The more I look at the Lumia 920, the more I want one. I certainly agree with the conclusion of a Forbes’ article that had the Lumia 920’s features appeared on the iPhone 5, people would think that it is the most innovative smartphone released in years.

Perhaps it really is time for me to switch to Lumia.

Perhaps the Lumia 920 really is the world's most innovative smartphone

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Certain devices are announced and do not appear to be anything special at first glance. Then, you take some time out to take a more detailed and detached look at them, and suddenly they grow on you, and then WOW you. For me, the Nokia Lumia 920 is one of such devices. I have taken another look at this stunning beauty, and despite my initial indifference to it, I am finding it indeed a compelling smartphone, and one that is worthy of more attention.

PureMotion HD+ Display
Let us start with the PureMotion HD+ technology. This 4.5-inch display lets you use gloves (yes; gloves), keys, a stylus, finger nails, basically anything, to operate the phone. It is also touted as the brightest, fastest and most responsive touchscreen on the market. That, dear ladies and gentlemen, is something. But it doesn’t end there.

Wireless Charging
This may seem trivial, but not quite. You stroll into your favourite restaurant without a care, and your Lumia 920 is low on battery. But your hangout has wireless charging plates available on each table. You sit and drop your Lumia 920 on the plate, and proceed to enjoy your meal or drink, or both. Nokia already has a deal with Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to add charging plates to its shops across the country. Someday, other manufacturers will implement wireless charging in their devices and like WiFi hotspots, wireless charging plates will become a standard at restaurants and eateries. That is something.

Augmented Reality
With Nokia City Lens built in, I can just point the Lumia 920 at a city landmark to receive real-time information about available services and businesses in that area. I don’t have to type a search string or even speak a search phrase. This is “Point-and-kill”. No sirs, that is something.

Optical image Stabilisation
With physical Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), built-in, the Lumia 920’s camera is touted as able to deliver blur-free images even when your hand is not rock steady. Now, everyone’s a good cameraman. That is something.

PureView Technology
Nokia’s innovative PureView expertise allows the camera on the Lumia 920 to take in five times more light than other smartphones without using the flash, making it capable of taking bright, clear and vivid images even in low light and indoor conditions. Nokia claims that the PureView technology found in the Lumia 920 makes “it possible for a smartphone camera to take the kind of images usually only seen on a standalone SLR camera”. The samples that I have seen make that a believable claim.

Yes; Nokia bungled the initial sample shots, and that was a messy affair, but the newly released samples taken with the Lumia 920 are just as amazing. Take a look at the following comparison:

Lumia 920 camera comparison
A cameraphone that can capture that level of light in darkness is pure withcraft. Now, here’s the deal: PureView camera technology with Optical Image Stabilization and a Carl Zeiss lens in a sleek mainstream smartphone size is a feat un-matched. The 808 PureView may have a 41 megapixel camera, but the Lumia 920 does beat it in certain areas. Yes; the 920 is only 8.7 megapixels, but I have always affirmed that it is not about the megapixels, but what you do with it. What Nokia have done with the 920’s camera is amazing too. Different, yes; but amazing nevertheless. I also wish that this baby was packing a Xenon flash for action shots at night. But if it can produce the above level of clarity, then perhaps Xenon won’t be too missed. Just perhaps. But in all, the Lumia 920’s camera is remarkable and far ahead of anything from the competition.

After digesting the sum of what the Lumia 920 represents, I have to be biased not to concede that this is indeed an innovative and compelling device. I love Windows Phone’s elegant user interface. There’s an energy-efficient dual-core Snapdragon in here, as well as the standard Windows Phone 8 improved features. Then, there’s Nokia’s own solutions, including Nokia Maps. What’s not to like? The more I look at the Lumia 920, the more I want one. I certainly agree with the conclusion of a Forbes’ article that If the aforementioned features appeared on the iPhone 5, people would think that it is the most innovative smartphone released in years.

All that is left for Nokia (and Microsoft) to win me over is local support for the Nigerian market and the ability to make purchases from the marketplace with our local cards. Deliver that, and Mister Mo will be switching over to Lumia.

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  1. I love nokia phones. I love L920, but not because of its camera but because of its beauty and OS. I once said 808 will be my last nokia and that I am going droid, but that has changed and has changed for good. A part from beauty, 920 has the kind of big screen I want, a very advanced OS a very good design and the type of battery needed. With all these Y will I still go droid? I love 920. sell it to me on these items listed and not the camera. It may take the best shot in event of camera shake, well, good point, that I can manage in 808 or that I can trade for looseless zooming as well as oversmapling.. Dear Nokia, pls tell us what happen when the object (which u often can’t control) decides to be moving? Night shot? Xenon will do the work for me on 808. Nokia knows and everybody knows that until that massive sensor is bundled into any Lumia, there is no camera comparism btw any Lumia and 808. 808 rules and it will rule for some time. L920 is more of and android alternative rather than an 808 replacement.

  2. I don’t think Nokia ever intended the Lumia as an 808 replacement.

    My list of most Compelling smartphones in 2012(in no particular order)

    1. Samsung Galaxy S3
    2. Nokia 808 PureView
    3. Motorolla Droid Razr Maxx
    4. Nokia Lumia 920

    …sorry HTC, seems Nokia just upped the ante, as they always do. I wonder what iPhone 5 will bring that will stand up to this guys.

