Nokia Icon Handset Is a Camera With Extra Mobile Phone Features

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2014-03-03 Print this article Print

The Nokia Camera software also lets you switch between still photos and video, and while you're shooting your video, you can record in surround sound. Unfortunately, the phone won't actually play that through your earbuds, but if you transfer the video file to something that has better audio, it will all sound much better than what you get with the video from other phones.

This is not to suggest that the Nokia Icon will replace your Nikon D300s or your Sony studio HD broadcast camera, because it won't. But for something you can slip into your shirt pocket and buy for under $200 (with a two-year Verizon contract), it takes darned good photos and videos.

Even though the Nokia Icon isn't a real pro-level camera, that doesn't mean it's not effective. The camera in this phone is good enough and allows enough control to take useful photos for a number of business purposes. It will record your actual location and time when the photos or videos were recorded. It will upload everything to Microsoft's OneDrive (which is still called SkyDrive on the Icon). The Smart Mode will automatically shoot photos in a sequence.

Nokia has made some smart choices in the way it handles photos. While the file sizes you get from a 20MP photo are unwieldy to send via email, for example, the camera can also take companion 5MP photos that are easier to handle. Nokia includes a selection of editing tools for the images, and while it's not the same as using Photoshop, they're quite useful.

But as I mentioned initially, there's a lot more to the Icon than just a really nice camera. It's got a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, there's 32GB of storage, and it's got a 2,420-mAh battery that you can charge wirelessly, although the wireless charger isn't included in the box with the phone, so we didn't test that. The edges of the phone are aluminum, giving the phone a solid feel.

Overall, the Nokia Lumia Icon is a very nice phone with a very good camera. To sum up, the screen is clear even in sunlight, there's plenty of battery power, and the camera is excellent. The screen is large enough to be useful, but not so large as to be inconvenient.

This phone uses the latest implementation of Windows Phone, and it's got Nokia's latest application software, including its well-regarded navigation. If the camera feature is important to you, this is a good bet.

Oh—and the Icon also makes phone calls.


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