Nokia Lumia 920

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The Nokia Lumia 920 is the company’s third attempt at launching the definitive Windows Phone. In April, Nokia and Microsoft tried to convince the world that the Lumia 900 and Windows Phone 7.5 was that device, but that claim had a shorter expiration date than anybody realized. Its days were numbered, as Windows Phone 8 was an under-the-hood overhaul that wasn’t compatible with the phone.The Lumia 920’s launch was mishandled at best. The compelling PureView camera was undercut by a m...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.42 inches
Weight 0.41 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.5 inches
Carriers AT&T
Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 8

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.11 inches
Width 2.79 inches
Thickness 0.42 inches
Weight 0.41 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color White, Black, Yellow, Red, Gray
Loudspeaker Yes
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.5 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 1280 px
Resolution (X) 768 px
PPI 332
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers AT&T
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1900, 850
LTE Yes
Max WWAN downlink speed 100 Mbps
Max WWAN uplink speed 50 Mbps
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 3.0
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon S4
Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores 2

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 32 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 1.2 megapixels
Video resolution 720p
Video framerate 30

Rear Camera

Resolution 8.7 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p
Video framerate 30

Software

Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 8

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable No
Wireless charging Yes

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9.3

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    Reviewed by Sampath.Kambar (Currently owns)

    Apart from few OS features that are not available(Notification center, Bluetooth sharing etc), this phone is just awesome. All credit goes to Nokia for their HARD WORK. Display is super sensitive. UI is butter smooth, I have over 130+ apps and 30+(High Quality Games) installed in it. All will run super smooth. If MS provides proper support, then I am sure Nokia will regain its spot within 2 Years. And my sincere suggestion to MS would be to retain Nokia until MS gets famous for their HARDWARE DEVICES.

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    Reviewed by jlcsscljjlcs (Currently owns)

    Best phone ever. I've tried almost all platforms and windows phone 8 today is by far the best. And if you put it in a phone even better than the iphone 5S in specs* (and having the original minimalist style that iOS7 is based on), it's your best choice after the new Lumia 1020.

    *not counting CPU and RAM as WP8 is better optimized for the processors the developers chose and Apple designs it's own processor.

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    Reviewed by adriankessel (Currently owns)

    This device has a better display, better camera, and is far less glitchy than the Lumia 900 I used previously. I still love the look and feel of the phone and the build quality is excellent. I don't mind that this phone isn't as thin or light as some of its contemporaries but I'm not sure why it isn't. Other manufacters are making phones with similarly sized batteries and camera hardware in much smaller bodies. Battery life and call quality are great.

    Software is just about the entire problem with owning this phone and it is a big one. Internet explorer is fairly quick but some basic function (switching tabs) requires too many steps. Multitasking is not done well. It is difficult to be quick and accurate when swiping through your recently used applications. There is little customizing you can do with notifications. If you miss a text notification you need to access the messaging app to see any messages. There is no notification center or persistent way to see you have something waiting. The only thing you get is the live tile (if the app supports it and you're on your home screen) and an icon displaying the type and number of messages on the lock screen. But you can not get much info from the lock screen and can not go directly to a notification from here.

    The app selection is just about as bad as it has been. There is now Hulu and Pandora (and sometimes YouTube). Many apps I like to use are not available and I have little hope they will be anytime soon. This device doesn't work with my Jawbone UP bracelet, my Toyota car, Google Maps...and more.

    It works ok for me as a device I use to keep in touch with business contacts due to nice sound and battery life. However, I can hardly see a reason anyone should buy this over an iPhone or Android device due to the OS feeling significantly lacking by comparison and the selection of applications being quite terrible.

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    Reviewed by Bmrk (Currently owns)

    Design:
    - This phone has the best design, I've ever seen. Nokia did pretty well, making it :)

    Display:
    - PureMotion HD+...do i have to say more? :D Oh, and also Clear Black technology..That's just simply awesome.

    Camera(s):
    - The Back camera is the best phone cam I've ever met (well, except for the lumia 1020), and the front cam is also pretty cool, cuz it can make videos in 720p.

    Rec./Call quality:
    - I have never had any issues with it, but probably some phone's call quality could be better.

    Performance:
    - I can't say any negative things about the performance. That's just amazing.:D

    Software:
    - I love WP8, so it's 10/10 for me.

