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Nokia Lumia Icon review

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When Nokia came out with the Lumia 1520, we were treated to a new side of Windows Phone. All of a sudden, Microsoft's smartphone OS had come of age; it was using the best available hardware specs and a wave of big-name apps had finally arrived in the Windows Phone Store. Even so, we were concerned that the 1520's 6-inch screen size and AT&T exclusivity in the US would limit its appeal.

Last week Nokia announced the Lumia Icon, a new Windows Phone with nearly identical specs in a smaller, 5-inch frame. Finally, the perfect device for Microsoft to take on its high-end Android and iOS competition, right? Well, almost -- the Icon is a Verizon exclusive, arriving tomorrow for $200 on-contract (or $550 with no strings attached). Meanwhile, the other three major US networks don't offer anything comparable yet (outside of AT&T's 1520, anyway). That said, the Icon is still worth a look if you've already decided on Big Red.

Nokia Lumia Icon review: a big step forward for Windows Phone

When Nokia came out with the Lumia 1520, we were treated to a new side of Windows Phone. All of a sudden, Microsoft's smartphone OS had come of age; it was using the best available hardware specs and a wave of big-name apps had finally arrived in the Windows Phone Store. Even so, we were concerned that the 1520's 6-inch screen size and AT&T exclusivity in the US would limit its appeal.

Last week Nokia announced the Lumia Icon, a new Windows Phone with nearly identical specs in a smaller, 5-inch frame. Finally, the perfect device for Microsoft to take on its high-end Android and iOS competition, right? Well, almost -- the Icon is a Verizon exclusive, arriving tomorrow for $200 on-contract (or $550 with no strings attached). Meanwhile, the other three major US networks don't offer anything comparable yet (outside of AT&T's 1520, anyway). That said, the Icon is still worth a look if you've already decided on Big Red.
Nokia Lumia Icon review

Windows Phone has grown up a lot lately. The Lumia Icon is the platform's new poster child, offering specs that would make even the most discerning of power users drool. That includes Nokia's 20-megapixel PureView camera, a 5-inch 1080p display, top-of-the-line quad-core Snapdragon processor, 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and a 2,420mAh battery, to name just a few specs. You can check out the full list below, but for now, you get the idea.

All told, it's hard to find fault with the specs, but the hardware itself is potentially... polarizing. With its square shape, sharp corners and flat sides, it's as if Nokia took the Lumia 928 and changed the material from glossy polycarbonate to aluminum on the perimeters and matte polycarbonate on the back. Nokia used this same combination of materials on the Lumia 925, but that phone had a less severe design, one marked by gentle curves. What's more, the non-removable back here bulges out slightly from the rest of the chassis. The idea was for the camera to sit flush with the device, but even so, a flat back would have made for a more streamlined look. Finally, at 5.86 ounces the Icon is a little heavy -- heavier than the 4.5-inch Lumia 1020, anyway. That said, it's still significantly lighter than the 6-inch 1520, which means it's also more comfortable to carry around.

Nokia Lumia Icon
Dimensions 136.9 x 70.9 x 9.9mm (5.39 x 2.79 x 0.39 inches)
Weight 5.86 oz (166g)
Screen size 5.0 inches
Screen resolution 1,920 x 1,080 (441 ppi)
Screen type OLED ClearBlack; Sunlight Readability Enhancement; High Brightness Mode; Gorilla Glass 3
Battery 2,420mAh Li-Polymer(non-removable)
Internal storage 32GB
External storage None
Rear camera 20MP Zeiss, OIS, f/2.4, wide-angle lens, AF
Front-facing cam 2MP sensor (1.2MP stills)
Video capture 1080p / 30 fps (rear); 720p (front)
NFC Yes (with secure element on SIM)
Radios

LTE Bands 4/13 (AWS/Verizon)

GSM: (850/900/1800/1900)

HSPA: (850/900/1900/2100)

CDMA: (850/1900) EVDO Rev A

Bluetooth v4.0 LE
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
CPU 2.2GHz quad-core
GPU Adreno 330
RAM 2GB
Miscellaneous FM radio, GPS/GLONASS, micro-USB 2.0 HS, four-mic setup
WiFi Dual-band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wireless Charging Yes, Qi standard
Operating system Windows Phone 8, Update 3/Lumia Black

Source : Engadget.com

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