Nokia Lumia Icon (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: Nokia Part number: Lumia Icon
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 02/12/2014
The good: The feature-packed Nokia Lumia Icon has a gorgeous screen, a fast processor, and a proven 20-megapixel camera. Low-light image quality is excellent.
The bad: Its flat, slab design is uninspiring, and the Icon is a little heavy and thick. Call quality was mediocre, and media hounds won't be able to expand storage with a microSD card.
The bottom line: Buy the Nokia Lumia Icon for its beautiful display and well-rounded features, but skip it if you require gobs of storage, are on a budget, or prefer a power user's OS.
Make "the switch" to Windows Phone, you wont regret it!
by KNARCH81 on February 25, 2014
Pros: Amazing build quality, OS is new, and fun, Camera is best in the industry, screen is amazing, basically, really nothing not to like
Cons: I have to wait until April for Windows Phone 8.1 update, and all the phenomenal new features that will come along with it.
Summary: OK - so, I bought it on launch day last week, the build quality is superb - my iphone and droid toting friends are all in awe of the thing. ...
Summary: OK - so, I bought it on launch day last week, the build quality is superb - my iphone and droid toting friends are all in awe of the thing. I do agree with some of the other reviews out there, the shape and rigidity was a bit awkward to start, but after using it for a few days, it is totally comfortable in the hands - its a new device, u have to give it a chance. I am coming off of 6 years of Android, and Rooting, Roming, and Kernaling, nandroid backups, etc has really gotten old for me. I was so sick and tired of waiting an hour for the phone to backup, install new rom, see that it lags like crazy and have to download a new one and try over again. I just grew to really hate it. Enter Windows 8 into my life - ive been using Dell Venue 8 pro tablet, and a Surface RT before that, and I really love the interface. I thought, why not try a windows phone, so Ive stalked the Windows Phone Central website, learned of the upcoming release of the Icon, and planned to at a minimum give it a try for the 2 weeks and see if I like it. Well, I am seriously impressed. The animations are all smooth, no stuttering, no lag.....this thing seriously flies. The Camera is phenomenal - way better than anything else I've used. My wife has a Iphone 5S, and we were comparing photos last weekend, and the Icon was just visibly better for everything - low light, panoramic, portraits, flash on / off, etc - just better. The screen is huge, the bezels are small enough, and the build quality is really great, way better than anything Samsung ever threw out there. I love the glass that is used - its like it is finger print proof.
The WP app store has everything I need, and then some. I just don't get all these people that cry over apps - are you seriously writing novels and making presentations with your cell phones? I use my phone for the following in order if importance:
1. Camera - video (I have 2 kids, and there is nothing better than not having to go grab another device to get good photos at a good resolution)
5. News reader / web browser
I see no gap in the app store for my use case (maybe some of the latest games are not there, but I hardly care), and I don't think im alone in this. I am looking forward to WP 8.1, and all of the new features involved in that OS upgrade. I am loving the live tiles, and the constant updating information. I wish notification center was available now, but I am getting used to not having it - it will be a welcome addition to 8.1 in the coming months. As far as battery life, I am not having any issues getting through the day - its not Droid Maxx battery, but it gets me to 11pm with at least 20% remaining, and that's with somewhat heavy use. Way better than my old Galaxy Nexus, that would not even make it to lunch time without giving me the 14% warning. Ive been streaming Pandora for 3.5 hours, and configuring Weave, and cycling though the app store for anything that catches my eye, and I still have 70% battery at 12:30.
What ive noticed - If you buy a few apps, it really gives you everything you will need with respect to access, and functionality:
1. Custom Tiles Maker - lets you select an image to overlay with tiles on your start screen - kind of like having a background image - only you can select more than 1 image to cycle and the tiles change to each image. Really cool, love it, would really like to see larger tiles, and ability to use more than 2 images.
2. Pocket File Manager - gives you access to the folders and file structure of the OS - I am just learning that its a new thing, but this app gives you access to the high resolution photos that you take.
Being critical - I think the OS still needs some work, you should be able to have a background image, and be able to make the accent color transparent. Also, you should be able to save only high resolution images, and not have to save the downsampled images as well (5mp+16mp). I want only the 16mp files, and this is not an option. Also, I have unlimited data, I should be able to upload files and videos to my hearts content, and not be limited to wifi only.
Other than that, im loving this phone. I don't see myself going back to Android. As a matter of fact, I can no longer recommend Android phones to my friends, as every Android phone ive owned, and seen my friends own crap out on them after 1 year (sometimes less).
My biggest gripe with this phone, is the lack of marketing for it - if I didn't go on this site, or the other tech sites, there would be no way in hell I knew about it. I haven't seen a single commercial, the Verizon store salesperson was completely clueless with Windows Phone. The phone was just sandwiched between 2 other droid phones, and not a single placard, or anything advertising it as a new release. Nokia, and Microsoft really need to push these devices harder - there are a lot of stupid people out there that listen to the salespeople at the carrier stores - when in fact that the people that work and sell these phones are typically even dumber than the person buying it. They should force the salespeople to learn, and use each phone.
THE WINDOWS PHONE WATER IS WARM........CMON IN
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Great Phone on most measures!
by socalmtbkr on February 21, 2014
Display brightness & sharpness
3 columns of Live Tiles
Super easy to bring in content/data/e-mails/contacts from all of your accounts
Not an iPhone or an Android phone (pro or a con if this matters to you)
Cons: Not an iPhone or an Android phone (again this could be a pro or a con)
Not as many apps on Windows Phone 8 as on iOS & Android OS (If having every new app is key for you, WP8 is not for you, but I don't find that I am lacking useful apps on WP8.)
