The Lumia 920 is Nokia’s latest flagship device for Microsoft’s Windows phone 8 platform. It is a good looking handset, but it’s a bit large and bulky. It feels sturdy and is quite heavy at 185g. There also seems to be an offset of balance as the upper portion of the handset seems to be slightly heavier. The 920 features a uni-body design, which means no access to the battery and no support for additional memory over and above the 32GB of on board storage.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has a 768×1280 pixel resolution with a pixel density of 332 ppi spread across the 4.5-inch IPS LCD display. The screen is made of Gorilla Glass, is crisp at all times, and is easily legible with colors that really pop, thanks to the PureMotion HD+ and Clear-Black technology.
The Lumia 920 runs on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. It is powered by a Qualcomm snapdragon processor of the 1.5GHz dual-core variety (Krait with 1GB RAM). The os on its own is smooth and quite fluid and there’s a slight (only a slight) improvement in motion blur reduction while scrolling thanks to the PureMotion HD+ tech. The Windows phone 8 platform has a very user-friendly, clutter-free setup, but it sorely lacks in the apps department.
This handset comes with Dolby Audio Enhancement, a set of presets and a seven-band customizable graphic equalizer. With USB mass storage, you can drag and drop files for instant playback. Nokia’s music app gives you access to online content for streaming audio and also lets you download music for free on to your device. Mix Radio is an ad hoc streaming service for online music. You can choose from multiple languages as well as genres. A podcast option is also available. The new Windows Phone 8 comes preloaded with quite a few video codecs that support MP4, WMV, and AVI, all with full HD support.
On the connectivity front, the Lumia 920 features 3G/ EDGE, Wi-Fi (dual band with Hot Spot and DLNA), NFC, Bluetooth (with A2DP and EDR) for data transfer, and wireless charging via the accessories separately sold.
Windows phone 8’s Internet explorer with full support for HTML5 is as swift and easy to use as they come, GPS with GLONASS support for HTML5 is as swift and easy to use as they come. GPS with GLONASS support for Nokia Drive and the corresponding location-based apps like City Lens are great features to have. Maps are available for almost all of India and quite a few other countries. The maps themselves are downloaded to your handset’s memory and are very usable when not connected to the internet. One Note and Office with Sky Drive support are also on board.
The 8 megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeis optics adds great value to the handset’s overall feature set and is one of the best cameras on a mobile phone today, except the PureView 808.
The Lumia 920’s price of $706.8 might be a little steep for some, but it does have a quite a lot to offer as a WP8 smartphone. If you are looking for a great camera phone with a decent battery and a great display and don’t mind the lack of apps, look no further.