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  1. RusB's Avatar
    Coming from an iPhone 5, 920, 925 to the 930, this device kicks ***. Simple. The weight & size is perfect and I just can't fault the thing in anyway. Phone perfection? Right now, I'd go as far as saying it is.
    scgf likes this.
    07-24-2014 02:03 PM
  2. flattie's Avatar
    Been using this in black for the last two days. It feels a lot lighter than I was expecting; all the reviews singled it as being a chunky little brute, but I actually find it to feel only marginally more hefty than the Nexus 5. Build quality is exceptional. Doesn't have the spongy feeling that some 925s suffered with on the rear panel; feels rock solid.

    The screen is excellent. Best WP one I've used (haven't seen the 1520). Pin sharp and wonderful colours. It's maybe not quite as good as the Nexus 5 screen though.

    The OS feels about as responsive as it did on the 920, 925 and 1020. Apps seem to be a little snappier, but not massively so. Nokia Camera still takes too long to start up, IMO.

    Not sure I like the inability to go back to larger tiles. I'm struggling to find a layout that works for me practically and aesthetically.

    The phone gets very hot when charging, but no hotter than other high end Lumias in normal use.

    At this stage, I'm seriously considering ditching the Nexus 5 (my stand out phone for the last 8 months) and sticking with this. It feels like a great device, I like it.
    anon5999636 likes this.
    07-24-2014 03:14 PM
  3. KPAkiller's Avatar
    What do you mean about going back to larger tiles? Don't you just long press and adjust the size with the arrow?
    07-24-2014 03:28 PM
  4. flattie's Avatar
    What do you mean about going back to larger tiles? Don't you just long press and adjust the size with the arrow?
    As in only being able to fit two columns of medium size tiles on the screen. The option to toggle between two or three columns doesn't exist on the 930. That's a shame for me as I had a system I liked with the two column layout; not a deal breaker, but a minor annoyance.
    Makubex1980 likes this.
    07-24-2014 03:37 PM
  5. Coreldan's Avatar
    Congrats, what color?
    Green
    07-24-2014 04:52 PM
  6. KPAkiller's Avatar
    As in only being able to fit two columns of medium size tiles on the screen. The option to toggle between two or three columns doesn't exist on the 930. That's a shame for me as I had a system I liked with the two column layout; not a deal breaker, but a minor annoyance.
    I thought with 1080p displays the extra column was enabled by default.

    https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=8964b...OPI5JvaFoEa0X4
    07-25-2014 03:45 AM
  7. KPAkiller's Avatar
    Also noticed with the latest display update the 3 brightness toggle levels are accurate now low/med/high. Also in the colour profile everything can be set to neutral now as the need to move the tint to green is no longer required.
    07-25-2014 03:50 AM
  8. DJRedLine's Avatar
    The sound volume when using my beats headphones is a lot lower than my HTC 8x. This is probably because the 8x had beats built-in so amplified the sound even further.
    07-25-2014 06:03 AM
  9. KPAkiller's Avatar
    You can get portable headphone amps though right.
    07-25-2014 06:43 AM
  10. flattie's Avatar
    I thought with 1080p displays the extra column was enabled by default.

    https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=8964b...OPI5JvaFoEa0X4
    They are (I could have written that last post a little better). That's my problem. I prefer the two column layout, but that isn't an option on the 930.

    The 1080p style makes it all look a little too busy for my liking. Again, it's only a minor thing - nothing to get excited about.
    07-25-2014 11:04 AM
  11. mits's Avatar
    Hi everyone,

    Finally threw in the 5S and got my Black Lumia 930 delivered by Amazon.
    First impressions are thats its pretty slick. I love the build quality of the phone. Its understated but very solid. I always felt id lost my iPhone
    most of the time. Happy to know that i'll now definitely know whether the phone is in my pocket now onwards.

    I'm thankful to say that i haven't had the purple issue and the battery issue. The phone does however heat up especially when put under fairly heavy use. I must admit i have abused it a fair amount since i received it though. So hopefully once i use it as i do normally it shouldn't heat up.
    I have my gmail contacts, calender and email synced and outlook for email. Working well so far. Just have to see if my added contacts sync properly (fingers crossed).

    I love the screen and have found all the apps with the exception of one (come on american express!!) Setting up was pretty painless.

