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Review: Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon Wireless

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Screen

The 928's display measures 4.5 inches across the diagonal and has 1280 x 768 pixels. The display uses OLED technology and Nokia's ClearBlack to enrich the contrast. It’s very bright and colorful, and all the on-screen elements are easy to read and see. Viewing angles are great, and there's no color shift or brightness loss when the phone is viewed from an angle. As with other Lumia devices, the 928's display was easy to see and read outdoors. It's a fine screen.

Signal

The 928 did particularly well on Verizon's LTE network. It remained attached to 4G the entire time I tested it. The 928 never dipped down to Verizon's EVDO 3G network (for data.) All of the voice calls I made connected on the first attempt. The 928 didn't miss any calls and didn't drop any while I used it. With a constant LTE connection, the data speeds were always good, which meant browsing the web and updating web-connected apps was a good experience throughout.

Sound

I thought calls made with the Lumia 928 were good, but not great. For starters, the earpiece produces a thin sound that I didn't find satisfying at all. Second, you have to position the phone *just right* to get the earpiece aimed into your ear. It seems very directional. If it's not lined up properly, the volume drops a lot and it sounds a bit muffled. With the volume set all the way up and the phone lined up with your ear canal, calls were moderately loud, but any amount of ambient noise in the area will overpower the earpiece. This with whom I spoke reported that my voice sounded clear, but distant. The speakerphone also has volume issues. If the 928 is held in your hand, it will be very hard to hear the speakerphone, even if the volume is maxed out. It works much better if you place the 928 on a hard, flat surface, such as a desk to table. The quality of the speakerphone wasn't that great, either. Ringtones and alerts were sufficiently loud, but I thought the vibrate alert was a bit weak.

Battery

The Lumia 928 did not give me any trouble as far as battery life is concerned. It consistently lasted an entire waking day (7AM - 11PM) with no problem. Most of the time, it had plenty of power to spare at the end of the day. Even on days when I used it heavily, the battery had enough oomph to go the distance. As with most modern phones, you'll need to charge it daily, but you shouldn't have to worry about topping off throughout the day.

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