Samsung is pinning its hopes on the Galaxy Note 2 to take the baton from the Galaxy S3, while Nokia is hoping the Lumia 920 will return it to its place as one of the world’s best mobile phone makers.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia has arrived late to the smartphone party, which has been a bit of a disaster, really. The Finnish company is mounting a last-ditch attempt at gatecrashing the party.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 runs on Android and the Nokia Lumia 20 on Windows Phone 8 – how do these phones stack up?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 weighs 180g and is 151.1×80.5×9.4mm. The Lumia is a bit heavier, at 185g. Its measurements are smaller, though, at 130.3×70.8×10.7mm, so the Lumia’s chunkier.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has three colours – pebble blue, titanium grey and marble white. It’s sleek, but can look cheap because of its plastic body. It’s user-friendly, though, which makes it popular. The Note 2 has the S-Pen stylus and a large HD display.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has several amazing colours, and the yellow in particular makes it look fragile. It’s not, though, it’s actually very sturdy and has an excellent build quality.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looks very sleek, but it’s the solid polycarbonate unibody design of the Lumia that wins the looks stakes.
Storage-wise, the Note 2 is the clear winner because it has 16, 32 and 64GB versions, as well as 2GB of RAM. There’s no SD support, though.
The Nokia Lumia 920 lags behind here, as it has just 1GB of RAM and only comes in a 32GB version with no SD.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5” Super AMOLED touchscreen with 267ppi and a 1,280x720p resolution. The screen is covered by Gorilla Glass 2.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has a PureMotion HD+ IPS LCD display of 4.5”. It has a 1,280×768, 332ppi. This display also has some special properties like the ClearBlack tech, which brings forward dark colours and contrasts, as well as reducing glare and making the display easier to see in bright light. The PureMotion HD+ makes for HD picture quality, and despite having a smaller screen, the Nokia Lumia 920 wins because of its higher ppi, better touchscreen and better colours.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chip, which is great for smooth-flowing multi-tasking. Gamers will love the Note 2.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Qualcomm chip. In theory it won’t be as fast as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but it can deal with anything you throw at it, and all WP 8 apps run very smoothly indeed.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has all the Jelly Bean features, as well as Project Butter, which makes apps zoom along, whether it’s a game or a film.
The Nokia Lumia 920 stands head and shoulders above its rivals with its 8.7MP rear camera and its PureView tech that makes for bright photos with excellent contrast. The Lumia’s front camera is a so-so 1.3MP.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has an 8MP rear camera that can take 1,080p films. This camera has LED flash, touch focus, face and smile detection and autofocus. It also has a 1.9MP front camera.
The Nokia Lumia 902 is on WP8, which is a new OS, but it has some noteworthy features, like the live tiles. You’ll also find that social networking is great. This is encouraging, but it’ll be some time before WP8 starts to compete with Android.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a brilliant revamp of the first Note, with its better chip and redesigned S-Pen. It has an updated version of Android and a stronger chip which gives amazing speeds.
The Nokia Lumia 920 camera is superlative, and its display is also top-notch, as it gives better-than-HD quality and outranks the Note 2’s. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wins more points in this comparison, though, which makes Android the overall winner.