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Nokia Lumia Icon

Nokia Lumia Icon

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87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Amazing 1080p display
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
  • Fantastic imaging experience
  • Great audio quality
Cons
  • Uninspired design
  • Verizon-only
  • No global LTE roaming
87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

87
 

User Reviews

100
codypattersontx
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
asteenbuck
I actually like the Icon better than the S3 I used to have. The phone has a...read more
80
vancevep72
As a former iPhone 4 & 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3 & S4 user, I was hesitant...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score
 
90
PC Mag
The Nokia Lumia Icon combines all the best parts of Windows Phones past into one beautifully crafted package.
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Engadget
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.
 
80
CNET
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.
 
80
Ars Technica
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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IGN
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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MobileBurn
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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IntoMobile
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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TechHive
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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Popular Mechanics
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
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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