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Nokia Lumia Icon

Nokia Lumia Icon

from  $499+
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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

 
89
Average user Score
 
100
codypattersontx
12.08.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
asteenbuck
09.24.14
I actually like the Icon better than the S3 I used to have. The phone has a great design, and is an ideal size and weight. The S-AMOLED screen provides excellent color, and really good viewing angles (you can read the screen while it's almost perpendicular to you).I like the overall look of Windows Phone, and the built-in apps, but some of the third party apps aren't as good. There are also still many apps that are made by Microsoft (e.g. Facebook, though for some reason the Facebook Messenger app is made by Facebook), or are web apps running in IE (Bleacher Report). Like I said above though, I haven't had any problems finding 99% of the apps that I want. Nokia also provides a bunch of great apps for things such as camera, music, navigation, hands free. I like the battery and data sense features, even though they aren't so much in your face, they help you track down apps that are using a bunch of data or battery.
 
80
vancevep72
09.07.14
As a former iPhone 4 & 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3 & S4 user, I was hesitant to get a Windows Phone. But I was curious about them. I researched the 3 offerings on Verizon: Samsung Ativ SE (basically, the Windows version of my GS4), the HTC One M8, and the Nokia Lumia Icon. When I saw that the Icon was available for $0 (as in free), I jumped on it. The camera is amazing! I was worried at first about it not having a removable battery, but the battery life is great. Windows Phone seems to be less of a battery hog than Android. The feel of the phone is premium. The OS is buttery smooth too. The only drawback is the apps. That wasn't a deal breaker for me because on my Android phone, I often found that I would install apps and all they really seemed to do was take up storage space on the phone. I do, however, use my phone as my primary camera. And the camera on this phone is premium.As for the Windows Phone OS, I find the Start Screen with the live tiles SO MUCH MORE useful than the widgets and dead icons offered by the other mobile platforms.
 
90
jlars80
08.05.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
DylanMaz
07.22.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
80
jahanbin
07.01.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
reedmich
03.18.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
jmartt23
03.18.14
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, Father, Husband, and Sales Professional managing Major Accounts within the Consumer Electronics Industry. I travel constantly so fast connectivity and optimal UI experience and optimization is a must. On weekends, and sadly rare weekdays, I engulf myself into the lives of my daughters whom are growing at the speed of sound. Thus the human touch (pics and video sharing) are a must. Music and Entertainment on the Airplane-when I'm ever so lonely-is also another passion and another must.For the longest time, I ate, slept, and breathed iOS and the entire Apple eco-system. They gave me everything I wanted for many years and then suddenly stopped making compelling products and continued to require a premium for me to use them. Being around technology, specifically understanding the components that are required to make smartphones great, I began to realize it was time to see mobile life out-side of Apple. Man am I glad I made the switch.The Android Experience: Not bad, but nothing that really grabbed me. TONS of apps. But I don't need 55 apps to tell me weather, news, email, schedule, entertainment, etc. I also did not like the "upkeep" required in keeping memory and RAM optimal on the phone. I almost felt like Andriod is the pedestrian workhorse phone, a great alternative to Apple, a cost-saver compared to Apple, but nothing gripping me, nor a PC operating system to call my own like Windows and MAC can provide. It’s just rather mundane in my limited experience. And being that I pay A LOT of money to carry these devices and I rely on them, I just could not make Android my permanent home.The WP8 Experience with the Nokia Lumia ICON: I have found my home. The build quality of the phone exceeds everything I’ve looked at and touched with maybe the exception of the latest iPhone. The 5” gorilla glass protected screen size is perfect and the HD picture is the best I’ve seen to date. The Qualcomm processor is blazing fast. The battery has taken a whipping since I got it and outperformed my expectations. Here is an example of a recent travel day I had: Unplug at 4AM to leave for airport. Listening to Pandora for an hour in car, through security line, onto aircraft. Directions, calls, and emails all day long in San Jose. Directions for 2.5 hour drive from San Jose to Sacramento. Facebook updates, TripIt checkins, music in the rtental car, and reviews on dinner places in Sacramento. At 9:40 I called my wife to say good night and I had 23% battery left. That is a 16 hour day people!Transfer from my Galaxy S4 to the Icon was easy. Email, calendar, and contacts came over in 20 minutes. I did have to download new apps from the Windows store of which 85-90% were available. I did have to learn how to customize the WP, but it was really quite simple. To me, anyone with a year of reorganizing touch screens could figure this out. And again, I don’t have a need for more than about 10-15 core apps, max. WP live tiles and Windows 8, to me, are fantastic. This is the big difference: You can customize one user screen with almost anything you want from the windows ecosystem: Office, OneNote, One Drive, Topics that interest your from Bing News, topics that interest you from Bing Finance, and sources that you trust (Engadget, NPR, Fox (I kid), can also be customized from the Bing News app family. Bing news has changed the way I use a news service. Even if you don’t buy this phone and you have a PC running Windows 8, give Bing News a try. It’s really strong and the UI is prenominal. You don’t “flip” anything, it’s not cool with the tweener crowd, and it’s not a drive down bubble-gum lane. Instead, it’s a work horse news feed and customization outlet that can walk you through everything that matters to you in about 15-20 minutes. And do so in a visually stunning environment.And last: The Camera. Remember when I referred to those little girls I love in the first paragraph, well I frequently do not have my high-end DSLR handy. I know this is a fight all photographers, parents, man and womankind have. Can’t quite capture that phenomenal picture of your daughter against a sunset on the Pacific Ocean! Missed your son on his first bike-ride? Missed you’re wife dressed as a French-maid, I’ve done all of them. The Ol’ Nikon does not fit in your pocket, or like me, you’re so exhausted from the work week you completely forget to bring the camera along for the ride. But I bet you always know where your cell phone is. Right? Carrying the Nokia ICON phone is like carrying a very good 20-MP point and shoot with Carl Zeiss optics with you at all times. So you have no excuse in missing the image you so badly need and want.I wrote this as an experience piece. I find it hard to believe that anyone with a similar background to mine, will not love the phone, will not love the WP OS, and will not get to love Windows 8. To me this eco-system is the perfect blend of Work & Play. Nice job MSFT and Nokia.
 
90
LeeAlanMC
03.13.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget

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