There are loads of high-end smartphones hitting the market this quarter, in particular the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the HTC One X+ and the Nokia Lumia 920. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has attracted the most hype of the bunch, and Samsung has even said that they have sold over 3 million units in the last month. So how do the two rivals stack up against the phablet?
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Nokia Lumia 920 & HTC One X+
These are all flagships, with the latest operating systems – Windows Phone 8 for the Nokia Lumia 920 and Jelly Bean for the HTC One X+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. WP8 is new, but does have some great features on top of a couple that are Nokia-exclusive, like Lens Caps and Nokia Maps. These are respectable, but won’t worry Android too much. The HTC One X+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 are level-pegging software-wise, but the Note 2 has a few extras like S-Pen and multi-windows, which help it to stand out and win this round. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The Lumia has an LCD display of 4.5”, the One X+ is 4.7” and LCD and the Note 2 has a 5.5” Super AMOLED screen. Each has pros and cons. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is huge, with vibrant colours and deep blacks. The HTC One X+ is great in direct sunlight, as well as realistic, and the Nokia Lumia 920 has the best display tech going. Its screen is ultra fast and responds even to gloves and fingernails. It also has a very high ppi. The Nokia Lumia 920 is the smallest though, but its stands up well and makes this section a draw. Winner: Draw
The trio have batteries that should easily last a day. The Nokia Lumia 920 has 2,000mAh, the HTC One X+ nudges ahead with 2,100mAh and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 3,100mAh. The Note 2 wins (in theory) with this larger battery. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The Nokia Lumia 920 has a 1.5GHz dual-core chip with 1GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has 2GB of RAM and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. The HTC One X+ has 1GB of RAM and a 1.7GHz chip. The Lumia doesn’t stand a chance here, with the Galaxy Note 2 and the One X+ leading by far. Winner: Androids
The Nokia Lumia 920 has 32GB of storage and the HTC One X+ has 32 or 64GB of storage. Neither has SD support, though, so if you need more space, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may do you better, as it has SD support for up to 64GB on top of its 16, 32 or 64GB of internal storage. It wins. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The HTC One X+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 have 8MP cameras with LED flash and autofocus. The Nokia Lumia 920 has an 8.7MP camera with dual LED flash. This is the best low light camera, and with Lens Caps and PureView, it wins this heat. Winner: Nokia Lumia 920
The front cameras are different, though. The Nokia Lumia 920 trails in third with its 1.3MP offering, while the HTC One X+ is second with a 1.6MP camera. The Note 2 has a 1.9MP camera, so it wins. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 falls down on materials and design. The Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC One X+ look amazing and feel great too. It’s a matter of taste, though. Mind you, the Lumia has got people going! Winner: HTC One X+ and Nokia Lumia 920 draw
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has won most of the categories here, with the Nokia Lumia 920 coming second. The HTC One X+ hasn’t taken any wins. So if you’ve got big hands or don’t mind dual-hand operation, you may well go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.