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When you think about Windows Phone handsets that make headlines, they're often one of two types: the low-end unit-shifting 520, for example, or at the other pole, the high-end palm-busting 1520 or imaging-focused 1020.
But what about the mid-market smartphones? What's Microsoft, now the proud owner of Nokia's devices and services business, cooking up there?
The latest addition to its mid-tier portfolio is the 930, a bigger and chunkier successor to the steady-as-she-goes 925. It may not have the low price tag of the 520 or the eye-catching specs of the 1020, but when it comes to enterprise devices, the 930 is where Windows Phone-curious buyers should be looking.
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Design-wise, it's exactly what you'd expect from a higher-end Nokia: substantial and colourful.
In keeping with Nokia's design language, the Lumia 930 is available in both staid black or white and eye-catching (bright orange, bright green) colours. The disadvantage of the eye-catching colour we tried was that it was dirt-catching as well — it showed up scuffs quite noticeably — so if you're a neat freak (or indeed not into 90s neon), you might be better off going for one of the more sober colours.
Marks aside, it's a nice device to hold thanks to its smooth polycarbonate back and the decision to smooth out the 'pimple' around the camera sensor. Gone are the curves of the 920 in favour of a more blocky form factor. There's a solidity and heft to the device – the excellent build quality you'd expect, as well as 9.8mm of thickness. It weighs in at 167g, which is a little on the heavy side compared to the competition, but not unmanageably so.
Design-wise, there's the usual three soft buttons under the screen (back, home and search) and three hard buttons on the side (the volume rocker, the camera, and power buttons), although the latter could have been more responsive on the device we tried.