    The camera has actually been pretty good. I took some tips from the forum and purchased a third party one which i use for general point and shoot as it provides sharper shots. However i have found the nokia camera to be much better in lower light once i've made adjustments. Sadly it means im not always quicker of the mark but the shots i get are pretty good and better than my friends iphone and galaxy s5.

    Call quality has been clear on both ends and the wifi has been pretty strong compared to my iphone. The 4g also has been pretty fast.
    Music playback is nice and loud and the windowsphone app has made it pretty simple in terms of transferring my music across.

    Overall i'm really happy with this phone and cant wait for the next flagship to come out. I cant really compare windowsphone to ios as they both feel very very different. Both work and both are smooth. Both on par with each other when you factor out the one variable - apps which isnt really a big deal anymore.

    ​One happy user!!
    07-27-2014 10:27 AM
  12. Willyman's Avatar
    Alright, time for a user review.

    First of all...
    I'm on my 3rd L930 due to the well documented screen uniformity issue. Essentially, on the first two samples I had, there was noticeable uniformity issues in the lower right corner of the screen. It looked like there was light bleeding through around the corners, which is odd given that it is an OLED screen. It was most notable on dark (black or grey) UI screens, of which there are plenty in WP. Some have had luck by resetting the phone and not updating the display app, but at least on the second sample I had, this did not help. The issue was already visible on the first installation pages. Unfortunately, it is not something which is always apparent. In well light rooms, it is much less visible than in a dark room.

    Anyway, on the third one, I reset everything, left the display app without update and everything is fine now.

    The real review
    My previous Lumia was the 1020. A great phone. The camera was quite simply epic, as everyone knows. The camera on the L930 is not comparable in my opinion. It is definitely possible to make good shots, but especially in low light conditions, I get a lot more noise introduced (for reasons much better explained by other members of this forum). Of course I did not expect to have the same picture quality as the 1020, but still ... it leaves me a little disappointed.

    For the rest the phone is great. The screen is very sharp and colors POP! On uniform colored screens, I feel there are still some uniformity issues. I can't describe it better than making an analogy with painting walls. A professional painter will be able to have a perfectly uniform color. An amateur painted wall will show some areas which are every so slightly darker or lighter. It's a very subtle effect, but noticeable when you pay close enough attention. I've seen other people on this forum say it is simply due to the level of quality of the screen used.

    The phone is very responsive and flies through the OS. I haven't done a 1-to-1 comparison with my 1020, but I'm confident that apps open quicker and in general moving through the OS feels more responsive.

    Call quality is second to none. I don't think I've ever had a phone which such clear sounding voice quality. Very enjoyable.

    Build quality is excellent. I have non creaking issues of the back plate, all edges are perfectly aligned and the phone feels great in the hand.

    The heat... Covered by many people on here. Yes, it gets hot. Not uncomfortable to hold hot, but hot nonetheless. Even when performing relatively light tasks, the bottom right corner will get noticeably hotter than the rest of the phone. I've had other phones in the past which had the same issue, so I don't care too much about it. Still, it would be great if a software update could improve the situation.

