Since Microsoft and its manufacturing partners introduced Windows Phone 7, they have tried in vain to introduce the Apple iPhone to a legitimate competitor. They also failed to sell an army of Android devices that were more lucrative for the same manufacturers who first introduced Windows Phone. Nokia's entry was an all-in game of chance intended as a platform for the smartphone elite, but as the most popular company in the franchise, it didn't result in commercial or critical success.
In the Nokia Lumia 920, Windows Phone 8 has a worthy competitor to iOS and Android. It continues the design philosophy that made the original Lumias the most popular Windows Phone phones by using eye-catching colors and differentiators. It also features brand new software that is faster and more robust than its predecessor. Will a successful hardware foundation and vastly improved software secure the Lumia 920 a place in the elite?
Hardware, main features
The Nokia Lumia 920 isn't guaranteed to make millions of sales, but the phone is sure to get lots of looks thanks to its bold color choices. Available in a matte cyan finish or a glossy red or yellow, the bold color choices that wrap around a black face stand out from the crowd.
People who want a more conservative color scheme can opt for a matte black or glossy white model, but even these models are distinguishable based on the Lumia 920's body. The phone measures 5.13 inches x 2.79 inches x 0.42 inches (134.62 mm x 70.87 mm x 10.67 mm). At a time when smartphone vendors are trying to make every phone thinner than the last, the Lumia 920's slightly curved back protrudes far enough to make this phone a relatively thick phone.
It's on the beefy side too, beating the scales at 184.27 g (6.5 ounces). The Lumia 920 is the heaviest flagship that has hit the market for quite some time. The weight of the phone isn't excessive, but there is no getting around the fact that this phone contains extra ounces that the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III don't have.
The Lumia 920 bears its weight well as it still manages to introduce an attractive figure with solid hardware references. The top and bottom of the device are completely flat so that the Lumia 920 can stand on a table or desk. Both sides curve as if the two sides were squeezed smoothly, meet at the back and give shape to the phone. The left side is a blank board, but the right side has volume buttons, a button to turn the device on or off, or to take a photo. There is a micro-USB slot and a pleasantly loud speaker on the bottom. On the top there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a SIM door that is accessible via a key included in the scope of delivery.
To create an equally attractive display, Nokia built the Lumia 920 with a 4.5-inch screen with PureMotion HD +, ClearBlack, Sunlight Readability Enhancement and Corning Gorilla Glass 2.0. To translate these clever brand names and marketing terms into simple English, the Lumia 920 accurately displays light colors and deep blacks, and animation and video move smoothly across the screen without sacrificing quality. The sunlight improvement works as advertised and combats glare or the lack of visibility on sunny days very well. The screen can be adjusted outdoors to make content readable even in direct sunlight. The curved glass reduces the impact of drops or scratches, and a touch panel with increased sensitivity makes the device functional even with gloves.
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While Windows Phone 7 was a temporary hiatus to modernize Microsoft's smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8 is a truly new experience. The modern user interface, formerly known as Metro, is a flexible user interface that is a convenient departure from Android and iOS. It's easy to understand the user interface, the main function of which is Live Tiles. Live Tiles are similar to Android widgets in that they provide updates and shortcuts on the home screen. Instead of showing an icon for an email account, the icon and number & # 39; 14 & # 39; appears to indicate that there are 14 unread messages. Tiles can also display top stories from CNN, tweets from friends, or photos from a camera roll. Live tiles can be repositioned, fitted into themes with different colors, and adjusted to different sizes.
A 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM allow for quick movements, but Windows Phone 8 doesn't always seem to benefit much from the hardware upgrade. A reasonable pace is achieved when surfing the home screen or loading system apps. However, there is a significant delay in loading apps. Users should get used to seeing the word "load" as it appears frequently. Whether it's the operating system or poorly coded developer apps, many messaging apps like ESPN, CNN, and Entrance spend too much time showing loading or splash screens before actually showing content. Most apps move quickly after loading, but the slow startup times show up often enough to be annoying.
Not all apps are a disappointment. Nokia has some great map solutions like City Lens, an augmented reality app that shows famous landmarks and nearby landmarks. It also includes a very powerful map app with offline turn-by-turn navigation and lots of data from around the world. Windows Phone adds extra privacy with Kid & # 39; s Corner, a sandbox area of the phone where guests can only access pre-approved apps, games, and songs. These built-in software features match the needs of other platforms and are likely to be better than them.