Price: Telstra exclusive – from $66 per month on contract | From: Telstra
The Lumia 920 takes everything that Nokia learned from the Lumia 900 and 800 (and arguably the ill-fated N9) and super-sizes it. The overall design and engineering is excellent the 4.5-inch 1280 x 760-pixel display is crisp and vibrant. WP8 isn’t the radical reinvention that WP7 was – like the Lumia 920 itself it’s the same thing only more so. The optically stabilised camera has good low-light performance alongside crisp general photo taking. The underlying dual-core 1.5GHz processor sings along nicely with very little operational lag and Nokia’s included suite of apps (covering navigation music and even Angry Birds) make it the pick of the current WP8 crop. But then again Nokia’s bet the entire house on the OS; other OEMs have side bets on the table as well. Those Nokia additions are especially welcome as Microsoft’s been a bit tardy in giving out the SDK for WP8 to developers meaning the app offering at launch is a little on the meagre side.
The Lumia 920 is LTE/4G capable and that’s usually a recipe for rapid battery death but in our tests it performed well making it through a day’s testing between 3G and 4G zones without issues. Wireless charging is supported although not included in the box – we’ve seen it working in person without being able to give it a full rundown.
On the downside at 185g the Lumia 920 is undeniably hefty for a 4.5-inch screen phone – it’s heavier than the much larger 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II. It’s not too heavy to hold but it’s noticeable and if you generally struggle with larger screen phones this won’t help much.
The Lumia 920 is the best argument for switching to WP8 yet given the extra value additions that Nokia puts in there. Whether it’ll be enough to face off against Android and iOS is still a rather open question. What isn’t in question is that if you’re a Windows Phone fan this is the handset to buy.
Pros : Gorgeous design responsive UI Nokia’s exclusive apps are genuinely good.
Cons : Heavy in the hand WP8 still lags in the app stakes.
Rating : 9 out of 10. Editor’s Choice!