Nokia Lumia 2520


With the launch of new Nokia Lumia 2520, Nokia has finally decided to enter the tablet market. Nokia surely hopes to attract the enterprise uptake with the launch of this amazing device. Priced within the range of $399-$499.99, this device is packed with 4G connectivity; Windows 8.1 RT OS; and a 10.1 inch display rendering

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Nokia’s current strategy apparently differs from the policy of other companies; Sony launches different handsets one after another, Samsung offers a myriad of Galaxy line devices with various names and for different categories, while Nokia works on a few devices for some time and announces them making a huge buzz. In brief, the more manufacturers are in the game, the more policies we can observe. But regardless of the strategy those companies adopt and follow, simple users are primarily interested in the products they come up with. At the moment, we have two real rivals introducing two different civilizations — the Nokia Lumia 920, which is the incarnation of the values Microsoft and Nokia own, and the Sony Xperia T, which is a high-end Android smartphone with the advantages and shortcomings Google’s operating system provides. They are made with different goals in mind but if placed side by side in a store, they will definitely cause users to appear between a rock and a hard place as they will simply not know which one to opt for. We’ll try to help you.

Before anything is said, it should be noted that the Lumia 920 and the Xperia T won’t be affordable for everyone as these handsets belong to high-end category, therefore, they will cost much. However, mobile operators and retailers will rack their brains on different campaigns that will help them stimulate the sales. In this sense, the regions where these handsets will be offered will have a colossal impact on the price. If the European mobile operators will be selling them at lower prices or for free, the US and other regions’ carriers will require some money. European users are in a beneficial position because as usual, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Three, or O2 contract deals will be attractive to lure new buyers.. Other markets will basically have to cross their fingers and hope for not-that-high price tags or should wait until there appear better Nokia Lumia 920 and Sony Xperia T deals. This said, there are many factors affecting the choice, and the mobile operators and retailers will beyond doubt take them into account.

The Sony Xperia T was announced before the end of August at IFA 2012 alongside with other Xperia line devices. With this move Sony showed it is ready for a fight in any arena. The Xperia T was the most powerful handset among the announced devices, so naturally, all eyes were on it. Honestly, this device deserves the highest prizes thanks to the specs list and the design it comes with.

No idea what the letter T stands for, and since PocketNow’s explanation was not pleasing, we won’t go deep into the company’s letter choice matters. Instead, one thing to concentrate on is what features the phone sports. The Xperia T comes with a 4.55-inch touchscreen at a resolution of 720×1280 pixels and 323ppi pixel density. Like other Xperias, it features Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine technology, which is on Sony’s TVs also. Accordingly, no one will dare to complain about these displays.

Other than that, the Sony Xperia T sports a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor, which is recognized as one of the fastest CPUs in the universe. As to the camera, Sony didn’t disappoint its fans and packed the phone with a 13MP snapper with autofocus and LED flash. This camera allows recording videos at 1080p and 30fps. Plus, there is a 1.3MP frontal camera for self-portraits and web chat.

1GB RAM won’t let you run out of memory. Also, the Xperia T is packed with 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card slot. At the end, this handset is equipped with a 1850 battery providing up to 7 hours of talk time in 3G mode.

Note that the Sony Xperia T runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and will be upgraded to Jelly Bean before the end of the year.

The Nokia Lumia 920 was accepted as the phone that will ensure Nokia’s re-entry in the high-end smartphone market. The key to success of the Nokia Lumia 920 does not lie only in high-end features, but also in new technologies. For example, the phone boasts of a 4.5-inch HD touchscreen but it wouldn’t sound this attractive without ClearBlack Display’s new iteration to it. Or 332ppi pixel density wouldn’t get all the attention if it were not the best number for its class. So the Nokia Lumia 920 sports the best LCD touchscreen, that’s why the company has called it the “fastest LCD display.” It comes with a 2.5 times faster refresh rate thanks to a new technology called PureMotion HD+. The latter also allows users to access the phone even with gloves.

