Lumia 920 review: It’s big, it’s really big, but oh so sexy
8 March 2014
Excerpt: Turns out if you say “I haven’t used a Windows Phone” loud enough someone will send you one. While floating about in my quasi-world of “I know everything imaginable because my iPhone is awesome” a giant Nokia Lumia 920 landed on my lap. I can’t stress this enough — this phone is big. I am not sure what Nokia was trying to do here — take us back to the old days where phones were as big as a person’s head?
Excerpt: Enter the Nokia Lumia 920. It’s round two for Nokia to try and prove itself to its fans as being a company that’s still quite relevant in the smartphone game. The Lumia 920 is its latest flagship device for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform. HTC beat Nokia to the punch by launching its 8X first, ushering in the new Windows Phone 8 age in India. But it wasn’t a race, so no winners here.
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 920 is the company’s third attempt at launching the definitive Windows Phone. In April, Nokia and Microsoft tried to convince the world that the Lumia 900 and Windows Phone 7.5 was that device, but that claim had a shorter expiration date than anybody realized. Its days were numbered, as Windows Phone 8 was an under-the-hood overhaul that wasn’t compatible with the phone. The Lumia 920’s launch was mishandled at best.
Pros: PureView camera takes incredible low-light shots, Large, responsive screen, Nokia software enhancements
Cons: Very heavy and bulky, App ecosystem remains deficient, Some issues with LTE reception
Summary: This is a beautiful phone with a few flaws, most of which can be fixed through software updates. Ignore the complaints about how heavy it is. You can slip it into your pocket and never know it's there. The integration with contact lists from Facebook and LinkedIn is so nice it alone makes me want to stay with WP.
That said, this is my new phone. For its battery flaws, once I shut off LTE, it's as reliable as any 3G phone. I can't tear my eyes off the screen.
Conclusion: There really isn’t a lot to dislike about the Lumia 920 as a piece of hardware. Unless the size turns you off, the actual phone is solid, good looking, and tough. The camera is more than capable of replacing your point and shoot and the specs will satisfy you for at least a couple years. As it has always been for Windows Phone, the software is what really holds this one back.
Pros: Lots of internal storage, Gorgeous, sensitive touchscreen, Camera performs very well in low light, Battery life rocks, Windows Phone 8 is fast and fluid, Awesome specs, Revamped Start Screen is unparalleled, Nokia apps are high quality and numerous
Cons: App Store is embarrassing, Casing (at least the matte one) is prone to scuffs, Core apps need work, Limited availability, No micro SD
Summary: The Lumia 920 is Nokia's latest flagship, and runs the spanking new Windows Phone 8 OS. There is a lot of hype around the PureView camera, but isn't as exceptional as Nokia would have you believe. However, it is still quite amazing, besting the iPhone 5 in most situations, including low-light environments and video quality. The lack of apps for the Windows Phone 8 platform is honestly not a deal breaker. You do get a lot of WP8 and Nokia exclusive features anyway.
Pros: 1280x768 pixel PureMotion HD+ display with gloves support, Built-in wireless charging, Built-in Dolby audio processing, Fast lens+OIS yields amazing video even in low light, Low light performance is quite good, OS is extremely fluid without any lag or jitter
Cons: Slightly bulky, Wireless charging pad not part of standard retail package, Low-light mode's aggressive noise reduction impacts detail, Lack of apps for the Windows Phone 8 OS can be a little frustrating
Conclusion: The Nokia Lumia 920 is an incredible device. It has a fantastic screen, a unique appearance, and a peerless low-light camera that will rescue many photo taking opportunities. Stellar as those attributes may be, there are issues with the device. The hulking build of the Lumia 920 is a small issue, but the weaker Windows Phone app options are a major concern.
Summary: Since Microsoft and its manufacturing partners introduced Windows Phone 7, they have tried in vain to introduce a legitimate competitor to the Apple iPhone. They have also failed to unseat an army of Android devices that have been more lucrative for the same manufacturers who first embraced Windows Phone.
Pros: Best camera for low-light photos, fashionable color schemes
Cons: Bulky build and has fewer app options than other smartphones
Conclusion: Of course no device is perfect and the Lumia 920 has a few shortfalls. The bulky form factor and weight of the device will not make you the envy of some other newer phone users while the erratic battery life is cause of concern. App selection is also one of the weakest links of Windows Phone and unfortunately, he only solution to that is increasing the user base.
Summary: Is the Nokia Lumia 920 the best Windows Phone ever? Absolutely. Is it the best camera phone you can buy today? Yes and yes. But think long and hard if you’re ready for Windows Phone: this phone’s a tank, and it won’t have all the apps and games you might be used to on iPhone and Android. Having said that, Windows Phone 8 is a blast, and we hope it sticks around. Will you help it?