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Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s

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Interface and Functionality


To an extent, a phone’s features set and design can only go as far to influence consumers on a superficial level, but ultimately, it’s the underlying platform experience that will be the determining factor. In this comparison, we have the Windows Phone 8 with the GDR 3 update for the Lumia Icon, and the iOS 7 experience with the iPhone 5s. Each has their own unique way of presenting the experience, so let’s quickly break them down to see how they fare against each other.

When it comes to the design and aesthetics of the platform experience, we like how there’s more of a consistent theme attached to Windows Phone 8. It’s made apparently clear right from the get-go, as it’s Start Screen is filled with several dynamic live tiles that are constantly shifting with content, which is undeniably more appealing than the static look of the iOS 7 home screen. Nonetheless, the new layered and transparent design language brought on by iOS 7 gives Apple’s mobile platform more appeal than ever before.

Interface of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Interface of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Interface of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Interface of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s

Interface of the Nokia Lumia Icon


Interface of the Apple iPhone 5s - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Interface of the Apple iPhone 5s - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Interface of the Apple iPhone 5s - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Interface of the Apple iPhone 5s - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s

Interface of the Apple iPhone 5s


Multitasking is handled in the same manner with the two, however, the simpler and more accessible notifications panel of iOS 7 makes it light years ahead than Windows Phone 8’s implementation. By swiping down at any moment from the top bezel, we can access all of our notifications with the iPhone 5s, which is more organized than how notifications are delivered through Windows Phone 8’s live tiles.

Looking at their organizer functions, they generally mirror each other with their presentations and functions – albeit, we truly adore that Mobile Office is preloaded with the Lumia Icon. However, Siri’s vast offerings and smarter results blows away anything that Microsoft’s Bing experience has to offer on the Lumia Icon.

Even though the Icon presents us with a more spacious on-screen keyboard, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s our preferred choice, as both keyboard are responsive and feature killer auto-correct functionality.

Nokia Lumia Icon - Keyboards - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Keyboards - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Apple iPhone 5s - Keyboards - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Keyboards - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s

Nokia Lumia Icon

 

Apple iPhone 5s

 

Keyboards


Diving deeper into their respective apps ecosystem, iOS 7 continues to have the more polished and diversified portfolio between the two. We applaud that Windows Phone is making some ground, but its offerings still pale in comparison to its rival.

Processor and Memory


Speed is never an issue with these two, as their respective processors show us that they’re more than capable of handling even the most intense operations. For the Nokia Lumia Icon, it’s powered by the same processor featured in many of today’s contemporary high-end devices – a blazing quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. On the other side, the iPhone 5s’ 64-bit based dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A7 processor continues to be a rare figure amongst the landscape.

Apple’s pride and joy is available in the usual capacities – 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. For the same price you’d pay for the 16GB iPhone 5s with a 2-year contract, the Nokia Lumia Icon shows its generosity by giving users a healthy 32GB of storage.

Internet and Connectivity


There’s a lot to like about the web browsing experience with these two smartphones, especially taking into consideration that they offer fast 4G LTE speeds, quick page rendering, and buttery smooth navigational controls. However, the larger and more high-resolution screen of the Lumia Icon makes it the more ideal device for the occasion.

Browser of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Browser of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Browser of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Browser of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s

Browser of the Nokia Lumia Icon


Safari browser on the Apple iPhone 5s - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Safari browser on the Apple iPhone 5s - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Safari browser on the Apple iPhone 5s - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Safari browser on the Apple iPhone 5s - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s

Safari browser on the Apple iPhone 5s


Fortunately, these Verizon specific models are world phones, seeing that they’re meant to work with CDMA and GSM networks. In addition, they feature the latest set of connectivity features that include aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual-band Wi-Fi. It’s worth mentioning that it’s only the Lumia Icon that packs on NFC connectivity and wireless charging.

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posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:02 2

1. Kishin (Posts: 598; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Waiting for wp8.1... I look for the review then..

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 11:21 1

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3430; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


1820 wp8.1, above 9 rate.
Will get 9.5/10, my guess.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 15:30

13. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


are you high?! pa would never give 9.5 to anything non apple bro. even if it was nokia morph with android and 41mpix with 8k screen with a price tag of just 100$ :))

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:12

19. Bioload25 (Posts: 203; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


and what about Google nexus 5? got a 9.5 as far as my eyes can tell:http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Google-Nexus-5-Review_id3479/page/4

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 16:39 1

14. Dastrix (Posts: 587; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


WP 8.1 is iOS 7's nemesis. Get ready iOS!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:05 5

2. fouadqr (Posts: 290; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


ICON all the WAY ..