Next, you won’t find a revolutionary camera lens on the Lumia 920 as the device features only an 8MP snapper with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash. But the talks Nokia would bring its PureView camera technology to the Lumia line proved true, and we can say the manufacturer has done a great work. Though with less lens, the Nokia Lumia 920 supports this technology. The novelty is called PureView Phase 2.

The third advantage of this phone is the wireless charging capability. It means the phone will be charged not only via a wireless charger, but also via different apps and accessories, like the JBL retro boombox speaker designed especially for this handset.

The rest of features include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset with LTE radio to boot, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage and a 2000mAh battery, which will provide up to 10 hours of talk time.

Also, the Nokia Lumia 920 runs Windows Phone 8 with its resizable live tiles and Nokia Collection apps. And since Lumia line is very well known for its joyful look, this handset as well will come with a wide range of color options.

We are not saying the Nokia Lumia 920 is better than the Sony Xperia T but the Finnish company finally has what to introduce against the Android monsters.

It’s fair to say that having once being top dog in the mobile phone world, Nokia have struggled to really make an impact in the western smartphone market. However, the Finnish company are going the right way about challenging the dominance of Samsung, Apple and HTC by manufacturing a range of excellent new phones. One of these new phones is the 808 PureView which has been designed to head-up the Symbian range, while the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 pave the way for Windows Phone. The 808 PureView was a big hit at MWC 2012, but is it going to be good enough to capture the public’s imagination?


The 808 PureView comes in a choice of three different colours: red, white and blue, and has a nice rugged look that is helped by a rubberised finish. The rubber helps to give the 123.9 x 60.2mm phone good grip and this phone feels excellent to hold despite it being incredibly chunky at 13.9mm. The rear camera is a lot bigger than you will probably be used to, although as we will learn later there is a reason for this.


For a smartphone in 2012, the Nokia’s 4.0 inch 360 x 640 pixel resolution screen is simply not good enough and the 184ppi pixel density is less than many budget phones on the market. That being said, colours are clear enough and doing the basic things such as reading text, social networking and playing basic games is satisfactory. The screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass.


Again, for a smartphone that is retailing at around the same price as the iPhone 4S and HTC One X, the processor in the 808 PureView is not great. Certainly, the 1.3GHz ARM 11 chipset can handle the Nokia Belle OS, but in a world of dual and quad-core processor, this phone is way off the pace. The processor is backed up with a satisfactory 512MB RAM and there is a healthy 16GB of internal storage and a micro SD card offering the possibility to expand up to 32GB.

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Despite being on the low end of the smartphone market the Nokia 808 pureview can still definatly pack a punch. Most known for the ability of its camera its apps are largely forgotten, however due to the high perfomance camera the phone has a high quality processor thats perfect for playing games such as poker, blackjack, slots or roulette. A high quality processor is needed for casino games due to the fact money is involved. If the game keeps crashing you risk missing out on spins, or loosing out on monety if the connection is lost. Therefore high quality phones such as the Nokia 808 pureview are perfect for playing casino on the move.


The biggest draw of the Nokia PureView is undoubtedly the camera, which is bay far and away the biggest camera ever seen on a smartphone and one that is not likely to be rivalled anytime soon. The 41-MP camera is something usually seen on medium format professional cameras and as always has the Carl Zeiss lens which is teamed with Nokia’s pixel over-sampling technology. Of course, having a large camera does not mean that this phone is going to produce professional quality pictures, but is hard to ignore the sharpness of the pictures in even the most testing of light conditions. Camera features include 1/1.2” sensor size, ND filter, up to 4x lossless digital zoom, geo-tagging and face detection and there is 1080p video recording with LED light.

Operating System

The PureView runs the Nokia Belle operating system which has a decent UI, making menus and apps pretty easy to use with the processor. This OS is far from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or iOS but it fits nicely into this phone.


There is a standard Li-on 1400mAh battery in the Nokia 808 PureView. According to Nokia’s figures, this should provide up to 540 hours standby time on 3G and 6 hours 50 minutes talk time on 3G.


