If you’re already clued up regarding what’s happening in the serious smartphone business, you probably heard about Nokia’s (and Microsoft’s, of course) response to its top-notch competitors. The Lumia Icon was the champ back in February, when it was released strictly for Verizon, but the star of the show now is the Lumia 930, which is practically the same thing, if you take away the fact that it sports the latest and greatest software from Microsoft , meaning the brand new Windows Phone 8.1 update. Also, it’s available for the rest of the world, so if you’re thinking about acquiring Microsoft and Nokia’s brainchild, check it out in the following review and see on a more detailed note what it brings and if it’s worthy of your attention. The aforementioned update really features a lot of stuff and I’ll try to cover up everything that might interest the average consumer.
In its retail box, the Lumia 930 comes accompanied by a charger head, a microUSB cable for making data transfers and re-charging your device and the user manuals. Unfortunately, no headphones.
The Lumia 930 measures 137 x 71 x 9.8 mm and has a weight of 167 grams, being a little bigger and heavier than its predecessor, the Lumia 925, although it packs a bigger display (5 inches vs 4.5 on the 925). For building this fella, the designers have chosen to stick to the good ol’ polycarbonate body, which is surrounded by the classic aluminum frame. The handset has been built from top-notch materials and certainly looks extremely solid, not to mention elegant. Managing it is easy peasy and its matte back finish offers a good hand grip.
The Lumia 930 comes packed with a 5 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, has a pixel density of 441 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Being a ClearBlack AMOLED display, the image quality is wonderful, as the colors and contrast are excellent and the viewing angles are extremely wide. The sunlight legibility is also great and I don’t think I’m wrong when saying that this display is among the best out there.
The resizable live tiles are still here, but with the new update, some of them become transparent when you set up a background image for your start screen. Some other great additions are an Action Center which gathers all your notifications and relevant information and also has four customizable toggles. Cortana is another great thing that comes with the update, being an excellent personal assistant (like Siri, for example) and will prove itself to be very useful and obedient, even though it falls behind its competitors, for now. Keep in mind that it’s a beta release and will probably join the same league as its older rivals not long from now, as it already does a great job.
Browsing through the interface is a pleasure, as the phone is very snappy and won’t be bothering you with any issues whatsoever. If you’re already familiar with WP, you’ll love it, I give you that.
At the hardware department, the Lumia 930 holds a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, having a quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 of internal storage. The handset is an excellent performer, the best from its family and certainly a very dangerous rival if you consider its other competitors.
In the connectivity box, the Lumia 930 holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with DLNA and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 and NFC. You also have the possibility of casting on a projector, TV or monitor.
The Lumia 930 holds on board a 20 MP PureView camera which takes stills with a maximum resolution of 4992 x 3744 pixels, has optical image stabilization and is accompanied by a dual-LED flash for helping in low light situations. The photos produced offer a brilliant image quality, with beautiful and accurate colors, good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail. The camera application allows you to adjust the image quality by offering a lot of options and manual settings, but the auto mode usually does an excellent job.
The video camera is also very good, producing some fine 1080p videos @ 30 fps.
The Lumia 930 offers a big package filled with useful stuff, such as an improved and very capable Internet Explorer 11 which is a great way of surfing the web, the Office Suite for viewing and editing document files, a GPS receiver with support for A-GPS and GLONASS, Nokia’s mapping and driving navigation system which offers free offline worldwide voice-guided navigation, some very capable media players, an FM Radio with RDS support and much more.