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Nokia Lumia 930 review

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Featuring a distinctive design, great display and top-end PureView camera, the Nokia Lumia 930 does a great job of showing off all Windows Phone 8.1's business benefits. However, its overall appeal is slightly let down by its below-average battery life.

Pros:

Vibrant display, good performance, great camera, Windows Phone 8.1 is full of enterprise perks

Cons:

Below-average battery life

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £33 per month

Targeting the enterprise market has been a staple part of Microsoft and Nokia's Windows Phone growth strategy for quite some time. As a result each new Lumia smartphone has featured a number of upgrades to its security and productivity portfolio.

Even so, Microsoft called this year's Windows Phone 8.1 its first ever "enterprise-ready" version of the platform. This makes the Lumia 930, which runs Windows Phone 8.1 fresh out of the box, a key player in Microsoft's 2014 endeavour to boost its share of the handset market.

Yet, with Windows Phone's market share having just broken the 10 percent mark in the UK, some firms have, understandably, wondered what features the Lumia 930 has to differentiate it from its more mainstream iOS and Android competitors.

Design and build
As is the case with all Nokia smartphones, the Lumia 930 has a striking design. Similar to its predecessor the Lumia 925, this is Nokia's second Windows Phone to feature a metal design. Specifically the Lumia 930 features metallic sides that frame its non-removable polycarbonate backplate and Gorilla Glass front.

The use of metal is a bonus for us. Not only does it make the Lumia 930 feel more top end than some of its purely plastic equivalents, it also makes the phone one of the most robustly built smartphones currently available. While the Lumia isn't IP certified, like many competing Android phones, the phone survived an accidental drop onto a hardwood kitchen floor chip and scratch free.Nokia Lumia 930 review three quarter

The one negative consequence of the Lumia 930's tough metal frame is that it makes the phone heavier than average, weighing in at a hefty 167g.

That said we never felt the 137x71x9.8mm handset was unwieldy or uncomfortable to use. This is largely thanks to the Lumia 930's intelligent physical button placement, which puts the phone's volume, power and shutter buttons on the handset's side so they are easy to reach one handed. The handset's ergonomic feel also has a lot to do with the phone's matte-finish, slightly curved backplate, which helps it sit neatly in the palm.

Display
There is currently a war raging within the smartphone community regarding screen technology, with each vendor trying to market their respective solutions as the best currently available.

In the past Nokia has been a big player in this area, thanks to its custom ClearBlack screen technology. ClearBlack is a technology Nokia debuted on its first Windows Phone, the Lumia 800. The tech works to makes screens look more crisp and sharp by producing deeper blacks, which make its primary colours pop out. The tech is great as it makes doing basic things such as reading text on the screen a more pleasant experience.

ClearBlack has been a great addition to previous Lumia handsets, which is why we're pleased to see it return on the Lumia 930, which has a 5in 1080x1920, 441ppi Amoled capacitive ClearBlack display.

Using the Lumia 930 in a variety of conditions, we found the screen one of the most vibrant we've ever used. Colours displayed on the screen pop out and are some of the richest we've seen yet; they are only possibly matched by the Samsung Galaxy S5, which features a Super Amoled screen. The Lumia 930 also features great brightness levels and impressively wide viewing angles.

The only issue we noticed with the Lumia 930 stemmed from its Windows Phone software. Icons and text are wonderfully crisp, but some Windows Phone menu screens can at times look fuzzier than we'd like. This is likely because Microsoft hasn't increased its resolution to take advantage of the Lumia's 930's stellar display technology.

Next: Operating system and performance

Processor: Quad-core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Display: 5in 1080x1920, 441ppi Amoled capacitive ClearBlack display
Storage: 32GB, 2GB RAM
Camera: 20MP rear, 1.2MP front
Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G, 4G 
Operating system: Windows Phone 8.1
Dimensions:  137x71x9.8mm
Weight: 167g

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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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