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: 1094; 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: 2042; 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: 4455; 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: 3867; 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.