Review: Nokia Lumia 930

This time we had the chance to  review the Nokia Lumia 930, which is the company’s actual flagship and successor to the Lumia 925. Technically seen almost a 1520 in a smaller package with being only 5-inch. And as well being the last Nokia branded phone as from now on all phones are branded Microsoft.

The Hardware:

The hardware inside the Lumia 930 easily competes with the latest Android devices. You get a large, 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, and Nokia’s signature 20-megapixel PureView camera paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB Internal storage which in the 930 is not extendable with a micro sd card!

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The most important thing is the smartphone is well-built, using a combination of tough Gorilla Glass on the front, aluminum around the edges, and soft-touch plastic on the back. This doesn’t mean that the 930 is a heavy weight tipping the scales at 167 grams. All the materials used are high quality, and are joined together well, giving the handset a tough, cohesive and pleasing feel.

While the Lumia 930 is well made, it’s clear that Nokia hasn’t put much effort into producing the slimmest smartphone going around even with Nokia saying the phone has a thickness of 9.8mm the reality is around 10.5mm on the thickest spot. But who cares. It feels good nonetheless.

Around the edges you’ll find the nano-SIM card tray integrated into the top panel next to the 3.5mm audio jack; on the right edge is a quartet of buttons including the dedicated camera button; and on the bottom there’s the micro-USB port.

Good is that nowadays outdated hardware is no longer the norm with Windows Phones. The Lumia 930 packs a 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It also has a pixel density of 441 PPI,  As you would expect from a high resolution smartphone in 2014 the display like the one on the Lumia 930, images look unbelievably crisp, providing a level of clarity above what you’d get from now-mid-range 720p panels. The picture is damn sharp.

Connectivity:

Connectivity-wise the Lumia 930 provides LTE, HSPA+ and GSM radios through the integrated modem on the Snapdragon 800 die, plus Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and IZAT Gen8B GPS+GLONASS. A separate chip provides NFC functionality.

With LTE on board, the Lumia 930 is capable of transfers up to 150 Mbps down and 50 Mbps up, provided you’re connected to a network that supports LTE Category 4. As it’s an international device, there’s only one model, meaning you get LTE on all bands.

The Camera:

Specs wise Nokia has put the Lumia 1520 camera and matched it somehow into the 930. So you got a 20Mp. The “PureView” sensor in the Lumia 930 is a 1/2.5” 20-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS (1.1µm pixels), paired with a Zeiss 26mm-equivalent f/2.4 lens with autofocus and optical image stabilization (OIS). Next to the lens on the rear you’ll find a single-tone dual-LED flash, which Nokia rates is useful up to 3m. The front-facing camera is a 1.2-megapixel unit with an f/2.4 lens attached.

The sensor has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, although the Lumia 930 shoots 15-megapixel 16:9 shots by default. A quick swap in the settings gives you access to the full sensor, which captures 4992 x 3744 plus the 5MP one you can use for quick social Media uploads.

The camera is just amazing. I love it.

The Battery:

Having not the biggest size looking on actual phones out with 2,420 mAh the battery life nevertheless is quite impressive but not reaching to the level of the 1520.

Apps:

Windows Phone is getting better by the week filling app gaps which had been there 2 years back. I found no real app I need missing so far. Only disappointment was that the BBM app is not up to par on Windows Phone not being able to use Stickers or retract messages. But that is not the fault of the phone…

Overall:

The Lumia 930 is not only Nokia’s best smartphone to date , but it’s also the best Windows Phone. This is certainly a phone you will love. I would myself go for it if I was in the market for a new phone.

If you now want to grab a Lumia 930 you can do so by buying it online at Axiom Telecom for 1999AED. (LINK)

 

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