Smartphone industry is growing rapidly, every manufacturer seems to bring a phone that no one has ever seen, but its true that the era of buttons on a phone seems to be an old-fashioned. The word smartphone has transformed a phone with a piece of palm size touch screen. For a time back, Apple, Samsung RIM have been the favorite choice for customers while Microsoft was a bit slow, but surely they we attracting customers.
Today we have the new Nokia Lumia 920 with us to to review, the Finnish manufacturer’s first stab at smartphone which runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 8 operating system and a very-high end camera under the hood.
Nokia Lumia 920 Design:
Lumia 920, a phone that is available in vibrant colors, the reason was supposed to be as smartphone market which was dominated only with gray or matte black tones, or more if you go you could find a pebble blue, whereas as Lumia brand was introduced with colors and vibrancy. Likewise 920’s sister model Lumia 820 & Lumia 620 turned up to maximum factors as 920 is being available in eye-watering colors like yellow to red, white, gray, black. Lumia’s biggest fans might not have turned up with red yellow type colors but it still gives a good taste and people welcomes them.
The phone sits on a polycarbonate shell which not only has affected with the colors, but the internal display can also be adjusted according to exterior. On the phone icon’s turn to different colors scheme with an option of background in black on white only. I must say its striking design will surely get an attention when pull out in crowd.
Apart of the common smartphone design, Lumia 920 posses the same, with volume up down buttons on the right following up with a lock/unlock and a camera button, the large capacitive 4.5” Gorilla glass touch screen with windows button at the bottom of the screen. The charging & sync port right at the bottom of the phone. On the top of the phone is 3.5mm headphone jack along with Micro sim card slot.
Lumia 920 is little heavy and fat while holding. Along the Nokia’s recent line-up, this smartphone is build quality is fantastic and feels good to hold in hand – The Big Phone. The 185g phone is not at all slim & light in design and you can’t simply forget it in your pocket , but still it stands out of crowd.
Nokia Lumia 920 Better:
Nokia Lumia 920 is a 4.5” touchscreen model runs on state of the art latest Windows Phone 8 giving 1280×768 of resolution with PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack, Sunlight Readability Enhancement and Corning Glass 2,0. Although the phone is much big and bulky as compared to Apple’s latest iPhone 5. Overall, Lumia 920 offers best viewing and touchscreen experience indoor as well as outdoor. Alongside we tested the touchscreen with gloves and yes it does work as advertised.
The 920’s is beating its heart on a Qualcomm Snapdragon Adreno 225 running on 1.5GHz processor speed which is quite efficient to fuel the overall smartphone functionality. 1GB of RAM comes on board, while the phone has 32GB of storage space with no space for extended memory (microSD card).
Nokia Lumia 920 Camera & Video Performance:
Now comes the most interesting part of the phone that was really worthy to review. Much could be written on Lumia 920 camera, However it does not have a 41-megapixel sensor or the oversampling technology which was made famous by Nokia 808 PureView, so we are not sure to which hardware of PureView technology has been advanced and put forward out here. But surprisingly, the camera stands out of the crowd compared to others.
The two majors things that Nokia Lumia 920 camera does better than other high-end smartphones out there is the photographs taken under low-light condition. The images really comes to better light through the powerful camera. In order to test these conditions we have taken side by side images with iPhone 5 and Lumia 920, results were in favor of Lumia’s low-light photography.
Image taken from iPhone 4
Image taken from Lumia 920
The next part comes with image stabilization and we can sure that Nokia’s technology is lightyears ahead from others. Same comparison was carried out with a video made from Lumia and competition, whereas it resulted like day and night. Lumia 920’s optical assembly uses tiny springs across the lens which helps to absorb shocks and results are stunning. We normally take videos on the move, and the output feels like a shaky video, you will be surprised with the result video while on the move made with Lumia 920.
Finally the Windows Phone 8 has a different concepts of camera lenses, which lets you click your best shot in whatsoever light condition. Nokia Lumia 920 comes with Bing Vision, Cinemagraph most likely the Panorama and Smart Shoot lenses to capture different shooting moods and requirements.
Closeup Mode on Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920 Web Browsing:
The Nokia Lumia 920 web browsing experiences stands with Internet Explorer & search powered by Bing. A noticeable change for many users is the search bar placed at the bottom rather than the traditional bars at the top. Tabs, recent, favorites, refresh, back all buttons are found here.
The browsing experience seems to be at the speed of light, the pages respond more quickly. The text displayed is quite sharp and crispy especially for white background page, although Lumia 920 does not support flash.
If you love Bing, then you might be impressive with its search, although like me if you are a Google fan then you have to dive into Internet Explorer settings and navigating to advanced settings and there you can change your default search provider. The choice remains all yours.
Nokia Lumia 920 Battery:
NFC technology is getting common nowadays and so does Lumia 920 also comes with NFC besides a Bluetooth. The battery is 2000mAh, as Nokia says it is enough for 400hours of standby, 6 hours of video playback and 67hours of talktime, with 10hours on 3G.
The notable feature is Lumia 920 charging mode, as its processor is so-called ‘Inductive charging’ which requires the unit to rest on a charging pad, rather than attaching it with a charging cable. So this is a unique feature and is quite charming getting user hassle free with charging cables and adapters.
Nokia Lumia 920 Price in UAE:
In Dubai Nokia Lumia 920 is going on sale for AED 2299/- There are many bundle offers running on the phone from retail shoppers, deals website as well from Etisalat & Du telecoms.
User comments on Nokia Lumia 920 Design:
Below are the comments collected from the users who had first time hand’s on experience with Lumia 920:
its quite big and heavy phone, the design of the phone is bulky where as there is some extra space beneath Windows button, if reduced would definitely help in getting a less weight and more compact design.
I got shocked when I tried to fill Lumia 920 music gallery with my favorite songs and some of them was unable to play, while it was playing perfect on iPhone.
The phone experience some delay when changing the view between landscape and portrait under photo gallery.