So, Sept 5, 2012 and Nokia rolls out their much anticipated announcement of their first Windows Phone 8 powered devices, the feature-rich and impressive Nokia Lumia 920 and the slightly smaller, more lightweight 820 – it seems Nokia is following a theme whereas the “900” series is the higher end, “wow” device that the true mobile geeks and Nokia fanatics drool after, whereas the 800 series is reserved for the masses, sports slightly less functionality but will likely be more widely available and at a pretty sweet price point – don’t discount the 800 lineup!
The live Nokia event featured not only Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on stage but he was also joined and supported by Microsoft CEO and legend Steve Ballmer. I admit I was a little late to the event, although I did manage to get a good look at the two new devices. The devices impressed me and they were pretty much what I expected. the 920 is sweet, it sports a very rugged and solid design, the camera seems amazing, and the Windows Phone 8 inside is much needed. The 920 boasts the City Lense service, which I really found to be just another Augmented Reality (AR) app – perhaps being supported by Nokia map and POI data will make it more impressive but on stage it didn’t really wow me. The camera, the solid build, the durability, and Windows Phone 8 experience did impress me though.