Finnish brand Nokia is trying its best to reclaim mobile supremacy with its Lumia series. The latest of the bunch, the Nokia Lumia 920 goes head to head with flagship units of Samsung and Apple and does not disappoint with its impressive spec sheet. Will the Nokia Lumia 920 give the two brands a run for their money? And will this leave you with an empty pocket when it hits the market sometime in the last quarter of the year? Well, here’s to hoping they follow their AT&T Lumia 900 release, with plenty of discounts and coupons available for those who want to get a taste of mobile goodness, the Nokia/Windows Phone style.
Down with the specifications, it seems like Nokia’s latest foray into the mobile realm almost has the exact specs as those of the Samsung Galaxy SIII and Apple iPhone 5, with matching 8 megapixel shooter, 1080p video capabilities and a larger screen size than the previous models, though the latter is larger by two inches diagonally.
Nokia Lumia 920: Camera
The Nokia Lumia 920 takes the cake with its superb imaging capabilities especially in low light, performing way better than other smartphones in the market. Not faring well in this category is the Samsung Galaxy SIII with its almost pitch-dark snapshots. The iPhone 5 is a spectacular shooter during the day, but the same cannot be said in low light, especially when you compare it with the superb images that Lumia 920 can provide.
Nokia Lumia 920: Body and Display
iPhone users probably find solace in the impressive display that most Apple products come with nowadays, but once again, the Lumia 920 stealthily comes on top of the display department with a 332 ppi, 4.5-inch AMOLED screen.
The Galaxy SIII has lower pixel density (306 ppi) albeit on a larger, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen. The latest iPhone 5 is now smaller if the previous two mobiles are the standards for screen size with a rather small 4-inch screen with 326 ppi.
The Nokia Lumia 920’s form factor is derived from the older Lumias, albeit in a larger package. When compared to the Samsung Galaxy SIII and Apple iPhone 5, the Lumia 920 comes across as the heavyweight, literally, weighing in at 185g.
The appearance and form factor of all three phones depends on the taste of the user. Judging by appearance, it seems that the Lumia has a more masculine appeal, and is a better fit for sporty people.
Nokia Lumia 920: Hardware
One big difference that prospective buyers must take note of is the Lumia 920’s dual core processor as opposed to Samsung Galaxy SIII’s quad-core, an interesting detail in the spec sheet that might get Samsung fanboys worked up against the Apple users with only a dual-core processor on the A6 chip that comes with the iPhone 5.
Interestingly, the Nokia Lumia 920 drops the FM radio, a feature that has been included in most Nokia phones since pre-Lumia days, which makes the Samsung Galaxy SIII the choice for music lovers. Another iPhone 5 similarity is the absence of a card slot, which once again gives the Samsung camp the upper hand. Then again, the Lumia 920’s 32GB internal storage is more than enough for most mobile users.
The similarities of features ends with the battery capacity. The Lumia 920 comfortably pits itself against the Samsung Galaxy SIII with 2000mAh battery juice, only lacking 100mAh more to match the Galaxy SIII’s capacity, but one ups the SIII with wireless charging. The iPhone, on the other hand, takes a beating with only 1440mAh, a far cry from the two.
Nokia Lumia 920: Ecosystem
What’s more important to consider is the operating system that comes with it. Some people just can’t get enough of the hardware-software integration that Apple is known for, while open-source fans would definitely go for Android phones. Nokia loyalists and those who are willing to give the Windows Mobile variant a try can take a risk with these sleek Lumia babies. In the end, it boils down to how the users want their interface.
In our honest opinion, with the iPhone 5 having issues with their mapping app, color flaring on their camera, WiFi issues, and coating on their phone that is prone to scratching, it’s hard to see why people would get one over the Lumia 920 or the Samsung SIII. The only thing that keeps the iPhone 5 in the hunt is their ecosystem. Phone wise, it’s a great phone, but overall it’s not any better than the other two, and they don’t have the issues that the new iPhone 5 currently has.
Between the Lumia 920 and the SIII, things get much more interesting. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is proven, and matches the Lumia 920 in most areas. The Lumia wins with their camera and Screen, but the SIII wins with raw power and their ecosystem is deeper. You can’t go wrong with either one.
The one thing that is holding the Lumia 920 back is their ecosystem, and that others are entrenched in their existing ecosystem. The Lumia 920 is a fantastic phone, but if you have hundreds of dollars locked up in Apple or Android apps, is it good enough to make you switch?
That is the million-dollar question. If Microsoft wants people to change, they should start by handing out $50 credits to their app stores with each new phone sold. That should get people their “must have” apps, and might be enough incentive to get people to make the switch.
With the ongoing battle among mobile manufacturers, only one thing is clear: the consumers win in the end. Who knows what they could come up with in the coming years? What features do you want to be included in the upcoming phones in the market?