Pocketnow’s Nokia Lumia 920 durability report. “It’s a TANK”

| February 13, 2013 | 25 Replies

Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 00.03.32Michael (Tony Stark) Fischer has PocketNow’s Durability Report for the Nokia Lumia 920 below.


How’s the Nokia Lumia 920 3 months after no case? Looks to be in pretty excellent shape but with some tell-tale scratches (these aren’t visible when the screen is on). These small scratches apparently occurred when crashing to the floor which Michael says would have killed any other device. Despite the glossy finish, it’s hard to see scratches. The ‘metal’ (ceramic) bit is a lot more durable than the metal bit from the old Lumias (amazingly, mine had no scratches).

Despite being beat up, Michael says the 920 has help up much better than other devices he’s owned. The floating lens, despite what folks might have thought, is not so vulnerable to drops.

“The Nokia Lumia 920 might be thick and heavy, but there’s a reason for it”.

It’s a tank.




Category: Lumia, Nokia

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  • Guider

    I feel opposite of this.. I’ve had mine a little over a month and its littered of small scratches all over the screen. Probably 30-40.. I see more every day. Its ridiculous. Now the body is tough and has only two tiny dents in the corners from the two times I dropped it. Both times over three feet high onto tile. So I know it won’t break, but I don’t think it’ll continue to look as beautiful as now a year down the road..

    • NeutralGuy

      You’re clumsy, like a little girl.

      • Guider

        Sorry that I don’t handle my phone all dainty and carry it around in a purse like you.. Durability should be a careless effort of any great product. Simplicity is something that should be in every aspect of a product. Easy on the eyes, easy to use(whether it’s OS, Camera, etc.).. I shouldn’t have to worry about maintaining it other than setting it on the charger now and then.

        • Carbontubby

          At least Nokia didn’t put glass on the front, back and sides πŸ™‚

          I’ve found Nokia devices to be pretty durable, even the new unibody ones. The old ones were real tanks – drop them on the floor and the phone, rear cover and battery would go separate ways, but all would work once reassembled.

    • swain

      scratch on the screen..!!!
      Are you sure ???
      I find it hard to believe..
      I guess those scratches are on the screen guard

  • stylinred

    where’s their 808 pureview test with that camera that they pitted the 920 against

  • dr. J

    Yea…lot of scratches on the back the glossy shiny red surface with just 3 weeks of use, Sven is good but 920 does require a bumper case or a diary cover….

    And i agree with Guider in the above comments……we don’t pay so much to carry a headache of keeping the phone safe n scratch less, Nokia said at its launch you can keep keys and phone in the same pocket, i am really beginning to question their sense of scratches and looks of phones (just after 3 weeks πŸ™ )

    • swain

      I never keep my phone and keys in same pocket but I have used few phones with gorilla glasss protection. Trust me, they are good and up to some extent scratch proof. Of course that doesn’t include rubbing the screen against a concrete surface. πŸ˜€

      • twig


  • Peter L

    Camera bezel of Lumia 920 is not metal, it’s ceramic zirconium and VERY hard material to scratch. Buttons are from the same material too.

    Lumia 820 on the other hand does not have the same ceramic material and the camera deco is prone to scratches like the one in Lumia 900.

  • Pradeep M

    Is anybody considering using/already using screenguards/scratchguards? I can put up with scratches on the body, but on the screen is a big no no.

    @Jay/Ali You guys use the 920 bare right?

  • JGrove303

    I’ve got scratches all over the back of my red 920. Ots the nature of the beast. Poly is soft, it absorbs impacts like a champ. However, it will scratch as easily as a clear coat on a car. And like the clear coat on a car, you can polish them out.

    the scratches on your displays are not the Gorilla Glass, but the Oleophobic (sp?) coating. It wears. Big whoop.

    • JGrove303

      Now, you could wrap your 920 in Zagg on day 1, keep from scratching the shell and display coating. And Zagg has life time replacement. Granted, you will lose the effect of the oleophobic coating.

      it may also help to not have a bunch of sand in your pocket or clean your 920 with steel wool.

      I prefer a device that doesn’t jettison the battery door and battery on impact or have a frame that twists and fractures.

  • Going off the topic here, here is the picture of few models holding up Lumia 920 at Launch Event in Pakistan.

  • Going off the topic here, here is the picture of few models holding up Lumia 920 at Launch Event in Pakistan.

  • Amrut Mhatre

    Its Been a Yr now with my white Lumia 800,
    using it as it is,
    no case,
    no screenguard,
    and i’m happy that this phone still looks like a beauty i bought like a week ago.
    no single scratch on the screen,
    though the phone body have scratches but they are not at all noticeable.

    i’m finding it real hard to let go this phone for lumia 920… πŸ˜›
    waiting for 3rd pureview device πŸ˜‰

  • twig

    I use a belt leather case. No scratches. I also use nfc tags on the case to record and payback notes like shopping lists,etc.

    • twig

      Using NearSpeak nfc tag app in the store. Nice app.

  • Lumikola

    My 920s screen has many deep scratches and they all are from normal usage when keeping phone in pocket with keys. There have been other failures too and I have found myself using my old N8 time and time again.

    • JGrove303

      Your steel keys scratching you glass screen do to you keeping both in the same pocket is user incompetence and neglect. You have no one to blame but your self.

    • Carbontubby

      I’m sure you’d also get deep scratches from keeping steel wool in the same pocket with the 920 πŸ™‚

      Come on man, Gorilla Glass is scratch resistant, not invincible!

      • Lumikola

        Of course its not invicible but there arent ANY scrathces on my N8 screen after 2 years of similar usage. So I dont think that its just my incompetence.

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  • senshi

    I’ve used my yellow 920 without a case for 2 months and it doesn’t scratch, and I actually have a bad habit of liking to spin my phone on the table when I’m bored. The metal bit definitely held up much better compared with my N9 and Lumia 800. I only have some dents on the corners because I dropped it on a concrete floor from about 3 feet high, but otherwise it still looks absolutely stunning.