Last week, the Nokia Lumia 920 began appearing in stores, online and in people’s pockets in select countries. Already, we’re starting to see hands-on reviews coming in, so we thought we’d take a look at some of those. What have the tech news sites been saying about the Nokia Lumia 920? Let’s find out.
Mat Smith, from Engadget, was very thorough with his Nokia Lumia 920. He explored the hardware, the software the camera and everything else in between.
When comparing the camera on the Lumia 920 to other manufacturers, Mat said:
“We came in to these testing scenarios with exceedingly high expectations, and in the extremely low-light situations, where most phones fall flat on their face, the Lumia 920 indeed hit its stride. Yes, there was often some ISO noise to be seen and the results weren’t always spectacular, but the 920’s low-light shots were always the best of the bunch.”
And when it comes to taking videos and using the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) feature:
“Walking with the phone introduces minimal stutter – especially compared to what we’re used to on other smartphones, while autofocus is able to latch on to points of interest quickly. You’ll make the prettiest video clips you’ve ever seen on smartphone”
Matt Brian, from The Next Web, offers lots of insight into what you can expect when you buy the new Nokia Lumia 920. Matt reports:
“Microsoft has done a great job at making Windows Phone relevant again, updating its core offering to match and in some cases offer more than rival platforms from Apple and Google.”
“Coming up against the HTC 8X, it’s close between the two, but the Nokia Lumia 920 edges out its HTC rival on imaging, ecosystem and its overall design.”
Over at The Verge, Dieter Bohn dissects the phone, looks at the design and makes some pretty bold statements – he calls this phone a “tank”:
“You know that guy who walks into the coffee shop and unapologetically slams down a gigantic, 17-inch monster of a laptop on the table, declaring “This thing is a beast, but I don’t care.” That’s the Lumia 920. It’s a muscle car. It’s a monster truck.”
But then he explains why this is the case:
“There are ostensibly good reasons for the Lumia 920’s weight and size: a large battery, 4.5-inch screen, wireless charging, and PureView camera hardware all take up plenty of space.”
Writing about his experiences with the Nokia Lumia 920, Matthew Miller from ZDNet also comments about how the phone feels in the hand:
“There is definitely heft to the Lumia 920; it feels like a rock solid device.”
And when talking about the Windows Phone 8 OS, Matt says:
“Windows Phone 8 has addressed several weaknesses in Windows Phone 7/7.5 and the Lumia 920 looks to set the bar for features, functions, and apps on this new platform.”
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While exploring everything the Nokia Lumia 920 has to offer, Stuart Miles has this to say about the specific Nokia apps, such as Nokia Maps:
“If it’s not the core OS features, it’s the Nokia apps that will enhance your experience. It’s simple things like offline maps to save you time and money when it comes to data costs – here or abroad – the People Hub and its ability to manage your contacts really is fantastic, and much better than the mess that iPhone or Android offer”
And what about the camera?
“Stunning. That’s probably the best word to use when describing the Lumia 920’s PureView camera, especially when looking at low-light shots – something the Lumia 920 specialises in.”
When it comes to design, Alexandra Chang likes the design, and talks about the size:
“Nokia has delivered a heavyweight player (pun intended) to take on the other smartphones, Windows Phone or otherwise.”
But the size isn’t a big issue:
“But that’s one of the few drawbacks to the Lumia 920. Otherwise, it’s a stunning device with two killer features: An amazing display and an excellent camera. The 1280×768 pixel PureMotion HD+ display is one of the best I’ve seen.”
What comes to pricing, Bonnie Cha reports on the AT&T offer on the Nokia Lumia 920 saying:
“The Lumia 920 is an AT&T exclusive, and serves as Nokia’s flagship model. It features a 4.5-inch HD touchscreen and an 8.7-megapixel camera with advanced features such as an image stabilization system and technology to capture more light.
The smartphone’s battery can also be charged wirelessly, and to sweeten the deal, AT&T is throwing in a wireless charging plate for free, for a limited time.
With such features, I would have expected pricing for the Lumia 920 to start in the $200 range, but at $100 it’s quite the steal.”
Have you got your hands on a Nokia Lumia 920 yet? What do you think of it? Use the comments section below, to let us know.