Review: Nokia Lumia 920
If Windows Phone have not caught your attention, never mind the various versions, then it should. It is the pudding of the proof that you do not need to have fantastic hardware specifications to enable things as basic as making a phone call or crafting a text message. Honestly, I should not have to use a device with quad-core processors just to use those basics, yet, honestly, that is the experience I get with Android.
However, nothing captures the imagination of consumers the world over, like awesome hardware specifications. Paired with sound operating system and implementation, Nokia Lumia 920 on Windows Phone 8, shows how it is done. HTC fans may grumble and grouse, the stage is now set for Nokia.
The Nokia Lumia 920 make charging your device a real breeze as they come with wireless charging capabilities – simply place them on a wireless charging pad and voila! – your device charges up. The inductive Qi technology built into the Nokia Lumia 920 ensure that you never have the hassle of dealing with messy wires!
What happens when you combine Qi wireless charging and NFC, you get sound! No messing around too. I was given a JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker for Nokia (MD-51W), and they chose to not include the audio cable. Pairing the speaker is easy though, gently tap the phone on speaker and it is paired. And what of Qi, well, after choosing your playlist, you merely rest the phone on the speakers to charge it.
I did bring the JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker to a small party. So I placed it at a strategic corner and played it via the Nokia Lumia 920 remotely. It is the perfect conversation piece!
I do not need to write about Nokia Maps, it is a much vaunted feature, and if you have been reading my site, much written too. I do wish that they get on right ahead and focus on updating Nokia Transport in Singapore, otherwise, I will really have to depend on the Android phone which I still use, to let me know which bus stop to alight next. Yes, in any phones I use, Maps, is a must.
Yes you can make it through the day with this phone. The battery is rather good at maintaining its juices on the good, if all you do is checking the occasional mails and replying on Facebook and Twitter. I hit it harder with 2 consecutive HD videos and playing thirty minutes worth of Civilization. That is when its weakness is revealed. Then again, when is it are you watching two consecutive videos? Usually on a flight right, then it that case, just hook up the USB to juice up. Unless there is a major disruption in the public transportation in Singapore, you are unlikely to go for more than an hour.
You know what’s missing in earlier versions of Windows Phones right? Screen Capture! With Nokia Lumia 920, you can do this by pressing the Windows button and the power button simultaneously. Here are some screen captures I made.
Ok I probably have revealed too much about my gaming habits here, ahem! Moving on.
Now when it comes to transferring music, videos and images, between the phone and the computer, Nokia Lumia 920, provide upon USB a connection a file called Windows Phone. I have included it here in case anyone using it now have problems downloading the file.
Usage of the software is simple. Just choose the files you want and hit Sync. The software will also inform you the charging levels for your phone. If you ask me if any improvements needed, I say of course. I envision an alternative sync software that will let me sync my podcast subscriptions as well. I love Revision3 videos and would want to watch their informative content on my commutes. Currently, I have to download their episodes via Zune software that I already have and transfer to the phone. Funny isn’t it, Microsoft have the software already, why can’t they just make the necessary code changes or updates to enable Windows Phone 8 to work with Zune. 😉
All in all, I love using this phone. It is a breeze to use and I do not think it to be a deterrent to new users to the Windows Phone platform. Please let me know if you need to know other things I may have left out, I will either reply to you in comments or include an update on this post directly.
