HTC One vs Nokia Lumia 920
Camera is where competition between the two devices heats up. The HTC One features a 4.3-megapixel UltraPixel camera with a single LED flash, and the Nokia Lumia 920 has a 8.7-megapixel PureView camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. Both cameras are with a wide, f/2.0 aperture, but the actual images differ a lot.
In daytime, colors on the Lumia 920 are overblown to absurdity, they look unreal. Even in well-lit conditions there is some noise and overall images look a bit soft. The HTC One captures much more realistic tones, but images are not perfect either - while sharp around the edges, they look smudgy in single-tone areas.
For night images, both cameras have the advantage of capturing a lot of light. The Nokia Lumia 920 does much better when light is scarce, capturing realistic colors and with balanced noise levels. The HTC One captures sharp well-lit photos with little noise, but it has the tendancy to burn brighter spots of image in low light and in certain conditions colors were yellowish.
For video, both come with optical image stabilization (it seems to be working slightly better on the Lumia 920) which we appreciate. Both record at 1080p and 30 frames per second, and there are no skipped frames. Daylight colors are again just over the top on the Lumia 920, it looks punchy but far from reality, while the HTC One has a more accurate color representation.
HTC One Sample Video:
Nokia Lumia 920 Sample Video:
In low-lit situations the HTC One is the definite winner. It captures much more light. While video on the Nokia Lumia 920 is dim, very hard to watch, you can easily watch footage shot at identical conditions on the One. Take a look at the video sample below which sums it all up perfectly.
HTC One Low Light Sample Video:
Nokia Lumia 920 Low Light Sample Video:
Sound recording on the HTC One is simply a different world than most other smartphones - it’s that much better. The device has dual-membrane microphones that clear up a lot of the noise, and not just that but recorded sound is rich at both the high tones and deep at the low ones. It is the perfect device to record videos with sound from concerts and loud parties.
The Lumia 920 also captures surprisingly deep bass, but lacks that fullness the HTC One unveils at the higher tones. We should say, though, that the Lumia 920 outperforms most other smartphones so it is great on its own. In comparison with the HTC One it just doesn’t stand a chance, though.
With large, sharp and vivid display both devices are perfectly well suited for watching videos on the go or listening to music. Both play back 1080p videos in various formats with ease.
For image consumption, we are impressed with the gallery of the HTC One which not only integrates pictures from your social networks like Facebook, but also has a ton of cool features like the capability to automatically create movies out of your footage and stills. The Lumia 920 comes with less bells and whistles in that regard, but the vivid screen makes watching images on it a pleasant experience.
The real difference comes with sound from the loudspeaker. The HTC One is a small revolution in sound quality on smartphones, setting a new standard. Both are very loud but sound on the HTC One stereo speakers is so much fuller at both the bass and high tones.
1. asingha94 (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)
I own a 920!!All i can say is mindblowinggg & waiting for a changeover to 928!!!
42. Johnnokia (Posts: 1074; Member since: 27 May 2012)
OMG ..OMG ,. OMG
This Victor drove me crazy..
What can we do , What ?????????
44. MarioGomez (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
That is really incredibly funny..
The best story is :
Victor. H and Nokia
86. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Nokia fanboys are the most childish everywhere...
like you and a bunch of idiots whinning all the time
Please cry in the corner of your room not in here..
47. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
yes, the review is unfair because l920 is like 6 months old, we should wait for nokias flagship
79. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
What a hack of a review! And that's being kind. Did you really look at the low light video test? What a clever and deceiving videos. The HTC phone video captures all the lights in the room to brighten up the recording. The L920 phone is faced to the floor for a number of seconds showing total darkness then when brought back on the dancers it barely captures all the light in the room. Take a real good look at the videos. These folks at phonearena went out of their way to make the L920 look bad. I suppose it's their site they can do whatever they like. But I don't have to bite on their deceitfulness.
2. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
920 is only superior to htc in terms of camera.
