Nokia Lumia 928 (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: Nokia Part number: LUMIA928
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CNET editors' review
price range: $7.99 - $289.99
- Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 05/13/2013
- Released on: 05/16/2013
The good: Nokia's Lumia 928 introduces a slimmer body and straight, grippable sides. Low light camera performance is top-notch.
The bad: Verizon's typically blazing speeds stumbled on the Lumia 928, and call quality sounded harsher than Nokia's usual standard. Those looking for Nokia's bright statement hues won't find them here.
The bottom line: Windows Phone fans on Verizon should buy the $100 Nokia Lumia 928 for its strong feature set, but watch out for slower-than-usual data speeds.
Nokia's High End Phone is Pretty Great
by HarveyChavis on July 10, 2013
Pros: Screen is high quality and a pretty nice size
CPU/GPU/RAM are all high end
Interface is generally just very intuitive and clean
Battery life has been outstanding so far
Cons: No External Storage
No removable battery
No Swype Keyboard
Arabic font looks awful (not that anybody would care about that)
Summary: Nokia's Lumia 928 is pretty much the big high end Windows Phone 8 phone right now. As such, it's unsurprisingly a pretty great phone. Nokia's always been ...
Summary: Nokia's Lumia 928 is pretty much the big high end Windows Phone 8 phone right now. As such, it's unsurprisingly a pretty great phone. Nokia's always been known for good reception. The screen is high quality and a pretty nice size (I'm increasingly leaning towards liking even larger screens, but 4.5" isn't bad). It's got tech in it for dealing with sun glare, and is supposed to work even if you're wearing gloves (though I haven't tried, since...well, it's 85 degrees out!) The CPU/GPU/RAM are all high end. (You can get quad core CPUs on high end Android phones, but I've found Windows Phone 8 seems to be a much faster OS-it feels fast even on the low end Nokia 521, much less this 928, and I doubt much software actually takes advantage of more than 2 cores on mobile devices like this) It's also got a great camera-apparently the best low light performance of any phone. CNET's pictures show it clearly better than even HTC's One or Apple's iPhone 5, and it absolutely destroys Samsung's Galaxy S4. The camera even has a xenon flash, which is incredibly rare for a phone.Edit:
One of the things I love about both iOS and Windows Phone 8 as compared to Android is how the OS doesn't come mucked up by a third party skin running over the top, like most android phones do. Besides giving phones a consistent interface, this also means Windows Phones can get updates faster-the updates don't have to be customized so much for every phone, the way they do for most Android devices. Instead of obnoxious custom skins, Windows Phone manufacturers are allowed to include custom programs, either on the phone, or available in the "app" store, which only run on that manufacturer's phones. Nokia by far has the most and best programs available for their phones. My favorite by far is Nokia's "drive" program, which is basically the equivalent of TomTom's software on iOS or Android, only Nokia gives it to you free. Maps get installed on the phone itself, so you don't waste data doing navigation, and navigation works even if you don't have a data connection. I'm not sure that Nokia's program is as good as TomTom's, but it still works pretty well, and is an amazing bonus for free!
I personally like Windows Phone 8 quite a bit. I think WP8's start screen is quite a bit better than iOS or Android's. "Tiles" are kind of the equivalent of program icons on iOS or Android, but there are three tile sizes. You can also pin things like individual contacts to the start screen as a tile. In my case there are two people I contact most often, so I have both pinned as tiles right on the start screen, and any calls or texts or emails from them show up on the tiles, separately from the main phone or texting program. Things like that make Windows Phone really customizable compared to the competition. "Live tiles" are kind of neat too, although mostly the Weather Channel program is the only one that I use that actually updates with anything particularly useful (since programs on iOS can update with the number of new texts/voicemails, etc. also). From the start screen, a quick swipe to the left pulls up an alphabetical list of all programs installed on the phone. The interface is generally just very intuitive and clean.
The email, texting, web browser, etc. are all good too. Pretty intuitive, fast, and work like you'd expect.
There are a lot of there little things I like about WP8 too. The lock screen can use the Bing Desktop picture-like a smaller version of the same picture you can get on a Windows PC every day can just automatically gets used as your lock screen, which is a LOT more interesting and appealing than what Android and iOS do. Even the way the lock screen kind of bounces is intuitive and appealing. It's just small things here and there that really make Windows Phone pleasant to use, particularly compared to Android...it just feels a lot faster and more intuitive.
