Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5: How Nokia Is Better

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The Nokia Lumia 920 has changed the face of its platform. Nokia sales were falling, and Microsoft is still waiting for Windows Phone to make it big, so the Lumia has a lot of hopes riding on it. Both companies want it to become the next iPhone and take them into the Apple echelons, but can the Nokia Lumia 920 actually compete?

iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 920

A lot of the attention has been on the Apple vs Samsung battle between the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Nokia Lumia 920 is on AT&T, and it has a stunning design, an easy UI and a staggeringly good camera. It’s also edging into the fray. Previously we’ve explained why you should choose the iPhone 5 over the Lumia 920, now we’re going the other way to see the benefits the WP8 device has over Apple’s icon.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has a 4.5”, 332ppi, 1,280x768p resolution display. The iPhone 5 has a 4” screen with a 326ppi and a 1,136x640p resolution. The Lumia wins here because it has a larger screen, a higher ppi and a screen that responds to fingernails and gloves as well.

The Nokia Lumia 920 rear camera is 8.7MP, with autofocus, dual LED flash, PureView and Carl Zeiss optics. Its front camera is 1.3MP. The iPhone 5 has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front camera. It also has LED flash, FaceTime, autofocus, geo-tagging, panoramic choices and face detection. The Lumia’s camera trounces the iPhone 5, especially in dim light, and is the best smartphone camera we’ve seen this year.

The iPhone 5 wins on storage because it comes in 16, 32 and 64GB options, and the Nokia Lumia 920 has only a 32GB option.

The Nokia Lumia 920 runs on WP8, and the iPhone 5 on iOS 6. The App Store and its 700,000 apps means a win for Apple, but WP8 does look good and is actually easier than iOS to master. The Nokia Lumia 920 has a lot of Nokia-exclusive apps, like Nokia Maps and Lens Caps. These extras don’t win over the App Store, though, as Windows Marketplace has a lot of catching up to do.

Both of these phones have 2G, 3G and LTE, but the Nokia Lumia 920 also has NFC and wireless charging. It can also accept any microUSB cable, whereas the iPhone 5 only takes its Lightning cable.

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in red, yellow, black, white and grey, and the iPhone 5 in just black or white. It has to be a draw here, because although there’s more colour options in the Lumia, it’s chunkier and heavier than the iPhone 5.

The 32GB Nokia Lumia 920 costs $99.99 on a two-year contract, and the 32GB iPhone 5 is $299. A win for Nokia again.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has won five categories compared to the iPhone 5 two. Remember, though, that it’s only out on AT&T, whereas the iPhone 5 is out on all major US networks (apart from T-Mobile). The Nokia Lumia 920 isn’t about to topple the iPhone 5, but it is a great Windows Phone and will sell well.

So is it on the way to being the next iPhone? Well, when the first iPhone came out it only had a few apps, a brilliant touchscreen and was exclusive to AT&T… The Nokia Lumia 920 is following a well-trodden path.

Cecelia has the patience of a praying mantis. She spends the day sifting through press releases from all the major brand’s PR reps. From the most ridiculous announcements to those you really want to know more about, Cecelia makes it a point to skim through as many daily as possible so you won’t have to.