My vote goes to htc one,u cant buy a phone only for its camera
66. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
Exactly..808is best option for our friend..
Canon then soo good..maybe nikon..
We discuss about cell phone and its bright like shiny day that htc one soooo forward than 920 in every aspects..just a troll don't believe it..but I dont forget lumia 920 for all big innovation last year and I like it too but my judge is something that I read and see about..tnx.
84. BitterTruth (unregistered)
L920 is 6 months old, wait for 928!
3. wendygarett (unregistered)
Lol Victor.H :)
4. zhiae (unregistered)
i came it to see nokia trols about victor H
13. windroid (unregistered)
And you consider yourself what?
5. tiara6918 (Posts: 2027; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
HTC One wins again! It is definitely the one smartphone for 2013
77. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
So in your opinion it will beat the s4 the moto x the nexus 5 and the xperia z I'm sorry I would buy all of those phones bar the xz over the one any day the good design and good screen isn't everything!
6. lyndon420 (Posts: 3991; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Interesting. I have the One x and it doesn't matter what kind of gloves I have on...I can still use the touchscreen.
15. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
They will deny still knowing the truth™
34. SleepingOz (unregistered)
But Nokians just won't admit this obvious fact.. smh..
18. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
In my opinion it's the (Worst)
The Htc One excels on everything, except the camera!
28. jlp34876 (Posts: 80; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)
HTC one may excel in specs, but the day to day performance would be the same it will still do the job of being a smart phone.
10. StreetNerd (Posts: 819; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
we all know PA is not much of a WP fan :') to them the iphone never lose a comparison -_-"
36. Shadow_Assassin (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 May 2012)
lumia 920 has similar spec to the iphone5. But their comparation showed iphone5 is equally good as htc one while lumia 920 is outdoes by the htc one in almost every department. what a joke.
11. windroid (unregistered)
I think it's a good and fair review. The 920 was incredibly innovative when introduced, but time passes and any phone 6 months old loses some of its glory. Anyway 920 still is an amazing device, but HTC One takes the lead.
In terms of real daily use, any of the two would serve its owner very well and the main difference would be the OS, some prefers more modularity and personalization (Android) some prefers more social integration and strait usage (WP).
29. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3615; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I like the 920...but this time, i'm going to go with the One. It is better.
One thing though, i don't like how they designed One, most may beg to differ, but that's my opinion.
Still, 920 will always be the phone that pioneered the engineering of OIS.
12. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
WP, Apple and BB just can't hang with Android. That lumina already looks ancient. To bad Nokia is in bed with Microsoft because I bet Nokia can make an awesome Android phone without being tied down by Microsoft. It would change peoples mindset overnight.
16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Misrosoft owns Nokia, they are in contract for another 2years of funding.
Nokia have landed in a death grip!
27. windroid (unregistered)
Long time since your last criticism, really missing your post without any type of argumentation, only full of hate, I see where it comes from, but, go outside, pick a little sun...
17. jlp34876 (Posts: 80; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)
Why do you want Nokia to build an android device? Aren't you satisfied with the current OEM android has? I have a lumia 710 and a nexus 7 and open a PDF of calculus book with 1300+pages on both devices using acrobat reader. And the performance is almost identical even if your searching a specific word or number.
21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
It could be that they don't like WP8 or they dislike Wp8....?
20. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
How much are google and htc paying you to write this $hit?? The ONE is butt ugly, has an inferior camera , and terrible software
39. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
the one is "butt ugly"? Go troll somewhere else.
45. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
the One is an excellently designed device, camera isnt as good as the hype around it and android is fine not terrible. sense 5 looks good too
why is there only 2 extremes on this site either extreme hate or blind love.
both phones will make you happy on a day to day basis. your preference in the end
and ''TROLL'' and ''SleepingOz'' go praise the robot elsewhere your hate isnt needed
52. SleepingOz (unregistered)
"and ''TROLL'' and ''SleepingOz'' go praise the robot elsewhere your hate isnt needed"
As far as I know, this ain't a nokia article! Also this is internet, I write whatever comment I want where I want! Your approval in not needed!
