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Nokia Lumia 920 Review
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The Nokia Lumia line was once the darling of the Windows Phone 8, but since the arrival of the HTC X8, the Finnish-made handset has been knocked from its perch as the flagship Smartphone for the Microsoft platform. In an attempt to hit back at their rivals, Nokia has launched the feature-packed Lumia 920.

 

Introduction 

In keeping with their design conscious Swedish neighbours, the Finnish company has wrapped the Nokia Lumia 920 in a stylish package, although it varies very little from previous models. And why not, when it was launched the Lumia 800 was regarded by many commentators as the most handsome phone of its generation, although other Smartphone manufacturers have caught up.

 

Nokia Lumia 920

8.7 MP Carl Zeiss Camera – Nokia Lumia 920

 

Made from a single piece of polycarbonate plastic, the Lumia 920 is robust and durable, capable of taking heavy knocks without the risk of damage, although the gloss based models scratch easily. The buttons and ports are all neatly arranged within easy thumb reach is more user-friendly than its Window´s counterpart, the HTC X8, which has buttons imbedded so closely to the case they are difficult to press.

 

Nokia Lumia 920

 

The only downside with the design is the slippery gloss finish which makes fingerprints literally stick out like the proverbial sore thumb and is just as likely to slide off smooth surfaces as the glass back of the iPhone4S. Curiously, the exception to this is the black model which has a matt finish and feels more secure in the hand and is less prone to scratches – yet looks just as good.

 

Size and Screen //

With dimensions of 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm, the Lumia 920 is not the most slender of handset and weighing in at a bulky 185g is not as featherweight as most of its rivals. Even the gargantuan Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with its 5.5-inch phablet screen weighs less.

Yet the Lumia has a reassuring feel in the hand and although it might be a little too chunky for slim tight jeans it´s not so oversized that it will cause you problems in transit.

One of the more pleasing aspects is the 4.5-inch display unit which offers a superb big-screen Windows Phone experience. In keeping with the Android competition who launched a spate of 4-inch plus screens in 2012, the Lumia´s extra dimensions make the old 3.5” screens seem tiny.

It may not quite meet the frame of the 4.8-inch Galaxy S3 or even the 4-7” HTC One X+ but it has plenty of landscape to satisfy the viewing needs of most users.

And the screen quality is superb. The high-definition 720 x 1280 resolution explodes like a nebula and boasting 332ppi shares the same high pixel density as the HTC 8X. The LCD panel produces vibrant colours and smooth sharp images which together with the rounded glass which offers excellent viewing angles increases viewing pleasure for film buffs and scrolling through your photos with friends.

At the Lumia´s launch, Nokia´s executives were so keen to demonstrate how tough the Gorilla Glass of the display screen was they smashed the handsets face on the side of the table. It is pretty resilient, but pretty standard in Smartphone circles. However, the touch screen interface is super sensitive and will work even when wearing your winter woolly gloves. It was design by Finns after all!

 

Software //

Now Microsoft have tweaked the Windows Phone OS, Nokia can boast a platform the surpasses either of its Lumia handsets, although software updates are available for both devices.

The upgraded operating system is much slicker and is packed with fresh new features that are a pleasure to use. Live Tile, which berths on the home screen and hones in on the latest images posted to the corresponding application gives Windows 8 handsets a unique and forever changeable interface and gives you lots of live updates to keep your finger on the pulse.

Another exciting and impressive feature is the Nokia maps which is arguably the best available at the minute. City Lens gives the Lumia 920 3D rendering images boasted by the iPhone 5, and although its functionality is not quite as impressive as the iOS6 version, given Apple´s lack of location info the mapping service for iPhone users is pretty much redundant for the time being.

Nokia´s data on the other hand rivals Google maps, but in addition has the edge in 3D technology over Android-based phones.

The Lumia´s other major feature is Nokia Music which offers a download service with a difference – it has a unique Mix Radio feature no other Smartphone manufacturer provides.

The service offers free 1 hour themed mixes which you can download to your phone. It´s a good way to discover new music although its obvious leaning towards mainstream music means it will be a redundant feature for anybody with alternative tastes.

 

Although the new Windows Phone 8 interface has plenty to offer, its biggest downfall is the lack of quality apps. Social media networks are down to the bare bones and notable omissions include the iPlayer of both the BBC and ITV. Nokia are working frantically to fix this lapse, but they have a long way to go before they reach the standards of Apple and Android.

 

Processor // 

Under the hood you will find a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz Snap Dragon 4 and dual core 2 processor combo which packs a powerful punch Lumia users will not be disappointed with. Download speeds and upload speeds are acceptable and is in keeping with the majority of other high-end smartphones on the market with the exception of the Nexus 7 and HTC One X which are kitted how with the ultra-sonic speeds of the quad-core processor.

But the Lumia is quick enough and with a top-of-the-range 32GB memory has plenty of storage space. Most people will even be content with the 16GB which can hold a reasonable amount of media in its own right.

The is no expandable memory like most other Smartphones, therefore mass media junkies are faced with deletion choices when the store room is full, but you can always download onto an external hard drive and alternate your movie selection.

