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Nokia Lumia 920 review

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Nokia Lumia 920 V3

A great smartphone, ideal for business users thanks to its in-built security and Microsoft service integration features

Pros:

Great camera, security features, fast performance, crisp and bright screen

Cons:

Weight and size could put off some users

Overall Rating:

5 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £20 per month

Manufacturer: Nokia

Nokia launched its Lumia series of smartphones back in November 2011, resurrecting what at the time was the almost moribund Windows Phone operating system.

Despite proving a modest success, a number of niggling problems with the Lumia's camera and battery prevented it from truly shining.

Since then, Windows Phone OS has struggled to catch on, and Nokia's sales have likewise faltered.

So Nokia really needed to knock one out of the park with its latest flagship smartphone. With the Lumia 920, it has proved up to the challenge, delivering the Windows Phone we've been waiting for.

Design and build
Visually, Nokia has played it smart with the Lumia 920 by maintaining the striking design of the  Lumia 800.

The only real difference between the 920 and the 800 is that the new device is much bigger, being nearer in size to the Lumia 900  at 130x71x10.7mm, albeit with slightly more rounded sides.Nokia Lumia 920 three quarter

The 920's increased size, when combined with its surprisingly heavy 185g weight, means that users used to smaller devices, like the 112g Apple iPhone 5, may find it a little unwieldy.

However, for those used to plus-sized Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X will feel right at home with the 920.

As is the case with all Nokia Lumia devices, the 920 is incredibly well built. The 920's unibody polycarbonate chassis can take plenty of wear and tear: dropping it on the pavement outside V3's office caused no damage, not even a scratch.

Display
The Lumia 920 features a 4.5in 768x1280 332ppi, Nokia PureMotion HD+ WXGA IPS LCD display, complete with Super Sensitive touch and Nokia ClearBlack technology.

We're particularly happy to see Nokia's retained the ClearBlack technology it used in its previous Lumia 800 and 900 smartphones. ClearBlack is custom technology that helps ensure the display remains rich and sharp by producing deep blacks that make primary colours pop out. This, and the Lumia 920's dazzling brightness levels, mean text and images are very sharp.

Next: Display and operating system.

Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon CPU.
Display: 4.5in 768x1280 332 ppi, Nokia PureMotion HD+ WXGA IPS LCD
Storage: 32GB internal
Camera: 8.7MP rear-facing iSight, 1.3MP front-facing
Connectivity: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600, LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - Nokia Lumia 920 for AT&T, bluetooth, NFC
Operating system:Windows Phone 8
Dimensions: 130x71x10.7mm
Weight: 185g

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Alastair Stevenson
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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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