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Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

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Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Introduction

To herald the arrival of WP8, HTC has been developing the Windows Phone 8X with the help of Microsoft for a year, and Nokia came out with the unique Lumia 920 flagship. Both handsets are the companies’ first Windows Phones with dual-core processors and HD screens, and both offer jolly and colorful shells.

Nokia, however, loaded a lot of the wow factors it has been brewing in the lab with the Lumia 920, like optical image stabilization, throwing the compact design paradigm out of the window. HTC followed the thin-and-light mantra of modern smartphones to the letter with the 8X, yet added a few smaller extras like wide-angle front camera, so which approach turns out better? Read on the comparison to find out...


Design

The HTC 8X is much slimmer and lighter than the Lumia 920, making it more comfortable to carry around. It has a unibody design, too, with soft-touch shell, aiding your grip further.

The Lumia 920’s polycarbonate unibody feels quite chunky, but is ergonomic to handle due to the tapered sides, and feels extremely solid. The buttons on the right and the camera plate are made of durable zirconium, and are very well situated, with great tactile feedback.

The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Windows Phone keys - The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Front cameras - The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
 

Windows Phone keys

Front cameras

The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right)


HTC 8X, on the other hand, has the lock/power key at the top, so you have to stretch your finger each time to reach it, which on a larger handset is annoying. On top of that the button is too small and flush with the surface, so you have to fiddle with it quite a bit or look down each time. The same goes for the volume rocker on the right - too thin and flush with the side, plus a shallow feedback.

Bottom sides - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Left - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Top - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Bottom sides

Left

Top

Right - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Backs - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Rear cameras - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Right

Backs

Rear cameras

The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right)



Display

There is a 4.5” 768x1280 pixels LCD screen with Nokia’s ClearBlack filter on the Lumia 920, and a 4.3” 720x1280 display on the HTC 8X. Thus the Super LCD 2 screen HTC utilizes offers a bit higher pixel density - 342ppi vs 332ppi - which, of course, can’t really be perceived from a normal viewing distance.

Colors are more saturated on the Lumia 920, and its ClearBlack filter which lowers reflectance to aid outdoor visibility makes the screen looks a tad dimmer outdoors than the HTC 8X, despite the comparable high brightness levels. Viewing angles are very good on both handsets.

Viewing angles - Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Viewing angles - Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Viewing angles - Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Viewing angles

Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right)


Lumia 920 has the advantage to use a supersensitive touch layer, which allows you to answer a call, or start an app with gloves on, which can be very handy at times.



Nokia Lumia 920 360-degrees View:



HTC Windows Phone 8X 360-degrees View:



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posted on 04 Dec 2012, 09:14 29

1. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 184; Member since: 03 May 2012)


There's no comparison, lumia hands down

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 12:20 4

25. Airforce (Posts: 69; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


Dude am not a nokia fan..i love Sony products a lot but if i was to choose a Windows phone it will be HTC

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 12:24 6

26. Airforce (Posts: 69; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


and i don't hate NOKIA ..i must confess the Lumia is the best version of Nokia catergories ever created but my allegiance goes all the way to SONY XPERIA...if i was ever going to buy a Windows phone i will go for the HTC..it my personal choice..but the lumia is great

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 12:32 13

27. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


I love how this monster LUMIA 920 is banging every other phones a**sss ;P

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 06:20 5

55. lumia920 (Posts: 112; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


no doubt... phonearena is comparing a king with a knight... it should be compared to lumia 620 type phones

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 01:36 5

76. Gopaljoshi9977 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)


Lumia rocks....

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 09:34 22

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4212; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I don't have to read the whole article to know who wins!!
L920 is all about innovation, 8X is just about WP8.
L920 hands down!!!

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 09:52 3

5. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Can you tell me what is so innovative about lumia 920?

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 09:57 22

6. SIGPRO (Posts: 1823; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Damn you must live in a cave.....seriously dude????

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 10:03 1

7. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


No really, tell me?

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 10:11 1

9. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


not exactly innovative but if u see
they made screen with resistive + capacitive , they called it super sensitive bcoz u can handle with ur gloves on. n they r many disadvantages like unnessary touch inputs as its responsive to any shi*
n so called camara lesser than what we seen in n8 though with better image stabilisation like iphone. with too much show off. an iphone camara is almost same with all appecture but in lumia there is too much showoff

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 10:11 15

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4212; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Do you really not know?
Or are you a heart broken HTC??
Where have you been all of 2012??

