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.
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.
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.
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:
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.