- Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS
- Quad Core Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 20MP Rear Camera
- 1.2MP Front Camera
- 2420mAH Battery
- 32GB Internal Memory
The Lumia range has been quite successful, improving and we have some of the best phones in budget and mid range segment. We have also seen some capable contenders in the flagship war like Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. Now another device called the Lumia 930 comes into the gang with a decent spec sheet to be able to compete in the flagship war. Let us see how it performs and what it has got to stand out in the competition.
Design & Display:
The phone looks similar to the Lumia line up but with a more rectangular design and sharp edges. This time around it’s made of aluminium frame and a polycarbonate shell at the back. The device looks different and in someways beautiful. The aluminium frame, various color options at the backpanel and the polished surface at the back feels very good to hold in hand and gives it a decent look. The build quality is solid and the phone is well put together. However the panel is not removable. The device comes with a 5 inch 1080p display with 441 ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Viewing angles are very good and colors look vibrant enough. There is a great amount of brightness and sunlight legibility is great and better than most of the rivals.
The phone comes with Windows Phone 8.1 directly and has a whole lot of new features and improvements. There are a whole lot of Nokia and Microsoft apps which were adequate enough and useful. Most of the UI is pretty much the same like most of the Lumia devices. The homescreen has resizable live tiles and app drawer is of list view. Since this is 8.1 OS, you get notification panel, option to select wallpaper etc. Multi tasking panel is the same one we generally find in typical Windows phones. Overall the phones runs smoother on the UI and doesn’t show any hiccups.
Camera & Audio:
The device is equipped with a 20MP Auto Focus camera with dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics and optical image stabilization. There is also 1.2 MP cam at the front capable of capturing 720p videos. The camera UI is pretty similar to what we have seen in other Lumia phones but comes with few other tweaks and options. This camera is based on the PureView technology and expect it to perform better. The image quality is excellent offering a great detail and color reproduction is very good with minimal noise. The camera is also capable of recording 1080p videos at 30fps. Audio output however is nothing to boast of. The speaker is not so loud enough and even with the headphones, the performance is not as expected.
Connectivity & Additional features:
The phone comes in single sim version; supports one nano sim. Network reception is good and call clarity is decent. The speaker and the loudspeaker both give an excellent output and in call experience is awesome. The phone also supports Wifi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, FM Radio and A-GPS. Internal memory is limited to 32GB but the device doesn’t support micro SD cards. This might be a disappointment for few.
Performance & Battery:
The device runs on Snapdragon 800 chipset with Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 processor along with 2GB RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. Since Windows phone doesn’t need a great hardware to run seamlessly, the device won’t show much lag at all. For multi tasking or using heavy apps, there isn’t much lag and the experience was fluid smooth. The device scored well in benchmark tests, with around 22k in Antutu which is better than most of the Lumia devices. Some of the compatible games to worked well and we didn’t notice any lags. The battery capacity is of 2420 mAh and the battery is non removable. The phone will easily last more than a day under moderate use but for a device of this potential, battery life could have been better.
Decent build and design
Comes with latest Windows Phone version
No micro SD card support
Battery life could have been better for such a potential device
Non removable battery
So far, considering the strong and weak points, the Lumia 930 is capable of giving a real fight to the competition. Of course having only 32GB on board without support to micro SD card could be a major issue. Other than that if you’re into windows phone, the Lumia 930 is a wonderful phone and should be definitely among your considerations.
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