Verizon Nokia Icon, too boxy or just right?

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We have an interesting conversation going on over in the Windows Phone Central forums debating on whether or not the new Verizon Nokia Icon is too boxy.

WPCentral member Keith Petrovich poses the question after visiting the local Microsoft Store. The lack of colors also comes into question after seeing all the color choices with the Lumia 1520 and 1020 models.

The Nokia Icon’s design is more “boxy” than previous Nokia Windows Phone models and some will say it has a slight resemblance to the current run of iPhones. The slightly curved edges of previous Nokia Windows Phones such as the Lumia 920 gave the phone a comfortable feel in the hand. While boxy in design, if the Icon is equally comfortable, does it even matter?

As far as the lack of color is concerned, we have seen limitations on colors before with Lumia Windows Phones such as the AT&T Nokia Lumia 925. Still, it would be nice to see a red Verizon Icon hit the shelves.

Dan was very impressed with the new Verizon Windows Phone and the lack of curved edges and color didn’t seem to be an issue in his review of the Icon. Personally, I like the curvature of the Lumia 1020 and 920 but wouldn’t mind seeing a variation of the Icon hit AT&T (as long as they keep the Qi wireless intact). I think the 5” screen makes up for the more “boxy” look.

But, what say you? Is the Verizon Nokia Icon too boxy or does it matter as long as the Icon feels good in the hand?

Join in on the discussion here in the WPCentral Forums and let us know what you think.


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Verizon Nokia Icon, too boxy or just right?


The edges are more pointy than most phones out these days, but for me its an aesthetic plus. To me it makes it seem more modern and elegant, but yeah with prolonged use it can push my palms a bit.

I completely agree but I like it with a case so it doesn't bother me so with that being fixed its a great phone its second best!

Not the 16 gb version mine is full... Plus the 25gb I got in my SkyDrive. To be perfect all it needed was an SD slot or more memory.

You have a friend in me.lol That's the same thing I said when they announced 16gb with no SD slot. I would've got the 925 since I'm on T-Mobile.

Totally Agreeing. I also own a 925. A SD Card Slot and 32 GB Storage minimum would be best. And as we are in future the new 20mpx Camera should also be integrated. If this comes as 1025 i will buy it.

Mine too. Best phone I have owned. 920 is sweet. Can't wait for the replacement options. Hope they keep the dimensions, the Icon is just a little bigger than I want. Any chance we can see the 920 and Icon side by side?

Agreed - absolutely love the looks of my 920 - the only thing that'd make it better is thinner bezels all around to make room for a bigger screen.


Though I rather have this to the horrible design of the L925 or any other phone with humps.

My L925's feelings are hurt lol. I personally think it is a very handsome phone, well proportioned. The edges are beautiful.

lol oops =P

To me the hump in the camera completely killed the design of the L925. It would look so much better without it.

A lot of people dislike the design of the 1020 because of the camera hump but I actually quite like it. It serves to remind me of how powerful the camera is that I carry about with me every day. It's also quite distinctive so people tend to notice it and recognise it too.

Yeah it is distinctive. Unfortunately it's also not pleasant to hold as a daily driver, to me. Because the huge vulcano sits precicely where your fingers are, it makes it unconfortable. I would rather they had included the Qi charging and made it fatter. But to each its own.

+1020 I actually only found the hump uncomfortable for the first day or two. Now it does not bother me in the least and I quite enjoy the look of it. Looks like a phone that means business instead of a girly phone.

People say it is ugly. But I never even notice the hump on my 1020, just the awesome pictures it takes every day. But, what do I know about ugly? I drive a Subaru and wear Birkenstocks. :-)

The hump on the 1020 never bothered me. I think the Yellow 1020 is the Boldest and best looking Lumia but then there is my White 920 and I love the look of that too and because they are Rogers branded they are better then any other Lumia's in the world because they are Pentaband :-)

Agree!! The yellow 1020 is bold and outstanding but those corners can be a killer! I had a case on my phone and the ever so 2/3 foot drop and those corners do take a beating...the 920 still has something special to it but even with the sharp corners I love my 1520!!!

