Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
Both iOS and Windows Phone are more restricted compared to Android, but WP8 introduced resizable homescreen tiles, mass storage mode and 3rd party apps lockscreen info display, upping the ante against iOS.
There is still no unified notification center there, but the contacts integration with Facebook, Twitter and so on in the People hub is second to none, and one of the best WP features. Windows Phone does many things differently than iOS (or Android), so there is a somewhat steeper learning curve. You have to slide your finger down from the top of the screen to display the carrier signal and Wi-Fi networks strength, which are not displayed at all times like with iOS, or have to hold the arrow in the music player to fast forward or back instead of sliding the progress bar, as you are used to. Once you’ve mastered the kinks, it proves to be a rather fresh and colorful UI approach, which, with the uncluttered displays and minimalistic fonts is pretty unobtrusive.
Where iOS and Windows Phone 8 are very much alike is with the heavily managed approach to multitasking. You can see a list of recently run apps by holding the back key in WP8 to see their screenshots, or double-tap the home key of the iPhone 5 to see the same list in icon form, but the phones quickly suspend them in memory then outright kill, allocating resources according to the workload, so you don’t have to watch the list, manually jinx apps and so on. The downside is that you can’t just switch back to that calculator you used three days ago, still languishing in memory with your last equation, like with Android, for instance.
The app situation is in favor of iOS, whereas you often find that some services you are used to that don’t yet have dedicated apps for Windows Phone. Nokia tries to compensate with exclusive apps like its free offline voice-guided navigation, which is superior to what you’d find on the iPhone, or the Mix Radio option, which streams Nokia Music tunes for free to your handset.
The iPhone strikes back with its Siri natural language assistant, whereas the TellMe-based voice recognition of Windows Phone 8 is more limited in nature.
Processor and memory
A 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 is what we find in the Lumia 920, and a 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple A6 in the iPhone 5. Apple’s processor is manually designed by Cupertino, whereas Nokia uses off-the-shelf Qualcomm SoC, but both devices are very, very fast, having no trouble navigating their respective interfaces, or running any 3rd party app or game out there.
There is 1 GB of RAM in the phones, and, as we mentioned before, they manage the multitasking heavily, so you never feel running out of memory.
The basic internal storage amount is 16 GB for the iPhone 5, and 32 GB for the Lumia 920, but you can get iPhones with up to 64 GB of internal memory, though it won’t be cheap.
Browser and connectivity
Both handsets sport LTE radios, combined with 42.2 Mbps HSPA+ basebands, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (4.0 in the case of the iPhone), A-GPS and DLNA. The Lumia 920 throws in NFC support, too.
The Lumia 920, on the other hand, can support more than 20 LTE networks in Europe. Asia uses 1,800 MHz and 2,600 MHz in places like Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea. Japan and the US share the 700 MHz or 2,100 MHz frequency range, while in Europe they utilize 1,800 MHz or 2,600 MHz. Some carriers also run LTE on everything in-between, such as 800 MHz and 850 MHz, but just 25% of Europe's LTE operates on the iPhone 5's 1, 800 MHz, with the rest deployed or about to be deployed at 800 MHz and 2, 600 MHz, both of which the Lumia 920 supports.
As for the wired connectivity, we have a bone stock microUSB port on Nokia’s phone just for charging and syncing, while the iPhone 5 offers its Lightning adapter, which allows you to hook it up to a TV via the respective HDMI adapter.
4. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
It still amazes me at just how awful the iphone looks overall. The icons get lost in the background and just looks messy, despite the grid, it looks cold and uninviting, and the uninspired grade-school-doodle shape and huge bezel makes it look like the toy it is.
10. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
"The icons get lost in the background and just looks messy"
oh really? now that's a very bad problem of dyslexia!
14. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
No, it isn't.
Look at the pictures of each phone. Notice how the iphone looks chaotic and each icon contributes to the mess instead of conveying useful info at a glance?
92. tpranta (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)
That's because of Lumia 920 follows Aalto's principles, where the architectural (physical) design has to match interior (digital) design.
Apple has a mismatch with the physical and digital design. Its physical design looks elegant, and luxurious, almost jewelry, but the icons don't match with the new physical design.
Also, Apple follows Dieter Rams industrial design principles, while Lumia 920 follows Wirkkala's principles where the product should have a warm, organic, natural feel. And it achieves this, because of material and its form, it doesn't feel cold industrial product at all.
44. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
YO, Calendar Rehab! (C what I did there?) u may want to take some social grace classes!
12. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
Oh PA shutup and thoroughly accept it that the LUMIA 920 is way better than ipooo..!!
20. Commentator (Posts: 1869; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
What are you talking about? This is one of the most typical PA comparisons ever. They didn't even cover up the formulaic "on one hand... but on the other...." As usual, they say that the iPhone succeeds in the typical sense, with a much stronger ecosystem and comfort factor, but the Lumia succeeds in bringing new features to the table, like OIS and a refreshed WP experience.
73. Airforce (Posts: 60; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)
Guys.....lets face it..the ipone 5 is a flop...i would prefer to go back to the market and buy myself the iPHONE 4S......i thinks the 4s is way better than the iphone 5 in every quality....nd the picture quality of the iphone 5 its a flop..THUMBS UP to NOKIA for an amazing Camera upgrade in quality
22. Dastrix (Posts: 392; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
I totally agree. The Metro UI is so much more refreshing to look at, as opposed to the now stale, boring, and outdated offerings from Android and iOS. The high contrast and minimalism of Metro UI is stunning, making iOS look obsolete and downright ugly. The L920 is by far more innovative, and that, by itself, justifies the fact that it is a winner! Differentiation is key, in a world of zombie phones that is! :)
24. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Android looking boring and stale compared to WP?!?
Can you please elaborate on that?
You totally shot your self in the mouth with the zombies and differentiation crap.
WP is the most uniformed OS ever, putting the same interface in EVERY phone, regardless of the brand.
And on surface, it hasn't changed at all in two years!
Can you say the same about Android?
Android is..something you actually can't put a visual badge on, at all!
Because YOU are to decide on every aspect of how it will look like.. from start screen (you can even put a windows phone interface damn it ), to menus, icons, fonts, docks, folders, keyboards.. everything.
My phone interface looks exactly how I want it to look like.
Here's your "stale" look:
In short, if you REALLY care about looks, you will put your own effort in that.. and you should definitely choose Android
72. Dastrix (Posts: 392; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Clearly, your definition of differentiation is incorrect. I'd suggest you brush up on your vocabulary before you bark. Differentiation pertains to the fact that WP's Metro UI is unique. You heard that right. UNIQUE. Not some fancy copycat of iOS that tries too hard to impress with endless customization that only people who got too much time on their hands (like you) find solace in, to seemingly make their phone unique, when it is NOT! That's what makes WP so special. "If you REALLY care about looks, you will put your own effort in that.. and you should definitely choose Android." Dumbest thing I've ever read; you just contradicted yourself here. You mean that the only way to make your Android phone look good is if you put your own time and effort into that?! Talk about an Android fanboy who got all the time in the world to give a damn about looks through customization. WP doesn't even need to give a damn about looks, it already got it for God's sake! Technology is supposed to make society's life easier, not harder!
"Android is..something you actually can't put a visual badge on, at all!" Well, sorry buddy, but that doesn't mean anything, more less make any sense. The very purpose of choosing an ecosystem is to define how you interact with your phone, and your experience in doing so. The WP experience is consistent throughout, unlike Android. That's what makes it really stand out; you CAN put a visual badge on it. Ever wonder why society thinks iMacs are much more awesome than PCs? Well, that's because you CAN put a visual badge on it, buddy!
Sorry, but I am NOT going to start a flame war over which ecosystem is better, and I don't need a damn YouTube video to apparently convince me to join your cavemen. The fact, remains, however, that you haven't proven anything. Truth hurts, I know, but if you can't deal with it, then you'd be better off going back to your cave!
123. Paradox (Posts: 122; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
How can you call android users cavemen, when android is a much more advanced, and powerful os?
93. tpranta (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)
People who come from a design world, care about looks yes. Unfortunately they care about usability and sipmplicity as well. They feel the product should be intuitivite, no need for instructions. It should help them to do their daily work the easiest way possible e.g. by reducing all the unnecessary features which distract them. It is as important what is not in the phone, than what is in the phone.
When people choose an Android phone, they pick it for different reasons than looks and usability. They want to dive into world of customizations. They want to adjust settings until everything feels perfect. And then they adjust some more. They want to multitask. They want to spend time with the gadget. They want to get things done. Lots of things.
