Nokia Lumia Icon

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Even Nokia’s boots were innovative. The company once known as Finnish Rubber Works made well-loved rubber boots long before it made smartphones. And as it shifted from rain-proof soles to cellphone modems in the latter half of the 20th century, Nokia became as innovative and important a technology company as any. In 1982, it made the first truly connected phone, the Mobira Senator; its Nokia 1100 later became the best-selling consumer electronics product on the planet. Nokia thought...

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Basic Specs

Thickness .39 inches
Weight .37 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 5 inches
Carriers Verizon Wireless
Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 8

Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.39 inches
Width 2.79 inches
Thickness .39 inches
Weight .37 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black / Silver, White / Silver
Loudspeaker Yes
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 5 inches
Technology AMOLED
Resolution (Y) 1920 px
Resolution (X) 1080 px
PPI 441
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers Verizon Wireless
CDMA Yes
CDMA frequencies supported 1900, 800 / 850
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1900, 850
LTE Yes
LTE frequencies supported 700
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11 a/c
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon 800
Model MSM8974
Clock speed 2.2 GHz
Number of cores 4

GPU

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Model Adreno 330

Memory

RAM size 2 GB

Storage

Internal size 32 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 1.2 megapixels
Video resolution 720p
Video framerate 30

Rear Camera

Resolution 20 megapixels
Flash Dual 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 2420 mAh
Wireless charging Yes

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by kingraven24 (Currently owns)

    This is the best Nokia device to date in terms of all-around smartphone design and feature sets. The Lumia 1020 is definitely the better camera phone, but otherwise you're going to thoroughly enjoy the Icon and what is has to offer. The 5" full-HD display is VERY sharp and VERY vibrant. It could be argued as the best display on the market, because the 1520 6" display was, only the pixel density is higher because of the smaller screen size. It's not too thick or too heavy, though it is a bit heavier and thicker than other flagship phones like the HTC One or iPhone, but it offers greater screen real-estate so it's probably warranted to be a bit larger in any case than your 4" iPhone. Other than that, the camera is very good @ 16MP (with a 5MP capture for social network sharing) and dual-LED flash. The only complaint I had against this was the LED flash used over the superior Xenon flash tech, but in reality a little touch up can make your photos feel more organic. The very cool tech in this video segment is the directional audio capture that will zero in on what is in front of you and less of what is behind, allowing for greater focus so long as you are pointing the camera in the right direction. The battery is great - easily lasts a full day and can do maybe 2 depending on how heavily you use the phone. Call quality is standard. It ships with Windows Phone 8 but the much-improved 8.1 is no more than 2 months away and will greatly push the software envelope. If I had to pick negatives, it would definitely cater to the slightly thicker design and no color options. I think this phone would be THE phone to own if it didn't have Verizon's branding and came in a bit slimmer. If I could pick it up in rave green (Xbox color) and maybe another color I would be tempted to, but perhaps good cases can make up for that. The aluminum band around the edges is a great touch and adds a premium feel to the device. I'm hoping some day a Lumia line drops from MSFT that will be full-body aluminum with color like the iPod Nano does. I have owned a 1020 for about 7 months at this time and love it, but after seeing this tightly-packed screen and extra row of tiles, I almost hated looking at my own screen, and thus I'm buying this phone (they do come unlocked) to give it further testing.

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    • Display 10
    • Camera(s) 9
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    • Software 8
    • Battery life 9
    • Ecosystem 8
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