First Impression: Hands on with Nokia Lumia 920

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Nokia Lumia 920

It’s day three with the Lumia 920, as always I am a white person, even when presented with the myriad of colour options Nokia offers for the Lumias. Nokia Lumia 920 is available in 5 colours, these being Black, Gray, Red, Yellow, White. Tell me which one feels most stylish, let’s not forget the classic Gray is not easy to find. Beyond the colours, Nokia’s Lumia 920 is one fine device, that night just propel Nokia back to the hall of fame in mobility. Of-course assisted by the Lumia 620 in a huge way.

So what did I notice first during that short stay with it?

First thing you notice is the boldness of the design, Nokia won accolades with this design, too bad by the time this was happening, the OS that was there to stand by Nokia was the outdated Windows phone 7.5 which had quite enough setbacks. Well, times passed and Windows Phone 8 is one OS that is of age to compete with peers. Apart from being one of the few devices that can stand upright on it’s own, Lumia 920 stands out design-wise.

Lock Screen– we got a lock screen that will allow you to show a variety of features, including battery level, date, appointments and calendar dates. You can also edit in the settings and add from a list of other apps what you would like to display notifications from, e.g mail, phone log and messages. Or even set lock screen password.

The Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display has curved edges giving it a smooth finish. No buttons on the face but the three touch sensitive controls for back, menu and search. Buttons are on the right side, three of them, a dedicated camera button, volume rocker and power button. At the bottom sits the micro-USB slot guarded by the two speakers and two lone screws. , at the top we have the 3.5 mm jack slot for sound and next to it is the tightly shut microSIM slot.

Flip over to the rear and you have the Pureview technology camera with Carl Zeiss optics technology, and Dual-LED flash, all this -encompassed by the uni-body polycarbonate cover that is curved in the rear. This means we are not going to talk of the entrails where there is nor expandable memory or removable battery.

On the homepage we have the standard resizeable live tiles that Microsoft ensured remained the same across all Windows Phone 8 devices, no skinning, the prominent and quite useful people’s hub that allows you harmonize your feed from social network and other phone apps in one stream. You can see what your peeps have been up to, stalk a few and add them to a group and even respond to them there. People hub also shows you those you recently interacted with from across social networks that you have set up and phone apps like messaging and phone log.

Of course Nokia has their apps, trying to get the Nokia feel different, there is the Nokia exclusives, a list of apps available only to Nokia Windows phone, but of late they have started opening up some of these to the general Windows Phone 8 fraternity. There is starter kits, to guide newbies, Staff Picks, Experience Lumia apps, Top games and New Games.

Nokia Lumia 920 Specifications:

  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • 4.5″ IPS LCD Capacitive multi-Touch Screen with PureMotion Clear Black Display
  • 768 x 1280 pixels – 332ppi
  • 2G,3G and 4G capable
  • Micro-SIM
  • 1.5Ghz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon Krait MSM8960
  • 1GB RAM
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • 32GB Internal memory, no expandable memory, 7GB Skydrive
  • 8Mp pureview camera AF, Carl Zeiss Optics, dual LED flash, OIS
  • Front camera: 1.3Mp
  • Video capture is HD 1080p@30fps
  • Dimensions are 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm and weighs 185g
  • Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, WLAN, Bluetooth 3.1, NFC
  • HTML5 Browser
  • 2000mAh Li-Ion Battery, gives 17hrs talktime on 2G and 10hrs on 3G


  1. […] Lumia 920 has three buttons, all on one side being the dedicated camera button, the power button and volume rocker. The left side is all curves while the top and bottom are so flat the Lumia stands tall. The Speakers, two of them are at the bottom and between them ia a microUSB slot. Lumia 920 also has the only two visible screws at the bottom. At the top we have the microSIM slot and the 3.5mm jack slot. The rear has the characteristic Carl Zeiss Camera with dual-LED flash adjacent, and for my case the rest is all white. Despite the design being all flowery, there is one shortcoming with this phone for useability, and that is the discomfort it puts in for the pinky finger on long use, particularly in those lazy days at bed. Those sharp corners become a disadvantage. […]

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