With Lumia 928, Verizon Finally Gets Its Flagship Windows Phone
14 April 2014
Excerpt: The Nokia Lumia 928 is essentially the Verizon iteration of the landmark Lumia 920 . That's the short version of this review. If you liked the Lumia 920 but wanted it on Verizon, this is the phone for you. Yes, there are a few differences — the Lumia 928 has a different screen, better camera, more enhanced microphone system and a slightly different design — but at its core, its the same phone. This isn't a bad thing.
Excerpt: I ‘m a believer in the Window Phone platform. More manufacturers seem to be putting hammer to anvil to forge a variety of devices. That’s great. Market saturation is sorely needed, as are more apps for the Windows Phone OS. This is something currently swelling at a simmering pace. Still, until then they will continue to struggle. That said, the Nokia 928 we have here today is a fantastic device.
Pros: Elegant and slick both aesthetically and performance. Easy to use and highly intuitive. Beautiful display for only 720p. Movies and video look great. Solid battery life. Nokia doles out cool custom apps. Camera with Focus Blur and other features are very nice. Strong Microsoft Office integration.
Cons: Only available in 32gb options. No microSD slot. Only available from Verizon. Many fewer apps than the competition.
Excerpt: After a handful of dismal quarters during which Nokia lost billions, the vendor has recently shown signs of life. But not in the United States. Nokia’s first big attempt at a comeback in the U.S. was the Lumia 900 , and the company returned later in 2012 with the Lumia 920 . Neither phone was received with much enthusiasm from consumers. In the Lumia 900’s debut quarter, Nokia shipped 600,000 total Lumia phones in the U.S.
Three Weeks With The Nokia Lumia 928, An In-Depth Look From An Android Perspective
25 June 2013
Summary: I didn't come away nearly as disappointed with Lumia 928 as I thought I would. That's probably pretty high praise for someone who has no desire whatsoever to switch from Android as a phone operating system. Windows Phone 8 has received plenty of "meh" since it was released, though, and it's easy to see why. The platform as a whole has one thing really going for it right now: Nokia (and Nokia fans).
Conclusion: The Nokia Lumia 928 really is a memorable character. Thanks to its top-end spec sheet (by Windows Phone 8 standards), headed by the hugely capable camera with xenon flash, the handset outshines every competitor, which runs Microsoft's mobile OS. The camera's lowlight performance is expectedly impressive. Thanks to the optical image stabilization on board, the snapper can pull off impressively low shutter speeds and therefore great low-light photos without using a flash.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Dual-band CDMA support, Penta-band 3G with 42 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support, 4.5" PureMotionHD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels; Gorilla Glass 2, 8 megapixel autofocus camera with Xenon/LED flash, 1080p@30fps video recording, Optical Image stabilization; Smart Camera suite, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Windows Phone 8 OS, 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 225 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, 1GB of RAM, Wi-F...
Cons: Windows Phone app catalog falls short of Android and iOS, No microSD card, No system-wide file manager, No lockscreen shortcuts, Too large a footprint for a device with a 4.5" display, Non user-replaceable battery
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 928 is a minor improvement over the Lumia 920, which we already thought was a solid Windows Phone 8 device. The improvements Nokia made with the Lumia 928 are slight and certainly make this a better device, but still not enough to earn our “excellent” rating as we still aren’t big fans of the device’s physical button layout, and the Windows Phone 8 Marketplace still has yet to catch up with Android and iOS in regards to providing must-have applications.
Conclusion: I like this phone. I really do. I haven't been particularly taken with most of the other devices that cross the Ars review desk, but this one has really grabbed me. It's a combination of the AMOLED display and the slickness of the Windows Phone 8 interface itself. I'm not a fan of the confused split-brained creature that is Windows 8 on the desktop or on a tablet, but the Windows Phone 8 interface is a thing apart. It's something I enjoy using.