And the winner of this comparison is obviously the HTC ONE. The truth is a bitter pill to swallow for butthurt nokians like you. =3
55. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
haha lmao your still on your role commenting one way s**t
ive already said the HTC One and 920 are top here and i cant decide which is better as day to day use both will please whoever chose them
as for you , you only say its better as its an android device your so transparent its unreal. aslong as its android it wins with you. so yeah go hug the robot elsewhere if you cant be unbiased
and your support for ''TROLL' is so funny, you whine about so called nokia trolls yet say nothing on him. one sided as always
p.s nokians? really that the best you could come up with
60. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Every sane, neutral people can tell that the ONE is a better device than the L920! Better CPU, GPU, 1080p screen, more RAM and the obvious advantages of Android over WP. Even you, deep inside your nokian's head, you know this fact! But as I nokian, you just can't admit it!
"as for you , you only say its better as its an android device your so transparent its unreal"
LMAO based on what? I would never say something like that unless it's true! The L920 is a better device than the Galaxy Y or the Sony tipo even though they have Android on-board. So what now?!
"and your support for ''TROLL' is so funny, you whine about so called nokia trolls yet say nothing on him. one sided as always"
Where did you see me supporting TROLL? All I did was replying to feres13 and haseedzahid. Have your eyes checked, buddy!
Yeah nokians, it's simpler to type than biased nokia fanboys. And yet, the truth is a bitter pill to swallow. Face it! =]
61. SleepingOz (unregistered)
And btw your avatar suits you well!
You really remind me of the capricious butthurt Cartman who actually knows he's wrong but can't help acting as if he's always right. And when he can't win an argument, he keeps deviating from the topic with all sort of BS.
64. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
win an argument? this is an argument i thought it was a load of android fanboys teaming up as they cant stand anything non android been up there with them
second look you have your pet ''TROLL' supporting you, shows exactly what you lot are. you think as you have numbers on here your automatically right. pathetic. theres no discussions on here as you have to force android down everyones throat
i know a few who have switched from android to wp8 and love it, and from iphone to wp8. i also know those who have gone from wp8 to android as it suits them better differance is they get its about choice and nothing is the best
you dont, your closd to has to be android and your bs is clear. your up there with darac and troll
69. SleepingOz (unregistered)
"load of android fanboys"?
There're a lot more in denial, butthurt nokians like you here than Android fanboys! Teaming up? So where are my droid team mates? smh.. ALSO YOU'RE DEVIATING FROM THE TOPIC AS ALWAYS! You're unable to back up your previous statements so you try attacking the person instead.
You're pathetic man, to go as far to call TROLL a pet. Seriously, how much lower can you go, now?
"i know a few who have switched from android to wp8 and love it, and from iphone to wp8."
Right, A FEW! There're many more cases where it's the opposite actually. Yeah compare me to whomever you want, buddy. Won't change the fact that you're a butthurt nokian who finds the truth a bitter pill to swallow. =]
70. SleepingOz (unregistered)
59. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
True said +1 from me
He is a Nokia Symian and WP fanboy™®©
22. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'm curious about the settings used on both phones. I haven't ever encountered any review site saying the 920's photos were beyond realistic, and the low light shots vary greatly with this site's and others prior findings between the two.
Why doesn't Michael H do comparisons?
23. bubbadoes (Posts: 815; Member since: 03 May 2012)
If only Nokia had the Android OS, I would be all over it.
24. bubbadoes (Posts: 815; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Clearly PA is biased towards ios. Undoubtedly the HTC One is superior to the Nokia 920 and Iphone 5, in which PA gives the edge to the HTC One in their review, but gives a mixed review when it comes to the iphone 5. PA review regarding iphone 5 "It’s quite clear that you can’t go wrong with either of these amazing smartphones. At this point, picking one of the two all boils down to your personal priorities" Why couldn't they have said this for the Nokia also...it's clearly personal preference--not even an edge
35. MartyK (Posts: 788; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
I was thinking the same thing!!...HTC One won (small amount) over the 920, however, Iphone 5, S3 and my beloved Nexus is not even in the same class as the 920 & One when it comes to camera..
