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conclusion:We like it

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Nokia's Lumia 928 follows in the footsteps of the Lumia 920, with wireless charging capabilities, good call quality, and one of the best cameras available on any smartphone. It's also priced very competitively, at $99 with a two-year Verizon Wireless contract. However, compared to current flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, the 928 has a tough time keeping up, and the Windows Phone operating system still lags both Android and iOS when it comes to app support. PC Mag calls the 928 "the best Windows Phone yet," but points out that, at 5.71 ounces, it's heavier than both the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4, "which is not only lighter, but has a much bigger screen." ZDNet considers the 928 "the best Windows Phone currently available in the US," and says its camera makes it an "excellent choice" if you "want to replace a point and shoot with your smartphone." That could be reason enough to choose the 928 over some competitors, though, as PC Mag says, you should also be a fan of Windows Phone, and not "care so much about apps."

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Critic reviews

7.7
15 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.4
  • Display
    8.5
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Camera
    8.4
  • Ease of use
    7.7
  • Design and form factor
    7.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.5
  • Media support
    7.5
  • Durability
    7.7
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.6

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User reviews

8.4
10 reviews
8.0
ZDNet May 27, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 928 is the best Windows Phone currently available in the US and for the majority of people the core apps and available 3rd party apps will be satisfactory. Nokia excels at imaging and if you want to replace a point and shoot with your smartphone then the 928 is an excellent choice

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8.0
CNET May 13, 2013

Windows Phone fans on Verizon should buy the $100 Nokia Lumia 928 for its strong feature set, but watch out for slower-than-usual data speeds.

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8.0
Ars Technica Jun 6, 2013

If I had to choose a Windows Phone to switch to today, it would be this one. Even though it's still a giant pocket-monster of a device, the screen's sharpness and clarity (and oh, those blacks!) are enough to tip the balance for me over the 8X and even over the Lumia 920.

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8.0
SlashGear May 23, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 928 is easily Verizon’s finest Windows Phone 8 device, and with its advanced camera abilities, it may well be the nicest Windows Phone 8 device in the USA as well.

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8.0
Mashable May 24, 2013

f you liked the Lumia 920 but wanted it on Verizon, this is the phone for you. Yes, there are a few differences — the Lumia 928 has a different screen, better camera, more enhanced microphone system and a slightly different design — but at its core, its the same phone.

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6.0
TechHive Jun 3, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 928 is excellent for capturing images in low-light environments, but the phone falls victim to Windows Phone's various shortcomings.

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8.0
Popular Mechanics May 14, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 928 is the best Windows Phone yet, is a pleasure to use, has a fantastic screen, and is a great deal for the price, but it lacks many of the superlative specs of top-tier Android phones.

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8.0
phoneArena May 17, 2013

Who knows when we’ll see another Windows Phone, but let’s not think ahead of ourselves right now, seeing that the Lumia 928 is a wonderful offering that delivers the goods in making it a very well-rounded choice for those conscious on a budget.

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8.0
IGN May 24, 2013

If you're a Verizon customer who has been thinking about moving to Windows Phone but have been patiently waiting for the right device, the Lumia 928 is the phone you've been looking for.

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8.0
Gear Diary Jul 2, 2013

Overall, I am really, really happy with the Lumia 928. I took the plunge and switched platforms without any real experience on Windows Phone, but the learning curve was slight, and so far the rewards have been great.

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7.0
Phone Scoop May 17, 2013

The Lumia 928 is a fine phone, though it stops short of being excellent.---For Verizon customers who want or need a Windows Phone device, the Nokia Lumia 928 is a solid choice for the moment.

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7.0
BGR May 17, 2013

In the end, the Lumia 928 is yet another solid Windows Phone that most consumers will probably never bother looking at. It offers precious little that might tear U.S. smartphone users away from their iPhones and Android phones.

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7.0
Business Insider May 23, 2013

The Lumia 928 is a good Windows Phone, but it's not the best Windows Phone. Smartphones are very personal, and I think it's better to have one that looks and feels good, something you're proud to show off. I didn't get that feeling with the Lumia 928.

