With GDR3 update, Windows Phone 8 platform has become compatible with both quad-core processors from Qualcomm performance but also Full HD resolution screens, and the first device that took advantage of this progress has been Nokia Lumia 1520.
Construction, design and ergonomics
Launched in the fall of 2012, the Lumia 920 was noted not only from the PureView camera + IPS screen, but also by its construction. Using a rigid and thick polycarbonate which was strong as a turtle shell, Lumia 920, however, was too thick and too heavy for some tastes, and Nokia was forced to subsequently launch a modified version, more easier and more elegant: Lumia 925.
From the construction point of view, the new Lumia 930 falls somewhere between these two models. The new Nokia uses aluminum frame and a rear cover inseparably polycarbonate as the Lumia 925, but it is closer to the Lumia 920 in appearance, weight and stiffness.
The screen has a diagonal of 5" Full HD, Lumia 930 is the device with the highest density screen ever released by Nokia. Technology enthusiasts will probably indicate the few models with QHD screens available now, but density of 441 ppi is excellent and more than enough for those who want to boast.
AMOLED panel features a deep black, perfect viewing angles and virtually infinite contrast, which implied benefits of technology, and a very good maximum brightness. AMOLED screen uses a PenTile RGBG arrangement but at this density, the negative impact of technology is negligible.
Windows Phone has traditionally enjoyed a good optimization for hardware platforms with low power computing, operating system and applications are functioning very well on modest devices like Lumia 520. Some more apps like eg Nokia Maps, Nokia Camera or Facebook, enjoy a performance benefit when used on the Lumia 930, but the hardware upgrade is really noticeable when you look at load times of applications. Windows Phone software have not ever praised with fast load time, but more massive multiplatform applications like Twitter or Facebook start now as fast as their written versions for iOS and Android.
- Display: 5", AMOLED, 1920 x 1080 pixels ClearBlack, Gorilla Glass in March
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974-AA)
- OS: Windows Phone 8.1 (Nokia Cyan)
- Processor: 400 Krait quad-core, 2.2 GHz
- RAM: 2 GB
- Graphics Processor: Adreno 330
- Memory: 32 GB
- Date: HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE
- Camera: 20 MP,
- Battery: 2420 mAh
Other: Nano SIM Miracast, NFC, wireless charging, FM radio
Because the battery has a capacity of only 2420 mAh, autonomy resulting average not impressive: about 29 hours. This period was obtained in an average system usage, which involved activating Wi-Fi and 3G connections 8 hours per day, using push support (email, contacts, address book, calendar, Facebook, Twitter, Skype) and use some common applications. Perhaps the most effective use of Snapdragon 801 would have improved things, as I noted at the Galaxy S5 or One M8, but Nokia has used the old Snapdragon 800, and the results are as they are.
One of the first phones running Windows Phone 8.1, the Nokia Lumia 930 benefits not only from a significant hardware upgrade, but also a software update that fixes many of the shortcomings claimed since the launch.
Simple graphical environment based on the Live Tiles is one of the most contentious aspects of the Windows Phone operating system, some users considering the order and its homogeneity, while others complains of rigidity and monotony. Microsoft has tried to improve the work from the Windows Phone 8 GDR 3, when it implemented an additional column of Live Tiles, Windows Phone 8.1 now allows the use of Live Tiles and transparent background images.
Lumia 1020 was the first Nokia phone that combined oversampling PureView Pro technology, which came on the market with the 808 PureView model. If Lumia 1020 used a sensor 1/1, 5" with a resolution of 41 MP, Lumia 1520 and the new Lumia 930 use a reduced version of this package of technology and incorporates a sensor 1/2, 5" with a resolution of 20 MP.