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Nokia Lumia Icon Review: Verizon's WP8 Flagship

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Next up, we have some numbers from the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark. According to the SunSpider website:

This benchmark tests the core JavaScript language only, not the DOM or other browser APIs. It is designed to compare different versions of the same browser, and different browsers to each other. Unlike many widely available JavaScript benchmarks, this test is:

Real World - This test mostly avoids microbenchmarks, and tries to focus on the kinds of actual problems developers solve with JavaScript today, and the problems they may want to tackle in the future as the language gets faster. This includes tests to generate a tagcloud from JSON input, a 3D raytracer, cryptography tests, code decompression, and many more examples. There are a few microbenchmarkish things, but they mostly represent real performance problems that developers have encountered.

Balanced - This test is balanced between different areas of the language and different types of code. It's not all math, all string processing, or all timing simple loops. In addition to having tests in many categories, the individual tests were balanced to take similar amounts of time on currently shipping versions of popular browsers.

Statistically Sound - One of the challenges of benchmarking is knowing how much noise you have in your measurements. This benchmark runs each test multiple times and determines an error range (technically, a 95% confidence interval). In addition, in comparison mode it tells you if you have enough data to determine if the difference is statistically significant.

JavaScript Testing
JavaScript Testing



Just as the Lumia 1020 and 920 posted virtually identical scores, the new 1520 and Lumia Icon did the same, although not by quite as slim a margin. Both nearly halved the better SunSpider times from their competitors.

Rightware Browsermark
Web Browsing Performance


Although the Lumia Icon did well in SunSpider, it didn’t do particularly well in BrowserMark 2.0, delivering a middling score that, while hanging with the top cluster of phones for the most part, was merely fifth-best.

Browser Testing
WP8 Browser Testing



The browsing tests haven’t been particularly kind to the Lumia Icon, but both the Icon and the 1520 show their stuff in the Microsoft Fish Bowl test. The 1520 did better with a score of 60 FPS, but the Icon was right behind at 55 FPS, which was 19 FPS higher than third place.



The story is much the same here as with the BrowserMark test; the Lumia Icon fell far behind the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy S III and barely edged out the Lumia 1520.

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i think if i were to drop/leave the iphone.. i would go to the windows phone. I think the live tiles are really a good idea. and they just look cool lol

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What's extravagant about this phone is that if you compare it to a iphone 5S/Any newer model by sound and video man it wipes it out the face of the world! its that good

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Isn't the new Lumia 930 the flagship phone, not the icon? But the icon is available in the US but no word on the 930.. They are both very amazing phones but the 930 at the least has better build materials.

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930 is new flagship yes. The nokia 1530 i believe is not the first phone for gaming.

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Nokia Lumia 930 : Lumia Icon look-alike for the rest of the world

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I would love to try one of the high end Windows Phones but Sprint doesn't carry any but one that I couldn't try. Every other phone was on display to get the feel of it except the Samsung WP which was in a non-accessible display case. Even the flip phones were out!

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this phone is really nice. i'm not on the market for a new phone, but, if i was i would really get this phone. looks like windows 8.1 is better now too and the nokia apps look interesting. the only thing that will stop me (if i was on the market for a new phone) are the verizon logos emblazoned on both sides of the phone. is it a law or something to have verizon's logo on the phone? and on both side? if so, couldn't they just put one on the back and leave the front of the phone free of their logo? their name hardly even fits on the front of the phone as is. plus, verizon didn't make the phone. it's a phone carrier. it's not even a nice logo? what is up with that?

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ohm8vr:

this phone is really nice. i'm not on the market for a new phone, but, if i was i would really get this phone. looks like windows 8.1 is better now too and the nokia apps look interesting. the only thing that will stop me (if i was on the market for a new phone) are the verizon logos emblazoned on both sides of the phone. is it a law or something to have verizon's logo on the phone? and on both side? if so, couldn't they just put one on the back and leave the front of the phone free of their logo? their name hardly even fits on the front of the phone as is. plus, verizon didn't make the phone. it's a phone carrier. it's not even a nice logo? what is up with that?

im pretty sure that almost all phones that arent apple have the vzw logo somewhere... yeah kinda lame.

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Where iphone 5 or 5s on that chart?

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