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Nokia Lumia 920 review

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The wait for Windows Phone 8 has been decidedly long. And whether or not it was truly worth it still remains to be seen. But while the jury is still out on Microsoft’s latest mobile OS, the hardware is undeniably impressive on the first devices announced running it. Consider the Nokia Lumia 920, the latest flagship smartphone from Nokia and one of the first handsets launched with WP8. It has a number of innovative smartphone features. Among other things, it lets users easily capture photos and record videos like never before with exclusive PureView camera technology and OIS or optical image stabilization. Nokia may have received criticism for its act of using fake footage and still shots in the promos, but as anyone who has seen what the phone can actually do with its camera can tell you, it sits high above the competition in terms of performance.

There’s a long list of high-end hardware and software niceties available on this particular model. It features a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU from Qualcomm, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB internal storage. It also comes with a 4.5-inch WXGA IPS touchscreen display, a bunch of sensors which include an accelerometer and a gyroscope, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and 4G LTEnetworking technology. All of this tech is kept running quietly inside a casing that measures only 11mm thick and weighs a total of 185 grams. That includes a 2,000 mAh battery and integrated wireless charging technology.

So it’s a smartphone heavyweight that’s a bit light in the hand, and what’s more, it offers speedy performance both in terms of mobile computing and mobile Internet. The included battery has been rated by Nokia as good for nearly 70 hours of music playback and over 6 hours of video, which means it should last long enough to let users run their favorite WP8 apps on the go. As the latest version of Microsoft’s software solution for mobile phones, WP8 is designed for tight integration with the desktop and other mobile versions of the Windows 8 software.

After everything that has been said above, it should be noted that the 920 is not perfect. It lacks support for microSD cards and doesn’t have a built-in hardware keyboard. These are just a couple of things that had to be sacrificed to get it out the door. Hardly anyone seems to be complaining, though, because overall it’s a very well-rounded product. It may not be a Droid, but perhaps this is just the phone that you're looking for.

Need to Know: Nokia Lumia 920

1. Exclusive Nokia PureView camera technology with OIS or optical image stabilization results in stunningly clear and bright photos even in poor light conditions. (The Good)

2. Windows Phone 8 software is tightly integrated with desktop and other mobile versions (i.e. for laptops or tablet computers). (The Good)

3. Amount of internal storage is maxed out at 32GB and cannot be expanded further due to lack of microSD card support. (The Bad)

4. Onboard processor is limited to just two physical cores as opposed to the quad-core chips present in other high-end smartphones. (The Bad)


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

The Nokia Lumia 920 isn't a groundbreaking, game-changing device, it's a refreshed Lumia 900 with a newer operating system and some additional power. That's not to say it's a bad phone, what Nokia has produced is a solid, well-built device which does the job you'd expect of a smartphone, without an...

- John McCann, TechRadar
Tech Advisor

The Nokia Lumia 928 is a budget Windows Phone 8 smartphone that doesn't stand out from the company's other recent mobile offerings. The bad news for us UK users is that as things stand it will be available only in the US. The good news is that you may not care. The Lumia 928 offers specs similar to...

- Armando Rodriguez, Tech Advisor
Softpedia

Nokia Lumia 920 is quite an eye-catcher at first glance, which is one of the reasons some may want to try it out. The low price in comparison with other flagship smartphones is another reason you might want to switch to Windows Phone platform. I still like Lumia 920, but after a few months of use a...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
Brighthand

This is a beautiful phone with a few flaws, most of which can be fixed through software updates. Ignore the complaints about how heavy it is. You can slip it into your pocket and never know it's there. The integration with contact lists from Facebook and LinkedIn is so nice it alone makes me want to...

- Andy Patrizio, Brighthand
Tech Ticker

With many firsts like the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and wireless charging (accessory sold separately). As a high-end Windows phone, it has everything that one can ask for but when you compare it with its immediate competitors like the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S III, Nokia has a bit of catch up...

- Anish, Tech Ticker


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Screen Size
4.5"

The Nokia Lumia 920's screen size is 4.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 19 days standby time, 1020 minutes.

Lumia 920 Specs

Overview
Release date November 9, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE
SIM card size
Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.08 W/kg
Body: 0.91 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 360 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1020 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Yellow, Red, White, Gray, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.0 x 7.1 x 1.1 cm (5.1 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 185 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 332 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Yahoo! Mail, Nokia Mail, Windows Live, Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook
Messaging SMS, MMS, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Geotagging, Image stabilization, Night mode, White balance, Scene Mode, Macro Mode, Sports Mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Music playback time: 67 hours
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