Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Editors Note: I tested the Nokia Lumia 920 for 14 days, 5 of those I used it as my daily driver. I tested the network on Three’s 3G network in Dorset.

Nokia Lumia 920 Front

Build

The first thing you will notice about the Nokia Lumia 920 is the bulk. The phone isn’t as a thin as other devices, but it sure is heavier.

It is 130.3mm tall, 70.8mm wide and 10.7mm thick. It weighs an impressive 185g and come in some bright colours. It is constructed out of a unibody polycarbonate shell that is a nice change if you are used to Samsung’s plastic approach or Apple’s aluminium design. The left of the phone is completely bare. The top of the phone features a Micro-SIM slot, a 3.5mm headphone/mic jack and a noise cancelling microphone. The right side has a volume rocker, lock button and a dedicated camera button. This is a great addition as the Lumia 920’s camera is incredible.

The base of the phone features a micro-USB slot and two ok speakers. The back of the phone features a dual-LED flash, Nokia/Carl Zeiss branding and a 8.7 megapixel camera. The front of the phone features an earpiece grill, a front-facing camera and Nokia branding. The base of the 4.5inch display has three capacitive buttons, a back button, start button and search button.

Nokia Lumia 920 Buttons Screen

Display

Nokia has spent a lot of time and effort on creating an amazing display on the Lumia 920. It is a 4.5inch IPS LCD ‘PureMotion+’ display with a somewhat low 768×1280 resolution. It has a 15:0 aspect ratio so you will see some borders when watching movies, but this doesn’t get in the way. The colour reproduction on the display is good and it is quite bright even on the lowest setting. It works great indoors and out, and the touchscreen is very responsive. It also works with gloves, which is a killer feature.

Nokia Lumia 920 - Camera

Camera

The Lumia 920’s camera is by far the best smartphone camera I’ve used. It carries the ‘PureView’ name and it doesn’t disappoint. The camera does excel over competitors in two areas. The first is low-light photography. If you are out at night or in a dimly lit restaurant, the 920’s imaging capabilities will come into use. Photos look great, however you may want to snap a few extra as the camera’s focusing is unpredictable.

The second is image stabilisation. We shot side-by-side videos with the Lumia 920 and iPhone 5, and the difference is striking. Nokia has suspended the Lumia 920’s optical assembly using little springs that absorb that slight movement when you press the shutter button and the results are incredible. If you don’t have a steady hand or you like to take a lot of video, you will love the Lumia 920’s cameras.

However, on the device I tested, the front-facing camera had a slight blue tint to it which made the camera unusable in certain situations.

Here is a gallery of images I took on the Nokia Lumia 920. None of these have been edited:

Nokia Lumia 920 - Windows Phone 8

Software

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system that ships with many improvements.

Nokia has packed the phone with a small number of apps that make the phone different to other WP8 handsets. The Lumia 920 comes with popular Nokia apps including Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps and Nokia Music.

Nokia Drive is pretty awesome as it is miles ahead (excuse the pun) of other navigation apps. Nokia Maps is a great improvement other Bing Maps and Nokia Music offers the ability to stream hundreds of songs for free. Nokia City Lens has mixed results, as it depends on where you live. Overall a great selection of bundled apps.

The Windows Phone 8 app store is rather bleak, you won’t see many titles, but popular apps like Twitter, Facebook and Angry Birds are in there. The notification system could do with some improvement, but if you are looking for a change from the drop down menu included in iOS/Android, Windows Phone 8 offers a solid alternative.

The live tiles on the start screen work great and offer quick access to important information.

Nokia Lumia 920 - Internet Explorer

Performance/Battery Life

The Lumia 920 features a Dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor which offers some speedy browsing and smooth animations. It can take pretty much anything you throw at it and works very well.

The battery life is great. If you are a heavy user, the Nokia Lumia 920 can last an entire day without a recharge.

Nokia Lumia 920 Corner

Final Thoughts

The Nokia Lumia 920 is a solid smartphone that works well and looks quite unique. If you are willing to try out Windows Phone 8, then go with Lumia 920. The cameras and display are incredible and well worth the price. The bundled apps and specifications give Nokia a slight edge over the Windows Phone 8 competition. The lack of a micro-SD card slot can be overlooked by the 32GB internal memory.

Nokia Lumia 920 Buttons Screen 2

Price

£497 Unlocked on Amazon.co.uk.

Various prices on Nokia.co.uk.

Video Review

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