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First Looks

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Engadget May 13, 2013

Though the build quality remains just as solid as ever, there's an unmistakable sense of cheapness to the 928. The glossy plastic looks chintzy and doesn't give the impression that it'd survive too many hard knocks. That's not to say the 928 isn't pleasing to hold.

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CNET May 13, 2013

A high-end Verizon device that sells for less than $200, or even $150, is a rare find. With its $99 on-contract starting price and slimmer-than-usual Lumia frame, the 928 sets up Nokia for a boost among those looking for a powerful, affordable Verizon smartphone.

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ZDNet May 15, 2013

The 928 takes all that is great about the 920 and makes it just a bit better with the Xenon flash, OLED display, and improved speaker.

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Ars Technica May 13, 2013

While the shots appeared very neon-looking on the Lumia 928’s screen, once we got them to a computer the colors were not so off. The tone is more vivid than comparison shots taken with an iPhone 4S, and the dynamic range is significantly better.

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Pocket-Lint May 13, 2013

The 928 comes with the same processor, the same storage space and the same RAM to power it all. That brings with it the same enjoyment and same problems. The software is the same so don't expect any of your annoyances to have been fixed.

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SlashGear May 14, 2013

This machine works with 4G LTE / CDMA as well as HSPA+, this device prepared for global travel as Verizon devices are apt to do – more and more as the trend catches on, that is.---This device is also slightly thinner than the Lumia 920, otherwise retaining most of its abilities.

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VentureBeat May 17, 2013

The phone is pretty, but there just isn’t much to care about beyond that. (And the giant Verizon logo on its front doesn’t help either.)

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IGN May 20, 2013

...while it isn't likely that it will perform as well in the market as Apple's or Samsung's flagship devices, Nokia's Lumia 928 may just be good enough to pique one's interest in Windows Phone, even if only for a moment.

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GottaBeMobile May 20, 2013

Technically, the change from the dual-LED flash of the Lumia 920 to Xenon on the Lumia 928 should make this phone an easy choice, but I found the Xenon flash to be more of a hindrance than a selling point in this case.

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TechRadar May 22, 2013

If the Lumia 928 truly does have as a good a camera as it claims, that combined with its good looks, thin frame and nice price should help it stand out.

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Techno Buffalo May 13, 2013

The Lumia 928 also introduces a more refined design, and it feels noticeably better than the 920. The handset is still relatively heavy, at least in terms of smartphones these days, but it’s thinner, and feels much better in the hand.

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Business Insider May 13, 2013

The Lumia 928 is still noticeably thicker and heavier than other top-tier phones like the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4, and HTC One. The plastic also feels a bit cheaper than the materials used to build the Lumia 920, and its squared-off design isn't nearly as attractive.

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5.0
tylerbook tylerbook

As much as I have been wanting to get my hands on a good WinMo phone, this was a huge letdown. It was my first WinMo device since the "old" WinMo. I have been using iPhone devices and Symbian devices for the past 5 years. The device itself was great. Great display, great pictures, great call...

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9.0
oilerhead oilerhead

I got this phone through work and have had it since a week after it came out. I had been on a HTC Trophy (WP7.5) before. This phone reinforces everything I love about Windows Phone. With Skydrive and Teamviewer, I can complete work work on my phone in a pinch. Games are coming along and I...

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9.0
Elmortero Elmortero

I have been waiting for a high end windows phone on Verizon for the last couple years. I have had an HTC Trophy so I already enjoy using the windows phone os. The call quality is crystal clear on the 928, I love the feel and build of the phone as well. Some of the reviews I have read say that...

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8.0
AJPeryea AJPeryea

After using the phone for a week, I am still on the fence about it. There are several perks to the phone, compared to the iPhone 4s. Still I do not feel it is a fair comparison since the technology is too different. If I had an iPhone 5 with 4G LTE it would be an easier comparison. Paul and I had...

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9.0
Legendroth Legendroth

The Lumia 928 will never been considered one of the top smartphones on the market, even though it probably is. This is, due in part, to the rejection of Windows 8 by a significant portion of the population and the sure brillance of Apple and Google when it comes to advertising and marketing....

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