Hands on with the Nokia Lumia 928 and Xenon flash quick test

Hands on with the Nokia Lumia 928 and Xenon flash quick test

Summary: The Nokia Lumia 928 goes on sale tomorrow at Verizon for just $99 with a two-year contract or $500 with no contract. It is a nice variant of the 920, and performs the same as that existing device.


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  • (Image: Matthew Miller/ZDNet)

    Back of Lumia 920 and 928

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    Square design of the 928

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    Right side is where all the buttons are

Topics: Mobility, Nokia, Reviews, Smartphones, Verizon, Windows Phone

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  • About The 928

    I am actually a Droid user on Verizon, but I do find the Windows Phones tempting. For me it seemed as if Verizon did not have a great selection. My contract is up, and I am seriously considering the 928.

    One thing I am curious about, how does HERE rate against Google's Map and Navigation? I use this since I do not have a GPS in my car, and I don't want to pay Verizon for it.

    One of my personal requirements on a phone is a decent camera. I'd like to see some comparison shots outside, not just stills, and under different lighting conditions. I am assuming that with the Xenon flash the 928 should perform better with action shots.

    That is all I can think of off the top of my head. I know you cannot test how the phone itself handles accidental drops, but that would be neat to see too.
    • Nokia Maps

      @Zheldon - use Nokia maps. It's free with all Nokia Windows phones, it's awesome and it works offline. I first used it properly driving around Italy last summer. My Nokia got us everywhere without a hitch.
    • Probably not a big deal in the USA but Nokia maps is MUCH BETTER than

      google maps in much of the rest of the world where google has little map data.
      Johnny Vegas
    • Nokia Maps (HERE)

      I've been using Nokia Maps for a number of years now when it first launched on Symbian. They maps and navigation is great. It is downloadable so you don't need internet to download maps as you drive. They are regularly updated and have a good library of POIs. I've used it for navigation in Poland, Ireland, and use it regularly in US. I highly recommend it.
  • Motion?

    From what I have read, xenon shines in low light with motion. I understand it will have a clear, blur-free image when taking a picture of a moving ceiling fan... At least that was the case in the comparison picture I saw.
  • Does it allow

    Group texting? Is it turned on or is Verizon screwing around like they did with the 8X and the L822.
    • Group Text

      I know with the Lumia 920 on AT&T, you must be sure to enable MMS in order for group texts to work... I would imagine the same is needed on the 928 but not sure...
      • Nope

        Verizon removed that functionality in the 8X and the L822. Funny thing is, it worked on my Trophy. It works on the 8X on ATT but not on Verizon.
  • Need Image Comparison Data

    This is a nice review, but I find it hard to believe that the Lumia 928 with Xenon flash took photos that were not better than a Lumia 900 with an LED flash in low light. Afterall, I have a 900 and I love it, but am rarely impressed by its camera as compared to my other camera phones (with LED flash). Xenon flashes are much brighter than LED flashes and produce a more pure light, although only for a short duration - they can't be used as a video light because they are a bursted flash of hot gas, as opposed to LED that is more like a switched lightbulb. So your comments would beg the questions: (1) is your 928 camera (or Xenon flash timing) defective? (2) would other people agree with your assessment? and (3) where are the photos so that we can judge for ourselves?
    Raised on 8-bits
    • Xenon is good for freezing action

      The biggest advantage with Xenon is the ability to freeze action due to the high intensity, low duration flash. This should result in a lot fewer blurred photos in low light situations. The author apparently did not take any action shots.
  • One correction/typo

    Just helpin' ya out Matthew, I think your spec least meant to say 2000 mAh battery, not 200 ;)
  • Lots of photo's, little reviewing

    There are a lot of photos, but precious little reviewing.

    99c/day for Verizon Navigator - LOL, you gotta smile at the ingrained money grubbing of the CellCo's. They are held in the same esteem as Banksters, Politicians and Real Estate agents.
  • People in the Know Need to Know....

    Matt.. Please check out the following: 1. Sync with Exchange for Outlook Tasks and Notes. 2. Map features and accuracy. 3. Battery life on an Exchange with medium use. Our office runs on Outlook for jobs and budgets and maps speaks for itself since I travel quite a bit.