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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

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Interface and Functionality

OK, so Windows Phone 8 may not be the hero operating system Microsoft hoped it would be, but it's still a viable alternative to Android and iOS. We have to admit, though, that Windows Phone 8 is the more difficult platform to approach, due to its radically different user experience. Whereas, Android has more of a standard icon and widget-based concept, Windows Phone's homescreen has these live tiles, which are something of a cross between icons and widgets, and it also has a non-traditional structure, which is based around different hubs like People, Music+Video, Games, Office and so on. So it will probably take you a bit more time to get used to WP8, which is OK, but the thing is – is it worth it to go through the trouble of learning Windows Phone? Well, our answer is yes, but only if there's some specific feature of the Lumia 920 that you absolutely love, because in terms of pure software layout and capabilities, Android 4.2, especially with Samsung's TouchWiz on top, in our opinion, is far more versatile and superior to Windows Phone 8 as an operating system.

Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4


The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

The UI of the Nokia Lumia 920



Messaging

Smaller screen or not, the Lumia 920 comes with a better QWERTY keyboard, which makes typing somewhat more intuitive and faster. Sure, you have that extra row of numbers with the GS4, but the keys are smaller, and don't feel particularly spacious even when typing in landscape mode.

On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 920


Still, with the GS4 you have the option to install some other QWERTY keyboard that may prove to be just the right one for you, whereas that freedom is not there with the Lumia 920, which isn't such a big issue, because, as we said, its built-in keyboard is great.

Samsung Galaxy S4's default QWERTY keyboard layout - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

Samsung Galaxy S4's default QWERTY keyboard layout



Internet and Connectivity

The Nokia Lumia 920 has an amazing browser with Internet Explorer 10. It may not be as fast as the one in the Samsung Galaxy S4, but we certainly appreciate all the fine details that have been polished to perfection by Microsoft, like the double-tap zooming, perfect text size boosting and user-friendly scrolling.

Internet Explorer on the Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Internet Explorer on the Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Internet Explorer on the Nokia Lumia 920 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

Internet Explorer on the Nokia Lumia 920


Still, the awesome browser in the Galaxy S4 has a few tricks up its sleeve as well. How about Flash support? That's one thing you'll never get with the Lumia 920's Internet Explorer. However, reading may not be as easy with the GS4, as it doesn't seem to have noticed how the other browsers around it tend to artificially increase certain fonts in order to ease reading.

The browser in the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
The browser in the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
The browser in the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

The browser in the Samsung Galaxy S4



Processor and Memory

There is no doubt that the Galaxy S4 is the real specs monster among these two smartphones. Samsung's flagship comes with either Snapdragon 600, or Exynos 5 Octa, depending on the market, while the Lumia 920 is equipped with the last-gen dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus. System performance will be just fine with both handsets, though the Lumia 920 will certainly not be as future-proof as the GS4 with regards to third-party apps, and especially 3D games.

The Galaxy S4 is also far more versatile when it comes to storage space, as it comes in 16, 32 and 64 GB variants, and it also has a microSD card slot, whereas the Lumia 920 only comes with 32 GB of storage with no option to expand that.

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posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:36 27

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


The Lumia 920 wins the low-light camera and violent drop test but that's about it. Look how small the screen is on the 2011 spec brick!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:11 22

12. Emily1985 (Posts: 127; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


phoneArena, Ray S,
The video from the Lumia 920 is 1080p?
Are you sure that you do not have faulty device?

this is from GSMArena.com Video Compare Tool, s4 vs 920 vs 808
http://www.gsmarena.com/vidcmp.php3?idType=1&idPhone1=5125&idPhone2=4967&idPhone3=4577

Good light and low light , the Lumia 920 look sharper and have more details(Look at the grass and the written signs).
How can you explain the differences?

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:16 22

29. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


S4 obviously wins.
But didn't know Snapdragon S4, OIS and a touch screen that works with gloves on was '2011 spec'.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:12 9

46. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 80; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)


2011 spec has these things but not in 2013 specs????

