Apr 21, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 920 Review, Part 1: Smartphone Superstar

Visage: The Hardware Talk

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, true in a sense that people have varied interpretation and idea of beauty according to his or her own social, cultural or emotional background, but personally, I believe it’s a lame excuse for anyone who cannot achieve unanimous agreement on something because as far as I am concern, there were exceptional circumstances or things that assents unilateral perspective, one of which is the hardware of the Nokia Lumia 920 that transverse the norm of having not meet anyone yet who was not mesmerize by the phone’s countenance. The phones gorgeous look is a repercussion of the huge deep black screen display concurring to the fulgent yellow verge. Also, the color combination conforms perfectly well exuding a mirage of enticement.

Looks begets touch and on the matter, the Nokia Lumia 920 successfully seethe its visionary semblance to taction with its unibody high grade polycarbonate cover. The phone really feels expensive and solid in the hand giving a superior quality finish. I’m not into its non-removable battery design though; at all times and in any given situation, it’s always advantageous for any user to put extra back-up battery on. Yes, there were now power bank gadgets being sold but it would be awkward to attach them to the phone while calling or taking pictures.


The phone also had a scratch-free curve gorilla glass display like the Nokia N9 that was supposed to give a pleasurable swipe, but it wasn’t effectively applied to the Lumia 920 giving only a regular swipe impression to my taste. Nokia uses a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 on the phone; this type of glass has a super sensitive screen that would respond to swipes even with the use of gloves, fingernails or even knives if preferred, tried it and its 100% safe against scratches.

As far as the increasing trend in screen size is concern, the phone’s 4.5 inch display will come out a little exiguous, but to be very frank, I’m not even comfortable with the Lumia 920’s size being a bit broad to my liking, how much more with this newly launched smartphones with 5-6 inches screens. I did mention in my previous article about a window of adjustment to the Lumia 920’s screen size but I wasn’t happening after two weeks of used, I still cannot use the phone restfully in one hand. I’d rather have a smallish screen phone that perfectly fits my hands rather than an oversize phone that would make my life complicated.

Weight and Dimension

In terms of weight, I’d say it’s manly enough, not too heavy or too light. The weight even fortifies the phones solid impression making it attractive as well for the ladies. Dimension on the other hand is also very ideal; in fact, I prefer my phones to be a little thick because I have this particular perspicacity of getting flustered when I can’t feel my phone in my pocket. Also, the curve sides gave a thin impression to the phone when being held up so the thickness won’t really matter much.

Side Specs

The phone’s stereo speakers, audio jack, USB port, among the rest of the side keys were effectively well positioned. I’m not into the SIM lock mechanism of the phone though, it comes out fiddly most specially that I’m fun of swapping SIM’s every now and then having two more extra SIM’s as reloaders and all.

Stereo speaker by the way is loud enough. It’s definitely not as loud as my Nokia N82 but way better than my Nokia N8. I would want this part improve on future Lumia devices most specially that pre-installed SMS or messaging tones were not loud enough. No problem with the call tones on the other hand since users can customize it with personal uploaded tones or music files.

The audio jack is 3.5mm, a universal size that would work on any earphones or headphones sold in the market. The phone uses a microUSB which serves as a customary connector and a battery charger at the same time.

Top: SIM Door Lock, 3.5mm Audio Jack

Right Side: Volume Keys, Lock and Unlock Key, Camera Key

Bottom: Stereo Speakers, microUSB Slot

Left Side: No Keys


One of the phone’s superstar features is the camera. It has the most advance camera hardware ever created for mobilephones; the Pureview Technology; Optical Image Stabilization; Sensor size of 1/3.2"; Camera focal length of 26 mm; Short pulse high power LED flash; among others. I did not mention the phones the 8.7 Carl Ziess Tessar Lens being short to the 42MP of Nokia 808, and its aperture since the Nokia Lumia 720 defeats it with f/1.9. As a result of these intrinsic combinations, a camera performance like no other yet most specially in low light images. I have put the phone to a camera test both in daylight and low light scenarios, see sample images here (daylight, lowlight), and the results were staggering. It produced better images hands down in any given scenes most specially in low light conditions where it routs competition to despair.

Camera king, it deservingly earned, but it was more like a King of Opportunity for me since it opened a new avenue for user’s creativity and inventiveness via night photography. More views about the phones camera in the software talk, part 2 of Nokia Lumia 920 review.


The phone had a Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BP-4GW) with a published stand-by time of up to 400h in 2G and up to 400h in 3G, talk time of up to 17h and music play of about 67h. It’s definitely not the biggest battery to be added on a phone but even so, I could say that battery life is pretty modest. It handles Music and video players fairly well losing only as much as 20% of power for a full length movie and as low as 10% with an hour or two of music. It wasn’t as effective though when it comes to surfing the web or making use of the camera. An hour of surfing or camera use repudiates as much as 25% of the power reserve.

Under normal daily use, the phone could last a day on me with a need to charge it in the evening. To compare this with my previous phones, the Nokia N8 could last two days on me while the Nokia N82 lasts as long as 3 days. Battery performance is understandable though, the Lumia 920 had a bigger screen with a dual core processor. To compare the phone’s battery performance to an iPhone or any Android devices, the phone is 35% more battery efficient.

I haven’t tried wireless charging so I cannot give a feedback on it. The idea is cool though being futuristic. I just wish I've tried it, like how long the phone would charge using it and so forth.

Wrap Up

The phone is an ensemble of unique approach to design and construction that people could instantly differentiate, creating a surge of trepidation resulting to confoundment. A visual proof of extraordinary ingenuity for designers savoured with meticulous eye on intrinsic details. It may not be perfect hardware-wise but it’s a cut way above the rest.

If hardware is the only bases for a smartphone’s overall caliber, then the Nokia Lumia 920 could have already won in  the best phone category, but it’s not just about hardware, software is equally as important.

To read Part 2 of the review, CLICK HERE!


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