Conclusion: To wrap up, the Lumia 928 is only available through Verizon Wireless for $99 on a new two-year contract with the mobile operator. Otherwise, you can purchase the device for $499 outright. While the hardware, screen, and price point may make the Lumia 928 look like a mid-range device in the Android space, it’s important to keep in mind that Windows Phone 8 is a different beast. It’s very stylish, unique, and sluggishness is barely there.
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: The Lumia 928 is not the smartphone that’s going to catapult Windows Phone to a massive gain in US marketshare. It’s too mild, too iterative for that. But what it will do -what it’s already doing- is bringing what remains of the buzz surrounding the Lumia 920 to the nation’s largest wireless carrier. Is it a little late? Yes. But is it a good thing? Also yes.
Pros: Lower-quality fit and finish than earlier 920, Battery could be bigger, removable, or both, Slightly more software stutter than other Windows Phones
Cons: Lower-quality fit and finish than earlier 920, Battery could be bigger, removable, or both, Slightly more software stutter than other Windows Phones
Conclusion: If you’re looking for the top Windows Phone on Verizon Wireless, the Nokia Lumia 928 is it, despite the relatively low contract price. It has a bright and colorful display, an excellent camera and Nokia’s usual excellent call quality. Though we’re not so enamored with the gloss finish and limited color selection since Nokia has spoiled us with their lovely unibody matte polycarbonate designs and wild colors, the Lumia 928 is a nice enough looking phone and it’s nearly an...
Pros: Bright, colorful and outdoor viewable display, very good camera, great voice quality for calls.
Cons: Windows Phone ecosystem still lags iOS and Android for app selection, though it's growing at a healthy rate.
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.