Latest entrant in the arena of mobile OS, Microsoft intends to impose its Windows Phone and Nokia has well help. After a first generation Windows Phone 7 not entirely convincing, the Finnish manufacturer offers us a respite to undeniable qualities.
Remember, this was in October 2011: Nokia Pavilion DV4 beginning its partnership with Microsoft with the Lumia range, the new flagship brand supposed to promote Windows Phone 7. A few months later and the results lackluster, Windows Phone 8 arrives with a lot of quality, but also bad news owners in WP7 devices will not take advantage of this version via an update.
It is therefore necessary to revert to the cash and invest in a new phone. So, Nokia took the opportunity to unveil its next generation Lumia 620, 820 and 920. High-end smartphone from the Finnish brand, the 920 is passed into our hands for a big week and happens to be a nice surprise.
When unpacking, the Lumia 920 hits mainly on two points: its very nice touch and weight ... questionable. The beast weighs 185 grams and is indeed face brick compared to the lightness of an iPhone 5 (112 g) or a Galaxy S III (133 g). The fact is that the Lumia 920 is heavy and that may disappoint a lot of people by. However, once in hand, the solid appearance of all obvious. Despite its rounded forms and a polycarbonate coating that may seem slippery, he catches perfectly and exudes strength. Suddenly, the heavy weight is quickly forgotten and helps to give it a "beefy" quite reassuring. The overall design is broadly in line that the previous Lumia (900 in particular), with some differences: exit cover that protects the micro-USB port and slot for the SIM card, the 920 is up to something much more traditional, with a connector "naked" in the lower part of the phone and the SIM card slot which can be extracted with a needle, like on the iPhone.
A questionable choice from Nokia, because once you lose the side "cast" of the previous generation. Impression a little more accentuated by the presence of two rather unsightly screws on the bottom of the phone. But make no mistake: despite these minor complaints, the Lumia 920 has an excellent finish and a very nice design. The impression of strength and there, but the machine stays in the nice curves that characterize the Lumia range.
A screen made impressive
This good impression is also confirmed with the screen, which is certainly one of the highlights of the Lumia 920. Nokia uses technology PureMotion HD +, coupled with a protective glass Gorilla Glass 2 type. The slab is 4.5 inches and offers a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. Many specs that give excellent rendering, brightness and vivid colors. We found a little the same result as before the Super AMOLED of Galaxy S III, but some colors are overly saturated. In direct sunlight, the screen is perfectly readable as long as you push the brightness and fingerprints remain almost invisible. The size of the display is in the upper range of high-end smartphones, but is properly usable with one hand. I must say that the interface of Windows Phone 8 always makes sure that we do not have to position your fingers too high or too low, thus avoiding wring their hands as is the case in other large format cameras.
Finally, the last good point, and not least the ability to use the phone while wearing gloves. Nokia uses Super Sensitive Touch technology for a very successful outcome. For a small second delay, the screen recognizes the material in contact and the active panel. Navigation is then also smoothly and quickly than usual. In short, difficult to make this functionality in default and, in this winter, it is a pleasure to be able to type an SMS without freezing fingers.
Your future camera extra
Second strong point of the Lumia 920, the camera showed great prowess during our test, particularly in regard to shooting indoors or in low light. Equipped with an 8 megapixel sensor, a Carl Zeiss lens and an optical image stabilizer, there is, on paper, one of the best on the market. In practice, the photos taken with a Lumia 920 are actually excellent, although there is a difference between scenes shootées outside and those inside. Sunlight, no flash, the camera turns compelling, but not necessarily more than the competition upscale fault to a certain lack of precision on the edges of images and colors a bit dull. In short, even if it is very, very correct, we are far enough from the exemplary quality of shots taken indoors with flash. On this point, the Lumia 920 manages to surprise and restore light and colors very accurate, even at low brightness. This time the comparison is incommensurate with other smartphones such as shown in the three photos below:
In short, you'll understand: the camera's Lumia 920 is more than adequate and is widely expected to convince those in search of a good APN extra. Especially since some apps made in Nokia can take full advantage of opportunities. But we will. A quick word on autonomy, which we thought was very good. Equipped with a 2000 mAh battery, the phone can be used intensely throughout the day, evening included before showing signs of weakness and need a refill of an emergency. Even with a few% remaining, the GPS can be used without concern for a good hour and managing energy saving optimizes maximum use of the device. Anyway, again, the Lumia 920 is very convincing.
Nokia treats Windows Phone 8
A superb screen, amazing camera, a very good finish, autonomy satisfactory ... For the moment, the Lumia 920 is a no-fault. But a smartphone, it is also - importantly - an operating system and everyday use which must be as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Criticized on a lot of points, Windows Phone 7 had the merit of introducing a mobile OS different and refreshing, but suffered a few teething problems. Is Windows Phone 8 straightens the bar? Largely yes. Although, at first glance, the differences are not immediately obvious, the new mobile OS from Microsoft is generally thought better and leaves a greater share in the customization (via the ability to resize the tiles on the home page, etc.) even if it remains very far from the options offered by Android.
However, the philosophy of WP8 still remains as interesting and good fresh air against an armada of Android devices that end up like that iOS and difficult to renew. But all is not perfect and some annoying flaws remain, such as management (or lack of management, for once) of hazardous multitasking, which forces us to constantly revert back to find a keyboard app or impractical to the space bar is too small, which causes too much typos. And even if it is changing, we still regret the lack of global applications on the store.
But what really makes the strength of the Lumia 920 in its daily use is not so much that Microsoft Nokia itself, which provides the device applications of high quality homes, and are a great addition to by compared to the competition. Panorama tools, filters, photos, pictures and intelligent cinémagraphe are many possibilities to make the best photos. "Picture Smart" can for example choose the best faces on a group photo (AFN takes 5 shots in a row, you can then choose the most successful and mix different faces for best results). Cinémagraphe, meanwhile, can simply create small animations from photos stored on the device.
But here at Nokia really strong, it is at the navigation apps, accurate copy. Whether Nokia Maps (app 'basic orientation), Nokia Explore (which displays the points of interest around you in Augmented Reality) or Nokia Drive (the GPS still in beta), we were impressed the effectiveness of geolocation and ease of use of the whole. Generally, the "Nokia layer" which has Windows Phone 8 provides a real plus here and can give the Lumia 920 ahead of competing devices using the Microsoft OS.
Reference in Windows Phone
Nokia succeeds therefore good performance with Lumia 920: provide a beautiful and powerful phone that is well worth the qualities of Windows Phone 8, through integration of the OS impeccable and Inspiron 1525 excellent in-house applications. It appears clearly as the best smartphone of its range in WP8, an operating system that is becoming increasingly attractive. Of course, we still regret the lack of app 'and little customization possible, but again, the Modern UI interface brings a real freshness on the market.
If you are tired of Android or iOS, and you want to discover another approach to mobility is largely possible purchase. Owners of Windows Phone 7 devices can by the question against the interest of spending again a few hundred euros. To them, there is no definitive answer, but if you opted for a Lumia 800 (with a 3.7-inch screen) and WP7 has already conquered the ease of use brings the 920 is undeniable.