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Nokia Lumia 930 review

Best Windows Phone yet, but let down by poor battery life
Fri Jul 11 2014, 13:15

Product Nokia Lumia 930 review
Specifications 5in 1080x1920 resolution AMOLED 441ppi touchscreen, quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 20MP rear-facing camera with optical image stablisation and dual flash, 1.2MP front-facing camera, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100, 4G LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 2,420mAh battery, microUSB port, headphone jack, Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system, 137x71x9.8mm, 167g
Price From £33 a month

THE LUMIA 930 likely is the last smartphone we will see out of Nokia, and it's arguably the firm's most widely anticipated Lumia device yet.

As well as arriving as the first flagship Lumia smartphone to run Windows Phone 8.1, the handset eyes the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 with a 5in Full HD display, a quad-core processor and a 20MP Pureview rear-facing camera.

Much like its predecessor, the Nokia Lumia 925, the Lumia 930 has a metal shell with a plastic backplate, and is available in black, white, green and orange colour variations.

Nokia Lumia 930 in orange design

We've been using the orange Lumia 930, perhaps the most garish of the bunch, but undoubtedly the model that will get most heads turning. The handset's metal trim, which features just three buttons - volume, standby and camera - gives the Lumia 930 an all-round premium feel despite its plastic back, and the device feels like it would be able to withstand a fair amount of battering.

There's one major downside to the Lumia 930's design, however, and thats its size. Of course, with a 5in screen, the device is going to be big - but at 167g we found it quite heavy in hand, and at 9.8mm thick it's not the most comfortable of smartphones to use one-handedly.

Until recently, Windows Phone handsets often lagged behind their Android competitors in the screen department. However, Nokia has upped its game with the Lumia 930, configuring the device with a 5in HD 1080p Clearblack AMOLED display.

Nokia Lumia 930 has a 5in 1080p HD screen

With Full HD resolution, and a combination of AMOLED and Nokia's own Clearblack technology, Microsoft's Live Tile interface looks great on the Lumia 930, with blacks appearing blacker than on rival smartphones, and colours arguably more vibrant. The screen is a great size to showcase Windows Phone too, with the 5in display allowing for three columns of Tiles to fit comfortably,

Again, there's a slight downside, as some Windows Phone apps that have not been optimised for the HD 1080p display can look somewhat fuzzy on the screen, a downside not likely to be seen on competing iOS and Android smartphones.

Next: Performance, operating system.


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