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Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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We’ve arrived at the most interesting part - comparing the 8 MP cameras on the back of the Lumia 920 and the Galaxy S III. Nokia’s phone utilizes the “PureView Phase 2 technology”, which puts the whole camera module on a tiny suspension mechanism inside for optical image stabilization - the result should be shake-free videos and allowing the phone to use slower shutter speeds in low light with less motion blur.

The camera app interface on the Galaxy S III has more options than the one on the Lumia 920, where functions like Panorama have to be downloaded as separate modules called Lenses. Nokia’s phone does have a few preset scene modes in the UI, though, like Close-up, Night, Night Portrait, Sports and Backlight, which cover most of the specific scenarios you might encounter. There are also ISO, exposure and white balance settings, just like on the Galaxy S III. The clunky thing with Nokia’s manual exposure adjustment is that you don’t see the scene from within the menu, and have to pop in and out of the option screen to see how the frame changed with the respective exposure compensation setting, whereas on the Galaxy S III it is visible directly.

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The camera interface of the Nokia Lumia 920


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When it comes to the actual pictures, both handsets have good color representation, just a tad on the saturated side. The Galaxy S III gets the white balance measurements mostly right, while the Lumia 920 sometimes overexposes the bright spots. When there is enough light around, Samsung’s photo processing algorithms also deliver sharper images with more contrast than the softish snaps from the Lumia 920.

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When the lights start to go down, though, the Lumia 920 starts to really shine as the first phone with OIS inside, since the steadier camera module allows for much longer shutter speeds without motion blur, hence more light coming in, which is crucial for night and party shots. This solution is not without caveats, though, as the scene gets so exposed that light sources look too bright, and the overall result doesn’t look like it’s taken during the night at all. Dialing down the ISO or the exposure a notch, or shooting in night mode produces more natural low-light results.

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The area where the optical image stabilization inside the Lumia 920 really excels in comparison with the Galaxy S III or any other phone, however, is video capture. Fluid, blur-free videos with 30fps can be shot at any time, day or night with the Lumia 920, and that shake compensation inside makes the footage look like it is taken with a tripod or with rail-mounted pro camera. The Galaxy S III has a digital stabilization mode, too, but it is a far cry from the OIS gear inside the Lumia 920.

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When we add Nokia’s Rich Recording technology with the three highamplitude audio capture (HAAC) microphones, which can pick a wider sound range than your typical smartphone mics, the Lumia 920 becomes the best smartphone for shooting video at parties or concerts where it's both noisy, and you move a lot. The HAAC mics can withstand more pressure than the typical phone units which max out at around 120 dB, andrecords sound with no audible distortion up to 140dB strength. Thus from high-pitched sounds down to very low frequencies can be recorded and distinctly heard afterwards, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S III sound recording is pretty weak and tinny in comparison.


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The galleries on both devices allow for syncing with other accounts like Facebook, and showing your albums from there in the app. They offer editing functions for your photos and videos, with the selection of edit options richer on the Galaxy S III out of the box, despite Nokia’s dedicated Creative Studio app that comes preinstalled, which basically offers just a number of color effects, while for cropping, resizing and so on, you are to use another default app.

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Music playback is taken care of with stock apps that offer album art and song categorization by artists, albums and playlists, plus equalizer presets, lock screen commands, and faux surround sounds in headset mode with the Dolby branding.

The WP8 player interface is minimalistic, but almost overly so, as you can’t manipulate the progress bar, for instance, you have to long-press the forward and back keys to skim through tracks. On the other hand, you can pin tracks and albums on the home screen, and can even give the artist a double width tile.

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The music player of the Nokia Lumia 920


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The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III


Nokia Music is present on the Lumia device, letting you stream 15 million tracks for free similar to Pandora, and even save so-called “mixes” with the Nokia Mix Radio option for offline listening. The Galaxy S III also has a Music Hub with even more tracks, powered by 7Digital, but no free streaming and offline download options.

The stereo speakers at the bottom of the Nokia Lumia 920 are better than the loudspeaker unit in the Galaxy S III in terms of strength, clarity and sound fullness.

The handsets support popular video file formats, including DivX/Xvid up to 1080 definition right out of the box. The Galaxy S III lets you detach the video currently running with the Pop Up Play function, and keep it on top at all times in a window, while you do something else on the screen underneath. The WP8 video player is much more basic, with only the simplest playback options in the interface.

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posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:32 29

1. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


both are excellent devices and are for two different types of people

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:44 15

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


Precisely. Well done comparison, honest and straightforward.

Will we see a 920 vs Nexus 4 or Optimus G? Since the GS3, while good is an last-Gen device and doesn't even have the newest OS.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:47 8

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


how about L920 vs iphone5....

