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Nokia Lumia 928 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

0. phoneArena 28 May 2013, 05:20 posted on

Arguably the two best handsets for their respective platforms, the Lumia 928 might seem insignificant against the imposing presence of Sammy’s flagship, but the true test to find a winner is to pit the two head-to-head in each category...

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posted on 28 May 2013, 09:33 1

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

I wouldn't say android is outdated, exactly, but would agree it is a bit out-of-date. It still has to run the Java Virtual Machine on top of the Linux kernel which is inefficient, it apparently needs 8 f-Ing cores to run well (even computers are still OK on dual- and quad-cores, though obviously different architecture and tasks/performance) along with computer-esque levels of RAM, etc etc.
Android will hopefully get the foundational revamp it needs with 5.0 KLP to match the optimizations with JB and "Project Butter".

posted on 28 May 2013, 09:49 2

43. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Actually a John V post would mean a US version galaxy witch is 4 cores, not 8, also comparing PC architecture is a bit overboard, also the dalvic virtual machine (a variation of the java virtual machine but not the same as the java virtual machine) has its advantages when it comes to user protection and sandboxing applications limited to their own stuff they can't harm other apps or the system, also people are confused in some things project butter works best on applications that have been updated to the latest SDK and guidelines old apps get improved but its newer apps or updated apps that truly exploit it

posted on 28 May 2013, 09:42 2

40. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Read post number 3 a "modern OS" an still lacks some basic stuff... Tell me when someone redefined the word outdated, yeah the s4 may not be the best looking phone out there but man android is ages ahead in many aspects

posted on 28 May 2013, 14:23 1

53. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

Well Eveybody knows that I am a Nokia fan but this is the fact that GS4>Lumia 928

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 08:28

99. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

Only in benchmarks. Try dropping both onto the ground. You'll know what I'm talking about.

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 23:33

96. piyath (Posts: 292; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

928 looks like a brick to me dude.. S4 is the best design ever! Nokia lumias are clueless bricks. Sammy knows the body language..

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 08:28

98. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

1. Bricks are very durable, can survive countless falls without anything falling off. GS4's back cover bounces out in every single drop test on youtube. When you drop the phone without the cover, all the cheap and poorly made parts add to the damage the phone takes.
2. Body language? Of Mars? You call Lumias CLUELESS? I think if you turn all the samsung phones over and you can't even see which one is which. All other phones from manufactures have every single phone designed in quite a different style. Samsung? Bor-ing! Poor quality, by the way. Poor component quality and poor design quality.

posted on 28 May 2013, 06:03 5

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

No coverage of call quality? These are phones in the final analysis.

posted on 28 May 2013, 06:07 11

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I am curious how the L928 compares to the HTC One. If you do a comparo please include call quality.

posted on 28 May 2013, 06:40 6

18. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

Both are great phone so its all about personal preferences
L928 with its super camera and video recording capabilities and cool design
and S4 with its tons of feature plus ofcourse android 4.2
bytheway dual core cpu is not a drawback at all, it will run system smoothly and run all apps and games of wp store flawlessly...

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 09:34

100. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

Features in GS4? All don't work and most of them take out what little space it already has. gs4 is seriously jokes. samsung guys say 'We have improved the storage capacity in the new firmware update. Other websites? 'Samsung has updated the firmware of the gs4. Main attraction is that the internal memory of the phone has increased from 9.15GB to 9.28 GB. JOKE

posted on 28 May 2013, 07:01 10

22. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

Let's be honest.....s4 is the better phone...we all know it and don't hide it I even have a lumia 920 but I craze android as its open source! Not being a fanboy just saying the 925 is good the the s4 is the better phone...

posted on 28 May 2013, 07:03 9

24. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

Yes it does worth the money

posted on 28 May 2013, 07:04 11

25. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

But for those who love wp8 Lumia 928/925 is not a bad choice either

posted on 28 May 2013, 07:19 2

28. SleepingOz (unregistered)

The L928, with its Xenon flash, managed to be a better shooter in low light situations though. But is it enough for normal and power users? Don't think so..

posted on 28 May 2013, 08:23 1

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

Lumia 928 is more than enough for a normal user, may not be for power users (For Now), and don't forget wp is offered by Microsoft.