Im completely okay with the pointy edges. It will be upgrading my 928 that I have had sense day one. Love my 928 in white. I will probably be getting the icon in white as well.

I have 520, 820, 920, and 1020.  The 1020 is by far the best, even with the hump.

The Icon is definitely too boxy.  

If Nokia makes a 1020 with 5" screen and the internals of the Icon I will be all over it... until then I don't think I can give up the camera and the grip accessory.

@poddie. Totally agree. I mostly have a charging shell attached to my 1020 but love the look and feel of the phone when it's in the camera grip. The camera grip is by far my favourite phone accessory of all time. I will also say that I have the yellow 1020 and love the colour. The black camera module and buttons look great against the yellow body.

I agree with you on the 920. Beautiful phone there! Though I have the 928 and believe its great, I think the 920 wins hands down in the aesthetics department.

I like the look of the curved edges(920 and whatnot), but it's a pain in the ass to find a way to get it to stay up on its side if you don't own some kind of stand. This is where the box look would help.

Which is interesting to read on generally Apple-leaning blogs that it is too boxy. They fawned over the iPhone 4/5 lines, but now the Icon is too boxy?

Tangent: I wonder, due to it's "boxy" design, if it will be able to do that vibration panoramic picture like iPhone. Bet someone will make an app for that.
...that being said...I like the design alot!

It's not bad per se; but it's the worst of all high end Lumia designs. It's like Verizon or Nokia purposefully go out of their way to make it as undesirable as possible. The lack of colour options don't help either.

What's on the screen is what matters!
.....and if I didn't own the 1020, I'd be all over this device! Round or square!!

Since 920 I've only seen worse design from Nokia. Except that Asha phone with that crystal shell. I'll wait for a true successor to the 920.

I like it. People get so attached to phone design like all your going to be doing is staring at it enjoying it like some art. Its a phone and is a means to an end. Its supposed to look good but have great function at the same time. The Icon embodies that idea.

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Yeah, it kind of annoys me. A rad new phone comes out and people complain about it being ugly just for being boxy...It's just preference. I happen to like boxy phones over curved ones, but I wouldn't call phones like the s4 ugly just because I don't like their form factor.

I think it looks good. Wish at&t has it,, I'm getting a little bit bored from my 920., I need a bigger screen.

Yeah no glance is pretty lame. I dont get why it doesn't have it? And I dont get why they downgraded the flash. I love the Xenon flash on my 928!

I like the design; it is good that Nokia is showing different types of design in their phones.  I know that can cause issue because not everyone can get every phone but variety is good.  If they all looked the same then we would complain about that.

I would love to have an Icon and show it off proudly.


and I get that we are all nuts over phones but options are good.  too bad we aren't all as lucky as the WP Central team that gets every phone

All u guys r a bunch of negative nellies, I love the design....it looks like my current 810, which looks like the 928, which, in turn, looks like, ah, the ICON! I don't like that it doesn't have SD support, but then neither does the iPhone....

I love the features and the design.  I really like the sound design.  I had the HTC 8X and originally loved it right off, but wanted something a little bigger about a year in.  The 928 had those qualities, but didn't quite meet my expectations.  The Icon appears to be a phone for someone with "MAN" hands.  Those small phones, the keys just get in the way.

I like it. Looks very professional. If I get it it will go in a case anyway so I don't care if it has stretch marks and sun spots /s

Go get an iPhone then, cause you can get colors. C'mon Nokia even our flag has three colors! Looks good, and no SD? No deal.

Honestly, doesn't matter. I was so excited for this phone to come out as I am on verizon using a 928 with a cracked screen. But the fact that this doesnt support glance screen is such a deal breaker I might just get another 928.


