Custom Search
 



 
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks

The recently  concluded Mobile World Congress saw Nokia launching  more handsets in its Lumia series of  Windows 8 phones – but  while they  take on the market  with affordability ( I’m thinking of the Lumia 720 and 520)  it is clear, the company has no plans to  unseat or update  the flagship Lumia phone – the 920 – that has been around  in India from January this year….which is our excuse for this detailed look at the phone at this point in time.


 


The Lumia 920 is handfull – literally --  and saying it comes with a 4.5 inch screen doesn’t quite convey its overall size which is  130.3 x 70.8 x 99 mm or 5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches, making for a weight of 185 g or 6.53 oz.


This is a l-a-r-g-e  and chunky phone, and clearly a cross over product,  aimed at those who want something larger  than a phone but smaller than a tablet.


 


While the  generous on-board  storage – 32 GB—and memory – 1 GB--  are clearly aimed at those who want to do more with their phones than talk, chat, message and surf,  the specs of the two on-board cameras are what will , I think, clinch any decision to buy this product rather a similar-sized alternative.  The primary camera  comes with 8.7  MegaPixels, 3264 x 2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus and  dual-LED flash may be the single USP of this phone…. And if taking good pictures under bad conditions is what you  need to do, often, then  this is clearly the camera for you.   The wide ( F 2.0) aperture   lets you snap under low  light conditions which would defeat most other camera phones.  What I found particularly impressive is the  camera’s  immunity to a lot of shake and shudder – typical when you try to shoot from a moving vehicle that is crossing rough terrain.  This is also true when you shoot full HD ( 1080p) video with the camera.  The only comparable experience I have had of rock-steady  video capture  from camera held by  a shaky hand, is a dedicated video camera like the legendary Flip.  Clearly the Lumia 920  uses some special image stabilization which  buyers will value  only when that rare photo opp. occurs --  shooting animals from a  safari vehicle jolting over  hilly terrain for example, or from a  small boat navigating a choppy sea. These are chances that never  typically occur again – and the 920 may make the difference between just acceptable and great video.  I also found that  the  multiple shooting modes  included what is possibly the widest angle  capability in camera phones that I have tried --  great if you shoot a lot of outdoor panorama or want to create a 360 degree view by stitching together a minimum of separate stills.


 


The second camera is OK:  1.3 MP,  shooting video at  the lower end of HD -- 720p@30fps.


 


I’m not going to be boring you with a lot of detail on the  connectivity aspects – which cover the gamut of HSDPA/HSPA/LTE   which we in India can exploit fully when networks are more universally 4G rather in a few city-specific patches as of today. The WiFi covers a,b.g and n which means the fastest hotspots if you can  get them. The 920 is  Near Field Communications or NFC-ready which means if and  when   merchants are ready to roll out tap-n-pay phone   options to the credit card, you are ready and willing to oblige!


 


The phone comes with a micro USB 2.0 slot and the appropriate cable which can be used with the charging plug provided. But  the 920 also offers a wireless charging option  which means you can place it on one of the  new wireless charging  devices ( not provided)  without having to connect the phone to a mains socket. ( I have never found this to be the great  breakthrough it is hyped to be because the  wireless charger is anyway connected to the mains or to an USB socket so where’s the saving in wires?!)


 


Indian buyers also need to know  that the Lumia 920 only takes the new  generation micro SIM and not the standard sized SIM that is what Indian service providers overwhelmingly provide.  I do realize that  you can order a micro SIM  when a new connection, but what happens to a customer who buys the Lumia 920 but  wants to migrate from an existing phone and SIM?  There is no easy solution other than ordering  a duplicate  microSIM.. I strongly advise against trying to use a SIM cutter to downsize your SIM…. Indian SIMs do not come with the ready to cut perforation. 


