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)