We finally unbox the Nokia Lumia 920

What's this? Well, we've finally managed to get our hands on a Nokia Lumia 920 (thanks, MobiCity!) and taken a peek inside the box of this particular black model to see what all the fuss is about. If you want a few initial hands-on impressions of Nokia's latest flagship, then perhaps the above video is what you're looking for. 

Not enough content for you? Well look out for a full review of the device in the coming week or so; we promise it'll be worth the wait.

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These reports of this phone being heavy are pathetic and blown out of proportion by some reviewers. Add a case to an iPhone5 to protect it (something the 920 doesn't need) and it weighs the same as this. IMO the weight gives the 920 a feeling of class; compared to my partners GS3, which feels cheap and plastic.

My 920 also has no problems going a whole day without a top-up charge, there is no need to moderate your usage. Admittedly, some owners have reported battery life problems but Nokia Drive, which is in beta, seems to be a common culprit for this and will be fixed by Nokia. I used to own the Lumia 800 and after Nokia released an update for that handset, my battery life doubled and I suspect a similar update will follow for the 920 to improve it further.

If they made this phone with a removable battery it would be top of my list for phone upgrades. Even not, it wouldn't have been as much of an issue if it had a bigger battery - for instance, the battery on the Motorola Razr Maxx is over 50% larger despite it having a smaller screen.

Nokia came close to producing a decent phone with the Lumia 920 but it unfortunately skimped on one of the most important areas.

theyarecomingforyou said,
If they made this phone with a removable battery it would be top of my list for phone upgrades. Even not, it wouldn't have been as much of an issue if it had a bigger battery - for instance, the battery on the Motorola Razr Maxx is over 50% larger despite it having a smaller screen.

Nokia came close to producing a decent phone with the Lumia 920 but it unfortunately skimped on one of the most important areas.

I wouldn't say they skimped on the battery as it's still a decent size and it's pretty standard to have to charge a smartphone on a daily basis.

Comparing it to the size of the Razr Maxx doesn't make much sense either as that phone lacks other features that take up space in the Lumia 920 such as the OIS housing for the camera lens. Also, the Razr Maxx has to be one of the ugliest phones ever made

jakem1 said,
Comparing it to the size of the Razr Maxx doesn't make much sense either as that phone lacks other features that take up space in the Lumia 920 such as the OIS housing for the camera lens. Also, the Razr Maxx has to be one of the ugliest phones ever made

I never said I liked the phone, I was just highlighting what the competition is doing.

The point is, I can't be doing with a phone where I have to heavily moderate my usage just so that it will get through the day. At least if the battery is removable I can carry around spares, which are considerably smaller than the charger packs needed for phones with built-in batteries. I appreciate that a lot of the competition is no better with battery life but when they're removable it's not as much of an issue.

theyarecomingforyou said,

I never said I liked the phone, I was just highlighting what the competition is doing.

The point is, I can't be doing with a phone where I have to heavily moderate my usage just so that it will get through the day. At least if the battery is removable I can carry around spares, which are considerably smaller than the charger packs needed for phones with built-in batteries. I appreciate that a lot of the competition is no better with battery life but when they're removable it's not as much of an issue.


Whats the difference between a spare one and a charging pack? Or looking into wireless charging for the office etc

Battery is always a hard to fill thing, look at the first wave of Samsung phone, most users i know upgraded the battery cuz sammy cheaped out on it, did wonders for the battery life and Samsung took note when they got their new wave of handsets out.,

theyarecomingforyou said,

I never said I liked the phone, I was just highlighting what the competition is doing.

The point is, I can't be doing with a phone where I have to heavily moderate my usage just so that it will get through the day. At least if the battery is removable I can carry around spares, which are considerably smaller than the charger packs needed for phones with built-in batteries. I appreciate that a lot of the competition is no better with battery life but when they're removable it's not as much of an issue.

Why would you have to moderate your use to get through a day? The Lumia 920 will get you through an average day without any problems.

brent3000 said,
Whats the difference between a spare one and a charging pack?

The size, as I said in my post.

jakem1 said,
Why would you have to moderate your use to get through a day? The Lumia 920 will get you through an average day without any problems.

Because the reviews suggest otherwise, as does my experience with my current phone which has a battery of the same size. Sure it won't be an issue a lot of the time but if I set off in the morning and end up needing to use my phone (say browsing the web while waiting for a train) and don't get home for any reason (say I crash at a friend's house after a night out) then I end up with a dead phone. It's the same if I forget to charge it. With an iPod I can easily use it heavily for 3-4 days and still be doing fine, yet with a phone - which is considerably more useful - I'm having to constantly source out a power supply, like some sort of power-junky.

Currently I carry around a couple of extra batteries, as they're small and easily fit in a trouser pocket. It's come in handy a lot of times and with the Lumia 920 I'd have been stuck without a phone. Other people might be fine with such a limitation but for me it's a deal breaker.

jakem1 said,

Why would you have to moderate your use to get through a day? The Lumia 920 will get you through an average day without any problems.

