SlashGear’s Nokia Lumia 920 Review, “clearly the most unique Windows Phone 8 experience”

| November 4, 2012 | 22 Replies

We saw a brief preview in SlashGear’s Nokia Lumia 920 first impressions post. Not long after that, we’ve got their full review.


Standing out amongst the crowd can often be a good thing, or you could stick out like a sore thumb as the one to avoid. Fortunately, I think there’s plenty of positive things in the Nokia Lumia 920 that, well, far outweighs 20 pennies.

I remember Nokia fans once screaming out for Nokia to include exciting features in their phones regardless of size/weight (to an extent) but the world has changed and no longer dominated by Nokia fans.

Nokia Lumia 920 represents not only the most unique WP8 experience but the best WP8 experience. But is the WP8 experience going to be compelling enough?


Category: Lumia, Nokia

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  • 8million

    the quality of those pictures look quite strange to me O_o

    even thou they state the device “has amazing photography and video abilities” the pictures are blurry and pixelated/grainy in my oppinion

    is this what i have to expect of the L920 or is it just their incompetence

    • migo

      If you look at the AAS shootout, compared to the 808, the 920 pictures do look grainy when zoomed in, but that’s only an issue if you’re doing a print-out. Even if you have a 1080P or 1600P display, 8MP will still get downsized to fit, so you’ll only see it when looking at it with a magnifying glass.

  • richard

    i like lumia 920 to have expandable memory. May it be included in coming lumias. Also i’m waiting for the usb otg to come at wp8. I like to see the wp8 apps to come first before i will buy a lumia. But the features of the 920 are irresistable.

  • dss

    For some reason everybody expected amazing picture quality from those 1.4 micron pixels.. its not going to happen. As soon as they published their white paper, I knew we were looking at average quality at best. I don’t think they are extracting 100% of the hardware, but even if one day they get to that point, the best we can hope for is “on par” with the iPhone 5.

    They did a good job on the low light.. but I still think it far from the 808, it needs some proper testing 🙂

    • Dave

      You do realize the 808 has 1.4 micron pixels too right ?

      • dss

        oh ya.. but you do realize that there is a lot of them and Nokia figured out a way how to combine them in real time ?

        ~ 2.5µm @ 8Mpix and ~ 3.5µm @ 5Mpix … 1.4 @ 41Mpix …

        Nokia solved a problem the industry has been trying to solve for years in a very elegant way.

    • Harangue

      Clearly the focus was on low light performance and the whole OIS thing. Videos are amazingly stable, not perfect in terms of lighting and focus though.

      There are some reports about a camera update coming for the 920 which should enhance some aspects of the daylight pictures. In the end though we should not forget it is a phone and thus the camera is always limited by what is physically possible. Somehow there are folks who expect SLR type quality from a lens and sensor that are a mere 1/100th(so to speak) of that of a SLR

      • dss


        I think Nokia hyped it up with the 808, and now everyone expects the same quality but without the hump part, which.. ain’t gonna happen anytime soon.

        I am glad they got the 808 to the public.. it would’ve been such a shame if they didn’t.

      • Vedhas Patkar

        Update for the 920 part is true.

  • jcar302

    Kinda refreshing to read a review that can point out the flaws without completely trashing it with biased opinions.

    So many reviews i read so far concentrate on the negative and skip the positive, unlike iphone reviews where they put more emphasis on the positive.
    Iphone review titles should be “Great device just don’t drop it”. Which is a severe issue, you wouldn’t buy a car that broke every time you hit a pot hole would you?

    • migo

      Some people still buy Ferraris. It’s funny watching a Ferrari driver slow down when they come up to a speed bump.

  • shashi@n9

    good comment will be million. what about sales, only few hundred thousand. nokia need to prove can sell 10million in a week? bull shit nokia. say no to nokia since they kill symbian. i head nokia when kill symbian. my last nokia will be symbian, today i note 2. bye nokia. i’ll be buy nokia product if symbian is alive.

  • tommy

    these tech sites are just awful at reviewing camera and video.. the sample 1080p video they show is a joke..

    total amateur hour

    • migo

      You’re forgetting that most people buying a smartphone and planning on using the camera are amateurs, so it’s quite appropriate. If the reviewer can’t figure out how to get it better, the person reading the review probably won’t either.

  • Mac

    Is that a sense of worry I pick up in your last sentence there Jay?

    For Nokias sake I hope they have some other OS being cooked up in the background although they abandoned MeeGo nobody knows for sure that all efforts have been dropped on Maemo when it just needed a bit of spit and polish. Drop the N9 UI on top of that and we have another Nokia OS to back them up.

    They need that too. It won’t be an overnight success with WP8 but it was a good move. Not very calculated but the S40 platform won’t hold the fought for long though.

    I have played with a Galaxy pocket and I urge people to try it out just to see what’s out there. Its frightening what Nokia is up against! The cheapness aside, the experience for the price is amazing. Nokia need to reassess and plan another line of attack. Keep the WP8 platform going though but something’s missing and they need the magical 15 million + sales every quarter to steady the ship. Just until they stabilize.

