Technology

October 12, 2014

Nokia Lumia 930: Leveraging seamless experience across multiple devices

Nokia Lumia 930: Leveraging seamless experience across multiple devices

By EMEKA AGINAM

Barely four years of the introduction of Windows Phone into the smart phone ecosystem, the Lumia 930, also known as the Lumia Icon is a 5-inch first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone launched since Microsoft’s buyout of Nokia’s mobile division.

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Apparently, the entry of the Lumia 930 into the market has continued to fly the Windows Phone flagship flag as a result of one seamless experience across multiple devices advantage.

The product which is already giving tough competition to other giant mobile companies like Apple and Samsung as a result of innovative features, is arguably, the swan song of Microsoft..

Although there are other flagships in the Lumia family, Lumia 930 is the most complete Windows Phone to date as a result of state-of-the-art technology embedded in the device.

However, Lumia 930 which offers the most compelling case for Windows Phone devices to date strikes an impressive balance between work and play.

At first look, the phone is everything that has deepened competition in the market with a large 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, a 20 MP main camera, and exclusive Dolby surround audio recording

Well built Design

The Lumia 930 is well built design, having a very professional and sleek look. The thickness is awesome and amazing as it fits in users pocket very easily.

Metallic rim

Known as the first handset to employ the new SensorCore technology, the device based on user experience is the top-end smart phone of Microsoft, featuring a metal frame that covers its sides.

Accordingly,Microsoft     has gone big and bright with Lumia 930 series, swapping the predominantly metal design as seen on the 925 for a metal frame and polycarbonate matte back that comes in bright orange and green.

Lumia 930 which appears to be the fastest Windows phone powered with Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 used the Metallic rim feature as a real selling point.

ClearBlack display

Coming with in-built Wireless charging , one thing that is clearly noticeable in the Windows Phone 8.1-powered device is the much improved screen over other flagships.

The AMOLED ClearBlack display used on the Lumia 930 is amazing and brilliant.

The deep blacks, rich contrast and generally decent colour reproduction , the screen quality, are all good experiences while using the device.

The technology makes the live tiles really stand out on the home screen, and combined with the smart phone maker’s deep love for color, the whole effect is attractive.

Windows Phone 8.1

Apart from offering some access to one of the best voice assistants in a smartphone, the update to Windows Phone appears to be a key selling point of the Lumia 930. With this, users will benefit from new elements like a notification area (Action Center), more options with the background wallpaper and more live tile options than ever before.

With the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS   embedded in the device, one thing is certain.Lumia 930   can compete with the best Android phones and iPhones available in the market

Pureview 20MP camera

For many years now, it is obvious that Nokia’s high quality camera heritage has remained the mainstay of the mobile phone maker.

Microsoft, in the device has implemented a 20 megapixel image sensor integrating the PureView imaging technology and there are Carl Zeiss optics used to help it out.

With a 1/2.5-inch sensor, the camera offers f/2.4 aperture and focus range of 10 cm., Microsoft has added Dual-LED flash to help out in dark environments.

.With cutting edge design, OneDrive and free storage, customers can have the ability to access their documents, files and even games anywhere and anytime.

Cortana advantage

Invoking Cortana on Windows Phone is an exciting experience. With the ‘Lumia Denim’ firmware update, some Lumias including 930 now have the hands-free feature named ‘Hey Cortana.’

Cortana wakes up and takes your inquiry. Such a feature allows users to use Cortana without ever touching their phone, which is perfect if you are across the room, have your hands full, are driving or other situations where it is more convenient to go hands-free.

Insurance cover advantage

However, a close monitoring of market activities in the Nigerian IT market at the weekend showed that Microsoft may have deepened competition in the smart phone market with the introduction of insurance cover in the device, a development that has continued to tickle customers.

Accordingly, the Insurance cover at the point of purchase from authorized Nokia Retail partners covers accidental damage to the screen.

Verdict

Although the product comes with   32 GB inbuilt memory with 2 GB RAM, which is enough in my opinion, one major missing link is lack of memory card slot.

Certainly, the Lumia 930 is one good piece of craftsmanship.