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:59 7

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


That too, but that is kind of a given, and may turn out to be one of those "if you like iPhones, get it; if you don't, the 920 is worth a long look and its $200 lower price tag gives apple a shot across the bow they cannot ignore" or something. I hope not, but there is that chance since there is such a disparate difference in the platforms.
I watched a comparison video of the 920 vs ip5 (it is the one in Russian on YouTube), and while the 5 was faster at some things, it looked ancient in comparison with its awkward chaotically-colored app grid, almost looking psychedelic in comparison to the crisp clean organization and resizable and moveable Tiles of the Lumia, as well as dinky in comparison, and boring and uninviting with its cold, hard, black body. Pure aesthetics alone would make me disregard the 5 if I were a first-time smartphone shopper.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:53 3

10. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


sorry but optimus G has 4.0 version of android. 920 v nexus 4 would be better.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:03 3

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


I thought OptG had 4.1, and the N4 had 4.2?

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:34 2

30. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


booooooo....

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:28 4

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


LUMIA 920 is the boss for sure..!!!! Sgs3 was also great, but it is a thing of past now.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:17 1

49. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


nope. that's the sad truth. But anyways, for sure the update's on the way. But the thing is, Optimus G is kind of a flop product. The software and hardware integration is not superb. That's what makes LG not on the top line. They make a great hardware but the software kills it. Good thing there's the Nexus 4, where they don't have to worry about OTA updates.

So, nexus 4 and 920 it is.

+ note 2 and 920

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:26 6

27. wp8forever (unregistered)


is really nice to see , that nobody here is surprice that the lumia is better , i remember when i used to say it, they were no u crazy never never . I told u lumia 920 is the best phone out there , i know s4 is coming but nokia is coming harder too wp8 is in the game now and is no going anywere , dont get me wrong i thing android is good better thank ios but is just too unique , once again im no hating on dissin android cuz i had the s3 is a really good phone .

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:33 6

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I love everything about the 920 but the size, I held one and it's monstrous, so I'd put it in the phablet category where the actually silighly more pocketable (because it's thinner) Note II is all around a better package. But to stay on topic, I'd recommend the 920 over the SIII, if thickness is not a problem for you, well done Nokia!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:48

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


I disagree with the "phablet" designation. It may be heavier than some mainstream models, but not grossly so; the HTC Vivid and some of the rugged smartphones are the same weight class it heavier.
None of the review videos have had the narrator groan and complain about the extra heft or be unable to pick it up; other phones are just thinner and lighter, like a model, whereas the Nokia is like the nerdy photographer girl/boy next door, being a lot of fun, natural, and with amazing capabilities you enjoy discovering together. The Note, DNA, and Streak are like the basketball players, taller but highly capable because of it. Also, the Lumia can still fit in many pockets the "phablets" cannot.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:54 7

35. Johnnokia (Posts: 1108; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I have Galaxy S3, but I see the Lumia much better than in S3 in almost all specs.
I can't imagine, would the galaxy or Note be popular if Nokia had adopted Android ??!!.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:16 5

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


I really doubt you have an S3.

I love my S3 to bits and would never ever consider that uniformed, restricted tank over it

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:41 7

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


wow your not been a fanboy are you

''uniformed, restricted tank over it''

well that tank is all round ahead of the s3, you will always slate its weight but fact is you over exagerate it. if you cant hold the 920 your in need of help

second restricted, what else will the general user been in desperate need of that wp8 doesnt offer

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 03:17 1

84. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


I do love Everything that Nokia had maded on L920. It is the best WP8. and Nokia adopt Android, i guess Nokia will be more popular phone than Samsung

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 00:13 1

77. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


It is because weight is the only drawback that can be considered while comparing lumia 920 with any other flagship....

anything else....nothing..don't say apps availability...since WP is new in the market...

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:02 3

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


Why do you recommend WP over the best Android experience?
Please, bring me one valid reason!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:31 5

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


ease of use, uniformed and refreshing

wp8 might be a better option for many, why wont you accept not everyone wants android or even likes it. me myself use android too but i dont shove it down peoples throats like you try

i use android, symbian, ios, dont use bb but i dont have a problem when others do....its there and this is the key word kid ''choice''

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:33 7

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Nokia Lumia 920 just cuts it for me. No other phone for me - except the Nexus 4.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:44 12

5. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


a suggestion, please use the black background of Windows Phone devices. the white makes it ugly. :)

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:04 1

38. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Yeah, I kinda hate the white background on videos. The black makes the live tiles look much better.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:51 2

61. Aeires (unregistered)


Does WP8 have black tiles? A black background with thin white bordered black tiles would look sick.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 08:59

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


Make the background white and turn on high contrast mode. It does look sick. But, for colored tiles, the black background looks much better.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:45 6

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


you do know that making the 920's weight a drawback in usability is just plain silly.

oh and you forgot their prices...

-still a good comparison

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:51 2

9. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Excellent phones of 2012. Imma skip 2012 phones though. Hope 2013 would be SPECstacular in any way. . .

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:59 3

13. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Galaxy S IV, Galaxy Note III, HTC DLX, Sony Yuga/Odin, Lumia 930 yeah you betcha 2013 is gonna be great

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:08 1

16. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I'm with ya there man. it's either Galaxy S4 or Sony Yuga/Odin for me right now. Can't w8 to lay my hands on either of them.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:15 2

22. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


W8 someone migt get mad since you forgot to mention the iPhone or to whatever they're gonna name it in 2013. ^_____^

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:20 3

41. mashilive (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


You forgot the NEW iPhone. lol.

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