Nokia Lumia 930 Review: The Ultimate Blogger Phone?

Nokia Lumia 930 Review: The Ultimate Blogger Phone?

If you’ve been watching ITV lately, then you’ve definitely heard of Nokia Lumia’s newest development “Cortana!” Not to mention, that voice over on ITV last night during X Factor was legendary! #Holypenguin will it happen again today? Now I must admit that the Nokia Lumia Cortana advert hijacked the X Factor show, but it was kind of hilarious, don’t you think?

Now that we’ve seen a million adverts on Nokia Lumia and Cortana, who is basically the spokesperson for Nokia now, are we in the position to question whether it will overtake iPhone and Siri? I personally own a Nokia Lumia 930 and I’ve had it for almost half a year! It’s my second most used gadget next to my laptop, but it never occurred to me that it’s “a review-able” object up until now. So here I am giving a shout out to this phone! I believe that after using it daily for the past few months puts me in a better position to talk about this phone that any tech review websites!
As a blogger, I constantly get asked “what camera do you use, what phone do you use and where do you take your photos?” Photography and social media are second nature to us, which is one of the reasons I chose this phone! A “powerful 20 megapixel PureView camera” definitely won me over!

Nokia Lumia 930 Review: The Ultimate Blogger Phone?
User Interface
My first impression of this phone is that it’s massive compared to my old Samsung S3 Mini and iPhone 3. It also runs on a Windows 8 system, which confused me a lot at the very beginning! It took me a few days to get used to the size and system, but I’m loving it right now! The picture below shows some of my favourite apps. The size of the icons is customisable and you can move them around and change colours. Best thing of all, you can remove all the completely rubbish, irrelevant apps that comes with the phone, which you can’t do on Apple and Android.

Nokia Lumia 930 Review: The Ultimate Blogger Phone? User Interface
Left: my favourite/most used apps. Right: everything else in an alphabetical list! 
Picture Quality
I really don’t care whether I have Siri or Cortana on my phone, but at least Cortana understands me! What matters to me the most is the picture quality! As a blogger, we’re obsessed with uploading pictures of our food, nails and selfies onto social media and this is where picture quality comes in! I’ve never had an iPhone 5 so I’m not in the position to compare the two, but I can definitely tell that other than my DSLR, Nokia Lumia 930 is the best camera I’ve had…. much better than my old compact cameras.

Besides, I’m most impressed with its ability to take night photos! It must have an internal stabiliser because the night photos always look awesome. However, the front facing camera at 1.2MP is less pleasing, but it’s of an acceptable standard when it comes to selfies!

Nokia Lumia 930 Review: The Ultimate Blogger Phone? Picture Quality
Left: Picture taken by my DSLR of my phone. Right: Picture of the picture taken on my phone. Note that the images appear more colourful on screen than when it gets transfer to my laptop. 
Nokia Lumia 930 Review: The Ultimate Blogger Phone? Picture Quality in comparison with a DSLR
See how Lumia 930 compares with Canon 1100D? The pictures appear sharper on an DSLR and have more depth, but the phone photo doesn’t look that bad either!

The Windows App market is somewhat slightly underdeveloped than the Apple and Android market. Then again, it does come back to what you’ll be using your phone for and which apps you’ll be needing! I’m really happy with the apps I currently use, which are mostly social media, photography and transport related. Most of the big apps are on there, but I’m sure developers are working hard to get their apps onto Windows. However, I’m not too keen on the Instagram Beta App on Windows because it lacks tons of features compared to the Apple version (on my iPad) and it doesn’t upload pictures in it’s full quality (but I do have some tips & tricks on this). It doesn’t have Google Maps either (on my old Samsung), but it has a similar app called Here Maps, which is almost identically, but I still love Google Maps more! ๐Ÿ˜›

Nokia Lumia 930 Review: The Ultimate Blogger Phone? Picture Quality: Colours, food, night time and selfie
Pictures taken by my Lumia 930, see how it can capture these: a colourful photo, close-up food, a good selfie and night-time view.

Battery Life
I’ve never had much trouble with Nokia’s battery life. Like most phones, I have to charge this daily, but it gets me through the day without much complaint. However, it runs on 4G and uses a MASSIVE amount of data, especially if you’re using a picture heavy app like Instagram. If you do choose to get this phone (and use Instagram and Twitter a lot), then get the 1GB contract, you’ll need it! Oh yes, another pointer, it’s cheaper than the newest iPhone and Samsung, but is more solidly built and just as powerful!


The best thing about Nokia phones is that they’re durable! I’ve dropped my phone several times (purely because of its size!), but I’ve concluded that it’s almost unbreakable! I can definitely tell you that I’m really pleased with this phone and I think it’s one of the best “blogger phones” out there at an affordable price and amazing picture quality! I’ve had at least 8 phones in my life, which I’ve loved and hated, and Nokia Lumia 930 definitely fits into the LOVE category! However, there are some limits with the Windows app store, but with the popularity of Nokia Lumia, I’m sure that in the course of a year Windows will have all the apps you’ll ever need available for you to download!

Believe me or not, this post has no affiliation with Nokia or any of their brands, in fact, they don’t even know that I exist at this very moment. I’m simply expressing my feelings for something I use everyday to help me through my life! ๐Ÿ˜›



  1. December 14, 2014 / 10:45 pm

    Really great review! I'm on the market for a new phone (still rocking my iPhone 4S!) and wasn't sure where to go – this has really helped! That camera quality is incredible!

