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  1. JBConforti's Avatar
    Figure this could be a central location for reviews of the Icon. Might make it easy for everyone who is researching the phone.

    I'm sure I missed some so as you find them post them here and I'll u

    Official Price: $199 with 2 year contract, $549.99 off contract.

    BGR
    http://bgr.com/2014/02/12/nokia-lumi...art-1-verizon/

    BooredAtwork Review


    Business Insider
    http://www.businessinsider.com/nokia...-review-2014-2

    Cnet
    Nokia Lumia Icon Review - Watch CNET's Video Review


    Consumer Reports
    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/n...-far/index.htm

    Engadget
    http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/19/n...a-icon-review/

    GamerHeadlines
    http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/0...he-smartphone/

    Gotta Be Mobile
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2014/02...a-icon-review/


    IGN
    http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/02/...ia-icon-review

    Laptopmag
    Nokia Lumia Icon - Windows Phone Reviews - Laptop Mag

    PC Mag
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2453237,00.asp

    PCWorld
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/20969...n-to-size.html

    Phonearena
    Nokia Lumia Icon Review


    Phonesreview.uk
    Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon release certainly worth the wait » Phone Reviews

    PhoneScoop
    http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=13624

    Popular Mechanic
    Nokia Lumia Icon Hands-on Review - Popular Mechanics

    SlashGear
    http://www.slashgear.com/nokia-lumia...view-20317598/

    Time
    Nokia Lumia Icon Review | TIME.com

    USA Today
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/c...-baig/5559989/

    The Verge
    http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/18/54...ia-icon-review

    Wallstreet Journal
    Nokia Icon Lumia Review: HD Video That Sounds Better Than It Looks - Digits - WSJ

    Washington Post
    Review: Nokia€™s Lumia Icon phone is solid but not a standout - The Washington Post

    WPCentral
    Nokia Lumia Icon Review | Windows Phone Central


    Yahoo
    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/nokias-lu...540629354.html

    ZDNet
    http://www.zdnet.com/a-new-flagship-...on-7000026412/



    I personally liked laptopmags, phonescoop and WPCentral's review the most. They seemed to be the most neutral which is whats important for me.
    Last edited by JBConforti; 02-21-2014 at 03:03 PM.
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    02-13-2014 02:50 PM
  2. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Thanks for putting this all together. I also like the laptop magazine one. Specifically this laptop battery test. Sounds like the battery does the phone justice.

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    02-13-2014 02:54 PM
  3. Curtieson's Avatar
    Since I'm sure you have read through most of those just putting the list together...what was the general conclusion? Another: "Great phone, no apps" ugh...

    What are the biggest hits against it? Biggest wins?
    02-13-2014 02:59 PM
  4. JBConforti's Avatar
    The biggest problem with reading WP reviews is that they all act like they'd rather be doing something else. They also use certain things not relevant to the phone to downgrade the device. What I mean for that is instead of reviewing the Icon they review the Icon AND WP8, and then give the icon a poor review because of what they don't like about windows phone 8. I understand where theyre coming from but it would be nice to focus on the device itsself. Also, I kind of wish they would leave style opinions up to the reader, just because you don't like it doesn't mean you need to dedicate two paragraphs to something so subjective and individual.

    The general feel from the reviews is that the 1520 is awesome, and this is like the 1520 therefore it is awesome.

    The camera has been taking some knocks but again I'm not sure many of these people know anything about lumia camera software and might have set the ISO to high or who knows. Also its hard to draw a conclusion about the camera when it seems to be a 50:50 mix of, this camera is a disappointment or this is the 2nd best camera phone ever. They also all seem to skip the fact that in can shoot in RAW, so anyone who is familiar with photoshop/lightroom will be able to make their cell phone pics better than most people regular pics.

    Battery life has been getting praises so has the general feel of the phone. Everyone is finally happy that they have flagship phone specs (as we all are). The general census is what we all think, one of the best windows phones ever to be made, especially for verizon, each with their own little caveat about what they don't like.


