Nokia Lumia 930 Review
Excellent earpiece and voice quality, thanks to four strategically placed HAAC microphones.
As you can expect from a phone that has not two or three, but four high-amplitude microphones, the folks we called reported stellar quality, with clean and well-defined voice timbre, generous strength, and suppressed ambient noises. The earpiece of the Lumia 930 is also great, as it is loud enough, and doesn't distort the voices coming in, even at the highest volume levels.
Lumia 930, and the capability is built into the back panel, so you can start juicing it up sans cables immediately.
We found the Nokia Lumia 930 to be an excellent Windows Phone device. Perhaps the biggest virtue of the 930 is that it finally packs Nokia's PureView camera goodness into a fairly compact and manageable format, coming with solid premium build but without bulk protruding on the back. The 930 can capture great images with some drawbacks, videos with rich sound, and has stellar voice quality. It also comes with a fine AMOLED display that has decent image quality, and great outdoor visibility.
Windows Phone 8.1 is now a functionally rich mobile OS, too, that makes day-to-day operations with the phone much easier than with previous WP editions. When we add the preloaded HERE maps navigation that gives you offline voice-guidance for free, and the MixRadio streaming, we certainly can't complain about the out-of-the-box software that comes with the Lumia 930. The ecosystem still lacks in terms of app count, though, so if you are coming from an Android handset, or an iPhone, some applications you know and love might not be here yet.
The fly in the ointment with the otherwise well-rounded Lumia 930 is its pricing scheme. Nokia priced it at $600 – a tad less than what Android flagships cost - but, considering Microsoft's mobile platform market share, its poster boy might have a steep sales climb ahead. For this kind of dough you can get the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2 or HTC One (M8), and each of them has comparable or surpassing hardware features, save for HTC's flagship, whose camera is inferior to the rest. When we add the popularity contest that Android and its apps have won over Windows Phone, one might have to wait for the Lumia 930 price to fall more in line with its potential market, which, if the Lumia line's history is any indication, should happen rather quickly.
Software version: 8.10.12397.895