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A big step forward for Windows Phone

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As of this writing, the Lumia Icon is the best Windows Phone device. Just like it did with the Lumia 1520, Nokia managed to cram a fantastic imaging experience into state-of-the-art hardware. But unlike the 1520, the Icon is small enough to appeal to the masses. Although it may not be the sleekest handset, the Icon is still a sensible option (if not the best option) for Verizon users who want the best photo-taking experience possible -- and don't want to sacrifice other specs to get it.

It's unfortunate that this combination of size, specs and functionality is only available on one carrier in the entire world. But on the bright side, this may change in the near future: Nokia will likely announce new Lumia devices in the next few months, which means the Icon may soon be just one in a handful of high-end Windows Phones. Even if that happens, however, the Lumia Icon will still be a great choice for anyone interested in a good Windows Phone device on Verizon. Its beautiful display, speedy processor and good battery life are just a few reasons to give it a close look. Most important, though, is what this means for the future: The last two high-end Windows Phones have been much better than anything we've used before, and it's only going to keep improving.

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Critic reviews

8.1
12 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    9.3
  • Battery life
    8.1
  • Camera
    8.5
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.8
  • Media support
    7.0
  • Durability
    7.2
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.5

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9.0
7 reviews
9.0
Engadget Feb 19, 2014

The Lumia Icon is the solid high-end Windows Phone that we've wanted for a long time. It has an amazing display, great performance and solid imaging capability, but its exclusivity to Verizon will severely limit its appeal.

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9.0
PC Mag Feb 12, 2014

The Nokia Lumia Icon combines all the best parts of Windows Phones past into one beautifully crafted package.

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8.0
CNET Feb 12, 2014

Buy the Nokia Lumia Icon for its beautiful display and well-rounded features, but skip it if you require gobs of storage, are on a budget, or prefer a power user's OS.

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8.0
Ars Technica Feb 12, 2014

It doesn't advance the state of the art of Windows Phones, but it's not really any worse off either. It's fast and comfortable, and if you're on Verizon, this is the Windows Phone to get.

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8.0
PC World Feb 20, 2014

For any Windows Phone fan considering a move to Verizon, buying the Icon is a no-brainer. And Nokia’s apps provide justification for ditching an older phone like the HTC 8X (which I’ve personally owned and enjoyed), and moving to the Ico

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7.0
Wired Feb 20, 2014

The Icon features almost all the same specs as the larger 6-inch Lumia 1520, but at a more palatable 5-inch screen size. Other than that size reduction and the gradual improvement to the Windows Phone app store, there’s really nothing extra that helps it live up to its name.

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8.0
GSM Arena Mar 23, 2014

With solid build quality, excellent performance and an array of useful free services on tap, the Nokia Lumia Icon may be just a smaller Lumia 1520, but that's enough to make it the best smartphone to run Microsoft's mobile OS hands down.

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7.0
TechRadar Mar 3, 2014

The Lumia Icon is a phone that gets the job done with the nice perk of having a high-resolution camera. Battery life is good, and call quality is solid. Those are pretty critical, basic pieces of must-haves when it comes to modern smartphones.

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8.0
MobileBurn Feb 28, 2014

The Lumia Icon is almost the best Lumia smartphone to date. The only thing holding it back is that the Lumia 1020 has a better camera and the Lumia 925 has a better body. Still, it's in the elite company of being a Windows Phone that I could actually see myself using on a daily basis.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 12, 2014

If you don't typically like blocky phones, the Icon won't appeal to you -- it's essentially a thinnish block with a little bubble in the back. On the flip side, it's easy to hold and you won't ever feel like it's going to slip out of your hands.

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TechHive Feb 12, 2014

When you first hold the Icon, you’ll swear that the phone, though smaller than the 1520, weighs a bit more. But at 166 grams versus 206 grams, the Icon is actually 19 percent lighter. The heavier feel is clearly a sensory illusion. The Icon looks and feels more solid than the 1520.

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IGN Feb 12, 2014

Physically, the Lumia Icon, like the Lumia 928 before it, ditches the typical Nokia curves for a boxier shape. It's not as comfortable to hold as other Lumias, but it's still easy to grip.

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Popular Mechanics Feb 12, 2014

For this Verizon-only device, Nokia brought a lot of changes to its well-established Lumia line. For one thing, the Icon is the first Lumia phone to break away from the standard number-based naming convention. Design-wise, the Icon falls more in line with the Lumia 928.

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phoneArena Feb 12, 2014

It follows similarly to the Lumia 925 from before, as it sports a sturdy metallic frame around its sides – though, the phone as a whole seems boxier. Secondly, it features a sharp 5-inch 1080p OLED display with ClearBlack technology.

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Phone Scoop Feb 12, 2014

The Nokia Lumia Icon (nee, Lumia 929) merges the design of the Lumia 928 with the features of the Lumia 1520. It is a flagship device that checks off all the necessary features to compete with the best-of-the-best.

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The Verge Feb 12, 2014

Like virtually every Lumia, the Icon is incredibly well-made: a round rectangle with aluminum sides and a subtle curve on the screen’s glass that makes my thumb flow smoothly over the surface.

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IntoMobile Feb 12, 2014

Response time is snappy, and the Snapdragon 800 processor powers through apps. We’re pretty impressed with the unit even though we’ve only had it in our hands for a couple of hours.

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MobileBurn Feb 12, 2014

It's a phone that takes the mantle of the Lumia 928, from a design perspective, and upgrades it with some of the features seen in more recent Windows Phone 8 handsets like the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520.

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9.0
jmartt23 jmartt23

JUST MOVED FROM iOS to Android to WP (ICON)...within 1 year. Yes, I am crazy, but that's neither here nor there. Let me tell you my experience and background as I have a feeling there are many like me out there that will benefit from making a switch to WP and the Nokia Icon. I am a 36 year-old,...

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