Nokia Lumia 920 First Impressions: Lots of Unanswered Questions

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This morning Microsoft and Nokia announced a new "flagship phone" that will have the brand new Windows 8 software inside of it. The last Windows Nokia Lumia phone was supposed to save both Nokia and Microsoft's cell phone businesses. This is supposed to be a better version of that. The phone isn't available to the general public, but some techies got their hands on some -- mostly for very brief moments.  From what we can tell, it's all exciting in theory: New phone, new insides, new us. But, too many questions remain. 

Overall Look

Feels and looks "solid," says Laptop Mag's Mark Spoonauer.

The ceramic build looks quite solid, and it’s also scratch resistant. Color options include yellow, red, gray, white and black. 

It's an improvement over the 900, adds The Verge's David Pierce

The curved, Gorilla Glass-coated 4.5-inch display is a huge improvement over the 900, and thanks to Nokia's ClearBlack and PureMotion HD+ technologies it's one of the more impressive LCD displays we've seen .

The size is especially impressive, adds Gizmodo's Kyle Wagner

Next the the Lumia 900, it's pretty much the exact same thickness. That's actually really impressive considering all the new toys and battery that the 920 is packing—NFC, wireless charging, PureView camera stabilization. You'd never know that one has a bunch of extra guts.

Then again, it does look a lot like the 900, so why buy it, adds Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan.

Should get excited about Lumia 920 but look just like my Lumia 900 less than a year old & never to get Windows 8


It uses Windows 8, which is like Windows 7, but better, explains Engadget's Joseph Volpe. 

It's infused with the mobile OS Microsoft crafted from the bottom up and one that shares a kernel with its desktop sibling. Fans of WP will feel right at home when they power on the handset, as that start screen -- now expanded to fill up the entire 4.5-inch real estate --pops with an array of live tiles and a balanced vibrancy of color, even without the contrasty AMOLED technology of the Lumia 800. 

The Windows 8 integration will be the phone's selling point, suggests BGR's Zach Epstein

Beyond the competition, one of Windows Phone 8′s biggest selling points will be its deep integration with Windows 8 and likely the next Xbox as well but consumers can’t see the complete picture yet because Windows 8 hasn’t launched.

So far it runs smoothly, says Wagner. 

The Lumia 920 is just as responsive and fast as the Galaxy S III and HTC One X.

But as snappy as Windows 8 is right now, it's still unfinished, reminds Pierce.

Windows Phone 8 hasn't yet been released, but if the Lumia 920 is any indication the software can't be far from finished. It's snappy and responsive, with no crashes or problems in the few minutes we got to use it — of course, the 920's dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor helps there as well.


It is not yet announced, so chill out, says Volpe. 

We'd advise you to take a few deep breaths and dial back your expectations. As Stephen Elop repeatedly stressed at the end of today's event, the company's not ready to share pricing or release details. You'll have to sit tight for Q4 to hear more on that. 

Without that information it's kind of hard to make a decision, adds Spoonauer.

Without having a release date, pricing, or carrier info, we really have an incomplete picture of the Lumia 920. But based on what we’ve seen thus far we can say that the Lumia 920 looks like a worthy flagship device for Windows Phone 8.

Bottom Line

Wait to make any rash decisions for the iPhone announcement next week, says Wagner.

We're waiting on the next iPhone, but from what we know so far, this phone will be able to go toe to toe with Apple as well. If you already want to switch, it's a no brainer. But if you aren't quite sure, yet, it's probably worth waiting around for next Wednesday before making up your mind. Especially since we don't have official pricing or a release date yet. But! Things do look rather promising.

Considering Windows Phone 8 hasn't launched yet, it's hard to get on board, says Epstein.

Convincing users to choose the still-emerging Windows Phone platform while everyone they know carries an iPhone or an Android handset would be a very hard sell in a world where Windows 8 had already been widely adopted by consumers. In a world where Windows 8 hasn’t even launched yet, however, the task of selling Windows Phones is exponentially more daunting.

It's a nice idea, but will it deliver, wonders Volpe.

This is an excellent first taste of Nokia's US sophomore effort. Fingers crossed these cheery-colored handsets actual deliver beyond that superficial sheen.


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