Nokia Lumia 930 Hands-On Review


Nokia Lumia 930
Nokia Lumia 930
Nokia Lumia 930
Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia Lumia 930 Review Scoring Summary

Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Battery Power
Overall Score grey star


Pros: Cons:
+ Slick performance - Chunky design
+ Beautiful screen - no microSD card slot
+ Great camera - Lack of innovation
+ Good battery life  

Verdict: The Lumia 930 is Nokia’s most complete flagship yet, with the high end specs you’d expect, a premium look and a great camera. But while it ticks all the boxes so do dozens of other phones and it doesn’t go above and beyond.

Full Review and Specification for the Nokia Lumia 930



Nokia has released an enormous number of Lumia handsets over the last few years but it’s only now with the Lumia 930 that it really seems to be trying to produce a true flagship, with no cut corners or disappointing specs.

It’s about time too as Android and iOS are dominating the smartphone space, so Nokia and Microsoft really need a phone like this if they want to compete. It’s more than just good hardware too, as it’s one of the phones that Windows Phone 8.1 will be making its debut on, a piece of software which in itself is finally reaching the maturity of iOS and Android, with the help of Cortana and Action Centre. So is this the dream combination that will see Windows Phone’s fortunes rise or is it too little too late?

High end design

Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia is really taking no chances here, as while most Lumia’s are plastic through and through, the Nokia Lumia 930 has a metal frame, helping it stand out from the crowd and instantly marking it out as a premium phone, especially compared to other Lumia’s.

It’s a fairly good look too, but not a great one, as while the frame is metal the whole back of the phone is still just polycarbonate. Worse still it’s got a slightly blocky, even chunky design. At 9.8mm thick it’s hardly thin and it’s about the most rectangular phone you’ll ever see as there’s very little curvature to it. The rest of the dimensions (137 x 71) and the weight (167g) are fairly average for a phone of this size, but the overriding impression is one of slight disappointment. For Nokia’s sake we just hope this doesn’t get sat next to the HTC One (M8) in shops.

One thing the Nokia Lumia 930 does get right is the screen. Its 5 inch 1080 x 1920 AMOLED display has a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, so it’s big, high resolution and pin sharp, just as you’d expect from a flagship. It also has superb contrast, with a little help from Nokia’s ClearBlack technology, which ensures blacks really are black.

Powerful performer and snap happy


Another thing the Nokia Lumia 930 is good for is specs. With a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM it’s not quite at the cutting edge but it’s not far off and certainly compared to most other Windows Phone handsets this is a force to be reckoned with.

The camera is a shining star among smartphone snappers too. It has a 20 megapixel sensor, a Carl Zeiss lens, optical image stabilisation, a dual-LED flash and more importantly just takes some really high quality photos. Sure it’s not quite a match for the 41 megapixel Lumia 1020, but then it also has a far more discrete lens and is a better all-round phone.

The Lumia 930 also takes a step towards improving the sound quality of videos, as it can record in surround sound and it has a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.

Lots of battery life, not so much storage

One of the biggest problems faced by smartphones is a lacking battery life and while we can’t claim that the Lumia 930 has totally solved that it certainly seems like it could have one of the better battery lives in smartphone land.

Its 2420 mAh juice pack is quoted for 432 hours of standby time, up to 15 hours and 30 minutes of talk time or up to 75 hours of music playback. Now, we haven’t had the chance to put any of that to the test yet but if true then that’s pretty impressive.

Better yet, like so many new smartphones the Nokia Lumia 930 comes with a powerful battery saving mode, which in theory can keep the phone going for days if needed.

Unfortunately while the battery might keep going and going the storage probably won’t. The Lumia 930 comes with 32GB built in, which isn’t a bad amount but it’s the only size you’ll be able to get the phone in and there’s no microSD card slot, so you’re stuck with that amount.

Nothing new

The real problem with the Nokia Lumia 930 isn’t the lack of a microSD card slot or the chunky design so much as its inability to stand out from the crowd. We don’t want to overstate that, as it has managed to stand head and shoulders above the other Lumia handsets and other Windows Phone handsets in general and if that’s all Nokia wanted to achieve then mission accomplished. But put it side by side with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and its heart rate monitor, the iPhone 5S and its fingerprint scanner and motion co-processor or the HTC One (M8) and it’s luxurious build and, well, the Nokia Lumia 930 struggles to stand out. It’s a great phone, there’s no doubt about that, but it doesn’t really have any unique or stand out features.

The Nokia Lumia 930 is due to go on sale in the UK this summer, while its price is yet to be confirmed.


Nokia Lumia 930 Specification

Dimensions : 137 x 71 x 9.8mm
Weight: 167 grams
Screen size: 5.0” FHD AMOLED (1920 x 1080)
Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 display resolution
Pixels Per Inch (PPI) : 441
Processor: 2.2GHz Quad core application processor
On-board Memory: 32GB
Camera:  20MP (rear) 1080p@30fps, optical image stabilisation
Operating system: Windows Phone 8.1
Ultrafast / 3G / 4G LTE: Yes/ Yes/ Yes
Bluetooth / NFC : Yes/ Yes
Battery capacity: 2420mAh
Colours: Bright Orange, Bright Green, White and Black.
Launch Date:  Summer 2014
Price: TBC

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By Simon Thomas on 11th April, 2014

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