light up people for no reason?

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 05:10 7

4. sip1995 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

They know nothing. iPhone uses the same size of sim too.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 22:52 2

62. Busyboy (unregistered)

Agreed, I don't even see how it can possibly be a con. It's the same as a micro or regular, just smaller. Might actually be an advantage for some..

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 05:07 2

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1357; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)

Nano SIM is the con

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 05:12 5

5. sip1995 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

They had to say something bad about the device, so they found this as a con.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 07:05

33. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

i think they are referring to a loosely made nano sim card slot and it will be definitely be a con if it break loose completely... the beauty of this phone will be reduced... :)

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 05:30 1

8. adecvat (Posts: 321; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

For that size its is con.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 05:35 3

10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

It is not. The One M8 is much larger, yet packs a nano sim slot. This is a stupid con. This is one of the worst reviews ever on PA. There is no REAL con or problem with the phone, yet it gets only an 8.5. I would have expected a 9 at least, since the the Lumia 1520 also got a 9, and this is a more pocket friendly version of that beast.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 05:42 3

13. adecvat (Posts: 321; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

9? No way. Poor battery, bad screen, no glance and etc.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 06:02 4

18. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

bad screen? how come? they have the most beautiful screen ever made, you must be talking on a display. but hey, i don't mind if it is dimmer or not that lively, I DON'T WATCH A MOVIE on a phone, i watch it on a tv! d fuq, as long as i can play text browse and everything it can that is not irritating to the eye, it doesn't matter at all, all you nagging with displays and viewing angles, why? are you using your phone slanted? instead of looking straight on it?? wouldn't you be more happy, because if it has bad viewing angle, your text won't be seen by the people beside you??? PRIVACY?? some people even buying screen on their iPhones for that purpose to reduce viewing angle!

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 06:07 2

21. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

1. It's not the most beautiful display ever made
2. People are definitely not buying iPhone to "reduce viewing angle"
3. Calm down

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Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia Lumia 930

OS: Windows Phone 8.1
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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) AMOLED
Camera20 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400 processor
Size5.39 x 2.80 x 0.39 inches
(137 x 71 x 9.8 mm)
5.89 oz  (167 g)
Battery2420 mAh, 11.5 hours talk time

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