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 marketing...

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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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by lotsacode-onverge (Currently owns)

    Overall a great phone and not just for the value. Nokia and Microsoft have done an excellent job of creating a leading phone in both design and usability. Ecosystem is also not just about individual apps, ecosystem is about how WP8 links in to all other services, google, twitter, linked in, facebook, xbox, and windows which Microsoft has done a great job of. This is a seamless ecosystem experience without the glitches that you find in other products.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by SmoothDog (Currently owns)

    The Nokia 920 simply feels like a quality product. You could run it over with a dump truck and it would come out unscathed. The design is outstanding. Well balanced and feels great in your hand. Nokia also built Wireless Charging into the device bringing this feature mainstream.

    The display is gorgeous with more PPI (768) than the iPhone and SGIII. In addition, the refresh rate for the screen is a market leader as well. Creating no lag on the phone. Nokia has also brought the sensitivity to a new level allowing the screen to be used with gloves. The best in the business for displays.

    The camera is also a market leader with Image Stabilization for Video that literally makes a mockery of it's competitors. The 920 takes low light pictures that are amazing and no other phone can match it. Daylight photos are excellent, but not out of the realm of it's competitors.

    Reception is on par with competitors and I've had no issues. Performance is fantastic with no lag whatsoever. Snappy describes it.

    Software is intuitive and simple to use. It's a refreshing OS that makes Apple and Android look dated. Music and Video Apps need improvement and more features.

    Battery Life is on par with competitors. I've had no problem using it an entire day and into the night before recharging it.

    Ecosystem. The Windows Apps store is lacking for Apps. However, many substitutes can be found for most applications. The exception being a few well known Apps that are missing, but should be coming. The Ecosystem other than Apps is fantastic for anyone who has utilized MS services. SkyDrive, MS Office, Sharepoint, Xbox Music, Nokia Music work fantastically well together.

    This phone takes it one step past Google and two past the iPhone 5. Clear Winner.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by heh123 (Currently owns)

    This phone is just amazing, design is best i have ever seen, pureview camera takes better photos than any other smartphone, weight isn't problem either, i would recommend this amazing phone for anyone who is looking for new new smartphone it's by far best phone out there, my last phone was iphone 5 and lumia 920 is so much better!

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by CartmanSPC (Currently owns)

    Hardware is absolutely exceptional. Has a number of market first technology you won’t find on other phones. Could use to lose a little weight but that is not an issue.

    There are a few apps still not available but for the most part you can get by. Only thing I can think of that is missing is a notification center but that is coming soon.

    I also have an iPhone 4 but find that I grab the Nokia Lumia 920 over it almost daily. Too hard going back to the iOS user experience and the smaller screen.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by TakeItAndGo (Currently owns)

    Own a black lumia 920. Great buy for $49.99 on black Friday sale. Great camera. Love that pics is auto saved on skydrive. Love that I can access all files and data on skydrive through the Office hub. Love the tiles. Wish more apps are written which update the tiles in useful ways like the People hub. Like that playing games on phone can give me xbox achievement points. Definitely would like to see more productivity/social apps onboarded, the current set is good enough.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by sanshiro (Currently owns)

    I have the Yellow Lumia 920… gorgeous and such an amazing camera, screen, built, etc. The Yellow color is something to behold -- loud and beautiful. The quality of craftsmanship is outstanding, from the Zirconium buttons and camera plate to the exacting machined polycarbonate body. The glossy finish was the right choice (I was very skeptic until I held it in my hands). The weight is... perfect, because of the way the handset feels in the hand (also remember this is a massive 4.5" screen phone... comparisons to a 4" phone are... facepalm-worthy).

    WP8 is an improvement in almost every way. The new Start screen is much more useful. It's choke-full of features from Family and Kid's Room to more flexibility in settings. The Skydrive integration is very powerful. Lens, among other integrated features is way ahead of other mobile OSes.

    The only negative aspects I could point out are the camera app which is missing some of the granularity found int he WP7.5 sw. Also, Nokia Maps felt short on the promise to combine the strengths of Bing Maps and other services - we still have to deal with the nuisance of using two apps (Maps and Drive) unlike the better Google Maps experience. But hey, Nokia Maps at least work and I hear they're awesome in Europe and other countries.

