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Nokia Lumia 930
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FREE wireless charger in the box
Full HD 1080p 5 inch screen
Latest Windows 8.1 operating system
20 megapixel PureView camera
Full HD video recording with stereo sound
Read our full Nokia Lumia 930 review here >>>
By Mike Leader
Some time ago we were led to believe that Nokia had produced their last Lumia smartphone. However they keep churning them out and it looks less and less likely that will change anytime soon now that their phone division is now owned by Microsoft.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is the superb new Nokia flagship and carries the new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system which will include features such as Cortana, Windows own take on voice control similar to those now featured on Android and Apple smartphones. Cortana is now available in the UK and it's wonderful.
Windows now allows you to add your own background picture, although rather than sitting in the background in the manner that Android wallpaper does, it actually spreads across your app tiles almost producing an effect like a square jigsaw has been put together.
As you slide your tiles up and down the background remains static, but gives you the impression it is moving with the tiles. It's very novel, but if you don't like it you can choose your own colours for your tiles as before.
Live Tiles also show you the latest weather, incoming twitter feeds or text messages, your camera roll or whatever you choose to customise them with and there are now more tile sizes you can make them larger or smaller.
Full Metal Jacket
Reminiscent of the HTC One M8, the Lumia 930 has been carved entirely from one piece of aluminium but in this case instead of the luxurious brushed metal effect of the HTC, Nokia have stood fast with the trademark dayglo coloured polycarbonate rear shell that makes the Lumia range stand out from the crowd.
This trademark Lumia style has the effect of making the 930 look unique among top-of-the-range handsets and offers style as well as substance. It's a clever trick because the handset still manages to look and feel premium despite the bright colours.
Fluorescent lime green or close to dayglow orange will help you to stand out from the crowd but black or white can be chosen for the more conservative of you. Every colour looks stylish.
5 inch premium screen
The superb 5 inch screen is Gorilla Glass coated for extra shatter and scratch resistance and sports a fantastic 1080 x 1920 resolution and pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, which basically means it is as high a resolution as any leading smartphone on the market today with the exception of the Ultra High Definition LG G3.
What we particularly like about the screen is the way it tapers off at the edges, so your fingers naturally glide off the edges rather than hitting the edge of the bezel as they would on almost every other phone out there.
It's a wonderful touch which shows how much care and thought has gone into the design and adds that little bit of extra "wow factor".
Nokia have opted for an AMOLED screen here similar to the one you will find on the Samsung Galaxy S5, and it is a screen which produces incredibly bright, sharp and vivid colours and deep blacks thanks to Nokia's ClearBlack display which suits the Windows operating system perfectly.
It is so good that it is difficult to see where the screen ends and the bezel begins. It is beautifully smooth in operation and even those cold winter nights won't be a problem as it can be used with a gloved hand in high sensitivity mode.
Premium sound quality is the norm here whether recording video, listening to the FM stereo radio or playing your albums. Photos can be recorded with short video clips with sound, and no less than four microphones are on board which means outstanding call performance in noisy environments.
Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement ensures top quality audio throughout and we were surprised how good it was to listen to music without that usual cheap sounding effect you often get with small speakers. I actually walked around with it tucked into my back pocket and the sound emitting from it was rich and deep.
Lots of memory space and 7GB free cloud storage
The Nokia Lumia 930 ships with 32GB onboard memory as standard and 7GB free OneDrive cloud storage, though we do have to report that there is no memory card slot which is still the storage method of choice for many of us.
Space saving apart, it does beg the question "Why not?", when you can buy a Windows 8.1 touchscreen laptop for considerably less with physical keyboard and memory card slot. But 32GB is a generous amount of storage with many phones only offering 16GB.
We still think manufacturers are missing a trick when they opt to leave out a card slot, and it is something that annoys me personally though most people will be more than happy with the 32+7GB on offer here.
If, like myself, you prefer to use stereo Bluetooth headphones or speakers, with wireless charging on board it does have the advantage that once you have popped in your sim card you might never have to open a port again and it gives you a special feeling to be able to do that.
Power and connectivity
A quad-core 2.2 GHz processor will insure that your Windows Phone 8.1 powers along instantaneously regardless of what you ask of it, with no problems dealing with power apps as this is backed up with 2GB of RAM memory.
A full connectivity suite is also on board this 4G handset with NFC, stereo Bluetooth, assisted GPS with support for Russia's GLONASS system.
Wi-Fi is on board of course. with support for Wi-Fi hotspot and Wi-Fi Direct. Most notable though is the wireless charging facility with the charger included right in the box which is a fantastic touch and might be a deal swinger for many.
Just being able to put your phone down on the charging pad is something which will make you never want to have to reach for a charging cable ever again. It's one of those tiny feelgood things that makes a big difference.
Stunning 20 megapixel camera
The 20 megapixel camera includes Carl Zeiss lens and includes a plethora of features such as dual LED flash for outstanding low light performance, dual capture mode and face detection. Geotagging and panorama modes are also here as well as an LED flash.
However perhaps one of the most welcome tools is the optical image stabilisation engine, something rarely seen on a camera phone until now. This ensures crystal clear photos with an end to blurry shots.
Photos and video, which feature stereo sound, are simply superb. Those videos with stereo sound are recorded in full 1080p HD
New Windows 8.1 features
Windows updated 8.1 operating system is worth another mention here as it now means that Windows phones include a pull down notification system as seen on Apple and first, on Android devices, and an incredibly accurate Swype-style keyboard is also featured as standard.
This type of keyboard works by sliding your finger from one letter to the next without the need to lift it, and if you do a lot of typing on you phone it really does help speed things along and save your fingertips.
This is another great feature if the phone and unlike many of the aftermarket Android counterparts, even highly rated ones such as TouchPal, it works almost flawlessly and is the best we have ever seen, and by some considerable margin, in terms of accuracy and ease of use.
Everything you expect of a premium headset and more is included here and Nokia put Samsung to shame in particular, now joining HTC and Sony in offering a full metal chassis while the Korean manufacturers insist on offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 with a plastic one.
This is pending the release of the Galaxy S5 Prime of course assuming that Samsung model ever reaches the UK's shores. That's by no means certain of course but if it does you will find it here at 1st Mobile UK. The thing is this handset is considerable cheaper than the rest!
Many reviews will tell you that Windows do not have as many apps, but with over a quarter of a million the sensible ones amongst you will simply ask yourselves how many you really need.
Many reviews will tell you that there are not enough features or functionality with Windows but if that's true, we didn't notice. In fact the lack of complexity of the operating system is it's major plus point - strange that the same people rave over the iPhone for similar reasons!
Nokia really do intend to muscle in on the premium smartphone market and they have done it by offering a top quality handset at what, compared with the competition, is a budget price.
I will be honest, I didn't expect to like this Windows handset as much as I did and you might feel the same if you read half the reviews out there, who seem to insist on comparing these with Android and Apple handsets rather than see them as they are intended to be, as a real credible alternative.
But the real truth is that the Nokia Lumia 930 is a top quality premium handset that is simply superb in it's own right, and we absolutely love it.
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