The Nokia Lumia 920 has changed the face of both Nokia and Google. Nokia’s sales were falling, and Microsoft is still waiting for Windows Phone to make it big, so the Lumia has to be a success. Both companies hope that the Lumia can become the next iPhone and rocket them into the big league, but has this phone got the goods?
iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Most reports and reviews so far have been all about the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Nokia Lumia 920 is on AT&T only, and its big display, stunning looks, fabulous camera and user-friendly UI means that it’s getting a slice of the action. We recently told you why you should choose the iPhone 5 over the Nokia Lumia 920, now we’re going to do a U-turn and see it from the other side.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has a 4.5” screen with a ppi of 332 and a resolution of 1,280x768p. The iPhone 5 has a 4” screen with a 326 ppi and a 1,136x640p resolution. The Lumia’s larger screen wins, not just because of size and ppi, but because it responds to gloves and even fingernails.
The Nokia Lumia 920 rear camera is 8.7MP, and the front 1.3MP. There’s autofocus, PureView, dual LED flash and Car Zeiss optics. The iPhone 5 isn’t far behind, with 8MP and 1.2MP, as well as LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging, FaceTime, face detection and panoramic choices. It is still behind, however, as the Lumia just outclasses it, especially in dim light. This is the best smartphone camera we’ve seen in ages.
The iPhone 5 wins for storage, though, as it comes in 16, 32 and 64GB options, compared to the 32GB-only option for the Nokia Lumia 920.
The phones both support 2G, 3G and LTE, but the Nokia Lumia 920 has NFC, wireless charging and can accept generic microUSB cables for charging. The iPhone 5 hasn’t got any of these features and only takes its Lighting cable.
The Nokia Lumia 920 runs on WP8, and the iPhone 5 on iOS 6. The App Store means an iPhone win, but WP8 looks very good, and is actually easier than iOS to get to grips with. It also has loads of Nokia apps like Nokia Maps and Lens Caps natively. These are great, but don’t come anywhere close to the 700,000-plus apps in the App Store. Windows Marketplace has some serious catching up to do.
The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in a veritable rainbow of colours – red, black, yellow, grey and white, whereas the iPhone 5 comes in Apple’s standard livery choices of black or white. It’s still a draw, though, as the Lumia’s resplendent colours don’t alter the fact that it’s chunkier than the iPhone.
A 32GB Nokia Lumia 920 costs $99.99 for a two-year contract. The same deal with an iPhone 5 will cost $299, so the Lumia has to win here.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has won five categories compared to the iPhone 5 and its two, so it’s the winner. It does only come on AT&T, though, while the iPhone 5 is available from all the major US networks (with the exception of T-Mobile). The Nokia Lumia 920 isn’t going to overthrow the iPhone 5 just yet, but it’s a great Windows Phone handset and will perform very well. It’s on the right track to become the next iPhone, too. When the first iPhone came out in 2007, it was only available on AT&T and had a titchy App Store but made up for it with an easy OS, great camera and superb touchscreen. Sound familiar?