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Is the Nokia Lumia 920 the first good reason to switch to Windows Phone 8? Or is it another average device from the Finnish company? Read on. Nokia hasn't had the best luck, going from a top phone manufacturer to the frontman of a struggling operating system in a few short years. That fall from grace can be traced right back to Apple and Samsung's meteoric rise. Nokia's second chance involves riding the Windows Phone wagon to victory, but with previous Lumias failing to make significant traction in the mainstream, is the 920 worth making the switch for? The Lumia 920 comes in a variety of colors and a couple different finishes: glossy red, glossy white, glossy yellow, matte black, and matte cyan. We have the plain, matte black version and it looks pretty slick. It may not demand attention like yellow or red, but it also doesn't clash with any of the multiple Windows Phone 8 themes. At any rate, you'll definitely find a version to love. But word to the wise, after a month of use the matte black casing has dulled, attracting quite a few scratches and scuffs. Of course, talking about the Lumia 920 without mentioning its size is nearly impossible. It's definitely on the larger side, weighing in at 185 grams.
The Nokia flagship has finally landed, with the Lumia 920 now adorning store shelves in all Nokia Priority stores across the country. We've been really excited about this phone and the camera isn't the only reason. When Nokia first unveiled the device, the Lumia 920 had impressed us with its high-resolution curved glass display (which is meant to works even with gloves on), its sturdy and gorgeous polycarbonate body, and wireless charging. We spent a lot of time with this and we've got a lot of things to say about it and therefore, we're going to approach this review a little differently. We're going to break it down into three sections; Camera, Hardware, and Software, as everything about this phone can be covered under these three heads. Let's face it, if you're looking at the Nokia Lumia 920, the camera is what probably has your interest peaked. Nokia has been hard-selling the camera on the Lumia 920, making some tall claims about image stabilization, low light performance and more, but we won't take their word for it. We had the Lumia 920 square up against the iPhone 5, which many consider to be the best camera phone in the market currently.
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. Nokia's entry was an all-in gamble that was supposed to platform among the elite of smartphones, but being the most popular of the bunch didn't translate to commercial or critical success. In the Nokia Lumia 920, Windows Phone 8 has a worthy competitor to iOS and Android. It continues the design philosophy that made the original Lumias the most popular Windows Phone handsets by having eye-catching colors and distinguishing features. It also features brand new software that is faster and more robust than its predecessor. Will a winning hardware foundation and vastly improved software secure the Lumia 920 a place among the elite? Hardware, Key Features The Nokia Lumia 920 isn't guaranteed to earn millions of sales, but the phone is sure to garner plenty of looks thanks to its bold color choices. Available in a matte cyan finish or a high gloss red or yellow, the bold color choices that wrap around a black face stand out from a crowd.
Light at the end of the tunnel or the tunnel of light at the end. Nokia is near the point where it couldn't care less - as long as the dark days are finally over for a company, which used to drive an entire industry forward. Nokia must hardly be enjoying life after Symbian and it shows. The fact is that the Finns have nothing but Ashas and the most basic of S30 phones between the last Windows Phone flagship and the next. The PureView 808 was a flash of brilliance - like the N9 before it - but just that. And a dwindling army of fans still holds on to the memory of a Nokia that was as prolific as it was talented. Not the best of times then for the Finns, but the right time for a flagship to show its worth. Saying that the future of the company is being decided here is probably too much. But the Lumia 920 could be the difference between living with dignity and scratching a living on emerging markets. The holiday season and the first months of 2013 are a make or break time for Nokia, and if those early reports of the phone being sold-out are anything to go by, the Lumia 920 already managed to get a few victories under its belt. It's going to be a long campaign though and we're yet to see if the new flagship has what it takes to help Nokia get back where they want to be.
