There is already a big competition floating in the mobile world in 2012; iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3. But there is yet another fierce competition to heat up with the launch of Nokia’s new line-up consisting Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. Both these smartphones come pre-installed with Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 8 operating system. They will soon hit the stores after the final unveiling of Microsoft Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft Windows 8 at an event on October 29, 2012. If analysts are to be believed the fight is going to be fierce as Microsoft keeps a strong hold on Windows Phone devices to keep them from fragmentation. Microsoft’s strategy is similar to Apple’s but it has more options for consumers with different brands but with tight control on quality so that people can buy whatever model, brand and form factor they want. It can give Nokia a massive opportunity to balance its dwindling cash reserves. Let’s see with what specs Lumia 920 is planning to outdo iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 has one of the most celebrated and rich design theme with the use of glass and aluminum, the handset is 7.6mm thin with a weight of just 112 grams. Apple has taken aggressive measures to make the iPhone 5 as thin as possible by removing the entire glass panel at the back when compared to its previous model; iPhone 4S. The Nokia Lumia 920 on the other hand is not as slim as the iPhone 5 at 10.7 mm and weighing 185 grams. But the phone is available in extremely cute and funky colors such as Red, Blue, Cyan and Yellow. Lumia feels like a giant lead weight compared to the feather-light iPhone 5 even with the use of polycarbonate unibody. The design of the Lumia 920 is certainly a breath of fresh air in the world of black or white slabs. Also, the iPhone 5 can get scratched and scuffed pretty easily due to its aluminum body. So it is fair to say that the Nokia Lumia 920 has refreshing design which is also more durable than the Apple iPhone 5.
When it comes to the screen, the Lumia 920 fares better, due to the larger screen and high pixel resolution of 1,280×768 compared to the iPhone 5’s 1,136×640. Lumia 920 has an IPS TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen of 4.5 inches with 332 ppi pixel density which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The iPhone on the other hand has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen which is bigger than all the previous versions of iPhone with an increased resolution of 1136 x 640 which is of similar with but with increased height but still it is not proper HD resolution. Moreover, the display on the Nokia Lumia 920 can be operated with fingers as well as other physical things due to a newer technology used which is developer in conjunction with Synaptics. Overall, the screen on the Nokia Lumia 920 is better with larger size, better resolution and better sensitivity.
Apple hasn’t done much to the camera to improve photo quality. In iPhone 5 though there are some improvements to the camera, but they aren’t significant. It’s still an 8 megapixel sensor, and it still uses a pretty standard LED flash. Its aperture is f/2.4 and it uses a five-element lens made up of Sapphire. Nokia Lumia 920 on the other hand is using its latest PureView technology for its 8.7MP camera which is expected to give a terrific result even in low-light conditions. The actual image quality is better than the iPhone 5 as reported. Both the phones have 1.3 MP HD front-facing camera for video calling and self-portraits.
Operating system & Connectivity
The fight comes down to Windows 8 and iOS. Apple’s iPhone runs its own iOS software while Lumia 920 runs on latest Windows Phone 8. We can’t really say if Windows 8 will be able to outclass iOS since Apple’s OS has the most and the best apps in the mobile space. But that shouldn’t stop developers from creating new apps and games for Windows Phone 8 platform as it is very similar to Windows 8 desktop version under the hood.
Both the phones feature 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, A-GPS and necessary sensors. But Nokia has additional NFC which can be used for mobile payments where available. Also, it uses a standard Micro USB port which is common to find when you need one and you can use single cable for all your phones.
Processing & Storage
Lumia 920 is using the new 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 with Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU which is more than enough for Windows Phone 8 to run smoothly. It’s a great chip in CPU performance but does not have as fast GPU when competing with the iPhone 5’s A6 processor which has a tri-core PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU under its hood. Nokia Lumia 920 has an internal storage of 32 GB and 1 GB RAM while iPhone 5 come with three storage options, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Both lack storage expansion through memory card slot.
To conclude both of the handsets are superb and the choice basically comes down to whether you want Windows Phone or iOS. The iOS is the more popular of the two, but Windows is catching up. The iPhone 5 costs 73,599 for the 32GB version while the Nokia Lumia 920 price in India will be below the INR 35,000 mark because it has to compete with Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and HTC One X.