Nokia Lumia Icon [929] Review – A Viable Android Flagship Alternative

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The Nokia Lumia Icon, otherwise known as the Lumia 929, is a brand new Windows Phone flagship. Nokia might maintain the Lumia 1020 as their global flagship but the 929 has the guts to contend for that title. Let’s find out what makes the 929 different and whether it’s the Windows Phone you should be buying.

Design and Build

Nokia Lumia Icon

Nokia Lumia Icon

One thing’s almost always a given when you get a Windows Phone built by Nokia – it’s going to be a looker. The Lumia 929 is very good proof of this statement, as the smartphone is an elegant and minimalistic device. What’s different in this case is that the 929 looks a lot more reserved than any other Lumia smartphone we’ve seen. The squared edges give it a more mature look, and there are no design details at the back. This is just a simple smartphone. The white color option is the best in our opinion, as it really brings out the minimalist yet elegant design .

Display

The Nokia Lumia Icon is equipped with a 5 inch screen that has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. That’s 441 pixels per inch and is certainly enough by today’s standards. It’s quite certain Nokia won’t up their game until all the major Android phone makers do and nor should they. That said, the display’s quality is right up there with the best that Android has to offer. The use of AMOLED tech really adds beauty to the Windows Phone interface. This is the perfect display for a Windows Phone smartphone.

Hardware

The Nokia Lumia Icon is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz. There’s an accompanying 2 gigabytes of RAM as well. What that means is that this phone is simply overpowered for the Windows Phone environment, and that’s a good thing. You’d be hard pressed to make this smartphone stutter at any point in the interface. The hardware might seem overkill, but it’s essential for the camera that Nokia have blessed the Icon with.

Camera

Nokia Lumia Icon

Nokia Lumia Icon

The camera is a highlight of any flagship Lumia smartphone. This is the main thing that makes the Lumia flagships so different, as they usually feature the best cameras on smartphones. The Icon with its 19 megapixel sensor is no different. It actually shares the same 1/2.5″ sensor in the Lumia 1520 phablet, and that was no slouch in the photography department either.

The smartphone quite obviously shoots excellent photos, and is equipped with Nokia PureView technology as well. You can take 5 megapixel photos with the smartphone which benefit from oversampling because of the high quality sensor. These have loss-less zoom and excellent detail. The Icon also has the unique ability to shoot photos in the rare RAW format. These photos are totally uncompressed, and yield far better results when they undergo post-processing.

Battery

The Nokia Lumia Icon houses a 2420mAh battery in the back. But because of the very potent hardware and the large AMOLED screen, this battery fails to provide an adequate running time to the Icon. The flagship can only manage around 5 hours of web browsing, which is absolutely mediocre when compared to the 12 hours the 1520 phablet can manage.

Verdict

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The Nokia Lumia Icon is the new Windows Phone flagship everyone should look out for. It is nearly identical to the 1520 phablet with its hardware, but has a much more pocketable size and a beautiful new design. The only place where the Icon lacks is in the battery life department. And here it takes a huge blow, 5 hours of web browsing is completely unacceptable in today’s day and age. For this reason, we cannot give the Lumia Icon our full recommendation.

Pros:

  • Beautiful design
  • Solid build
  • Top notch display
  • Potent hardware
  • Excellent camera

Cons:

  • Mediocre, unacceptable battery life
  • Windows Phone still lacks some key apps