Of the hand­ful of smart­phones avail­able on the Mi­crosoft’s Win­dows Phone 8 op­er­at­ing sys­tem, Nokia’s flag­ship Lu­mia 920 is ar­guably the best.

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De­sign & Built

Nokia seems to have mas­tered the art of de­sign­ing smart­phones ir­re­spec­tive of the trends fol­lowed by com­peti­tors. De­spite the broad build and weight, the Nokia Lu­mia 920 is an at­trac­tive phone. With a 4.5-inch ca­pac­i­tive touch dis­play

with 768x1280p res­o­lu­tion, the de­vice is rock solid with a poly­car­bon­ate uni­body. Just be­low the dis­play are the WP8 ca­pac­i­tive touch keys with back, Win­dows (home) and search. While the left panel is clean, the right panel has quite a num­ber of con­trols in­clud­ing the vol­ume con­trols, power key and the cam­era key. The back panel looks neat with the cam­era lens placed on the small metal cas­ing that has Nokia and Carl Zeiss writ­ten over it.


The cus­tomis­able live tiles on the Win­dows Phone 8 op­er­at­ing sys­tem al­lowed us to pin the most com­monly used apps on the main screen it­self. Apart from han­dling emails, the

In­ter­net Ex­plorer also of­fers a good brows­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The ad­dress bar at the bot­tom can also be used to do a quick search on Bing, or Google. Also on­board is the Mo­bile Of­fice that al­lows us to open doc­u­ments and con­tinue with the edit­ing. We could cre­ated new doc­u­ments and back them up on the Sky Drive or go ahead to save it on the de­vice only. By hold­ing the back key, we can view the apps that we have been us­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, Win­dows Phone 8 does not sup­port real-time mul­ti­task­ing and we can only re-launch apps from their frozen state.


The high­light of the Nokia Lu­mia 920 is its 8 MP cam­era with the com­pany’s PureView tech­nol­ogy along with the op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion that helps in cap­tur­ing good im­ages even in low light. The float­ing lens tech­nol­ogy ab­sorbs shake while shoot­ing. Videos shot with the cam­era are also much stead­ier. The bright dis­play and loud sound helped in of­fer­ing a good mul­ti­me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence.


The 920 comes with plenty of pre-in­stalled ap­pli­ca­tions like Cinema­graph, Nokia Care, Nokia Citylens, An­gry Birds Roost, Nokia Mu­sic and Wal­let. More apps can be down­loaded by vis­it­ing the Win­dows Mar­ket Place. But there is still a dearth of ap­pli­ca­tions here in com­par­i­son to the iOS and An­droid plat­forms.


The bright screen and great imag­ing op­tics re­quire a good bat­tery backup. And Nokia has packed in a 2000 mAh non-re­mov­able bat­tery that man­ages to last a day with heavy us­age in­clud­ing calls, con­stant push mail sup­port, web brows­ing and imag­ing.

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