I had a funny moment a week ago where my friend's android phone's network connection was refusing to work, while I'm just talking to my phone to pull up movie listings. I felt like we were in some kind of Windows Phone ad lol
One thing I DON'T like about WP8-for whatever reason, the time and reception bars at the top tend to be hidden more often than on iOS. I suppose Microsoft's thinking is that that gives you more screen real-estate. True, and maybe it's just psychological, but I prefer seeing the reception bars, battery, and time up there most of the time. A quick swipe down from the top, but still. iOS programs CAN hide that bar, but most programs (outside of games or full screen video) tend to leave it up there. The other oddity-for some reason there's no way to lock screen orientation. That can be useful (for example) to prevent the screen from rotating if you're lying in bed and trying to read something. I think individual programs can include screen orientation lock though.
Also, for me, iOS handles podcasts FAR better than anything else. Android has no native podcast ability at all, and there's no good way to manage podcasts on a PC and sync, like what iTunes gives you. Windows Phone 8 is better, though still nowhere near as good as iOS. WP8 has podcast management built in to the phone-you can subscribe to stuff, have it auto-download when you're on Wifi, etc. Problem is, there's still not a great way to sync it with a PC if you want to.
Files can be manually copied between a PC and windows phone just like to any drive, and Microsoft does have a pretty nice, easy to use "Windows Phone" program for syncing files (available as both a Windows 8 "app", and a more full featured desktop version for any version of Windows). That program even lets you synchronize with iTunes if you want to, but in my experience it's not flawless, the way it would be syncing an iPod/iphone, at least for podcasts. Playback position doesn't get saved right. Play counts don't seem to work quite right, etc. At least it runs well...honestly every single Android syncing equivalent has been a mess, often even containing malware, and never working right. At least this desktop program is light weight, easy to use, and built by Microsoft. I think MAYBE if you ONLY wanted to have podcasts on your phone, then Windows Phone would work roughly as well as an iPhone. Or of course if you only care about syncing music, it should work just fine. I don't like the Windows Phone media player as well as iOS', but still, it more or less gets the job done as you'd expect, and has lock screen controls like iOS, etc. (I do wonder if the 8.1 update coming later this year will make some of this stuff even better).
I'll mention that while Windows Phone lags behind iOS and Android in terms of the total number of programs available, I've actually found more programs on it I care about than on Android. Most of the "big" stuff seems to be here. A lot of the same games are available, although iOS is still best for that. (It is cool that games can have achievement points just like Xbox and PC games.) I'm sure it'll keep getting better, but really most everything I want is already available, though obviously that may not be the case for everyone. It's worth mentioning that when you download programs for Android, Google gives out your personal info to the developer. Microsoft (and I guess Apple?) don't, which I appreciate, and which is another reason I like Windows Phone better than Android for programs.
I'll probably think of other things to say about it all, but bottom line is I mostly really love my Nokia Lumia 928, and mostly love Windows Phone 8. I really wish it could match iOS for podcast support, but for the most part it's pretty awesome, and well worth considering.
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6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Phone in Every Way
by TheLeopardz on June 15, 2013
Pros: Large, bright screen
Excellent cutomization / Live Tiles
Tight Windows ecosystem and integration
Has every app I need
Excellent battery life
Cons: Music players sometimes lock
Summary: I owned an iPhone 4 for 18 months and really liked it, but didn't like how it fought with Microsoft Outlook and found the endless apps spread everywhere cumbersome. ...
Summary: I owned an iPhone 4 for 18 months and really liked it, but didn't like how it fought with Microsoft Outlook and found the endless apps spread everywhere cumbersome. I then bought an HTC 8X, which was really great, but wanted to upgrade to a bigger screen and got the 928 when it came to Verizon. The much better battery life was a nice surprise.
First, I take issue with the author of the article on 4G LTE speeds. I tested my 928 against my 4G LTE iPad, which has always been very fast, and found the 928 consistently faster. Maybe the author had an early model or OS version. I'm very happy with my 4G speed, and I test often. In real life, I've had no issues.
The screen is noticeably brighter and easily readable in direct sunlight. Battery life is great. Today I made four long phone calls, played Pandora music for an hour via bluetooth to my car stereo, and did other stuff. After 14 hours, I'm showing 44% battery life. No way I could do that with my HTC 8X.
I've used Outlook since it first came out and run Windows 8 on my computer and use Office 365 for total integration, including using Skydrive. The Windows 8 integration and usability of contact information, documents, and photos is the best out there, far better than the iPhone, and I love it.
