- Build quality
- Great camera
- Wireless charging
- Sub-par display
- Outdated processor
- Limited app selection
Design and Build:
The design of the Lumia 930 is similar to that of the Nokia Icon which was released exclusively on Verizon network in the USA. It’s not super thin at nearly 10mm thickness and it’s a bit heavy at 160gms. It’s got a metal chassis with square edges and it’s not so rounded, so it’s not really that great to hold in your hands. The matte back though helps a bit in making the phone pleasant. The design is one of the best looking in the market, at least it’s the best looking Windows phone. The phone also has a dedicated camera button which always a plus for photography enthusiasts.
The camera is obviously the best feature of the phone. The 930 sports a 20MP Carl Zeiss lens with a 1/2.5 inch sensor clicks really sharp images. The photos come out really good, the colors and gradients are natural and the phone produces very little noise in low light scenarios as well thanks to OIS. It’s among the best cameras out there at least on the still photography department, as it records only 1080p videos and the quality falls way short of the competition.
The Lumia 930 has a 5 inch 1080p AMOLED screen and with a pixel density of 440 produces sharp images. The AMOLED screens are known for it’s vibrant colors and perfect blacks, and this phone excels at both as well. When you rotate the phone, the color accuracy tends to go way off, most probably a software glitch that should be fixed in future Windows updates, but then again then again Samsung has made great AMOLED displays and the rise of great LCD displays means that the display on the Lumia 930 is sub-par.
The phone performs well too, Windows was always smooth even on low end devices. The 930 however is powered by the Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz quad core processor, with the Adreno 330 GPU. The 2 gigs of RAM helps loading app and switching between them super smooth and fluid. The only question mark here is that, SD 801 was already out and it would’ve been a much better choice. Although it’s inconsistent, some apps load faster than others, but web browser experience is rather good.
The phone comes loaded with Windows 8.1 which was the latest at the time of the phone’s release. And it is obviously much better than Windows phone 8. The phone came with Win 8.1 cyan, but the update to Denim just made the phone better, the phone originally couldn’t record 4K videos even though it had a 20 MP camera, but the Denim update unlocked it. Also Cortana the personal assistant like Siri is one great feature Windows has that’s improving so fast that right now it’s better than Siri. It just keeps getting better the more you use it. Windows 8.1 brought the Action centre to Windows phones which was a major missing point in Windows OS, as well as the option to add a background to the tiles on the homescreen instead of solid colors. Software works great overall but problem with windows OS persists that the App selection is much thinner than iOS and Android.
The phone has a 2420 mAh battery which is good enough to last a day for most users, but light users can get upto 2 days of use on a single charge.
It was the best Windows phone made at the time of it’s release and it’s got a great design and build quality as well. The phone also has a great still camera which clicks great picture and a great battery which is enough for most.