The Nokia Lumia 920 is a revolutionary handset – for Windows Phone 8, anyway. Nokia’s sales have been dwindling, and Google’s still waiting for Windows Phone to make it big, so the Lumia 920 has a lot of expectations weighing upon it. Remember that Apple’s phone reputation before the iPhone was non-existent, so can the Lumia take Nokia and WP8 to the same dizzy heights?
iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 920
The smartphone war has been fought on the Apple and Samsung fronts only – until now. It seems now, though, that Nokia and Microsoft have entered the fray. The Nokia Lumia 920 is available from AT&T, and has a big screen and a very innovative design. It comes in loads of colours, has a brilliant camera, and is a cinch to use.
Lots of people have given reasons why you should choose the iPhone 5 rather than the Nokia Lumia 920, but we’re going to go against the grain here and see if the Nokia Lumia has what it takes.
There’s an 8.7MP rear camera, and a 1.3MP front camera. It has autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics and PureView. The iPhone 5 has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front offering. The iPhone 5 camera has LED flash, FaceTime, panoramic options, face detection and geo-tagging. The Lumia 920 rear camera is better than the iPhone 5 however, especially in low light. And that’s saying something.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has a 4.5” screen, with a resolution of 1,280x768p, and a ppi of 322. The iPhone 5 has a 4” display, and 326ppi, as well as a 1,136x640p resolution. The Nokia Lumia 920 has to win as it blows the Retina Display away because of size and and ppi, as well as the amazing screen tech, which means it responds to gloves and even fingernails.
Both phones have 2G, 3G and LTE, but the Nokia Lumia 920 also has NFC and wireless charging. You can use a generic cable for charging, as well, whereas the iPhone 5 can only take its Lightning connector.
The iPhone 5 wins on storage though because it comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options. The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in 32GB.
The iPhone 5 has iOS 6, and the Nokia Lumia 920 is on Windows Phone 8. Interestingly, WP8 is the first advanced OS we’ve come across that is actually easier to pick up than iOS.
Nevertheless the App Store means a win for Apple, as it has more than 700,000 apps available. The Nokia Lumia 920 has access to interesting apps like Lens Caps and its Nokia Maps does beat Apple Maps, but this is no match for the App Store size. Windows Marketplace has some serious catching up to do but they are certainly on the right track.
The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in white, yellow, red, grey and black. The iPhone 5 comes in regulation black or white. The Lumia is a bit chunkier than the iPhone 5, but we have to declare a draw because these are two amazing-looking phones.
The Nokia Lumia 920 starts at $99.99 for a two-year tie-in for the 32GB model. The iPhone 5 32GB will set you back $200 more at $299.99 on contract. The smaller price tag gives the Nokia Lumia 920 a win.
Overall the Nokia Lumia 920 actually beats the iPhone 5 with five wins to two. The downside is that it’s only available from AT&T so far, whereas you can get the iPhone 5 from nearly all big US carriers. The iPhone 5 leads because of its reputation. The Nokia Lumia 920 isn’t about to defeat the iPhone just yet, but it is a great phone that’s only going to get better each version.
So could the Lumia be the next iPhone? When the first iPhone came out in 2007, it was only available on AT&T and only had a few apps. Sound familiar? The first iPhone also had a simple UI, great, high-end design and build, and now look at it. This could be the trajectory that the Lumia follows in time as it too has a great design, easy UI, awesome camera and its touchscreen is the best in class. So it seems to certainly be on the right track.