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Testing the Nokia Lumia 920 in Mumbai

Through Nokia Connects, you can get your hands on a Nokia Lumia to try it out. I was lucky enough to receive the Nokia Luimia 925 and be able to test it for a few weeks (you've seen some shots already and my review will follow somewhere soon).

PureViewClub member and friend Mayuri Mehrotra has been posting a few times here, and she asked Nokia Connects to test the Lumia 920 for a while. I'm happy to share this review by Mayuri Mehrotra.

 

For regular visitors of PureViewClub, the Nokia Lumia 920 is not a new device to read about as Marc has had one with him for quite a while now (see his extensive review here). So I will keep my review of the device as short and simple as possible.

I got the 920 for trial thanks to Paul at Nokia Connects ( https://twitter.com/nokia_connects) and I must say I have really enjoyed my time with it. The first thing that struck me was the screen - WHAT a screen! Smooth, sharp, very responsive. I think the first couple of days I was grinning like an idiot whenever I picked up the phone.

And for all those who think the 920 is as heavy as a tank and such, please look up the dictionary. The 920 felt comfortable to hold - if I’m even slightly careless with my 808 it kind of tips over. Only one issue here: I got a white 920 for trial, and after using the E7 I pretty much vowed to steer clear of slippery backs. I also prefer the USB port on the top of a device.

I’m also not going to write much about the OS - to each his own. I found the phone easy to set up and very snippy to use, the WP OS for me is a breeze. But for some things I found it too simple, I mean, why does one need an app to view photo info?! Or, why can’t one set up a time period to fetch mails? Also, the Settings menu seemed too wordy to me, could do with some icons maybe?

And now for the camera. I must admit, I approached this aspect of the 920 with a faint bit of cynicism. I’m no photographer, but the 808 just spoils you. But I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I’m more of a day person, so really wanted to test the camera for daylight on Auto, and less for low light. Unfortunately, it rained almost non-stop throughout the trial period, so there are very few photos that I could take, and even when I did, it was overcast and the light wasn’t that good.

This is my favourite photo:

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I simply love the blue of Dizzy’s eyes. I was concerned about over-saturated colours, but this photo is on Auto, and the camera, I think, did a great job keeping it real.

Snapshots in the dark: comparing the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 925

Well, this evening it turns out the Nokia Lumia 925 offers quite a bit more when it comes to low-light photography. I went for a stroll in the late evening, which one could call almost dark if it didn't involve a lot of lamp posts.

I brought the Nokia Lumia 920 and 925 and took a few shots in places without lamp posts or open sky, so the scene was so dark I couldn't be completely sure of what I was shooting at all - it just wouldn't show in the display. That kind of dark.

So I could only really know what I got after taking the shot - in "night mode" in both cases (no flash, of course). I'll show you the first three comparisons, in which I took care not to get any lamp post or late evening sky in the picture, so it would be as dark as I could get in this very low, late evening light.

Remember this is not about sharpness or noise, it's about the amount of light you get from a dark situation. You'll see the Nokia Lumia 920 result first, Nokia Lumia 925 second.

Nokia Lumia 920 - 1

Nokia Lumia 925 - 1

Three scenes from Amsterdam - comparing the 808 PureView, Lumia 920, Galaxy S4 and One

The recent leaks about the Nokia EOS took a lot of my attention and time, but I still had some comparisons for you in store. And I'm sharing them as promised: shots made with the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 920, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

I was on a short trip in Amsterdam and brought all four smartphone cameras. Unfortunately, not all results were good enough to share. One of the results with the HTC One was so bad I'm sure it was my own fault, not the camera's (I must have moved a bit). In another shot (directly through a window, pushing the lens on the glass) I saw the yellow of my Lumia 920 reflected in the shot. Stuff like that happens, and I'm not going to share shots I don't trust.

I didn't make a video this time - not because I'm too lazy, but because I think you don't really mind scrolling through the results. You'll see the resized originals first and next two crops that were resized to (about) 640 pixels width.  I've put all originals on Flickr though, so you can crop whatever you like.

I have to add that I had the Nokia 808 PureView on full resolution in 4:3, hence on its highest 38MP resolution. Other than that all settings are on "auto" on all devices.

I know you are perfectly capable to come to your own conclusions, but after everything HTC has boasted about its "UltraPixel" technology, I only want to to add it's quite disappointing. It's not even close to what it should have been, really: the crops will show you what I mean.

First: A canal in Amsterdam (the scene where I probably ruined HTC's shot)

1 Nokia 808 PureView - Canal

1 Nokia Lumia 920 - Canal

1 Samsung Galaxy S4 - Amsterdam

Next, the garden of one of the University buildings in Amsterdam, with all four smartphone cameras:

Comparing the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One

So many shots and crops to share I hardly know how or where to begin - so let's start with what I made in Bergen aan Zee in The Netherlands last weekend. I tried to look for a combination of diverse scenes to compare two of the most recent smarthone cameras with both Nokia "PureView" devices. Shots in bright and darker circumstances, indoor and outdoor.

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