- Editor's Rating
- Updated, more attractive build
- Incredible low-light photos
- Display looks great
- Still big and heavy
- Mediocre battery life
- Specs are already a step behind flagships on other platforms
Quick TakeWith the Nokia Lumia 928, the very best model of the Windows Phone 8 platform now has the power of the best network in the country behind it.
The Nokia Lumia 928 is a variant of the Lumia 920, which is an AT&T exclusive, and brings the Lumia line of smartphones to the Verizon network. The 928 features a redesigned build and minor upgrades. It’s the first high-end Windows Phone available to Verizon customers, who can pick it up for $99 with a two-year commitment.
Built with flat sides and sharp corners and a rounded back, the Lumia 928 is 133 x 68.9 x 10.1-mm and weighs 162 grams. Brighthand noted the device is a bit too big for comfort and the glossy finish makes it very slippery. The Lumia 928 has a 4.5-inch AMOLED display with 332 dpi resolution and Nokia’s ClearBlack technology. Brighthand said the display is crisp and bright and produces great colors and is saturated perfectly. The screen is also easy to see in bright sunlight and is usable with gloves, due to the ability to adjust the display’s sensitivity. The handset is void of most buttons, but does had a volume rocker, power button, dedicated camera button, headphone jack, microUSB charging port and a microSD card slot that doesn’t require a pin to access.
The Lumia 928 runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and has 1GB of RAM. Brighthand noted the devices features a considerably slower processor than other flagship models like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, and noted noticeable loading time for apps. It comes with 32GB of internal storage. The handset runs the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 operating system which is highly customizable and has a mediocre app selection. The Lumia 928 also comes will preloaded camera lenses and Nokia-branded apps like the HERE Drive+, Maps and Transit apps as well as Nokia Music. Verizon adds its own preloaded apps including NFL Mobile and VZ Navigator.
Brighthand said Nokia is banking on high camera quality to beat out the competition. The Lumia 928 has an 8.7-megapixel rear-facing camera with 4x digital zoom and a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and Xenon flash. Brighthand said the camera is fantastic in low-light situations, thanks to the flash and is good in normal lighting, but lack some sharpness. The smartphone’s battery life was the most disappointing aspect of the device for Brighthand, which found heavy users will be hard pressed to get a full day out of the battery. Even when Brighthand used battery saving measures like turning off Wi-Fi and location service, it only got a few hours over a day out of the battery.
The Nokia Lumia 928 is just a minor update over its predecessor, the Lumia 920, but the updates are certainly improvements. The device has an updated, more attractive build and Brighthand was impressed with the camera’s ability to snap images in low-light situations and the overall great display. However¸ Brighthand was disappointed in the overall size and weight of the device, poor battery life and behind-the-times specs. In the end though, Brighthand noted the Nokia Lumia 928 is a great device for Verizon customers looking for a high-end Windows Phone.