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Nokia Lumia Icon Review

March 31, 2014

Nokia Lumia IconThe Nokia Lumia Icon is the latest and greatest high-end device manufactured by the Finns and comes exclusively for Verizon Wireless, being a successor of the Nokia Lumia 928 while borrowing its premium specifications from its bigger brother, the Nokia Lumia 1520. That means that you’ll get a lot of goodies packed under an attractive looking body that breathes high quality, exactly what the Finns are best known for. Keep reading for finding out more details about this brand new and highly skilled device, maybe you’ll even consider getting one after getting to know it a little better, as it will surely impress you with its capabilities.
The Lumia Icon comes in a compact box that holds its charger, a microUSB cable and the user manual. Unfortunately, there are no headphones, but that’s hardly any news, given that most US retail boxes usually lack them.
In terms of design, the Lumia Icon measures 137 x 71 x 9.8 mm and has a weight of 167 grams. If you’re used to the Lumia line, you won’t be surprised when holding this baby in your hand, as it’s all about durability and sturdiness. Its straight lines are also inherited from its bigger siblings, so if you’re familiar with their minimalist appearance, you’ll surely love this premium handset. The metallic frame that surrounds its sleek body adds a nice touch of elegance to the overall classy design and I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but I truly believe that this impressive device is one of the hottest smartphones out there.

The Lumia Icon offers one of the best displays you can find, having a 5 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that sports the ClearBlack technology, offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi. The viewing angles are exceptional and the image quality is wonderful, as always, even under direct sunlight. I would’ve expected nothing less from a Lumia high-end device. The screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
In terms of software, the Icon features, of course, the Windows Phone 8 OS, to be more specific, the Lumia Black update. It will be upgradeable to WP 8.1 in a week or so, thus receiving a lot of new features and tweaks that will definitely improve the user experience.
Another strong point of the Lumia Icon is its hardware. It comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, sporting a quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It lacks a card slot, but 32 GB are more than enough for the regular smartphone user. The Icon is one of the best performers out there and runs extremely smooth through the interface, being as fast as it should, without bothering you with any lag issues or anything like that.
Now, let’s get to another excellent feature that comes in the basket full of goodies: the camera. The Lumia Icon owns a 20 MP snapper which uses Carl Zeiss Optics, the PureView technology, a dual-LED flash, Optical Image Stabilization and offers a lot of options and settings for allowing you to adjust the image quality. Speaking of which, the Icon takes some amazing photos, with accurate and vibrant colors, a great amount of resolved detail and good contrast. The video quality is also outstanding, as the smartphone shoots some amazing 1080p videos.
At the connectivity department, you’ll find support for CDMA 2000 1xEV-DO, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quad-band 3G with HSPA, dual-band LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with Hotspot and DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB 2.0. The WP 8.1 update brings Wi-Fi Direct.
For surfing the web, you have the good ol’ Internet Explorer which works like a charm (here) and will provide you with a wonderful browsing experience due to being fast, smart and full of features. The 5 inch screen also has to do with the overall great user experience.

The Lumia Icon will offer you a lot of features and applications for improving your user experience. The media players do a wonderful job and feature support for equalizer presets and the Dolby Headphones sound enhancement. For business users, the Office suite is everything you need for viewing and editing document files (including PDF ones). The cloud storage, now known as OneDrive, offers you 7 GB of free space. Nokia HERE Maps and Drive+ offer one of the best navigation solutions out there (if not the best).
My final words? Boys, am I impressed alright. The Nokia Lumia Icon is the best smartphone that comes from the Finns and will certainly wipe the floors with a lot of its other smartphone competitors from the premium league. If you want high-end features, a spectacular and solid finish and if you’re fond of Windows Phone’s simplicity and elegance, this champ is one of the best choices you can make.
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