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 19:28 18

60. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


as usual... its phonearena... they won't let nokia win... hahahha...

ive seen so many video comparison and phonearena have a different output from thier L920... maybe its busted... lol

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:33 7

40. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


GS4 is winner, but i'm waiting for Nokia World that nokia will announce 1080p and quad core phone may be "Catwalk"

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 21:09 8

61. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Definitely, the Lumia 920 was their 2012 phone and it's still competing with 2013 devices. Let's all wait for their 2013 hardware.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:38 24

2. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


No questions for the S4 beating the Lumia but the Lumia has a great camera. :) [+]

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:39 11

3. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Still S4...

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:42 8

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


BTW PA is keep dissing the GS4 keyboard when their pre-release model simply doesn't have the the Samsung-optimized SwiftKey already present on fresher firmwares. Update the damned thing at the local Samsung store for crying out loud!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:46 13

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


L920 vs S3 was valid this test is not even valid as they both are from different time line same will go if they put iPnone5 vs SGS4 also invalid comparison

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:49 14

6. mrtee (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


Phonearena has some of the worst reviews and comparisions in the tech world...this comparison like many comparisions this year seems so rushed and lacking in detail. seriously Ray S, was this article written in less than 5 mins? cause it surely feels like it. Phonearena needs to step up its game.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:51 3

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


Hahahahahaha Nokia wins... Again! Just kidding lol but i don't think its nokia's faults thoug, its MS' limited OS. But the HTC ONE is the best phone in the world right now even tho sam-fans won't admitt it.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 15:05 2

56. asteala8 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Please explain how the One is better than the s4. Aside from the "premium" materials of course. Those are clearly subjective. If you wanted an easily scratched aluminum phone you'd get an iphone. Slower hardware. Weaker camera. Battery killing HTC Sense. I don't see how the one is better.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:02 10

8. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


this comparison makes no sense
two phones which have features of different years and more important, have different OSs.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:03 11

9. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


I'd pick the S4 over the 920 if it had stock android. Otherwise 920 ftw. I don't need touch wiz crap. Leave the os to Google, stop messing with it.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:03 3

27. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


then buy a nexus... is it that difficult ? :/

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:25

31. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Well if you don't like Touchwiz, you can install Apex Launcher or Nova Launcher™

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:10 4

35. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"touch wiz crap"
If TW was crap like you said, I wonder why it is the most praised and most supported oem's skin/framework on XDA. Any idea?

posted on 01 May 2013, 02:03

84. vampyren (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


I was also negative towards TW but after using it man I like it. It has lots of useful features and run very well. I wish some apps could be uninstalled but i can disable most of them. Pros are more then cons.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 06:45 1

69. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


+1 for you. I hate touchwiz too. Well, its my personal choice.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:06 1

10. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Top 10 phones!
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/825/22735148.jpg/

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:10 5

11. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


In screen, we want vivid colors (S4) and in camera, we want natural colors (again S4).

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:17 11

13. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Two beautiful phones.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:30 9

39. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


only one NL920

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:24 21

14. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


This review is completely biased. This guy has always been a Sammy fanboy.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 06:56 7

25. voxmarc (Posts: 332; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


So you want them to lie and tell the world that the NOOOOOkia is better.......lol

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:30 2

53. SleepingOz (unregistered)


You're the biased one buddy! Deal with it.. =]

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:25 17

15. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


It's not new to me that Phonearena is always against Lumia phones. Every aspect of this comparison they handled the Lumia negatively. They compared to it with even midrange phones and they said its not fascinating like the other phones. But the good news is that the all other Mobile websites like the verge, endgadjet, techradar, gsmarena they said Nokia Lumia 920 is one of the best smartphone of all the time. even Eva the editor of uoobe.com said, Lumia 920 has the sharpest camera phone ever.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:38

17. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Here's a "RED thumbs from me"™®©

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