September 10, 2012, 8:32 PM — The early returns/opinions are in on the Nokia Lumia 920--expected to reach retailers in November--and they declare the new flagship smartphone for Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system a winner.
From its high-quality construction to its dazzling display, the Nokia 920, introduced Wednesday, garners kudos across the Net.
"It's incredibly handsome," gushed David Pierce at The Verge.
"The new Nokia Lumia 920 mobile phone is the best the company has ever made," added Matt Warman, consumer technology editor at The Telegraph, based in the United Kingdom.
The 920's construction earned some praise from Andrew Wooden at T3. "Nokia's R&D department apparently put it through rigorous tests, including dropping it, splashing it, and even putting suntan lotion on it to see if the colors would be affected," Wooden wrote. "The overall result is a solid feeling build that feels like it could take a knock or two."
Chris Burns, writing for SlashGear, added, "The displeasing ridge around the display of the Lumia 900 has gone, with a smooth blend into the plastic body."
Nokia used a unibody design for the 920's scratch-resistant polycarbonate to enhance antenna performance. The bright colors offered for the phone--a Lumia trademark--are inject molded into the plastic to prevent them from fading over time.
The 920's display resolution of 1280 pixels by 768 pixels also captured claps from pundits. "It's gorgeous," said Kyle Wagner at Gizmodo. "It's bright and defined, and photos look incredible on it."
Photos looked "amazing" on the screen, Wagner wrote, and were "tack sharp."
"The phone's PPI is dead even with the iPhone's 326 PPI retina screen, and in the real world, it looks just as good," he opined.
SlashGear's Burns added that the 920's 4.5-inch screen was "vivid in its colors" and "inky in its blacks."