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 10:28 7

11. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Haven't had any accidental touch inputs yet. Amused that you would even call the image stabilization on the iPhone comparable. There is a drastic difference between the two. Check out the iPhone/Lumia 920 showdown.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 10:43 6

12. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Can you tell me reasons why 8x is better than 920? Don't say weight coz that is nonsense . You have the review to read. WE don't need to answer your question

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 10:48 5

13. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Who the hell told you that the screen is resistive +capacitive? Please educate yourself. I will gladly humiliate you with all your nonsense

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 10:51 5

14. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


I never said that I like HTC, so you should go check your eyes. The super sensitive touch screen is not new, my SGS 1 can also be operated by gloves or a spoon, I have tested it works. The camera on lumia 920 is taking very good videos but the pictures, when they reviewed lumia 920 vs iphone 5, iphone 5 took better pictures they were sharper. I never said that i like HTC 8X, it has way too much unused bezel and it takes worse pictures than lumia 920. Now can you tell me why lumia 920 is so innovative?

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 10:51 3

15. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


It is purely glass screen. And NO accidental inputs will happen. Turn of sensitive touch mode if you just want your finger tips then..

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 13:13 6

29. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4212; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


So you admit the 920 take good videos right??? Well, that's because there's an innovation behind it, namely the OIS...and there's the 'rich' sound recording. Learn to appreciate something new...
By the way, i never said you were an HTC 'FAN' (that was missing)...you have to know the know the usefulness of the word 'or' and the '?' question mark!
And stop bringing the Applet here...it has no business on this particular space.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 13:45 1

30. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


educate urself bro. its kinda pro resistive touch. they called it super sensitive. if not wat else would it be ?? dont say super sensitive pls. this sensitive based on force not on sensitivity try loose cotton with dia 0.3cm with a very minute force or just place on it . i bet it doesnt work that way . sry for saying truth though !

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 13:58

31. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


I was just comparing, you can not just say that something is best withou compere it to something else. I am sorry I was unclear when I said that lumia 920 took good videos, I meant the audio, that is great, otherwise the video alone is almost the same as SGS3 or Iphone 5 , just with more vivid colors. I am not a fan of no-one. I am appreciating new stuff, if I wasn´t then I would not appreciate jelly bean on my SGS1. What is wrong with you, I am just saying that lumia 920 is not the greatest and the most innovative mobile. That is my opinion, you fanboys are really cruel, someone will say his/her opinion and you bash him/her for it.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 15:17 1

33. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


There's nothing innovative about L920, mid-spec phone with a high price!

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 16:04 1

35. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4212; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Because you talk like you know what you're talking about but you actually don't. The video is the same as GSIII and iP5 you say?
Again, where have you been this year? Go back to how the 920's video recording with the OIS technology reduced shakes and made the video much smoother than iP5 and GSIII. You know nothing! Don't kid yourself!
And yet again, i never said the 920 is the mobile phone with the best innovation...i just said "It's all about innovation" compared to HTC's 8X which has nothing to offer except for the raw OS.
Still don't get me? Then not my fault...

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 16:34 4

37. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


your back then, and still with your blind hate for other phones not using android

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 16:39 6

39. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4212; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


And there's nothing that makes sense in your comment.
Minimal words, maximum troll!!

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 17:23 3

40. ar2730 (Posts: 42; Member since: 24 May 2012)


The price is actually cheaper than I've ever seen for 32 gigs of internal memory plus all of the extras!

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 19:43 1

46. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


TROLL we're not talking about iPhone here

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 05:18 2

51. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


have you seen your doctor recently????

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 05:58 2

53. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


lol troll, ive seen your comments on phonearena since i began to visit daily to check news, you are nothing but a pathetic loser :P with your lame profile pic

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 06:08 5

54. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


im sorry to say this, but this is bulls**t! im dissapointed by your comment. i bet you never touched or used a real nokia 920.

they use the technology of Synaptics on 920

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:53

61. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Oh no, I understand. Lumia´s OIS is a great thing that I have not seen in other devices, but this is the only real innovation about this phone.

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