    My opinion when shopping for new tech is to read and become familiar with all of the cons. If you understand them and accept that you can live with those cons, then the phone will probably a good fit. But what the hell do I know. I'm personally going to go to the store on the 20th and fondle it, then wait for MWC and make my decision.
    Last edited by JBConforti; 02-13-2014 at 03:16 PM.
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    02-13-2014 03:04 PM
  5. willied's Avatar
    The one thing I'm bummed out about is the speaker on it (according to reviews, it's not too good). The speaker on my 822 is terrible so I was hoping that they would put more focus on the Icon's speaker, but I guess not. If only it had speakers like the HTC One.
    02-15-2014 11:08 PM
  6. JBConforti's Avatar
    02-17-2014 10:59 AM
  7. mozman68's Avatar
    Interesting how that review doesn't mention wireless charging, NFC, radio tuner, more mature mapping.

    I know that having just the radio on my 1520 is huge when going to the gym so I can listen in to the t.v.'s that have their sound tuned to a radio frequency.

    I love iOS, but if you are going to do a comparison and claim correctly that the Apple ecosystem is much more mature, you should at least mention it's issues as well and how WP is actually superior on some of those fronts.
    Last edited by mozman68; 02-17-2014 at 11:30 AM.
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    02-17-2014 11:19 AM
  8. JBConforti's Avatar
    I honestly think I was just more interested to see the size comparison in someones hand. All of these comparison views are incredibly biased. Not always on purpose though, some people are just that unfamiliar with WP8
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    02-17-2014 11:28 AM
  9. JBConforti's Avatar
    Added all the new video reviews that came out on youtube, also added a couple more regular reviews.
    02-17-2014 04:45 PM
  10. fonefan's Avatar
    Added all the new video reviews that came out on youtube, also added a couple more regular reviews.
    Where did you add them?

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    02-17-2014 05:23 PM
  11. JBConforti's Avatar
    Where did you add them?

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    I meant I put the youtube links on the list with the corresponding written review.
    02-17-2014 05:28 PM
  12. Sean Stanley's Avatar
    Below is why I hate reading WP reviews (from Wall Street Journal). I guess they are saying top of the line quad processor, 20 MP camera, and highest screen pixel density don't count as stand out features? Oh, it makes calls too.

    Aside from Apps, which based on how they word their review, isn't considered a stand-out feature, what exactly are the stand-out feature of any of the recent iPhones, or Android phones? Did I miss them?

    But to succeed in the smartphone market, particularly at a price of $200 or more, smartphones need to have a great standout feature. Thats especially true of Windows Phones, since its harder to sell folks on the strength of the platform and its apps. Windows Phones selection of apps is improving, but its still a distant third place to Apples iOS and Googles Android mobile operating systems.[HL][/HL]
    02-17-2014 05:41 PM
  13. JBConforti's Avatar
    My favorite is how theyre complaining about how boring the design is it has very similar aesthetics to the S4 and the 5s.
    02-17-2014 06:02 PM
  14. mozman68's Avatar
    Aside from Apps, which based on how they word their review, isn't considered a stand-out feature, what exactly are the stand-out feature of any of the recent iPhones, or Android phones? Did I miss them?
    Fingerprint sensor? Slow motion video? Notification center? Siri enhancements?

    Not saying they are worth more or any better than WP innovations...but they have them.
    02-17-2014 07:12 PM
  15. Jeremy Lebens's Avatar
    My biggest worry is the flash and the camera. I absolutely LOVE my 928 and its impressive low-lighting technology. Does one think that the improved megapixels outdoes the impressive Xenon flash? I'm probably going to get the Icon on release, since everything else about it is better, but I'm just worried that my photos won't look as impressive.
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    02-17-2014 07:28 PM
  16. JBConforti's Avatar
    My biggest worry is the flash and the camera. I absolutely LOVE my 928 and its impressive low-lighting technology. Does one think that the improved megapixels outdoes the impressive Xenon flash? I'm probably going to get the Icon on release, since everything else about it is better, but I'm just worried that my photos won't look as impressive.
    Its unfortunate but I think that really depends on each person. I have the 928 and the flash is good but I rarely find myself taking pictures at night so I'm not to concerned about. The camera itsself is going to be awesome though.
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    02-17-2014 07:38 PM
  17. Sean Stanley's Avatar
    Fingerprint sensor? Slow motion video? Notification center? Siri enhancements?

