May 2, 2014

Nokia Lumia 930 First Look

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Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Performance
Battery Power
Overall Score 4G.co.uk grey star

Pros

Cons

Powerful innards No microSD card slot
Good screen No standout features
Impressive camera
Strong battery life

Verdict:

The Nokia Lumia 930 is a worthy Windows Phone flagship. It doesn’t cut any corners but it also doesn’t do a whole lot to stand out.

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The Nokia Lumia 930 is a sight for sore eyes as it’s arguably the first phone to fulfil the potential of the Lumia range and of Windows Phone in general.

It doesn’t really do anything wrong and it does a whole lot right, with great specs, a good screen, a top tier camera and a solid build. But that list could just as well describe any number of Android handsets, so while it fares well in Windows Phone land can it stand out above other OS’s too?

Premium build

Lumia phones are known for their bright colours but they’re also known for being very plastic. Until now the only handset which remotely bucked that trend was the Nokia Lumia 925, with its metal edging. The Nokia Lumia 930 follows in its footsteps with a metal frame, however like the Lumia 925 it still has a plastic back.

That leaves it lacking a little compared to say the HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z2 or iPhone 5S, but still puts it out in front of most handsets when it comes to looks. With dimensions of 137 x 71 x 9.8mm it’s a fairly chunky thing and its weight of 167g doesn’t help matters, but if certainly feels well built.

Dazzling display

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The Nokia Lumia 930 has a 5 inch 1080 x 1920 AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch. It’s certainly on the large size but no more so than most flagships and it’s a high quality screen, with bright colours and good contrast.

It’s possibly not quite the best screen around (that honour arguably goes to the Samsung Galaxy S5), but it’s certainly up there and easily among the best screens to grace a Windows Phone handset.

Powerful innards

A 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor keeps the Nokia Lumia 930 ticking along. Paired with 2GB of RAM you’re looking at a more than capable handset which laughs in the face of Windows Phone.

When you consider that handsets are still coming out with just 512MB of RAM and processors less than half that speed and for the most part running fine it’s clear that the Nokia Lumia 930 should be a solid performer for years to come.

It also supports 4G so it can enjoy high speed data on the ever expanding 4G networks across the UK.

Stunning snaps

One area that the Lumia 930 really excels in is photography. It has a 20 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, optical image stabilisation and a dual-LED flash, all of which translates into some really high quality photos and fairly impressive performance in low light, which is where camera phones typically fall flat.

It also has a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera and can shoot 1080p video at 30fps. Plus it can record in surround sound, so the audio side of videos comes out pretty well too.

Battery life, memory and connectivity

The Nokia Lumia 930 has a 2420 mAh battery which, according to Nokia, can last for up to 432 hours on standby, 15 hours and 30 minutes of talk time or 75 hours of music playback. Those are some impressive stats and put it in line with other flagships like the Sony Xperia Z2. We’ll let you know if it lives up to the stats in our full review, but on paper this is a phone which should last well over a day between charges.

The Nokia Lumia 930 comes with 32GB of built in storage, which is a decent amount, but there’s no microSD card slot so no opportunity for expansion. For most people that probably won’t be a problem as 32GB is a fair chunk in the first place, but if you do want to keep all your media on your phone then you might find it lacking and it’s a little disappointing when some lower end Lumia’s, such as the Nokia Lumia 630, do have microSD card slots.

It supports Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G LTE, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0, so all it’s really lacking when it comes to connectivity options is infrared.

Early verdict

The Nokia Lumia 930 ticks a whole lot of boxes, with a build, display, processor, battery and camera to be proud of. The problem, if you can call it that, is that it doesn’t go the extra mile and as a result it doesn’t really stand out among other flagship handsets.

It doesn’t have the incredible design of the HTC One (M8), the staggeringly low price of the OnePlus One or the waterproof build of the Sony Xperia Z2 for example.

On the other hand it looks to be far and away the best all-round Windows Phone handset, so until something better comes along that right there can be seen as its killer selling point. It’s a great phone with no particularly lacking areas and it’s running Windows Phone 8.1. If that’s what you’re after then there aren’t many other options and you won’t be disappointed by the Nokia Lumia 930.

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Nokia Lumia 930 Specification

Dimensions : 137 x 71 x 9.8mm
Weight: 167 grams
Screen size: 5.0” FHD AMOLED (1920 x 1080)
Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 display resolution
Pixels Per Inch (PPI) : 441
Processor: 2.2GHz Quad core application processor
RAM: 2 GB
On-board Memory: 32GB
Camera:  20MP (rear) 1080p@30fps, optical image stabilisation
Operating system: Windows Phone 8.1
Ultrafast / 3G / 4G LTE: Yes/ Yes/ Yes
Bluetooth / NFC : Yes/ Yes
Battery capacity: 2420mAh
Colours: Bright Orange, Bright Green, White and Black.
Launch Date:  Summer 2014
Price: TBC