121. farukdgn (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)
no, your android interface looks exactly how google stole it from Apple. Android 1.5 - 2.2 look like copy of ios. Now Google's trying to have its own UI but it made everything more ugly and messy. UI still keeps changing in every version. Have fun with your updates that don't exist. I'm sad that you have lag while you're scrolling down to my comment in the site. Really sorry for your poor android phone.
28. darkkjedii (Posts: 7785; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I'm loving the metro UI. I wish iOS, and android had that. I'm heavily vested in iOS, so it remains my go to device but the 920 is pretty sweet.
65. Tsimeone (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
But that's what makes WP unique, it's not a cloan of anything like Android copies ios
89. networkdood (Posts: 4749; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
You can get metro UI launcher on an android - but not on your iphone.
90. Airforce (Posts: 60; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)
Guy yes nokia is doing really good and improving....but Android and Ios still control the market REAL TIME....yes apple apply made some mistakes with the iphone 5 glitch...but APPLE has always had a crazy fetish for EXTREME HIGH DEFINITION(Retina Display)
..and adroid is NOT BORING....common..Galaxy SIII,LG Optimus,Xperia,....please those phones are AMAZING and it is insultive to compare Nokia to those phones
102. HDee89 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
I just want to point out that the iphone's Retina Display is not Extreme High Definition. The Lumia 920 and the Windows Phone 8X both have bigger screens, higher resolutions, and higher pixel density than the iphone 5.
122. farukdgn (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)
iphone 4 had that high resolution. it was released 3 years ago. But now every phone has it. So what do you call that? Everyone stole high resolution from apple. 3 years ago other phones had 320x480 or 480x800 etc..
124. HDee89 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
By your own ridiculous logic, iphone 4 stole their higher definition from the thousands of companies that made HD devices before them, and by the way it's 2013, Apple still have not made a HD phone. Nobody stole the idea of 'higher resolution' you fool, improving an existing feature isn't inventing something, that's like saying apple stole their camera resolution from Samsung. Also the resolution iphone 4 and 4s run at has NEVER been copied, because the phone is a totally different aspect ratio to all other mobile devices. Iphone's cant be 1280x720 due to their oddly tall and thin aspect ratio. So nothing you said was relevant to the comment I made, I said iphone's retina display is not high definition which is true, the iphone falls short of 720p resolution.
34. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)
While comparing the camera PA did not mentioned purple fringe on iP5 camera.
PA, did u got some spl unit from apple?
120. Alexandis (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Feb 2013)
As an owner of iphone5, i can say that it looks fantastic (I own androidphone, too). It's easy to blame something you simply don't like, but have not tried to use.
5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
The only "plus" i see in the iP5 is the application store!!
Otherwise, L920 kills iP5.
Though i cant't help but think, iP5 in RED would have looked good too!!!
36. wendygarett (unregistered)
This is sad I I have to choose lumia 920 as well lol
29. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
To be honest iP5 is much better....! FTW
38. wp8forever (unregistered)
TO BE HONEST , OR TO BE LIAR , so stop making yourself believe that the lumia 920 isn't the best phone ever made , admitted like everyone has , even android fans , iphone fans , did it just missing you .
103. HDee89 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
I wouldn't say it's the best phone ever made, I would definitely say overall the iphone is a better phone. However I would also say that the Nokia Lumia 920 and the other high end WP8 devices offer much better value for money, and I am personally a much bigger fan of the Windows Phone 8 Operating system than the tired iOS, which doesn't seem to have changed much since it's earliest iterations.
64. Tsimeone (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
what people forget is, that windows phone has had deep facebook integration since day one..
Does the weight of a phone really matter, if your materialistic and have to have a case that shows the apple logo, I think you need a mental check up.
the lumia 920 has a better than retina display with a higher DPI and faster response time.
the camera is better than the iphone.
the A6 processor is only 1ghz, the lumia is 1.5.
LTE in only a slight no of countries with the iphone.. lumia in 20+ countries.
I agree, i was going to jump ship, but when i heard about the updates, I didn't to go near, was no where near worth switching.
37. wp8forever (unregistered)
TROLL yeah you the one with the username troll you yeah lol , so is all over right , I don't see you saying anything thing about wp8 and lumia 920 bangggggggggg in your face LUMIA 920 best phone aver , ever , ever does anyone have anything no say , no thank you , nokia is back to hit them hard boy , yeah bring the galaxy s4 , bring the iphone 6 , 8 ,9 what ever you want but just remember LUMIA 1000 IS ON THEY WAY TO KILL THEM AGAIN . sent from my white lumia 920 at&t aka best phone ever MADE.