    WP8 must however eliminate the shenanigans of the previous management team by gaining market share for Nokia phones and hence making it the bread and butter brand for Nokia much like how Android is for Samsung and how S40 is for Nokia. Then Nokia must shake off that OEM tag and have some focused efforts on their sideline OS that can slowly tie into as well as integrate with the WP ecosystem. That would make sense and I hope Nokia can use the good relationship with MS to their benefit in this way. Yes apps may be lacking but if WP8 takes off for Nokia then they can bide the time to get things right and plan their integration of the inhouse OS to the MS ecosystem. The MS relationship hopefully helps Nokia with app developers believing in them and hence helping Nokia grow their own OS app count.

    Anyway, wishfull thinking I know. One can only hope. Not for my sake but for Nokias. Hopefully Elop has some magic card left to play.

    • migo

      Well, iOS is getting old and stale, but with Ive at the helm of UI design, iOS 7 might get a welcome facelift, in the direction of WP, being much less gaudy.

      Android, on the other hand, already got its facelift with ICS, the lag has been fixed with JellyBean, so a lot of the first impression advantages that Mango had over Gingerbread have evaporated in this WP8.x vs Android 4.x market.

      As far as aiming for where the market is or where the market will be, MS only got it right for half the competition. The other half they’re fairly even, except for apps. Fortunately for Nokia, they bring in a good hardware proposition – as much as I hate the lack of symmetry on the Lumia 920, it is a great piece of hardware, and sets the standard in a number of areas that other manufacturers haven’t even started with.

      Low-latency, high refresh rate screen, super sensitive screen, excellent sunlight viewable screen – the screen’s damn important in a smartphone, and Nokia actually focused on it, rather than on the GPU the way Android manufacturers do. Apple put the focus on it as well, but not nearly to the same degree.

      • Cryptic

        @Migo: I think you hit the point on the head as to why the 920 is an interesting phone. Besides the new OS, and the Nokia exclusive apps, it is all these little improvements on things that no one even considered to be an issue, or even important that makes this phone more interesting than what is currently out there. I’m currently waiting for the Note 2 to come out, but the amount of press this phone has received (particularly the amount of negative press) has made me look at this phone. Its as if this phone has something the competition doesn’t want me to know about. So I’m putting off my Note 2 purchase until I can test out the 920 at the store.

      • rinslowe


        920 has great specs for a modern smartphone and can satisfy the market and applications for the foreseeable future with ease, IMO.

        Nothing worse than rushing tech to market just for the purposes of marketing… Say’s something about the types of people (myself included, lol) that feel compelled to jump the gun and throw down hard earned dollars for poorly optimized and hardly utilized so called hardware superiority.

        The 920 feels like a carefully innovative experience with features which can benefit me now from day to day. Like wireless charging, true OIS, large HD screen, 4G LTE. And then there’s the form factor…

  • rinslowe

    Nice review. Possibly a little too easy going.

    *In fact I preferred the Verge review most.

    (If the camera isn’t performing to spec for stills, then Nokia needs to address it somehow).

    Although that won’t detract me from picking one up! More interested in the video performance overall, which thankfully seems to perform as promised…

    Size? Couldn’t possibly be too large or heavy for my liking. I prefer things to feel as substantial as they look.

    Looking at the tech available from Nokia in other models, like 808 with PureView v1, rich recording etc… The 920 doesn’t address all current innovations due to limitations with pricing and form factor. But it’s good to see they still have some cards to play later on, after the 920 moving forward.

    If the 920 & 820 performs badly in sales, is Nokia in the red? absolutely. But will it be the end of the line for Nokia made high end smartphones? Don’t think so, in fact I believe they’re just getting warmed up…

  • richard

    ok, i’ll just wait for the successor of lumia 920 and for the improvements to come in wp8. I hope nokia will release something like or better than asus padfone 2. Let those important apps and more costumization at wp8 coming. And let it be exclusive to Nokia so it will bring broader distinction with other wp8.

    • migo

      I doubt you’ll see a Windows based Padfone like device, even from Asus.

      I’d definitely like a Lumia 930 to show up with better symmetry.

      Similarly, Nokia needs to find a base spec that’s a good minimum as far as processing power goes, while offering good screen and camera tech, and just doing refreshes of that design at lower and lower price points.

      4.3″ Super AMOLED+ WVGA with ClearBlack would be a good start there. It’s a good size, it’s a good resolution (albeit not great), and the screen quality is also good with a proper RGB arrangement and vibrant colours with deep blacks. Stick with a dual core Krait @1GHz and 1GB RAM, and the performance will be more than adequate (particularly having to drive a lower resolution). They should be able to drive a device like that to $200 by next year, which is a rather important price point to hit if Google’s going to continue selling Nexus devices at razor-thin margins.