Summary: I had a Nokia 928 briefly and the new Nokia Icon (formerly the 929) is a big step up. The Icon feels better to me (hardware & software) than all ...
Summary: I had a Nokia 928 briefly and the new Nokia Icon (formerly the 929) is a big step up. The Icon feels better to me (hardware & software) than all of the other phones that I've used extensively (iPhone 3GS/4S/5S, HTC Windows Phone 8).WIRELESS CHARGING IS GREAT!
Feel: The Icon phone itself feels times better than any other cell phone I've used or handled. It had a solid feeling that makes it feel much heavier than it actually is. Compared to the 928, my impression is that it is twice as heavy, but it actually is about the same weight.
Speed: The Icon is about twice as fast as the 928 in opening up apps. The HRE Drive app takes about 5 seconds to open on a 928 and it takes about 2-3 seconds on the Icon. I notice the speed in particular with the HRE Drive app since I am usually trying to punch in a navi destination while stopped at a traffic light.
Three rows of Live Tiles: This is a big deal for me to have all of my key apps (e-mail, navi, calendar, contacts) at the top of my screen.
Camera: This is a great camera with an f/2.4 lens for good low light performance. The resolution of the Icon sensor is lower than the Nokia 1020's 40 MP, but is excellent compared to the 8MP that most other phones have.
Screen: The screen looks great. Brightness, contrast & resolution are all great.
Windows Phone 8 Operating System: Love it. I find that iOS is and feels very proprietary to Apple. If you have Google/Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. accounts, Windows Phone 8 is great at allowing you to easily pull in all of your accounts either at initial set-up or in the settings menu. My first new phone experience with Windows Phone 8 was a revelation after all, and I mean ALL of my data (e-mails, contacts) showed up on my phone five minutes after I signed into my accounts.
My initial impressions of this phone have been fantastic!
Updated on Mar 3, 2014
I've added a previous review, but wanted to provide an update on my experiences with wireless charging. I decided to use my wireless charger at work. Although I can connect my phone to a USB charging cable attached to my computer, it is so much easier and mindless to be able to just lay my phone on the wireless charging pad. Connecting the phone to my computer raises the additional potential complication of having my phone attach to my computer when I may only want to charge my phone. I just picked up my phone and, voila, there is full charge on the battery. It is reassuring to know that my phone is always on a full or near full charge.
VERY nice phone that gets almost everything right
by thisistheslam on February 15, 2014
Pros: Fantastic screen, 1080p resolution, 20MP camera with dual-LED flash, solid body design, good amount of storage, good audio capture capabilities, excellent battery life
Cons: A tad bulky & heavy (if only slight)
Summary: Several Nokia Lumia phones have been hits for me. I love the 1020 for its camera optics but always felt that I could benefit from higher end hardware. The Lumia ...
Summary: Several Nokia Lumia phones have been hits for me. I love the 1020 for its camera optics but always felt that I could benefit from higher end hardware. The Lumia Icon has that kind of hardware. With a quad-core cpu, the Icon is blazing fast in its operation of the Windows Phone OS. Everything feels noticeably more responsive. The same can be said for the Lumia 1520, which is basically what the Icon is, only in a 5" screen package. Speaking of the screen, WOW. The 1520 has one of the greatest screens on the market at this time, the Icon only follows suit. Having a smaller screen means the pixel density is greater and the phone fits in your hand easier. Small hands may still have trouble using the device without the occasional assistance of a second hand, but otherwise it should be just fine for you. It's a tad heavy, but it's a 5" device so it's not unexpected. Nokia really are close to making a phone that could stand a cut above the rest. I was a little sad to see the dual LED flash instead of the awesome Xenon flash that's on the 1020 and 928. Should Nokia have opted for two slightly different LEDs like the iPhone 5S to create more natural lighting tones it might have saved the day. I'm not crazy about LED flashes, but should you ever get a more ghostly image know that Nokia's editing tool or apps like Fotor will likely balance things out before you share your photos with friends. No SD card storage, which is kind of a bummer, but it's also not a total disaster. 32GB is twice what you'll net with a starting price iPhone, so saving music and photos shouldn't be a problem unless you're an enthusiast. Furthermore, finding a way to make the Icon more sleek and lighter will go a long way in finding universal acceptance of this device. I'm fine with it, but having worked in tech sales until recently has lead me to see that people do care about weight and bulk enough for it to cause doubt in a purchase. I feel this device is great for me. If Nokia (or Microsoft, who are pending a partial Nokia acquisition at this time) were to find a way to give this device a little more sex appeal to LOOK every bit as elegant as an iPhone, there would be a lot of people asking an owner "what kind of phone is that!?" I'm sure they're closing in on it, but I would have thought that Nokia would have closed that gap significantly seeing how they had more space to work with in a taller device like the Icon. No matter, it's an excellent phone, one that I told my roommate to wait for and one that made me consider bailing my 1020 for and switching to Verizon. I've only played with it for a few hours but that's my take.
- Manufacturer: Nokia
- Part number: Lumia Icon
- Bottom Line: Buy the Nokia Lumia Icon for its beautiful display and well-rounded features, but skip it if you require gobs of storage, are on a budget, or prefer a power user's OS.
- Product Type Smartphone
- Width 2.79 in
- Depth 0.39 in
- Height 5.39 in
- Weight 5.86 oz
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Diagonal Size 5 in