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Nokia Lumia 920 Review
|| Review: November 2012
In a nutshell: The Nokia Lumia
920 sets a new standard for Windows Phone smartphones. Running
Windows Phone 8, highlights include an 8.7 megapixel PureView
camera, wireless charging, a HD+ display, a dual-core processor
and NFC wireless connectivity. But what's up with the price?
Best buy: *Free* from The
Carphone Warehouse (Black).
Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Lumia 920 hit the
shops on 2nd November. Looking good in a range of bright colours, the
phone has a one-piece polycarbonate body with ceramic zirconium camera
detailing and side keys. It's equipped with a massive 2000mAh non-removable
battery and is a heavy phone, weighing in at a pocket-splitting 185g.
Running Windows Phone 8, this is the
first Windows phone from Nokia to use a dual-core processor.
The two big highlights of the 920 are its camera and wireless charging.
Nokia have a very strong reputation for camera phones, and the 920 is
one of its most innovative ever, with 8.7 megapixels, PureView technology,
a Carl Zeiss lens and Optical Image Stabilisation.
is Nokia's innovative solution to low light photography, and uses a
pixel oversampling technique to improve picture quality in low light.
The extra-large f2.0 lens will let in many times more light than other
smartphone cameras. Optical Image Stabilisation is a first and will
produce blur-free photos and videos in even low-light or fast moving
situations. And the pulsed dual-LED flash promises to be one of the
brightest of any camera phone.
Smart Shoot lets you choose the best group photo by picking the best
expression for each person.
A dedicated camera key completes the package.
The Lumia 920 can be recharged wirelessly by electromagnetic induction
using any Qi-compatible charger. If you have any concerns about the safety
of moving significant amounts of electric current through the air, then
don't be! The same technology has been in use for many years in induction
hobs for high-end kitchens.
The screen will be the world's highest resolution display at 1280 x 768
pixels. That's even higher than the HD displays on the HTC
One X, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Sony
Nokia claim that the Lumia's 4.5 inch curved screen is the "world’s
brightest, clearest, fastest touchscreen". That's quite a claim
to make. But a cool feature to note is that the touchscreen can be used
even when wearing gloves! A must-have feature for Finnish users everywhere!
Nokia City Lens
An augmented reality app, giving you info about your surroundings through
the camera's viewfinder. You also get voice-guided satnav from Nokia Drive.
Also known as cloud storage. You get 7GB of this in addition to the 32GB
of onboard memory. Sync with your laptop and tablet to access all your
Windows apps and files from anywhere.
The Lumia 920 is the first Nokia phone in the UK to feature NFC, the new
wireless communications standard.
The Nokia Lumia 920 launched on 2nd November 2012, exclusively on EE's
4G network. We were dismayed to see that it's priced even higher than
the Samsung Galaxy S3 4G LTE. Are
Nokia serious about making any kind of dent in Android & iPhone sales?
It doesn't look like it. Someone at Nokia needs to wake up and smell their
share price crashing into the ground.
Features of the Nokia Lumia 920 include:
- Windows Phone 8 operating system
- 8.7 megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, autofocus,
pulsed dual LED flash, f2.0, 4x digital zoom
- Video camera: Full HD quality 1080p resolution, 30 frames/second,
4x digital zoom
- 1.2 megapixel front camera for HD video calling
- Display: PureMotion HD+ capacitive touchscreen, 16.7 million colours,
1280 x 768 pixels (4.5 inches) with Gorilla Glass
- Media player
- Stereo FM radio
- aGPS with Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia City Lens
- Integrated hands-free speaker
- HD audio
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (support for attachments)
- Processor: Dual core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4
- Memory: 1GB internal plus 32GB plus 7GB SkyDrive
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.1, micro USB 2.0, NFC, 3.5 mm stereo
headphone plug, Qi wireless charging
- Data: WAP, EGPRS, WCDMA/HSPA (42 Mbps download, 5.76 Mbps upload),
LTE (100Mbps download)
- Internet: HTML5 web browser (Internet Explorer 10)
- Key applications: Phonebook, Office apps, Facebook, Twitter
- Enterprise security features
- Quadband GSM plus 3G WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 plus LTE (4G)
- Size: 130 x 71 x 10.7 mm
- Weight: 185g
- 2000mAh battery
- Talktime: 17 hours
- Battery standby: 400 hours
Nokia Lumia 920 User Reviews
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Average rating from 12 reviews:
Reviewed by LM1980 from UK on 18th Apr 2013
I have had the lumia 920 for a while now and as far as the handset goes
it is a fantastic device. My only negative is how WP8 operates. Being
an iphone owner since the first iphone and having ever version including
5 I guess I'm just an apple fan.
WP8 just isn't for me.
5 stars go to Nokia not WP8.
Reviewed by Anthony from England on 29th Jan 2013
I can only give this 3 start due to the problems below:-
1) Windows 8 software is not "there" yet... there are many problems
with it that may/may not be solved with the new udpdate (I have asked
both Nokia and Windows for an update on release and nobody is willing
2) I use my phones for music, and stream to a Bluetooth stereo in car
and at home. The music randomly pauses after tracks and does not continue
(also, no gapless playback over Bluetooth) - frustrating. Also, it is
almost impossible to make a music playlist!!
3) Some apps are WAY over priced. In defence of people moaning about
the lack of apps available, it will take time to get the IOS/Android
store and for them to transfer.
4) The stock Facebook/Twitter apps are rubbish, and alternatives are
not much better. Not a problem if you don't use them, obviously.
5) I have had problems losing signal, but then again I am on that uselss
network EE... avoid EE !!!
