8/10
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The Nokia Lumia Icon currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 25 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Bright and rich display colors coupled with ClearBlack technology
  • Smooth performance even with processor intensive apps
  • Excellent indoor and outdoor camera usage

What's bad

  • Boring, boxy design
  • Some color oversaturation
  • Slightly heavy at 167.3 grams

After the success of the Lumia 1520, Nokia decided to keep the hardware but decrease the phone's size when it released the Lumia 929. The 929, also known as the Icon, combines the specs of the 1520 with the body of the Lumia 928. Perhaps the biggest complaint about the phone is its lackluster design. Critics found the boxy, blunt shape to be unattractive and were disappointed with the limited color choice of black and white. Despite some qualms with its look, CNET mentions that it offers" some in-palm comfort and a real aluminum rim tries to class up the…polycarbonate backing." Despite its average size of 5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches it is fairly hefty weighing in at 167.3 grams.

The front surface features a 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080p. As with other Lumia phones, the 929 features Nokia's ClearBlack technology and a protective coating of Gorilla Glass for scratch resistance. Critics praise the display as the best feature of the phone as it provides rich color, excellent screen brightness and deep blacks. While the OLED display does lead to oversaturation, The Verge notes, "…it jibes perfectly with the Windows Phone 8 interface."

For camera enthusiasts, it comes with a 20 megapixel rear-camera and an f/2.4 lens. While not nearly in the same class as the Lumia 1020, critics were still quite pleased with its crisp and detailed picture quality in bright and low light conditions. WP Central adds, "the color and white balance were accurate for most shots…" though they go on to mention that the white balance did struggle with snow.

A 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 2,420mAh battery keep the phone running. Although Windows 8 phones don't necessarily need a lot of processing power, reviewers experienced no lag when opening apps or swiping through the menus and describe gameplay in graphics-intensive games as very smooth. Engadget goes so far as to call it "the best performing Windows Phone they've used so far." Besides processing power, the battery life was also a major highlight and Phonescoop clocked it at 12 hours of mixed usage.

Overall, most critics were very impressed with this model and GSM Arena calls it "…the best smartphone to run Microsoft's mobile OS hands down."


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
20+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Brighthand

If you're on good terms with Verizon, and you're ready to jump to Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon is the phone to buy. It's stylish, powerful, and fitted with one of the best smartphone displays in recent memory. Its camera has much of the usual Nokia polish, and its carrier has largely kept its hands...

- Jeff Dunn, Brighthand
Venture Beat

If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer who’s interested in Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon is your best choice. Everyone else will either have to wait for Nokia to bring new Windows Phone devices to their carrier or just make do with another smartphone.Though Nokia probably has plenty of go...

- Devindra Hardawar, Venture Beat
GSMArena

Like the Lumia 1520 which preceded it, the Lumia Icon for Verizon Wireless is a genuinely good offering from Nokia. Unfortunately, deprived of one of its key strengths (great battery life) and thrown into a territory where everyone has their best player, it's going to have a much harder time standin...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
TechnoBuffalo

Performance-wise, the Icon is top notch, and powers through Windows Phone 8 without issue. And that’s really no surprise, either, given the device sports a Snapdragon 800 chip. Even with a more powerful processor and higher resolution display, the Icon’s battery actually holds up quite w...

- Brandon Russell, TechnoBuffalo
Stuff

This may well be the best Windows Phone on the market – what a shame it’s a US exclusive.

- Sam Kieldsen, Stuff


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Common Questions


Nokia released the Lumia Icon on February 20, 2013.


