Galaxy Note 2 vs Nokia Lumia 920: Oversized vs Husky

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Samsung is hoping its Galaxy Note 2 is picking up the baton from the Galaxy S3. Nokia is also playing for high stakes, as it hopes that the Lumia 920 will return it to the top of the world’s mobile phone makers’ list.

Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Nokia is late to the smartphone party, and this has cost it dearly. The Finns are still having a last go at making a splash in the smartphone market with the Lumia 920.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has Android and the Nokia Lumia 920 has Windows Phone 8 – so how else do these phones differ and which one is better suited for you?

The Note 2 weighs 180g and is 151.1×80.5×9.4mm. The Lumia is chunkier, at 130.3×70.8×10.7mm and 185g.

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in lots of bright colours, which actually make it look fragile when it’s anything but. It’s actually very strong, with very high build quality.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes in pebble blue, marble white and titanium grey. It looks sleek, but its plastic body looks a bit cheap. It’s user-friendly, which has made it popular, and it also has the S-Pen stylus and a big HD display.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 might be sleek, but it’s the Lumia’s solidity and polycarbonate unibody that makes it stand out.

The Note 2 has a 5.5” Super AMOLED HD touchscreen, with 276ppi and a,280x720p resolution. It’s encased in Gorilla Glass 2.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has its 4.5” PureMotion HD+ IPS LCD display, with a resolution of 1,280×768 and a 332ppi. It has the unique ClearBlack tech, which enhances dark colours and contrasts while reducing glare. The PureMotion HD+ gives HD quality. Despite its smaller screen, the Lumia wins because of its colours, high ppi and intense touch responsiveness.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wins on storage – there’s 16, 32 and 64GB versions, with 2GB of RAM and SD support.

The Lumia’s storage doesn’t compare – 1GB of RAM and just a 32GB version with no SD support.

The Note 2 has all the Jelly Bean features, and Project Butter makes everything run ultra-smoothly. If you’re playing a game or watching a film, you’ll do so seamlessly. The Lumia 920 runs on WP 8, which is a new OS. It has some great features, like live tiles, and social networking is a breeze here. WP8 has a way to go before it hits the heights of Android, but it’s going in the right direction.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chip, which is one of the best multi-tasking processors. Any game lovers will love the flowing, smooth nature of the Note 2.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip. This isn’t as fast as the Exynos, but it can still chew up anything you throw at it. All the Lumia’s WP8 apps run really well.

The Lumia’s 8.7MP camera is the real draw, though. It has PureView tech, and this means bright and clear photos with excellent contrast. It also has a 1.3MP front camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rear camera is 8MP, and it can record in 1,080p. It has a 1.9MP front camera. The rear camera has autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection and smile detection. There’s also geo-tagging.

The Note 2 is a great advance on the original Note, with a redesigned stylus and a better chip. There’s an updated version of Android, and a very powerful chip for amazing speeds.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has a brilliant camera, and its display is one of the best out there. It provides better-than-HD images and beats the Note 2. The Note 2 wins more points overall, though, so Android is the ultimate winner.

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.