Latest Launch From Nokia – Nokia Lumia Icon


A slew of Lumia smartphones came out in the past few months. Truth be told, there aren’t any stark differences in the technical specifications in most of the cases. Well, as far as the reviews of the techo maniacs and gadget guru goes the Nokia Lumia Icon is the best Windows Phone device so far. Just like it did with the Lumia 1520, Nokia managed to cram a fantastic imaging experience into state-of-the-art hardware. But unlike the 1520, the Icon is small enough to appeal to the masses. Although it may not be the sleekest handset, the Icon is still a sensible option (if not the best option) for Verizon users who want the best photo-taking experience possible!

So, let us take a de- tour of the much talked about addition to Nokia’s basket.

  Key Features & Specs

  • 5 inch AMOLED full HD touch screen display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • 2.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2 GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Windows Phone 8 OS with Lumia Black
  • 20 megapixels rear camera with PureView feature
  • 1080 pixels Full HD video recording
  • 1.2 megapixels front camera
  • 32 GB internal storage memory
  • 2240 mAh battery
  • 3G, 4G, LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, MicroUSB





Sure, every smartphone claims to offer video and audio that are off the charts. Lumia Icon is here to prove it. Plug in your headphones or crank up the speakers and check out the video below to find out just how real smartphone video can look and sound. You’ll see and hear what you’ve been missing.



Enjoy superb video and sound recording every time. Nokia Rich Recording and 4 high performance microphones deliver brilliant stereo with minimal distortion and background noise. Full 1080p HD, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and unpixelated zoom work to capture images you never thought possible.


At 20MP, Lumia Icon’s PureView ZEIZZ 6-lens camera has one of the most powerful smartphone sensors today. Post-capture zoom lets you get closer to your subject from where you are, even after your shot. OIS neutralizes blurred or jittery images often caused by movement for sharp, clear pictures on the fly.


Lumia Icon combines Nokia ClearBlack Technology, Sunlight Readability Enhancement and full HD 1080p display for clearer, more vivid outdoor viewing, even in bright sunlight. Enhanced touch sensitivity lets Icon respond to gloves or fingernails.


Metal. Glass. Power. This sleek, ergonomic device contains a muscular 2.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory, which translates into the capability to store, stream and multitask at high speed over Verizon’s 4G LTE network.


Nokia MixRadio has partnered with SPIN, Brooklyn Vegan, and SXSW to create exclusive mixes. Click below to listen now. Already have a Lumia device? MixRadio is always free with no sign up, offline listening, and no ads. No Lumia yet? You can also sign up for a 7 day trial of Nokia MixRadio+.




  • Hardware specs

Processor: 2.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor
Operating System: Windows® Phone 8
Memory: 32GB on board memory + 2GB RAM
Network: LTE Band 13 & 4; CDMA 850/1900; WCDMA 850/900/ 1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
Display: 5” Full HD 1920×1080 OLED display, 441ppi;
Camera (rear): 20 MP PureView Rear-Facing Camera & Camcorder with ZEISS Optics,
Camera (front): 1.2 MP
Wi-FI, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Headset: 3.5mm Audio Jack
Battery: 2420mAh (Non–Removable Battery)
Dimensions: 5.39” (H) x 2.79” (W) x 0.39” (D) inches
Weight: 5.86 oz

  • Package contents

Nokia Lumia Icon
Pre–installed SIM Card (4FF NFC)
Wall/USB Charger
Quick Start Guide

  • Style and design

The Nokia Lumia Icon does not have a slim and light design like most current smartphones strive for. It’s noticeably heavy, thick and well… blocky. You see it sandwiched between a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and a Samsung Galaxy S3 in the image above. It’s more pockable than my phablet Note 2, but it feels heavier than my S3 due to the Icon’s metal frame.

The Icon is available in black or white.The flat sides give this phone an iPhone-esque type of look. It’s not an unattractive phone by any means, but it’s not eye catching either. Of course, that’s not a bad thing. It’s just the way it is.The entire top surface of the phone is glass, with the 1920×1080 OLED display in the center, with the front facing camera and speaker at the top, and the three backlit soft buttons and a microphone at the bottom. There’s a second microphone on the front, but I’m not sure where it’s located.

The back of the phone has a matte polycarbonate non-removable cover along with two more microphones (for a total of four microphones), the 20MP camera lens and LED flash.The top edge of the Icon has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a SIM card tray for Verizon’s LTE nano SIM. Be aware that the tray is difficult to remove. You’ll need some sort of pry tool or really pointy fingernails.

The other set of racing stripes and the micro USB charge/sync connector is located on the bottom edge of the phone. The Icon can be charged with the included USB cable and also via a wireless charging dock like the Nokia 920.The left side of the Lumia Icon has no buttons, but the right side has a one piece volume button at the top, the power / wake button in the center and a dedicated shutter button at the bottom. Note that holding down the shutter button for a few seconds will wake up the phone and go straight into the camera app.

The 5″ OLED display is gorgeous. The image above does not do it justice. Colors are bright and vivid. Blacks are very black and text is sharp and clear. It also does very well outdoors in full sunlight. The 180 degree viewing angle is one of the best I’ve seen on a phone so far, making it easy to share something with a huddled group of friends. Also note that the display has a high sensitivity setting that will allow you to even use it while wearing gloves.

In hand the Icon feels a bit chunky. But it is a very solid device that doesn’t flex, creak or crack when I put it through my ever popular Gadgeteer squeeze test.  I don’t hate or love the physical design of this device. If only those stripes were LEDs… As is, the style seems a little boring.


  • 20 megapixels in your pocket

The best feature of this phone is obviously the camera. 20 megapixels is impressive for a dedicated pocket point an shoot camera, so it’s even more impressive when it’s been built into a smartphone. But 20 megapixels isn’t new for Nokia. Their Lumia 1020 has a 41 megapixel camera. When it comes to smartphone cameras, Nokia obviously knows what they are doing.

When you take pictures with the Icon’s Zeiss optics, you’ll get two copies of the image. A high-res 16MP jpeg image and a lower-res 5MP jpeg image. The idea is that you can use the lower-res image to upload to Facebook and other social media type sites. There’s also the option to save the high-res photo in RAW (DNG) format, but be aware that each file in RAW format can be 20MB in size. That will add up quickly if you’re a prolific picture snapper, and with no microSD card, you’ll need to keep an eye on your available memory.


Also known as Nokia Lumia 929 for Verizon

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  CDMA 800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G Network LTE 700 MHz Class 13 / 1700 / 2100
Announced 2014, February
Status Available. Released 2014, February


BODY Dimensions 137 x 71 x 9.8 mm (5.39 x 2.80 x 0.39 in)
Weight 167 g (5.89 oz)


DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  – ClearBlack display


SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  – Dolby Headphone sound enhancement


MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 32 GB, 2 GB RAM


EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
Speed EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps, HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0


CAMERA Primary 20 MP, 4992 х 3744 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features 1/2.5” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, dual capture, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, video light, stereo sound rec.
Secondary Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p


FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Black
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
CPU Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Black, White
  – SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input


BATTERY   Li-Ion 2420 mAh battery (BV-5QW)
Stand-by Up to 432 h
Talk time (2G) / Up to 16 h 20 min (3G)
Music play Up to 75 h


MISC SAR US 0.70 W/kg (head)     0.93 W/kg (body)
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