There are many articles about the Nokia 920/928 camera and it's true, it's the best camera on a smart phone out there right now.
The only downside is that there have been a few times when my music has stopped (not recently) and a simple off/on fixed it, so they have a minor bug somewhere. The additional memory is great for keeping more music on the phone and/or taking video.
Verizon gave me an unexpectedly good deal as I wasn't eligible for the upgrade. They gave it to me anyway so long as I bought some accessories on the side. I sold my HTC 8X plus the new accessories and got into the Nokia 928 for about $50. Not bad. I'm extremely happy with the phone.
Don't buy into the "but they don't have as many apps as Apple" thing. It's true, but the real question is, what apps do you need and want and will use? I've found everything plus much more.
To me, the new iOS 7 looks, well, OLD ...
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Refines the already solid 920
by thisistheslam on May 12, 2013
Pros: Best low light camera in the industry, 3-mic audio capture for up to 140 db of distortion-free sound, AMOLED with Clear Black display (OMG!), Xenon flash added, slimmer and lighter body over 920, comes unlocked!
Cons: Would like to see a 1080p display on a Lumia, Verizon branding is a phone tattoo you must live with, battery is an area Nokia can try to push further in future handsets
Summary: Wow. The 928 blows me away. It's basically a 920 v2 with subtle improvements in a lot of key areas. Verizon is lucky to have this handset, and theirs ...
Summary: Wow. The 928 blows me away. It's basically a 920 v2 with subtle improvements in a lot of key areas. Verizon is lucky to have this handset, and theirs comes unlocked out of the box for region-free use, something AT&T didn't offer on their 920 (and still technically don't if you're not a subscriber). The biggest complaints against the 920 were its size and weight. While I didn't agree with those detractors, the 928 does a lot to quell those complaints and will likely invite many Verizon subscribers to try a new WP8 device. I wish this would have been available earlier, but better late than never. Before I owned a WP device, I was on Android and really enjoyed the simpler and more streamlined interface that WP pushed. There's a lot of growth to come for this platform, which makes me excited since I already really enjoy it. If you're in the hunt for a WP8 device to try and are on Verizon or are considering Verizon, this is a much better option than the so-so Lumia 822 or the HTC 8X. Nokia does a great job supporting their users with cool apps and regular updates. If you need an unlocked phone, this is a good deal too!
4 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Pretty amazing windows phone!
by milesboy5 on July 18, 2013
Pros: Battery Life
Ease of Use
Wireless charging ( built-in not the crappy add-on case)
Durability ( withstood a couple bad drops with minor damage)
Cons: I don't think I have any cons.
**** Ran out of room for pros ****
WP8 ( I know some people don't like the app ecosystem but the OS just begs to be on a smartphone! )
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Phone, Very Pleased!
by Dantheman082 on June 5, 2013
Pros: Camera, Call Quality, Ease of Operating System, Live Window Tiles, Fluidity of OS and Processor with RAM. Video and Screen Clarity. PRICE!
Cons: Colors if that is a concern to you, but I'm not a teenager so black and white work fine for me
Summary: Have had both Android and Iphone and I am vey happy to have switched over and tried something new. Don't understand why everybody praises the Iphone so much when ...
Summary: Have had both Android and Iphone and I am vey happy to have switched over and tried something new. Don't understand why everybody praises the Iphone so much when there are other great phones out there like this!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
The Phone Itself is Good
The "Other Stuff" is the Issue
by mattr1198 on February 6, 2014
Pros: Great Display and Screen Size
Interface is Great
One of the Cheapest Smartphones on the Market
Cons: Internet (Explorer) is Unbearably Slow on Both Wifi and LTE
Terrible Application Support
Low Light Camera Not as Good as Advertised
No Way to Transfer Many Common Files onto it (mp4s, etc.)
Summary: While the Nokia Lumia 928 is a good phone on its own, the many problems of Windows Phone 8 prevent this from being a great one. While the phone has ...