    Drea xo
    Drea's Junkyard

    • December 19, 2014 / 10:10 am

      Thank you! iPhone 4S isn't that bad! Really glad that you found this review helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  2. December 15, 2014 / 1:12 am

    Looks like an amazing camera!
    Melanie @

    • December 19, 2014 / 10:17 am

      The best phone camera I've had. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  3. December 15, 2014 / 5:49 am

    This is so useful, thank you!! I'm looking at getting a new phone (endless list of gadgets, oh dear), so this couldn't've come at a better time, since I'm thinking about investing in a lumia.
    So thank you again!

    little miss fii | Fii x

    • December 19, 2014 / 10:22 am

      I'm really glad you found this useful! I think Nokia definitely has the most reliable phones and the Lumia range is fab! x

  4. December 15, 2014 / 7:39 am

    Ive just made a note of this as my phone is like four years old and dying, its shocking haha thanks for sharing as its one of the most helpful reviews I've read xxx

    • December 19, 2014 / 10:25 am

      Wow, that's really impressive! You must have an amazing phone if it's lasted that long! Glad you found the review helpful! x

  5. December 15, 2014 / 9:00 am

    Oh wow!! At a glance I can't even tell the difference between the Nokia photo and the Canon one. That is AMAZING!!! Still an iPhone girl though haha.

    Kat x

    • December 19, 2014 / 10:44 am

      Yeah, a minor difference, but it's not a huge difference. I do like iPhones, but they're a little too expensive for me. ๐Ÿ˜› x

  6. December 15, 2014 / 10:20 am

    I still have an old iPhone.. I certainly need to update myself, although I don't use many of even iPhone's features.. It's a great review, Olivia, definitely better than any tech website would give as you are looking from a bloggers perspective. Well done!

    • December 19, 2014 / 11:08 am

      Same, a phone is basically for talking, texting and for social media! You don't really need all the features. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, I'm glad that you liked the review. x

  7. December 15, 2014 / 10:30 am

    This phone has such an amazing quality camera built in it, wow I am super impressed and will seriously consider this when my iPhone contract is up in the new year (because lately I have become quite annoyed with my iPhone) x

    Beauty with charm

    • December 19, 2014 / 11:15 am

      I love the camera the most when it comes to this phone. It would be good to get a new phone for the new year. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  8. December 15, 2014 / 11:18 am

    Good review, nice to see something different ๐Ÿ™‚ The camera looks really good! I have the HTC One (M7) which is also awesome, makes a great blogger phone too (amazing camera, fast, good size, massive range of apps etc) ๐Ÿ™‚


    • December 19, 2014 / 11:24 am

      Yep, break it up from the usual beauty reviews. I've never tried a HTC phone, but anything with a good camera is a big plus in my world. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • December 19, 2014 / 11:26 am

      Thank you! I agree! ๐Ÿ˜› x

  9. December 15, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    Very interesting! At the moment I'm on the fence about upgrading my iPhone to the new one or getting a totally different one, so this came in handy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • December 19, 2014 / 11:46 am

      Awesome! Glad you found this review handy! Good luck with finding the perfect phone. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • December 19, 2014 / 11:46 am

      Thank you! I'm quite impressed with the quality myself. ๐Ÿ˜› x

  10. December 15, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    The camera quality does look fantastic, though I don't think I would part with my iPhone 6! Windows 8 would really confuse me, I'm totally an apple lady now and all my gadgets are mac/apple!

    Corinne x

    • December 19, 2014 / 12:23 pm

      I imagine iPhone 6 has some amazing qualities! I love my old trust iPad, but everything else Apple is a little too expensive for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  11. December 15, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    I have the Nokia 710 and have done for two years. I do like it mostly. The camera is fine except for zooming in and night-time. Sounds like I could do with upgrading to a newer model, the camera on yours looks much better.

    Amy at Amy & More

    • December 19, 2014 / 12:28 pm

      Yep, Lumia 930 is definitely a good update if you're already a Nokia fan. Great picture quality is always a bonus! ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  12. December 16, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    I have the Nokia Lumia 625 and absolutely love it!! I was so against anything with a touchscreen, but found the Windows Phone so easy to use. I've never had an iPhone and can never imagine ever wanting one since going back to the Nokia.

    • December 19, 2014 / 12:30 pm

      I must say that it was a little weird converting to a touch screen for the first time, but you get used to it! I'm quite happy that I went back to Nokia too after all those years! x

  13. December 17, 2014 / 1:19 am

    The images from the Lumia are on par with the Canon ๐Ÿ˜ฎ That's pretty impressive. I'm looking to buy a new phone soon. This is on my list to try. Thanks!

    • December 19, 2014 / 12:32 pm

      It's definitely a good choice if you're looking for a nice camera phone. Good luck on buying a new phone! x

  14. December 19, 2014 / 7:06 pm

    What caught my attention here was the photo quality with this phone. It's very similar to the ones taken with Canon, which is pretty impressive. I find my iPhone pretty meh! when it comes to photos and I would love to have something I could rely on more while out and about. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:19 am

      Yes, I still prefer to take photos on my Canon, but this phone does give me a decent snap shot. ๐Ÿ™‚ x