Nokia Lumia 930 review

After presenting his phablet proposal with the Lumia 1520 that we have already analyzed, this week the Nokia Lumia 930 model is put on sale in Spain, which we can consider as a franchise of the company for this first half of 2014.

The Nokia Lumia 930 arrives to position itself as a carefully designed terminal, a promising camera with Pureview technology and an excellent screen. So it is on paper. We have already thoroughly tested it, don't you want to know what we found by reading our review of the Nokia Lumia 930?

Nokia Lumia 930, main features

As usual, we start our analysis of the Nokia Lumia 930 reviewing on paper its arguments in the form of a technical data sheet:

Nokia Lumia 930, technical characteristics Physical dimensions 137 x 71 x 9.8 mm, 167 grams screen 5-inch AMOLED Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels (441 dpi) Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.2 GHz quad-core RAM 2 GB Memory 32GB (without microSD) Software version Windows Phone 8.1 Connectivity LTE, NFC, WiFi 802.11ac, BT 4.0 LE, USB 2.0 Cameras 20 MP primary (Zeiss, PureView, OIS) (1.2 MP secondary) Battery 2,420 mAh (non-removable) Price 549 euros

Video analysis of the Lumia 930

Screen, design, finishes and new features of the Windows Phone operating system, as well as the operation of the PreView camera are the protagonists of the video analysis of the Lumia 930 that you can already see:

Design: progresses very well

The appeal of a terminal design is something very personal. You may like it more or less, be attractive or not, and even convey to yourself with specific details something about your personality that another consumer neither likes nor likes. To me, this Nokia Lumia 930 seems very well designed. I like it.

The ex-Nordic manufacturer has been alternating constructions entirely in polycarbonate of great consistency, such as the recent Lumia 1520 or the iconic Lumia 1020, with approaches where metal takes center stage. It was the case of the Nokia Lumia 925 and now in this 930 it has managed to convince us that the metal construction except for the back shell gives very good results.

The finishing feeling has already reached a very high level thanks to that aluminum frame. Nokia is by far the one who gets the best feel and quality from all the manufacturers who have not completely banished the plastic from the design of their high-end handsets. But that does not mean that we consider that the use of plastic still clashes a bit with the good work on the frame and screen. And the chosen one is far from the finish of the Lumia 1020.

It may look attractive here, but in reality it's too strident a color

Nokia also insists on color as an identity sign of the company's Windows Phone terminals. For this model, in addition to an exquisite white or a sober black, the company bets on orange and green, but it seems to us that it has resolved it in too intense and striking ways. In the real world, those colors are very strident, and are not perfectly captured in press images. We find them excessive and with a tendency to end up tiring the consumer.

With this Lumia 930, Nokia has done really well the duties at the level of physical dimensions. The weight is controlled and not too far from the high-end reference, although it has room for improvement in thickness, especially with the best terminals in that section.

Special mention deserves the good figures in height and especially width. It is almost on par with the One M8 but it beats the street in height.

The Nokia Lumia 930 is still slightly heavier and thicker than the competition, but its good height and excellent width makes it a very balanced and comfortable handset.

The positive thing about that thickness and weight a little above the rivals is that it gives the terminal a robustness that many high-end markets cannot boast of.

As I was saying, we really like the Lumia 930 in hand. Its weight is mitigated by the feel of a compact and well-distributed terminal, in addition to the edges being slightly softened and in width it has one of the best figures in terminals with a 5-inch diagonal. They have not managed to reduce the frames completely, but they have reached a level that seems to us very suitable for handling with one hand.

The placement of the power button, in the middle of the right side, between the volume control and the button dedicated to the camera helps a lot. All of them have the same finish as the frame, in a smooth polished aluminum with a high-quality feel in the finish.

That frame is perfectly "crimped" with the case and especially with the screen, something that reinforces the feeling of care in the finish beyond the use or not of plastic. This is something that other manufacturers with polycarbonate parts in their high range have not known or wanted to improve. Nokia yes.

Gorilla Glass 3 protection stands out from the frame, unlike most high-end terminals that hide it under it. It ends in a subtle viselado that crimp with the frame perfectly and the result does nothing more than enhance the value of a screen that does not seem an addition to the terminal but an element on which much of the design of the Lumia 930 revolves.

