- Dieter Bohn , The Verge
The software and hardware tradeoffs inherent in the Lumia 920 could be worth it if you’ve bought into the Microsoft ecosystem.
- Jessica Dolcourt , Cnet
Nokia's Lumia 920 is heavy and thick, but if you want the most powerful, feature-rich Windows phone available, this is it.
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)
Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)
A decent phone which just wants to do things the simple way
Excellent for capturing images in low-light environments
Solid enough, but still misses core features
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 along with another Android top-tier smartphone, I find the WP-based handset way too heavy and slightly bigger than it should.
Comparison with other smartphones powered by different platforms is inevitable, so I’m just going to say it. There’s not one thing that Nokia Lum... Full review
A worthy flagship
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 stay with WP.
That said, this is my new phone. For its battery flaws, once I shut off LTE, it's as reliable as any 3G phone. I can't tear my eyes off the screen. I was at the iPhone 4 launch when Retina Display was introduced and Steve Jobs wouldn't stop gushing over it. Well, Retina Dis... Full review
It will fulfill your camera and multimedia needs with good battery life
Simply the best Windows Phone 8 device, excellent cameraphone
It's the perfect phone for use at parties, bars, and clubs
The Lumia 920 trounces every other Windows Phone on sale sale today, primarily because of the awesome camera and a very bright and high-definition display.
With Windows Phone set up so well for social networking, it's the perfect phone for use at parties, bars, and clubs. Those activities may well be the main reason for choosing this phone.
As ever, the problem facing Nokia and Microsoft is the relatively poor sales and the feeling that Windows Phone 8 isn't a major player.
But, with some new apps being released on Windows Phone at the same time as Android a... Full review
Handles pretty much everything
If you're willing to try something new, you can't go wrong with the Lumia
There really isn’t a lot to dislike about the Lumia 920 as a piece of hardware. Unless the size turns you off, the actual phone is solid, good looking, and tough. The camera is more than capable of replacing your point and shoot and the specs will satisfy you for at least a couple years. As it has always been for Windows Phone, the software is what really holds this one back.
The core apps need polishing and refining, while quality third-party apps simply need to exist. Windows Phone needs its own must-have apps. It can get depressing to hear of cool gadgets like the Fitbit Flex, on... Full review
Stunning display and good build quality but might be huge for some
The Nokia Lumia 920 is no doubt the best Windows Phone 8 handset. The display is awesome, and the PureView camera with 1/3″ image sensor, BSI and OIS improves the low-light imaging and video recording a lot. The phone has a solid build quality and the performance with the Snapdragon S4 coupled with the 1GB is good. The 2000 mAh battery lasts about 2 days and the phone also has built-in Qi wireless charging. Windows Phone 8 brings several new features including mass storage, better browser and more, but the Windows Phone app collection is still improving, and most apps and games are still... Full review
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- Nokia Lumia 920 Manual (PDF)
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