Well, this is was an interesting mail call. Nokia just delivered the Lumia Icon to our doorstep. While we weren't given enough time to do a proper review before Nokia's embargo lifted — that's coming later this week — the glowing red $US150 armoured case it came in sure is something!
The 5-inch Windows Phone arrived in a Pelican Storm iM2450 case, which is a rugged military-grade briefcase you might buy if you were a combat photographer who often sends your camera barreling down waterfalls for whatever reason. (See Pelican advertising materials). It's the kind of case that feels like it should contain thousands of dollars of unmarked bills, or uncut cocaine straight from Columbia, or face-melting Raiders of the Lost Ark demons. Also, when you open it up it glows red like the chassis of a tricked-out Honda Civic.
The Nokia Lumia Icon will be available in the US on February 20 for $US200 with a two-year contract on Verizon. International release dates have not been announced.