Nokia Lumia 920

Score

Sections

View All

Key Features

  • Review Price: £450.00
  • 4.5in HD IPS LCD screen
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • 8.7MP camera with 1080p video and optical stabilisation

What is the Nokia Lumia 920?

The Nokia Lumia 920 is technically one of the most exciting phones available but it has been supersceded by the Nokia Lumia 1020. Not only does it have features like an optically stabilised camera for blur-free night time shots and inbuilt wireless charging to do away with pesky cables but it also has the growing in capability Microsoft Windows Phone 8 operating system that’s been imbued with a host of Nokia extras. However a smartphone isn’t about any single feature but the device as a whole, so how does the Lumia 920 fare?

Nokia Lumia 920 – Design

Nokia has always had a pretty good eye for design and that was no more in evidence than on the company’s last flagship phone the Nokia Lumia 800, which we thought the best looking phone of its time. Here then the company has simply taken that same design and made it a bit bigger.

The whole phone is hewn from one piece of polycarbonate plastic into which is set the slightly curved screen. To keep the whole thing looking as seamless as possible all the ports and slots are kept in the flat ends, with just the buttons ranged up the right edge. The unbroken effect it creates gives the phone a wonderfully premium feel, particularly thanks to the quality of plastic used – the colour is in the plastic so doesn’t scratch off like paint does.

However, what’s less impressive is Nokia’s choice of finishes. On the Lumia 800, all the colour options were available in a matt finish which looked and felt great. Here, though, all but the black model use a glossy finish. Not only will this look worse when it inevitably begins to pick up scratches but it’s also more slippery, sliding off laps and the arms of sofas almost as readily as the glass backed iPhone 4S. Plus, it doesn’t half show up fingerprints. Thankfully Nokia is still offering the Lumia 920 in a matt black version which looks superb and isn’t as slippery.

Then there’s the weight of the thing. Somehow Nokia has managed to make what is far from the largest phone on the market one of the heaviest. Coming in at 185g, this 4.5in phone is heavier than the enormous 5.5in Samsung Galaxy Note 2. We’ve asked Nokia just why it is the phone weighs so much but the company hasn’t yet come back with anything specific, saying it’s a combination of factors. It seems likely that it’s the optically stabilised camera that is the main culprit, though.

With dimensions of 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm, it’s not exactly the slimmest handset either.

All that said, we don’t find the size or weight too much of a problem and actually like the overall feel of the device. The curved sides and back mean the phone fits snugly in the hand and it’s far from so heavy that it’s uncomfortable.

The arrangement of buttons is also excellent. As the phone uses Windows Phone 8 the function of the buttons is identical to all other Windows Phone 8 handsets but here they’re well positioned and easy to operate. Down the right edge are the volume, power and camera buttons while under the screen are touch sensitive buttons for Back, Start and Search.

The touch sensitive buttons are nice and responsive but it’s the side mounted ones that really make it. They’re well defined so are easy to tell apart by feel alone, they’re easy to press and the low positioning of the power button makes it easy to unlock the phone without having to use two hands or shuffle your grip around.

Taking a quick tour of the rest of the phone, up top is the microSIM tray – which pops out at the push of a pinhole button – and the headphone jack along with the second microphone for noise cancelling when making a call. Meanwhile on the bottom is the primary microphone, the speaker and the microUSB socket for conventional charging and connecting to a computer. Plus, of course there’s the main camera on the back and a front facing one above the screen. All pretty standard stuff.

However, what is missing is a microSD slot, meaning there’s no way to upgrade the phone’s storage. Thankfully you can get this handset with up to 32GB of built in storage, which should be enough for most people.

Also, without a readily removable backplate, you can’t easily swap out the battery. Again, it’s probably not an issue for most people day to day but both the latter points are key reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S4 remains such a popular handset – many would rather have the option than not.

More from TrustedReviews

LG Q8 finally brings the V20’s promise to Europe

Atari is now in the speaker business… and the hat business

Thinner Moto Z2 Force could come with a huge trade-off

HyperLoop One

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop gathering pace as NY-DC link gets ‘OK’

N64oid

Is this proof an N64 Classic will follow the SNES?

Agents of Mayhem preview

cats 17

Why you’ll want to download this OnePlus 5 update today

Golf rory

British Open Golf Live Stream: How to watch online for free

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for Xbox One down to under £9

Samsung Gear S3 finally gets Samsung Pay support in UK

Welcome to the all new Trusted Reviews

Netgear Arlo

Netgear Arlo Pro

Cat Amazon

Are you kitten me? Pet translation devices tipped for future smart homes

fire emblem warriors

Fire Emblem Warriors

pokken

Pokkén Tournament DX

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb 5

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay now lets you use your PayPal funds at the checkout

assassins creed origins

Ubisoft teases new games for Nintendo Switch, coming ‘quite soon’

amazon echo

Ask Vodafone: Mobile network’s first Amazon Alexa voice skill is revealed

Google Feed

The Google app’s new personalised feed might just drag you off Facebook

z2play 9

Moto Z2 Play

Mira Prism

For just $99 you can bring AR to the iPhone 7

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S9 displays may be the same, save one major new feature

movie theatre

The Netflix Effect: ‘Binge-watching’ is coming to movie theatres

Porsche MIssion E

Porsche’s latest electric car chargers put Tesla to shame

EE logo

EE’s new 20GB SIM-free deal is the best value tariff you’ll see all summer

Int-Ball

These are the first images from the ISS – as captured by a zero-gravity drone

iMac 21.5-inch 4K (2017)

LG V30 case

LG V30 design ‘confirmed’ ahead of IFA 2017 launch

iPhone 7 vs iPhone SE

Waiting for the iPhone SE 2? Sadly, it could be a one-and-done

Google Glass Enterprise

Google Glass 2 has arrived, sort of

Denon AH-C621R

Denon AH-C621R

BBC Proms

Get ready to listen to the BBC Proms like never before

Fender Newport Monterey Bluetooth speakers

Fender’s new Bluetooth speakers look just like tiny guitar amps

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Garmin Vivosmart 3

airplane

Is the laptop travel ban dead? Electronics restrictions lifted by TSA but UK fails to follow suit

KitSound Immerse

KitSound Immerse Wireless Headphones

Emojis

It’s World Emoji Day and Apple is showing off all of its newcomers

Porn Block

Privacy fears as UK plans age verification for porn sites

WhatsApp

New WhatsApp feature could give Apple’s iMessage a run for its money