Published on April 25th, 2013 | by Haseeb Ahmed0
[Review] Nokia Lumia 920: The Giant Unleashed
Nokia Lumia 920 is amongst the best Windows Phone 8 devices out at the moment in the market. Although thick and heavy but Lumia 920 has a simple yet graceful design, with high performing hardware and a remarkable camera. Nokia Lumia 920 comes in different colors such as Yellow, Blue, Black, White, Grey and Red. Mobilink GSM offers Nokia Lumia 920 with a Wireless Charger (till stock lasts) for Rs.62,000/-
Sorry Guys! We don’t have an unboxing video for this one. Nokia Lumia 920 comes in a standard Nokia box with nothing special included but all the regular stuff such as:
- 3.5mm Jack Headphones
- Mico-SIM Tray Remover Pin
- Standard micro-USB Cable with Adapter
Design & Construction
Constructed on the uni-body design and built as solid as a tank, the Nokia Lumia 920 feels pretty large and sturdy in hands. But all that strength comes at one cost, weight. Lumia 920 weighs 180g, heavier than any other device available in the market. Although having a large structure, the simple and graceful design of the Nokia Lumia 920 lure’s people to it. In the start i thought that the size of the device or its heavy weight would be an issue but once i got used to the device, it feels just like any other device in hands.
One of the great things Nokia has done with the Lumia 920 device is that, they have actually listened to the consumers. Although Nokia Lumia 920 carries forward the design of the Lumia 900 but this time Nokia has ironed out all the design issues that were the part of the Lumia 900.
On front top of the device is located the speaker grill, 1.3MP front camera, light and proximity sensors. Below them is a 4.5″ (1280px x 768px) PureMotionHD+ IPS Display. At the front bottom are the 3 standard windows phone back, start and search touch buttons.
On back, in the center of the device is the 8.7MP Camera with Optical Image Stabilization and a Dual LED Flash. Since Nokia Lumia 920 is a uni-body design hence the back-cover is not removable.
The left side of the device is completely empty. On the right side are the volume rocker keys, power button and the two-step camera button.
On top center of the device is 3.5mm headphone jack. To it’s left is the Micro-SIM tray and to it’s right is a microphone for noise cancellation with micro drilled holes. On the bottom center is the micro-USB port for charging and data transfer, with micro-drilled loud speakers grills on its both sides. Two screws are also located on the bottom corners for opening up the device for repairs.
Software & UI
Nokia Lumia 920 runs the latest mobile OS from Microsoft, Windows Phone 8. It comes bundled with a lot of Nokia Apps such as App Highlights, Cinemagraph, Creative Studio, HERE City Lens, HERE Drive+ BETA, HERE Maps and etc. Check out the video after the break to see Nokia Lumia 920 in action running the Windows Phone 8. Before that, here is a brief introduction of Windows Phone 8.
Let’s start off with the Lockscreen of Windows Phone 8. Whenever you turn on your phone, first thing that you come across is the lockscreen. All of the important information from your phone is displayed onto the lockscreen e.g. time and date, unread app notifications, phone mode (GSM or Airplane) or Bluetooth & WiFi states. If you have some music being played on your phone, than the media controls also drop-down onto the lockscreen. From WP8 & onwards, you can allow apps to customize your lockscreen i.e. you could allow the Groupon app to show latest coupons directly onto the lockscreen or you could allow the Facebook app to show your updates and images directly onto the lockscreen.
Start is the center of the Windows Phone OS. There are two sections of the Start screen; First one is where all your Live Tiles are pinned. Second is where the complete application’s list of your phone is displayed, which you get by swiping to the left. In WP8, there are three tile sizes: Small, Medium, Large. You can pin any application with Live Tile from your apps list to the Start screen, than all of the important information from that application will start showing up on its Live Tile. Once the tile is pinned, you can move it around the Start screen, re-size it to fit and if you don’t like it simply unpin.
Multitasking in Windows Phone is more restricted than the iOS or Android, but is pretty simple & easy to use. You can simple minimize any application by pressing the Start button. Than you can re-open that application by holding the back button and choosing it from the app carousal that appears.
One of the new features of the Windows Phone 8 is the Kid’s Corner. Kid’s Corner lets you allow specific games, music, videos and apps. Now that whenever you handover your phone to a child, you can switch it to Kid’s Corner and stay unworried about him/her making calls, sending texts or changing your phone settings. To add more fun to it, your child can also customize their Kid’s Corner as they like. Once enabled, the Kid’s Corner can directly be accessed from the lockscreen by swiping to the left.
Some of the other new features introduced in Windows Phone 8 are Multi-Core CPU support, NFC support, SD Card support, Bluetooth File Transfer and Screenshot Capability.
Camera & Video Recording
Camera has become an essential part of mobile phones these days. From children to adults, all use there mobile phone cameras for taking pictures of friends & family, nature and anything or everything interesting passing by. When choosing a mobile phone, many of the consumers have a good camera as one of their priority feature in the phones. Nokia has been known for some of it’s previous camera innovations such as the PureView technology and the Nokia 808, phone with 48 megapixels of camera.
Nokia Lumia 920 comes equipped with a 1.3MP front cam for HD video calls on Skype while a 8.7MP back cam with Dual LED flash allows you to capture your everyday moments. The 8.7MP Camera of the Lumia 920 performs really well in low-light conditions and also capture great snaps in the sunlight. Word’s are never enough to explain a picture so have a look at the sample camera shots of the Lumia 920 below:
Usually Nokia brags about how good the Lumia 920 camera is in low lighting conditions. Here is a comparison between two same pictures from the Nokia Lumia 920 taken in different lighting conditions. Have a look and than you can decide for yourself, if Nokia is right or wrong.
- 4.5″ 16M-color (1280x768px) PureMotionHD+ IPS display
- 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 1080p@30fps video recording
- Optical Image stabilization with floating lens technology
- 1.3MP front-facing camera
- Windows Phone 8 OS
- 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
- GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support
- 32GB of inbuilt storage
- Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
- Wireless charging with optional accessories
- Built-in accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and EDR, file transfers
- NFC support
- Digital compass
Although one of the best Windows Phone 8 devices in the market, Nokia Lumia 920 is a lot heavier and thicker than the competition. If you’r looking for something slimmer and lighter with equivalent good specifications, we would recommend that you try out the HTC Windows Phone 8X. If the weight and size doesn’t matter, than Nokia Lumia 920 is the ultimate device to own and most importantly comes with the special Nokia perks such as Wireless Charging.
You can visit the Nokia Lumia 920’s Pakistan product page, here.
Summary: If you can handle a bit heavy & large form factor of the device, than the Nokia Lumia 920 is the best performing Windows Phone our there in the market. It also has one of the best smartphone camera's with innovative technologies such as Optical Image Stablization & PureView. I personally loved the device soo much, that i got myself one instantly after the review unit went back.