Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Hardware / design
t helps that the Lumia 920 has standout industrial design. Like the Lumia 900 and the Lumia 800 before it, it's composed of a polycarbonate unibody shell that wraps all the way around the device. The top and bottom are flat and squared-off, with the headphone jack squarely in the top-center and the microUSB jack bottom-center and flanked by grilles for the speaker and microphone.
The finish on the polycarbonate shell varies depending on color. The black and cyan models are elegant and scratch-resistant, though my unit had some minor imperfections with the finish on the bottom. It also comes in red, white, and yellow, each of which come with extremely glossy shells that I personally find garish and off-putting — but some on The Verge staff (with admittedly more refined fashion sense than I) still liked them.

I'm just going to say this bluntly: the Nokia Lumia 920 is a tank of a phone. It's a big and heavy device, weighing in at 185 grams and 10.7mm thick — compare that to the 112 gram, 7.6mm sliver that is the iPhone 5 and you get a sense of how large this phone is. It also has a relatively capacious 4.5-inch screen with large bezels on the top and bottom, adding up to a height of just over 5.1 inches. Even if you only compare it against its Windows Phone counterparts, the HTC Windows Phone 8X is nearly as thick as the Lumia 920 at its thickest point, but it's much more tapered and weighs much less.

There are ostensibly good reasons for the Lumia 920's weight and size: a large battery, 4.5-inch screen, wireless charging, and PureView camera hardware all take up plenty of space. With time, the heft of the phone did eventually start to feel OK. A generous and charitable person would call it "substantial," and if you're willing to make the tradeoffs Nokia is proposing here you may even come to find that substance almost reassuring.

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