I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Nokia Lumia 928 to play with for the past few weeks. I will state for the record that I have never used a Windows OS device in my entire life. It had me a little bit worried when I opened the box.
It took me about 20 minutes to feel comfortable with it, but after that, I was able to navigate with ease. The interface is quick and the touchscreen was extremely responsive, but not so responsive that the menus would fly all over the place.
What I was most focused on, of course, was the camera. In the past, I have struggled with phone cameras because of their slow shutter or focusing to make the picture clear.
I brought it to a shoot to grab a few shots in different lighting and found that the Lumia is one of the best smartphones I have ever used when it comes to camera functionality.
It adjusts to the scene immediately and doesn't give the strange glow that other smartphones do. With its 8.7-megapixel camera, it is quite close to my very own DSLR that I used for this shoot. The pictures are sharp, clear and in the correct lighting. I thought the White Balance was set to Auto, but it was in fact already adjusting to the conditions it was given.
I was very impressed with the quality. The images were sharp, even under low light. In some settings, DSLR cameras struggle with the quality when under low light. However, the Lumia compensates for it by providing quality photos no matter what the light condition.
Even in studio lighting, I was amazed at the result. My subject wasn't blown out in the least bit, as I had expected with brighter light. Instead, it was a lot softer and the brightness/contrast didn't need to be adjusted.
My last test was to see what would happen if there was a lot of sunlight in the shot, which can completely blow out any details in a photo from a phone. The sun was bright and coming right through the door of the house. Once the door was in frame, the phone's camera immediately adjusted and kept the quality of the blinds. I was impressed by how the detail kept and the sun didn't completely destroy the photograph.
Another great bonus was how quickly I was able to upload the photographs across social media. Of course, being on the Verizon network, the photos were uploaded almost instantly and I was able to share them with my groups.
At the end of the day, I would absolutely want to use this phone as a secondary tool in my line of work. The Nokia Lumia 928 proved to me that Windows phones are not in the least bit terrifying, and I would be happy to use them again. The camera is absolutely fantastic!
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