Ladies and gentlemen... The Nokia Lumia 930: 20MP Carl Zeiss PureView in a great design!

It is exactly two years and five days ago that I was incredibly proud to write " ladies and gentlemen... we got him". Back then, it was the first commercial sample of the Nokia 808 PureView - and I was the very first blogger on the planet (!) to get my hands on it.

This might be a bit less exclusive (lots has been written about the Lumia Icon already, which is basically the same device) and it's "just" a prototype, but still, today I was extremely happy to receive the Nokia Lumia 930.

Being a prototype however, it still ran on Windows Phone 8, so I installed the Developers' Preview to enjoy many of the benifits we may expect after Windows Phone 8.1 (Cyan) is officially released.

This post is about its design mainly. You'll see it captured in close-up with the Nokia 808 PureView, alone and with his two important predecessors: the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520.

The 1020 has a more or less similar size but completely different hardware and design. The 1520 has a completely different design but very similar hardware.

Since I'm from the Netherlands, my contact thought it would be a nice idea to send me an orange version, which makes for a nice contrast with the yellow Lumia 1520.


I'm not 100% sure about this, but you see the lens looks a lot smaller on the Lumia 930 than on the 1520. As far as I've been able to check, the specifications are exactly the same however: both have a 20 MP sensor, 4992 х 3744 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus and dual-LED flash.

Now the screen size is of course the most noticeble difference - and the difference between 5 inch and 6 inch is immense. Here's a bigger picture with both PureView devices combined to get you an idea of the exact difference in size.


See what I mean? Remember the Lumia 930 has the same full HD resolution as the Lumia 1520, so on its smaller 5 inch screen your content (shots, videos, apps) looks even sharper - in fact it's 441 PPI, where the Lumia 1520 has 367 (which is still a joy to look at!).

Now even if just for fun let's have a look at the three Lumia sensors before I start piling them up. Here's the Lumia 1020, 1520 and 930. Most striking difference of course is the sensor size and the Xenon flash on the Lumia 1020, which both the 1520 and 930 must do without.


Again, the sensor on the Lumia 1520 seems a lot bigger, but it's probably due to the fact it's slightly thicker (8.7 vs 9.8 mm) the Lumia 930 can do without the sensor sticking out of its body.

You can see what the difference in thickness is in the next shots, close-ups from a pile of Lumia's I'm sure you'd like to have at home as well - you'll see them from all sides.

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Two more shots from the sides, now just concentrating on the Lumia 1520 and 930

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And two more showing the serious difference in size of the display.

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There's another big difference between these two devices: like the Lumia 1020, the Lumia 930 doesn't have a micro-SD slot. On the other hand, like the Lumia 1520 it supports wireless charging, and it uses the Nano-size simcard.

That was already quite a surprise to me in a huge device like the 1520 (I'm not fond of having to cut my simcard), but I do realize it's the new standard - and I think it's important to Nokia/Microsoft to make it as easy as possible to #switchtolumia for iPhone users in the US (Apple has been using the nano sim since the iPhone 5).

Three more close-ups of the Nokia Lumia 930, showing the hardware buttons, the bottom and top side.




In these last shot you see the simcard slot. Please note it doesn't need the small "pin" anymore, which I always carry with me since Nokia started using it. It's not very easy to get it out, but at least it's possible.

My first impression of the Lumia 930 so far? I haven't used it much today to be honest, apart from installing and updating to the 8.1 Preview for Developers, but I really, really like to hold it.

The cool feel of the aluminium sides is great, the more "edgy" design makes it easier to hold in comparison with the Lumia 1520, I like the design in general and of course it's a lot lighter than the 1520 (167 vs 209 grams). The quality of the screen is simply gorgeous.

There is something to be said for the size of the Lumia 1520 however. That's really a "business" model, ideal for using Office applications on the road - and reading websites for that matter.

But I've written before the 1520 isn't very comfortable to hold as a camera and the camera button is pretty thin. The Lumia 930 has taken care of that in a very effective way. It's easier to hold and the camera button is much easier to use.

Now of course, it will be interesting to see what kind of shots the Lumia 930 captures. Also, it's interesting to test what video looks and sounds like since it uses "directional rich recording" (as the Lumia 1520). We'll have to wait for the official Cyan update before we can have Dolby Surround 5.1 during video capture in both devices. So much for now! :-)

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