I've got a 928 that's in practically new condition.  I'm happy to send one your way if you'd like?  PM me if you're interested.



I love my 1020 with the speck case in yellow and black. Sexy phone that people love to check out. I get more comments on this phone than I ever imagined. Nokia did a great job getting the word out on it. People always ask me of that is that phone that takes those great pictures. YUP, sure is. Can't wait for 8.1.

Same here. Except the phone spins like a top when you set it on a table. My only concern is that once you've invested in the camera grip you're really stuck with the phone. To reuse that grip, the successor to the 1020 will have to be the same size. And I'd really like a larger screen. Put this tech in a larger screen and I'm sold!

My ATIV S looks much better and more stylish imo. I would never buy this Lumia because its very boring, but is a great choice if you like this design. 925 and 1520 are best lumia designs so far.

I don't like tha feel of the ATIV S, but it does look great. This phone should have looked like the 925.  Imagine the aluminum round borders and a flat back.

I don't care that it's boxy...what bothers me is having uneven bezel on the top and bottom. Apple's flagship was created with design uniformity, as was Samsung's and so many others...but Nokia?

...and the fact that we have yet another damn high end phone that teases us with the temptation of wanting to have loads of music, pictures and video without allowing external storage so that my multimedia doesn't conflict with my app install space.

Verizon: Make the phone as sterile and state as possible.

Nokia: You got it.

Nokia: You want our new thin bezel design?

Verizon: No, we need enough space for our ugly, obtrusive checkmark logo.  In fact, make sure we can put 3 or 4 of our logos on it.

Nokia: You got it.  Any colors besides black and white?

Verizon: No, we know what's best for our customers.

You forgot the wheel of removen features for the glance display. The fact that the 928 doesn't have FM radio but has Glance and exactly the oppsoite for this one proves it. About the logo, maybe next time they can shape it like one. And don't forget it boots with it every time.

Nokia: Do you want it to be like the 1520?

Verizon: No..., of course not. Take something out of it, that way it will be different. (spins wheel)

Nokia: Glance?!? Are you sure?

Verizon: If AT&T got away with the 1520 wireless charging, I don't see why not.

That's exactly what happened. The inside is Nokia but the design is all Verizon. They might as well have called it the Lumia Droid.

If there's one thing I absolutely hate it's gotta be the HUGE butt ugly Verizon logo. Seriously? That's a cardinal sin right there. At least the AT&T Lumias (like the 1520) just have a barely visible small AT&T globe in the top corner.

The boxier the better. The curved edges of the Lumia 920 look kiddish. I like the curves on the 925 though, because it has the sleek metal finish.

Who in their right mind as a designer would think this is attractive? Lol, maybe I could design phones if this is considered revolutionary!! Free tip for today " fire the guy who designed this phone".

I personally like consistency. Too many design causes consumer confusion, apathy, and envy. This is why you get this carrier quarrel - I hate ATT, I hate Verizon, I hate TMO, I'm switching to here there. If I was Nokia, I'd stick with ATT and build up reputation there through aggressive marketing and what not.

IPhone built rep on one carrier. Popularity drove others to want. This is how Nokia/MS should do it. Not beg and give to carrier like Verizon. If you not delivering on one carrier, then you know something wrong. And you know it won't work on other carrier unless fix first. Never drove a fiat or ever seen one in USA.

I think the all round shape is actually really good. Although I do prefer the 920 overall. Now I'm having a blast with the 1520 - and just off topic, anyone else having screen issues with the 1520?

The more I see it in unboxing videos in real people's hands and being moved around the more I like it.  I think it's a very simple less is more strategy.

i really like the boxyness of the phone. its shows that all the fancy stuff is not needed to make thhis phone amazing, some phones boast the design(not really windows phones inparticular) because there is not amazing specs, but you look past it becuase its pretty, also i like the just black or white color options, I have always loved black phones, really elegant and sheek and very professional, i cant really picture a ceo of a really big company carrying a big red phone(1520) Just my opinion!