 

Camera //

If the Lumia has one major selling point it is the camera. Packing an 8.7-megapixel snapper optically stabilised with the branded PureView, the Lumia has one ofthe top photo takers on the market. Only Sony´s Xperia S and Xperia T better Nokia camera capabilities, both of which retail for a lower cost than the Lumia, but do not possess the same qualities in other areas.

The Lumia camera may have its faults for the photo perfectionist, but as far as camera phones go it is the top performer in its price range. The defining grace is the stabiliser which reacts against hand movement and prevents blurriness night shots – a major problem with most digital cameras. Video capture also has the same feature, although doesn´t work on moving objects.

The dual-LED flash also performs better than its rivals for close-ups, zoom, and still shots in low lighting to produce clear and bright shots. On the other foot, in well lit environments the shots tend to pale so you may want to adjust the settings. That´s not to say the outcome is complete rubbish, but they are more likely to need touching up in Photoshop.

The camera also performs admirably with video recording. The stabilisation feature really helps keep the picture still when you are filming whilst walking, although it doesn´t completely omit the blurriness of moving objects. All in all however, most users will be more than satisfied with the progress Nokia have made with the quality of phone cameras.

 

Battery //

Nokia have fitted the Lumia with a standard 3.7v battery that is common in the majority of other Smartphones with the exception of the power-boosting Samsung models. You will have enough power to see you through the day, but overnight charging is a must. As with the iPhones, the Lumia´s battery is not changeable so when the battery dies the phone dies with it – although by the time that happens you will probably long since have had several new phones.

 

Who is it for?

Serious photo and video lovers

 

Value for money?

The £450 price tag is reasonable enough for the Lumia, but the Galaxy S3 and HTC X8 offer better value for money.

 

Final thought

Smartphone seekers could do a lot worse than invest in a Nokia Lumia 920. With a dazzling display screen, a feature packed user interface and exceptional camera quality it has plenty to offer for the price, although depending what is most important to you on a Smartphone there are several alternative options for a lower price, most notably the Galaxy S3 and the Lumia´s Window´s-based rival the HTC X8.

The Lumias lack of apps may also put some consumers off, although this is expected to be a short-term problem, it will take a while before Nokia can offer the extensive range of apps you get with Google Play and Apple´s app happy library. Another turn off is the Lumia is only available from Everything Everywhere on contract in the UK.

There are some annoying creases that need smoothing over, otherwise the Nokia Lumia 920 is a pocket worthy piece of kit.

 

 

 

The Nokia Lumia line was once the darling of the Windows Phone 8, but since the arrival of the HTC X8, the Finnish-made handset has been knocked from its perch as the flagship Smartphone for the Microsoft platform. In an attempt to hit back at their rivals, Nokia has launched the feature-packed Lumia 920.

 

Introduction 

In keeping with their design conscious Swedish neighbours, the Finnish company has wrapped the Nokia Lumia 920 in a stylish package, although it varies very little from previous models. And why not, when it was launched the Lumia 800 was regarded by many commentators as the most handsome phone of its generation, although other Smartphone manufacturers have caught up.

 

Nokia Lumia 920

8.7 MP Carl Zeiss Camera – Nokia Lumia 920

 

Made from a single piece of polycarbonate plastic, the Lumia 920 is robust and durable, capable of taking heavy knocks without the risk of damage, although the gloss based models scratch easily. The buttons and ports are all neatly arranged within easy thumb reach is more user-friendly than its Window´s counterpart, the HTC X8, which has buttons imbedded so closely to the case they are difficult to press.

 

Nokia Lumia 920

 

The only downside with the design is the slippery gloss finish which makes fingerprints literally stick out like the proverbial sore thumb and is just as likely to slide off smooth surfaces as the glass back of the iPhone4S. Curiously, the exception to this is the black model which has a matt finish and feels more secure in the hand and is less prone to scratches – yet looks just as good.

 

Size and Screen //

With dimensions of 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm, the Lumia 920 is not the most slender of handset and weighing in at a bulky 185g is not as featherweight as most of its rivals. Even the gargantuan Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with its 5.5-inch phablet screen weighs less.

Yet the Lumia has a reassuring feel in the hand and although it might be a little too chunky for slim tight jeans it´s not so oversized that it will cause you problems in transit.

One of the more pleasing aspects is the 4.5-inch display unit which offers a superb big-screen Windows Phone experience. In keeping with the Android competition who launched a spate of 4-inch plus screens in 2012, the Lumia´s extra dimensions make the old 3.5” screens seem tiny.

It may not quite meet the frame of the 4.8-inch Galaxy S3 or even the 4-7” HTC One X+ but it has plenty of landscape to satisfy the viewing needs of most users.

And the screen quality is superb. The high-definition 720 x 1280 resolution explodes like a nebula and boasting 332ppi shares the same high pixel density as the HTC 8X. The LCD panel produces vibrant colours and smooth sharp images which together with the rounded glass which offers excellent viewing angles increases viewing pleasure for film buffs and scrolling through your photos with friends.

