Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Nokia Lumia 920: Don’t Jump On S3 Yet!

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nokia Lumia 920 have totally different operating systems and they come from two rival competitors, both of whom are struggling to get on top in the smartphone market. There is however one thing that they do share, and that’s the fact that they both come with software and hardware that is mind blowing, making them almost the flagship devices of their respective platforms.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Nokia Lumia 920

Design & build: Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Nokia Lumia 920 have predecessors and so of course with logic in mind, both of the companies chose to use the same design for their new handsets. This means that if you want something completely new, you are out of luck.

It also means that the build quality of the two handsets is great, particularly with Nokia, as design of the Galaxy S3 is a little plastic looking. On saying this it has proven to be durable just like the S2 was. Winner: Nokia Lumia 920.

Screen: The screen of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 4.8 inches Super AMOLED at 1280 x 720. However the Lumia 920beats it with a 4.5 inch IPS TFT display of 1280 x 768 that boasts a much higher ppi and comes with PureMotion HD+ technology that needs to be seen to be believed. Winner: Nokia Lumia 920.

Power: The processor in the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the quad core Exynos 1.4GHz Cortex A9 in the international version. In the US version this is the Snapdragon S4 dual core at 1.5GHz. This is around the same clock speed as the processor in the Nokia Lumia, 920 the Qualcomm MSM8960 dual core Snapdragon 1.5GHz Krait processor. Winner: Draw

Storage: Internationally the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with 1GB of RAM and in the version in the US this is 2GB, which is also compatible with 4G LTE. Storage wise the S3 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and is expandable by another 64GB by way of SD card. The Lumia 920 has 1GB of RAM and storage of 32GB but it lacks support for SD card. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3.

Camera: The camera on both of the handsets is 8 megapixels. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the edge in regards to the front camera at 1.9 megapixels, while the Lumia 920 has a 1.3 megapixel front camera. The Lumia 920 rear camera however performs better in low light shots. Winner: Draw

Other: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has support for 3G and 4G LTE in the US, NFC and packs a 2,100mAh battery. It runs out of the box on Android 4.0 but there is an update to Jelly Bean on its way. The Nokia Lumia 920 has 3G, 4G LTE, NFC and a battery of 2000mAh. It runs on the Windows Phone 8 OS. Winner: Draw

If you are not in any huge hurry to go out and get a handset then we suggest that you hang on and wait for a while. At the moment Windows Phone 8 has not had a full-fledged release and as such its software features are not known. You may therefore want to wait to see what is in store when the Nokia Lumia 920 is released, as opposed to rushing out to get the Samsung Galaxy S3 just yet.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.