I still use Windows XP (the best ) along with 7, they will be improving their OS, Everything takes time. Like Android is now almost 5 year old..

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 18:50

73. OldWarrior632 (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)

Just remember that Win7 was Vista Debugged but took a couple years. Looks like we'll get Win8 Debugged in only a year or so.
Android being "Open Source" should be upgrading FAR more often IMO. The 928 at half the price of the GS4 is everything a "normal" user needs, but probably short of a Power user's wants. Notice the use of "Needs" vs "Wants"

posted on 28 May 2013, 08:25 5

36. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I'll agree the S4 is the better phone for multimedia & browsing and has the more robust ecosystem, but that's where it ends for me. If the Nokia has a better build and better call quality, I think that counts for more than the better screen.

posted on 28 May 2013, 07:08 9

26. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

Its no brainer SGS4 is the winner here, but the L928 is surprisingly up to par with its camera(better), design(much better) and some extra features like wireless charging, Xenon flash and the super-sensetived display.

posted on 28 May 2013, 09:59 3

45. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Is it me or are those bezels on the Nokia just massive..both phones are nearly equal in size yet one has a much bigger screen than the other.

posted on 28 May 2013, 10:08

47. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Yes, Windows Phones have pretty sizeable bezels. I don't know why, but it's pretty much across the board so I wonder if MS dictated it. The 928 is a couple mm thinner than the 920's bezel though.

posted on 28 May 2013, 12:40 2

50. Leo_MC (Posts: 1467; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

The brand new device, the pride of Android, quad-core (or is it octa?) with 2Gb of ram, "project butter" and everything else one wants makes the reviewer say "every now and then, we see the Galaxy S4 stalling with certain operations"?!

Correct me if I'm wrong but this means... incipient LAG; how much time untill the full lag of Android kicks in? half a year, a year (just like S3 now)?
No thank you, Android; like SIGPRO, my actual phone will be the last Android device; I'm going to a better OS and I realy hope Nokia will provide it because iPhone is rather expensive.

posted on 28 May 2013, 12:57

51. saadsiddiq (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Nokia 928 Get the Leads.. bad farwell for Samsung S4

posted on 28 May 2013, 13:11

52. smartphoneIT (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)

Applications like Office built-in, MS Exchange, Nokia map apps, excellent virtual keyboard, and better integrated security really make the 928 a very good smartphone for the MS centered business person. I wish the 928 had a 5" screen for ease of typing or we could glue my excellent HTC Arrive keyboard onto it. Then you would have in ideal business and email oriented phone. Someone please have the guts to make a 4.5" or better WP8 phone with a keyboard. I'd bet it would be a hot seller; and you wimps out there please don't whine about the little extra weight for a keyboard. If weight was a problem the Galaxy Note 2 wouldn't be so popular. The keyboard allows for very fast and accurate typing.

posted on 29 May 2013, 03:42

59. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

why the Conclusion block is always copy paste all reviews have same conclusions no word differnce except the device names

posted on 30 May 2013, 05:47

67. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Pls Nokia come with an extraordinary design with very less bezels, though this design is better than S4.

posted on 30 May 2013, 09:10

68. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

oversaturated colors is not a very good thing

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 11:10

70. yorcharturo (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 May 2013)

Nokia hardware was and still is superb the problem here is MSFT with tech cripple restrictions that force nokia to release a phone withe old specs while every other manudacturer is upgrading hardware. The Xenon flash is great for night moving shots. But that is the only improvement. In the non camera related part of the phones Htc One and Samsung S4 are far better. And if I want a good, impresive camera phone I will go Nokia 808 not Lumia 928

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 07:37

71. poping (unregistered)


no doubt s4 wins...

but i'm really looking forward to a nokia wp8 phone as my secondary phone. something similar to L820 but thinner and has smaller bezels.... nokia pls?


posted on 23 Jun 2013, 23:07

97. baldilocks (Posts: 742; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Why are you showing the Google Play as the music player for the GS4? That is NOT the music player.
Do the reviewers need reviewing??

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