Too boxy for me but it also looks 920 chunkiness' but the 920 had that smiley face and was too sexy. You guys at wpcentral if you have all the Lumia phones and should put them side by side.

I have a 928 so this Icon is similar. I like the look of the 925 but I have no complaints on the 928 and can't wait to check out the Icon. July 2015 (when my upgrade is due) hopefully their will be an ICON2 or something just as nice to upgrade to!.

the L 800 was the reason i started lookign at Nokia and Windows again. (Well the N9 actually grabed my attention first.) I loved my 900 but alwasy regretted them changing the form from L800/N9.  I didnt know how I liked the 1520 untill using it for awhile and I love the shape and design.

The Icon just looks like a phone whos mother is a Nokia and Father is an iPhone. BLAH.



Verizon always ruin NOKIA designs, this is another ugly Lumia from Verizon.. I feel like Verizon is doing it in purpose.. I'm not hating im stating the facts..
My 1520 is the best looking WP so far!!

Not sure what the big deal is if you put a cover on it anyway. If it was indestructible I might care more about shape and color choices.

After using the 928 for some time now, the squared edges can be difficult when sliding in and out of pockets.  That being said, it isn't a show stopper.  I am; however, dissapointed that there are still only the basic black or white options. That was my initial draw to WP/Nokia in that they had these bright, vibrant phones that at the time, nobody else had.  Being a longtime Verizon customer had me getting black and the wife getting white.  If more vendors offered the vast colors on all Windows Phones, I think their market share would be a bit higher, and the paltform MORE attractive.  It is the wow factor WP needed, and it was/is blocked by carier specifics like the 928, and now again by the Icon.

While I wish it got the cool colors, I think the design is great. I appreciate both it's design and the design of the 8X, 1520, etc. 

All I can say is that I'm happy I have a 1520! It's gonna be hard to top this phone IMO. Perhaps maybe when the next wave of devices come out sporting 2K screens and better processors.. For now I feel like I have the top notch WP device.

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I like the boxy design and it's edges.  I also don't mind the limited color choice.  It gives it an understated look and brings out the vibrant tile interface of WP.  I think since most Lumias are rounded and colorful, everyone just expects a Lumia to be rounded and colorful.  And when it's not, it's an abomination or has an "uninspired" look.  I personally don't like rounded designs and vibrant colors, no offense to anyone, but they remind me of childsafe toys.

it is not boxy, it simply has no design, just like samsung galaxies, stupid verizon, stupid carriers, thats my opinion

I like the design except the back of the device. Also, it would've been even better if it had a smaller bezel like the 1520.

I like my 920 and would like it more with a 5 to 6 inch screen. Looking forward to a 1520 or an WP 8.1 device w that screen size a decent stylus

I haven't held one in my hand, but I think it's a step backwards from the aesthetic and tactile design of the 920 (which is still my favorite Lumia for physical design). And, yes, it's the "boxiness" of it that bothers me.

I'd love to see a variation of the Icon over on AT&T, but with more rounded edges and more colors. Of course, I suspect AT&T is gonna nix any built-in Qi wireless charging on future Lumias (Grrr... foolish AT&T!), and that's just about enough to make me jump ship over to another carrier. Phones like the Icon -- even with its squared edges -- are looking awfully attractive right now...


I like the design, it gives the device an professional look, but the back should be flat, like the iPhone, Xperia Z's, then it would be the perfect device, but as of now, i really like it.

925 is amazing. Watching the video for the ICON really makes it look better. White and gray. The bezel is a rip off of the iPhone 4 but I don't care. Id rather see it on a WP :)

Hate that Verizon is taking so long on that update to Black. I hav ethe 928 and it's good, but would be better with Black update, for sure.

The boxy Icon certainly looks ready for business, and I do appreciate it's design. It's scary how chunky it looks even though it's thinner (and lighter) than the 920, they could face a perception issue there.