6) Hardly any background customisation. Only windows / Nokia tones available
for alerts. You can make your own ringtone (wow) - but again, so far
behind Apple and especially Android on this...
Plus points are:- Amazing screen, feels good and weighty, camera is
very good (not brilliant) and in darker conditions you do not need the
flash turned on.
Most of all it is nice to see Nokia getting their act together again.
Everyone has owned a Nokia, and we all have a soft spot for them...
It's such a shame these little niggles were not corrected, and nobody
will give a timescale for attempted correction. I will probably get
too frustrated to keep it for much longer, and do truly miss the Android
Reply by Anthony K from England on
2nd Feb 2013
An update on the above... Software updated this morning, phone crashed
2 hours later and will now not start back up! Such a shame Nokia. Could
have been a great phone. If I could update the rating I would reduce
to 2 stars. It is a beautiful but heavily flawed phone.
Reviewed by Marmalade from Italy on 28th Jan 2013
Oh yes this is the one. Its the tops for me & you. Smell the phone &
touch it so bright. I use it when out its super. I showed all my girls
and they screamed. Please be kind & buy this. Do they sell it in pink?
Reviewed by mick morgan from uk on 10th Jan 2013
Firstly i have to agree with s21,
the price is ridiculous but i got a bargain,
of a auction site for £299 in yellow
which looks fabulous,the phone is so quick,
i thought nothing would beat sgs3,
but this phone does,i would urge anybody,
who's bored with android and iPhones,
go and buy one you wont regret it.
Reply by mick morgan from uk on 3rd
I honestly thought Nokia had made great strides, But 48rs ago had an
update,and guess what ? The phone hasn't switched on since just crashed
And died, before the update it was a dream to use Now its a nightmare.back
to android I think.
Reply by peter from uk on 16th Feb
Your phone always takes a backup of the last version. Restore the backup
and then you can retry the update or just ignore the new update which
you say creates problems. Haven't had the same issue but try the restore
and at least it should fix your main problem.
Reviewed by mike from wales on 10th Jan 2013
Agree 100%. Lumia 920 is the phone to beat. Having owned Nokia for years,
I can say that this partnership with Microsoft was deffo the way to
go. WP8 = best OS by miles. PLus with Nokia you get exclusives like
Nokia Maps, Drive, Music, City Lens, etc. etc. Premium product.
Reviewed by mobilereview from India on 10th Jan
Nokia Lumia 920 is a great phone i personally like it because of its
processor, memory, advance application.
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 5th Jan 2013
Got my Lumia 920 a week ago, Im impressed, having been on Android for
past few years, this phone really is the business. Excellent Screen,
admittidly it is heavy BUT, i like that, some may not thou. For me,
there are plenty of apps, the Nokia maps and Nokia drive & City Lens
all usefull, easy to use. love it :)) Mines on Orange..
Reviewed by Nick Davies from UK on 28th Dec 2012
Having had this phone for about a month now I can honestly say it is
the best smartphone I have used or seen. Fast smooth, stunning screen,
amazing that is all I can say, I am so happy that I upgraded to this
Reviewed by fozzy from uk on 2nd Dec 2012
Nice phone. Very heavy and well built. Can't see that much difference
since Windows 7.5 though. Battery life is ok on mine but I'm not constantly
fiddling with it. No fm radio is a bit of a letdown (I didn't know until
after I bought it) and there is a problem when trying to type on forums
where the pop up keyboard disappears. Don't know much about the camera,
don't use them. If you're used to an Iphone and can live with limited
customisation, it's fine. If you like the freedom of Android it's probably
not for you.
Reviewed by nick from uk on 20th Nov 2012
Probably the best mobile phone in the market right now. Camera is unbelievable
especially in low lighting. Nokia drive works like tomtom and it's free
and windows phone is the easiest system to use. My only criticism is
the size but it's a big screen, and you get used to it, and probably
don't want to go back to something smaller. 5 stars from me for the
quality and easy of use. There are 130,000 apps but I already have what
I need. Also I love the skydrive and how it integrates with the phone.
Reviewed by Nick Davies from England on 18th Nov
Windows phone is better,faster, and easier to use than android. The
Lumia 920 will out perform any other phone on the market, it has the
best screen, best camera, and best build out there. Windows market has
not got millions of useless apps, but it has good ones, and the lumia
comes with Nokia drive and music. I love this phone it is like my old
lumia 800 on steroids with all the bad stuff fixed. I hope the os is
well supported and more developers produce apps, it is about android
and ios have a chalange.
Reviewed by Steve from England on 12th Nov 2012
A solid well made phone as you would expect from Nokia. Asthetically
very pleasing and extremely responsive. Superb call clarity and a good
loud-ish ringtone. The phone is heavy but I find that a good thing.
I am afraid that is where the good points end. The widely talked about
camera produces shots no better than my Galaxy S2 does. Very dissapointing
after all the hype of the pureview technology. Apps are limited and
the free ones are not all that. You even have to pay for Angry Birds...!!
And how old is that one. !! If you like making squares " tiles as Microsoft
call them ", bigger and smaller and only want a very expensive phone
to call, text and use social networking apps on, then go for this one.
I thought I was bored with Android, but I was very mistaken. Compared
to the boring Windows phone 8, it's lightyears ahead. !!
Not for me. I am now going to sell my shiny new red phone and get back
to the wonderful world of Android. I am sure there are loads of you
who will love this phone adn love the windows phone experiance, but
please try before you buy. I have to give this 3 stars, just for the
superior quality of build, feel and looks. So dissapointed, after what
seems like a lifetime of waiting to get my hands on one. Off to that
famous auction site now to post an ad..!!
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