In a sense, it feels like Windows Phone 8 is Microsoft's first real foray into the smartphone space post Windows Mobile. Of course, Microsoft made a concerted effort with Windows Phone 7, but there's something vastly different about version 8. WP8 borrows from the underpinnings of Windows Phone 7, but there are so many differences in the operating system -- along with its incompatibility with WP7-class hardware -- that it feels like we're evaluating an entirely new product. And in reality, we are. Nokia's Lumia 920 is one of the first Windows Phone 8 products, along with HTC's 8X, in a holiday smartphone lineup that has become amazingly crowded. Microsoft is trying its best to carve out a niche despite Windows Phone 8 being overwhelmed on shelves by the iPhone and Android-based products. But Nokia's expertise in the hardware business shines through in the design of this particular phone. A lot is riding on the success of the Lumia 920, not only for Nokia but for Microsoft's mobile team as well. Before we dig in too deep, let's look at the specifications and take a quick tour of the device: From a technical perspective, what's immediately clear is that Windows Phone 8 hardware has finally caught up to the iPhone and high-powered Android phones that the platform is competing with. WP8 added support for high-res displays, NFC, wireless charging and multi-core processors.
Although much fuss has been made over Windows Phone 8's shortcomings and its supposed inability to compete in the smartphone market, no one seems to have told the Lumia 920, which reportedly sold out in many locations the first weekend it was available. And it's easy to see why folks are eager to get their hands on it: It's a big, bold handset with fantastic camera technology, unique features, and a beautiful display. However, it won't appeal to all users, many of whom are firmly entrenched in the iOS or Android ecosystems. But those who are platform-agnostic, are more focused on productivity than playing, or who are interested in a something fresh and unique can find much to love about the Lumia 920. The phone is a beast of a handset and impossible to ignore. Constructed from a single piece of polycarbonate, the Lumia 920 measures 5.12 inches tall, 2.7 inches wide, and 0.42 inches thick and is available in both glossy (yellow, white, red) or matte (black, blue) finishes. We did our testing on the glossy, bright yellow version. The 4.5-inch screen is framed by a bezel that houses the three capacitive Windows buttons (back, home, and search) and curves neatly into the body.
It's do or die time for Nokia, right? Already on numerous occasions, the industry has questioned the staying power of the once magnificent handset maker, as they've redirected their focus in recent times towards Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. In all fairness, it's rather difficult to say how much time the Lumia 900 has bought Nokia, but in any event, they're here once again trying to stay relevant on top of the heap of other smartphone makers making it big in the industry. Most recently, however, the Finnish company has been able to turn heads thanks to the impressive delivery of the Nokia PureView 808 – a magnificent camera centric handset that decidedly opted to rely on the older Symbian Belle platform.Well people, they've listened intently to all the concerns and followed through appeasing the masses by incorporating a PureView camera into a Windows Phone. Culminating all into the Nokia Lumia 920, the successor to the Lumia 900 from earlier in the year, there's a lot of excitement regarding this flagship device – but most importantly, will it actually stir enough noise to entice consumers to take grasp of it?
Many consider this the best Windows Phone 8 device of 2012. Nokia's highly anticipated new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920, is the product that, coupled with the 820, is meant to help the Finnish brand win back some of its colour (and market share). What's for sure is that the Lumia 920 has a promising set of specs: a 4.5-inch HD ClearBlack display with 1280 x 768 resolution and Gorilla Glass 2, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4S dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory (non-expandable, with 26 GB available for use) and an 8.7 Megapixel camera sensor with an optical image stabiliser. But what is this smartphone—one of the first in a number of recent Windows Phone 8 releases—really worth? Is the camera function as good as Nokia says? What about the battery life? Here's what we think... After carrying the HTC 8X around for a while, the Nokia Lumia 920 can't help but feel bulky in comparison. And it is. It's big, thick and, frankly, not very light (185 g) compared to the iPhone 5 (112 g) and HTC 8X (130 g). As such, Nokia's newest addition stands out both in public and in your pocket. It does feel nice to the touch, though, and, as one should expect from Nokia, the finishing is impeccable.
