The LG Nexus 4 will be a great seller this Christmas, but it’s got quite a few rivals to worry about i.e other Androids and the iPhone 5. However this year, WP8 comes in as a threat as well with the launch of the Nokia Lumia 920. So just how do the Nexus 4 and the Lumia compare?
Nokia Lumia 920 vs LG Nexus 4
These phones both have stunning screens – the LG Nexus 4 has a 4.7” IPS screen with 320ppi and 1,280x768p resolution. Its viewing angles make for easy and high quality reading and viewing, even in bright or direct sunlight.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has an equally impressive 4.5” PureMotion HD+ screen that gives the deepest blacks we’ve seen on a phone to date. It also responds to gloves and, incredibly, fingernails. The Lumia has the higher ppi and better response, so it beats the LG Nexus 4 despite being slightly smaller.
Both handsets have hardware that was only to be found in PCs up until a few years ago. The LG Nexus 4 with a Snapdragon S4 Pro Qualcomm chip, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The Nexus doesn’t have LTE, but it does have HSPA+, an 8MP camera, NFC, Wi-Fi, wireless charging and Bluetooth.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon chip, an 8.7MP PureView camera, Bluetooth, LTE, GPS and Wi-Fi. The camera has an optical image stabiliser that makes for some great image capture. Nexus phones have tended to lag in the camera race, and the Nexus 4 is catching up, but it certainly won’t overtake the Lumia if you consider that the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 have had to bow down to the Lumia 920 when it came to taking pictures in low light conditions. PureView is just in a league of its own.
The LG Nexus 4 gets a win for having 2GB of RAM and quad-cores though. And the Nokia Lumia 920 gets two for its amazing camera and LTE.
The Google Play Store has more than 700,000 apps, music files and books, and users can swap their launchers and keyboards around to customise their phones perfectly.
Windows Marketplace is way behind other platforms, but it can only catch up. Microsoft reckons that most popular apps will be there eventually. For now, though, the LG Nexus 4 is the winner in the apps department.
The LG Nexus 4 comes with Android 4.2 which boasts better touch responses and offline maps. It also features a Swype-like keyboard and an improved camera UI. It also has PhotoSphere and an improved Google Now.
The Nokia Lumia 920 runs on Windows Phone 8 and has customisable homescreen tiles that update constantly, as well as Office and Nokia Maps and lots of Nokia-exclusive features. However, its lack of apps is a big let-down despite these numerous software tweaks.
Unlocked, the LG Nexus 4 8GB will set you back by $299 and $349 for the 16GB. Unlocked phones work on T-Mobile and AT&T. The Nokia Lumia 920 is exclusive to AT&T on a two-year tie-in and cost from $159 on contract. If you need an unlocked model you’ll spend upwards of $500.
Two great devices here, each with its upsides and downsides. The Nexus 4 has good software, processor and has the better price, but doesn’t have LTE, and the camera and screen aren’t a patch on the Nokia Lumia 920.
In the final count, each phone gets three points, and it’s not even possible for battery or looks to sway things in favour of either phone as they’re level on these factors. It’ll be down to OS for most people – WP8 or Android 4.2?