This is my first foray into the land of windows phone – ever. I have to say I have had mixed feelings about it, however in this review I will be focusing on the device itself rather than Windows Phone 8.
Price circa £500 for a sim free model.
In The Box
– Nokia Lumia 920 (in either yellow, white, black or red)
– Nokia Fast USB Charger AC-16
– Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-190CD
– Nokia Headset WH-208
– Quick guide
– SIM Door Key
Specs (from nokia.com)
Here is a summary of the main specs, hit the link above for a full set.
Height = 130.3mm, Width = 70.8mm, thickness = 10.7mm, Weight = 185g, Volume = 99 cm³
Form factor = monoblock
Display size = 4.5″
Resolution Height = 1280 px, Resolution Width = 768 px
- Polarization filter
- Light time-out
- Brightness control
- Corning Gorilla Glass
- Orientation sensor
- Proximity sensor
- High Brightness mode
- RGB Stripe
- Sunlight readability enhancements
- Pixel density 332 ppi
- Luminance 600 nits
- Aspect ratio 15:9
- Super sensitive touch
- Color boosting
- Refresh rate 60 Hz
- Ambient light sensor
- Sculpted glass
Display colours = 16777216
Display technology = Puremotion HD+
- Power key
- Volume keys
- Camera key
- Windows Start key
- Search key
- Back key
QI (Wireless) Charging
2000 mAh battery (non-removable)
3G/4G – including ultrafast 3g (42mb/s)
32GB internal memory
15.ghz dualcore cpu (snapdragon s4)
8.7 megapixel camera with 4 times digital zoom
The 920 is rectangular and square with the camera in the centre at the back. On the right hand edge there is all the buttons – volume, power and a dedicated camera button.
On the front you have three keys, back, windows (home) key and search (standard windows phone format). Holding the back key gives you multi-tasking (but only if you didn’t back out of the app before hand). To use multi-tasking you need to get into the habit of exiting and app you wish to return to via the home key.
The top of the phone houses the sim card (via the use of a sim tool). The headphone jack is also at the top of the phone, centred.
The bottom of the phone has a micro-usb port and the speaker.
The phone is running the latest Windows Phone 8 build and unlike other manufacturers of Windows Phone products it also benefits from the host of Nokia applications that are actually pretty impressive.
Nokia City Lens
Nokia Drive+ (beta)
Other Nokia apps can be downloaded in the store, this includes apps like cimemagraph and apps like ESPN that have been built by Nokia.
Nokia seem to be trying to replicate apps that Google offer on Android, but they have done a good job of it.
There are rumours that Nokia might be ready to release these apps to all Windows 8 Phones, but I have seen nothing concrete on this.
Camera is nice, I am no photography expert so I cannot really compare to other cameras on similar spec devices – they all produce great quality images these days in my opinion.
The camera has some very nice features and modes though, one being a ‘living picture’ style mode called Cinemapraph. It is a feature I would like to see on more phones (along with Blackberry’s timeshift feature).
Basically for those of you that don’t know, you can turn a normal picture into an animated gif where one part of the picture is animated, the classic example is someone standing still with just their eyeballs moving. It is lots of fun.
Media (music player etc…)
Media is as expected on any smart phone. I can go into specifics but I do not see a point, it does all you would expect, in a way that you would expect it to do. Sound quality is perfectly good to my ears, video quality is fine to my eyes. I am sure some people will find fault, they always do with any device, but I would be happy to use it regularly for both music and video.
The display is nice, colours are sharp and the screen is perfect for viewing pictures, games or other content. The only downside is the thickness of the phone slightly gives you the feeling you are using a really old touch-screen device… but might just be me that thinks this.
One feature I really like about these Nokia phones is the screen sensitivity settings (which is set to ‘on’ by default) – Basically this means you can use regular non-capactive gloves to use the screen. It works really well and had no negative impact, that I could see, on non-glove usage or battery life. This is a setting I hope we see on other touch-screen devices in the future.
When comparing to similarly priced android or iOS devices the CPU is probably a tad on the low side, however this is ‘top of the range’ for Windows Phone and to be honest I can’t see that you would need any more. The OS runs very fast, I have not noticed any lag while using a host of apps or games, it multi-tasks perfectly and didn’t slow over time.
The s4 (Dual Core) does a good job.
The hardware seems solid, and although slightly on the heavy side I am very impressed with what Nokia have built here. As for the OS that is an argument for a different day. But it is not hard to say that the OS is one of the only negatives I have with this phone (but honestly wp8 is not as bad as I was expecting).
Good camera, nice to have a dedicated camera key again which many devices these days are missing.
Being able to use the touch screen with regular gloves is an amazing feature (if only for the winter).
Battery life lasts about a day with my regular usage which is comparable to other phones I regularly use.
The phone is very heavy, and pretty thick. It makes the phone feel like a solid unit, but at a time when other companies are making their phones thin and light this seems to buck that trend – I am not sure I would like it as my main phone, however I dare say you would get used to it pretty quickly.
Windows Phone 8 – This OS certainly is not for everyone, it has some good aspects and some very poor aspects. It could never replace Android as a main phone OS for me as I rely far too heavily on features that only an Android can provide, but I wouldn’t mind having Windows Phone 8 as a ‘toy’, especially for its Xbox integration.
Sim tool is unusually large – Cannot use the sim tools that come with other devices as they are not long enough to press the ‘catch’.
No expandable memory when smaller Lumia’s do…. why put the feature in say the 620 and remove it in their 920? This is a rather wishy washy bad point as a lot of smartphones these days, especially the top of the range ones come with fixed, non-expandable memory.
If you are after a Windows Phone then without a doubt this is probably one of, if not the best option out at the moment, the phone itself has far more positive aspects than negative and all in all is pretty impressive, especially to someone like me who has very little experience with windows devices.
If you are not looking specifically for a Windows phone though, then think really hard about it before making a switch.
In my opinion I still think Nokia made a huge mistake in going Windows only, they could have had a lot to offer the Android market – but who knows what the future might bring.
I had to put my Windows bias to one side, the phone itself is a good device so I will give it a rating of 4 out of 5.