Nokia certainly thinks a lot of the Lumia 920, which we've all been waiting for. This is the first smartphone from Nokia to run Windows Phone 8 – and it's a 4G phone too. Nokia tells us it has the ‘best camera', the ‘best display' and the ‘best design'. That's quite a lot to live up to, so how does it do? Design is always rather a subjective thing – but we do really like the rounded finish and simple design of the Lumia 920. It reminds us rather of the Lumia 900, boasting the same flat edge on the bottom and top. However, it is rather weighty, so when you pick it up you notice that before you get to admire the glossy colour or the smooth plastic chassis. It comes in at 185g, making it probably one of the heaviest handsets around. After a while you don't notice, but at first it feels like you're carrying a brick around in your pocket. The power button, volume toggles and camera key sit on the right side, which leaves the left side bare. On top you'll find the micro SIM card slot – it uses the ‘pin hole' design, so you'll need a paper clip handy if you want to open it to get at your card.
The Nokia Lumia 920 ($99.99 with contract) takes its role as Windows Phone's "flagship" seriously: It feels like it's the size of an aircraft carrier. If you're willing to put up with a huge chunk of smartphone in your pocket, though, you'll get the best performance Windows Phone 8 has to offer, along with important, exclusive apps that really enhance the phone's experience. Whether you like big phones is a personal choice, but know that they're a growing segment of the market. The Lumia 920 is in the same size class as the LG Optimus G, Motorola Razr Maxx HD, and the HTC Titan II, for instance. This is where my personal choices diverge from my rating and recommendation. The Lumia 920 is too big for me. But it might not be too big for you. Physical DesignThe Lumia 920 is built like a tank. Its main body is a thick block of polycarbonate with rolled edges and a 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass screen on the front. The headphone jack is at the top center of the phone; the micro USB jack is at the bottom center. There's no memory card slot, and the battery is sealed in.
With the Nokia Lumia 920 we've been promised a hero device for Windows Phone 8, and indeed it has been defended several time before its release by Nokia and Microsoft - in so many words. But is Nokia's Nokia's brand power enough to make us believe the hype? This is supposed to be a “fundamental shift” right along with the wave of Windows 8 touchscreen devices that are currently on their way to retail stores and homes right this minute - is it time for Nokia to shine? The Nokia Lumia 920 is almost exactly the same device here on AT&T that it is internationally, close enough that you'll see some reviews just titling their articles “Nokia Lumia 920\" without the AT&T note. Because of this, Nokia wins serious points for keeping their industrial design standard at least here with this device. The Lumia 920 is a monster of a handset, certainly not paper-light the way its competition is, and not making any qualms about being thick, either - but it is rather beautiful. Just as you'll see me mention later in the review regarding the software on this device, I must note that, used in a world without competing devices in my backpack here to compare to, this machine is amazing.
The Nokia Lumua 920 is the flagship handset from the Finnish firm, but it's no longer Microsoft's darling device, with the HTC 8X selected as the signature Windows Phone 8 handset.That said the Lumia 920 is the most featured packed of the initial Windows Phone 8 line up, as Nokia looks to regain its dominance in the WP market and ride the new OS wave to success.With its impressive spec sheet it's no surprise the Lumia 920 comes at a price, available exclusively for now on EE in the UK from 36 per month and 129.99 upfront, but you'll only get 500MB of data, SIM-free prices are expected to be around 450. In the US AT&T is the exclusive carrier, offering the Lumia 920 for 149.99 upfront on a two year contract, while SIM-only prices are expected to settle around the $600 mark.The handset itself follows on from the design of the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 900, the latter of which is the natural predecessor of the Lumia 920, offering up the Finn's big-screen Windows Phone experience.Front on you'll be hard pushed to tell the difference between the Lumia 920 and Lumia 900, however the newer handset has a smaller bezel above the screen, but a larger one below it.
