Nokia's lead designer talks about the Lumia 920

The Lumia 920 from Nokia has been on sale in the US and other parts of the world for a couple of weeks now, and there are a lot of indications that sales of the Windows Phone 8 device are doing well. Part of the reason for the success of the Lumia 920 is its design, which makes it look and act different than most other smartphones.

In a new video posted by Nokia on YouTube, the company's head of design Marko Ahtisaari offers up his thoughts on how he and his team came up with the overall design for the Lumia 920. Ahtisaari points out in the video that the smartphone is really made out of two pieces, its polycarbonate case and the glass display. He added that the team paid a lot of attention to the details that remain with the smartphone, such as how the glass in the display flows into the main case.

Ahtisaari added that they wanted to make the Lumia 920 into a smartphone that its users would want to take outside without having to put on a bulky cover on top of it. He also wanted the smartphone to feel " ... organic, natural, maybe even supernatural in how its made." In fact, he claims that the team wanted the design of the phone to look like it had grown from a tree rather than made in a factory.

It's an interesting, if a bit short, video that offers up some subtle details into Nokia's ideas about smartphone design and is worth a look.

Source: Nokia on YouTube

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Its ridiculous when people talk about the weight of lumia 920!! The competition phones are lightweight(about 50-75gms??) but can be never carried around without a case which ruins the style and look of the phone and also adds weight. Lumia 800 or 920 doesnt even need a screen protector, honestly its very very difficult to scratch the screen or body. Its a well built phone and you can carry it around with its full glory without and cases and feels so sturdy in hand!

If the Lumia 920 had a removal battery and didn't weigh so much then it would be the perfect phone, as it look great, has decent specs, an excellent display and the best camera about (that's important to me). Unfortunately it's a compromise and the poor battery-life makes it a pretty big one at that.

I like to keep spare batteries when I know I'm going to be away, as I like to be able to use my phone without worrying about running out of battery.

theyarecomingforyou said,
poor battery-life

Not true. It happens only with some phones, not all.
Also, I did some reading and the main culprits in those cases are Nokia drive+, Skype (both are beta) and nfc.

Nothing that can't be fixed with an update.

eddman said,
Nothing that can't be fixed with an update.

It's a 2000mAh non-removable battery on a phone with a 4.5" screen - no update is going to change that. If you use it for any moderate amount you'll burn through the battery in less than a day, which means you'll have to self-moderate usage.

If it had a changeable battery then it wouldn't be an issue, as there would be third-party high-capacity batteries available and you could carry several with you.

theyarecomingforyou said,

It's a 2000mAh non-removable battery on a phone with a 4.5" screen - no update is going to change that.

I mentioned no such thing. I simply pointed out the software issues behind the poor battery life, which can be fixed.

Saying that, you're completely right. A removable battery surely is a great advantage,

theyarecomingforyou said,

It's a 2000mAh non-removable battery on a phone with a 4.5" screen - no update is going to change that. If you use it for any moderate amount you'll burn through the battery in less than a day, which means you'll have to self-moderate usage.

If it had a changeable battery then it wouldn't be an issue, as there would be third-party high-capacity batteries available and you could carry several with you.

What other phones on the market significantly beat the battery life of the 920?

Steve Fitzpatrick said,
What other phones on the market significantly beat the battery life of the 920?

Possibly the Galaxy Note II but that's not the point I was making. It doesn't matter that the competition is equally bad, it matters than the Lumia 920 has bad battery life and that you can't carry around spares should you wish to use it more.

The battery-life on most modern smartphones is terrible, which makes the decision to not include a replaceable battery all the more severe.

Love my 920... Totally worth the switch. I got a black one because it's the only one they sell in Canada.

It's a bit over the top. He says the design is "supernatural." Right.

"We take everything unnecessary away and you're left only with the essential." Yeah, except the lumbering 185 grams of phone. They should call that feature PureWeight.

yeah, i dont know how they allowed it to be so heavy. why? just because of polycarbonate? or optical image stabilization?

seriously, i am very interested why is it so much heavier??

While it is heavier, that's not a bad thing as many who love it feels it gives it a more sturdy feel. I love the feel of my 920, and I love how I don't need a cover as this thing is a strong beast.

Instead of trolling a post with you immature comments, why not look at the awesome HTC 8X which is much lighter while also being very beautiful.

petrolly said,
It's a bit over the top. He says the design is "supernatural." Right.

"We take everything unnecessary away and you're left only with the essential." Yeah, except the lumbering 185 grams of phone. They should call that feature PureWeight.

I don't think he meant supernatural as in spooks, and pixels; rather super-natural as in beyond what is natural for a phone to feel like [sic] "even as this product from the front looks as if it has hard edges, nothing could be further from the truth." - nothing paranormal about this activity.

As for the weight, I do like weight to my handset otherwise I forget I've got it. That leads to me forgetting when I *don't* have it also, and that's never good for me.
If the extra weight is missing, I notice and look for my phone. I am forgetful so it does help.
I've seen enough people post on facebook that they've lost their phone and I can't help wondering if they had "house-brick" for a phone they'd not loose it either

petrolly said,
Yeah, except the lumbering 185 grams of phone. They should call that feature PureWeight.

The fact is this phone was made for real men, not for wimps. If you can't lift it, it's not for you.

However, if you do take time to compare the weight that you're complaining about - it's lighter than an iPhone with a cover. Which they pretty much force you to buy because of the horrible button designs.