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iPhone 5 vs Lumia 920: Nokia Clearly Superior

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If you are looking for a new handset and you want a change from Android, there are numerous choices on the market. There is Apple, Microsoft Windows and Blackberry devices to take a look at. However for the current market Blackberry may not be a contender (at least until they release Blackberry 10 in 2013).

The latest version of Windows is Windows Phone 8 and one of the most outstanding devices to come with it is the Nokia Lumia 920. The Nokia Lumia 920 has gained a lot of attention from both the media and consumers. Apple on the other hand has just released the iPhone 5, which means both this and the Nokia Lumia 920 are among the top smartphone choices at the moment for buyers not looking at Android. So how do they stand up against each other?

iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 920

Both handsets share a lot of things in common in regards to the specs, with the Nokia Lumia 920 being 3mm thicker than the iPhone 5, along with being larger as it has the bigger display of 4.5 inches, while that of the iPhone 5 is 4 inches.

The display of the new iPhone 5 differs from older models in that it has a resolution of 1136 x 640, however the display is one of the best that there is on any phone out on the market at the moment. That will change when the Lumia 920 goes on sale though.

The Nokia Lumia 920 boasts a larger display and it does have more ppi than that of the iPhone 5 (332 versus 326ppi). The display can also be used when wearing gloves or by using fingernails. It is also said to be twice as responsive too. The Nokia Lumia 920 therefore comes out on top.

Both of the handsets have the latest tech, such as support for LTE, which gives data speeds of up to 100mbps. However the Lumia 920 boasts wireless charging and NFC, two things the iPhone 5 has skipped despite the growing popularity among top end models.

They both have processors that are dual core and come with 1GB of RAM.

On the software front the tables are turned. While Windows Phone 8 is intuitive and “fresh”, the same cannot be said about the Windows Marketplace which is way behind the App Store at this point. While many popular apps have already made their way in, as well as Microsoft porting popular PC game titles with developers like GameLoft, they have a long way to go to catch up to the App Store.

Moving on, another consideration between the two handsets is cameras. The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with a camera of 8.7 megapixels, which is PureView and the iPhone 5 has an 8 megapixel camera. Both of the cameras take great shots, however in low light conditions the Lumia 920 comes into its own, and it excels. This happens to be the only handset that is on the market at the moment that can beat the low light photos the iPhone 5 takes.  The same applies to taking videos as a recent test by TheVerge proved.

The Nokia Lumia 920 will come in range of bright colours, while as expected, the iPhone 5 will be in the usual black and white models. Design-wise I personally would opt for the Nokia Lumia 920 as the iPhone 5 design is beginning to look a bit aged given that it still resembles the iPhone 4 from two years ago in many ways.

While the iPhone 5 beats the Nokia Lumia 920 when it comes to apps, there is one advantage the Lumia 920 has in this front. As Tim Cook had to apologise for the new Apple maps, which replaced Google Maps, we can’t forget that Nokia has something of its own. The Nokia Lumia 920 of course comes with Nokia Maps and this is the better choice of handset if you are relying on navigation on your phone. The bigger display of the Lumia 920 also helps in this regard.

At the moment we don’t know how the 2000mAh battery of the Nokia Lumia 920 will perform. It should provide around 10 hours talk time and 400 hours stand by. The iPhone 5 has a battery that offers 8 hours of talk time, plays 40 hours of music and should last 255 on standby as it is 1450mAh. On paper the battery of the Nokia Lumia 920 should beat the battery on the iPhone 5 just based on its capacity size.

The iPhone 5 sold well over the first weekend, moving over 5 million units. The Nokia Lumia 920 will be out in November on AT&T and this week Best Buy listed the handset for $149.99 on a two year contract. The iPhone 5 will set you back slightly more at $199.99 on contract for the entry model of 16GB. If you want to purchase an unlocked handset then the Nokia Lumia 920 is also cheaper.

Bottom line: Nokia Lumia 920 has superior hardware

So if you are already invested in the Apple iOS ecosystem then the iPhone 5 may be perfect for you since you will get to keep the apps you paid for. On the other hand if you are free as a bird then the Nokia Lumia 920 is a superb choice. While we we will just have to wait to see if it will be a success commercially, the Lumia is clearly superior to the iPhone 5 in terms of hardware as its beats the Apple device in terms of display, connectivity, camera, battery life, navigation and personally, design.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.