Getting started with the Lumia 930 review

The Lumia 930 was presented last year, on the occasion of Microsoft's latest Build. Obviously, it is not very young but I had never had the opportunity to take it in hand and it was necessary to catch up. The good news is that he has been with me for 24 hours, so now is the time to take stock of the operation. In text, and in video.

If you've been around recently, then you probably know that a Lumia 830 was delivered to me by mistake last week. If you want to compare the two, I invite you to start by reading this article to get my first impressions of it.

Getting Started With The Lumia 930

The Lumia 930 is quite massive, but it holds well in the hand.

Ah and you will obviously be entitled to a more complete test in the days or weeks to come. As usual.

Technical characteristics

You may no longer have the Lumia 930 technical sheet in mind and it is best to start by briefly reviewing its characteristics. As a reminder, and for those who are not familiar with Microsoft's offer, know that it is positioned on the high end.

He therefore proposes:

  • A 5 inch TrueColor screen.
  • Full HD (1920 × 1080) definition, 441 ppi pixel density.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
  • Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz.
  • 2 GB of RAM.
  • 32 GB of storage (not expandable).
  • 20 million pixel (1 / 2.5 ″) sensor.
  • 26mm f / 2.4 wide-angle lens.
  • Front camera of 1.2 million pixels.
  • Wide-angle lens f / 2.4.
  • WiFi b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Nano SIM, Micro USB 2.0.
  • Category 4 4G.
  • 2420 mAh battery.
  • Integrated wireless charging (Qi).
  • Dimensions: 137 x 71 x 9.8 mm.
  • Weight: 167 grams.
  • Price: 389.90 euros without package.

The only notable flaw here is therefore the lack of a micro SD port. It is all the sadder that we find one on the Lumia 830. Fortunately Microsoft has started with 32 GB of internal memory.

Another important point, the phone screen is unfortunately not compatible with Glance technology. This is not a software limitation, but a technical one. It will therefore not be able to display information when it is on standby and that is a real shame.

Nothing to say about the rest for the moment.

Getting Started With The Lumia 930 1

This time, the micro USB port is placed on the lower edge.

Getting Started With The Lumia 930 2

The orange model does not go unnoticed.

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The headphone jack is on the upper edge, next to the hatch giving access to the micro SIM card.

Design & Ergonomics

The Lumia 930 looks a lot like the 830. Like it, it has an aluminum chassis and a colored polycarbonate shell. There is nothing to say about the finishes, they are exemplary. Big crush on the screen glass, by the way.

It is slightly rounded and it is suddenly very soft to the touch.

It is necessary to put it in mind but the terminal is not a featherweight and it weighs more than most of its competitors. It therefore holds well in the hand and it is a little thicker than the Lumia 830. In return, Microsoft has made sure to reduce the size of the borders surrounding its screen and it is suddenly more compact than the latter while it is on board. a screen of the same size.

The shell is not removable, of course, neither is the battery.

The general ergonomics are very similar to that of the 830. Under the screen, we will thus find three sensitive buttons that will allow us to return to the previous screen, display the home screen or access search. They will also give us control over multitasking and Cortana.

All the physical buttons are grouped together on the right edge. From top to bottom, we will find the two buttons dedicated to the volume control (which are not super accessible), the power button and the shutter button.

The headphone jack is still on the upper edge, not far from the hatch giving access to the micro SIM port. No need for a pinhead to open the hatch, moreover, your fingernails will be enough because Microsoft has provided a special notch. Otherwise, well the micro USB port is placed on the other side.

The Lumia 930 is a very beautiful object, and it does not go unnoticed with its bright orange shell. Note also that it is available in three other colors and it is thus possible to find it in green, white or black.

Getting Started With The Lumia 930 4

The right edge is well supplied.

Getting Started With The Lumia 930 5

The trigger is hidden under my thumb.

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From left to right: volume control buttons, power button and shutter release button.

First Impressions

Getting an idea of a product in a few hours is not easy, but hey, it's also part of the exercise.

I think the first thing that struck me was the similarity between the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 830. They are really very close to each other and you have to look at them carefully to find any differences. In terms of finishes, in any case, there is nothing to say and they both set the bar very high.

At the moment, there are only two things that have disappointed me: the lack of a micro SD port and the fact that its screen is not compatible with Glance . The autonomy also seems to be a little less good than on the Lumia 830 but this perhaps comes from the model which was loaned to me since the latter has traveled quite a bit in recent months.

After that, what really blew me away was the quality and definition of its screen. He is truly magnificent. I even put it at the same level as the Xperia Z3 which remains from my point of view a reference in the matter.

And then there's the Migration Assistant. I signed into my Microsoft account after turning on the phone and it took care of retrieving my entire environment from the cloud. My apps, of course, but also my wallpapers and the layout of my tiles on the home screen.

Android also offers the same thing, but only for applications and there, it is still very pleasant not to have to have the tiles again at our convenience.

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