47. iamunknown (Posts: 20; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
you apple haters think iphone is not good..then tell me why every reviewer goes to test any newest smartphone against iphone....check yourself on internet you will get max videos against iphone...because iphone is the best..!!
77. ngph2 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
No, it's because iPhone is benchmark zero. Either competitors are above zero... or below it.
Plus, the iPhone is very popular, and people will find it helpful to see how new offerings compare with the most popular.
You can see more of my complaints about your immaturity at a comment I posted on another post you made - it's post #76 in reply to your post #58, I wonder why PhoneArena doesn't have permalinks...
110. lyssbliss (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Dec 2012)
its because that's the phone that got the rap as the "cool phone" and its a pile of s**t. really. ive used one. HATE IT. Nokia Lumia 920 is the greatest phone. everyday I use it, I absolutely love it. even my iphone 5 friends are wishing they had my phone. WAY better camera, can use it with gloves, etc. and it looks and feels better. So yay for you! Jumping on the bandwagon so you can be like every other person with an iphone! YAY ARENT YOU SPECIAL?!
125. HDee89 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
The reason is fairly obvious, it's the single device line with the highest market share, so it's usability and functionality are widely known, and therefore a good reference point for basic comparisons, the same way if you were reviewing a new computer OS you would compare it to windows as windows is the market leader.
7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Darned right we did!! :D
And it's the truth we get!!
31. nerd_of_the_street (banned) (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)
after posting so many 'WE WANT LUMIA920 vs iphone5 comparison' they realized it :')
61. drprogress (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Yes....still waiting to get my Lumia 920 arrive Vietnam
6. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
dun dun dun dun. i know it's not needed, but I still want it anyway - for the sake of it.
THREE WAY BATTLE! NEXUS VS LUMIA VS IPHONE.
9. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Well the iphone keeps losing against its rivals, so no need to include it, except for comparison's sake.
114. _iPinoy12 (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Dec 2012)
.nO.! lEt tHe cElLpHone cOmbAt bEgin !!!!
16. Paradox (Posts: 122; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
The lumia 920 is such a nice phone. Too bad it doesn't run android...
49. tashreef (Posts: 474; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
Lumia 920 is not a nice phone if it runs on android.....
Nokia=Great Hardware+ MS=WP 8 == Nokia Lumia 920....
Accept the truth......Just don't troll..Fandroid....
The clear winner..Lumia 920
runner up..iPhone 5
104. HDee89 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Why would you say that? You wouldn't want the device to be available with Both Wp8 and Android? That seems silly, some people don't prefer the WP8 OS, I personally prefer it, but many people really like the Lumia 920, but want to remain on Android, I don't see why that's a problem.
108. Paradox (Posts: 122; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Android is much more powerful than WP8, tell me what you can do on WP8 that you can't do on android.
17. EasycapExpertti (Posts: 12; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
You didn't mention 1 thing where Nokia Lumia 920 shines vs iPhone 5 - it has much better quality recorded audio. Nokia Lumia 920 has 3pcs HAAC (High Amplitude Audio Capture) microphones and so the recorded audio is distortion free also at the loudest music performances and it can record also very low bass sound vs iPhone 5 has nonHAAC mics and so the recorded audio at music concert recordings is many times distorted and it can't capture low bass sound.
18. SK_007 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
@Phonearena team can you please give a comparison between One X+ and Lumia 920 coz i am torn between these two smartphones and the date when i pick one of these is very near and i don't want to regret my decision after choosing one of them.
On a side not why you guys have compared One X+ to Iphone 5 only(why not a comparison against Galaxy S3,Optimus G,Nexus 4 and Lumia 920 after all it is the current flagship of HTC).
21. clevername (Posts: 1379; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Good review! I'm loving my 920. Only complaint, just as the article said is app selection. I miss the app store, hell I even miss the play store. Windows marketplace just isn't there yet. But its a lot better than a year ago. I just wish big names would jump on board and Microsoft would stop keeping apps like Hulu and an updated flixter with UV out of it. Oh and also you don't have to slide from the top for signal and battery info, Just tap.
41. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
A lot of the big names are there: EA, zynga, Gameloft, Rovio, etc
105. HDee89 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Gameloft are on there way, Rovia and Zynga are already on board. Most of the biggest app companies are in development for WP8 right now, so nothing to worry about buddy, just maybe 2 more months before the marketplace is where you'd like it to be.