Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5: More Than A Beauty Contest

If you don’t fancy Android at all, you could always have a look at BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Apple handsets.

The Nokia Lumia 920, on WP 8, is new to the party and is proving a huge hit with an amazing camera and iPhone-rivalling design. Of course you’ve also got the iPhone 5, and if you are after a flagship smartphone you could do a lot worse than these two. So which one should you bag?

Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5

The Lumia 920 is a little bit bigger than the iPhone 5. It’s 3mm thicker and has a 4.5” screen, compared to the iPhone 5’s 4” screen.

The iPhone 5’s screen is one of the best going, despite its small (4”) size and unusual (1136x640p) resolution. The Lumia 920’s screen is bigger, but it also has a higher ppi. It also responds to gloves and fingernails, so the Lumia 920 is one of the few handsets that beats the iPhone 5 screen-wise.

Both phones feature brilliant tech – LTE up to 100mbps for example. The pair also have fast dual-core chips,1GB of RAM and very stable operating systems. Windows Phone 8 is a real blast of fresh air, compared to iOS which is on its sixth iteration and may be in need of an overhaul.

Conversely, the App Store has hundreds of thousands of apps, whereas Windows Marketplace has a lot of catching up to do.

It’s the camera that really makes the Nokia Lumia 920, though. It’s an 8.7MP PureView camera that is in the unique position of beating the iPhone 5’s. It’s brilliant in low light, and its cutting edge video stabilisation means very good video recordings.

You can choose from five different colours for the Lumia 920, whereas the iPhone 5 offers the usual black or white. The iPhone 5’s design has been tweaked, but it still looks a lot like the 4S. However, the Lumia 920 isn’t that much different to the Lumia 800.

Apple made a huge mistake when it sacked off Google Maps and replaced it with A***e M**s. Tim Cook had to grovel to the public and then recommend Nokia Maps, which is in the Lumia 920. The Lumia 920 is in fact a great phone for those that do lots of navigation, although you can now get Google Maps on both handsets.

The Lumia 920 will give you 10 or so hours of talk with its 2,000mAh battery, and 67 hours of music playback. The iPhone 5’s smaller 1,440mAh battery offers eight hours of talk and 40 hours of media playback.

The iPhone 5 is selling well, but the Lumia 920 has a big advantage when it comes to price, as it’s just $149.99 for a contract 32GB model. The 16GB iPhone 5 will set you back $199.99, and that’s only the start. If you’re a long time Apple devotee, then you’ll most likely stick to iOS, as that’s where all your hard-earned apps will be. If you don’t really care that much about Apple, then the Nokia Lumia 920 is a great alternative. It’s too early to say if the Lumia series is going to hit the big time, but the signs are there. It’s selling well, and its OS and app shop can only improve and expand.