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. The compelling PureView camera was undercut by a marketing snafu when Nokia faked a video purporting to show its low-light capabilities. Neither Nokia nor its carrier partners could commit to a firm release date, and potential buyers have had to wait nearly two months to purchase the phone. In that time both the iPhone 5 and the Nexus 4 appeared on the scene — the competition has not stood still. Though the Lumia 920 stumbled out of the gate, it still aims to be the long-shot, dark horse surprise of the smartphone race. Can Nokia pull it off? Read on for our full review. Video Review Hardware / design I'm just going to say this bluntly: the Nokia Lumia 920 is a tank of a phone. It's a big and heavy device, weighing in at 185 grams and 10.7mm thick — compare that to the 112 gram, 7.6mm sliver that is the iPhone 5 and you get a sense of how large this phone is. It also has a relatively capacious 4.5-inch screen with large bezels on the top and bottom, adding up to a height of just over 5.1 inches.
AT&T's Nokia Lumia 920 isn't for wimps. It's big, it's heavy, and it takes a power user to truly appreciate the phone's special features. If you open your heart and your pockets, the Lumia 920's smooth, streamlined design beautifully showcases all that the just-launched Windows Phone 8 OS has to offer. Beyond that, a glove-friendly screen, wireless charging, cached music, and turn-by-turn directions take the Lumia 920 a step further than Windows Phone can achieve on its own, bringing you the roundest, fullest Windows Phone experience that money can buy. Just because the Lumia 920 is bigger, doesn't mean that it's better for everyone. Not all AT&T customers who can choose between the Lumia 920 and the HTC Windows Phone 8X -- or even pick among the iPhone 5 or an Android phone or two -- will go Nokia. The specs are strong, but not everyone feels they need 32GB of memory over 16GB, and if you believe Nokia's trumpeting message about its advanced camera, you could find yourself mildly disappointed. The Lumia 920's chief high-end Windows Phone rival, the Windows Phone 8X, is lighter, handles better, and spans three carriers to the Lumia 920's single provider.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is the first phone from the Finnish firm to run on the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8, with its charming, colourful live tiles and a host of nifty new features.Nokia has added to this with its own apps for in-car satellite navigation, music streaming, local information and photography. With a great screen and attractive design, is this the best Windows Phone 8 device around?It's available this month on EE for 4G connectivity or Orange and T-Mobile for 3G. It's available SIM-free for around £445, so expect it to be free on contracts above £35 per month. The question you should really be asking is, "Do I want to use Windows Phone 8?" It's the latest version of Microsoft's mobile software and is very different to what you might have experienced on Android or iOS.Its homescreen is made up of resizable tiles in primary colours, showing live information. They're similar in a way to Android's live widgets, but with a much more simplistic design. It's fun and visually appealing and doesn't take much getting used to. The tile-based Windows Phone home screen lets you cram the space with widgets of different sizes.
The folks at Nokia had to take exception when HTC president Jason Mackenzie called the HTC Windows Phone 8X the "signature" Windows Phone. After all, only Nokia's Lumia 920 has a breakthrough PureView camera that promises to wipe the floor with the iPhone (and everything else). And only this device has wireless charging capability built in, plus access to exclusive apps like City Lens for turning the handset into an augmented reality tour guide. Available for AT&T, the Lumia 920 also has Windows Phone 8 inside, which means you get all-new features like Rooms and Kid's Corner on a gorgeous 4.5-inch screen that Nokia says is better than HD. Is the Lumia 920 the true signature Windows Phone or just another Android and iPhone also-ran?Similar to the Lumia 900, the Lumia 920 has a distinct design that makes the most out of a rectangle. Like most Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the front is a large black touchscreen, with three touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom: Back, Home, and Search.Click to EnlargeThe screen is bordered on all sides by a white polycarbonate shell that curves gracefully around the entire back of the phone.
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