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Nokia Lumia 920 wants to be seen as well as heard

The Life: The National reviews Nokia's flagship Windows 8 smartphone, which is tipped to mark a return for the struggling Finnish company.

The Middle East is one of just six markets globally, chosen by Nokia to launch the Lumia 920. Brendan McDermid / Reuters
The Middle East is one of just six markets globally, chosen by Nokia to launch the Lumia 920. Brendan McDermid / Reuters

Nokia's Lumia 920 was launched with much fanfare. This was the "return" for Nokia, the phone to propel the Finnish company back to its market leading heyday of the 1990s. The Lumia 920 is the flagship Windows 8 phone and sports all the new features of this new operating system (OS) from Microsoft.

The Lumia 920 is not discreet. Nokia has done as much as it can to help it to stand out from its competitors from its bright colours to its massive 4.5 inch-screen.

It is not the sort of phone that fits comfortably in the pocket, but it is big enough to provide a great experience watching videos, browsing through pictures and the web.

There are three function buttons at the bottom of the phone - back, home and search (Bing of course), the last of which seems a bit of a waste. It would have been more functional to have a search button integrated with the phone and the various apps rather than a search engine that few actually use.

One of its most distinctive features is the home interface with active tiles. Instead of searching through menus you can pin apps on to the home screen, where it will appear in one of three sizes. Updates are visible without the need to open each app. The second interface however is disappointing. It is simply a list of all the apps and functions on the phone. You cannot create folders and searching through can be tedious if you download a lot of apps.

The people tile is the most unusual. It collates all your contacts from each account that you sign into on the phone, including emails, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp and merges contacts on to a contact card. From these contact cards you can call, text and email them or see their latest updates on their social feeds.

The camera is has an 8.7 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens with flash and full HD video capability. It sports Nokia's PureView Technology enabling better stabilisation. For a camera phone it takes excellent shots in the dark, even without the flash.

thamid@thenational.ae