Nokia Lumia 930 Review
Has Nokia really delivered one Windows experience?
The Lumia 930 comes with a big promise from Nokia and Microsoft and whilst nearly all flagship phones provide a system similar to LiveTiles there is much debate about their popularity on Windows powered computers.
While many Windows 8.1 PC users completely ignore the LiveTiles start screen it is an integral part of the Nokia Lumia 930 and one that owners will enjoy using and find useful. The experience may even encourage you to reexplore LiveTiles on your PC or laptop.
The Nokia Lumia 930 has all the makings of a flagship phone and the first thing that gets your attention is the large 5” full HD display.
ClearBlack technology ensures readability under sunlight and with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels there is plenty of fine detail to explore. At 441 pixels per inch you get a slightly crisper image compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5 but the LG G3 still leaves these phones behind with 538 ppi.
The Lumia 930’s display however has a very wide viewing angle that is great for showing off photos or videos with friends and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
Elsewhere in the build we find a fast 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM and 4G connectivity. This Nokia weighs in at 167 g and is 9.8mm thick.
Phone Set Up
The ‘one Windows experience’ will see Xbox and PC users greeted by that LiveTiles home screen and the Lumia 930 is powered by Windows Phone version 8.1.
Customisable background images for the home screen will allow users to set up a more personalised look and existing users of Skype or Yahoo! Messenger will find these apps already built-in, making set up a breeze.
Cloud storage is provided by OneDrive and this gives a home for photos, videos and files which can then be synced across all devices including laptops and tablets. A healthy 7GB of free storage is offered so it is well worth investing a little time and setting this cloud solution up.
Moving on to more interesting elements of the Lumia 930 you find a superb set of inclusions:
- Nokia MixRadio - This is a firm favourite for music lovers with unlimited commercial-free music streaming via a variety of music mixes that can be enjoyed on or offline.
- Microsoft Office - Can anyone live without this? Well it isn’t a question Lumia 930 users will need to ponder with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote built in and ready to edit, save and share.
- Adidas miCoach - This running companion helps you build speed, endurance and strength with voice packs from leading professional athletes that work with Adidas. Whilst running you can play your own music or listen to Adidas selected music mixes. You can also see workout routes on HERE Maps, lifetime stats such as most calories burnt and pin objectives onto the home screen with LiveTiles.
- Windows Phone Store - There are plenty of new apps to find here and you get all of the big names such as FIFA 14 and 4oD, so there is no need to fear from moving away from an Android OS.
The Nokia Lumia 930 also comes with the Xbox Live Hub and Nokia Beamer where you can share your screen on any screen that displays http://beam.nokia.com or via a link sent by email or SMS.
This impressive set of built-in features is rounded off with the practical HERE Drive+ app. This includes HERE Maps and HERE Transit (bus, train and subway) which give access to offline maps, venue maps at shopping and transport centers and keeps you in line with audible speed limit warnings.
Camera & Video
A very impressive 20 megapixel Pureview Camera adorns this phone and is complimented with ZEISS optics and a Dual LED flash.
You can find other smartphones with 20MP cameras such as on the Sony Xperia Z2 but here you get Nokia’s influence, which I think delivers a pretty decent package of features.
The first thing that is pretty cool is the Living Images feature that gives over 1 second of movement to your photos and whilst this doesn’t sound like much it is enough to bring your photos to life.
Capturing the perfect shot is always possible with Burst Mode and Panorama Mode. You can even add a creative edge to interactive macro photos via Nokia Refocus that allows you to choose what should be in or out of focus.
1080p high-definition video recording at 30fps is further excelled with Surround Sound recording from four directional microphones.
Your recordings can be shared via Nokia Soryteller, Instagram or your other social networks and Nokia has included the Vine app for creating short looping videos for friends and family to see.
A 2420mAh battery is by no means a record breaker but it is powerful enough to give a maximum of 75 hours of music playback, 9 hours of video playback or a maximum standby of 18 days.
What you will really enjoy though is finding a free black wireless charging plate in the box and this great accessory weighs just 55 g and plugs in to a USB connector in order to recharge the Nokia Lumia 930.
Written by: Michael Brown