There’s a mind-blowing number of smartphones out there right now, so it’s no wonder that shoppers get confused. If you’re torn between the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One X+, we may be able to help you make your mind up here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC One X+
Display: The Nokia Lumia 920 has a 4.5” LCD screen, the HTC One X+ is a bit bigger with a 4.7” S-LCD2 display and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a stunning 5.5” Super AMOLED screen. This is a tough call as each phone has its merits. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has its size, the HTC One X+ has excellent outdoor viewing and the Nokia Lumia 920 has the best screen technology (highest ppi, fastest response rate and can work with gloves and even fingernails). Winner: Draw.
Software: These phones are the flagships of their companies. They all run on the latest OS – the Nokia Lumia 920 will have Windows Phone 8, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the HTC One X+ run on Jelly Bean. While Windows Phone 8 is still young compared to the more popular Android platform, Nokia has some great added features like Nokia Maps and their Lens caps app. Nevertheless these additions are unlikely to attract any fans from the more mature iOS or Android platform. Comparing the two Jelly Bean devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has much more to offer. This includes a ton of S-features and the S-Pen on top of the standard Jelly Bean. Its real icing on the cake are the smaller things though like the revolutionary multi-windows and the reinvented screen rotation. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Hardware: Now it gets serious. The Nokia Lumia 920 has a 1.5GHz dual-core chip and 1GB of RAM, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is nearly twice as powerful, with a 1.6GHz quad-core chip and 2GB of RAM. The HTC One X+ has a chip upgrade from its predecessor, and has a 1.7GHz quad-core chip with 1GB of RAM. This makes for serious multitasking, and it’s unlikely that the Lumia 920 will stand a chance here.
Memory-wise, the One X+ has a 32GB and a 64GB version, whereas the Nokia Lumia 920 has 32GB of internal memory. Neither phone has an external SD slot, so you’ll have to be economical with your storage. If storage is important to you, the the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has 64GB of internal storage as well as an SD card for expandable memory. Given the extra storage and RAM, the winner is clear. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Cameras: The HTC One X+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 have 8MP auto-focus rear cameras with LED flash. The Lumia 920 wins out here with an 8.7MP camera with dual LED flash for clear pics in low light. In fact you would be hard pressed to find another camera that takes better pictures in low light conditions than the Lumia. It looks like that Pure-View feature does pay off. Winner: Nokia Lumia 920
Front facing cameras – the Nokia Lumia 920 has a 1.3MP, the HTC One X+ has a 1.6MP and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1.9MP camera. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Batteries: Battery life is a vital consideration for smartphones. These phones all have very high power batteries that will last close to a day on one charge with moderate usage. The Nokia Lumia 920 has a 2,000mAh battery, the HTC One X+ has a 2,100mAh offering, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wins out with a 3,100mAh battery that fits snuggly into its huge body. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Design: Last we come to design. Now while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has been winning most of the categories here this is one where it doesn’t stand a chance. Both the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC One X+ offer gorgeous design and choice of build materials. The winner here is purely based on personal preference, unless you take the Nokia Lumia 920 multiple color options as an advantage. Personally, I would give the Nokia Lumia 920 the title of the HTC One X+ given Nokia’s track record when it comes to build quality. Winner: Nokia Lumia 920.
Conclusion: There you have it. Now the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wins 4 categories, the Nokia Lumia 920 wins 2 and the HTC One X+ unfortunately gets none. So the winner looks to be Samsung’s phablet.