Nokia, the mobile giant on the decline has recently launched its much awaited Lumia 920 brand smartphone. The highly speculated Lumia 920 was launched in the Indian market on the 10th of January 2013. Nokia is naturally banking big on this handset as the company believes that the device will help the company to come back in the Smartphone market and come as a worthy competitor with the likes of Apple and Samsung. The fans of this veteran mobile giant’s in India are hoping that finally they will have a Nokia device that can be compared with that of iPhone and Galaxy S III.
There’s is a silver lining present in the form of the Lumia 920 in the dark looming cloud that is hanging over Nokia. If there any hope for the rise of this dwindling company that has been the largest ruler of the world’s mobile phones market, then it definitely lies on this small device called the new Nokia Lumia 920.
The Nokia Lumia 920 had its share of various kinds of speculations and views prior and post its introduction to the market. The smartphone had varying range of views that splashed over the news, ranging from favourable to critical. Let us try to find out the real story of this new release from Nokia, and also endeavour to understand its level of success and its role as the savior of its maker.
The first impression that the Lumia 920 gives you on picking it up in your hand is that it is rather bulky. The Nokia Lumia 920 is rather heavier as compared against the other top notch handsets from leading brands. However, its weight is not something that should be a reason for nuisance but in the rat race of the slimmest and lightest smartphone in the market, Nokia falls way behind in the line. As for its weight, you can definitely get accustomed to it, which can actually give a good sense of being there in your pocket.
The Nokia Lumia 920 looks simply stunning with its big 4.5-inch screen that dominates most of its front design. It does not come with a removable back panel and thus an external SIM card slot has been incorporated at the top of the handset. All the hardware controls that consist of the volume rocker, lock and a camera button are all placed on the right side of the handset for simple access. The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with vibrant glossy red panel that has a high fashion quotient, but it is also available in very sober colour schemes such as black and cyan in matte finish options.
The Nokia Lumia 920 presents the all important three backlit soft buttons, namely Return, Search and the Windows logo representing ‘Home’ that would take you through the entire Lumia 920 experience. In case you are a first time user of a Windows phone then, you will like the home screen at first sight, with lots of colour splashed across the screen, Lumia 920 will win you if you are a lover of vibrant colours. Its home screen is fully customizable. As opposed to iOS or Android, Lumia doesn’t make you go swiping across several screens to access your apps, as Lumia 920 lets you view a long list of all applications on the home screen with just a single swish and download an app on to your smartphone.
As for the widgets and applications, some of the Windows widgets are already present on the screen. Apart from this integration, it also allows to create ‘Groups’. For instance, as a default there is a Family Room, where you can chat with your family members, browse their pictures and even sync calendars to find out who’s doing what in the week. However, any person that you add to this, needs to a Windows Phone 8 platform enabled handset and that might not always be possible.
The one app that most people know about, thanks to the broad spectrum advertisements, is Nokia City Lens app that comes pre-installed on the Lumia 920 and really works nicely too. However, it still needs some work done on it, as it always does not give a refined search.
Coming to its camera that is one more important factor while looking for a phone in the modern market, the Nokia Lumia 920 comes with 8.7 mp camera at its rear. The photo enthusiasts will be enthralled to know it does not come with a Carl Zeiss lens but the one that with the PureView sports. It comes with a very bright dual-LED flash alongside it. Apart from a dedicated camera shutter button, a slight tap on the screen will also take a snap. In indoor but well lit shots, the camera gives good results.
Nokia Lumia 920’s display also makes for excellent e-books and articles reading on the internet, and the same goes for watching media. The phone’s external speakers are also high quality, as they offer a lot of clarity without being harsh.
The Nokia Lumia 920 runs on a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and comes with 1GB of RAM. This high configuration helps in keeping most functions run smoothly on the smartphone. However, it still might show you the loading app time with some of the app launches even after their download. These small slowdowns may seem to be little offbeat as compared to the other top notch Android handsets.
Nokia Lumia 920 comes with a commendable internal storage capacity of 32 GB, with no expansion of the memory by external memory cards supported by this handset. The battery levels of the Lumia 920 are also good. The 2,000 mAh battery can support an entire day’s phone calls, messaging as well as a lot of internet activity.
It can be well said that the leading mobile brand of the past has done justice by packing the Nokia Lumia 920 with a lot of good and worthy features. The Lumia 920 with its good looks and bright colours, great screen space and the brilliant Windows interface, is surely a worthy competitor in the market. Moreover, it carries Nokia’s patent sturdy and tough built. With a price tag of Rs 38,199, the Nokia Lumia 920 is definitely a smartphone that is here to stay in the market that is dominated by its more prominent rivals.