Summary: While the Nokia Lumia 928 is a good phone on its own, the many problems of Windows Phone 8 prevent this from being a great one. While the phone has a crisp 4.5 inch display, a durable and solid plastic design, a great amount of storage built in, and an unbelieveable price-point. However, many aspects of WP8 really suck. Internet Explorer is terrible on both wifi and 4G LTE is really slow compared to other phones' browsers, like Safari on IOS and Chrome on Android. More importantly, Windows Phone, in general, has no application support whatsoever. For example, it took WP8 nearly a year on the market just to get Instagram. WP8 still doesn't have a real Youtube app and does not have essential popular apps, like fruit ninja, snapchat, and real racing 3 just to name a few. Even Blackberry has more app support than WP8. The quality of the free apps put on the WP Store are awful and many of the popular apps do not have updates, ever. I'd suggest that you only get this phone if you are on a tight budget or if WP9, once announced, looks promising. However, if you're looking for a smartphone in the triple digit price range with a contract, then look elsewhere at Apple or Google, not Microsoft.
BEWARE OFF THE NOKIA WARRANTY TRICKS
by vtr1200 on January 2, 2014
Pros: not worth mentioning, in compared to other brands
Cons: When i send my phone for the third time to the repair center they told me that the emei nbr on the phone is not in conform with that on the bill. I tell them that off course how can it be, last time you swapped my phone old for a new one.
Summary: I could even proof it and still they denied it.
So beware if you send your phone to the repair center and be sure to take pictures before you send ...
Summary: I could even proof it and still they denied it.
So beware if you send your phone to the repair center and be sure to take pictures before you send it!
Not for Newbs
by SamJuanabe on December 25, 2013
Pros: Feels Solid
Cons: Expected a Windows phone to be more like using a PC, Expected better QC from Verizon
Summary: The phone: Weird too big, off-the-screen-and-unreadable type used for banners, can't put settings or tools on "home" screen as a tile, need to go through "pre-home" screen before can ...
Summary: The phone: Weird too big, off-the-screen-and-unreadable type used for banners, can't put settings or tools on "home" screen as a tile, need to go through "pre-home" screen before can get to "home" screen where you can do anything, Windows phone supposed to be like using a PC?...not even - it may even be easier to use an Ipad (ughhh!!!!)as a PC substitute.
Verizon: Need much better consumer research if they truly want user-friendly experiences. Give this phone to some older non-techy people and observe their thought processes/expectations on set-up and use. They provide way too much not-yet-relevant info and not enough basic set-up simplicity.
One of the worst smartphones on the market. Easily.
by bassguitar248 on December 25, 2013
Pros: Looks average
Cons: The list can go on.
`Could not get microsoft account enabled even with hours with tech support
`Bad battery life
`Overall in every aspect this phone is worse than any other smartphone on the market easily
Summary: I've used the iphone for years, finally decided to venture out and get this phone. THE WORST DECISION EVER. I did end up selling it after a month and ...
Summary: I've used the iphone for years, finally decided to venture out and get this phone. THE WORST DECISION EVER. I did end up selling it after a month and got the HTC one and i am so much happier. I can't stress enough if you are looking for a good smartphone this isn't it. I think there is a reason almost no one owns any of these. If you don't want an apple phone like me, look at either the HTC one, or Android S4.
I will not recommend Nokia Lumia 928 to anyone.
by Mikeonas on November 23, 2013
Pros: - Sleek design
Cons: - No battery access
- No access to battery
- No reset button
- 3 separate phones died for no reasons after few days
Summary: This is the worst phone I have ever had the experience of buying. I have been a smart phone user since the Compaq series days and could not believe that ...
Summary: This is the worst phone I have ever had the experience of buying. I have been a smart phone user since the Compaq series days and could not believe that Nokia would release such a piece of crap as a new phone. My headache started in October, when I purchased a Nokia Lumia 928 from Verizon Wireless, three days later, the phone will no longer power on. All attempt to start the phone failed. So I returned it back to Verizon and another phone was issued, approximately one week later the same thing occurred, phone will no longer power on, no additional application was added to his phone, that may impact it. Again, I return the phone back to Verizon and a third phone was issued. No later than two weeks later, same exact experience, a dead Nokia Lumia 928 again. I am planning to return this phone back to Verizon for the very last time and will no longer accept another Nokia product as a replacement. Stay away from this garbage of a phone and Nokia should recall it from the market.
- Manufacturer: Nokia
- Part number: LUMIA928
- Bottom Line: Windows Phone fans on Verizon should buy the $100 Nokia Lumia 928 for its strong feature set, but watch out for slower-than-usual data speeds.
- Product Type Smartphone
- Width 2.71 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 5.24 in
- Weight 5.75 oz
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Operating System Windows Phone OS 8
- Diagonal Size 4.5 in