Just because this Nokia Lumia 920 is bigger, it doesn’t mean it’s perfect for anyone. Beside that is big and heavy, it takes full power from the user to appreciate all the special features that are included in this smartphone. The specifications are powerful, but from some you will feel very disappointed. Let’s get down to the business and begin with this review.
Design and screen
We mentioned earlier that this phone is heavier and bigger than the previous phone of this model line. It is 0.4-inch thick and 6.5 ounces heavy and you can feel its presence in your hands. If you drop it from your hands or pocket right on your toes, good luck with limping the rest of the day.
It has a perfect design from the top right to the bottom. The rounded spines and the angles around the face make this device a really good-looking smartphone. The big plus of the design is the curved back which gives smooth palm feel. The Nokia Lumia 920 is 5.1-inch tall, 2.8-inch wide and it’s slightly different than its predecessor. You can notice the difference at the redesigned buttons which are repositioned too and the MicroUSB is placed on the base instead at the top. The camera and the flash are placed little bit lower on the back side.
If you want to know more about the details, you can notice that the screen ditched the ridges which were raised on the previous model. The screen is made smoother and it’s the best part of the smartphone. While we are at it, the Lumia packed HD screen with 1,280 x 768 resolution. The screen has some quite impressive pixel density (332 ppi). When Nokia revealed this phone, they said that they are offering a phone that has the highest pixel density on the market. This was topped by HTC 8X which has smaller screen with higher ppi (342). All in all, this screen looks amazing with very high brightness level, rich colors, deep blacks, sharp texts and bright whites.
While building this screen, the people from Nokia has ditched the AMOLED tech and gave this Lumia 920 different IPS display which Nokia calls it “HD PureMotion+”. This means that if you set the sensitivity feature of this screen to high, you will be able to use it with your nails and even with your gloves on. The screen can brighten the display automatically when you go out and this means lot of battery usage. As it seemed, the Lumia 920 reduced the outdoor glare little bit more than the compared screens of the other smartphones.
Nokia always had a great camera. It’s the same situation here as this phone includes an 8.7-mpix camera with high resolution. It uses Carl Zeiss optics, feature that stabilizes the images, and enormous 41-mpix lens and sensor which was introduced with the PureView algorithm. It defines this PureView as the rendering software not as the mentioned size of the camera sensor. This phone has 16:9 photographs ratio and focal length of 26mm. The Lumia’s camera can produce impressive photos with high contrast and very crisp lines. The images are very colorful and clear and this is something that a perfect camera needs to have.
It has one slight issue, though. The Lumia 920 has a limited camera settings. You can only select some nighttime portraits, backlit scenarios, some ISO settings, aspect ratio, white-balance, and focus-assist light. That’s all. There are no other choices for choosing the saturation or the sharpness. I kind of hoped that the panorama mode will be included but, there isn’t any sign of that. This smartphone includes a front-facing camera with 1-mpix that it’s good only for video calling.
The hardware of this smartphone is what we often say: acceptable. This phone is equipped with a dual-core S4 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor which has clock speed of 1.5GHz. It includes Qualcomm ADRENO graphic and 1GB of RAM. Nokia Lumia 920 comes with 32GB built-in memory and upgradable memory to 32GB.
This smartphone comes with 2,000 mAh impressive battery which you can’t remove on your own. Nokia has reported that this battery rates 9 hours of talk time and 13 days standby time. You can keep listening to music on it up to 52 hours and you can watch video for 5 hours.
The last but not least, I’m giving you the pros and cons for this device:
– Pros: highly sensitive display, wireless charging, better working Windows OS for phones, great battery life, good design, great picture quality taken from the main camera.
– Cons: Thick, heavy, big, lack of settings for the camera, weak front-facing camera.
There are some other substitutes out there if you are decided for buying Windows OS based smartphone.