    Not saying they are worth more or any better than WP innovations...but they have them.
    Most of that is OS dependent, not hardware dependent. Also, two of the four are coming in WP 8.1, which will be out soon and the Icon will get it.

    One of those review mentioned lossless 3X soon while still capturing 1080P video. To me that's more useful than a fingerprint scanner or slow motion video. So is the daylight readable display. But, to each his own.
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    02-17-2014 07:44 PM
  18. dkediger's Avatar
    My biggest worry is the flash and the camera. I absolutely LOVE my 928 and its impressive low-lighting technology. Does one think that the improved megapixels outdoes the impressive Xenon flash? I'm probably going to get the Icon on release, since everything else about it is better, but I'm just worried that my photos won't look as impressive.
    Its unfortunate but I think that really depends on each person. I have the 928 and the flash is good but I rarely find myself taking pictures at night so I'm not to concerned about. The camera itsself is going to be awesome though.


    I'm with you both. I rarely utilize the flash, 'cause the 2.0 aperture on the 928 really gives you some flexibility in low light. Really hoping the Icon's sensor size and sampling hold up as well. I'll likely wait a bit on picking one up to see what some people can do with low light photos.
    02-17-2014 08:03 PM
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    02-18-2014 07:07 AM
  20. JBConforti's Avatar
    Added! Also got bored and alphabetized it.
    02-18-2014 09:34 AM
  21. deadwrong03's Avatar
    The Verge Review
    http://mobile.theverge.com/2014/2/18...ia-icon-review

    They really killed my interest right here with the battery talk

    Flagship phones demand flagship specs, however, and filling out the Verizon store placard forced Nokia to stifle what could have been a really remarkable design. A thinner version of this phone (see: Lumia 925) would have felt like a machine: a beautiful, futuristic, dangerous weapon of a phone. But in order to fit a hefty 2,420mAh battery inside next to the 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, Nokia turned a svelte design into a thick, bulging brick. It's 5.86 ounces and 9.9 millimeters thick, and feels a lot like a stretched iPhone 4S not huge or unwieldy by any means, but far from impressive. There are no beautiful colors here, no feats of engineering. Next to a phone like the HTC One or the iPhone 5S, the Icon feels pedestrian.

    The flip side, of course, is that the phone works remarkably well. It lasts a full day with normal use: watching movies on the bright display can hurt longevity (two hours and fifteen minutes of Flight over LTE ate 45 percent of the battery), but most days it lasted until bedtime.


    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 928 using Tapatalk
    02-18-2014 11:44 AM
  22. JBConforti's Avatar
    It's interesting because laptop mag complimented the battery strongly.

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    02-18-2014 11:53 AM
  23. fonefan's Avatar
    It's interesting because laptop mag complimented the battery strongly.

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    Everyone has a different opinion on what "good" battery life is. For some, 6hrs is enough. Others want a battery that lasts a full month without charging. You can't pay attention to reviews when it comes to battery life because each person uses their phone differently. People just need to stop reading reviews, buy the phone, and make a decision for themselves. If they don't like it, it can always be returned.

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    02-18-2014 12:04 PM
  24. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    It's interesting because laptop mag complimented the battery strongly.

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    Everyone has a different opinion on what "good" battery life is. For some, 6hrs is enough. Others want a battery that lasts a full month without charging. You can't pay attention to reviews when it comes to battery life because each person uses their phone differently. People just need to stop reading reviews, buy the phone, and make a decision for themselves. If they don't like it, it can always be returned.


    Posted via the WPC App
    Yeah, but according to their Laptop Battery test, the Icon performed really well with their web surfing test. It beat out both the S4 and the HTC One.

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    02-18-2014 12:13 PM
  25. Dush Ku's Avatar
    Wow, actually talks about the call quality being much better on Icon than 5s. Who knew people cared about the talking quality on smartphones anymore.
    02-18-2014 01:25 PM
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