Can this situation on the screen cause a greater probability of damage to the screen in case of falls or sharing a pocket with keys? At the moment it does not seem so, and the feeling of resistance and endurance of the Gorilla Glass 3 protection convinces us.

As ports we only found the place for the headphone input, centered and on the top, the microUSB port and the slot for the nanoSIM type card.

Here the rough system has been changed and in which we needed a pointed tool from the previous 900 for a system that seems safe to us, also based on a tray that is removed but for which our nail will suffice now. But it has to be boasted of it because if you usually wear them very cut, it will cost you a little to open that compartment for the SIM.

Screen: a reference to keep in mind

Nokia has returned to place the screen of the terminal to be analyzed, as it did with its IPS panel 1080p from 1520, at a level that should be considered as a reference. Initially due to the Gorilla Glass 3 protection integrated into the design of the terminal as well as the excellent response that they usually offer to the touch.

In the Nokia Lumia 930, the panel chosen by Nokia has been an AMOLED, we imagine that thinking of optimizing the battery of the equipment to the maximum, since the IPS with the same resolution had come out round.

Gentlemen, with you one of the best screens on a smartphone

The diagonal of this terminal is located at five inches, with 1080p resolution. That gives us a density of 441 dpi, so the sharpness of the content does not have a but.

The screen of this Nokia Lumia 930 is in line with Nokia's high-end terminals: excellent. The AMOLED panel includes Clearblack technology, and does its best in combination with the "tiles" of the Windows Phone 8 interface. Also in video playback, the contrast and force of the blacks is incredible.

Indoor viewing is perfect, with full viewing angles that have nothing to envy of an IPS panel, as well as intense but controlled color reproduction.

Outdoors, the display is very correct despite not having the highest brightness of the high-end, so you will have no problem using this terminal in intense direct light.

Part of the difference is made by the operating system, since the colors and backgrounds of the Windows Phone panels make it better to display it in direct intense sunlight, especially if we activate the specific mode that exists.

Windows Phone also gives us the possibility of adjusting screen parameters, although the brightness is regulated only by three intensity values, in addition to the automatic one.

Superior performance and battery does not disappoint

It has always been common to be able to talk about the performance of a Windows Phone terminal without worrying excessively about its internal configuration. For some, the rise in screen resolution could be a potential problem, but it was not at all.

The Nokia Lumia 930 conveys the feeling of absolute fluidity that we demand of any high-end market.

The performance of this Lumia 930 has no secrets. The combination of a Snapdragon 800 with 2 GB of RAM and the optimization of hardware and software, allows us to affirm that fluidity is undoubtedly at the height of a high-end Android. Of the Lumia on the market, it is the one that transmits a feeling of greater power.

Games, multimedia, navigation or the movement through menus and screens is carried out completely smoothly and without delays or traffic jams.

At the specifications level, the bad news is that there is no possibility of expanding the capacity with memory cards. At least the internal memory is 32 GB, double the usual this year in the high-end of the Android competition, but no matter how much online storage Microsoft offers us, a microSD slot seems to us something basic today and it should to offer.

The only mole on the Lumia 930 spec sheet is the absence of a memory card slot

The battery, with fixed and integrated wireless charging as standard (the back cover cannot be removed), is 2,420 mAh. It is not a spectacular capacity by number but with the help of the optimization of the system and the use of the AMOLED panel for the screen, we managed to live up to a high-end price. This translated into autonomy, means that there will be no problems to reach the end of the day with intensive use, and something else if we have a more moderate profile of use, not abusing especially the camera function, the one that consumes the most by far.

A section that we also liked a lot has been the sound. In reproduction, the small speaker is quite powerful, and although it may still improve in clarity and bass, it is well above average.

Pureview technology for the 20 megapixel camera

Along with the screen, the great asset of this Nokia Lumia 930 is its camera. Joining 20 megapixels, optical stabilization and PureView technology is already a weighty argument on paper.

In this model, the sensor has an average size of the competition's high-end, 1 / 2.5 inches, but the aperture is smaller, f / 2.4 compared to the f / 2.0 that we already see in many high-end terminals. And for those who want to compare, it stays far away, like all the other high-end products on the market, from the size and photographic possibilities of the Lumia 1020. So that you may be warned.

Precisely the Lumia 1020 is not the best example of the smartphone cameras that have been styled this year. It is not fast shooting or it is correct in all the photos. But it is with which we can get higher quality photos, especially at night.

