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How Does the Nokia Lumia 920 Stack Up

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Posted November 29, 2012 by in Smartphones

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the premier Windows phone 8 device in the market. See if this smartphone is right for you. the Nokia Lumia 920 is the premier Windows phone 8 device in the market. See if this smartphone is right for you.

The long wait for Nokia’s new flagship Windows phone is over. The Lumia 920 has finally arrived. What should we expect from this beast of a phone? Let us find out how it stacks up.

Hardware

It retained a lot of the looks from the original Lumia 900 but this one is taller at 5.1 inches, wider at 2.8 inches and as you will find out when you hold it, heavier at 6.5 ounces. The polycarbonate body has a glossy finish that makes it a little slippery to the touch but its curvier back helps you hold it much comfortably. The raised ridges from the Lumia 900 design are gone so the front screen now feels much more smooth and flowing. Last, it comes in cool colors that are perfect matches to the Windows Phone 8 interface.

Screen

The Lumia 920 has a terrific HD screen at 332 ppi. While the HTC Windows Phone 8X has a higher pixel density at 342 ppi, the Lumia’s screen is no slouch either. Besides, pixel density is not the end-all and be-all of screen quality. In fact, we expected the HTC 8X to have a better screen but was pleasantly surprised that Nokia has a few tricks up its sleeves. First is that their screen has less glare even when pointed directly at the sun and it makes it more readable in bright lights. Second is the ultra sensitivity of its screen. The Lumia 920’s screen is so sensitive that you can even operate it with your gloves on.

OS

So what is so great about the Windows phone 8 operating system? First is the cool tiled interface is easy to use and less intimidating than previous Windows phone OS. The Office integrations make it a great business phone and there are fun additions like Kid’s Corner. The NFC feature lets you share content through tap +send. Windows have no default voice navigation but it lets you link to third party apps for it. Nokia, however, already solved that problem by having Nokia Drive, its own turn-by-turn voice directions app, pre-installed in the Lumia 920. Another great addition from Nokia to supplement the OS is Nokia Music, which is popular for its mix stations. It lets you save up to 5 playlists with 50 songs each, which you can listen to offline. Of course, apps availability is still a problem. Compared to Android and iOS, their apps store is lacking in comparison.

Camera

We were expecting more from the Lumia 920’s camera because it had the PureView algorithm that made the 808 a great phone camera but its 8.7 mp shooter gave mixed results. When used for outdoor shots, the results were underwhelming. Indoor shots, however, were great. The Lumia 920 thrived on artificial lighting and gave terrific photos.

Performance

The Nokia Lumia 920 is powered by one of the fastest processors in the world, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip. Combined with AT&T’s 4G network, it provides a fast and snappy browsing experience.

Wireless Charging

This is the most convenient way to charge a cellphone. Just place it in the pad and the phone will start charging. Unlike previous attempts at wireless charging by many manufacturers, Nokia finally got it right by doing away with charging cases that, instead of making it easier, actually makes the process of charging more complicated. Nokia’s version is simple. Plug the charging pad, then leave it. It will only take a charge once the phone is placed on the pod. Once you are done charging, you can just leave the pad again.

Conclusion

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the best Windows Phone 8 device on the market so of you are a fan of the Windows ecosystem this is the phone for you. Take note, however, that it is only available through AT&T.


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Leiden Johnson

Leiden Johnson is a photographer by trade but loves all those geeky, tech stuff and the outdoors. If she's not working or going out, you can see her in front of her computer either writing about anything or playing MMORPG’s which helps her to be more creative in her photoshoots.

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