Above we have The Vergeâ€™s hands-on video of the Nokia Lumia 920.
The liked the display, which they called gorgeous and one of the most impressive LCD displays they have ever seen, and the build quality, which they say felt like it has been dipped in enamel, but said the phone felt gigantic in the hand.
On the elusive OS, they said it was snappy with no crashes, both reassuring for a desktop OS ported to a phone.
See more videos after the break.
The Verge was less impressed with the Nokia Lumia 820, as expected, noting the screen was a let down after the 920, but that the device felt more normal in hand, and noted the device felt overall more plasticky.
Engadget did not like the glossy finish of the Nokia Lumia 920 as much, saying it felt cheaper. They still loved the display however, and said it appeared as if the tiles seem to hover up right to the screen’s surface. They also confirmed the device was smooth and fast, but noticed some minute pauses which they attributed to animations.
Engadget was also not very impressed with the screen on the Nokia Lumia 820, calling it mid-range at best, but loved the speed of the Windows Phone 8 OS, writing:
What’s under the hood certainly makes up for some of those shortcomings. The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM simply chewed through the lightweight Windows Phone 8, leaving us to wonder if Apple and Google can truly keep up. All of the UI animations were smooth and fluid, and apps launched with nary a hiccup. And, can we just say that Windows Phone 8 is an absolute pleasure to use. At the risk of angering quite a few people — there’s simply no mid-range Android phone or iOS device that’s as quick and satisfying to use as the Lumia 820, and much of that is thanks to the highly optimized Microsoft OS. It’s a pleasure to see that new features like the customizable home screen and background multitasking haven’t weighed down Redmond’s phone platform. And things will likely only get better as the final wrinkles are ironed out and bugs are squashed. But, as we all know, speed and smooth animations alone don’t make a device — Microsoft will have to convince developers to support its still fledgling platform.
Overall the 920 feels like a much needed modernization of the Lumia platform. We finally have current generation silicon, running a significantly updated Windows Phone OS, with brand new hardware to boot. I don’t know that the 920 will be what Microsoft needs to gain significant marketshare, but it’s another step in the right direction.