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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?

The Lumia 920 will certainly need all that and more to better the camera on the iPhone 5, which is one of the best we've ever used on a smartphone. It remains at 8-megapixels, but captures excellent photos with great detail and many of the shots produced are comparable to some dedicated point-and-shoot digital cameras.

During testing, we found that the iPhone 5's camera consistently produced more accurate colours than the iPhone 4S. Macro performance is excellent, and the lens is quick to focus on close range subjects -- an issue we found on the 4S. The biggest improvement on the camera is the ability to take better quality photos in low light conditions, though these images are still noisier than most good point-and-shoot cameras.

Internals

The Nokia Lumia 920 has relatively impressive specifications. It's powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, has 1GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of internal memory. There's no memory card slot though, so users won't be able to physically add to that 32GB of storage.

NFC connectivity is present and allows a range of accessories to be paired with the phone simply by tapping the two devices together. There's also 4G connectivity, too -- the Lumia 920 will be sold through Telstra in Australia.

One interesting feature that the iPhone 5 can't boast is built-in wireless charging using the Qi wireless power standard. Nokia will sell a range of charging accessories for the Lumia 920 including a wireless charging plate, a charging pillow, a charging stand and a wireless charging speaker by JBL.

The Apple iPhone 5 is powered by an updated A6 processor, has 1GB of RAM and comes with 16, 32 or 64GB of internal memory depending on the model you choose. Apple says the A6 processor is two times faster than the A5 chip used on the iPhone 4S and has two times faster graphics. There's no NFC capability but the iPhone 5, like the Lumia 920, is 4G compatible in Australia. The iPhone 5 also uses a new SIM card standard called Nano-SIM. It's a smaller SIM card than the Micro-SIM Apple used on the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.

The Apple iPhone 5 is available now through all major Australian telcos. Nokia has confirmed that the Lumia 920 will be sold through Australian carrier Telstra. No pricing or specific availability has been announced but the Lumia 920 is expected to go on sale sometime in early November.

 

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