Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s - Interface and Functionality