The camera with PureView technology must be understood as more than just a point-and-shoot option. In that facet it does not prove to be the best, only correct

This Lumia 930 greatly improves that idea of ​​slow terminal by taking photos that we have left of the 1020. Here, with the Camera application (just plain) the speed is quite good, although one step behind what the best photographic phones of our comparison. If we opt for the Nokia Camera application, the camera lays a little more but still fast.

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Like the Lumia 1020, the 930's camera goes beyond point-and-shoot. Here, thanks to the interface and control possibilities of the photographic parameters, we are invited to shoot calmly, closer to the sensation around a reflex or mirrorless camera than a compact pocket camera.

Interior with good light. Nice blur of the background and plenty of detail in the foreground. Very balanced in color.

But it is not the best camera on the market or removing the Lumia 1020 from the middle. We have verified it in our comparison. And it is not that we cannot take great photos, with good work with a wide dynamic range or low light, but our experience with the camera has not managed to convey something fundamental: the certainty that the result will be the best possible in most of situations. At the performance level in some situations, especially indoors and in low light, the results seem to us muted.

Again the best of the camera of a Nokia with Pureview is found in the night photos, in the compressed image to 5 megapixels that allows us a 2X zoom without loss of quality (ideal for reframing an image), as well as the interface. And we must add that we can get a RAW file (DNG specifically) with which to play. Both that file and the maximum resolution file require going through the computer again to be able to do something with them. And beware, if we shoot in RAW, each image will go to about 20 MB. Are you missing that microSD card slot that does not exist in this Lumia 930? I do.

So we are again before a camera that, for the best results, requires patience and wanting to stop and try and play with it. If we do, we will be very satisfied. But unfortunately that is not the modus operandi usual with smartphones.

Optical stabilization, in addition to helping in photos, gives everything in video recording, at 1080p, and which Nokia has once again boosted with the improvement in the sound section, something that we fear that not many users will to appreciate. But again, higher level of video quality.

Welcome Windows Phone 8.1 waiting for more ecosystem

From the operating system, as we were able to review the first version of Windows Phone 8.1 released for developers, there are a few very interesting and especially expected developments.

At a visual level we have the greatest customization of both the desktop, with transparent tiles that reveal part of the wallpaper, and the lock screen, now available to developers.

More useful to us is the arrival at last of a proper notification center, as well as advanced battery management, with an included saving mode and detailed information on the consumption of each open application.

Windows Phone 8.1 brings essential improvements in the search engine, keyboard and notification center. But the ecosystem gap only grows

The new keyboard is also welcome, where a Swype type system and preductive text have been introduced, which really works really well. The search engine, with Bing at the controls, helps us locate content both on the Internet and on the computer at the same time.

Where it still has improvement ahead is in the ecosystem, something that they have promised us year after year. It is progressing but at a rate that is not yet what it should be and that for many users hides other positive values ​​of the system and reduces the value to compete between advanced users and highly intensive use of applications on the smartphone.

The opinion and note of the Nokia Lumia 930 in Xataka

More prolific in the medium and low ranges, Nokia has not forgotten to place in its 2014 catalog a high-end terminal capable of competing with other ecosystems. So here we have the Nokia Lumia 930 ..

The company now in the hands of Microsoft does an excellent job with the display, AMOLED, spectacular indoors and the best on the market outdoors, as well as in design, where the aluminum frame and the strength of the manufacturing and Details give it a level of quality in which only the use of plastic in the back shell is out of the question.

The camera is also an argument in favor of this Lumia 930, although it has not just been a round solution but it is very appealing for those who like to have open photographic possibilities beyond point and shoot.

Although above all, this Lumia has been intractable in terms of performance. Total fluency and the best, a feeling that with Windows Phone 8.1, this will be the case for many years ... unless your main concern with an operating system is the world of applications. There he suspends again and already has very few calls.


Design9 screen Performance8.7 Keyboard / trackpad8 Software9 Autonomy8

In favor

  • Camera with good overall results
  • Excellent display
  • Very high performance
  • Drums consistent with a high-end


  • The WP ecosystem is very far from that of Android or iOS
  • Thickness and weight still has room for improvement
  • Still without completely abandoning the plastic

The phone has been loaned for testing by Nokia. Can inquire our policy of relationships with enterprises

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