Alongside the HTC Windows Phone 8X, Nokia’s Lumia 920 is the flagship handset for Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 operating system. Finnish mobile giant Nokia has bet big on Windows Phone, being the only major operator to solely use the software on its smartphones since the launch of the Lumia 800 last year.
We liked the Windows Phone 8X pretty much across the board, but Nokia’s latest top-end Lumia is in many ways even better; bringing an arguably superior camera, wireless charging and a range of additional software features. But the elephant in the room remains the Windows Phone ecosystem. Until Microsoft’s software can truly get the app factor, it is a poor relation to Apple iOS and Google Android.
The Lumia 920 is a hefty handset. At 130mm in length and 70mm width, it is pretty standard for a new phone, but the 10.7mmm girth is not what you would call slim. Weighing 185 grams, this chunky slab feels like a Samsung Galaxy S3 if it put on a few pounds, but the Lumia 920 is also not an ugly beast either.
The phone follows the design of previous Nokia Lumia devices; featuring a tactile one-piece polycarbonate body. Available in black, white, red and yellow, the device feels very much like a premium product that has been made with care and quality materials. The front is dominated by the display, coated in Gorilla glass for extra protection, and the corners have been toughened for extra strength. Whilst the Lumia 920 lacks the finesse of the Apple iPhone 5, it certainly feels like it could cope with whatever life throws at it.
The power, camera and volume buttons on the side have a shiny coating, and there is a headphone jack and SIM card port on the top, and micro-USB and speakers on the bottom. The rear is completely clear apart from the stylish dark silver stripe bearing the Nokia and Carl Zeiss lens branding around the camera.
There is no micro-SD slot included in the phone for additional storage, meaning users are left with just the 32GB on-board, which might feel a little stingy for some – although you do get 7GB of free cloud storage via SkyDrive.
With the release of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft introduced support for high definition screens to its operating system. Nokia has taken full advantage by fitting the Lumia 920 with a display measuring 4.5-inches on the diagonal and a resolution of 768×1280 pixels. That gives a pixel density of 332ppi, beating the iPhone 5’s 326ppi, although it is doubtful most people will notice the difference.
Text on web pages or eBooks appears sharp and crisp, while images and video are displayed in sumptuous detail. Nokia has also fitted the screen with ClearBack technology, which makes blacks even deeper. To see the benefit of this, just switch the Windows Phone 8 Start screen theme to ‘dark’ and see the excellent contrast against the bright live tiles.
Nokia has also fitted the phone with super-sensitive touchscreen technology that allows the display to still be used while wearing gloves. This does indeed work with most materials, although we found that touch with heavier woollen gloves did not always register.
Nokia has arguably missed a real opportunity to release the first quad-core Windows Phone device, instead fitting the Lumia 920 with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. However, that is better than Windows Phone 7 devices which were limited to just a single core.
The smartphone competition has moved on, including the recent Android-powered Google Nexus 4 boasting a 1.5Ghz quad-core chip with 2GB of RAM, and a cheaper price than the Lumia 920. But Nokia’s handset still performs admirably at most tasks. The most demanding apps, such as Real Racing 2, would stretch the Lumia 920, but most of them are not available on Windows Phone anyway.
The phone supports wireless charging by placing it on a special matt that is connected to the mains. This is a pretty good feature as you don’t need to constantly tangle with wires and can create a set charging point, such as on a desk or by a bed. But if you want to move the charging apparatus then it is pretty much the same as using a normal charger.
Ever since the Lumia 920 was released earlier in the month, users have reported issues with rapid drain of its 2,000mAh cell battery. Indeed, our test handset was very thirsty and drained around 50% in a matter of just a few hours. The Lumia 800, Nokia’s first Windows Phone flagship handset released last year, was also hit with similar complaints. Nokia later issued a software patch to fix the problem, and so it will probably do the same here.
Culled From: digitalspy