    In short: It's a great phone, but not a brilliant phone. A few too many little issues with it. The L1020 I had prior to this had that little something extra special which I'm missing in the L930.
    gerzhwin likes this.
    07-29-2014 11:03 PM
  13. DennisvdG's Avatar
    Am I the only one who finds the gaming performance to be disappointing on games like gta and mc5? I don't actually have the device untill Tuesday but when I watch comparisons on youtube it becomes obvious that this newly released lumia already has worse performance than the "old" 5s and some other "older" androids... I dunno it just bothers me that I'm getting a new phone but it has an old processor... And of course it doesn't help that developers don't optimize the best they can for wp... Seriously the s800 has more power than the iphones processor but devs spend months locked up in ther office to optimize for iphone and they give wp one afternoon to optimize...
    08-02-2014 04:02 PM
  14. mrdoubleb's Avatar
    Am I the only one who finds the gaming performance to be disappointing on games like gta and mc5? I don't actually have the device untill Tuesday but when I watch comparisons on youtube it becomes obvious that this newly released lumia already has worse performance than the "old" 5s and some other "older" androids... I dunno it just bothers me that I'm getting a new phone but it has an old processor... And of course it doesn't help that developers don't optimize the best they can for wp... Seriously the s800 has more power than the iphones processor but devs spend months locked up in ther office to optimize for iphone and they give wp one afternoon to optimize...
    Yes, you are probably the only one finding game performance slow without actually owning/using the phone.
    08-17-2014 04:03 AM
  15. Squachy's Avatar
    Am I the only one who finds the gaming performance to be disappointing on games like gta and mc5? I don't actually have the device untill Tuesday but when I watch comparisons on youtube it becomes obvious that this newly released lumia already has worse performance than the "old" 5s and some other "older" androids... I dunno it just bothers me that I'm getting a new phone but it has an old processor... And of course it doesn't help that developers don't optimize the best they can for wp... Seriously the s800 has more power than the iphones processor but devs spend months locked up in ther office to optimize for iphone and they give wp one afternoon to optimize...
    I don't think the smoothness is any indication of it being 'not up to snuff'. I believe its an optimization issue that the devs don't bother with...or at least Gameloft. The Snapdragon 800 chipset is a powerful little beast. Sure it's not the "new" snapdragon 801. But that doesn't mean it can't do anything the 801 can. It can do everything the 801 can because its they're the same chip.But Gameloft seems to be just rushing ports out and it shows. I have dungeon gems and that game crashes 90% of the time getting stuck on the 'gameloft' splash screen. The other 10% I get lucky and it actually runs.....I do want a nice 'show off' 3d graphics title though, I want to see what the SD800 is truly capable of.
    08-20-2014 01:22 AM
  16. anon5658834's Avatar
    I got my new orange Lumia 930 this morning and all is absolutely perfect with it. Screen no issues and everything else spot on!! So happy
    08-23-2014 05:16 AM
  17. gerzhwin's Avatar
    I have my L930 in green for a week now.

    It's got the purple tint and the flickering when reception is low. Also, slightly pressing the back cover makes small creaking noises in some places. Everything else about the hardware seems fine.

    The camera is absolutely fun to use, especially when you get to know the best manual settings for different conditions, but taking a snap shot in Auto mode also gives you good results in most situations. Living Images are doubling the fun and Storyteller is a neat feature, too.

    On the software side, there's only one thing to comlpain: Opening the Action+Notifications centre sometimes doesn't work on the edges of the display, sometimes the middle is the trickiest postion to start swiping (normal touch sensitivity). But I think this will be improved with the fix for the display.
    08-29-2014 01:01 AM
  18. anon5658834's Avatar
    Nokia Lumia 930 White

    Phones4U in UK selling sim free 930 for 379 already
    09-03-2014 07:14 PM
  19. Bob Henry's Avatar
    My wife's orange 930 came in yesterday. Absolutely beautiful phone.
    And the continued guaranteed support from Nokia makes me glad I chose it over the one M8. No issues to report so far, just a well crafted, beautiful device!
    Considering getting one for myself when the prices come down. My ativ s doesn't run so well anymore, and I'm pretty sure it's firmware related.
    I'm converted. Nokia ftw.
    09-03-2014 07:35 PM
  20. Bob Henry's Avatar
    Ha! And today is announced that she will get further firmware updates that allow passive listening for Cortana. So glad I didn't get the HTC!
    gerzhwin likes this.
    09-04-2014 10:06 AM
  21. kavin238's Avatar
    Just got the 930. Damn I'm in love

    Coming from an HTC 8S this is a different world. So far the screen is amazing, speed unbelievable and I didn't mention the camera :)
    anon5999636 and Suedezu like this.
    09-05-2014 07:51 AM
  22. ronaldme's Avatar

    The real review
    My previous Lumia was the 1020. A great phone. The camera was quite simply epic, as everyone knows. The camera on the L930 is not comparable in my opinion. It is definitely possible to make good shots, but especially in low light conditions, I get a lot more noise introduced (for reasons much better explained by other members of this forum). Of course I did not expect to have the same picture quality as the 1020, but still ... it leaves me a little disappointed.
    I've seen a lor of amazing low light conditions pictures, even better than my Lumia 920.
    09-07-2014 10:06 PM
  23. Chaert's Avatar
    I want to share my experiences with the 930 here.

    I've been owning this phone for more than a month now and I love Windows Phone, but the device dissapointed me.

    I've got the following problems.

    - Purple screen tint, can be fixed by INSTALLING the latest Display app.
    - Red screen glow, this happens at higher brightness levels and only when it's dark. Can be fixed by REMOVING the Display app. There's a topic around here for that.
    - Screen flickers when the device is using 2G connection.
    - Camera app starts by itself, without starting the app or touching the camera button.

