Nokia Lumia 930 review

10 Jul 2014
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Battery life could be better, but this is still one of the best Windows phones ever made


Processor: Quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Screen size: 5in, Screen resolution: 1,920x1,080, Rear camera: 20-megapixel, Storage: 32GB, Wireless data: 4G, 3G, Size: 137x71x9.8mm, Weight: 167g, Operating system: Windows Phone 8.1

The Lumia 930 is Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8.1 device. Available in the same highlighter green and orange cases as the Lumia 630, this eye-catching handset has a 5in OLED display with a 1,920x,1080 resolution, a 20-megapixel PureView camera, 32GB of storage and its internal hardware is among the fastest we've seen for a Windows handset.

It's a huge improvement over Nokia's previous flagship model, the Lumia 925, so much so that the Lumia 930 even has the potential to go head to head with Nokia's two phablets, the 1320 and 1520.

Nokia Lumia 930 face on

It's a serious statement that even gives top of the range Android handsets something to worry about, particularly since Windows Phone 8.1 is finally on par with its rival operating systems.

One thing that hasn't changed, though, is Nokia's excellent build quality. The Lumia 930 may measure a chunky 9.8mm thick and weigh a hefty 167g, but its solid metal rim and sealed matt rear make it feel incredibly sturdy and well-made. It's more angular than the Lumia 925, but the design is way more desirable.

Nokia Lumia 930 rear

That sense of allure is only heightened by the Lumia 930's 5in Full HD OLED display. OLED panels typically have much better colour accuracy, contrast and black levels than IPS displays as each individual pixel has its own backlight, and the Lumia 930 is no exception.

Our colour calibrator showed it was displaying a perfect 100 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut and black levels were a near perfect 0.05cd/m2. This meant colours looked incredibly rich and vivid and text was pitch black. Whites were perhaps a little pinkish compared to other OLED displays such as the Motorola Moto X, but we'd rather the screen looked warm than overly cool.

Nokia Lumia 930 side

Contrast was a little low at 4,854:1 (other OLED displays such the Lumia 1020's have measured a massive 37,507:1), but we were still able to see a high level of detail in our darker test images. Likewise, the phone's wide viewing angles meant we could see the screen clearly regardless of whether we were looking at it face on or had it lying down on the table beside us. Peak brightness was also a modest 271.10cd/m2, but we found this was still more than enough to use the Lumia 930 outside without forcing us to strain our eyes to see the screen clearly.

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"battery lasted 10 hours and 24 minutes ... with the screen set to half brightness"
On the previous page you had access to brightness meter to measure screen brightness. So why do you do the battery test with the screen set to an arbitrary brightness? To make it comparable (hence useful), it should be conducted with the screens all set to the same absolute brightness (likewise volume).

It's £435 from Clove - with the £130 bonus pack.

I am a great fan of Windows Phone and an even greater fan of my Lumia 1520. Same hardware, bigger, and probably better, screen.

Would I even think about downsizing to the 930? Not a chance. For one very simple reason. Nokia has once again made the cardinal error of not including any provision for a Micro SD card. Utterly inexplicable to me.

Would I change if there was an SD slot? No. The 1520 with its bigger screen is a game changer for me. I no longer need a tablet as well. One device, which still fits into a pocket, does all I need.

Obviously a subjective view; but having gone from an Ativ S to the 1520 (and still using the Ativ when abroad) at least hopefully giving others something to consider based on actual experience.

Oh, something else to consider, the 1520, at least for the moment until the 930 is a bit older, is a lot cheaper SIM free.

Hi Toboev, we currently test all our phones at half brightness, but we are looking into standardizing this test with a set brightness level starting from next month.

Are you joking??? When u unlock it says "resuming..." and waits for few seconds..just to unlock... 3 to 5 seconds.!!!!!! The heating issue is unknown issue even by Nokia..!! I return my brand new Lumia930 and they send me a new one and it also have the same issue, and when i visit the nokia care again they saying it needs to send to factory again..!!!

I know you guys probably won't be knowing this .. But I'm desperate to know the launch date of Lumia 930 in India..

It seems as if you've had the Live Lock screen installed and uninstalled it (Or decide to use the old again). Beta software will mess with you phone like that. PS: To those who have had Live Lock installed and want the "resumin" to go away, you just have to go in and choose fx. bing as lock screen and then back to your normal. Then all will work just fine.

Heating issues???? Im good over here. FYI- iphones and the new HTC M8 fx (and other android quadcore phones) get quite hot under "pressure" too, if thats what your getting at.

The 930 is a superb piece of engineering. I hope Microsoft continue to provide such quality devices as they show more of their influences on what we know and love about Nokia.