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Nokia Lumia 928 Review: Verizon arrives late to Nokia's high-end Windows Phone 8 party

News by Andrew Kameka on Friday June 07, 2013.

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Nokia Lumia 928
Nokia Lumia 928

Nokia all but starved the U.S. market of its high-end Windows Phone 8 launch device. The Nokia Lumia 920 satisfied AT&T subscribers, but smartphone seekers on other carriers like Verizon Wireless went without a viable alternative to the Android-iOS duopoly other than the Windows Phone 8X by HTC. Sure, the Lumia 822 was a very respectable midrange device, but it fell well short of competing with the IPhone and stream of DROID devices that Verizon paraded through its stores at the time. After seven months of frustration, a true Windows Phone 8 contender has emerged for Verizon customers - the Nokia Lumia 928.

It's hard for Verizon customers to feel too happy about finally having a top-of-the-line Windows Phone 8 handset. As nice as it may be for the forgotten fans of Windows Phone to have a high-end device without having to switch to AT&T, they can't help but ask, "Why the hell did it take so long?" That's a question that could take forever to answer, but the more important question to ask is "Was it worth the wait?" Here's a Nokia Lumia 928 review seeking to answer that question.

Hardware and Design

I get the strange urge to reach into the cupboards and grab a box of Oreo's whenever I touch a Nokia Lumia 928. My psychiatrist hasn't figured out why I feel that subconscious urge, but it might have something to do with the ominous black face of the phone and the glossy white background. The Lumia 928's body is sadly not as mouth-watering because the glossy finish is not very comforting, and the noticeable seam between the rear casing and the camera branding ring in the middle of the device doesn't help matters. The flanks of the Lumia 928 are flat and make gripping on phone easier to make up for the slippery texture, but the flatness doesn't do any favors to your palms. The overall design is lacks much curvature or bold color choices, so the shape of the device is simpler and less forgiving than other phones of its ilk.

Nokia Lumia 928
Nokia Lumia 928

In certain areas, it feels as if Nokia tweaked the Lumia 928 for the sole purpose of distinguishing it from the Lumia 920, not to make it better. The Lumia 928 microUSB charging port is on top instead of the bottom, which I found to be annoying when attempting to use the phone while it charged. It also put the speaker on the back of the device rather than at the bottom, removing one of the things I love most about the Lumia 920. Instead of having dual speakers with loud volume and solid sound, there's one speaker grill that raises the decibel but not the audio quality. It makes more sense because the speakers aren't blocked in landscape, but it's less beneficial when laying the device flat on its back.

Screen Quality

A 4.5-inch OLED display gives the Lumia 928 a pretty face. The WXGA resolution (1280x768) is clear and supports more than 16 million colors well enough so that someone can pick up on the very subtle differences between the included Red and Verizon Red color themes. Outdoor visibility is above average thanks to Nokia's display system, and the quality leaves little to complain about. I enjoy looking at the vibrant colors and knowing that should I clumsily drop the device, the curved Gorilla Glass will help keep the display from cracking.

Nokia Lumia 928
Nokia Lumia 928

Performance and Key Specs

Though Nokia might have unwittingly made the Lumia 928 reminiscent of an Oreo, the phone has more in common with granola and other healthy snacks that fuel activity rather than discourage it. Windows Phone 8 has an unsullied record of delivering smooth transitions and performing with little, typically zero, lag. The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor sees to it that the Lumia 928 continues that trend. The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of RAM make the Lumia 928 follow the one consistent thing about any and all Windows Phone 8 handsets - it's as fluid as it is fast. The only issue that I have is that some apps still linger while showing the "Loading" or "Resuming" screen when loading content, showing that Windows Phone is not always smooth sailing.

Nokia Lumia 928 specs
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4)
- 1GB RAM, 32GB internal storage
- 2,000 mAh battery
- 5.24 x 2.71 x 0.44 inches (133.09 x 68.83 x 11.17mm)
- Qi Wireless charging supported

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