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Nokia Lumia 900 vs Apple iPhone 4S

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On paper, these two are specifically designed to entice photo enthusiasts thanks to the sensors they’re packing along for the ride, but when it comes down to it, we find the iPhone 4S coming out on top. Essentially, we find it more preferable thanks to its sharper details, natural looking color reproduction, and the fact that it handles exposure significantly better. No doubt that the two can capture some pleasant looking scenery and macro shots, but it’s the iPhone 4S that handles low lighting situations better, since the Nokia Lumia 900’s shots are extremely noisy looking. However, the LED flashes on both are effective in properly brightening up the environment.

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Despite finding 720p video recording on the Nokia Lumia 900, versus 1080p on the iPhone 4S, we find their qualities to be more than acceptable, though, the iPhone 4S delivers the slightly better results again. However, we like it that the Lumia 900 offers continuous auto-focus, as opposed to touch focus on the iPhone 4S, but it simply takes its sweet time adjusting its focus. In the end, the iPhone 4S wins for its sharper visuals and balanced color tones – whereas on the Lumia 900, it has a noticeable bluish hue to its color reproduction.

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Finding ourselves immersed with their spiffy music players, we absolutely love the all-encompassing experience we’re given when it comes to listening to music. On one hand, we like the Zune experience on the Lumia 900 since it makes good use of the Metro UI, while the iPhone 4S has its own eye candy in form of its familiar coverflow mode. Visuals aside, their audio qualities are similar to one another, as they emit powerful tones through their speakers, though, a hint of strain is evident at the loudest volume setting on both devices.

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Primarily due to its larger sized display and saturated color production, the Nokia Lumia 900 seems to be the optimum handset for watching videos. Still, both are pleasant to watch, but the wow factor is undoubtedly on the Lumia 900’s side.

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posted on 03 Apr 2012, 21:04 25

1. Birds (Posts: 1164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Not to spoil the review but.... THE LUMIA 900 WON!!!!! I CAN't BELIEVE THIS!!!!!!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!! And who says being cheaper isn't better.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 21:46 3

5. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


No it didn't

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 23:28 3

24. biophone (Posts: 1980; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


lol you might want to read the review first before posting.... This is embarrassing.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 01:22 1

31. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they both won categories, so it depends on whats most important to you. After looking at the pix and vids and such, even with the iphone's 1080p advantage, it only won in the pix by a smidge. You are talking a $100-200 advantage for the 900 (depending on where you get it.)... if you want great without spending, the 900 is the clear choice. If you want great and have money to spend, then its up to you. Apple definitely beats it in apps and minorly beats it in other features exept for calling and screen size.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 09:48 2

65. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


PA 101:

IPhone Wins= "We're going to have to go with the IPhone in this one."

Lumia 900/Competitor Wins= "You can't go wrong with either one of these devices."

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 21:50 1

74. wendygarett (unregistered)


The iphone is clearly a loser... due to its dated, fragile, and crappy looking... Stop compare the iphone to the 3.5-inch above handsets please...

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 21:29 17

3. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Lumia 900 is a beast. Less than a week and I'll be owning one myself. I've been waiting too long for this device.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 21:47 24

6. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I think Nokia and Windows will be a winning combination. Android is in trouble.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 22:30 10

16. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i fully agree... they are some great phones...

and just saying but a little mention about the ip4 vs the 900 might be quite relevant... they would seem to be more competition at the pricepoint

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 04:39 5

39. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Lol, no..Android is just leagues and worlds ahead of WP at the moment..just a no comparison at all.
Nokia Lumia is a great value for money, but it's actually just a desperate try(backed up by Microsoft's cash) to gain some market impact - i think that Nokia is actually on zero margin per unit with this price for Lumia 900.

And even if it sells great, that's just one phone, a drop in the ocean that the overall market is.

It can't stop WP from sinking even lower in the smartphone OS market share.
I predict it will fall under 2 percent worldwide in the next 2 quarters.
While android will reach 60 percent actually.

Here again, just to grasp how much circles Android runs around WP:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEMtXkYkFlc

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:49 2

49. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


lol yes... maybe u should list some valid points instead of just talk?

and wp7 has been gaining market share... is it going to plunge with the introduction of a great device? does that make any sense at all?

and yes its desperate... but desperation often creates the best of products -- look at apple... they almost failed as a company but their desperation created some amazing products that lead markets today..

nobody wants wp7 to be the next android... it is very different and needs to stay that way-- and yes, the marketshare will come from android as ios is extremely stable, and i am not sure how much more the "other" category can lose

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:07 1

51. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


I would much much rather get the 900 over any Droid. If not for the innovative OS design MS has come up with (instead of a clunk iOS copy like android), then for the nice hardware and great performance.

Good battery life, good reception, and good call quality is unmatched by any droid. It has a better camera than most droids and gets better performance out of one core than most droids get out of two.

