Reviewed by LordGreylock (Currently owns)
Considering this phone has gone from $99, to $49, and sometimes free for a 32GB model, in my opinion it beats out not only Apple and Android, but some of the other Windows Phone models as well. It's packing plenty horsepower, NFC, wireless charging and some of Nokia's own apps like Drive, and Nokia Music.
The display is awesome, vibrant colors, clean and crisp. With Nokia's clearblack technology it's easily viewable outside in direct sunlight.
A smooth and snappy OS. A fresh new UI experience. Live tiles to give you snippets of information from your favorite services.
The camera, while not perfect still takes great shots. The most impressive feature of the camera is the low light shots, it's simply amazing.
The video this phone takes is by far some of the best I've seen. Very clear and crisp, along with the added image stabilization it's second to none.
The build quality and design is superb, it feels great in the hand for a larger size handset. It is heavier than most other competitors handsets, I haven't had any issues with that personally and if you do, you probably need to get to the gym.
Battery life, reception and call quality have all been great, no complaints here.
I've heard people having arguments about the ecosystem, while it's not as mature as most, you've still got Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, X-Box 360, Microsoft Surface and Skydrive which all integrate very well with each other and will definitely be getting better over time. As for myself, they all mesh together well enough right now as I mostly use Skydrive for comment sharing between devices.
Ah yes, the app store, everyones still complaining there are no apps. There are plenty of apps! I've found just about everything I need for my daily use. I hear people whine about "oh wheres instagram?!" Who cares?! I don't need to see your sepia, old looking, filter laden photos anyway, give it a rest. Truth is the app store is missing some popular apps, however most times you can find a comparable alternative. My biggest issue is that I hope dev's take the time to create a quality app and not half-ass it.
Windows Phone is simply an awesome contender. The Lumia 920 is no slouch, it's quick, smooth, beautiful and fun to use. It has features and apps you can't get on any other brand of WP handset. While it may not be for everyone, I think most people will be surprised.
I hope it spurs along Google and Apple to make even better products, because without the competition, they get lazy and stop innovating like they should be and in the end the consumer ends up losing. Getting stuck with the same old products and few choices. If for no other reason than that, you should be hoping Windows Phone succeeds.
- Design 10
- Display 10
- Camera(s) 8
- Reception / call quality 10
- Performance 10
- Software 9
- Battery life 8
- Ecosystem 7