Nokia Lumia 928 vs Apple iPhone 5
Now that Nokia has introduced its true high-end Windows Phone offering for Verizon Wireless, it’s sure to try its mightiest to chip away at the iPhone 5’s always stringent grasp. Considering that it’s sporting a competitive price point of $99.99 with a 2-year agreement, there’s no arguing whatsoever that the aggressive approach might actually make customers think twice about settling down on a device – even more when it’s packing goodies that the iPhone lacks, such as wireless charging, NFC, and a super sensitive display. Already proving itself as THE Windows Phone to own if you’re on Big Red’s network, it’ll be intriguing to see how it stacks against Apple’s pride and joy in every category.
By now means are the two flaunting original designs, as they take the distinct styles of previous generation models and improve in the aspects that consumers take notice the most – such as being thinner and lighter. Thanks primarily to its brushed aluminum casing, there’s a premium element attached to the iPhones 5’s design. At the same time, too, the in-the-hand feel of the iPhone 5 is minutely better, since it’s smaller in footprint and lighter in weight. Despite that, we’ll admit that the two are soundly sturdy with their constructions.
Feeling out the physical buttons around each smartphone, we’ll give it to the iPhone 5 for having the more prominent and responsive buttons. However, most people will find the microUSB port of the Lumia 928 as being the more favorable of the two, because it’s a universal standard – whereas with the iPhone 5, it sticks firmly to Apple’s proprietary Lightning port.
The sides of the Nokia Lumia 928 (bottom, left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top, right)
Frankly, it’s rather difficult to make a definitive decision on which one has the more attractive display because they boast their own unique qualities that make them stand out. Specifically, it’s a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ 768 x 1280 AMOLED display on Nokia’s new gadget, which can still recognize touch if you happen to have gloves on, since its sensitivity is heightened. Conversely, iPhone 5 has a smaller 4-inch 640 x 1136 Retina Display, which has the more realistic colors thanks to its IPS-LCD panel and better outdoor visibility. Then again, our eyes are drawn to the oversaturated tones put out by the Lumia 928’s AMOLED panel – plus, it maintains its vibrancy at extreme angles better than the iPhone 5. Sure, the Lumia 928 might have the higher pixel density count on paper, but it doesn’t necessarily prove to be advantageous, as it’s nearly indistinguishable which of the two is more detailed from a normal viewing distance.
More popular slideshows
LG G3 Review
09 Jun 2014, 10:06
LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
10 Jun 2014, 10:13
Nokia Lumia 930 Review
18 Jul 2014, 04:29
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
07 Apr 2014, 23:02
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2
14 Oct 2013, 05:28
Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4
27 Sep 2013, 05:59
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One
26 Mar 2013, 06:51
OnePlus One Review
15 Jul 2014, 09:11
2. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Iphones still look like toys, not something anyone over, say, 8, would own.
14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
So, does that mean that Apple has a lock on the 8 year old phone owning population? I didn't know there were that many 8 year olds whose parents would get them a $200+ phone plus cellular plan.
17. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The iPhone 5 looks umm "cute" compared to the 4.5-5" phones I would buy, but for my wife it'll be plenty big. Nobody should dismiss Apple for being highly appealing to that large and very lucrative segment of the market.
39. sectime (unregistered)
Still like yours?
44. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
Even after all these facts.. iPhone 5 outsolds all of the windows phones.
P.S I am a loyal Nokia supporter but this is fact.
66. windork (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 May 2013)
they only outsold Windows because of their 70+ old people. Android and Windows. But we don't even need to wait till they die, soon their eye sight will be to bad to see the tiny screen
70. oldhamletman (Posts: 35; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
absolutely not true.... the Nokia 920 series for the first 4 months of introduction continuously on a weekly basis , outsold all iphone models combined at any point in history...
This is another Apple biased review, completely ignoring the WinPhone 8 voice assistance and inferring that Siri crap is the only game in town... also inferring that many critical apps are not available in wp8 which is a complete lie....
I think it would be nice to get a review from someone who actually knew what they are talking about when using windows phone.... I fell for that small screen Iphone crap for years and when I got a windows phone everything got a lot easier....
also this review ignored the fact that Apple continues to charge far more for their phones... no way I ever buy an Apple again
77. windork (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 May 2013)
but, even though in this entire article there have been no ISheep, only fandriods and windorks battling (as usual)
56. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Oh, I didn't know that. So around 40 million kids (under 8) buy it every quarter. That seems very true.
62. Dastrix (Posts: 570; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
The funny thing is that two years ago, these two companies could not even compare, let alone be on equal terms, which shows how much Nokia has improved and innovated, while Apple stood still.
