Nokia Lumia 920: The Gamer’s Phone

Despite a continued negativity towards all things Microsoft in consumer circles the Windows Phone 7 operating system (OS) made some waves in it’s two years as the company’s dominant mobile format. Widely considered the mobile connoisseur’s weapon of choice, Windows Phone 7 offered the uniformity […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageDespite a continued negativity towards all things Microsoft in consumer circles the Windows Phone 7 operating system (OS) made some waves in it’s two years as the company’s dominant mobile format. Widely considered the mobile connoisseur’s weapon of choice, Windows Phone 7 offered the uniformity of iOS coupled with the flexibility of Android handsets and the innovative interface that Windows is now championing across all of its branded products. However, that launch was now more than two years ago, and in the cats moving world of mobile technology that is essentially an era that has since been forgotten.

Never ones to be left behind technologically (if often too stubborn to admit that they’re failing to meet consumer demands as well as their competitors) Microsoft answered the demand to push further into the Windows Phone channel with Windows Phone 8 last October. The lack of an ability to upgrade from Windows Phone 7 to the new OS left some feeling Electronic Theatre Imagecold, but there was good reason for this. Windows Phone 7 was a bold experiment; a new direction that proved that iOS wasn’t the only player in the field even if it remained the highest scorer. Windows Phone 8 takes the lessons learned in delivering a new OS and adds to them all the standardised features consumers have come to expect of high-end mobile devices, as well as plenty they haven’t. Windows Phone 8 isn’t simply the next stage of an OS evolution, it’s the alpha male of the ‘metro’ ecosystem.

Of course, such a huge change of pace demands brand new handsets, and given the decline of their own OS and the success found with Windows Phone 7 Nokia were only too happy to oblige. Their Lumia range of handsets expanded upon the arrival of Windows Phone 8, with the Lumia 920 leading the pack. This is a high end handset, feature-rich and thus appropriately costly. But in Electronic Theatre’s time with the handset we’ve come to believe that it’s worth every penny.

In terms of a mobile phone, the Nokia Lumia 920 features an attract design with a firm feeling bulk while still being compact enough to rival some of the smallest smartphones on the market. The impressive form factor, however, does work against the handset when it actually comes to making phone calls. Yes, you may laugh, but for thise consumers who still wish to use their mobile device to make phone calls the Nokia Lumia 920 isn’t the most comfortable piece of equipment to hold against your ear for extend periods of time. The use of applications and other network services is top notch, with Nokia seemingly having designed the handset with the intention of being a portable multimedia device that happens to be able to make and receive phone calls as opposed to the other way around.

The generous 32GB capacity is almost entirely free for consumers to use for their own apps and contact storage with very little forcibly reserved for the OS. Sadly there is no option for adding external storage devices, but given the tidy nature of the Windows Phone 8 file system it’s unlikely that many users will struggle with the limitation. Indeed, even with every single Xbox branded videogame downloaded from the marketplace Electronic Theatre found the handset to still be offering plenty of storage space.

Of course, speaking of the videogames, this is undoubtedly why you are here. The Nokia Lumia 920 hasn’t been promoted as a mobile gaming handset in the same fashion as some of it’s brethren but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deliver the goods. In fact, despite some arguably slower data access and the questionable placement of one of its internal antennas, the Nokia Electronic Theatre ImageLumia 920 is the handset that shows all others how it should be done. The touchscreen is crystal clear and highly responsive, delivering better performance than many of it’s peers when playing the same videogame title. Many Windows Phone 7 apps are yet to be made available for Windows 8, thus the upgrade process is nowhere near as easy as migrating from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5 – arguably the device’s closest competition – but this could be considered a trade-off for the added features such as high quality front and rear cameras, quick connecting wi-fi and induction charging (though the required charge pad is sold separately). Indeed, in terms of battery life there really is no superior handset currently available on the market, even with half-a-dozen processor heavy videogame titles running simultaneously for extended periods the Nokia Lumia 920 barely battered an eyelid, outlasting any other mobile device Electronic Theatre has ever had the opportunity to examinee, including its closest iOS and Android rivals.

With the Nokia Lumia 920 entering the market as a high-end device it doesn’t come cheap, though many service providers are already offering it for free with some of their high value contract services. If you are the kind of user who already has a service plan that allows for an upgrade to the Nokia Lumia 920 without penalty we simply couldn’t recommend it highly enough. The Nokia Lumia 920 undoubtedly has its flaws, just as any mobile device, but pound-for-pound you’d be hard pressed to find a better mobile handset out there. As a touchscreen gaming device however, the Nokia Lumia 920 is without equal.

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