- Processor name5: Snapdragon™ S4
- Processor type: Dual-core 1.5GHz
- Internal memory: 1000 MB
- Mass memory: 32GB and 7GB in SkyDrive (if you are early adopters like me, 25GB)
- Dual SIM: No
- Connectors: Micro-USB Charging Connector, Micro-USB Data Connector, Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio connector
- Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, Near Field Communication, Wi-Fi Channel bonding, WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, Qi Wireless charging
- Syncronization: Exchange ActiveSync
- Data bearer2: HSPA+ (3G), EDGE/EGPRS (2G), FD-LTE (4G), HSUPA (3G), GSM (2G), HSDPA (3G), WCDMA (3G)
- Operating band3: GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA Band V (850), WCDMA Band VIII (900), WCDMA Band II (1900), WCDMA Band I (2100), LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
- Data speed – Upload: LTE Cat 3 – 50 Mbit/s, HSUPA Cat 6 – 5.76 Mbit/s
- Data speed – Download: EGPRS MSC 12 – 236.8 kbit/s, HSDPA Cat 24 – 42.2 Mbit/s, LTE Cat 3 – 100 Mbit/s
Display and User Interface
- Display size: 4.5 ”
- Touch screen technology: Capacitive Multipoint-Touch
- Screen height: 1280 pixels
- Screen width: 768 pixels
- Display features: Polarization filter, Light time-out, Ambient light detector, Brightness control, Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Orientation sensor, Proximity sensor, High Brightness mode, RGB Stripe, Sunlight readability enhancements, Pixel density 332 ppi, Luminance 600 nits, Aspect ratio 15:9, Super sensitive touch, Color boosting, IPS, Refresh rate 60 Hz, Sculpted 2.5D glass
- Display height: 97.0 mm
- Display width: 58.0 mm
- Display colors: 16.7 million
- Display technology: PureMotion HD+
Keys and Input Methods
- User Input: Touch
- Dedicated hardware key: Camera, Power, Volume, Search, Back, Windows Start key
- Height: 130.3 mm
- Width: 70.8 mm
- Thickness1: 10.7 mm
- Weight: 185 g
- Volume: 99 cm³
GPS and navigation
- Navigation features and services: Nokia Maps (available as a free download), Nokia Drive, Nokia City Lens, Nokia Transport
- GPS feature: Magnetometer, A-GPS, WLAN Network Positioning, Glonass, Offline maps, Speed limit warnings, Online and offline favorites, Turn-by-turn voice guided navigation
- Primary camera sensor size: 8.7 megapixels
- Camera Flash Type: Short pulse high power dual LED
- Carl Zeiss Tessar lens: Yes
- Camera resolution: 3552 x 2448 pixels
- Camera Focus Type: Auto focus with two-stage capture key
- Camera F number/aperture: 2.0
- Camera digital zoom: 4 x
- Camera minimum focus range: 8.0 cm
- Camera focal length: 26.0 mm
- Flash operating range: 3.0 m
Main camera features
- Camera feature: Nokia PureView camera, Touch to Focus and capture in a single tap, Landscape orientation, Geo-tagging, Auto and Manual White Balance settings, Still image Editor, Optical Image Stabilization, Lenses applications, Sensor type: BSI, True 16:9 sensor, Pixel size 1.4 µm, Sensor size 1/3″
- Camera image format: JPEG/Exif
- Secondary camera resolution: 1280 x 960 pixels
- Secondary camera minimum focus range: 35.0 cm
Browsing and Internet
- Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- Supported web technologies: XML, CSS 3, HTML 5, HTML 4.1, CSS
- Browser: Internet Explorer 10
Product information and availability
|Nokia Lumia 920||Black, white, yellow, red||S$899||8 December 2012|
|Nokia Lumia 820||Black and white (wireless charging shell covers available in white, black, cyan, red, yellow)||S$699||8 December 2012|
|JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker for Nokia (MD-51W)||Cyan, Yellow, Black, White||S$248||December 2012|
|JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker for Nokia (MD-100W)||Cyan, Black, White||S$468||December 2012|
|Nokia Purity Pro Wireless Stereo Headset by Monster (BH-940)||Yellow, Black, White, Red||S$448||January 2013|
|Nokia Wireless Charging Plate (DT-900)||Yellow, Black, White, Red, Cyan||S$88||December 2012|
|Nokia Wireless Charging Stand (DT-910)||Black, White||S$128||December 2012|
|Fatboy Wireless Charging Pillow (DT-901)||Yellow, Black, White, Red, Cyan||S$128||December 2012|