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For now, the Lumia 930 is simply the top of the pile when it comes to Windows Phone handsets, and with flagship status comes flagship pricing. Unlocked, you can currently pick up a 930 for £395 in the UK, but search around and you'll find the Apple iPhone 5c, HTC One M8, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 all within roughly £50 of that price. As Verizon called dibs on the Icon, it's unlikely we'll see US carriers ranging the 930 any time soon. That said, if you're keen on the 930's wider LTE frequency support, unlocked models are available on Amazon from around $580.

Chances are you might not want to pay up front for the handset in the UK, and should you journey the contract route, there's almost no delineation in prices across the top handsets. For around £30 per month, you're free to pick your poison. And if your poison happens to be a top-spec Windows Phone with unmatched performance, a great display and a camera that's practically as good as they get, well, prepare to get very sick indeed.

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Critic reviews

8.1
10 reviews
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    8.0
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    9.6
  • Battery life
    6.9
  • Camera
    8.2
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.7
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.0
  • Media support
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    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
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User reviews

9.7
3 reviews
  • Reception and call quality | 1 comment
    9.3
  • Display
    9.3
  • Battery life | 1 comment
    10
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    10
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    10
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    10
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    10
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    9.3
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Engadget Aug 21, 2014

The Lumia 930 is arguably the best Windows Phone on the market, with a brilliant camera and top-end specs. It's also an improvement over the US version, the Lumia Icon, thanks to broader LTE band support and a free wireless charger in the box.

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8.0
CNET Jul 18, 2014

The Nokia Lumia 930 has most of what you'd expect from a top-end Windows Phone device. It's battery lets it down though and with an unimpressive selection of apps still available from the Windows Phone store, a high-end Android device with a good camera will likely be a better option for many of...

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 11, 2014

This is one that will divide the crowd, but is a device that can't be ignored for its positives and its aspirations. Whether it can be so highly praised in two months' time from now is another matter, but right now this is the best Windows Phone device that money can buy.

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8.0
The Guardian Jul 24, 2014

Overall, the Lumia 930 is a solid phone, but not a remarkable one. Worth buying if you’re looking for something different, but there are better smartphones around for the same amount of money.

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8.0
TechRadar Jul 18, 2014

The Lumia 930 is the most complete Windows Phone to date. It's the first to properly challenge the flagship might of Android and iOS with its impressive design, new Windows Phone 8.1 software and all round decent specs.

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7.0
The Register Jul 17, 2014

The Lumia 930 isn't a bad device by any means. It has superb build quality and its corporate-friendly features could see it sell in decent numbers. You wouldn't grumble if you were assigned one. But is that enough?

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First Looks

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Engadget Apr 2, 2014

Ultimately, Nokia's latest high-end device takes the Lumia Icon and resolves a lot of our primary concerns with it: it now has global LTE and HSPA+ for international users around the world, it comes in more colors and isn't limited to just one specific carrier.

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Tom's Hardware Apr 3, 2014

Nokia continues to show its prowess in photo capabilities. The Lumia 930's 20 MP camera includes many of the algorithms and other optimizations from devices like the Lumia 1020, with its 41 MP camera.

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Laptop Magazine Apr 2, 2014

In our brief time with the device, moving around the UI and launching apps was smooth and seamless. The phone packs a 2,420 mAh battery which Nokia says will provide up to 9 hours of video playback.

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Pocket-Lint Apr 3, 2014

While it might not be as natural in the hand as the 925, we can't say that the size really puts us off: it's a big phone, but we like it ... The 5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display on the front - offering 441ppi - is lovely ... It's incredibly detailed and silky smooth to the touch.

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SlashGear Apr 2, 2014

The 2.2GHz quadcore Snapdragon 800 chip and 2GB of memory have just as little problem running Windows Phone 8.1 as they did with its predecessor on the Icon, and things like the new homescreen wallpapers - which swim behind translucent Live Tiles - look incredible.

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Wired UK Apr 3, 2014

With a 5-inch Full HD OLED screen made with Gorilla Glass 3, which Nokia claims is its brightest ever, the Lumia 930 is certainly a treat for the eyes. In our hands-on time with the phone it certainly looked extremely bright and crisp.

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TrustedReviews Apr 3, 2014

A good-looking, part-metal design (although we’re not sure about the green), an impressive-sounding camera and the reliable Windows Phone software make this a phone to consider if you simply don’t want an Android.

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TechRadar Apr 3, 2014

The Nokia Lumia 930 is the most complete Windows Phone to date and it's the first to properly challenge the flagship might in the Android and iOS camps.

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phoneArena Apr 3, 2014

The Lumia 930 is not really a "new" device. This is an Icon for the rest of you. The good news is that the Lumia 930 holds true to Nokia's overall build quality and functionality.

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Digital Spy Apr 3, 2014

The screen is what catches your eye first. The 5-inch 1080p setup is one of the brightest and slickest that we have ever seen on a phone and has a super thin bezel that rivals that of the LG G2.

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The Next Web Apr 3, 2014

Although it uses the Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS, it has taken some cues from the Nokia X in some sense – it’s considerably squarer to look at and hold than the rounded curves mostly found across the rest of the high-end Lumias, like the 1020 or 925.

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The Inquirer Apr 3, 2014

While the Nokia Lumia 930 didn't immediately strike us as an exciting smartphone, our hands-on has convinced us otherwise, and we think that this could be the Finnish phone maker's most popular Windows Phone yet.

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Expert Reviews Apr 3, 2014

Built from a single block of aluminium, the Lumia 930 looks and feels stunning. Measuring 137x71x9.8mm and weighing 167g, its curved, rounded corners are incredibly comfortable to hold in one hand, and its solid aluminium frame has all the hallmarks of a high end handset.

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V3 Apr 3, 2014

One of the Lumia 930's most interesting and potentially biggest selling points is its use of Microsoft's latest Windows Phone 8.1 (WP8.1) operating system. WP8.1 adds a variety of new features to Windows Phone.

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