Nokia Lumia Icon Review: Verizon's WP8 Flagship

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If you want the latest and greatest Nokia-built Windows Phone phone, and you’re an AT&T customer, the Lumia 1520 is a beast of a smartphone, but it’s not available to Verizon customers. Instead, Verizon offers the newer, and arguably more refined, Nokia Lumia Icon, which has nearly all of the same internal specifications as the 1520, but with a few key differences.

The most obvious difference is the size; the 5-inch Lumia Icon is a sizeable smartphone whereas at 6 inches, the Lumia 1520 falls squarely into the phablet category, occupied by devices like the Galaxy Note III. The 1520 also has a larger battery (which makes sense given the larger display), a 2-stage capture key on the rear camera, and a microSD card slot.

Otherwise, under the hood the two devices are quite similar--they are both powered by the same SoC, have similar amounts of RAM, and feature the same base OS. Today we’re going to dive deep into the Icon to see what the latest and greatest Windows Phone (for Verizon) has to offer. (Spoiler alert: It offers a whole lot.)

Nokia Lumia Icon
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (quad-core, 2.2GHz)
2GB RAM
32GB storage
7GB free cloud storage
Windows Phone 8
5-inch full HD
Rear: 20MP PureView with ZEISS optics, dual LED flash
Front: 1.2MP 720p HD
Internet/FM radio
LTE network bands 4, 13
WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz, 850 MHz
CDMA network bands: BC0, BC1
GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz
802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning
GPS
Magnetometer
137x71x9.8mm (HxWxD)
167g
2420 mAh
Standy: Up to 18 days
Talk time: Up to 16.4 hours
Verizon Wireless
$199 w/2-year contract ($149.99 from Amazon)
Office apps: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneNote
Touch UI
Xbox Live Hub
IE 10
HERE Drive+, HERE Maps, HERE Transit
Nokia Camera
Creative Studio
Cinemagraph
Panorama
Nokia Storyteller
Nokia MixRadio
Xbox Music
Nokia Beamer 


The Icon's 5-inch display is full HD (1920x1080) with 24-bit True Color support and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen also features beautiful beveled glass edges, which give it a nice look and feel. The back of the device has a similar gentle curve to it that feels nice in the hand.

Under the hood, the LTE-equipped Lumia Icon rocks a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.2 GHz) chip along with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard memory, and 7GB of free cloud storage. (It lacks a microSD card slot for additional storage, though.)

 
The 1.2MP HD front camera offers a resolution of 1280x960 which is solid enough for video chatting, but not much else. The rear camera, however, is a 20MP PureView affair with Zeiss optics, 2x zoom, a 1/2.5-inch sensor, a focal length of 26mm, and dual LED flash. It also supports an aperture of f/2.4 and up to ISO 4000. We’ll explore the camera and its software in greater detail in subsequent pages.

Nokia is high on the Lumia Icon’s video and audio capabilities, and to that end the phone has a high-resolution display, Dolby Headphone signal processing technology, onboard EQ, and four microphones for better sound capture and noise cancelation.

The Lumia Icon has a volume rocker, the power/lock key, and a dedicated camera key on its right side, and the 3.5mm audio jack is on top. There’s of course a microUSB port on the bottom for the charging / sync cable, although the phone does come packing Qi wireless charging support as well.

The 2420 mAh battery purports to offer 18 days of standby time, or 16.4 hours of talk time over 3G, 75 hours of music, 9 hours of video playback, or 6.8 hours of network web browsing. For connectivity, there’s 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC, and the device offers GPS and cellular/WiFi positioning for navigating. On the software side of navigation, the phone comes with Nokia HERE Maps, Drive+, and Transit.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of software, which we’ll explore next.
 

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StaticFX 8 months ago

i think if i were to drop/leave the iphone.. i would go to the windows phone. I think the live tiles are really a good idea. and they just look cool lol

JefferyPruett 8 months ago

What's extravagant about this phone is that if you compare it to a iphone 5S/Any newer model by sound and video man it wipes it out the face of the world! its that good

sevags 8 months ago

Isn't the new Lumia 930 the flagship phone, not the icon? But the icon is available in the US but no word on the 930.. They are both very amazing phones but the 930 at the least has better build materials.

ricofrost 8 months ago

930 is new flagship yes. The nokia 1530 i believe is not the first phone for gaming.

beni7192 8 months ago

Nokia Lumia 930 : Lumia Icon look-alike for the rest of the world

RJeffries 8 months ago

I would love to try one of the high end Windows Phones but Sprint doesn't carry any but one that I couldn't try. Every other phone was on display to get the feel of it except the Samsung WP which was in a non-accessible display case. Even the flip phones were out!

ohm8vr 8 months ago

this phone is really nice. i'm not on the market for a new phone, but, if i was i would really get this phone. looks like windows 8.1 is better now too and the nokia apps look interesting. the only thing that will stop me (if i was on the market for a new phone) are the verizon logos emblazoned on both sides of the phone. is it a law or something to have verizon's logo on the phone? and on both side? if so, couldn't they just put one on the back and leave the front of the phone free of their logo? their name hardly even fits on the front of the phone as is. plus, verizon didn't make the phone. it's a phone carrier. it's not even a nice logo? what is up with that?

StaticFX 8 months ago

[quote user="ohm8vr"]

this phone is really nice. i'm not on the market for a new phone, but, if i was i would really get this phone. looks like windows 8.1 is better now too and the nokia apps look interesting. the only thing that will stop me (if i was on the market for a new phone) are the verizon logos emblazoned on both sides of the phone. is it a law or something to have verizon's logo on the phone? and on both side? if so, couldn't they just put one on the back and leave the front of the phone free of their logo? their name hardly even fits on the front of the phone as is. plus, verizon didn't make the phone. it's a phone carrier. it's not even a nice logo? what is up with that?

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im pretty sure that almost all phones that arent apple have the vzw logo somewhere... yeah kinda lame.

UnangWungkul 8 months ago

Where iphone 5 or 5s on that chart?

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