Nokia Lumia Icon Review

Call Quality


Whoa, the call quality performance of the Nokia Lumia Icon is almost perfect! Through the earpiece, voices are clear and audible to comprehend – with all background noise silenced. And it helps too that the volume output is strong, enabling us to even hear our callers with the middle volume setting. On the other end of the line, our callers mention being greeted to voices that filled with plenty of clarity to decipher even the faintest of voices. And the good fortunes extend to the speakerphone as well!

Battery


Having a smaller figure than the Lumia 1520, we see the Icon’s battery chopped down as well. To be exact, there’s a 2420 mAh stuffed on the inside, which isn’t anything to gloat about. Setting its brightness to the medium setting and using our battery benchmark test, the Lumia Icon pulled out 4 hours, 50 minutes of battery life. That’s actually average, even more when our real world usage results in a solid one-day of juice from a full charge.

Also, it’s worth noting that it features wireless charging without the need of a case – it’s built right on, without adding any additional thickness to its already streamlined 0.39” body.

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 Icon
4h 50 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
LG G2
6h 48 min (Average)
Sony Xperia Z1
4h 43 min (Poor)

Conclusion


Verizon customers who are envious of those Nokia Lumia 1520 owners over on AT&T have nothing to be jealous about anymore now that the Nokia Lumia Icon is inbound. Although it’s not necessarily a game changing device, the Icon has all of the goodies to make it prized offering on Big Red’s lineup – even more when it’s without a doubt the best Windows Phone in the carrier’s lineup. Topping things off, it features the same beefy specs as its admired sibling, but in a smaller package.

One perplexing choice that really baffles us is Verizon’s on-contract pricing for the smartphone. When the Lumia 1520 launched with AT&T all those months ago, it came out of the gate with an aggressive $100 on-contract price – giving it a lot of attention for its value. In comparison, Big Red’s Nokia Lumia Icon is going for $200 with a 2-year agreement. Without a doubt, the Icon is the best Windows Phone smartphone on Verizon’s lineup right now, but at the same time, we can’t help to think that next-generation Nokia Windows Phones are on the horizon. For what it is right now, the Icon is an admirable offering in face of other flagship smartphones. For all the heartache we have over its on-contract price, its off contract price of $550 is actually pretty good taking into consideration everything it boasts.

Software version of the review unit: Windows Phone 8.0


Pros

  • Very good camera
  • High-resolution 441 ppi display
  • Excellent call quality
  • Powerful internal speaker for music playback
  • Speedy & consistent performance
  • Metallic frame gives it a premium touch

Cons

  • Sharp edges makes it uncomfortable to hold
  • Display is difficult to view outdoors
  • Underwhelming low lighting camera performance

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

User Rating:

9.1
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