The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Verizon Wireless.
I live in a house divided. I am an iPhone girl and Jerry is a devoted Android user. We get along just fine but often talk about what our smartphones have to offer, how they differ and why we like what we like. When I recently had the chance to check out the Nokia Lumia Icon, which is a Windows phone, I decided it was a great fit for us to check out together on the Verizon Wireless Network.
photo via Verizon
Nokia Lumia Icon specs
Before I get into the review I wanted to add many of the Nokia Lumia Icon specs here to give you a sense of the hardware. To see a full list, head over to Verizon Wireless.
- 5” Full HD 1920×1080 OLED display, 441ppi; Nokia ClearBlack Technology, Sunlight Readability Enhancement (SRE), High Brightness Mode; Super sensitive touch setting that enables touch interaction with glove
- Design materials: Metal Chassis; Curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3; Polycarbonate uni–body.
- Dimensions: 5.39” (H) x 2.79” (W) x 0.39” (D)
- Weight: 5.86 oz
- Frequencies: LTE Band 13 & 4; CDMA 850/1900; WCDMA 850/900/ 1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
- Memory: 32GB internal (formatted capacity is less) / 2GB RAM
- Processor: 2.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor
- Non-Removable Standard Battery (2420mAh)
- 20 MP PureView Rear-Facing Camera & Camcorder with ZEISS Optics, Auto Focus, Optical Image stabilization (OIS); Back Side Illumination (BSI), Dual LED Flash
- 1.2 MP Front–Facing Camera for Self Portraits and Camcorder for Video Chat at 720p HD
Nokia Lumia Icon for Images and Video
The shining star of this phone is its amazing photo and video quality. Jerry and I both loved taking photos with this phone and after a bit of a learning curve, found the device to be simple and easy to use. I love their use of ZEISS lenses and the fact that you can customize the shutter speed for low-light situations among several other manual adjustments you can make if you want to.
Here is a photo taken with the main camera.
The front-facing camera is great as well and we got some really cute shots of the kids using it. Neither of us are photographers so we need cameras that are simple and easy to use. While I appreciate the ability to make manual adjustments, I also need reliable auto settings and the Icon has them. Here is a shot of Jerry and Calvin with the front-facing camera.
Possibly my favorite feature on the Nokia Lumia Icon, though, is the video quality. You can record in full 1080HD with directional sound because of the camera’s four microphones. Check out our video of Oscar below and for a really fun look at the directional sound feature, see this awesome commercial.
But what about Windows?
Using a Windows phone took some adjusting for both of us because we are so used to our current platforms. But it didn’t take long to see some benefits of using a Windows phone. For starters, it integrates well into the Windows world using your Microsoft login and the battery life is great. I was concerned that the live tiles on the home screen would drain the battery because they are so dynamic, but that hasn’t been the case at all.
We already knew the Verizon Wireless Network was fast and reliable and that has remained true with this device. Jerry decided to take the leap from Android to the Nokia Lumia Icon, which honestly surprised me! It took some time to integrate his Google world into Windows, but now that all is said and done, he is happy with his new phone. We look forward to to the 8.1 upgrade and hope to see more apps in the future. Overall, we are happy with the Nokia Lumia Icon.
The Nokia Lumia Icon is currently available at Verizon Wireless for $99 with a 2-year service contract.
Disclosure: As a Fitfluential Ambassador, I was given the above product in exchange for an honest review a s well as compensation for my time. All opinions are my own. Thank you for reading!