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Nokia Lumia Icon
Nokia Lumia Icon
Nokia Lumia Icon
Nokia Lumia Icon
Nokia Lumia Icon
Nokia Lumia Icon
Nokia Lumia Icon
Nokia Lumia Icon
Nokia Lumia Icon
Nokia Lumia Icon

Informr score
The Nokia Lumia Icon currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 25 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Bright and rich display colors coupled with ClearBlack technology
  • Smooth performance even with processor intensive apps
  • Excellent indoor and outdoor camera usage

What's bad

  • Boring, boxy design
  • Some color oversaturation
  • Slightly heavy at 167.3 grams

After the success of the Lumia 1520, Nokia decided to keep the hardware but decrease the phone's size when it released the Lumia 929. The 929, also known as the Icon, combines the specs of the 1520 with the body of the Lumia 928. Perhaps the biggest complaint about the phone is its lackluster design. Critics found the boxy, blunt shape to be unattractive and were disappointed with the limited color choice of black and white. Despite some qualms with its look, CNET mentions that it offers" some in-palm comfort and a real aluminum rim tries to class up the…polycarbonate backing." Despite its average size of 5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches it is fairly hefty weighing in at 167.3 grams.

The front surface features a 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080p. As with other Lumia phones, the 929 features Nokia's ClearBlack technology and a protective coating of Gorilla Glass for scratch resistance. Critics praise the display as the best feature of the phone as it provides rich color, excellent screen brightness and deep blacks. While the OLED display does lead to oversaturation, The Verge notes, "…it jibes perfectly with the Windows Phone 8 interface."

For camera enthusiasts, it comes with a 20 megapixel rear-camera and an f/2.4 lens. While not nearly in the same class as the Lumia 1020, critics were still quite pleased with its crisp and detailed picture quality in bright and low light conditions. WP Central adds, "the color and white balance were accurate for most shots…" though they go on to mention that the white balance did struggle with snow.

A 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 2,420mAh battery keep the phone running. Although Windows 8 phones don't necessarily need a lot of processing power, reviewers experienced no lag when opening apps or swiping through the menus and describe gameplay in graphics-intensive games as very smooth. Engadget goes so far as to call it "the best performing Windows Phone they've used so far." Besides processing power, the battery life was also a major highlight and Phonescoop clocked it at 12 hours of mixed usage.

Overall, most critics were very impressed with this model and GSM Arena calls it "…the best smartphone to run Microsoft's mobile OS hands down."

Windows Phone
Operating system
Operating system
Windows Phone
2.2 GHz
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
20+ MP
20+ MP
2420 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


If you're on good terms with Verizon, and you're ready to jump to Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon is the phone to buy. It's stylish, powerful, and fitted with one of the best smartphone displays in recent memory. Its camera has much of the usual Nokia polish, and its carrier has largely kept its hands...

- Jeff Dunn, Brighthand
Venture Beat
Venture Beat

If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer who’s interested in Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon is your best choice. Everyone else will either have to wait for Nokia to bring new Windows Phone devices to their carrier or just make do with another smartphone.Though Nokia probably has plenty of go...

- Devindra Hardawar, Venture Beat

Like the Lumia 1520 which preceded it, the Lumia Icon for Verizon Wireless is a genuinely good offering from Nokia. Unfortunately, deprived of one of its key strengths (great battery life) and thrown into a territory where everyone has their best player, it's going to have a much harder time standin...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena

Performance-wise, the Icon is top notch, and powers through Windows Phone 8 without issue. And that’s really no surprise, either, given the device sports a Snapdragon 800 chip. Even with a more powerful processor and higher resolution display, the Icon’s battery actually holds up quite w...

- Brandon Russell, TechnoBuffalo

This may well be the best Windows Phone on the market – what a shame it’s a US exclusive.

- Sam Kieldsen, Stuff

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia Lumia Icon user manual here.

Nokia backs up the Lumia Icon with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Lumia Icon has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Nokia Lumia Icon's screen size is 5 inches with x pixels resolution.

2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2420 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 18 days standby time, 984 minutes, 552 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia Icon Specs

Release Date February 20, 2013
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.7 W/kg
Body: 0.93 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
20+ Megapixels
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Night mode, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, ClearBlack
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2420 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 540 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 552 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 984 minutes
Standby Time Up to 18 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 7.1 x 1.0 cm (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 166 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, IM
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
DLNA Support: Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet: Yes
Audio Formats: MP3, MP4, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM)
Wi-fi Encryption: WEP/WPA/WPA2
Viewable document types: DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Weather, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Nokia Lumia 929
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