    Apart from these issues I have to say that Windows Phone is a great OS in my opinion, I've owned a Galaxy S1,S2 and S3 before this phone and having the 930 shows how much resources Android (especially with the bloatware Touchwizz skin) needs compared to WP8.1.

    I'm thinking of returning the 930 though as the screen is not up to my expectations, and for a 450 euro's phone, I find that very hard to ignore. The screen is one of the most important parts of a smartphone.

    Do you guys think getting a different 930 will fix these problems? I can hardly believe every 930 suffers from these problems.
    09-08-2014 11:26 AM
  24. AirSlab's Avatar
    Got this phone earlier this week, coming from Android. Here goes.

    DESIGN:

    Design is beautiful, the aluminum adds such a premium feel. The phone isn't really that fat, and while hefty, it is not heavy. Instead, the heft adds to the premium feel. The taper on the screen's edges are very nice and the polycarbonate back is pleasant to touch. Overall, it is a "wow!" type design for me.

    DISPLAY:

    The display is simply superb. It's bright enough and the Clearback technology does a good job in sunlight. Automatic mode tends to overcompensate for brightness but that's normally the case. Overall, the display is really sharp and it works well with the Live Tiles approach. Simply put: I could just look at this screen for fun.

    PERFORMANCE:

    I realise that the Snapdragon 800 is no longer the latest and greatest from Qualcomm and that 2GB of RAM is equal to most flagships. This is my first Windows Phone so maybe I'm not super qualified to judge. However, the phone has been so so slick. No stutter, and more importantly no lag. It performs whatever I tell it to in a flash. I'm really pleased. The phone can heat up a little bit in the lower half under intense use (usually gaming), but I must stress that at NO point has it become uncomfortable or concerning in any way. Performance = happiness.

    BATTERY LIFE:

    I had serious doubts about the battery life given some of the things that have been written about poor battery life from the 930. For me, I have no such fears. With constant texting, 20 or so photos a day, some browsing and maybe 15 minutes of games a day along with a whole bunch of other apps being used (with the screen on) I'm getting around 18-21 hours of battery life quite easily without any babying; auto brightness, always connected to mobile data or wifi, apps downloading, photos taken, listening to as much music as I like, double tap to wake ON and no battery saver. Overall I can unplug this phone in the morning and go to bed with the battery still comfortably ticking along, and that's while on holiday. Obviously when I get back to college the phone will just sit in my pockets during lectures (mostly ;) ).

    I suppose battery life is poor RELATIVE to some other phones, since the GALAXY S5 and HTC M8 often touted as "two-day phones". However, practically speaking I can do whatever I want for the whole day and have no fears, which suits me fine.

    Also, as a note, the phone does really well in not consuming any power while idle; very little power is just "sucked away". The camera seems to be the heaviest culprit on juice.

    CAMERA:

    "Wow, that's clear!" is a response I get often while showing friends my photos. The camera takes beautiful images. Low-light photography is not amazing but it is decent, and shot to shot times are just about fast enough. The camera tends to get white balance a bit wrong on overcast days but I'm very very pleased overall. The true magic for me is being able to reframe without losing detail, which I enjoy (and use) quite often. Overall, big thumbs up for me on the camera. Video recording is good too. The visuals aren't necessarily better than those you'd get from other flagships, but the sound quality is really good, very clear and natural. Happy.

    WINDOWS PHONE 8.1:

    The OS is great. It's slick, easy to use and uncomplicated without much bloat. I don't really have much to say here except that I'm happy.

    APPS:

    Android remains ahead of Windows Phone when it comes to app availability. However, all the apps I really want (or alternatives) are accounted for and work fine, so I don't feel like I'm missing anything really. Games are lacking compared to Android, but in terms of general apps I'm satisfied, and it can only get better. One minor gripe I have is the search function. I find that the store, when I search for an app by name, doesn't necessarily put that app at the top of the results list, which Google Play does. This often results in a bit more digging than I'd like, but I trust this will be corrected.

    SUMMARY:

    My Lumia 930 does everything I want and more. There may be other phones that are "better" by some or other standard, but this phone makes my heart sing and I think that that's important; you have to ENJOY having your phone around. In the end, if I could go back, I would pick this phone all over again. I am happy.
    09-12-2014 09:06 AM
  25. Helder Costa1's Avatar
    just got mine two days ago and... absolutly love it. what a machine. it's just gorgeous, fantastic screen great photos nice battery life... i'm in love!!
    AirSlab likes this.
    09-12-2014 12:59 PM
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