Nokia Lumia 930 Review: Iconic Once Again: Gallery, Multimedia Players, Audio Quality

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Simplified Photos app

In Windows Phone 8.1 the Photo Hub has lost the magazine UI in favor of the traditional WP page view. You acquire three swipe-able pages - all, albums and favorites - all pretty much self-explanatory.

Automatic OneDrive backup is available, you just need to enable it from the settings. Microsoft gives you 7GB for free plus 3GB for the each device on which you turn on the automatic OneDrive capturing camera upload.

Pictures hub

Sharing options include Bluetooth file transfer, messaging, email, Facebook, OneDrive and other available social services.

Editing and sharing options

Xbox music app

The default Xbox music player in Windows Phone 8.1 uses the familiar page layout - you acquire Now Playing page; Collection view with shortcuts to artists, albums, songs, genres, playlists, and Music Store highlights. It also allows you to create, edit and delete playlists straight from your phone.

Music app with Now Playing classy screen and its album view • Collection and Music Store

The player is compatible with your Xbox Music account and can stream your songs if you have active connection without saving them on the phone.

Browsing your collection

Unfortunately The Music app doesn't support WAV or FLAC playback. There are no equalizer options either.

Video player comes with limited subtitle support

The video player is a separate app called Video. It has a four-page layout - your collection, movie store, TV store and spotlight.

The Video hub

The video player supports XviD, DivX, MOV and MP4 videos up to 1080p resolution. The few things it won't play are MKV files and videos using the AC3 audio codec. There is a limited subtitles support, but you have to put both the video file and subtitles in a separate folder within the default Video folder.

Playing a video

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS

There's an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS support on board the Lumia 930. You can utilize the loudspeaker for the Frequency Modulation (FM) radio, though you still need the headset connected as it doubles as an antenna.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

Audio quality is a mixed bag

The Nokia Lumia 930 is a not the loudest performer we've seen in our audio quality test. It's about average when connected to an active external amplifier and worse than the average when you plug in a pair of headphones.

As far as the clarity of the output is concerned, the Nokia smartphone did well in the first part of our test, posting pretty fine scores, although short of some competing flagships.

Plugging in a pair of headphones adds a honest amount of stereo crosstalk, and quite a lot of intermodulation distortion for an overall underwhelming performance. These are not the kind of flaws an average user will be able to detect in real utilize cases, but they might matter to extreme audiophiles armed with overly expensive headphones.

And here go the results so you can see for yourselves.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Nokia Lumia 930+0.12, -0.02-91.490.70.0099


Nokia Lumia 930 (headphones attached)+0.19, -0.43-89.490.70.012


Nokia Lumia Icon+0.06, -0.10-81.882.40.0093


Nokia Lumia Icon (headphones attached)+0.34, -0.14-81.882.40.093


Samsung Galaxy S5+0.02, -0.08-96.393.30.0017


Samsung Galaxy S5 (headphones)+0.01, -0.08-96.393.30.0095


LG G3+0.02, -0.08-99.498.90.00160.035-100.0

LG G3 (headphones attached)+0.02, -0.09-93.793.30.00600.032-78.5

Sony Xperia Z2+0.02, -0.08-

Sony Xperia Z2 (headphones attached)+0.08, -0.04-84.787.60.1200.066-60.2

HTC One (M8)+0.04, -0.10-95.493.40.0012


HTC One (M8) (headphones)+0.04, -0.08-94.993.90.0014


Nokia Lumia 930 frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.



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