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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?

In a side-by-side comparison with the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5's screen is slightly brighter at the full brightness setting. It also displays deeper blacks, most notably when watching video content.

Software

The Nokia Lumia 920 will be one of the first smartphones to ship with Microsoft's latest mobile OS, Windows Phone 8. We'll learn more closer to its release date, expected to be at the end of October. What we already know is that there's a completely new interface with support for small, medium and large home screen tiles, more colour customisation options, built-in Skype integration, a data use monitor, and a revamped backup system that now includes the ability to backup SMS messages.

The Windows Phone platform is a smooth, effective and efficient OS. The interface is refreshing and different to anything else on the market and performance has been consistently smooth in most devices that have been released so far. The fact that the Lumia 920 will come with a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM should ensure that performance will be competitive with the best smartphones on the market.

The biggest issue for Windows Phone 8 will be third-party apps. The platform lacks both the number and the variety of apps when compared to both iOS and Android. If Nokia is to be successful with the Lumia 920, it needs to attract developers to build apps for the Windows Phone platform.

The iPhone 5 has no such problems, with third-party apps one of its strongest advantages. Using the iPhone 5 is a very similar experience to previous iPhone's. Apple says its new iOS 6 software, which comes standard on the iPhone 5, has added over 200 new features to the platform.

The most significant change is the abolishment of Google's Maps application, which has been replaced with Apple's own Maps app. This is a change for the worse as the Maps app appears to be a half-baked, unfinished solution that lacks both the detail and the accuracy of the Google Maps app it replaced. The Nokia Maps application, which will come standard on the Lumia 920, is one area where the company can claim to hold a big advantage over the iPhone 5. It offers free, turn-by-turn navigation in 110 countries, compared to the iPhone 5's 56 and it also works offline, unlike Apple Maps.

Camera

The Nokia Lumia 920 has a "PureView" camera but this isn't the same 41-megapixel sensor seen on the 808 PureView smartphone. Instead, Nokia is now marketing PureView as any feature or features that enable the camera to capture quality images.

The 8-megapixel camera on the Lumia 920 has a "floating lens" which enables optical image stabilisation. Nokia promises this will improve photos in low-light and minimise out of focus photos and shaky, unstable video recordings. We're very keen to put this to the test, as Nokia says the feature will capture blur-free videos even if the camera is shaking.

 

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