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iPhone 5 vs Lumia 920: Why Nokia Has A Shot

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If you’re after a new phone and don’t fancy Android, you might want to look at Apple, BlackBerry or Microsoft Windows. With RIM, though, it’s probably best to wait until the BlackBerry 10 is released next year.

Windows Phone 8 is ready now, and the phones using it will all be out in the coming weeks. One of them is the Nokia Lumia 920, which is getting a lot of media and public attention. So how does it stand up to the best non-Android smartphones on the market right now, the iPhone 5?

iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 920

The iPhone 5 and the Nokia Lumia 920 will be two of the go-to devices if you don’t want Android. They have a lot of specs in common, but the Lumia is 3mm thicker than the iPhone 5, and is bigger overall – including a 4.5” display compared to the iPhone 5 4” screen.

The iPhone 5 display has an unusual 1,136x640p resolution, but it is among the best on the market. The Nokia Lumia 920 has a big display but still manages to have a higher ppi than the iPhone 5 (332 compared to 326). Its screen also responds to gloves and fingernails, and is twice as fast as the rest. The Lumia is just about the only smartphone that beats the iPhone 5 Retina LCD display hands-down.

The iPhone 5 and the Lumia have the latest tech, like LTE for up to 100mbps and nifty dual-core chips. They also have 1GB of RAM, and iOS and Windows are seen as streamlined platforms. WP8 has a nice new, modern look to it. iOS 6 hasn’t changed much in looks or operation and needs a makeover badly (we’re hoping Jony Ive handles that next year). But the App Store blows Windows Marketplace off the stage.

Cameras – the Nokia Lumia 920 excels here, with an 8.7MP Pureview camera compared to the iPhone 5 8MP offering. Both phones take great pics, but you see the Lumia’s snapper at its best in low light – it’s the only phone that can beat the BSI sensor in the iPhone 5 right now. Its camera also takes some of the best videos, too.

The Nokia Lumia 920 also has five colour variants – Nokia was very proud of this. Of course the iPhone 5 comes in regulation white or black, and its design hasn’t changed much since iPhone 4.

Apple Maps has replaced Google Maps – and led to Tim Cook having to say a big sorry! If you want decent maps, the Nokia Maps isn’t a bad punt at all, so you might look at the Nokia Lumia 920 for this purpose too. It has free navigation, and the larger display is also a big help when mounted on your car windshield.

Obviously we don’t know how the 2,000mAh battery on the Nokia Lumia 920 will perform, but it should give around 10 hours of talk, 400-odd hours of standby and 67 hours of playback point the specs sheet. The iPhone 5 gives just eight hours of talk, 40 hours of playback and 255 hours of standby, so the Lumia has, in theory, the better battery.

The iPhone 5 is out and about now (in case you’ve been on Neptune since September), and sold more than 5 million in its first weekend. The Nokia Lumia 920 will be available on AT&T shortly – Best Buy has it listed at $149.99 on contract, compared to the iPhone 5 $199.99 (16GB) tag, making the Lumia 920 cheaper. It is also cheaper off contract when compared to the iPhone 5.

So, anyone who already has an iPhone 4 or 4S probably won’t want to jump platforms as they have all their apps and so on, but for those who aren’t Apple devotees, the Nokia Lumia 920 is well worth exploring. We’ll have to wait until Q1 of next year to see how well the Lumia has sold, but for now we can say that it beats the iPhone 5 in many ways and that’s a good start.

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