Windows Phones has finally caught up to the competition with the release of Microsoft Lumia 930 and Windows 8.1 It finally offers some long-awaited features such as Action Center with notification and quick toggles, customizable tile size and Start screen background, the Cortana voice assistant, Quiet Hours mode, and a swipe-able keyboard among many others. The Lumia 930 started the new era in Windows Mobile experience.
One thing that is immediately noticeable is a purplish hue apparent on the display. Fortunately, it is a screen property that's intentionally there, and can easily be corrected by going into the display options and using the 'adjust color' option in the display settings. Once adjust accordingly, you'll find that colors are very accurate, and viewing angles are also good.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is the pioneer smartphone to come with Windows Phone 8.1 out of box. The update has already rolled out to Windows Phone 8 devices, and represents the latest that Microsoft has to offer in a mobile OS. One of the major novelties brought by Windows Phone 8.1 is a unified notification center. Microsoft calls this the Action Center and you access it by pulling down from the top of the screen, just like on Android.
Windows Phone 8.1 brings a plethora of new features and UI improvements, while Lumia Cyan build on that and delivers Nokia's exclusive apps such as the Nokia Camera, Creative Studio, Storyteller, plus it adds some additional options on selected Lumia smartphones, such as Miracast Wireless Display support and Dolby Surround Sound capturing.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is powered by a non-removable 2,420mAh battery. Official numbers provided by Nokia list the device as being capable of over 15 hours of 3G talk time and 18 days worth of standby.
With a pocketable size, Nokia's trademark design language and capable camera alongside Microsoft's latest Windows Phone 8.1 update and the best benchmark performance from a Nokia device yet, it's perhaps Nokia's most all-round solid offering in its Lumia series.