Nokia Lumia 920

Lumia 920

The Lumia 920 is a heavy phone. At 6.5 ounces — much heavier than Apple’s new iPhone, which is just shy of 4 ounces — the Lumia is big and chunky and not shy about it. It’s as if, with its new flagship Windows Phone device, Nokia has crafted a physical token representative of the weight it would like to wield in the smartphone market. Nokia has delivered a heavyweight player (pun intended) to take on the other smartphones, Windows Phone or otherwise.

Among all Microsoft’s hardware partners betting on the Windows Phone platform, Nokia has the most to lose, and potentially the most to gain. Analysts and carriers have said again and again that the smartphone market needs a third platform to compete against iOS and Android. And with the arrival of Windows Phone 8, it looks like we finally have a three-horse race. Should Windows Phone succeed, Nokia could reap untold benefits. If the Windows smartphone market stays lukewarm, Nokia will continue to wilt.

But I have to admit that when I started using the HTC Windows Phone 8X, a device that directly competes with the Lumia 920, the future started looking more grim for Nokia. It seemed as though HTC had beat the Finnish company at its own game, making a gorgeous Windows Phone handset, bright colors and all. That’s not quite the case, though. After days of using the Lumia 920, it’s hard to deny Nokia has delivered a heavyweight player (pun intended) to take on the other smartphones, Windows Phone or otherwise.

First off, the Lumia 920 is very well-designed. It looks like a slightly larger, more polished Lumia 900. It has the same rectangular polycarbonate shell, with rounded edges and flat tops. However, the polycarbonate now surrounds a sculpted, 4.5-inch curved Gorilla Glass display. With its rounded edges, it looks more fluid than the flat display of the Lumia 900. Most importantly, the Lumia 920′s camera is a winner. Nokia has been touting its PureView technology since the 41-megapixel monster showed up in the 808 PureView Symbian smartphone. The company has ported the software technology over to Windows Phone and slapped in a more modest 8.7-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. Photos are super-sharp, and taking photos in low light is impressive. I tested it against the iPhone 5 and found that the Lumia 920 was able to capture more light in dim and dark settings than the iPhone.

In General: This is an excellent phone. It is classy, durable and has a great, albeit not perfect camera. I had an iphone 4 before this, which I loved at the time. However, the offerings from apple aren’t as tempting as they used to be. Windows 8 phone support on my macbook pro is good too – it hooks right up to itunes; so don’t be scared about making the switch since it won’t be difficult hooking your phone to your computer.

Due to all the above and my interest in photography, it almost was a no brainer to make the switch. I love my SLR, but hate having to carry around a point and shoot. This is a good upgrade on any camera phone. The software issues with the camera in well lit situations (hardly an issue at all, if anything I’m blowing it up). Don’t be scared about its size. Most girls I know don’t carry their phone in their pocket, but their hand bags. Its might be a little heavier than you are used to, but I don’t really notice. You won’t need a case on this.