At the Lumia´s launch, Nokia´s executives were so keen to demonstrate how tough the Gorilla Glass of the display screen was they smashed the handsets face on the side of the table. It is pretty resilient, but pretty standard in Smartphone circles. However, the touch screen interface is super sensitive and will work even when wearing your winter woolly gloves. It was design by Finns after all!

 

Software //

Now Microsoft have tweaked the Windows Phone OS, Nokia can boast a platform the surpasses either of its Lumia handsets, although software updates are available for both devices.

The upgraded operating system is much slicker and is packed with fresh new features that are a pleasure to use. Live Tile, which berths on the home screen and hones in on the latest images posted to the corresponding application gives Windows 8 handsets a unique and forever changeable interface and gives you lots of live updates to keep your finger on the pulse.

Another exciting and impressive feature is the Nokia maps which is arguably the best available at the minute. City Lens gives the Lumia 920 3D rendering images boasted by the iPhone 5, and although its functionality is not quite as impressive as the iOS6 version, given Apple´s lack of location info the mapping service for iPhone users is pretty much redundant for the time being.

Nokia´s data on the other hand rivals Google maps, but in addition has the edge in 3D technology over Android-based phones.

The Lumia´s other major feature is Nokia Music which offers a download service with a difference – it has a unique Mix Radio feature no other Smartphone manufacturer provides.

The service offers free 1 hour themed mixes which you can download to your phone. It´s a good way to discover new music although its obvious leaning towards mainstream music means it will be a redundant feature for anybody with alternative tastes.

 

Although the new Windows Phone 8 interface has plenty to offer, its biggest downfall is the lack of quality apps. Social media networks are down to the bare bones and notable omissions include the iPlayer of both the BBC and ITV. Nokia are working frantically to fix this lapse, but they have a long way to go before they reach the standards of Apple and Android.

 

Processor // 

Under the hood you will find a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz Snap Dragon 4 and dual core 2 processor combo which packs a powerful punch Lumia users will not be disappointed with. Download speeds and upload speeds are acceptable and is in keeping with the majority of other high-end smartphones on the market with the exception of the Nexus 7 and HTC One X which are kitted how with the ultra-sonic speeds of the quad-core processor.

But the Lumia is quick enough and with a top-of-the-range 32GB memory has plenty of storage space. Most people will even be content with the 16GB which can hold a reasonable amount of media in its own right.

The is no expandable memory like most other Smartphones, therefore mass media junkies are faced with deletion choices when the store room is full, but you can always download onto an external hard drive and alternate your movie selection.

 

Camera //

If the Lumia has one major selling point it is the camera. Packing an 8.7-megapixel snapper optically stabilised with the branded PureView, the Lumia has one ofthe top photo takers on the market. Only Sony´s Xperia S and Xperia T better Nokia camera capabilities, both of which retail for a lower cost than the Lumia, but do not possess the same qualities in other areas.

The Lumia camera may have its faults for the photo perfectionist, but as far as camera phones go it is the top performer in its price range. The defining grace is the stabiliser which reacts against hand movement and prevents blurriness night shots – a major problem with most digital cameras. Video capture also has the same feature, although doesn´t work on moving objects.

The dual-LED flash also performs better than its rivals for close-ups, zoom, and still shots in low lighting to produce clear and bright shots. On the other foot, in well lit environments the shots tend to pale so you may want to adjust the settings. That´s not to say the outcome is complete rubbish, but they are more likely to need touching up in Photoshop.

The camera also performs admirably with video recording. The stabilisation feature really helps keep the picture still when you are filming whilst walking, although it doesn´t completely omit the blurriness of moving objects. All in all however, most users will be more than satisfied with the progress Nokia have made with the quality of phone cameras.

 

Battery //

Nokia have fitted the Lumia with a standard 3.7v battery that is common in the majority of other Smartphones with the exception of the power-boosting Samsung models. You will have enough power to see you through the day, but overnight charging is a must. As with the iPhones, the Lumia´s battery is not changeable so when the battery dies the phone dies with it – although by the time that happens you will probably long since have had several new phones.

 

Who is it for?

Serious photo and video lovers

 

Value for money?

The £450 price tag is reasonable enough for the Lumia, but the Galaxy S3 and HTC X8 offer better value for money.

 

Final thought

Smartphone seekers could do a lot worse than invest in a Nokia Lumia 920. With a dazzling display screen, a feature packed user interface and exceptional camera quality it has plenty to offer for the price, although depending what is most important to you on a Smartphone there are several alternative options for a lower price, most notably the Galaxy S3 and the Lumia´s Window´s-based rival the HTC X8.

The Lumias lack of apps may also put some consumers off, although this is expected to be a short-term problem, it will take a while before Nokia can offer the extensive range of apps you get with Google Play and Apple´s app happy library. Another turn off is the Lumia is only available from Everything Everywhere on contract in the UK.

There are some annoying creases that need smoothing over, otherwise the Nokia Lumia 920 is a pocket worthy piece of kit.

 

 

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