Indeed. I'm also wondering why they were talking about charging packs being larger than spare batteries. The charging pack for the Lumia phones is actually fairly small and packs quite a bit of spare juice.

theyarecomingforyou said,

I never said I liked the phone, I was just highlighting what the competition is doing.

The point is, I can't be doing with a phone where I have to heavily moderate my usage just so that it will get through the day. At least if the battery is removable I can carry around spares, which are considerably smaller than the charger packs needed for phones with built-in batteries. I appreciate that a lot of the competition is no better with battery life but when they're removable it's not as much of an issue.

I bought a charging pack in Beijing that's incredibly small and lightweight. Not much bigger and certainly a LOT safer than carrying around a battery.

Don't trust any of the videos and pictures of Lumia 920 if you considering Lumia.

I got myself one yesterday and it's slim and light AND SEXY, while all the pics in press (due to zoomed in angles and such) make it look like it's a giant, especially thick and heavy phone, it is not.

It feels lighter than my HTC HD2

FoxieFoxie said,
Don't trust any of the videos and pictures of Lumia 920 if you considering Lumia.

I got myself one yesterday and it's slim and light AND SEXY, while all the pics in press (due to zoomed in angles and such) make it look like it's a giant, especially thick and heavy phone, it is not.


Are people photographing it wrong?

FoxieFoxie said,
Don't trust any of the videos and pictures of Lumia 920 if you considering Lumia.

I got myself one yesterday and it's slim and light AND SEXY, while all the pics in press (due to zoomed in angles and such) make it look like it's a giant, especially thick and heavy phone, it is not.

It feels lighter than my HTC HD2

I have to agree with this. I was playing around with one in a shop the other day and was really surprised by its size and weight. Most of the reviews I've read complain about how unbearably heavy it is but in person it doesn't feel heavy at all and doesn't look too thick either. I thought it felt really comfortable and well balanced in the hand.

FoxieFoxie said,
Don't trust any of the videos and pictures of Lumia 920 if you considering Lumia.

I have both a Lumia 920 and an 8X with me. The 8X is noticeably lighter, so the press isn't really kidding when they say it's heavy. At 185 grams it's more than you would hope for.

Scorpus said,

I have both a Lumia 920 and an 8X with me. The 8X is noticeably lighter, so the press isn't really kidding when they say it's heavy. At 185 grams it's more than you would hope for.

Describing 185g as heavy is fairly nonsensical. It may be heavier than some other phones but in he grand scheme of things it's not likely to pull a muscle. You have to weigh (no pun intended) all the pros and cons of the phone and a few extra grams on an already light object isn't really that big a deal.

jakem1 said,
You have to weigh (no pun intended) all the pros and cons of the phone and a few extra grams on an already light object isn't really that big a deal.

You're right, you have to decide for yourself where your priorities lie. Personally, I wouldn't mind if my iPhone 4 (at 137g) was a little lighter, and yet, despite being heavier than the 5 (which weighs 112g), it is still quite a bit lighter than the 920.

Scorpus said,

I have both a Lumia 920 and an 8X with me. The 8X is noticeably lighter, so the press isn't really kidding when they say it's heavy. At 185 grams it's more than you would hope for.

Whats worse is that my Android phone will inevitably weigh more when I put a million apps into it. Live tiles are smaller than apps so they'll weigh less.

dvb2000 said,
Why does a phone that is sold in Australia come with a euro power supply and an adapter?

Grey import, due to a current lack of alternatives. And when official sources do finally appear, they'll be unjustifiably more expensive. Welcome to Australia.

BattleDaggit said,

Grey import, due to a current lack of alternatives. And when there are official sources, it'll be unjustifiably more expensive. Welcome to Australia.

Spot on.

BattleDaggit said,

Grey import, due to a current lack of alternatives. And when official sources do finally appear, they'll be unjustifiably more expensive. Welcome to Australia.


MobileCiti - AUS A Tick Stock 2 Years Nokia Warranty @ $749+ Delivery
MobiCity - Grey import with 1 Year 3rd party warranty @ $799+ Delivery

Hell AllPhone sells this outright for $725 in store and Telstra sells it for $700 locked

So tell me again how its more expensive?

brent3000 said,

MobileCiti - AUS A Tick Stock 2 Years Nokia Warranty @ $749+ Delivery
MobiCity - Grey import with 1 Year 3rd party warranty @ $799+ Delivery

Galaxy Nexus

Mobicity - $349.00
JB Hi-Fi - $619.00 (as seen today in Townsville)

Mobicity can charge what they like while they're the only source. Anyone else that isn't grey importing that's claiming to have stock at the moment is full of sh*t.

BattleDaggit said,

Galaxy Nexus

Mobicity - $349.00
JB Hi-Fi - $619.00 (as seen today in Townsville)


Lol your comparing the Nexus? Isnt that phone like EOS from most retailers now? (not even on JB's website and its listed as $466 on DSE website, so only like $70 diff)

Also i would rather wait 1 week for a back order and get 1 year extra + local warranty and save $50-100.

Also most Telstra and HN stores (who PM Allphones etc) have them in stock still, just gotta hunt one down,

Anyway unless you want Black or White you would be in the same boat ordering from a local vendor than Mobicity...