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Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5: Don’t Underestimate Nokia

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The Nokia Lumia 920 may be one of the most revolutionary handsets on the Windows platform. However sales for Nokia have been declining and Microsoft is still waiting around for their big break with Windows on mobile phones. This means that the Lumia 920 has a lot on its shoulders if Nokia are to stand a chance of beating Apple and the iPhone 5 and get to where Apple stand right now.

iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 920

You may wish to bear in mind that Apple was not well known for mobile phones before they introduced the world to the iPhone in 2007. So the big question is, does the Nokia Lumia 920 have what it takes to help put Nokia back on top and boost Windows Phone 8 into the spotlight just like the iPhone did for Apple years ago?

Apple and Samsung have been battling for a long time now when it comes to the best smartphone. Samsung has the Galaxy S3 and Apple the iPhone 5. However into the ring comes the Nokia Lumia 920, on AT&T. The handset has a large display and the design happens to be among one of the most innovative to date. It is available in different colours and the camera is superb.

Many people have said why the iPhone 5 is better than the Nokia Lumia 920, so how about the opposite, what makes the Nokia Lumia 920 a better choice than the iPhone 5? Let’s take a look.

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with a resolution of 1280 x 768 and 322ppi with a size of 4.5 inches. The iPhone 5 comes with the 4 inch display, 326ppi and resolution of 1136 x 640. The winner therefore has to be the Nokia Lumia 920 as it has the larger display and more ppi. The display can also be used when wearing gloves.

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with a camera of 8.7 megapixels on the back and there is a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front. This camera comes with dual LED flash, autofocus and it has Carl Zeiss optics and is PureView. The iPhone 5 on the other hand has the 8 megapixel camera on the back and a camera of 1.2 megapixels on the front. The camera supports FaceTime, face detections, LED flash, geo tagging and panoramic options. The Nokia Lumia 920 has the better camera in regards to taking photos in low light making it stand out over the iPhone 5.

When it comes down to storage options the iPhone 5 wins as it comes in 16 GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage. The Noki Lumia 920 is let down by the fact that it has just 32GB of storage.

Both handsets have support for LTE, 3G and 2G. However the Nokia Lumia 920 leads with NFC and wireless charging. The device can be charged with any microUSB cable as well. On the other hand the iPhone 5 has to be charged with the proprietary Lightning cable.

The iPhone 5 has iOS 6 and the Nokia Lumia 920 comes with Windows Phone 8. The iPhone 5 is the winner here thanks to having the App Store which has more apps than any other mobile platform at the moment; however the Lumia does have some great apps of its own like the Lens Caps and Nokia Maps. These may be good, but they are no match for the 700,000 apps on iOS 6 in the end. In this respect Windows does have a lot of catching up to do with their Marketplace.

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with a choice of colours, including white, yellow, black and grey. If you want the iPhone 5 then you are stuck with the choice of black or white. The iPhone 5 is the slimmer of the two handsets and when compared side by side the Nokia Lumia 920 does look chunky. As both of the handsets have great design this has to be a draw.

The 32GB Nokia Lumia 920 will cost you $99.99 with a contract of two years and you would pay around $199 for the 16GB version of the iPhone 5, $299 for the 32GB and $399 for the 64GB version. The Lumia 920 has the lowest price tag and so it comes out on top.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has beaten the iPhone 5 as it took four wins against the two of the iPhone. One of the downsides you can’t run away from is that you can only get the Nokia Lumia 920 with AT&T, while the iPhone 5 is available with multiple carriers.

Whether the Nokia Lumia 920 will ever be able to beat the iPhone in terms of popularity isn’t known. Bear in mind that the first iPhone in 2007 was released only with AT&T and it too came with the minimum amount of apps. Thanks to the quality in design, the simple yet beautiful UI and the amazing camera it quickly shot Apple to the top. Now the Nokia Lumia 920 is following the exact same path so while it might not beat sales of the iPhone 5 which has gone a long way since 2007, Nokia are back on track and headed in the correct direction.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.