I Liked them… a lot!
Nokia made it’s first splash with Microsoft a few months back when they released the Nokia Lumia 900. Running Microsoft’s newly introduced Windows 8 software, the phone had a light launch back in March of this year and hasn’t made much of a splash since.
But it was good.
It’s seems Nokia didn’t find the phone to be a failure as they kept 90% of the original Lumia 900 in the Lumia 920. Showcased at a swanky loft in Manhattan for the first time this past week, Nokia impressed with Lumia 920, the latest update to their flagship phone and the introduction of Lumia 820. The party showcased the collaborations made with JBL and Monster to aid a list of new fancy added features. The phones boast a slew of new additives such as speakers and headphones for easy pairing. Pairing is done with Near Field Technology (NFC) allowing the phone to connect to devices it makes contact with. The NFC feature worked flawlessly with wireless speakers from JBL and presumably indestructible headphones from Monster. The deal gets sweeter as Nokia breaks the mold with built-in wireless charging done on many of the accessories. The build of Nokia’s Lumia 920 and 820 seems strong and the color choices offer a variety from sleek to bold. All of the accessories matched the handsets in color, inspiring an Andy Warholish color pallet to the demonstration lounge.
Lumia 920 is visually an attractive phone thanks to the Windows 8 home screen and Nokia’s PureMotion display. Lumia 820 and 920 share the Snapdragon™ S4 Processor found in a few other smart phones like the Galaxy S III and Droid Razr HD, so speed is on par with the competition. It is Nokia’s collaboration with Microsoft that truly make this phone visually stunning.
Nokia’s ultra sharp display makes the need to measure display refreshment a thing of the past. It’s fair to say this phone displays the most fluid OS movements on the market and it is a joy to view from any angle. Lumia 920‘s PureMotion display also boasts Microsoft’s new found love for juxtaposition. Windows 8‘s ultra sharp and clean OS appearance helps any novice of the phone grasp the phone’s interface. Both Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 share the Windows 8 platform but only 920 owners get the PureMotion display.
In reflection, it’s safe to say that both displays look incredible. As I jumped from photo demonstration to wireless audio, it became hard to notice which phone was which without trying. Both Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 share vibrant solid color bodies and impressive screens. Visually, it seems you can’t go wrong with a Lumia, but the Lumia 920 seemed to always shine with a larger more immersive display. The curved display gave you a decent amount of privacy while keeping the above lighting glare at a minimum. Finger prints seem to be unavoidable as the Lumia will show your finger’s tracks like other smart phones do but the body however will show less.
It seems Nokia has a success with the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 as I could easily recommend either to anyone currently interested in a smart phone. Though I had a similar opinion with the Lumia 900, the additions made to the Lumia 920 make this fixer upper a true competitor in the market. An official launch date nor pricing have been released yet but we look forward to the launch of Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 this fall.