While the hardware and screen specs are up too much, the huge megapixel camera makes this phone a very interesting one. The rugged build combined with the camera makes this Symbian phone seem more suited to the outdoor market as opposed to being a mainstream success.

Even if you try hard you won’t find more than four Nokia Windows Phone smartphones because Nokia doesn’t repeat HTC’s mistakes and doesn’t launch many devices at the same time. Though the Finnish manufacturer is too active in launching featurephones, the same thing cannot be said for Lumias. The first rep from this line was launched back in November 2011. Afterward, the manufacturer released a weaker phone, the Lumia 710. But both handsets were preparing the launch of the most powerful Windows Phone dubbed the Nokia Lumia 900. Once it was available, Nokia announced the most affordable WP-powered handset, the Lumia 610 completing its initial plans. Presently, the company is offering four smartphones designed for four different markets. But as always, we must look at the best phone from the line to see what chances the smartphone maker has in terms of competition.

We have already reviewed the Nokia Lumia 900 but we want to go further and observe the chronology of the phone to find out what obstacles it overcame on its way. It’s an open secret the handset was launched with a few bugs. The rest were discovered after several weeks of usage. Currently, it works properly because Nokia has taken good care of it. But let’s talk about them in details because the Lumia 900 is available in every corner of the globe, and users have the right to know what a hero their smartphone is.

The first problem was discovered immediately after the phone was released. The bug didn’t allow users to access 2G, 3G or 4G LTE data services when it was powered down, restarted or put in airplane mode. Users had to fully reset the phone to fix the problem. But it was not a solution to the bug because each user customizes the phone in their own way, and resetting the phone was a real headache. However, Nokia was very quick and once the bug was discovered, the company announced the appropriate update would soon be launched. The update was launched but users got more than expected — those consumers who had bought the phone before April 21 had a chance to exchange their Lumia 900 with the new software-updated version and receive compensation of $100. A bit later this campaign was followed by the actual update push out for those who were not aware of it or didn’t want to replace their phones.

Once the bug was fixed and everyone used to think troubles were over, another bug came forth — users started reporting about purple color being displayed on the screen in low and auto brightness mode. But users had no time to get annoyed as the company quickly took the wheel in its hands and promised to roll out another update. It was today rolled out to final users, and now we can firmly state the phone is clear of any issue.

The Nokia Lumia 900 suffered not only from bugs, but also from high demand. It sounds funny, but the US, which is known for its ambivalent attitude towards Nokia, was grabbing the Lumia 900 from the stores. Of course, it was a result of a well-thought campaign and the phones were given away almost for free but this device was leading all smartphone charts; that was the return of Nokia.

At the moment, the Nokia Lumia 900 is launched in almost all markets and is selling well. So those who have already bought it or are going to get the phone can be sure all the problems are resolved. Moreover, purchasing this handset you can be certain about Nokia’s standing by your side.

Nokia’s latest entry in the smart phone wars is the Lumia 900, first unveiled at the CES 2012 this past January. It was hailed as one of the most exciting products at the show and even won the award for Best Smartphone. The award was good news for Microsoft, given their push to gain ground on iOS and Android, but certainly news for the struggling Nokia. Unfortunate for both of them, the good news has not lasted.

As far as smartphones go the Lumia 900 seems to be stuck between a fully functioning device and reliable “call only” phone trying to grow up. In either case it doesn’t do well when compared to other smartphones from Samsung, HTC, and Apple. The best thing going for it is its relatively cheap price. The Lumia 900 can be had for as little as $99 in the US with monthly plans starting at about $39. The low price might be the one thing that attracts entry-level smartphone buyers to this model.

The Hardware


  • CPU – 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion
  • GPU – Adreno 205 GPU
  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8055
  • Memory – 512 MB RAM
  • Storage – 16 GB internal; no removable storage capacity
  • Battery – 1830mAh Li-ion
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 2.1; 802.11b/g/n WiFi

The combination of the low RAM and single core processor means the Lumia 900 isn’t going to win any speed and performance races with higher quality phones. And if Microsoft Phone 7.5 degrades the way Windows does, it’s conceivable this phone could get slower and slower as the months roll on.