 


I wish phone makers like Nokia had the sensitivity to  appreciate and  solve  such region-specific problems before launching their  international phones in India.  A small note on how to get a micro SIM;   an adapter for the UK- type charging plug they have thoughtlessly provided, so that it will  fit Indian 5Amp-3 pin sockets….. would it cost Nokia so much to localize  the product  particularly when the customer is paying an asking price that is around Rs 38,000?


 


The Lumia 920 is a one of its kind phone –  with superior  image  capturing ( still and moving) capability.  I have heard it said that the Windows 8 OS is a limitation of sorts since the apps  ecosystem is not so well populated as say, Android or iOS. I disagree: Once a buyer decides to go for a phone as large as this, I think we may safely assume  her or she would like to  exploit the large screen for as close a tablet / PC  experience as possible. And  a Windows environment will make that experience as painless and comfortable as one can get  with a  small screen  especially if one has been a Windows PC user.


 


If that is indeed  your rationale for looking at the Lumia 920, you are on the right track.  A small; PS: shop around the  third party web stores: the 920 is being offered for a few thousand rupees less than the MRP of Rs 38,262 these days.


More company  details here




Anand Parthasarathy/March 12 2013




    



  Post Your Comments Now
       
  Name  
  Email  
  Comment  
     
     
       
       
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by bookmarks on March  13,  2013
  "qYEzDz Wow, great blog article.Really thank you! Really Great."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by bookmarks on March  13,  2013
  "qYEzDz Wow, great blog article.Really thank you! Really Great."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by social bookmarks on March  14,  2013
  "xMZ395 Very informative post. Keep writing."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by social bookmarks on March  14,  2013
  "xMZ395 Very informative post. Keep writing."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by bookmarks on March  14,  2013
  "MUBBoU I loved your blog.Much thanks again. Much obliged."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by bookmarks on March  14,  2013
  "MUBBoU I loved your blog.Much thanks again. Much obliged."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by social bookmarks on March  15,  2013
  "iofE59 Appreciate you sharing, great post.Thanks Again. Keep writing."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by social bookmarks on March  15,  2013
  "iofE59 Appreciate you sharing, great post.Thanks Again. Keep writing."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by what is ciprofloxacin on March  15,  2013
  "Awesome blog.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by what is ciprofloxacin on March  15,  2013
  "Awesome blog.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by buy generic viagra on March  15,  2013
  "This is one awesome article. Really Great."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by buy generic viagra on March  15,  2013
  "This is one awesome article. Really Great."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by buy generic cialis on March  15,  2013
  "Thanks again for the blog post. Awesome."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by buy generic cialis on March  15,  2013
  "Thanks again for the blog post. Awesome."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by Buy Levitra online uk on March  15,  2013
  "Really appreciate you sharing this article post.Really thank you! Want more."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by Buy Levitra online uk on March  15,  2013
  "Really appreciate you sharing this article post.Really thank you! Want more."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by slr lenses on May  14,  2013
  "HtWNWr Major thanks for the blog.Really thank you! Really Great."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by slr lenses on May  14,  2013
  "HtWNWr Major thanks for the blog.Really thank you! Really Great."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by digital slr lenses on May  14,  2013
  "HttS43 Very neat blog post.Much thanks again. Want more."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by digital slr lenses on May  14,  2013
  "HttS43 Very neat blog post.Much thanks again. Want more."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by good seo on May  25,  2013
  "VcuuRE I think this is a real great blog article.Much thanks again. Keep writing."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by good seo on May  25,  2013
  "VcuuRE I think this is a real great blog article.Much thanks again. Keep writing."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by good seo on May  25,  2013
  "ciSwpq I loved your article post.Much thanks again."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by good seo on May  25,  2013
  "ciSwpq I loved your article post.Much thanks again."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by seo service on May  27,  2013
  "mo8Qwm I cannot thank you enough for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by seo service on May  27,  2013
  "mo8Qwm I cannot thank you enough for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by seo service on May  28,  2013
  "e30TYE Muchos Gracias for your blog. Keep writing."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by seo service on May  28,  2013
