CNET First Look
Heavy Nokia Lumia 920 makes an impressionIf you can get past its weight and bulk, you'll find the world's most advanced Windows phone to date.
-I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET and this is the Nokia Lumia 920 or as I like to call it, The Incredible Hulk. This is a Windows phone running the new Windows phone 8 operating system. I just wanna start by talking about the physical body and design because when you pick it up in real life. That is the first thing on your mind. It looks a lot like they're original Nokia Lumia 900. It's got sort of tassel and very black screen and buttons on the side volume, power, and camera button, so it's really style-wise and sculpted with a flat top and bottom rounded sides. Once difference here is that the back is also curve here, so it's actually a lot more comfortable to hold. The original Lumia 900 felt really flat, so there was this empty space, but this kind of curves and contours here. The flip side of that is that it also looks really thick and bulky. It's a very heavy device, 6.5 ounces, significantly heavier than the original Lumia and a lot heavier than other phones on the market. So, when you pick this up, you know you're picking it up. You can't comfortably put it on your pocket. I carry a lot of phones in my back pocket. This one always felt thick and bulgy and very uncomfortable. On the plus side, it is nice-looking device, and with that, Nokia obviously put a lot of care into. It's got this 4.5-inch HD display. Nokia is calling it the pure motion plus display. Unlike the original Lumia, THIS one uses LCD technology and supposed to adjust in bright sunlight. If got the screen sets to high sensitivity, you can unlock it and operate it your fingernail or even a pair of gloves. Now, the version I have here is the white color. It also comes in black, cyan, bright yellow, and red. This one is very glossy. In fact, it's really slippery in the hand and I have kind of hard time picking it up from a desk and gripping it, but the black and cyan version come with a matte finish so that it should be able bit more grippable. AT&T is gonna have the exclusive on the phone. It does come with 4G LTE of course. It also comes with a 1.5 gigahertz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and it's got 32 gigabytes of on board storage. On the front, there is 1-megapixel camera. On the back, there is an 8.7-megapixel camera that uses Carl Zeiss optics and Nokia's PureView algorithm. I did find that low light pictures were pretty good using the automatic settings and other pictures were also good. There were some hit and some miss. I would say it's a good camera, but it isn't necessarily hands down the best, maybe not the way that Nokia would like. Now, Nokia has added some specialized apps on here to help differentiate this product from all the other Windows phones. There's Nokia City Lens, our augmented reality app. There's Nokia drive. It's in beta and not supplied turn by turn voice direction. That is not needed to windows phone. There's also Nokia maps and Nokia music, which kind of has a Pandora-like feature for music mixing. You can also download some of those playlists for offline listening, so that when you don't have any data, it's cached and you can listen to your songs, and there's one other differentiator as well, wireless charging using the Qi charging standard. So, this is already built in to the phone's back panel and you'll be able to set the phone down on any compatible Qi wireless charging port and charger phone without having to plug a cord directly into your handset. Overall, when you look at the specs, the Nokia Lumia 920 has a lot of really good ones. Got this beautiful screen, got a lot of the high end features on here and wireless charging definitely adds something different. So, it's the Nokia turn by turn direction. However, what I think is gonna turn people away most going to be weight of it, the hump and also the dimension. It is pretty big and it is pretty bulky. So people who want a thinner phone, this is not the one for you. If that doesn't scare you, you like Windows phone 8, you love the idea of all the other things that Nokia brings to the table, then I think this is gonna be a good fit. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. This has been the Nokia Lumia 920 for AT&T.