In terms of networking the Lumia 900 will be compatible in the United States with GSM, HSDPA, and 4G LTE. The international version doesn’t support 4G LTE, substituting instead 3 GHSPA+. This may not be an issue when you read my comments about call quality and reception below.

OS and Software


That leads us to the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. The first version of Microsoft’s mobile phone OS was rife with problems that lead one to question whether or not the Redmond-based company had any business dabbling in smartphones. This second incarnation is said to work much better after Microsoft fixed more than 500 issues from the previous version. I personally don’t think Microsoft Phone 7.5 is still up to par with iOS or Android, but it certainly is better in version 7.5.

One of the things people most love about the operating system is that it is identical to use no matter the phone it’s on. If you can use it on the Lumia 900 you’ll have an identical experience on any other Windows smartphone. For those who hate customization and OS tweaking, this is a good thing.

On the other hand, Windows continues its strict proprietary mindset when it comes to hardware and software requirements. Unlike Android and iOS, there aren’t legions of developers coming up with thousands of apps for windows smartphones. In the case of the Lumia 900, the only non-Microsoft software included are a small handful of apps that come directly from Nokia. If Microsoft truly expects to compete with the big boys they are going to have to put an end to their proprietary mindset. Developers simply cannot afford the licensing fees to develop for Microsoft, so they won’t even try.



One of the bright spots of the Lumia 900 is its upgraded display. The 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED panel is covered by a single pane of Corning Gorrilla Glass, and features a very sensitive touch capacitive screen. We can say with all honesty that it’s almost as smooth and frictionless as the iPhone 4S. It makes me wonder why Android phones are still having so much trouble coming up with a capacitive touchscreen of similar quality. Nonetheless, even with pinch-to-zoom you won’t lose a beat on this phone.

As for the ClearBlack display, it provides 16 million colors and a resolution of 480×800 pixels. The ClearBlack technology displays dark hues much better than its rivals and makes the screen much more readable even in bright light. On the downside it doesn’t display text all that well, though that might be more a matter of the Windows operating system then the display itself. Users will definitely see text issues the worst when browsing the Internet.

Overall Performance


It’s difficult to grade overall performance because there’s such a stark difference making calls and using the apps. In terms of the software itself the Lumia 900 is very responsive and easy to use. Applications open quickly, the layout makes a lot of sense, and individuals already used to Microsoft operating systems will find the environment very familiar. Unfortunately, the same good things can’t be said about actually making calls.

Within days of its U.S. release the Lumia 900 was experiencing problems with poor call quality and spotty reception. Nokia quickly acknowledged the problems and blamed it on a programming error that was ostensibly rectified with a firmware release in April. While that seemed to help somewhat, call quality and reception still dominate most of the complaints lodged against this phone. There’s no way of saying whether this is specifically a Nokia issue or something having to do with the OS.

Final Thoughts


The last three things I want to touch on are the cameras, battery, and the look and feel. As for the cameras, they are adequate for an entry-level phone. The front camera is the weaker of the two offering only 1MP resolution. The rear camera is an 8MP units with 720P video, dual LED flash, and auto focus. Overall picture quality is not bad considering the price and the class of this phone. You certainly could do worse.

In terms of battery life we were pleasantly surprised as to how well the 1830mAh unit held up under normal use. Much of that comes from a Nokia’s choice of the Scorpion processor and the rest can be attributed to Microsoft keeping the resource hungry apps at a minimum. Under normal usage you shouldn’t have any problem with this battery.

Lastly, though the Lumia 900 isn’t necessarily a bad entry-level smartphone it’s very banal look and design could be its one fatal flaw. Given the fact that consumers make impulse purchases based on visual appeal it seems as though Nokia completely missed the boat on this one. To be quite honest, the case makes it look like a child’s toy. If there’s one thing Nokia could do to immediately raise the appeal of the Lumia 900 it would be a complete redesign of the outer shell.