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Nokia Lumia ICON Review

WP_20140302_20_19_01_RawI have been using the Nokia Lumia ICON for a few weeks now and have slowly been gravitating to the device more and more each day.  Currently, my daily driver is the Lumia 1020 on AT&T and the device has been very unpredictable.  Not sure what causes most of my misery on that device but I have not been able to replicate the issues on the ICON.  I am procrastinating and have not send the device in for diagnostics.WP_20140325_00_24_30_Raw Lumia ICON is available exclusively through Verizon Wireless and it certainly is a flagship with bragging rights.  First, it’s one good looking Lumia, it doesn’t borrow a lot from the N9 design language, which most of us probably are kind of tired already. This sleek looking device sports a Gorilla glass 3, sculpted glass 5” 1080p screen that is crisp whether it is used in an indoor or outdoor setting.  I really hope the build quality of the screen is better than the one on the Lumia 1020, I dropped the phone by accident and the corner was chipped. The Lumia ICON doesn’t feel too large in my hand and gone is the unibody polycarbonate design that we are familiar with Lumia devices. It is a cross breed between the elegant Lumia 925 and the Lumia 928.  I am using the black version and there is a white version available at your local Verizon store.image_1 The ICON comes with dual LED flash, 20 MP Zeiss Optics, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and of course, the PureView technology.  It also comes with the standard Nokia imaging apps:  Nokia Camera, Nokia Creative Studio, Nokia Cinemagraph and the optional Nokia Refocus which can be downloaded from the app store.  With the Lumia Black update, users of the latest Nokia devices can save the pictures in RAW format (.dng).  I took some nice pics during my European trip a few weeks ago. Click on this link to see the set of pics I took with the Lumia ICON.  The pics look impressive on the ICON’s 1080p screen and I believe that the pics have lots of contrast and show a lot of detail. I also noticed that with both the Lumia ICON and Lumia 1520, the user can take multiple shots when the physical camera button is pressed in.  It is similar to the burst mode that takes multiple pics.  I wasn’t able to replicate this on my Lumia 1020. Similar to the Lumia 1020 or Lumia 925, the ICON also has six lenses to capture breathtaking pictures.  One thing that the Lumia ICON and Lumia 1520 have an advantage over the Lumia 1020 is the four speakers that are used to capture the audio while making a video.  The user will be amazed how Nokia Rich Recording has improved since the Lumia 1020, which only have 2 dedicated speakers for recording.  Head over to Nokia US’s website to ‘SEE and HEAR what you’ve been missing’!, It will definitely knock your socks off.

  •    Metallic frame I hope that the future Lumia device will all derive from this design and not the N9/Lumia 800 design that is getting boring.  The use of less polycarbonate material make the Lumia ICON feel solid and gives it a premium look. ·
  • 5” Sculpted Glass Once you see the HD screen, you will fall in love with the Lumia ICON immediately (indoor or outdoor).  I am in favor of the 5” screen, and believe the 6” Lumia 1520 is not comfortable as a one handed device.  I am still able to use the Icon with one hand. ·
  • Battery Nokia did something right this time by giving the Lumia ICON a 2420 mAh.  User doesn’t need to worry that your phone will die on you after 6-10 hours of medium to heavy usage.  I can easily squeeze one and a half day on a single charge. ·
  •    Office Suite If you use this a business device, the Lumia ICON has Excel, Word and PowerPoint which comes with any Windows Phone device. Missing features: ·
  •   Micro SD slot There is 32 GB available for storage.  I wish Nokia included a micro SD slot for the Lumia ICON, which is definitely useful with MB eating raw image capture and HD video with superb sound quality courtesy of the Nokia Rich Recording.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could add a 128 GB micro SD card and have a total of 160 GB of storage available! ·
  •     Xenon flash I really like the pictures taken with the Lumia 1020, Lumia 928 and even on my N8 using Xenon flash. This link will provide an interesting overview/comparison of the Lumia ICON, 1520 and 1020.

 

There are a handful of accessories you can buy from your local Verizon Wireless dealer.  The store I visited didn’t have the accessories displayed but the sales rep brought out five protective cases and one screen protector for me when I asked for it.  The price range is from $12.99 to $29.99 for the accessories.  I bought a blue Incipio protective case and a 3 pack screen protector for the Icon.  I noticed there are already some minor scratches on the beautiful screen and can definitely recommend buying the screen protector to protect your investment.WP_20140325_00_22_18_Raw I would definitely recommend the Lumia ICON for those who are currently in the market for a new device on Verizon Wireless network.  If you are into taking pictures, video with amazing sound, the Lumia ICON will definitely beat any of the competitors’ flagship devices. There are some deals out there where you can get the Lumia ICON for as little as $149.99.  There is also a bundle special which can save you an additional $200 if you bundle either the Lumia 928, Lumia ICON with the Lumia 2520, Nokia’s Windows RT tablet. I would love to thank the awesome folks at Nokia US for providing us with the Lumia Icon.  If you have questions regarding the Lumia ICON, just send me a tweet (@jjklee) or simply leave a comment below. P.S. This article was written on a Lumia 2520 using the Nokia power keyboard.

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