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Nokia Lumia 930 review

8.3/10 AVG.
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8.3/10
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The Nokia Lumia 930 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Wireless charging
  • Speedy performance with no lag
  • Deep blacks and vibrant colors for display

What's bad

  • Poor battery life
  • Lack of games and apps
  • Sluggish camera performance

After Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia, the Finnish phone company has pushed Microsoft forward in the smartphone department due in part to their solid phone designs. The Nokia Lumia 930 is no exception. Like the rest of the Lumia line, the 930's most striking feature is the bold orange and green color for the plastic back cover. Reviewers describe the colors as "vivid" with Mashable going even further by stating, "…the 930 [is] a pretty solid choice of handset for a hunting trip, so nobody accidentally mistakes you for a deer…" For those that want a more conservative look, it also comes in black and white.

While the bright colors might make the Lumia 930 look childish, experts praise the overall build quality noting that it feels solid and built to last. When compared to its predecessor, the Lumia 925, critics found the 930 to be chunkier, squarer and less comfortable to hold due in part to its large dimensions (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches) and hefty weight of 167 grams.

Following in the big phone trend, Nokia has opted for a 5-inch full HD display. With a pixel density of 441ppi, critics were pleased with the overall crispness of text and images though it lags behind LG G3's 534ppi. Besides the image clarity, reviewers also praise the phone's ability to offer deep, inky blacks, excellent contrast and rich, albeit slightly oversaturated colors.

Nokia didn't pull any punches in terms of internal hardware either. The Lumia 930 comes packed with a 2.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. CNET describes its performance as "extremely spritely" and adds that "Apps open with little delay…Gaming too is well within its capabilities." Reviewers mention that mobile gamers may be disappointed with the app selection as many games available on Android and iOS still have not made it over to the Windows ecosystem.

Powering the phone is a 2,420mAh battery. Nokia claims that the battery lasts around 15 hours of talk time over 3G, but unfortunately actual hands-on testing do not back these numbers. Most reviewers discovered that it could last around 7 hours of standard use which, while not horrible, is a bit of a downgrade when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5. The battery is also non-removable though it does support QI wireless charging.

While the 930 doesn't have the monster 41MP camera of the Lumia 1020, it does manage to pack in a decent 20MP rear camera. Although reviewers found picture quality to be quite, the sluggish camera performance ultimately ruined the picture-taking experience. Trusted Reviews states, "In controlled close-up environments, it maintains great detail. But the moment there's motion in the scene it really struggles." As well, due to the lack of HDR mode, experts point out that the light and dark balance is often poor leading to washed out colors. Despite some issues, most were impressed with the camera's color reproduction and excellent low-light performance.

Most reviewers describe the Lumia 930 as one of the best Windows phone due to its solid internal hardware, unique appearance and good build quality. Still, they have a difficult time recommending it. Pocket Lint states, "The Lumia 390 is big, bold and has touches of brilliance…[but] there's still work to be done to truly set it apart from the competition." The Guardian adds, "The Lumia 930 is a solid phone, but not a remarkable one…there are better smartphones around for the same amount of money."


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


What the Critics Are Saying...


WMPoweruser

To sum it all, the Lumia 930 in 2015 is still a great device with a good screen, powerful processor and a great camera. If you're looking for a powerful flagship you should probably hold on for a few months, but if you're satisfied with "very good" and have a budget to keep to, the Lumia 930 is a gr...

- Michael Allison, WMPoweruser
Beta News

If you've never tried a Windows smartphone before, the Lumia 930 is definitely the device to get you going. Its eye-catching design really makes it stand out from the crowd (a big plus point in an increasingly competitive market.) The camera is no 1020 -- but it's one of the best you'll find for eve...

- Alysia Judge, Beta News
TrustedReviews

If you're a Windows Phone devotee, the Nokia Lumia 930 is easy to recommend. It's not a perfect phone, but it's definitely the best Windows Phone currently on sale. It's very fast and runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8, which adds some nice extra features. For everyone else, while it's an v...

- Michael Sawh, TrustedReviews
Softpedia

On paper, Nokia Lumia 930 may not look appealing enough for customers hunting for specs, but in reality the smartphone delivers one of the best hardware performances.

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
TechSpot

The Lumia 930 is not only Nokia’s best smartphone to date, but it’s also the best Windows Phone. Since the last standard-sized flagship, the Lumia 925, the company has managed to improve numerous aspects of the hardware to make it a true competitor to other smartphones on the market toda...

- Tim Schiesser, TechSpot


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Screen Size
5"

The Nokia Lumia 930's screen size is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

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

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
20+ MP

You can take photos 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-Ion (Li-Ion), 2420 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 930 minutes, 540 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 930 Specs

Overview
Release date July 10, 2014
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:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
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: 540 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 930 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 18 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Bright Green, Bright Orange
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 7.1 x 1 cm (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 167 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
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 Unknown
Any Key Answer Unknown
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
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, Yahoo! Mail
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
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
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
20+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
2x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, White balance, Scene modes
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-NB, eAAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Unknown
Timer Unknown
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Adidas miCoach, WhatsApp, Skype IM, WeChat, Viber, LINE, Hangouts, MySpace, Twitter, Yahoo! Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn, Vine)
Included Software / Apps -
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