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matttypaul
Dec 12
matttypaul
Overall
4.8
matttypaul

"The most innovative smartphone."

1. The screen: PuremotionHD+ seems to be an umbrella term for a few technologies. The main one is the fact that the pixel refresh rate is the fastest and so the transition of anything on the screen is much better. It is the first device to be able to fully show 60fps without motion blur. It is 5.4x as fast as the IPhone 5 and 2.4x as fast as the Galaxy S3. Next is the fact that it uses Synaptic technology which means you can use it consistently, and perfectly accurately, with gloves on or with keys etc. Also, it has a higher PPI than the IPhone 5 with 332 compared to 326 and even despite the fact the screen is 4.5 inches compared to 4 inches big. On top of all this it has leading visibility outdoors with new optimisations and the usual Nokia CBD technology with a polarising light filter. It uses curved Gorilla Glass 2 to top it all off.

2. The camera: Pureview is in its second stage and it brings an 8.7 megapixel BSI Carl Zeiss snapper to the table. It has the famed OIS where the whole camera module is floated, which means photos are blur free and it has the best low light imaging capabilities. It also serves up by far and away the most stable video. (I saw your point about some reviewers highlighting an issue with fuzziness or softness in full daylight and it seems to be only an issue for preproduction review units or early adopters, but nevertheless Nokia is beginning to update all concerned with a software fix bundled into the Microsoft update). Along with the wide angle lens, and the new short pulse high power dual LED flash, and all the Nokia camera extras such as group shot and cinemagraph, it is considered to be the best camera on any phone bar the 808 Pureview, but in some ways it does even trump that.

3. Audio and sound recording: the Lumia 920 has Nokia’s Rich Recording technology and it includes innovative HAAC microphones which can record sounds up to 140dB and higher sound pressure levels without distortion. HAAC also provides full audio bandwidth capabilities to match human hearing. Normal microphones typically used in high end smartphones can record up to 120dB but with heavy distortion even at that level. Also, the Lumia 920 has Dolby software and Dolby Headphone for added quality with audio overall. Nearly forgot! As a general feature Nokia added a personal sound equaliser to Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices.

4. LTE: This is not just any 4G. It is the first phone to the market with pentaband 4G.

5. Wireless charging: coming out before the Nexus 4, it is one of the first phones to adopt QI wireless charging and it is a cool and handy feature worth mentioning.

6. NFC and Bluetooth 4: yes, lots of phones now have both, but that does not make them any less a pair of standout out features, especially when compared to the HTC 8X’s 3.1 and the IPhone 5’s lack of NFC. COUGH.

7. Materials: despite Nokia using polycarbonate in around 3 phones before the Lumia 920, it is still innovative. Here’s why: the material is sturdy and robust (good old Nokia style), it is signal transparent (why would you put metal covering over a transmitter, it is only going to help distort or diminish it), the colour is inherent to it (meaning it is coloured all the way through and scratches will not show, oh and btw you can’t say the same for the HTC’s material), and Nokia have made a distinct, iconic, unibody design out of it, with a new ergonomic shape. The Lumia 920 is also the first phone to have zirconium used in it. This is a strong, scratch proof, cool looking transition metal which Nokia have made use of in the side keys and camera detailing.

8. Nokia apps: my main example is City Lens which is an innovative augmented reality app but there are countless others, such as Nokia’s true map offering and other imaging additions.

9. Windows Phone 8: with its amazing UI, fast and fluid operating, kernel which is integrated to full Windows 8, amazing holistic experience with phone, computer, tablet, and Xbox, and a full set of features and Microsoft and Nokia services, this is one of the best OS's out there, and definitely one of the big three when you consider everything.

10. Price: Warren Buffet: 'Price is what you pay, value is what you get.'
The Lumia 920 isn't cheap, but it is fantastic for value, being cheaper than even, for example, the Iphone 5 16gb model, and the HTC 8X.


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