Tell us PA, what gives with all this Iphone5 praising?.
30. kushki (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Wow, HTC ONE is actually good when it comes to daytime outdoor pictures. Too bad for Nokia that windows phone is not as open. It needs a better browser, more system wide sharing options, more open camera kernel, etc.
I wonder if one day Nokia snaps and tells MS to open stuff up a bit or screw themselves. If it weren't for android, I would actually consider buying the ONE.
31. cdgoin (Posts: 512; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
Yea the 920 obscenely heavy.. a whole 185 grams... Guess its time to go to the Gym.. so I can lift my phone.
I rather actually have a slightly heavier phone.. that usually means a better battery and longer life.
50. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
185 grams is close to the record. Considering most other phones with 4.5 inch screens are well below 130 grams then that is just unacceptable.
32. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
for me HTC ONE IS THE BEST. NO DOUBT NOKIA IS GOOD TOO. but i like one a lot,
37. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Troll, u flubber! How do you get away with your trash? I got banned 5 days for standing up to Trolls. Troll, instead of fighting's, why don't you kindly give reasons why you prefer one product over the other. Here's an example. I don't mind Android. It has its merits bur i prefer WP. Why? Its a simple OS. Its radical and nonconforming. Tasks are done faster and easier, especially those apps that are baked in the OS like FB. Ben and his WP challenge campaign proves it. The best part, I can make my WP revolve around me. No WP will ever be like someone else. WP is customizable but in a different way. Apps, they're coming. Got official Pandora today. Mod, no! Stock will always be better. Notification, what if I tell you its coming. 1080p display, its coming. Sit back and relax Troll. The One and GS4 is not the beginning nor end.
80. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
why some idiots r JELEOUS OF HTC ONE. grow up. this is the choice which we have to make by ourselves not by phonearena users. god ALL KIDS HERE. iam simply giving my own opinion , m not blaming nybody. I LOVE HTC ONE.
38. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 803; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
There is no doubt that Lumia's Camera is only slightly better than HTC One's camera. However, HTC One wins on all other fronts by huge margins. Lot of comments here are juz biased. I have noticed this time n again that mostly, its the Android users who are open to & like the good things of other OS. We Android users love the whole Android Universe, but we also appreciate the performance+camera of iPhones & polished UI+simplicity of Windows. But all the iphone & WP users have just blinded themselves by being stubborn & not accepting the Truth that Android gives so much more than iOS/WP. Users must learn to live with Truth. I have Galaxy S2 & I totally accept the truth that there are better smartphones available out there having better camera+UI+performance.
88. MartyK (Posts: 788; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Amen, I am a true fan of Google/Android, and I wil tell you, the Nexus camera sucks; came last in all the shots(other articles) PA did if you ask me, but that's okay, cause the New next Nexus, will have a camera that will blow One/920/S4/Sony out of the water; if not, I will still love the Nexus brand....lol
40. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 803; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
The only reason Lumia's camera wins is because of images being sharp. Had HTC thrown in more megapixels(instead of only 4), quality of their images would have been better, may be better than Lumia.
43. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Two perfect examples of why these two companies are failing. Both phones are HUGE for their screen sizes and features.
46. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
mate everyone knows your so far up samsung you cant see reality, but stick to there articles if you cant add anything
the HTC One tried something new and the design is much fresher then samsungs offerings. nokia have shown wp8 is competitive and the 920 competes well even to a new android device
so go skip along in your field of samsung marketing
49. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I own a Nexus 4 and don't even have one single Samsung phone in the house.
I just call it as I see it. You are obviously a Nokia fan though.