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Nokia backs up the Lumia Icon with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5"

The Nokia Lumia Icon's screen size is 5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ 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
2420mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2420 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 18 days standby time, 984 minutes, 552 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia Icon Specs

Overview
Release date February 20, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.7 W/kg
Body: 0.93 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2420 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 540 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 552 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 984 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 18 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 7.1 x 1.0 cm (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 166 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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, ClearBlack
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
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 Gmail, Nokia Mail, Hotmail, Windows Live
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
20+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Night mode, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
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 Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google+, Facebook, Twitter, SkyDrive, WhatsApp, Skype)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia Lumia 929

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Critic Reviews


Brighthand

The last great Nokia phone

from Brighthand

If you're on good terms with Verizon, and you're ready to jump to Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon is the phone to buy. It's stylish, powerful, and fitted with one of the best smartphone displays in recent memory. Its camera has much of the usual Nokia polish, and its carrier has largely kept its hands off of it. It is an honest-to-goodness flagship that Microsoft and Nokia can hold high...

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If you're on good terms with Verizon, and you're ready to jump to Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon is the phone to buy. It's stylish, powerful, and fitted with one of the best smartphone displays in recent memory. Its camera has much of the usual Nokia polish, and its carrier has largely kept its hands off of it. It is an honest-to-goodness flagship that Microsoft and Nokia can hold high.

But it's also a story we've been told before, a fitting end to this chapter of Nokia's legacy. Windows Phone's limitations inherently hold the Icon back from having the utility of an iPhone or high-end Android device, just like it has with most Lumias before it. Things are improving, but any prospective Icon buyer needs to make sure they're okay with what Microsoft's OS can and cannot provide before pulling the trigger. If it checks out, then by all means, enjoy Nokia's last great Lumia. 

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Venture Beat

Best Windows Phone yet but it’s strategically baffling

from Venture Beat

If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer who’s interested in Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon is your best choice. Everyone else will either have to wait for Nokia to bring new Windows Phone devices to their carrier or just make do with another smartphone.

Though Nokia probably has plenty of good reasons for forming exclusive deals with carriers, it will likely need to rethink its options moving forward. Perhaps once it’s finally under Microsoft, Nokia will have the clout to do what Samsung did years ago: bring its best phones to as many carriers as possible...

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If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer who’s interested in Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon is your best choice. Everyone else will either have to wait for Nokia to bring new Windows Phone devices to their carrier or just make do with another smartphone.

Though Nokia probably has plenty of good reasons for forming exclusive deals with carriers, it will likely need to rethink its options moving forward. Perhaps once it’s finally under Microsoft, Nokia will have the clout to do what Samsung did years ago: bring its best phones to as many carriers as possible.

Until then, I suppose Nokia can make do with the bit of success it’s seeing in Europe. 

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GSMArena

Solid build quality, excellent performance and an array of useful free services

Like the Lumia 1520 which preceded it, the Lumia Icon for Verizon Wireless is a genuinely good offering from Nokia. Unfortunately, deprived of one of its key strengths (great battery life) and thrown into a territory where everyone has their best player, it's going to have a much harder time stan...More

Like the Lumia 1520 which preceded it, the Lumia Icon for Verizon Wireless is a genuinely good offering from Nokia. Unfortunately, deprived of one of its key strengths (great battery life) and thrown into a territory where everyone has their best player, it's going to have a much harder time standing its ground. That said, everyone who wants a 5" flagship device, but is tired of Android for one reason or another has got a device that is unlikely to make them regret forking out their hard-earned cash.

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TechnoBuffalo

The culmination of Nokia's hardware and software, combined with the best version of Windows Phone

from TechnoBuffalo

Performance-wise, the Icon is top notch, and powers through Windows Phone 8 without issue. And that’s really no surprise, either, given the device sports a Snapdragon 800 chip. Even with a more powerful processor and higher resolution display, the Icon’s battery actually holds up quite well, too, and will easily get you through a full day of typical use (email, messaging, snapping pictures, etc.). Combine this with the Icon’s camera chops and audio expertise, and this is arguably the best Lumia device out there. But that’s like saying Roy Choi is the best JV basketball player. He’s still not Varsity—yet. There is still plenty room for improvement, but the potential is slowly being fulfilled...

