March 17, 2014

Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon a Windows Phone favorite

The Nokia Lumia Icon is a Verizon Wireless exclusive and is considered by many to be the best Windows Phone device to date.

The Nokia Lumia Icon is a Verizon Wireless exclusive and is considered by many to be the best Windows Phone device to date.

For those deeply tied to Microsoft’s Outlook, One Drive and Xbox services, the Lumia Icon is an obvious device to recommend. Fans of Google services will have to put their trust in third party app developers to fill the void.

There is a lot to like about the quad-core driven Nokia Lumia Icon. The display is a vivid and sharp 5-inch 1080p display packing 441 pixels per inch. The Lumia Icon has me convinced that a 5-inch screen size is ideal. I yearn at times for a larger display with my 4-inch iPhone, and while I appreciate the 6-inch devices I’ve tried lately, they can be cumbersome.

Battery life for the Icon was very good. After a Comcast Internet service failure, I had to rely on Verizon’s LTE service using the Icon as a mobile hotspot. The phone provided speedy and reliable Internet for several hours with more than enough battery life to last the day.

The 20-megapixel camera and wide angle f/2.4 aperture lens produces high quality images though with a touch of shutter lag. Advanced camera controls over ISO and shutter speed may appeal to more serious photo enthusiasts. There are also a lot of included apps offering a number of creative options.

Construction feels solid. A brushed metal frame surrounds a matte polycarbonate back. Power, volume and dedicated camera buttons are made from metal and line the right edge. The top houses the audio jack.

What is good
Display is vivid and sharp Battery life Camera produces nice image quality

Not so good?
No microSd slot Windows Phone apps ecosystem still behind Android and Apple iOS

Key specifications
5-inch display, 1080p, 1920x1080 resolution, 441 pixels per inch
2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM
32 GB internal storage, no microSD slot
camera 20-megapixel f/2.4 aperture
5.39 inches by 2.79 inches by 0.39 inches
5.86 ounces

The bottom line
There is no better Windows Phone and Verizon combination. The Nokia Lumia Icon is available at Verizon Wireless for $200. For users willing to accept the less developed ecosystem over iOS and Android, the Nokia Lumia Icon offers an a splendid display and a very capable camera.

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