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:21 1

8. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i dont know why but i feel icon is more premium. its better build cause you can toss a nokia in the air and it can land on concrete and youll have no worries about it being cracked or broken. you can run over a nokia by a truck and be ok aboutbit. i dont think other manufacturers except sony can rival nokia in build quality

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:07 3

3. theminolaboy (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 May 2013)


It's pretty surprising that despite Apple falling short in terms of pretty much everything compared to Android and at some point, Windows Phone, it has a cult following. Blind loyalty indeed.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:18

4. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Falling short of what? Android is inconsistent with updates and a lot of times doesn't feel as polished as iOSuperior.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:37

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1376; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


iPhones don't have best specs on paper, but in real life they are at least as capable as any other phones.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 17:09

16. verty (Posts: 105; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Blind loyalty indeed. Open your eyes and don't be a slave no more.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:37 3

5. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 May 2012)


in the first pic of display section ,the map in iphone display is over exposed as compare to Nokia icon display,which looks pretty much better
NOKIA all the way

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:00 1

7. Cesar (Posts: 131; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


prefer iPhone 5S, better performance, A7, 64 bits, and best UPDATES!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:28 4

9. NEO2598 (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


I guess you have an Iphone 5s.That's why you're saying that.All you care about is updates and performance?The S800 in the Lumia Icon is very powerfull.I realy think that you'd love to have a smarthpone with Icon's display.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 11:13 2

10. imran86 (Posts: 31; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


There can never be a phone in this universe that can ever beat Iphone according to iphonArena. Shame on you

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 11:23 2

12. imran86 (Posts: 31; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Talking about iphone being simple to use, 2 of my friends bought latest iphones last week, couldn't set a song as the ring tone after 2 days of googling, messed their music and files by itunes and switched it for a Note 3 on 3rd day. not to mention the lack of a file manager, no bluetooth support, no in-app settings and more

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 17:05

15. verty (Posts: 105; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Same here. I have not even bothered to load songs on my iPhone yet. Why make a simple thing so complex. That's the specialty of Jobs. Will sell my I phone for note 3 soon. Hehehehehe

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 17:37

17. elitewolverine (Posts: 1541; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You keep saying polished apps, every single review apps this or apps that.

The question we should ask you PA, is what apps are you comparing it too?

What apps did you compare side by side to make such a comment?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 22:54

18. imran86 (Posts: 31; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


He is referring to the 1000 torch light apps.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:09

20. NOLATechy (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


Looking at the display side by side comparison, the iPhone picture looks a bit washed out. The Icon's colors are a bit more pronounced while the iPhone's brightness causes the colors to fade out. Notice the green sweather - the shadows fade out causing the colors to blend. This makes the folds in the sweater flatten out and aren't as "realistic" as the Icon picture.

posted on 02 May 2014, 17:26

21. blazblu82 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 2014)


About two months ago, I decided to upgrade from my HTC 8X WP. My initial intentions were to get an Iphone 5S or the new HTC One M8. However, the HTC One looked unappealing and the external speakers were below my expectations and I had my doubts about the 4 Ultra Pixel camera. So, I moved onto the Iphone 5S. I picked it up, looked it over, got a bad feeling in my gut and walked away. Even though most people I know have the Iphone, I cannot get myself to become another ifollower.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with WP8 since owning the HTC 8x. Nothing about the OS has let me down. The only drawback is the lack of 3rd party support like the Iphone has; but that is a moot point to me. So, after drooling over the superior specs the Icon has over most other phones, even the Iphone 5S, I concluded that I would stick with a WP and bought the Icon. Transisitoning from an 8MP camera to a 20MP was like night and day. I cannot believe the clarity and quality that comes from the Icon camera. Additionally, the Nokia camera software and their editing software is superb!

With superior features such as longer battery life, better camera, faster processor, more on-board memory, and a fluid UI, I can't imagine how much better the 8.1 update will make this phone! Long live the new Microsoft and Nokia partnership!

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 10:43

22. NOLATechy (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


I have already downloaded and installed the WP8.1 Developer Preview and let me tell you, it is GREAT! The difference between WP8.0 and WP8.1 is greater than 8MP to 20MP camera. It's more like 8MP to 1,000MP camera. Action Center, Cortana, File Manager, Swipe Keyboard, Transparent Live Tiles, just to name a few of the MANY upgrades you will get. If you want to wait for the update so you don't void your warranty, I understand, but when you do receive WP8.1, be prepared to be AMAZED! I mean REALLY AMAZED! iPhone doesn't even have File manager yet or swipe keyboard yet, but we do! Also, Cortana is only in BETA and already beats Siri in some situations, like setting personal reminders to tell a contact something the next time you talk to them, or having the ability to type your questions to Cortana instead of having to speak them (comes in great in a noisy environment or a meeting when you don’t want Cortana speaking out loud in the meeting – typing indicates to Cortana that you don’t want her to speak out loud – pretty smart don’t you think?)

Also, I’m not sure what program this guy used to perform the battery test (and noticeably doesn’t provide that info – hmmm) but every person I know who owns an iPhone 5s can’t come close to the actual everyday battery life I am getting on my Icon. And I mean NONE OF THEM! My Icon, even with WP8.1 upgrade is getting at least 3 to 4 more hours of use then my friends and family get on their iPhone 5s. Now that’s the only test I need!

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:46

23. NOLATechy (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


One other thing...not sure who does your ratings, but there is only one place that ratings actually count and that's with ACTUAL USERS. Go to Verizon Wireless webpage and review the user ratings. Apple iPhone 5s has a user rating is 4.5. Lumia Icon has a user rating of 4.6. Enough said.

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