REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 930

The biggest draw to the Nokia Lumia 930 (from £412 SIM-free) is that it offers the best Windows Phone experience – Windows Phone 8.1 in this case. But is Microsoft losing the war against Apple and Google? Perhaps from a consumer’s point of view, but certainly not in terms of business. The Lumia 930 is a very good phone that makes it a snap to store, access and share photos, videos and documents.

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NOKIA LUMIA 930

  1. The latest flagship handset from Nokia (now owned by Microsoft), the Lumia 930 is exquisitely built from metal and plastic and fits nicely in your hand. It’s a touch bulky and heavy (167g), but hopefully you’ll get over this thanks to its bright 5-inch OLED Full HD (1920×1080, 441ppi) display, quad-core (2.2GHz) processor, 4G LTE, 20MP Pureview camera, surround sound recording, and built-in wireless charging. It’s also currently available in four colours, with Orange and Green being personal favourites.
  2. Every Nokia Lumia 930 comes with a free black Wireless Charging Plate included in the box. This works by connecting the charger with any spare USB port and then resting the phone on the plate. Sure it’s not entirely wireless, but it’s still neat. Disappointingly you don’t get Charging Plate in the same colour as your phone, but other colours are available at a cost.
  3. With a 20MP PureView camera, dual LED flash and four directional microphones with surround sound, the Lumia 930 does an above-par job of capturing high-quality photos and video with sound. Not quite as capable as the Lumia 1020, the Lumia 930 still comes with some excellent Nokia apps to help you to take full creative control of your photos, then unleash your creations upon the world through Nokia Storyteller, Instagram and other social networks.
  4. The Lumia 930 includes all the secure connectivity options a busy businessperson requires including Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Secure NFC for payment, sharing, and tagging. WLAN security comprises EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, WPA, WEP, EAP-AKA, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal, EAP-TLS, WPA-Enterprise, EAP-SIM, and WPA-Personal. Other wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi channel bonding and screen projection. In an increasingly mobile world, it’s great to see the Lumia 930 has data and identity protection on public networks by giving users the option to transfer data through a VPN (virtual private network) while on a Wi-Fi hotspot.
  5. You’ll be able to get straight into work with the Lumia 930. Pre-installed it includes a range of apps including a Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Alarm, Reminders, Phonebook and To-do list, along with major Office apps including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and OneDrive storage for documents and notes. Papyrus is a cool natural handwriting note-taking app that you use just like paper.
  6. Windows Phone is unlike other other mobile operating system. Whereas Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS look similar with their little (and relatively dumb) app icons, Windows Phone’s awesome home screen is made up of resizable, colourful tiles showing live information. Any apps you don’t want there are held in an alphabetical list swiped off to the right. There’s now a pull-down notifications panel letting you see incoming texts, e-mails and so on, as well as providing quick access to critical settings such as brightness or Wi-Fi. You’re also now able to set your own images as backgrounds.
  7. Microsoft is ready to roll out the first major update for Windows Phone 8.1, called Update 1. It introduces new features and improvements, and makes way for Siri “competitor” Cortana to arrive in new markets. The personal assistant offers features local users may appreciate, such as information regarding air quality in weather cards and driving restrictions. The UK version gets its own optimisations too, with UK pronunciation and spelling of English words.
  8. Live tiles are a major feature of WP 8.1. Update 1 goes further with Live Folders, allowing users to group live tiles on the Start screen. It is able to display updating information on its tile, coming from the items it contains. A live folder is created simply by dragging a live tile on top of another.
  9. All is great until it comes to battery life. The non-removable 2,420mAh battery promises to provide over 15 hours of talktime, but the bright screen, powerful camera, GPS and Wi-Fi really take their toll on power and you’ll struggle to get through a full working day without charging. It’s discouraging not to get better battery life, especially as the Lumia 930′s chunky body should give plenty of room for a capacious cell.
  10. The Lumia 930 should appeal to anyone who’s tired of seeing Apple and Samsung phones. It’s bold, bright, and packed to the edges with cutting-edge technology. The biggest consideration is whether your favourite apps are available on Microsoft’s middling Store. If you’re not an app junkie, there’s very little not to like.
SUMMARY
  • Superb build quality
  • Excellent camera
  • Wireless charging out the box
  • 7GB free OneDrive storage
  • WP 8.1 is intuitive & secure
  • Touch bulky & heavy
  • 32GB storage only
  • No memory card slot
  • Average battery life
  • Mediocre app selection

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