  "e30TYE Muchos Gracias for your blog. Keep writing."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by cheap social bookmarks on June  19,  2013
  "5DBmvu I truly appreciate this article post.Much thanks again."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by cheap social bookmarks on June  19,  2013
  "5DBmvu I truly appreciate this article post.Much thanks again."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by best news on earth on July  26,  2013
  "eEuFed Muchos Gracias for your post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by best news on earth on July  26,  2013
  "eEuFed Muchos Gracias for your post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by best news on   02,  2013
  "N9ovE2 Really appreciate you sharing this article.Really thank you! Really Cool."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by best news on   02,  2013
  "N9ovE2 Really appreciate you sharing this article.Really thank you! Really Cool."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by great link buildng on   19,  2013
  "rAaHdU I cannot thank you enough for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by great link buildng on   19,  2013
  "rAaHdU I cannot thank you enough for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by awesome links for you on   20,  2013
  "3mLy9E This is one awesome article post.Thanks Again. Really Cool."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by awesome links for you on   20,  2013
  "3mLy9E This is one awesome article post.Thanks Again. Really Cool."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by good seo guys on   04,  2013
  "YYQ7LG Im obliged for the article post.Thanks Again. Awesome."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by good seo guys on   04,  2013
  "YYQ7LG Im obliged for the article post.Thanks Again. Awesome."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by make money online on   13,  2013
  "lzxrqK Really appreciate you sharing this article.Really looking forward to read more."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by make money online on   13,  2013
  "lzxrqK Really appreciate you sharing this article.Really looking forward to read more."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by cheap link building on   24,  2013
  "L0GD12 Very neat blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by cheap link building on   24,  2013
  "L0GD12 Very neat blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by best link build on October  15,  2013
  "bQdMI3 Im thankful for the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by best link build on October  15,  2013
  "bQdMI3 Im thankful for the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by check out these guys! on October  16,  2013
  "usd2WO Major thankies for the article post. Really Great."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by check out these guys! on October  16,  2013
  "usd2WO Major thankies for the article post. Really Great."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by Cedar on October  23,  2013
  "Lately, your relentless over-support for anynhitg made by NOKIA is becoming embarrassing. My candid opinion is that you should be as fair and rational as possible. This blog I must confess, is one of the few that any techie Nigerian always love to embrace. I strongly believe that apart from reading the blog, it's also our duty to guide you when we feel that you are deviating "
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by cyber monday uggs deals on November  25,  2013
  "thank you for share!"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by uggs black friday sale on November  25,  2013
  "good articles"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by coach black friday on November  29,  2013
  "nice articles"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by black friday uggs on November  30,  2013
  "thanks for share!"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by black friday uggs on December  02,  2013
  "thank you for share!"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by cheap ugg boots for sale on December  04,  2013
  "thanks for share!"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by cheap uggs online on December  04,  2013
  "thank you for share!"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by fake uggs on December  05,  2013
  "thank you for share!"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by emu ugg boots on December  05,  2013
  "thank you for share!"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by jimmy choo uggs on December  05,  2013
  "nice articles"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by cheap uggs online on December  07,  2013
  "nice articles"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by Dedy on February  11,  2014
  "hi, im having im and matter. company life insurance canada bestlifeinsurpolicy.com affordable term life insurance settings, my business health insurance comparehealthinsur.com health insurance a talk s lot... activation user thanks me of text on i mobile and mms.... cherry my send for prbloems activation mms can u my the of even with stellar cant help viagra celais levitra heliomeds.com this"
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by Binata on October  22,  2015
  "hi, im having prmelbos with my activation of my mms.... im s talk and text user and i cant even send for the activation of my cherry mobile stellar mms settings, can u help me on this matter. thanks a lot..."
     
Nokia Lumia 920: A near- phablet for photography freaks
by Joni on April  17,  2016
  "I read your post and wieshd I was good enough to write it"