79. rf40928 (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
I think the 928 is a good phone, but when I see "spec" comparisons they don't mean alot in the real world.
For example- Android phones that have 2gigs of RAM - need it. Ever go into a store and try and Android phone with 1gig of ram ? They slow down and at times seem to "stick' for a second. The iPhone with 1gig of ram runs super smooth. This is what happens when you compare an operating system ( android ) that is 8Gigs large versus iOS which is only 3gigs. Android needs more RAM to run as smoothly..
Back to what I said in the 1st sentence at the top - In the real world a smartphone is an internet appliance. Turn off your data and all you have is a phone with a camera. Most people pictures are automatically downgraded to much lower then 8mp when they upload pics to facebook anyways. So what matters is apps apps apps - remember this is an internet appliance.
Apple store 800,000 apps versus 120,000 apps Windows. So while you can compare phone specs - again comparing specs of different platforms with Operating systems that have different requirements isn't really fair. IMHO Samsung has done a great job of marketing the S4 although no one needs more then 10 MP in a phone camera - a 5MP Camera can print a photo lab quality 8x10 picture.. How many do this from a phone ? Not that many..
3. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Nokia L928 looks very smart, stylish, sexy, class aluminium, with a better camera than any other phones, except PV808.
iP5 great all rounder, wins in Cpu, Gpu, apps, games.but those ugly curves look hideous.
Both are great device in there own ways!
31. ebubekir26 (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I am a Samsung fanboy and I like Lumia's, I even thumbed you guys up.
some Samsung and HTC fanboys dislike every comment that doesn't praise their lovely smartphone,
12. windroid (unregistered)
+1 from me for a contructive criticism.
And because I share the same comment as you.
Just one consideration the Lumia is half the contract price.
42. icyrock1 (Posts: 301; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
TBH, I wish they could have used the same LCD display they used on the 920. I personally think LCD's produce better colors, and while I haven't seen the 928 in action, I have seen the 920 and it's screen is amazing. I have no doubt they also put an amazing display on the 928, but in my experience at least, LCD's give a better reading experience (I read allot of books from my phone).
43. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
Is that you troll??
How on earth can you appreciate Nokia?
I am still confused.
57. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
"Nokia L928 looks very smart, stylish, sexy, class aluminium, with a better camera than any other phones, except PV808."
You have unfortunately appreciated Nokia.
61. Dastrix (Posts: 570; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
+1 troll, I can finally appreciate your logic :)
7. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Good review, though too much use of defensive words, PA..
And will be glad if you post some concrete numbers.
16. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Now this I feel is a fair comparison. Of course when they pit the 928 against the Galaxy S4, PA will pick the Galaxy for its bigger screen, higher resolution, higher specs. Against the iPhone it's a more balanced fight. And like most of their comparos it comes down to preference.
To be truly fair though, they should pit the $300 32GB iPhone against the $100 32GB Lumia. That's a much tougher sell for Apple.
18. rahulz (Posts: 116; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
Very nice comparison
waiting for th comparison between next gen iPhone and nokia EOS
19. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
I'd probably go with the Nokia since Windows Phone has most of the major apps these days and I've never been impressed with the touchscreen responsiveness and keyboard of iOS devices. My 2 cents.
40. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
You are kidding me right? Iphone 5 has the lowest input lag of all phones, only phone that comes close is Nexus 4.
If I would have to pick one of these two phones, I wouldn´t pick neither :), none of these phones have android, I do not like WP and IOS.
67. windork (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 May 2013)
if you don't like either OS, why did you read this?
71. oldhamletman (Posts: 35; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
Ive used both pedro0x, and I can tell you for certain, the Nokia is 5 times better on responsiveness... sorry you got ripped off by apple... but it is what it is
32. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
i'd pick the 928 if it wans't a WINDOWS PHONE (And if it dodn't have that HUGE bezel, and wasn't glossy)
34. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"...and wasn't glossy)"
Which phone display isn't glossy? If glossy is objectionable, isn't that why you can purchase a matte screen protector? Plenty of matte screen protectors are sold for the iP5, I would think they are likewise available for the Lumia.
59. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
I meant the if the plastic wasn't glossy but matte like the HTC One X or the Lumia 920 (or 900) in black or cyan.
33. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Hah No Contest! Nokia Lumia 928 is real innovation compared to the iPhone 5
41. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Innovative, huh?! So putting a new camera in a phone is real innovation. 928 is almost the same as 920, except the camera. And the camera isn´t as good as it should be, the pictures aren´t that great, wow they are on par or better as a 8 months old phone, awesome. Iphones wins in almost everything, except camera and display(if you like bigger screens and more saturated).
