Mark Cuban says the Nokia Lumia "crushes" the Apple iPhone 5

Mark Cuban says the Nokia Lumia "crushes" the Apple iPhone 5
Mark Cuban is probably the most outspoken and well-known team owner in sports. As the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Cuban has been a maverick himself, making billions when Yahoo paid $5.7 billion for Broadcast.com. He also is one of the sharks that invest in ground floor opportunities on ABC-TV's ratings success Shark Tank and has also appeared on television plugging Skechers.

Cuban lives a fairly open life for a multi-billionaire (think Howard Hughes) and had a thread on Reddit where he invited any and all questions. In response to a question about which smartphone he uses, Cuban replied that he has two phones (would you expect any less from a man who could buy every model on the market?) with one being a Samsung model. As far as the second handset is concerned, Cuban said, "The new Nokia with windows replaced my iphone 5. It crushes the iPhone 5. Not even close." He also lets us know that the Samsung is on T-Mobile's 4G network and that he loves the Wi-Fi calling option. Even a man set for life likes to save money. He adds that he loves the "open Android and Samsung platforms" and uses a replacement keyboard to increase his typing speed.

While the self-made billionaire didn't exactly specify which Samsung or Nokia models he owns, we'd expect him to carry the Samsung Galaxy Note II in case one of the Mavs or even an opposing player like LeBron James needs to borrow the phone. And we can imagine him owning the Nokia Lumia 920.

Ah, the life of a billionaire. Able to buy the latest handsets off contract as soon as they are launched. Yet, we have to applaud Mark Cuban's willpower. After all, most of our readers would own much more than two handsets if they had billions. Perhaps he is too concerned with the mediocre play of his basketball team which has a 12-16 record, 2 1/2 games behind the resurgent Minnesota Timberwolves for a playoff spot in the NBA's Western Conference.

source: Reddit via The NokiaBlog

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114 Comments

111. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

@johnnybravo chunky, buddy is over stated. Check out the GSnote. Its only gonna get bigger. And since your here to complain anyways, don't need to know if you gonna switch to WP or not. Most people did not switch to WP because of celebs anyway. Its different and it works.

108. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

"As soon as they launch "... I don't think so, someone with Cuban's status gets things before the public.

105. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Actually right now Nokia 920 crushes just about everything on the market.

98. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 hands down beats the iphone 5 in all aspects. I can see why Cuban made the switched. Everyone that I have shown the Lumia 920 to loves the phone.

94. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

who is next Microsoft? ****TMZ news: Lindsey Lohan is seen puking outside of a bar in LA while holding a Nokia Lumia 920 over an iPhone 5!!!!***** Seriously its going to take more than highly paid celebrities for me to switch to WP 8. This OS is still a good year away from truly competing with iOS or Android or Blackberry for that matter. Nokia phones are legit but too chunky. Bring on the haters... Count down to BB 10!!!!!

86. TIrrodan92

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Wise guy replacing his Iphone 5 for a real phone!

83. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

You dont need more than two phones? You dont. I own several because I'm an avid product tester. I prefer to OWN and USE products BEFORE commenting. I've always been a Nokia/Symbian fan. Then a fan of maemo. Then an avid fan of meego. I'm really looking forward to sailfish and bb10 is shaping up to be real nice. I've been following android since the froyo update and didnt jump in until samsung gs3. Based on my experience with several devices, in my humblest of opinions Android is oversold. I had ice cream sandwich on my n9 while others were still stuck on gingerbread. I wasn't sold. Then I laughed a little when my n9 got jelly bean before my gs3. Android doesn't and cannot compare to meego. That is not opinion. Its fact. I bought the nexus 4 ($720...no play store plus customs and VAT). Haven't bought the gnote2. It looks just like a more capable gs3. I've found most people that defend android dont know much about android and dont have hands on experience with other platforms. It's just blind devotion. I love the onex+ but I'm looking forward to buying an oppo find 5. I even bought an iphone5 ($1200 customs plus VAT). Android isn't all that. It isn't the be all and end all of mobile phone os's. Those who class it that way are just deluded. In order to have a buttery smooth performance on android you have to do daily dalvik cache clears and regular factory resets. That's just stupid. Even CEO'S of the companies you defend use other phone's. Android is buggy, laggy, not optimised, eats ram, etc. Popular does not mean best.

96. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

Good and knowledgeable response my dude. You touch on a bunch of subjects but I will address two. First - Multiple OS: Im sure Android is not the best but for the average smartphone users they only really have two popular options: Android or iOS. Neither of which Im a fan of for reasons you mention in your post. You have to be knowledgeable or know/trust someone to root your phone to experience other OS or platforms. Did I mention warranty voided? I am one that would love to experience Meego but will probably never be able too. Ive tried most OSs that an average user can try: Web OS, iOS, BB 7, and Android. I refuse to try WP8 as it is still in its infant stage. Secondly, popular is not always best. So true but marketing plays such a huge roll in this. My parents who are such amatures when it comes to smartphones think Android is best just because of whay they hear or see on tv. When it fact no one true OS is king. They all have ups and downs. I wish for a OS as customizable as Android, App-bundant as iOS, dependable like Blackberry, and flashy like Web OS. Quick someone make this!!! :)

110. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I had zero lag with Gingerbread on my Thunderbolt. None. I have zero lag and zero force closes on my SGS3 (unless I flash an alpha or beta rom). Stock, unrooted it is fluid and smooth and never crashes, with no dalvik or cache clearing or factory resetting. I do occasionally bork it up playing with it trying new things. Android is not perfect, but to call it buggy and unoptimised with ICS or JB is just ignorance.

116. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Seeing as I dont have to do daily Dalvik cache clears and regular factory resets....everybody's experienc isnt the same. I have a Maxx HD. Maybe its a Moto vs HTC thing...and not an Android thing. Or a Sense UI vs Blur thing. Maybe your phone is just a bad phone, who knows. All I know is if everybody's expereicne with Andrioid was bad and like you say....it wouldnt be as popular. Word of mouth is probably the best review.

80. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Great so he doesn't consider iPhone to be a "STATUS Symbol" -a myth that's slowly biting dust.

60. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I agree and I don't like Windows Phone.

59. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

If you had billions, would you own more than two phones as this author suggest you would? Just think, maybe that's why he's a billionaire and continues to be so unlike some sports celebrities and lottery winners. He owns only TWO!

55. YouGotTrolledSon

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

ppl over rate lumia920 so much just because of its camera technology .. its just over weight phone with crappy os.. sure .. it may be better than iPhone but not even close to any android high end devices. btw I've used lumia920

54. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

He likes the Lumia. That's all that matters. Don't need to make a big issue out of it.

53. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nah. This guy can't be a billionaire. Only people who can't afford iPhones buy Android. Right?

81. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

In fact not owning an outdated device is becoming a "Status Symbol" these days :D

97. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

dang!!! How did this comment sneak in here...it is so insulting in so many ways. Just like people who use Blackberrys are 60 year old accountants right? For your own sake I hope you dont walk around saying s&^ like this my dude.

102. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Based on his history...I am thinking it was sarcasm...

109. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Guess I was too subtle? Or, I sound exactly like the iFanboys here.

49. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is some major advertising for WP. MS better take it and run with it.

42. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I cannot offer enough praise to Nokia for the Lumia 920. It really is the best phone (in terms of usability and features) currently on the market. And yes, that includes the galaxy note 2. Unless you've used the 920, don't talk crap, because it really is "THAT" good. Oh, and a Merry Christmas to all you Christians.

41. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I've had the lumia 920 for at least a month now so I'll tell you the niggles that annoy me. 1. Neither nokia music or xbox music has a manual refresh. 2. No select all in music. 3. No universal search. 4. Windows xp is dead (not missed) 5. High brightness eats through battery(on high standby is about a day, on low it is more than 4 days) 6. Impossible to sideload xap files. No file manager. 7. No usb on the go. 8. Unable to download videos inside internet explorer (UC browser can though) 9. Album art is not always accurate. 10. Nfc isn't as easy as it should be. Android has many hidden features that I dont even use. Both cater to different people. I use my lumia more often though. I used to be a flashaholic but not anymore everything else is awesome. These are what is stopping me from giving the phone a 10/10. All software related. These to me are deal breakers.

48. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Appreciate the unbiased opinions. Its refreshing.

70. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

The album art issue isn't exclusive to one OS, it depends on where they get their info from. On the HTC Sensation I had for a while it changed them around and even after manually loading all the right album art from my computer it still wouldn't match, and would often default to a picture in my Gallery. There are file managers in developer editions and with the right software, but in my 8 months if WP ownership I have not yet found a need for it. What do you mean about the manual refresh? Different group of music to play?

37. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I just received my lumia 920 2 hours ago and i was very happy when i read this article. It is indeed an amazing phone. Its so freaking fast. Im an android guy and will stay an android guy for a very long time, but i like to try different phones and this 920 is really really impressive.

34. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Now this guy is smart rather Nokia than iPhone

30. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I have three of those, note2, lumia920, and iphone, plus blackberry 9900. still iphone is my primary one and lumia 920 is the second. get a littebit disappointed with lumia because of the lack of wp8 apps/games compared to ios/android.

45. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1258; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Seriously, Microsoft can tell me that they have a billion apps in there market but it doesn't matter if they aren't the top name ones. Apps are the only thing that makes me think about switching back to Android.

56. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

The apps they have seem so much more in depth than that of Android. For example Ringtones. I have to use stupid Zedge. It maybe has 1 out of 4 songs I want. Meanwhile the very first ringtone app on my wifes Lumia 822, which I never heard of has every one Ive tried. The more I use her Lumia the more I dislike Android with all of its faults.

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