    Batter life:
    - So the battery life should be better, but hey...Nothing is perfect :)

    Ecosystem:
    - Pretty good.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by yellowwhat (Currently owns)

    Bought it 5 months ago, and it makes me happy when I suddenly remember some features I forgot about because I got used to them. My friends are really amazed by all the stuff it can do (low-light photos, wireless charging, offline navigation and super-sensitive touchscreen). There are couple of downsides. Dust easily gets on the secondary camera, it's hard to use the phone with only one hand and WP is currently missing some of the features available on iOS and Android, but it's definitely easier to use. Overall, I love this phone and have never regretted buying it.

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    Reviewed by HenryEdlin (Currently owns)

    Bought Nokia Lumia 920 a few months ago after decided not to take S3 and iPhone 5 and really enjoying it, camera is great, performance is good, display is good also. the problem is the phone is heavy and overheat. Microsoft needs to develop more applications for Windows Phone 8 just as like as Android or iOS

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by manticor (Currently owns)

    I bought this phone primarily to have a badass camera at all times. In that regard, this phone delivers. The camera is great, especially for nighttime shots and indoor shots. Daytime and outdoors are also high quality-- but the quality doesn't stand out versus competition like the previously mentioned categories.

    I also love the home screen. It makes the best use of space of any camera I've seen, and allows you to allocate the proper amount of real estate to your various apps. Live tiles are an awesome feature which allow your apps to be widgets too. All very nice.

    Badass camera notwithstanding, this phone is a horribly frustrating experience. Things that should be simple-- like syncing music-- are needlessly difficult. The software is buggy and often did not work for me at all. I don't know if that's because I'm using Windows 8 (sigh...) or if Windows Phone 8 simply hasn't worked out the kinks. Regardless, syncing was hit and miss for a long time, with inexplicable duplication and inexplicable un-syncable items, and album art weirdness, and seemingly random album names... Ugh. I could go on. Syncing, the most basic function of all, is needlessly difficult. This is the most egregious sin because it is the most basic functionality needed for every smartphone. (This counts against the ecosystem score.)

    The next basic function that is lacking is in the navigation department. Luckily the phone seems to be getting better in this department, with the release of Nokia's HERE software. However, for inexplicable reasons, I am at random times unable to reach GPS... which is kind of a big deal. The reason why I bought my first smartphone years ago was precisely for navigation. Besides not being able to connect to GPS at random times, sometimes I would connect to GPS, and the phone would believe I was approximately 10 blocks forward and to the right. That makes navigation a bit harder. Usually a reboot would fix these issues, but that's awfully hard to do whilst driving in a car, especially if you don't know that your GPS is leading you astray. In addition, even when the GPS is connected, and knows your real location, the phone will give ridiculous routes; routes that are in no way optimal, and sometimes not even possible. Oh, and it doesn't know how to show what to do in a roundabout. Yeah, navigation is a fail. (This counts against the software score.)

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by baobab (Currently owns)

    I've owned the Nokia Lumia 920 for 5 months now, and I am definitely convinced that this is of course the best Windows Phone 8 solution, but also that this is still a though competitor of Android flagships and the iPhone.

    In fact the camera is still one of the best on the market, if not the best, period. Thanks to the superlative low-light performance, OIS and the latest firmware updates, the camera offers great images for a phone.

    Battery life and and reception aren't best-in-class, but still offer a more than decent experience, especially once it is clear to the user how to prolong the life of the phone for a whole day (NFC off, Nokia Drive not in background...).

    The ecosystem is, of course, the only let-down for this phone, but it is not really a problem, thanks to Nokia's collection of apps and a Windows Phone Store growing day by day.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Hollyoaks (Currently owns)

    With a great design and unbeatble main shooter -in low lights especially- Nokia has once again proved that they are much more capable than just a featurephone producer. The app add-ons by Nokia make this phone a unique experience. And with WP8 smooth as butter, there is currently no phone to beat this beast.

    The screen however could have been more fingerprint resistant and the battery life could be further improved- it still has a very solid battery life even with both mobile data and wifi on simultaneously-.

    If the next generation of Lumia's could improve on this, Nokia and WP will solidify their place as the third and maybe even the second platform and gain sizeable market share and end the duopoly of Android-Iphone.

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    Reviewed by jack.reacherrr (Currently owns)

    Nokia knows better about phones than any one else in the business. They know how to put a solid phone in customers hands. They took a while to get there in the smart phone world but when they are there they blew everybody out. Everybody running behind making their mobiles slimmer than the competitor but no actual reason to make a slimmest phone other than claiming in the adverts.
    Windows 8 is smooth like butter and it will take over ios soon if not android. There are bits and pieces need to be fixed in wp8 but the potential is huge for wp in the future as the smart phone playground expanding and customers are giving a fair chance for new platforms with decent capabilities. i see bright future for wp.

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