    Design……………………. 9/10 (an iteration of a previous design but still striking, “tank” durability)
    Display…………………….9/10 (responsive, great colors, blacks could be better)
    Cameras………………….9/10 (bestlow-light performance, camera sw a step back despite Lens)
    Reception/Quality………..9/10 (can’t complain)
    Performance…………….10/10 (speedy sucker)
    Software…………………..9/10 (WP8 is pure pleasure, Nokia Maps not as good in the US as Bing)
    Battery life…………………9/10 (surprisingly epic, need to try with NFC on)
    Ecosystem…………………8/10 (powerful Skydrive integration, Xbox, Sharepoint, Outlook, Office, Nokia exclusive apps, 125k other apps, but still missing some key apps)

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by DerJoeBold (Currently owns)

    It was a close call between the HTC 8x and the Nokia Lumia 920, but the 920 just is at least one nose length more advanced in almost each category.

    The Camera is just extraordinary. Although many say the HTC has more settings integrated in the Camera App the 920 just does not need this and I also don't need to be able for example to shoot a Picture with a sepia filter applied; for that I have other Apps. The Settings on the 920 are just enough to take great pictures; although the pictures could be more sharpen.
    Also the mechanical image stabilization is astounding. And hell, taking pictures at night with this Phone just puts you in a trigger-rage-mode because you want to photograph everything. :)

    Many claim the lack of Apps Windows Phone currently has makes Phones with this kind of OS a no go, but these people probably did not hear the latest news, that there is an very high amount of new Apps being added to the Store world wide. Most of the well known Apps from other OS' are already there and more to come. And what does App count say about the quality of the Ecosystem?

    The Quality of the casing must be mentioned here. You simply do not need a protective cover for that phone, because the casing is very durable and has two different finishes (glossy [white, red] & mate [black, cyan]); either one you pick will be of high quality polycarbonate and in case you drop you phone the casing won't brake like it does on a Samsung Galaxy for example and also the color will be still there in case of scratches - whereas you get the aluminum scream out beneath the anodized casing of the iPhone if you drop that.
    In fact, I already dropped my lumia 920 and neither does it have a scratch nor a bump, I also let it slide over rough tables and the phone just don't gives a f**k.

    The Display with its ability to recognize even gloved fingers (sensitivity can be adjusted) is perfect for cold weather and you do not need special gloves (okay, after a certain thickness of fabric the screen will no longer respond but man, that must be really cold weather then :) ).
    It responds very fast to input and the rounded borders left and right of the display give you a great usabillity because the screen just does not end abrupt.

    Including NFC in this Phone is just awesome, not only for Payment but also for automated precesses, like leaving home, shortly tap the phone on a NFC plate and the Phone it self could switch off WiFi, shut down all lights at Home and starts to play Music. (it's just an example, because no App is currently able to manage this automation; sadly)

    I f**king love this Phone.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by nerdferg (Currently owns)

    A lot has been made of this phone being big and heavy. I haven't found it to be very much of an issue at all. Having owned a One X, it's no larger than that and still usable with one hand. Yes, there are some major apps missing, but almost everything I need is present and accounted for, and I love the design of WP8's interface. Originally planned on an iPhone 5 but this will hold me until at least the iPhone 5S comes out (or I may just go with whatever new Lumia is released at that time).

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by andrewjackson042 (Currently owns)

    I've owned this phone for just over a week, and while there are a couple of drawbacks, Nokia has put a great phone together with a solid spec list. If you're getting tired of iOS or Android (both great operating systems in their own right) then you should definitely give WP8 on the 920 a shot.

    The only problem is that it's too hard to get a good feel for the 920/WP8 if the only way you can try the phone is in-store. You really need a couple of days to settle in and get the full picture of what the 920 has to offer.

    Pros:
    Screen is sharp and reproduces colours well
    Wireless charging
    32gb storage
    Camara (especially in low-light)
    1080p video with superb stability
    Exclusives - Nokia Drive + other Nokia Apps
    LTE
    Great call reception/quality

    Cons:
    WP Marketplace is still maturing (although it now has most of the important apps)
    Can feel a little weighty at first if coming from a smaller phone
    No sd card slot

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Schindler (Currently owns)

    Easily a Better phone than iphone or any Android phone out there.. Even better that the Nexus 4, Which would have been my choice if not for an Lumia 920. I have almost all the OS that are so far available for mobiles except for Meego / the latest Sailfish. This is the smoothest of them all, which is the first basic need in any mobile.

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