  3. Although Lumia is pretty innovative, it is not the most innovative smartphone in the world. Far from it. Most of its “innovative” features are merely evolutionary. The camera although best amongst most phones does not have the wow effect of the original pureview. Just watch the promotional video of the Galaxy Note 2 and you would see innovation. Innovation doesnt necessarily mean creating new technology. It can also mean using existing technology to do new “creative” things. Samsung did just that with the S pen on galaxy note 2. The hovering effects are just WOW. Thats innovation. Nokia City lens is an application that has been seen in one form or the other before. Google goggles does something similar but with a wider range of targets. The touchscreen tech used is actually a synaptics product that will become mainstream very soon. In conclusion, Nokia Lumia 920 is a solid product. A product I will love to have but its far from revolutionary.

  4. And I think we need to stop giving Apple too much credit. Granted, the first iphone was innovative and ushered in a new era. Ipods were innovative. The ipad was well thought out as well but the truth is, apple has failed to innovate for several years now. It seems all they do nowadays is jam more pixels onto a screen and bring out their own version of competiting products like maps and the rumoured pandora alternative. iOS has just evolved since the first version and its looks remain the same. The new iOS 6 doesn’t sound different from iOS 5. I was reading 5 things to expect from iphone 5 and frankly, I was disappointed. Even the most avid iphone fan cannot get non iphone users excited about the new iphone. Why? Its not revolutionary. Its probably just a bigger faster device with the same OS we have come to know since 2007. So the fact that iphone fans (isheep) wil drool over some features if it were on an iphone doesnt automatically elevate such features to “innovative” status.

  5. Like seriously if that picture was taken by the Lumia 920, am sold . Seems i should start saving for a new phone

  6. If any of these 5 features appear in an iPhone, the standing ovation will still be on-going.
    Mr Mo, how can we make Nokia support Lumia locally in Nigeria? A good first step by Microsoft is opening up the store to Nigeria. It’s left for Nokia now but I think it because Nokia is using Lumia to recapture the lost North American market.

  7. Lumia 920 was never intended as a replacement for 808, it is meant to compete with the likes of iPhone and SGS3.

  8. Abimbola,

    Lumia 920 was never intended as a replacement for 808, it is meant to compete with the likes of iPhone and SGS3.

    Spot on! Like the Nokia N9, the 808 PureView was a demo product (and Symbian’s great last stand). There’s no point pitching any smartphone against the 808 PureView.

  9. Efe, you say that most of the 920’s features are merely evolutionary. Does that not hold true for the Galaxy Note 2 that you mentioned? The only innovative thing you’ve mentioned in favour of the Note 2 is the hovering effect of the S Pen. Yet, here on the Lumia 920 are a litany of innovations, both evolutionary and revolutionary.

    In addition, the S Pen on the Note 2 is never going to become mainstream. The Note 2’s S Pen is as niche as the 808 PureView’s 41 megapixel camera. Meanwhile, every single unique thing on the Lumia 920 are features that every manufacturer will aspire to reproduce in one form or the other on their mainstream devices. Honestly, you will have to draw up a list for any other phone that beats what I have listed above for your argument to hold water, and I am betting that you will be hard-pressed to come up with that list 🙂

    Perhaps after we see such a list, the Lumia 920 may end up not being the most innovative. Perhaps. But it is not likely to be on account of a device like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

  10. Efe,

    And I think we need to stop giving Apple too much credit. Granted, the first iphone was innovative and ushered in a new era. Ipods were innovative. The ipad was well thought out as well but the truth is, apple has failed to innovate for several years now.

    +1,0000. Well said.

  11. Excellent device. With that camera, I’m sold out completely. I love my pictures,my camera and the confidence that comes with a revolutionary product like this!

  12. The 920 is lovely product. Though some of the features mentioned are available on competing devices either as inbuilt or through 3rd party apps. The picture sample shown here was actually a comparison with the s3. I saw it in the interview with Stephen elop where it was mentioned. However, s3 would have taken better picture if set to night mode even without flash.

    The lumia 920 may have all the revolutionary features but it also lacks in some compared to its competitors. Someone like me would prefer a light weight smartphone. The 920 is the heaviest smartphone, 185g. It’s too bulky for my pocket too. The inability to charge while phone is off, no bluetooth, no side load of apps, no sd card support and will most likely be expensive are not encouraging.

    I will rather just do the lumia 900, hoping the price will drop after they start selling the 920.

  13. Oh, and I am utterly disappointed that Nokia did not include a microSD slot on the Lumia 920. Sadly, such a seemingly small thing is significant for me, especially because there is no mass storage mode in WP8 yet. That just sucks on a mobile with so much promise. This singular omission might sway me in favour of the Samsung Ativ S over the Lumia flagship.

  14. @Ib, FM transmitter? I think these people don’t have Africa on their list when assembling these gorgeous machines. With unlimited data support for mobile phone available to most of their primary targets; video could be streamed online, music and other programs too could be accessed online. Hardly will you see a smartphone with FM transmitter. That is now exclusively reserved to feature phones and the likes.

  15. As regards, Nokia lens. I was gonna mention that Android already beat Nokia to it with Google Googles but Efe already nicely mentioned that. Besides all these features are not necessarily practical in Nigeria yet

  16. That title for the world’s most innovative phone, should indelibly go to the Samsung Galaxy S III. The S III has most of what the Nokia 920 has and more. That wireless charging everyone has been moaning about on the 920 is also available on the S III.

    And guess what? The SIII has been on the market for several months and the 920 is yet to be launched, with NO release date even, for now!

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