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Nokia Lumia 920 review

Can the Lumia 920 offer the standout Windows Phone 8 experience?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 32 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8.7 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 18.60 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Premium design
  • Great screen
  • Excellent camera

Against

  • Heavy
  • OS clunky at times
  • Battery life average
  • Poor app selection

The Nokia Lumia 920 is a big, brutish smartphone, but under that weighty exterior is a decent phone which just wants to do things the simple way.

Windows Phone 8 is an intriguing proposition offering up something very different to the iOS and Android systems we've become accustomed too, and the Lumia 920 is currently the most powerful handset running it.

We liked

Simplicity is the key here, the Lumia 920 does the basics well, from contact integration and calling, to web browsing and messaging.

The 8MP camera on the back of the Lumia 920 is one of the best we've used and for anyone looking to get a top end cameraphone you need to seriously consider this Nokia.

The 4.5-inch display is also a good'un, crisp and clear it makes watching movies, surfing the web or Facebook stalking an enjoyable experience.

We disliked

The sheer size and weight of the Nokia Lumia 920 will be a deal breaker for some and while we were able to adapt to the phone's bulky body, we had several friends who were not fans - check out the HTC 8X for a more pocket friendly mobile.

Once again battery life is a sticking point - you'll be lucky to get a whole day out of the Lumia 920 if you use it relatively frequently, but the wireless charging capabilities are a nice touch.

While the live tiles are easy to navigate, the flow within some applications may confuse customers, especially those who are new to Windows Phone, and the lack of applications in the store will no doubt irk the power users out there.

Verdict

The Nokia Lumia 920 isn't a groundbreaking, game-changing device, it's a refreshed Lumia 900 with a newer operating system and some additional power.

That's not to say it's a bad phone, what Nokia has produced is a solid, well-built device which does the job you'd expect of a smartphone, without any of the lag we sometimes see from the convoluted Android system.

Windows Phone 8 offers up a very different user interface and we for one are pleased there's something going against the grain of Android and iOS – there's certainly space for a third OS in the market and at the moment WP8 is filling it.

While some will be put off with the size, weight and high price tag of the Lumia 920, it manages to keep pace with other big hitters such as the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X+.

It doesn't manage to beat any of these handsets, but the Nokia Lumia 920 is a worthy ambassador for Windows Phone 8 and if the Finnish firm continue to build and improve on this handset, it could well make a glorious return to the mobile market.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 700, LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1900, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8.7 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time18.60 Hour
Product Model920
Screen Size11.4 cm (4.5")
Screen Resolution1280 x 768
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)83.91 kg
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, EU RoHS, REACH, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1280
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Conference Call, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding
Pixel Density332 ppi
Height130.3 mm
Width70.8 mm
Depth10.7 mm
Radio TunerNo
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameLumia 920 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Orientation Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberA0008942
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationExplore the world with Nokia Lumia

Every day in every city around the world, people are pursuing their own adventures, big or small. Explore the world around you with amazing camera technology, exclusive Live Tile apps and unique design features. This is Lumia.

Package Contents
  • Lumia 920 Smartphone
  • Nokia Fast USB Charger
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable
  • Nokia Headset
  • Quick Guide
  • SIM Door Key
Limited Warranty2 Year