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AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Cell Phone Review

by Reviewboard MagazineJune 26, 2013

AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Cell PhoneI have to say the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Cell Phone gives me hope.  I was wondering what Windows 8 phones would be like and so I had my editor ask the fine folks at AT&T for a couple to try out.  I really like the way Windows 8 works on a cell phone. I really like it.

That said the Nokia Lumia 920 is a step in the right direction but I don’t think I’d say it was there yet.  First of all I am quite sure if this phone fell off the top shelf of your living room knick knack area it would crush a small child.  Not just their skull mind you… the entire child would fold like an accordion and the end result would be child-pancake.  It is heavy.  So heavy that I put training wheels and a leash on it and walked it like a dog with a bluetooth headset to talk to people.

It’s a pretty phone, and the screen is wonderfully big, and crispy.  I didn’t mind walking it around with me for my test runs at all.  I felt like it was very sturdy and the specs on the Nokia Lumia 920 are pretty impressive.  32 megs of memory, 1 GB of RAM… it does only have dual core processor but, the phone isn’t exactly the newest model off the shelf either.  My goal was to check out the Windows 8 phones and see what it was like and this fit the bill nicely (and it was available!)  Click below to expand the specification sheet if you are interested in the nerd stuff.

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  • Main camera sensor: 8.7 MP PureView
  • Display size: 4.5”
  • Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4
  • Maximum 3G talk time: 10.8h
  • Maximum 3G standby time: 460h
  • Music playback time: 74h
  • Height: 130.3 mm
  • Width: 70.8 mm
  • Thickness2: 10.7 mm
  • Weight: 185 g
  • Volume: 99 cm³
  • Display size: 4.5 ”
  • Display resolution: WXGA (1280 x 768)
  • Display features: ClearBlack, Polarization filter, Brightness control, Corning Gorilla Glass, Orientation sensor, Low power mode, High brightness mode, RGB Stripe, Sunlight readability enhancements, Color boosting, Refresh rate 60 Hz, Ambient light sensor, Sculpted glass, Easy to clean, Content adaptive backlight
  • Display colors: TrueColor (24-bit/16M)
  • Aspect ratio: 15:9
  • Pixel density: 332 ppi
  • Display height: 97 mm
  • Display width: 58 mm
  • Touch screen technology: Super-sensitive touch
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer
  • User Input: Touch
  • Operating keys: Volume keys, Camera key, Power/Lock key
  • Form factor: Monoblock touch
  • Dual SIM: No
  • Charging connectors: Micro-USB
  • AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector
  • System connectors: Micro-USB-B
  • USB: USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0
  • Bluetooth profiles: Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.5, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1
  • Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Wi-Fi security modes: WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA, WPA-Personal, WEP, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, EAP-SIM, EAP-AKA
  • NFC: Secure NFC for payment, Sharing, Pairing, Tagging
  • Other wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi Channel bonding
  • GSM network: 1800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1900 MHz
  • GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
  • GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
  • LTE network bands3: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
  • LTE max data speed DL: 100 Mbps
  • LTE max data speed UL: 50 Mbps
  • WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz, 1900 MHz, 850 MHz
  • WCDMA max data speed DL: HSDPA – 42.2 Mbps
  • WCDMA max data speed UL: HSUPA – 5.76 Mbps
  • Frequency bands: GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA Band V (850), WCDMA Band VIII (900), WCDMA Band II (1900), WCDMA Band I (2100), LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
  • Battery model: BP-4GW
  • Battery capacity: 2000 mAh
  • Battery voltage: 3.7 V
  • Removable battery: No
  • Maximum 2G standby time: 460 h
  • Maximum 2G talk time: 18.6 h
  • Maximum 3G standby time: 460 h
  • Maximum 3G talk time: 10.8 h
  • Music playback time: 74 h
  • Maximum Wi-Fi network browsing time: 9 h
  • Wireless charging: Yes
  • Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4
  • Processor type: Dual-core 1.5 GHz
  • User data storage: In device, SkyDrive cloud storage
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Mass memory: 32 GB
  • Free cloud storage: 7 GB

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One of my biggest “I LOVE THIS” list points for Windows 8 is that it has Microsoft XBOX Music built in.  If you don’t know what this is… read this as “Pandora (the way it should be)”.  It lets you listen to the music you want, and I mean at the song and cd level not “Staind Channel” or “Milo Channel”.  It has a SmartDJ that will if you enable it take care of the music selection based on what you are listening to in your queue but most of the selection is up to you before you decide to automate it.  You can use the free version which allows you to hear just about anyone (there are exceptions some artists like Metallica don’t want you to listen to free streamed music unless you buy it) and if you pay for the Xbox Live membership (it’s like 9.99 a month or something if you buy it for the year it may be discounted) you get everything.

Whenever I’m on my phone (I use a 2 yr old iPhone 4s right now because AT&T won’t give me an HTC ONE to use until I fall in love with another phone ) I really miss my Xbox Music…  As I expected with the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920… it’s a Windows 8 Phone so I just logged into it using my Windows 8 credentials (I do not use the local account, I use my MSN account to login to my desktop)… so I just log in using my MSN account and it goes and grabs all my preferences and music and all that good stuff from my desktop…

Did I mention I love that?

The design and build is pretty nice, like I said heavy… but nice.  It has a .4-inch thick streamlined design made out of polycarbonate.  It weighs close to half a pound :)  (6.5 ounces) The screen is really nice.. it is an HD screen that is 1280 x 768 with a pixel density of 332 pixels per inch.  It’s a big deal…  It’s better ppi than the Apple Retina Display (326 ppi) and it has better resolution too… (*than the iPhone 4s/5).  The colors are rich and accurate, the blacks are deep and dark and the whites are bright enough to light up a bed room.

Another thing I like about the display is the “PureMotion+ HD”.  If you turn screen sensitivity to high you can cruise around on it with gloves on.  That’s something you can’t do on the iPhone 4s/5 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.  Pretty cool! I know it’s summer now and no one gives a rat’s A(*(*@ but wait until it’s cold out… and those of you who live in Alaska know what I mean !

Wireless Charging is a big deal to some of you and to be honest I’ve never really messed around with it because too often you have to buy a new back for your phone and have compatible charging pads… it’s a hassle.  The AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 has wireless charging built in.  So you just have to buy a charging pad and as long as it is Qi compliant you are good to go.  You can even use other device pads that you may already have (if they are Qi compliant).

It’s got NFC – I never use it… it’s cool I just never got into it… So that’s there… So what’s it missing?

Well… voice navigation (native) for one.  Microsoft and Google don’t play well together (in fact if you go to google they gave Microsoft.com a page rank of ZERO LOL). I couldn’t find an app that handled Panoramic Shots for the camera… but then again Microsoft’s App market is also sorely lacking :(

In closing, if you are a Windows 8 user and you don’t want to learn how to use Android, and you don’t like Apple iPhones you should try the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 out. It’s a nice device, it has a lot of features, and they are relatively cheap coming in at (as of this writing date) $99 with contract, and they throw in a free bluetooth headset. I’ll give this AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 a  3.5 out of 5 stars. It’s a good device and give them a couple of more iterations it will likely be great.

 

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