News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday September 06, 2012.
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The Nokia Lumia 920 has an important job. It's the definitive smartphone that is likely to determine how well Nokia, and perhaps Windows Phone 8 as a platform, will fare in 2013. Despite the crucial role that the Lumia 920 will play, Nokia elected not to let attendees at its launch event really test the phone to get a true sense of what it's capable of. Most demo stations had strict hands-off rules, and the sole hands-on station limited the press to only exploring the home screen. As a result, our hands-on impressions were limited to only the first impressions of the device. At least we can say those first impressions were favorable.
Nokia has a solid reputation for hardware design, and the Lumia 920 does well to continue the legacy. The phone has a large 4.5-inch screen that is incredibly bright and color-rich. We never got a chance to test the PureMotion HD, but the scrolling and fluidity of the start screen was incredibly smooth. The weight of the device feels slightly heavier than one might expect, but the hard polycarbonate build material feels great and appears to be durable. We know from Nokia's announcement post that the smartphone software has great potential, but we sadly won't get to test that for quite some time.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.