Nokia Lumia 920 review: Part 2: Looks and materials


This is the second part of my review of the Nokia Lumia 920 – Nokia’s flagship device. Today I will take a look at the materials and appearance of the device. I have the glossy white version; I tested the black version as well, but only for a few minutes in a shop.

The Lumia 920 is a big and heavy device. It is slightly bigger than the Lumia 800 is, and it is heavier than most smartphones as well (1 gram heavier than the chubby HTC Arrive for example). But it is not too big or too heavy. In the first few minutes, you need to get used to the weight of the device, but once you do, you will like it. I don’t know about you, but I personally prefer a bit heavier device over a smartphone which feel like a toy. Also, when you keep in mind the mind blowing technology the Lumia 920 offers, the weight does not seem that heavy. However, the device could be a bit smaller. As I said, the size is not disturbing, but I have nothing against a smaller device: For example, there is too much wasted space on the bottom of the device.

However, because the device is made of polycarbonate, it is really tough and stable. If you drop the phone you don’t need to worry; the device will still work. Also, the materials feel really nice. Even the glossy white version feels great and not cheap, but the matte version feels even better. If I had selected my Lumia based on the feel and not on the looks, I would have taken the matte black one. It sticks to your skin better and just feels great in your hand. Anyways, I decided on the white one because I think it looks better, but that’s up to you, of course.

One of the things I hated about my Lumia 800 were the buttons and the camera surrounding: They scratched very soon! On the Lumia 920 this won’t happen as those are made of ceramic. That does not mean they will never scratch, of course, but it won’t happen that soon. Also the ceramic feels MUCH better. The – I think it was aluminium – of the 800 was always a bit cold. I personally like the cold feeling of metal (one of the things I still miss from my Nokia N8), but it has to match. The polycarbonate never had a cold feeling, which made the metal camera surrounding a bit inappropriate.

The display glass on the Lumia 920 is made of Corning Gorilla Glass and is curved, same as on the Lumia 800. Although the 800 had a more curved screen, the 920 is still a real pleasure when swiping. Once you get used to these curved screens you will miss them in every other device. Something that looks extremely nice is the screen’s deep black when it is turned off (when you turn the screen on there is no real black anymore because of the IPS panel): You cannot see the display itself.

This was a quick look at the materials the Lumia 920 is made of. The next article will be about the screen, so stay tuned.

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