Nokia Lumia 920 review
Multimedia and Storage
The only default video playback comes via the camera roll and Xbox ‘Music + Video’ where you can upload and synchronise existing video collections. MP4 video plays back up to full 1080pHD with a very high quality. On this display you could easily watch films and TV shows all day long.
Music is also catered for with the Xbox Music service, which replaces Zune, and allows you to purchase and download tracks and albums. You can also synchronise existing collections, including your iTunes via Microsoft’s own software packages.
On the Lumia 920 you’ve also got Nokia Music, a free streaming service with curated genre mixes and optional paid content.
Sound quality is very rich with a distinct lack of tininess and the speaker is powerful. The headphone jack is conveniently positioned and the Lumia 920 features an equalizer and Dolby Headphone support, but as a portable music player the device is on the bulky side.
Gaming is something of a low point on the Lumia 920 but that’s more an issue with Microsoft's Windows Phone apps ecosystem than the device itself.
Despite links with Microsoft’s Xbox Live service the range of games is distinctly uninspiring and leans more towards the simple arcade and puzzle variety – a hangover from Windows Phone 7’s single core legacy.
Those which fall outside of this remit tend to be poorly implemented – Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed is a prime example of a shoddily ported cash-in with shallow gameplay, questionable graphics and lacklustre optimisation.
Kinectimals is probably one of the most graphically demanding titles available and performs well enough but there’s little else to tax the promising Qualcomm dual core S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 225 graphics processor (GPU) combo.
If Android devices running this setup are anything to go by, the Lumia 920 is capable of much more.
For storage there’s 32GB of internal space, which is more than adequate for most users, offering room for 6000 music tracks or around 50 films. It’s just as well the onboard capacity is so generous, however, as there’s no MicroSD slot to be found.
Connections and Web
The stock browser is Internet Explorer 10, which is very fast indeed and offers a pretty good experience when it comes to pinch-zoom, tabs and ‘copy & paste’ functionality.
Left to right: Internet Explorer 10 browser, pop-up menu and tabs menu
Text display is brilliantly sharp even when zoomed-in to maximum and overall the display size is quite satisfying for web content.
IE10 isn’t without its foibles but it’s certainly as good as the competition. Which is just as well, because getting hold of an alternative browser might be difficult as the range to choose from at present is quite sparse.
Microsoft and Nokia claim IE10 is the fastest mobile browser available. Sunspider benchmarks peg it at 909.5ms compared to the iPhone 5’s 914.7ms on Safari and the Galaxy S3’s 1424.7ms on Android’s built-in browser.
That would certainly indicate snappy performance and does fit with our experience.
Although some of the browser functions took getting used to, with a good connection we were rarely left waiting around for a page to load.
Our experience with 4G was much the same as with other LTE handsets we’ve tried, all of which are on EE’s tariffs, of course. Coverage in central London is good and it is noticeably faster than HSPA, being comparable with a decent home broadband connection.
Left and middle: WP Bench benchmarking, Right: IE 10 benchmarking on Sunspider