Nokia’s two Windows Phone 8 devices, the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, are finally available to be bought from AT&T stores across the US. Both the devices are priced very reasonably. The Lumia 920, which is Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 flagship device and also an AT&T exclusive, has been under the spotlight for more than one reason. Number one would be the price tag itself, which is $99.99 on a two year AT&T contract, and you can even buy it for $49.99 from Best Buy.
Though priced relatively low, there’s no compromise in terms of technology. The device is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and is coupled with 1 gig of RAM to ensure smooth Windows Phone 8 experience. A large 768 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~332 ppi pixel density) display takes care of the display department. What makes this device special is the 8 megapixels camera with Nokia’s PureView technology which ensures best low light performance among smartphones.
Talking of smartphones in general, some people like to have some kind of protective cover around it which increases the probability of it coming out of a fall in one piece, and there’s another group of people who like to keep the phone the way manufacturer made it. In either case, the build quality of the device is very important, and in case of Lumia 920, there’s a major scarcity of aftermarket accessories as it’s a recently launched device. So what would happen if we dropped it by mistake?
Luckily, you don’t have to wait to see the circumstances because David Rahimi from PhoneBuff.com has a video up performing drop test of the all new Lumia 920. In the video, he tests the sturdiness of the device by dropping his White Nokia Lumia 920 from three different heights, thus simulating a variety of real-world dropping conditions.
It is indeed painful to watch a new device undergo that kind of test, but I personally admire him to have taken the step to perform the test and the results are pretty great. In the above video, the first time, the device gets a scuff on one of its bottom corners. The second time, the phone gets dropped by a child from shoulder level of Rahimi and it bounces on impact and picks up several new scuffs on the other bottom corner. The Lumia 920 survives the third and highest drop too and in the process, it scratches up the left side and it’s pretty reasonable to expect that kind of damages from that height, but the point is that the device came out of all the three tests in one piece and working. Also, since the device used in the test is white, the scuffs are more visible, and we expect the damages to be far less visible on the black Lumia 920.
The polycarbonate unibody shell is indeed tough to survive real life drop incidents, but what’s even more encouraging is that none of the drops damaged the device’s screen. What are your thoughts on Lumia 920’s build quality?