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LG Nexus 4 vs Nokia Lumia 920: Which Is Better?

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One of the best-selling devices over the Christmas period may be the LG Nexus 4. However this is not the only much hyped about handset making its way to the market this month, there is also the Nokia Lumia 920, which runs on Windows Phone 8. So which handset might come out on top? Let’s take a look at the specs for the answer.

LG Nexus 4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

The displays of both handsets are said to be stunning. The LG Nexus 4 has a display of 4.7 inches and it has IPS technology and measures 1280 x 768 with 320ppi. The viewing angles are superb and it is perfect for reading text or watching videos, even in direct sunlight.

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with a display that is 4.5 inches and which is PureMotion HD+ and 1280 x 768. The display features some of the deepest blacks and you can use it when wearing gloves. The Nexus 4 has a superb display; however it is the display of the Lumia 920 which comes out as the winner, thanks to its higher ppi, fast response and deep blacks.

Both handsets have powerful hardware under the hood. Many of these we would have only seen on PCs some years ago. The LG Nexus 4 has the Snapdragon S4 Pro Qualcomm processor and it has 2GB of RAM and a maximum of 16GB internal storage. The device doesn’t have LTE, however it supports HSPA+, it has an 8 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and LTE. The camera has optical image stabilisation and this should offer some of the best photos on a smartphone. The Nexus devices are not well known for good cameras; however the Nexus 4 may surprise us.

The Nexus 4 gets a point for its quad core processor and it’s 2GB of RAM. However the Lumia 920 comes away with 2 points, as it has a better camera and it also supports LTE.

The LG Nexus 4 offers Android 4.2 in its pure experience and brings new features. These include better touch response and offline maps. The device also has a keyboard that is very similar to the Swype keyboard and the camera app has also seen a makeover. Google Now comes with improvements and there is a new feature called Photo Sphere.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has Windows Phone 8 and this offers home screen tiles, which can be customised and provide updates in real time. The handset also has Nokia maps and Office. The choice of apps however lets the device down, when compared with those on Android.

The Google Play Store offers around 700,000 apps, along with music and eBooks. The OS also comes with custom launchers, keyboards and more so users can customise the handset.

The Windows Marketplace is behind, but it is improving and Microsoft said that the majority of popular apps will be in the store soon. The winner here has to be the LG Nexus 4 for now.

The LG Nexus 4 starts off at $299 for the 8GB version, and the 16GB version is $349, with both devices being contract free. The device works with the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile. The Nokia Lumia 920 is exclusive to AT&T in November and it should be set with a price tag of about $159 on contract for two years. The unlocked version should be over $500. Therefore the winner here has to be the Nexus 4.

Both handsets are great and each come with some advantages and disadvantages. The Nexus 4 features superb software and has serious power and of course the price tag is superb. On the downside it doesn’t support LTE and the display and the camera isn’t a patch on those of the Nokia Lumia 920.

If you take the above scores into account you can see that both of the handsets have scored 3 points each. Both of the devices have battery life of around the same at 2000mAh + and they both look superb too. So the winner depends on what you want mos out of your handset.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.