We believe this is the best Windows Phone yet from
Microsoft and Nokia, but there’s still room for improvement
A Nokia Lumia Icon, by any other name, is called the Nokia
Lumia 930 here. And it’s nearly identical to the Verizon-exclusive model
launched in the US earlier this year.
Powered by the same speedy quad-core processor, huge full HD
screen and 20MP camera with its amazing PureView imaging technology, the only
real difference is in its updated Windows Phone 8.1. That, and the multiple
colour options and a new ‘Sensor’Core’ feature that brings low-power
motionsensing for fitness applications.
Nokia Lumia 930
A fine fit
Measuring 9.8mm, this isn’t your typical slim phone.
Fortunately, it doesn’t feel particularly hefty in your hand or uncomfortable
in your jeans pocket. Its metalrimmed body and slightly curved Gorilla Glass 3
screen make for a natural fit. The matte plastic back feels quite nice to touch
but draws questionable looks. Spend a few good minutes, and you’ll get used to
the placement of the buttons.
In living colours
The 5in full HD LCD screen, which works out to 441 pixels
per inch, is exceptionally vivid and bright. Expect gloriously juicy colours
and sharp detail, even when you’re outdoors in bright sunlight. Wide viewing
angles? It’s got that too. Almost perfect, until we noticed a slightly
off-putting smearing while scrolling quickly down web pages. Otherwise, it’s
mostly great for everything else.
Nokia Lumia 930
The beefy quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor on
board, along with 2GB of RAM, grunt with absolute power. Not once did we spot
any performance-related sluggishness with apps, games or general UI
shenanigans. Numberswise, , it scored a decent 25,302. Not exactly near the
recent highend smartphone realm, but it’s close enough.
An eye for detail
Its PureView camera boasts a 20MP sensor instead of the
excellent 41MP version used on the Lumia 1020. Together with a wide aperture of
F2.4, a dual LED flash and Carl Zeiss optics, these components produce clear
and sharp images, even in very low light conditions. Video can be captured at
1080p HD quality and either 30, 25 or 24fps, and looks excellent for a phone.
Nokia Lumia 930
The Windows Phone caveat
While popular apps like Spotify and WhatsApp have joined
Windows Phone, there’s a whole lot more missing. Same goes for Cortana,
Microsoft’s intelligent assistant, which isn’t available here. Its tile-based
UI, however is a joy to use. It’s as different as night and day compared to
other smartphone interfaces but you’ll pick it up pretty fast - a clear sign of
Intensive video watching and gaming will kick the battery
meter down by 10% within an hour. Moderate the usage, and it should give a
day’s worth of calls, messages and web surfing. A marathon runner it isn’t, but
the Lumia 930 keeps you busy throughout the day, right to the very second you
nod off. If all else fails, activate its battery saver mode.
Operating system: Windows Phone 8.1
Processor: 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Screen: 5in LCD at 1920 x 1080 resolution (441 ppi)
Camera: 20MP PureView rear (1080p video @ 30fps), 1.2MP front
Storage: 32GB (plus 7GB free cloud storage)
Connectivity: 3G/4G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), NFC,
Dimensions: 137 x 71 x 9.8mm