Nokia Lumia Icon Review: Verizon's WP8 Flagship
Introduction & Specifications
The most obvious difference is the size; the 5-inch Lumia Icon is a sizeable smartphone whereas at 6 inches, the Lumia 1520 falls squarely into the phablet category, occupied by devices like the Galaxy Note III. The 1520 also has a larger battery (which makes sense given the larger display), a 2-stage capture key on the rear camera, and a microSD card slot.
Otherwise, under the hood the two devices are quite similar--they are both powered by the same SoC, have similar amounts of RAM, and feature the same base OS. Today we’re going to dive deep into the Icon to see what the latest and greatest Windows Phone (for Verizon) has to offer. (Spoiler alert: It offers a whole lot.)
Camera & Multimedia:
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (quad-core, 2.2GHz)
7GB free cloud storage
Windows Phone 8
5-inch full HD
Rear: 20MP PureView with ZEISS optics, dual LED flash
Front: 1.2MP 720p HD
LTE network bands 4, 13
WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz, 850 MHz
CDMA network bands: BC0, BC1
GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz
Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning
Standy: Up to 18 days
Talk time: Up to 16.4 hours
$199 w/2-year contract ($149.99 from Amazon)
Office apps: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneNote
Xbox Live Hub
HERE Drive+, HERE Maps, HERE Transit
Under the hood, the LTE-equipped Lumia Icon rocks a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.2 GHz) chip along with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard memory, and 7GB of free cloud storage. (It lacks a microSD card slot for additional storage, though.)
Nokia is high on the Lumia Icon’s video and audio capabilities, and to that end the phone has a high-resolution display, Dolby Headphone signal processing technology, onboard EQ, and four microphones for better sound capture and noise cancelation.
The Lumia Icon has a volume rocker, the power/lock key, and a dedicated camera key on its right side, and the 3.5mm audio jack is on top. There’s of course a microUSB port on the bottom for the charging / sync cable, although the phone does come packing Qi wireless charging support as well.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of software, which we’ll explore next.