Nokia Lumia 930 Review

Call quality

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.


The 2420 mAh battery seems a tad smallish in capacity, when we consider that most Android flagships border or cross the 3000 mAh line these days. Nevertheless, Nokia cites very good endurance out of this juicer, clocking in at more than 15 hours of talk time in 3G mode, and close to 20 days on standby. In addition, the screen-on time when browsing or watching videos is pegged at 9 hours, which is a good testament to the phone's longevity. In our demanding test, however, the phone lasted just four and a half hours of screen-on time, which is certainly unimpressive. There is a wireless charger available for the Lumia 930, and the capability is built into the back panel, so you can start juicing it up sans cables immediately.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 930
4h 30 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Average)
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Average)

minutes Lower is better
Nokia Lumia 930
Samsung Galaxy S5
Sony Xperia Z2


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


  • Nice display with very good outdoor visibility
  • Fluid and stable video footage with 3x lossless zoom
  • Great soundtrack quality for videos
  • Excellent call quality


  • Somewhat chunky
  • Photos often have inaccurate colors
  • Cumbersome nano SIM card format

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