Nokia almost got it right!
By Srikiran D | 29 May 2014
The first thing any user will notice on picking up the phone is its weight. It is bulky and heavier than competitor flagships. It is interesting that Nokia is giving low priority to weight of the devices time and time again. Move past the weight and you get to meet an awesome flagship.
Build Quality: It looks elegant and clean with polycarbonate shell going around. The phone sits in your palm very comfortably with hardware buttons easily accessible. The phone is big for a 4.5 inch screen mainly due to the huge space at the bottom for touch controls. However, this should not be an issue. The screen is easily accessible with a thumb (once you get used to). The rounded edges of the screen gives a sense of completeness to the phone. There is no awkward discontinuity between screen and the rest of the body.
Display : Though most of the displays released at this time used AMOLED, Nokia has gone with IPS LCD display. It boasts a PureMotion HD+ and clear black display. Though n my experience it did not feel clearblack. There is some leakage of light from dark pixels at high brightness. The colors are very vivid and feel natural. The display is also very clear in bright light.
Camera: The most anticipated feature and justice done! The 8MP PureView with OIS and complemented by dual LED flash helps in getting great quality photos in almost any situation. Nokia Camera app gives freedom to control focus, exposure, shutter time etc manually and very helpful for aspiring professionals. However, you might want to get a tripod to get best shot possible. Don't want to be a pro, no issues the stock app is best at getting it right. There is lenses feature which allows shooting in various modes.
Inside the phone: Nokia has held back on the hardware. It has a 1.5GHz dual core alongside a 1GB RAM. Though the specs are not high, they do not affect the speed and smoothness generally seen on flagships. This is mainly because of the less bulky Windows OS. There is no external memory slot. But you get 29 GB internal of the 32GB. Pretty decent if you ask me. It has built in wireless charging, which I felt is very useful but then I got free wireless charger.
OS: Windows 8 OS might not be mature yet and has lot of drawbacks, but it feels new and different. The live tiles are simple and elegant. Nokia has enhanced the experience with its "here" suite as well as with the city lens the augmented reality app to find places nearby. The recent updates and 8.1 have addressed issues like notification center, multi-tasking, customization etc. However the platform lacks traction mainly due to apps. A user moving from other platforms will feel this dearth. There are replacements but they are just replacements.
Battery life on this is good. It supports continuous (literally) chatting on whatsapp using 3G for 9 hours.
Another drawback to this phone is the price. For a similar or higher config there are androids in the market. But this camera is the best this money can buy on a smartphone.