Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon review: There's a new Windows Phone champ on the block

Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon review: There's a new Windows Phone champ on the block

Summary: Nokia now has Windows Phone devices with internal specs matching the leading smartphones. They take it further with their advanced camera, fantastic display, and more and the Lumia Icon is an excellent smartphone to consider.


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  • Back of Lumia Icon and Lumia 1020

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  • Metal, glass, and plastic are combined for a solid phone

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

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  • ?? No pro arguments at all?

    Enough "con" list to just say no.

    Or is that a typo?
    • CMS is killing my lists for some reason

      Sorry, the new Gallery CMS is killing lists. I will try to get it in there somehow.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
    • Get some fresh air.

      We know where you breathe from.
  • I dont think 32GB of internal memory is a con

    I don't think 32GB of internal memory is a con, considering Iphone 5s comes with 16gb.

    I know 32gb and 64gb available but they are too pricey and not for every one.
    • With a high resolution camera capable of RAW it is

      Nokia rocks the camera on these high end Lumia devices so with the ability for capturing both RAW and JPG formats, as well as amazing video, I do think 32GB is a limitation when you have about 26GB actually available.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • OneDrive removes any limitation

        I have the Nokia 1020 for almost a year (41mb camera) - and I have NEVER had a storage issue on the phone. Pics are uploaded to OneDrive on the fly. 14GB available out of 29GB.
  • Prepaid?

    "Since I don't want to pay the $100 monthly contract price for 2 years, I am considering a full price Icon to then use with Verizon Wireless on a prepaid basis. Verizon has some decent prepaid options today that can save some serious cash." - article.

    You're able to do that with this phone? I was under the impression that 4G LTE devices couldn't be on prepaid plans, hence I'm in an edge "contract" at the moment for the Note 3. Also the reason I was given as to why older iPhones could be prepaid but newer ones couldn't.
    • Sorry, I had no idea

      As a T-Mobile $30/month prepaid user I had no idea that Verizon restricted access to their data networks with prepaid plans. I corrected the post and appreciate the information before I went out and paid full price for the Lumia Icon.

      I just assumed I could pop in a prepaid SIM like I do with T-Mobile all the time and it didn't even cross my mind to have to check out the specifics of their offerings.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • re:

        AT&T and Verizon are digging their own graves with stupid stuff like this. I think more and more people in the U.S. are going to start buying their phones from someplace other than the carriers and then going with whoever offers them the best deal for service. That could be the way T-Mobile (or Sprint if they were smart, which they aren't) hits the big time. Last time I signed up for a plan, my key decision factors were the availability of 4G LTE in my area and up to date WP8 devices. AT&T and Verizon were the only ones that had both. Since everyone is getting closer to parity with 4G LTE and phones themselves are starting to more readily available off contract, price competition for service may actually come to pass.
        Sir Name
        • re:

          Correction: Actually now that I think about it, Verizon's WP8 selection at the time sucked which is why I went with AT&T. And, with the exception of the Icon, I think it still does.
          Sir Name
  • Love my 1520

    I'm sure this new device is great, but I love my 1520 that replaced a 920 that I lost. I thought the 920 was the bee's knees until I had the 1520 for about a week. Not only does it not seem too big now, all other phones seem too small. The battery life and camera are phenomenal. The only downside I've found for the 1520 is the lack of Qi charging, but that's because of a dumb decision by AT&T to specify that Nokia remove it from the units AT&T buys from them.
    Sir Name
  • WP is the best OS

    In my opinion WP is already better than either Android or iOS, its more visually appeal, smooth, though out operating system and Windows Phone even made Android and iOS changed their design language to imitate its Flat UI , with 8.1 update WP goes to another level.
    • You're wrong

      It is basically *broken.*

      Blue may fix some of that (notification center, for one!) but doesn't look to be a big enough upgrade to make WP competitive.
      x I'm tc
      • He's right, you're wrong.

        Isn't it all subjective?

        I'm happy with how my WP works, I wasn't happy with how the Android phone worked.

        Wouldn't that mean that the Android phone is actually the broken one, since it couldn't do what I wanted it to do in a satisfactory way?
      • And what more does iOS have

        that will make WP not look like competitive(except no. of apps)? That's a real question. And I want a sensible answer.
        • iPhone

          More apps, more devices in use, more users familiar with the interface, extremely high carrier subsidies in the US, Apple stores. While technology-wise iPhones are far behind Android (which has other issues), they make up for it with consistent quality and very strong marketing/branding.

          WP (aka Lumia) has less consistent quality, just look at the battery drain issues of the 920. Pretty much all software-related issues/limitations I had with WP exist on iOS as well.

          In the end, each of the OSes has enough going for it that after trying a new one you'll like the others less than you did before, because you become aware of flaws you didn't know they have.
          • I was saying about the OS features.

            I specifically ignored the no. of apps. That's not related to the software features. Of course, iOS has the most no. of apps but WP can have that many too if its market share increases. I have a Lumia 520 and I have no problems with the quality of the OS as well as the phone itself.
            Besides, I think you are forgetting that there is a world outside the US. I live in India & there are no carrier subsidies here. Even the iPhone 5C is >4x expensive than my phone. And, I know that there are many other countries where there are no carrier subsidies. There is not even a single Apple store in my city(none that I know of). Do you really feel it would be that difficult for WP to gain market share in a country like ours when here, WP already has a greater share than iOS since a long time?
    • How can Windows 8 be the best OS when there is no support ?

      Please realize Nokia cut all support options for WP. So all the bugs and restrictions and unnecessary ennoying issues will be there forever and will never be corrected. Unlike my PC where I get updates every month. E.G the WP Calendar is a mess, when travelling to other timezone all your appointments are messed up even the dates are changed automatically. So not suitable for professional use only nice for playing. Not a serious alternative for the reputed Symbian phone. They missed that opportunity. Pity of the superb hardware. Waste of your and my money. I regret very much that I trusted Nokia would correct all issues soon like they did after I bought my Symbian phone. But no.
  • Got the 1520 and love it, so the Icon is a beauty also

    I love my 1520, which has the same internals as this, accept I have the international (rest of the world) version, so loving my wireless charging built in :)
    • re:

      Curse you and your superior international version with handy Qi wireless charging! My only defense is that I had to get mine right away and didn't have a chance to check that out. I bet you don't have that stupid AT&T deathstar logo in the upper right corner either.
      Sir Name