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Performance-wise, the Icon is top notch, and powers through Windows Phone 8 without issue. And that’s really no surprise, either, given the device sports a Snapdragon 800 chip. Even with a more powerful processor and higher resolution display, the Icon’s battery actually holds up quite well, too, and will easily get you through a full day of typical use (email, messaging, snapping pictures, etc.). Combine this with the Icon’s camera chops and audio expertise, and this is arguably the best Lumia device out there. But that’s like saying Roy Choi is the best JV basketball player. He’s still not Varsity—yet. There is still plenty room for improvement, but the potential is slowly being fulfilled.

If you’re on Verizon, and you prefer Windows Phone, then you should absolutely get the Icon. Well, maybe. With a huge Windows Phone update coming in April, there are likely some bigger (and better) WP handsets on the horizon, and not just from Nokia. As it stands, however, the Icon provides a lovely display, sturdy build and excellent suite of Lumia-specific software to create a wonderful experience, even if the design is becoming a little dull. The growth of Windows Phone has been slow and steady over the past few years, and Nokia has been there every step of the away. Those efforts have culminated in a device that warrants its flagship status, and there’s huge promise things will get even better in the future.

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Stuff

Probably the best Windows Phone around at the moment

from Stuff

The Nokia Lumia Icon is probably the best Windows Phone around at the moment: it bests the Lumia 1020 in every major respect except looks and camera skills, boasts quad-core power and a fantastic screen. And it isn’t even particularly pricey.

Like any Windows Phone, it’s slightly hampered by its app selection, but if it were available in the UK we’d suggest it over any other Windows handset...

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The Nokia Lumia Icon is probably the best Windows Phone around at the moment: it bests the Lumia 1020 in every major respect except looks and camera skills, boasts quad-core power and a fantastic screen. And it isn’t even particularly pricey.

Like any Windows Phone, it’s slightly hampered by its app selection, but if it were available in the UK we’d suggest it over any other Windows handset.

That being said, the spec is just a little bit "best of 2013", we have little doubt the coming 2014 crop of new Windows smartphones from Nokia and elsewhere may surpass it on specs and design. And that means, in the end, that the lack of availability on this side of the pond may end up being only a fleeting loss.

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IntoMobile

Not only looks good on paper, performs well in real life

from IntoMobile

When its all said and done, the Nokia Lumia Icon is a great device for Windows Phone fans, and may appeal to Android and iOS users as well. While the Icon won't make smartphone users drop their OS of choice and adopt Windows Phone, it may at least make them curious about the platform, and at least give it a test drive. It's a great step forward for the Windows Phone platform with regards to breaking into the U.S. market, which is dominated by mostly mid to high end devices running on iOS or Android. Nokia and Microsoft think that breaking into the high-end device market is possible, and are attempting to do so with the Nokia Lumia Icon. In my eyes, Nokia and Windows Phone as a whole will see success in emerging markets, where smartphone users are few and far between. This will be where Windows Phone will see success, as is apparent if you look at current mobile OS distribution numbers...

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When its all said and done, the Nokia Lumia Icon is a great device for Windows Phone fans, and may appeal to Android and iOS users as well. While the Icon won't make smartphone users drop their OS of choice and adopt Windows Phone, it may at least make them curious about the platform, and at least give it a test drive. It's a great step forward for the Windows Phone platform with regards to breaking into the U.S. market, which is dominated by mostly mid to high end devices running on iOS or Android. Nokia and Microsoft think that breaking into the high-end device market is possible, and are attempting to do so with the Nokia Lumia Icon. In my eyes, Nokia and Windows Phone as a whole will see success in emerging markets, where smartphone users are few and far between. This will be where Windows Phone will see success, as is apparent if you look at current mobile OS distribution numbers.

Windows Phone may not catch on in the U.S., but that doesn't mean the platform is dead to rights in the states. A new version of Windows Phone is expected soon, version 8.1, and will be sporting Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now named Cortana. Cortana is a personal assistant for Windows Phone, with a Siri-like personality. If more Windows Phone devices like the Lumia Icon hit store shelves and more popular mobile apps make its way to the platform, Microsoft could just have a hit on their hands. It will (and currently is) an uphill battle for Microsoft to grow their presence in the U.S., especially with the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the upcoming All New HTC One.

