iPhone 5 vs. Lumia 920

September 21, 2012 •

The big tech news this month has been the announcement and release of the iPhone 5. But Nokia has also announced their newest handset, running the new Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 920. With all eyes on Apple and their latest wonder-phone, what sets the Lumia apart? Is it worth considering in an iPhone dominated world? Let’s take a look at just a few of the similarities and differences.

iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 920

What is the Same?
The two phones have a few things in common. Neither of them have an SD card slot. They both have a non-removable battery and are both using some brand new technologies that they hope to entice you with (such as 4G LTE support).

But that is where the similarities end. The two phones are actually quite different. The iPhone, as always, is more an evolution of the same iPhone, while the Lumia 920 is trying to draw attention in as many ways as possible.

What is Different – The Screens
The iPhone is using a new screen size for the first time ever. It has gone to a new 4 inch Retina display at 326 ppi (pixels per inch) with a 44% bump in color saturation over the 4S. The Lumia, on the other hand, has tried to do them one better. Nokia is using a 4.5 inch screen with a pixel density of 332 ppi. Nokia has also included the latest version of their “ClearBlack” display filter, which Nokia says cuts the screen glare and makes it usable even in the brightest sunlight. In the end, either screen is going to look great.

What is Different – The Cameras
Nokia is betting heavily on the camera in the 920. They have included an 8.7 megapixel camera along with the latest version of their PureView technology. This is the same technology that drove their 808 camera phone (which had a 41 megapixel sensor). Apple has been the undisputed king of cell phone cameras, but Nokia is hoping to dethrone them with the Lumia 920.

What is Different – The Materials
The iPhone, once again, is constructed of premium materials, hardened glass on the front and aluminum on the back. This gives it a very nice feel in the hand and prevents the feeling of “cheapness” that plagues so many other phones. The Lumia 920 is made of a special polycarbonate material, but in the past this material has still felt like plastic. It remains to be seen if Nokia can avoid the sensation of “another cheap feeling plastic phone.”

What is Different – The Operating Systems
By far the biggest difference, however, are the operating systems. The iPhone 5 uses Apple’s latest version of the tried and true iOS. Not much has changed in iOS, but that is not a bad thing. It is still the most recognizable and most used mobile operating system around. People know it and love it. The Lumia 920 is heading into uncharted territory with the new Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8 promises a whole slew of updates over its predecessor (Windows Phone 7, while a great mobile OS, never really gained any traction in the marketplace).

But will these be enough to entice people away from the familiar worlds of iOS and Android? Only time will tell.