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Review: Nokia Lumia 920

Our bid to get hold of the Lumia 920 for review might have been a bit delayed, but it was worth the wait, for this meant we had more time to precisely ‘inspect’ this beast.
Coming in a bright yellow flavour our review device certainly had everyone’s attention at the office, question is; will the device itself and its performance grab my attention?

Grab It

Its no secret that the Lumia 9200 is a good looking handset, handsome if I may personlise. Bulky and larger than its counterparts such as the iPhone 5 and HTC 8X which by the way also runs on Windows 8. Some argue that the 920 is too heavy at the 185g it comes in, but it just feels perfect and gives that sense of holding something real once its firmly placed in your hand. There is that slight offset of balance as the upper part feels slightly heavier, just me? Ok.

Unlike its predecessors, the Lumia 800 and 900, all buttons on the 920 are concentrated on the right side of the handset with the camera’s shutter/activation release button first, power/screen lock and volume rocker on top. All of these buttons are finished off by a MicroUSB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack right next to the Mirco SIM tray. Our review device came standard with 32GB of on board memory which means there’s no access to the battery and no support for additional memory.

Plug It

The W8 was one of the much anticipated devices of yesteryear to carry LTE, which automatically switches to 3G or EDGE when out of 4G range. The device also supports dual band Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth for easy data transfer.
The Lumia 920 is powered by a 2000mAh battery which managed to almost give us a full day’s usage on a full charge. This of course included us making a few calls, constant check-ups on social network and emails, downloading apps all while connected to a Wi-Fi network. The devices comes with numerous battery saving tips and options, which we reckon could have secured us a few more hours of usage.

Overall, the Lumia 920 is an eye-catching device that is set to make you stand out from the rest of the crowd, especially with its bright ‘candy-like’ colours. The device operates and runs smoothly all by the single light swipe of a finger. However, Nokia’s ‘handsome’ devices are not just corned by the Gorilla glassing, but by the fact that they have limited apps to make the lives of consumers a bit bearable. The 920 is not a must have device, but it is fun and somewhat ‘classy’, perfect if you’re looking to try something new.

Shoot It then View It.

The now famous PureView (whatever happened to Carl Zeiss?) 8-megapixel camera takes brilliant pictures, no matter what in what setting you find yourself in. Its placed just slightly of centre on the rear panel with dual LED’s for the striking flash. Improvement comes with the 1.3-megapixel front facing camera placed right next to the earpiece. While its no secret that the Lumia devices has the best display on mobile devices yet, now with a 768 x 1280 pixel resolution spread across the 4.5-inch display delivers crisp, clear images and display that really ‘pop’, all thanks to that 332ppi. As the norm, the screen is also guarded by Coming Gorilla Glass 2 which comes handy at keeping scratches at bay, especially when you have the handset and your keys in one pocket. Nokia did not hesitate and included PureMotion HD+ display with ClearBlack technology that makes it more appealing to your eyes.

Work It

The 920 runs on Windows 8 hosted by a 1.5GHz dual core variety Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which makes running the device very smooth and fluid. The user-friendly OS offers a tad bit of a clutter free setup, which of course means theres a lack in the applications department. Somehow Windows still haven’t learned to make their OS more open to developers.

The new homes screen comes with an option to resize tiles, this came handy as you could fit all the applications and pins that use more oftener on the page while keeping it clean and neat. The pop-up keyboard/pad is still as good as you’d find it on the predecessors, its large, well spaced out and easy to use.

Play It

Say, excitement trended when I noticed the 920 no-longer requires the installation of the Zune software for media transfer, it is a simple drag and drop option now for movies, and music alike. The added Dolby enhancement feature makes playing your favourite sounds a bliss, this resulted in crisp, clear, good sounds. You can access your music through the dedicated music app or when using the Nokia Music and Music+ app which also gives you access to thousands of online sounds for streaming audio. Luckily the W8 OS playing full HD videos is a breeze and thanks to the awesome display they videos even look 10x better.

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.