68. windork (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 May 2013)
#Galaxy S3 vs S4: Lighter + even bigger screen
#IPhone 4S vs 5: Lighter + taller screen
#Lumia 920 vs 928: Lighter + better camera + bigger screen
Big updates don't happen every year, this is only a year after 920, just because it's only 2X better than everything else doesn't mean you should be upset
63. BraggingBob (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 May 2013)
Nokia Lumia 928 is real innovation compared to the iPhone? Nokia didn't know what hit them when Apple came up with the iPhone. Apple is the main cause of Nokia's decline. Nokia barely knew what a smartphone can do especially with Symbian - no ecosystem, no touchscreen, no apps, etc. You call Windows Phone 8 innovation? I admit hardware is nice but it won't justify a costly monthly data plan.
65. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
In short, Apple force Nokia, Samsung and other manufacturers to innovate. I agree that when the iPhone came out it was a sudden surprise and Apple did change the mobile industry. This force many manufacturers to change their strategy and learn from Apple. Now they have learnt and are innovating more than Apple. Apple is not bringing anything that much new compared to previous years, however manufacturers like Samsung and Nokia are trying to do their best bringing something new to the table. Most Windows Phone look same, Nokia can't change the UI. The only thing they can do is, improve the OS, bring some new Apps and improve on hardware side. They are doing that very well. However Apple could also surprise us again with new stuff and I believe they are smart enough to work on new technologies. What i don't like about the iPhone is the amount of unnecessary hype that it is getting. The iPhone 5 is great improvement to the previous iPhone, but it is nothing revolutionary. I don't hate the iPhone, it's just that as a consumer it does not appeal to me. I respect your choice as a consumer, and I hope if you have an IPhone, you're having a good time with it.
72. oldhamletman (Posts: 35; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
wp8 is , without a doubt, major innovation and a full generational step ahead of IOS... Apple is getting embarrassed on usability, business app integration, cloud services, gaming... basically everywhere..
Apple fanboys need to wake up and see what's happening, because people who have genuinely tried both in depth (which is very few people BTW)...know that Apple is getting their azz kicked
between these BS reviews where the author doesn't even know there is voice assist in wp8, and appleheads thinking they know what wp8 is about... you guys are hiding your heads in the sand
47. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
37. selena1000 (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
how can you say they are outdated??
iPhone 5 still beats many new smartphones in market.its camera is even better than s4' 13 mp and the screen is on par with the one on s4 (do some search before posting a comment)
45. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
+1 from me (a Nokia and htc fanboy)
38. Credo (Posts: 685; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
I love my Cyan 920 more than anything !!
64. BraggingBob (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 May 2013)
I love the Cyan bikini more than the 920!
46. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
I think Windows phones with black background looks much cooler than white. Please put background next time. Thanks.
58. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
I mean Black background. Typo.
49. cdgoin (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
BS.. half this was conjecture and obvious fanboydom run a muck.. There is NO WAY the iPhone camera holds up to the 928.. NONE. Not even close. The OS is outdated.. and looks it. I also pointed out "siri" being a benefit.. Funny everyone i know with Siri hates it and it rarely works smoothly. Also what is this nonsense "various organizer function" that apple has and MS is lacking in..? Only lacking as you don't know how to use WP8 obviously. You lost me on that comment alone.
54. Damo579 (Posts: 133; Member since: 18 May 2013)
I love Nokia as much as anyone else but in daylight photos the iphone 5 and lumia 92x are about the same,I know because I have a 920 and my gf has the iphone 5. In low light and videos the advantage goes to my lumia the OIS and HAAC microphones are awesome. After the amber update the lumia's day photos will be even better.
60. cdgoin (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
This is the 925.. it has a different 6 lense camera.. not the same as the 928 or 920.
69. Damo579 (Posts: 133; Member since: 18 May 2013)
This is the 928,same camera as my 920 only difference is the 928 has a xenon flash instead of led for photos.
53. Damo579 (Posts: 133; Member since: 18 May 2013)
God review and I think that the only advantage the Iphone has are apps,this advantage is becoming lees now because windows phone are starting to get more big name apps. If ios7 isn't good Apple might start to lose customers. I know many people that are ditching their Iphone for Galaxies and I converted a couple of people to windows phone.
