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Nokia Lumia Icon hands-on and giant unboxing

Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday February 12, 2014.

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Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon Wireless
Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon Wireless

Nokia and Verizon today jointly announced the Nokia Lumia Icon. It's a phone that takes the mantle of the Lumia 928, from a design perspective, and upgrades it with some of the features seen in more recent Windows Phone 8 handsets like the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. We know that the Lumia Icon will go on sale February 20 for $199.99 when purchased with a two-year agreement, but else do we know about the device?

The Lumia Icon has a resemblance to the 928. Both phones have a more rectangular shape compared to the AT&T Nokia devices that tend to have a few more curves along its edges. The Icon has the advantage of a tough metal frame that adds a sense of weight and strength to the device. The plastic back of the phone is a smooth but uneventful texture. It's just there and doesn't stand out for any positive or negative reasons. I'm very happy to see that there's no gloss or slimy aspect to it, a feature that disappointed me about the Lumia 928.

Nokia and Verizon haven't always put their best feet forward, but the Lumia Icon has some features that I believe can change that perception. I've only had the phone for a few hours, but I like the design, build, and specs. The 5-inch 1080p HD OLED screen has looked good both indoors and out. I'm also happy to report that though the colors can initially look a little darker than expected, Nokia includes the Color Profile adjuster to change saturation and temperature to tune display settings more to someone's liking. The 2.2 GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) and 2GB of RAM also help make this one of the more powerful smartphones available in the Windows sphere.

I'll be testing out the Nokia Lumia Icon over the next week in order to gain a better sense of the phone, but for now, here's a hands-on impression and unboxing of the phone. I don't like doing unboxing videos, but the gigantic box that Nokia sent to me made me give this a try. Obviously, the retail version of the Lumia Icon will not have such dramatic packaging, but I thought I'd share my experience.

Lumia Icon Specs

- Windows Phone 8 GDR3 + Nokia Lumia Black
- 2.2 GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) with Adreno 330 GPU
- 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (29GB accessible)
- 5-inch OLED 1080p HD display (1920x1080, 441ppi)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with glove-friendly touchscreen
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz and 5.0 GHz
- 2-megapixel front facing camera
- 20-megapixel camera with ZEISS optics and Auto Focus Optical Image stabilization, f/2.4, wide angle lens
- Dual LED flash
- 2,420 mAh battery with Qi wireless charging
- Dimensions: 5.39 x 2.79 x 0.39in, Weight: 166g

Nokia Lumia Icon back
Nokia Lumia Icon back

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