For me, though, I'd much prefer an exact shrunken version of the Lumia 1520 design with a selection of interesting colours (including cyan!). :) Looking forward for MWC to see what is revealed!

I like the the Nokia Lumia form factor. It has it's own style if it is a Nokia Lumia. You can tell what someone is holding in there hands. Like the iPhone and the Galaxy S series. Nokia Lumia form factor stands out. I love it.

Curves rock :) boxy...meh a phone is a phone. Hardware is what I look for, and this phone, along with its network, rock!

Too boxy for me.  I love my 920, just a great hand feal. The curve is just right.  Icon's tech specs are impressive, but no glance, that was a horrible decision.  To me the Verizon design is always lacking. 

Just my opinion, but it is my dollars that will go elsewhere. 



Honestly, i just dont care that much about shape when it comes to style.  It matters how easy it is to hold and not slip when making calls.

I was excited about this phone until i heard there is no glance screen.  So you just gave me glance missed calls, emails and texts and now you want to take it from me?

As a long time nokia user, i can say for sure, no US version of a nokia phone has ever given us everything.  I just can't figure out why.


Ok the Icon seems nice with that design. I liked the Sony Xperia Z too and that is a pretty boxy phone as well.

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I love my "boxy" 928, and this 929 is beautiful. Don't know why you guys complaining about its shape. Can somebody tell will there be big difference, if any, between 928-929 pics taken with flash

Have a 925 bit like this design way better. Never owned an iPhone and never will but its pretty boxy and pretty popular wouldn't you say???

I prefer the shape of the 920, but it's glance and Verizon that make me not want one. Of course, if it was on AT&T it would lose Qi so the main problem is glance.

If Nokia wants to beat Samsung, A 135g 5" phone is needed.... MS please make one. And in all carriers. and make it available in all dam stores. I get frustrated when I don't see wp phone displayed like Android and iphone in Walmart, BestBuy, target and other stores... f****ing do it....

will have to check out the ICON in person. but, i love my L925. and loved the look of the L920 although i never owned. btw give T-Mo credit for the very subtle use of their logo on the L925, easy to forget it is even there. and on the 2 L521's i have purchased no T-Mo logo at all.

I am really surprised that i have not seen any comments about what i am going to say on any of the articles about this phone!
But i find it kind of looks like the "surface phone" prototype that was floating around at one point. I really like this phone and its design! It does not remind me of an iphone like others have mentioned.
Only thing i would want different is to get it in red, and remove the capacitive buttons and replace them with the on screen ones in wp8.1.
Also i can't get it in France!

Yeah, it does remind me of the Surface, that's one of the reasons why I plan to get it. lol, the Surfaces design is sexy lol.

Boxy is what makes it a the Verizon. That's how the 928 was built, so every carries has their own variant and style.

I like the specs, but honestly it's not a compelling upgrade from my 928. Oh sure, I'd love to have the Icon, I wouldn't complain if they wanted to give me one, but I don't feel the urge to upgrade like I did when the 928 was released.

Too me from the short video reviews I have seen the icon looks pretty thick maybe im wrong but will be checking it out

The phone looks great. I don't care of the boxy look. Most people who have iphones cover their phones with massive case anyway. I don't care about colors. Black, White, Silver or Gold looks better. I have T-Mobile. Love the pricing, hate they don't carry better Windows Phones. I will have to say goodbye to T-Mobile and jump ship to Verizon.

Let's be honest, none of Verizon's Lumia devices are as sexy as their At&t counterparts. At&t always has a better selection of phones. Verizon has the better network. That's all they care about. Am I upset about having only two colors to choose from for my boxy phone? Yes. But no matter what the phone looks like, it's going to be covered by a case and that will allow me to express myself so at the end of the day, it's not that big a deal.

Looks a lot like my 810. Which I think is a very minimilistic nice design. Additionally why over extend on phone design when the majority of us cover it with a protective case?