75. Boogieman (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)
Nokia Lumia 928: 8/9 wins, 1 draw
Apple iPhone 5: 0/9 wins, 1 draw
personal preference for sure
Display: Nokia Lumia 928
Super sensitive touch,
better viewing angles,
adjustable colour tone
sunlight readability mode
Nokias clear black filter
Interface: Nokia Lumia 928
iPhones interface is so dated even the fan boys complain
Auto correct on the Nokia is a clear WIN (see above fail of reviewer)
Processor and memory: Nokia Lumia 928
Esepcially comparing price for a 32Gb unit for each manufacturer.
Lumia has a quicker processor
Internet and connectivity: Nokia Lumia 928
Apple is using cache to much which means pages do not update.
Apple lacks NFC, Wireless charging
On Apple 4G doestnt work in big parts of the world like where i live, wheras the Nokia works worldwide on 4G
Camera: Nokia Lumia 928 (easy win)
Much better pictures in low light, with flash.
Nokia has real image stabilisation which makes video usable also if you move, drive or ride a bike.
The Lumia is also more contrasty in video whereas the iPhone looks like it has a milk layer above the video
Yes the iPhone has a tiny bit more detail IF you have a steady hand or a support with you ;)
Multimedia: Nokia Lumia 928 (easy win)
Lumia 928 advantages:
- Nokia music free life time music (apple = iTunes = pay)
- Better speaker
- Better music&concert integration (you can find gigs, do your mixes, play mixes and so on)
- Larger better display for movies where Nokias deep blacks makes a huge difference for movie experience (iPhone blacks look grey beside it)
- No converion needed for video OR music
- music can be drag and dropped from any pc and MAC directly onto phone - NO iTunes installation NEEDED on your friends PC!!!!
Call quality: Nokia Lumia 928
- The iPhone5 you have to hold "just right" or the other part wont hear you
- The Lumia 928 (920) sound quality and noise cancelling is STELLAR. iPhones is fine too but noise cancel on the Lumia takes the upper hand
Battery: Nokia Lumia 928 EASY
The Nokia has
- 2000 mAh which is 39 % more than the iPhone5 1440 mAh
- AmoLED screen that uses less power
76. Boogieman (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)
This review is VERY Apple biased.
I have an iPhone5 and a Lumia 920 (which is not even as good as the 928)
Example of clear bias in review.
1. They write:
"Having spent a great deal of time composing various texts and emails on the two,
we’ll vouch for their fantastic on-screen keyboards,
since they’re super responsive and offer some of the best auto-correct features"
Thats not correct, I have both the iPhone5 and the Lumia 920 that has the same auto correct as 928
And the Lumia drives in circles around the iPhone when it comes to auto correct.
The iPhone doesnt correct anything on tis own, you have to choose the right word.
The Lumia use a "sentence based auto correction system" which means that even if you dont get all the letters right it will automatically correct the faulty words based on the sentecne
you are writing NOT ONLY THE WORDS. You can be a slob and not look on the text and still get it right with the Lumia.
With the iPhone you have to check berfore sending or it might end up on a sms parody
site for Apple smses ;)
78. jrm19852009 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)
I generally don't comment a lot on forums but figured I would here.
First off Im a huge apple fan using all their products and have had iphones form the 3g up to the 5.
I own an iphone 5, Nokia 928 and an HTC DNA.
I love the iphone for its ease of use and simplicity. It is my preferred OS for business use.
The Win8 Nokia 928 is fun to use, easy to hold, NPC is fun (although not really useful), the larger screen is great, and the night camera shooting is amazing.
The DNA is the most stylish design in my humble opinion, amazing graphics for games and the HTC widgets are pretty cool.
I guess what Im saying is they all have their pros and cons but any of these phones would be perfectly expectable for everyday use. I am an apple guy but I do see the appeal of new and fresh operating systems and styles ( Id like to see an iphone about the size of the nokia 928 with a nice OS reboot.
Use what you want to use and dont worry about if the other guy doesnt like it cause their hung up on pop culture.
80. NOLATechy (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)
Battery - "Honestly, we don’t find one handset better at delivering longevity with their battery life, as we’re able to easily get through a solid day of normal usage on both smartphones. However, expect usage to be considerably less on both if you’re constantly connected via 4G LTE."
REALLY! Lets be REALLY HONEST about this. The Lumia 928 has TWICE the usage expectancy of the iPhone5s and YES, I CAN PROVE IT! Go to Verizon's website and compare the Lumia 928 to iPhone5s and look at the results. iPhone5s has 600 minutes of usage. Lumis 928 has over 1200 minutes of usage. So why would you say that you don't find one handset better at delivering longevity when it is CLEAR that the Lumia 928 has TWICE the longevity? Nice try Apple Fanboy, but Lumia 928 definitely WINS on this one!