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Smartphone comparison: Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Apple iPhone 5

Ross Catanzariti | Oct. 25, 2012
How does the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 compare to Apple's iPhone 5?

How does the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 compare to Apple's iPhone 5?

Design

The Nokia Lumia 920 follows a similar design trend seen on the company's previous Lumia phones like the Lumia 900 and the Lumia 800. It's constructed from a single piece polycarbonate which is coloured all the way through in the manufacturing process, so any scratches to the surface won't be too noticeable.

The colours on offer (particularly yellow, red, white and grey) are certainly bold and refreshing among a sea of boring, black or white slabs. However, the Lumia 920 is 10.7mm thick and weighs 185g, so it's far from the thinnest or lightest smartphone on the market. It doesn't compare favourably in girth or weight against the iPhone 5 or even the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. Users who long for a thin and light phone are likely to be left a little disappointed.

The Lumia 920's design is a far different picture to the iPhone 5. Its feather light 112g weight is one of the best features of the device and Apple certainly deserves a huge amount of credit for managing to make the phone significantly lighter than its predecessor while increasing its overall footprint. At just 7.6mm, the iPhone 5 is also one of the thinnest smartphones on the market.

Display

If you're balancing size and weight with screen size, then the Lumia 920 immediately begins to look more appealing next to the iPhone 5. For starters it is larger than the iPhone 5 (4.5in compared to 4in) and it has a pixel density of 332ppi, slightly higher than the iPhone 5's 326ppi. In fact, the Lumia 920 has one of the highest pixel density ratings on the market, bettering most current flagship smartphones.

That pixel density rating comes from a resolution of 1280x768. Previous Lumia devices were hamstrung by Microsoft's maximum allowed resolution of 800x480, so this is a significant upgrade if you're coming from an older Windows Phone. A unique feature is the fact that the Lumia 920's touchscreen can be used even if you're wearing gloves.

Nokia cites the use of PureMotion HD+ technology on the Lumia 920's screen, which it says will refresh pixels faster than many other LCD panels. Nokia also claims that the Lumia 920 has one of the brightest displays of any smartphone on the market and says it will automatically adjust the colour tone (and brightness) depending on the amount of ambient light. We'll have to wait until we get our hands on a review unit to put those claims to the test, but it certainly sounds positive.

The Lumia 920 certainly has its work cut out in competing with the iPhone 5's display, which is one of the best on the market. It's larger than previous iPhone's at 4in, but it's the same width as the screen on every other iPhone, only taller. Apple says the decision to keep the phone at the same width ensures that the span of a user's thumb can reach all the way across the display when using the phone single-handedly.

 

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