First Impressions: Nokia Lumia 930

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If you have been around here a while, you must know Big Red and know how much I love it. If you do not know who Big Red is, here; have a look:

Mister Mo Lumia 1520 red

Yes; That is Big Red, a Lumia 1520. It had no contender as the most powerful Windows Phone smartphone when it arrived. Now, it has the HTC M8 WP and the Lumia 930 to contend with. But before I digress, I love the 1520. As far as my mobile history goes, it is one of the finest devices I have ever used. Speedy and versatile. Very good camera. Awesome display. But it had just one small niggle: the size. it is a 6-inch phablet. I am not a huge fan of big phones. I can live with them, but I would always crave for something more manageable in size. So, when Nokia went ahead and put all the goodness of the Lumia 1520 behind a 5-inch display, I had mental pictures of multiple orgasms.

lumia 930 front

Yesterday, those orgasms became reality when a Lumia 930 arrived MOBILITY Towers. To make matters worse, it arrived clad in white. If that isn’t sexy, I don’t know what sexy is. Here is what I am saying: the Lumia 930 has exactly the same internal specifications as the 1520, but has a smaller display and a smaller battery. And in contrast to the 1520’s exclusively polycarbonate body, the 930 has an aluminum frame. You just want to touch it all the time.

Lumia 930 rear white

What else is it about the 930 that I have observed in the last few hours? yes; the 1080 x 1920 pixel (441 ppi pixel density) AMOLED display is gorgeous. The single mono loudspeaker produces very good audio, though the audio is no patch on any stereo speaker I have listened to (when is Nokia giving us front-facing stereo speakers please?).

There is no microSD slot, though it has 32GB internal storage. I haven’t taken any photos with the 20 megapixel camera with ZEISS optics (it has dual LED flash). Oh; and it feels good to have a physical camera shutter button again.

The same 2.2 GHz processor and 2GB of RAM that made the 1520 a speedy, fluid beast is here on the smaller display of the 930, and everything is super smooth as expected. I am looking at that 2420 mAh battery though and wondering how well it will perform. Of course, you will find out in my review.

It comes with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. I have setup everything I need on it: BBM, WhatsApp, Instagram, Shazam, Files, Photo Editor, Google+, SoundCloud, LinkedIn, Evernote, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Skype, WordPress and others. I am good to go pushing the Lumia 930.

If you have any questions, please fire away. Meanwhile, what do I name this white beauty?

  1. I’m glad I took the “Big Red” off you cos I’m thoroughly enjoying it despite the size. Anywhere I pull it out, I get this admiring stares from people…hmmmm.

    Let’s call the Lumia 930 the “Fiery White” btw when you’re thru playing with it, you know where to drop it off 🙂

    I’ll be waiting….

  2. “Snow White”, “Ice Prince( or Princess)”

    But seriously, a question has been nagging at me since the 930 was announced, “Can I live without Glance Screen?”.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

    1. Deen,

      That’s an easy one: I use many non-Nokia smartphones and get by without Glance Screen on those. I am sure that I will get by without Glance on the 930. I must admit though that I spent a good part of the last 24 hours looking for how to activate it. A part of me keeps wanting it to be there 🙂

  3. Mr Mo, I hope this new excitement about the Nokia 930 will NOT relegate the expected review of the Phantom Z to the background

  4. In terms of battery life I’ve gone a lot longer than 6hours, but then I don’t watch films far from my charger. I managed to get through the whole day yesterday not realizing I hadn’t charged my phone since the night before.

    I miss the Glance feature but then it’s an excuse to touch the phone again and again 🙂

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