If nothing else, this points out how lame Android is after 2 years of trying to copy iOS and doing nothing innovative except stuffing more cores into an antiquated OS - the old Dalvik machine that android uses. Most droid users don't even know that their OS can only use one core.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 09:38

63. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


That's a pretty bold statement you made there. Explain to me how exactly Android is a "copy" of iOS in your words.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 11:36

71. yodanim (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


static icons, home screens, samsung (the most successful android OEM, continuously copies hardware and software designs like Touchwiz looks like the "friendly" iOS icons, their Galaxy S2 and Tab look like their respective phone / tablets, hence their continuous lawsuits - not that I blame Samsung, they make the A5/6 chips and the Retina Displays), other than that - Widgets are the only things that sets Android apart - Oh and their horrible design UI, that they are trying to fix by hiring Matiias Duarte and telling developers to have some cohesiveness in ICS, along with some direct copies of WP7.5 by adding sharing to almost every screen via all social netoworks, and trying to become more typographically centered (Roboto Font). Android is not exactly a stolen product, but it has strengths and weaknesses in it's open-source mentality. The most-customizable OS, and the most unstable. I prefer android 4.0 to iOS 5, but the marketplace is a wild-west and I don't have the time to root and flash ROMS,so the happy middle was windows phone for me. I have used them all original iPhone, iPhone 3G, 3GS, HTC Surround, HTC Titan, Lumia 900, iPad, and Motorola XOOM.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 01:24 8

32. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


nokia and windows are a great challenge... windows is a decently controlled and closed OS (though way more open than apple to hackers).. so id say iOS is in more trouble than those that prefer a totally open OS like android.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 01:51 6

35. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Apple has a very loyal customer base. iPhone users are much less likely to switch than android users. There's a lot of dissatisfied android users looking to switch. The ones who don't want to give Apple a try will go windows. I predict in a few years the big 3 will be iOS, android and Windows. I think iOS will maintain it's market share while android drops to the 30's and windows will be up in the 20-30% range.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 04:42 7

40. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Yeah, haha.
And the Earth will start spinning in the other direction.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 07:07 3

42. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i love your predictions. they are always the opposite of reality.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 11:54 1

48. cripton805 (Posts: 1456; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I agree about the loyal customers.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:10 1

52. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


I completely agree. I got so sick of android after 2 years of use I tried the iPhone and love it. But I would just as likely have switched to the 900. It looks like a decent phone.

Unlike Android, MS will support it and provide updates. I'm sure a lot of users will switch.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 08:20 2

69. u76200 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


I have at home a fair amount of Apple hardware:

2 MBP's
1 MB Air
1 iMac
1 MacMini
1 MacMini server
2 iPads
2 iPhone 4 (me and my oldest son)

I think the iPhone is one of the worst phones I have ever had. The battery life is dreadful, connection quality is poor and I keep on making accidental ghost calls - I really hate the touch screen. It is, however, a wonderful pocket computer and PDA.

I am seriously contemplating getting the new Lumia, so so much for loyalty.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 22:16 4

12. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


Both devices have their pros and cons. As John V. mentioned, it really will boil down to what the consumer is looking forward to using (for the next 1-2 years). For some, the $100 price variance may sway them to the Nokia Lumia 900 if their heart is not set on the iPhone 4S.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 22:19 6

13. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


I'd personally go for the Lumia, since iOS is getting stale, and I couldnt use a phone smaller than 4" comfortably. That being said, the 4S is also great. My mom has one and loves it, but she's much more familiar with iOS and doesn't wanna deal with anything new. Mainly just a matter of preference on OS.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 22:31 5

17. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


this phone totally rocks. i will venture out of my android domain and order it. if it sux arse, i will take it back and get the lg nitro hd. very nice as well. apple sux balls and is just so played out. it is very obvious this author is an isheep. he is trying so hard to make iturd look relevant. i love how they are always saying that android phones with physical buttons are middle grade, old, etc. capacitive is the rage, then when we listen to this isheep, he is dogging out the capacitive buttons and praises the iturd 2007 single button. another example, if you look at this authors review of the lumia 900, he is dogging the camera big time, and also the video, and in this article..they are like neck and neck...just oozing bias! ps. who is the loser 666 kid with a insecurity problem trying to rip off the borg style lines? very cheezy..you are a disgrace to the borg..and will def not be assemilated! most likely you will be jetison'd with the core!

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 22:33 4

18. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 867; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


I'm going to do a comparison of the 900 vs my N8 in the camera department when I get one just to see how it differs quality wise. It annoys me to no end that I've read multiple times now that the camera is just "average," and yet, I've almost expected it to turn out that way for some reason. I really hope Damian is reading these reviews and looking into what's going on here.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 23:39 4

28. ShibeshMehrotra (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)


No need, N8 will win hands down. Bigger sensor, Xenon flash. Unless the same camera module or at least Xenon flash is added to the Lumia series, the camera will remain average. Until at least an year, after which they will kick ass with PureView.

P.s. Love the username. :D

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 23:12 2

22. T00muchF00D (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


i will be buying this in june when my upgrade is due!!! =]

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 23:34 4

27. ShibeshMehrotra (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)


I think the two parts where the Lumia gets beat is display resolution and camera. While the resolution is a standard set by MS and Nokia can't do a hing about it, the cameras in the Lumia series have been known to disappoint, but improve on Software Updates. Maybe we can expect that in a couple of months time? Also, with Apollo, PureView for Windows Phones becomes a reality. Can't wait to check out the sweet combination. :)

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 01:10 4

30. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


To summarize the review: Lumia 900 is an excellent device and a great value at $99.99 on contract (or less!), with obvious deficiencies because of its platform (resolution, primarily) and on typical Nokia fashion, it's an almost-perfect PHONE, with a few sacrifices in other areas to make it widely available and affordable. It's not made by underpaid workers in crummy conditions, so it's guilt-free, and actually worth its price.
The iPhone, on the other hand, ever the perennial favorite (for good or ill) has some advantages, but its flaws weren't presented fairly in this review: the OS is old and bland, the design uninspired, it still has antenna and battery issues, it's fragile, and its origins are shockingly bad, and the company is still corrupt and oppressive, and continues to exploit patent law for its own gain

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 04:54 1

41. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Nokia uses Foxconn factories by the way

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