One of the handsets that may top Christmas lists this year is the LG Nexus 4. There are other devices though that are coming out in the next few weeks that are as popular, so this is not the only contender for the top spot. One of these is the Nokia Lumia 920, which runs the latest Windows Phone 8 OS. So which of these devices will likely take the crown in November?
November babies: LG Nexus 4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Screen: Both of the handsets come with a screen that is stunning. The LG Nexus 4 has a 4.7 inch display of IPS and it is 1280 x 768 with 320ppi. The display offers superb viewing angles, along with a great experience to those who like to watch movies or who read e-books on their handset, even in sunlight.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has the PureMotion HD+ display of 4.5 inches and it is 1280 x 768. This offers some of the deepest blacks on any handset and you can use the display when wearing gloves. While the display on the LG Nexus 4 is great, the one on the Nokia Lumia 920 beats it thanks to it being more responsive, deeper blacks and more vibrant colors. Winner: Nokia
Hardware: Hardware wise both of the devices come with some superb specs, many of which would only have been possible on home computers a few years ago. The LG Nexus 4 comes with the Qualcomm S4 Pro processor and it has 2GB of RAM and internal storage of 16GB. It doesn’t have LTE support, but it supports HSPA+. It has an 8 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and it supports charging wirelessly.
The Nokia Lumia 920 comes packed with the Snapdragon dual core 1.5GHz processor and an 8.7 megapixel camera, which is PureView. The handset supports LTE and it has NFC support, Wi-Fi and GPS. The camera has optical image stabilisation, which means you should get some superb photos. It has to be said that typically Nexus devices are not known for their great cameras.
The winner here is the Nokia Lumia 920 thanks to the better camera, which takes great shots in low light as well. In fact it was the only device to beat the iPhone 5 out in such conditions. However the LG Nexus 4 does get 1 point for its powerful hardware i.e. 2GB of RAM and the quad core processor, and the Nokia 2 points for its camera and LTE connectivity.
Software: The LG Nexus 4 will have Android 4.2 which comes packed with new features. Two of which are better touch response and offline maps. There will also be a new keyboard, which fans of Swype will welcome. The camera app has been improved along with Google Now and a brand new feature called Photo Sphere.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has Windows Phone 8 with customisable home screen tiles, which are updated in real time. It also has Nokia Maps, Office and apps from Nokia. The only thing that lets is down is the lack of apps in the Marketplace. Google Play has over 700,000 apps, music and ebooks, and Android is very customisable (e.g. custom launchers, keyboards, ROMs, etc).
Windows Marketplace is behind Android, but it is improving and the majority of popular apps will make their way to the marketplace. However for the moment the LG Nexus and Android are the winners. Winner: LG
Price wise you can pick up the 8GB version of the LG Nexus 4 for $299 unlocked. The 16GB version, also unlocked, will set you back $349. The devices will work on either AT&T or T-Mobile in the US.
The Nokia Lumia 920 will be out in November and only on AT&T. At the moment the price tag has been suggested to be around $159 with a contract of two years. However you would have to find $500 plus if you want the device unlocked. Thanks to the low price the winner is the Nexus. Winner: LG.
Both handsets are among the best but have clear pros and cons. The LG Nexus 4 has superb software and power, along with a great price tag. However it doesn’t come with LTE and its display, along with the camera, is not as good as that of the Nokia Lumia 920.
If you take the above scores into account then both of the handsets have won 3 categories each. Both of the handsets have batteries of 2000mAh plus, which doesn’t help you decide one way or the other, and both look great. Which takes the crown for you is down to which of the 6 points matter most to you in a phone.