Nokia Lumia 928 Windows 8 Smartphone

While AT&T has Nokia’s (nearly) top-of-the-line Lumia 920 as its top Windows phone, and T-Mobile now has the metallic Lumia 925 counterpart, how about Verizon? You’re lucky today, because I am about to unveil to you another Lumia of Nokia that packs almost the same good Windows phone package, but with differences you can hardly notice. How about the starting price of only $99 for a contract with the said wireless carrier? How much are you really interested?

Perhaps it is extremely rare to learn that a top-of-the-line Windows 8 smartphone can get that much low price which can be shameful to other smartphones. However, the 928 does not frustrate—at least not that much. For most of the time, what-you-pay-is-what-you-get is the principle, but this $99-piece is actually a Christmas to you if you subscribed. The 928 does not really take that much pride in bringing a lot of delightful summer colors at least for the back piece, an unlike the 925 counterpart, this 928 only has a plastic body that seemed unified. Available only in black or white, perhaps Nokia wanted to keep it that way to further highlight one of the highest selling points of the model which is the camera; we’ll deal with this later.

The Nokia Lumia 928, when compared to the 920 predecessor, is actually slightly lighter at only 5.7ounces, and is a little thinner as well at 0.44inches. However, though it cannot still rival with the ‘slim’ smartphones out there, the 928 has its own way of pronouncing itself to the public in terms to aesthetics: it has 90-degree corners, almost-perfectly-sharp edges, and a ‘bloated’ display that feels like candy when gripped. The 928 of Nokia may not be the most comfortable to hold, but you’ll get uncomfortable if you’d learn that this body design does not support an external SD card. In fact, you only get two ports, which are found on the top edge: a micro-SIM slot and a microUSB port.

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The Nokia Lumia 928 comes with a lovely 4.5-inch display that thankfully is now using an AMOLED instead of an LCD. The common temptation that we have when we hear about (Samsung’s introduction of) AMOLED is that it has more saturated and brighter colors if not more vibrant. However, the 928 of Nokia at least did it well in managing those tints, and with the ClearBlack technology, at least the contrast level is lovely enough without letting you see yourself when put under direct hard light. The display is also with a Gorilla glass for protection, and has a resolution of 768x1280p at 334ppi.

Now let’s talk about the camera. Complementing and rendering the good display to be more useful is the improved camera that is found on the latest Lumia phones of today. With a Carl Zeiss lens locked at 8.7MP with a Xenon flash and with Nokia’s PureView technology, I cannot say any further than saying that I am impressed—really—with how well the camera performed in low light. However, when I turned on the incredibly bright flash, things started to get disturbing. On the other hand, there’s also a 1.2MP front camera just in case you want to do a video call. Outside these, Nokia is saying that there’s a superb sound in this 928, but as for me, it is just louder than usual.

For the performance, the Nokia Lumia 928 handles the latest Windows phone platform very well with hardly any noticeable hiccups. However, if you are already a baby to Verizon’s speedy 4G networks, you might be surprised to learn that your home Wi-Fi may actually do faster, and I think this has something to do with the choice of materials used or the placement of the antenna or sensors. Despite all these frustrating facts, at least we are happy to have the Lumia 928 available on Verizon, and with its incredible price, for sure this will be a real head-turner.

Nokia Lumia 928 Windows 8 Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 22,000.00

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