Throwing powerful cameras onto phones with limited functionality isn't enough for Nokia if the company truly wants to help in the proliferation of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform. While it provides a huge wow factor and some truly incredible photos and videos, it won't be enough to convert an army of iOS and Android users into avid Windows Phone users. 

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ZDNet

An excellent smartphone to consider

from ZDNet

I use my Nokia Lumia 1020 primarily for video and still photography, but rarely use it as a smartphone. I don't like that it requires me to put it into a shell for wireless charging and find the camera module a bit large for every day usage. Nothing really beats the camera on the 1020 so if serious photography is your thing then you should consider the Lumia 1020...

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I use my Nokia Lumia 1020 primarily for video and still photography, but rarely use it as a smartphone. I don't like that it requires me to put it into a shell for wireless charging and find the camera module a bit large for every day usage. Nothing really beats the camera on the 1020 so if serious photography is your thing then you should consider the Lumia 1020.

For most people the 20 megapixel camera on the Lumia Icon will be better than they have ever experienced on a smartphone and it will satisfy their needs. If you are a Verizon customer then it is a pretty easy choice to select the Icon as well. I like the feel of the metal frame, curved glass edges, integrated wireless charging, and more.

The phone sounds great, RF reception is solid, and the smartphone experience is solid. I would probably bump the Icon up to 9.5 with Windows Phone 8.1, but will have to wait and see what Microsoft shows off next month.

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GigaOM

Isn’t perfect, but it’s the best Windows phone seen so far

from GigaOM

The Nokia Lumia Icon is the best Windows phone yet. It’s also the first Windows phone to nail just the right balance of design, features and performance. It’s not perfect: I have some quibbles with the software, and the look of the phone itself could be a little more exciting. But if...More

The Nokia Lumia Icon is the best Windows phone yet. It’s also the first Windows phone to nail just the right balance of design, features and performance. It’s not perfect: I have some quibbles with the software, and the look of the phone itself could be a little more exciting. But if you’re in the market for a Windows phone, this is the one to get.

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MobileBurn

Verizon does Windows Phone better than before

from MobileBurn

The Lumia Icon is almost the best Lumia smartphone to date. The only thing holding it back is that the Lumia 1020 has a better camera and the Lumia 925 has a better body. Still, it's in the elite company of being a Windows Phone that I could actually see myself using on a daily basis. Were it not for my reliance on Google services, there would be very little to complain about. Windows Phone's shortcomings have been chipped away at a slow pace, but there are fewer reasons to take issue than there have been in the past...

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The Lumia Icon is almost the best Lumia smartphone to date. The only thing holding it back is that the Lumia 1020 has a better camera and the Lumia 925 has a better body. Still, it's in the elite company of being a Windows Phone that I could actually see myself using on a daily basis. Were it not for my reliance on Google services, there would be very little to complain about. Windows Phone's shortcomings have been chipped away at a slow pace, but there are fewer reasons to take issue than there have been in the past.

If you love a phone that feels solid and comfortable, has great sound, and packs most of the tools that you love, the Lumia Icon fits the bill. People who crave YouTube and Google services may need to look elsewhere, but someone looking for a solid Windows Phone experience backed by Verizon's strong network have the Lumia Icon to look to today.

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Pocketnow

The best Windows Phone handset yet

from Pocketnow

If we’re to be completely honest, the Lumia Icon is easily one of the most solid experiences we’ve ever had with a smartphone. Battery life, performance, camera, call quality, data speeds, and nearly everything in-between are consistent, reliable, and above par.

 

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If we’re to be completely honest, the Lumia Icon is easily one of the most solid experiences we’ve ever had with a smartphone. Battery life, performance, camera, call quality, data speeds, and nearly everything in-between are consistent, reliable, and above par.

 

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