Review: Nokia Lumia 920

Review: Nokia Lumia 920
December 22 20:08 2012 Print This Article


Nokia has always been and will remain a high-class handset creator. There is no exception to this with the Nokia Lumia 920. Branching off the success of the Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia has continued it’s same form factored design with the Nokia Lumia 920. The difference is that the Nokia Lumia 920 is a Windows 8 powered phone which honestly, is quite amazing.

A huge thanks to the amazing people at Rogers Wireless who provided me with a Nokia Lumia 920 to review, you guys are beyond awesome. Everything you want is available in the Nokia Lumia 920. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 dual-core chipset inside, with two 1.5 GHz Krait CPUs and an Adreno 225 GPU with 1 GB of RAM, plus 32 GB of on-board storage, Cat. 3 LTE, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi and Qi wireless charging for the amazing 2,000 mAh battery.

The Nokia Lumia 920 features a 4.5-inch 1280 x 768 IPS LCD display protected by the state-of-the-art Gorilla Glass 2. The camera is an 8.7-megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics. It also features a dual-LED flash and optical image stabilization.

In terms of weight, it weighs 185 grams. There is no microSD card slot, but the good news is that it packs 32 GB of on-board storage. There really isn’t a need for a microSD card slot.

Here are some additional specs:

3G/4G HSPA+: 42 Mbps ↓ 11 Mbps ↑
LTE Cat. 3: 100 Mbps ↓ 50 Mbps ↑
Display 4.5-inch IPS LCD at 1280 x 768
332 ppi pixel density
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960
1.5 GHz dual-core Krait CPU
Graphics Adreno 225
Storage 32 GB internal user storage
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual-band)
Bluetooth 3.0
Camera 8.7 MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss lens, dual LED flash and OIS
1.3 MP front camera
1080p video recording (rear) and 720p recording (front)
Ports MicroUSB
Micro SIM
3.5mm audio jack
Battery Li-ion 2,000 mAh non-removable
Qi wireless charging
Size & Weight 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm
185 g

As previously stated, the Nokia Lumia 920 recycles the same type of design as the N9 and the Nokia Lumia 800. It has the same poly-carbonate uni-body design as the Lumia predecessors. The plastic used in the shell is high quality and low-friction. It doesn’t look like a hunk of plastic, unlike other phones that I have previously reviewed. When you hold the Nokia Lumia 920, it feels like a phone, a high-quality work of art. That’s cause it is. The device is thick at 10.77 mm but does that really matter? No. It’s most likely the Gorilla Glass that adds onto this weight.  The phone is available in black, cyan, red and yellow.

Like the Lumia 800, you’ll find all the physical buttons on the right side of the phone.

In terms of the display the Lumia 920 uses one of the two brand new screen resolutions that Windows Phone 8 supports, that being 1280 x 768. This brings 322 pixels-per-inch to the 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ IPS LCD panel. What’s nice is that this resolution has a 15:9 aspect ratio so it can properly scale to fit the display for Windows Phone 7 480 x 800. So in legacy applications, you don’t have those annoying black bars above.

What PureMotion HD+ is, it’s a combination of improved and new tech used in the TFT IPS LCD panel. The HD+ references WXGA resolution with a RGB stripe subpixel arrangement. According to Nokia’s whitepaper, the term covers the super-sensitive digitizer, high sunlight visibility and panel overdrive mode that increases responsiveness.

What I really like is that the PureMotion display is really good outdoors and it produces a weird effect that enhances how you see the display with the sun shining right against it. The edges glow slightly white when outdoors which improves clarity.

In terms of clarity, you are looking at a 322 PPI display, pretty amazing!

The phone runs on Windows Phone 8 which can be a whole separate review on its own, so I won’t be touching this.

In terms of the battery, it has a 2,200 mAh battery getting you quite a few hours of battery life. I was very VERY impressed.

Regarding the camera, it’s an 8.7 MP BSI (backside illuminated) sensor with a Carl Zeiss f/2.0 lens, dual-LED flash, 1080p recording and OIS (optical image stabilization). In other words, it took VERY good photos in any environment.

In conclusion, I would have to recommend this phone to anyone wanting a high quality handset. Yes, Nokia has done it again with the Nokia Lumia 920. {rating}. Get it today from Rogers Wireless.


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