Nokia Lumia 928 Review


Windows Phone 8 smartphones carry nearly-identical software, so the best way to differentiate a device is by giving it better specs and hardware. The Nokia Lumia 920 set an example that is hard to beat, but it never came to Verizon. In comes the Nokia Lumia 928, a Verizon-exclusive device that follows the 920 very closely.

The Nokia Lumia 928 is essentially a 920 in a different body. There are slight changes and the PureView camera is better, especially because of the inclusion of a Xenon flash. Is the first flagship Nokia device on Verizon worth your hard-earned cash, though? Let’s jump in and check it out. We’ll take a look at the specs first.

Nokia Lumia 928 Specifications

  • 4.5-inch 1280×768 AMOLED display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal storage
  • 8.7 MP PureView camera with xenon flash
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • NFC and Wireless charging

Nokia Lumia 928 build quality

Like all other Nokia devices, the Lumia 928 is a very good-looking and well-constructed gadget. It is sleek, solid and there are no loose pieces or cheap materials. It is made of plastic, but it lacks that “cheap plasticky” feeling other devices have.


You might be a bit disappointed if you have held the Lumia 920, though. The 920 was a tank, an almost indestructible one. I didn’t exactly throw the Lumia 928 around, but you can feel a huge difference just by holding it. You can tell that even though the 928 is strong, it is nowhere close to the 920.

The display is very nice. I have always loved the deep blacks and saturated colors AMOLED displays offer. Plus, 720p on a 4.5-inch display is no disappointment. Videos and images look great, which is very nicely paired with the awesome camera.

Nokia Lumia 928 camera

The Nokia Lumia 928 had the best Windows Phone camera before the Lumia 1020 came into play (that thing is a beast). The 928 takes the great camera and low-light performance from the 920, only to improve upon it with a xenon flash.


This is not the typical LED flash you find in pretty much all smartphones nowadays. Xenon flashes are the ones used in real cameras. They tend to improve white balance and fill up the scene with light much better, especially when you take shots of rooms or bigger environments.

Here are some images taken with the Nokia Lumia 928 compared to images from the Galaxy S3. These were all shot in auto and were unedited (save for the writing I put on them).





As you can see, the Galaxy S3 has more motion blur in low-light conditions with no flash. The Nokia Lumia 928 has the same issues from time to time, though. Sometimes you may want to keep your hands very steady while taking a shot in the dark.

With the flash on, you can see the Lumia 928 offers a much more spread out light. The Galaxy S3’s LED flash seems to hit only the center. Colors are also brighter and more saturated with Nokia’s camera.

But it also all depends on the situation. Give the 928 the right lighting and you have a winner. Check this photo out! It is completely unedited.


Nokia Lumia 928 battery life

On standby, I was able to keep the Lumia 928 alive for about 3-4 days. That is simply amazing if you are not a heavy user, but let’s face the fact that most of us are. Under heavy usage the 2,000 mAh battery would give me about 7-9 hours of juice. Turn it down a notch and use it “regularly”, though, and you will not be disappointed.

During normal days (using it as a daily driver), I would average at about 12-15 hours. This means the phone can offer full-day battery life for the average user.

Should I buy the Nokia Lumia 928?


Any Verizon subscribers looking for a good Windows Phone device will find the Lumia 928 to be the very best option. Its closest competitor is the HTC 8x, but this device is not as powerful. The screen is smaller, the camera is not as great and Nokia tends to have many exclusive apps/features.

The best Windows Phone 8 option on Verizon is hands-down the Nokia Lumia 928. It performs very well and looks great, even if it is a bit heftier than the 8x and other phones. The camera is also beat by no other smartphone (aside from the Lumia 1020). We were begging for a Nokia smartphone to come to Verizon – now it’s here. And it’s a darn good one.

  • CptMoeswae

    I’m sorry, but isn’t there also a Nokia Lumia 822 offered by Verizon? I’m using one right now, in fact. Unless they took it off the market, the 928 shouldn’t be the only Nokia Windows phone available to customers.

  • I think he meant “flagship” Nokia phone. It has been changed.

  • dc

    many articles seem to ignore the fact that Verizon had the 822 before the 928.