Apple iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 900

After having taken some of the formidable competitors in the Android sphere and pitted them against the new kid on the block, the iPhone 5, it seems right to now focus our attention on another rival mobile platform – Windows Mobile. Generally speaking, Windows Phones are undoubtedly rare commodities right now, so as we look around the camp, the Nokia Lumia 900 would seem like the fitting candidate to face the iPhone 5 next. Certainly, its age might prove to be a factor, but nevertheless, it’s still packing a wallop to stand tall amongst the crowd.


When looks can have such a profound effect on people, it’s comforting to know that these two boast designs that are soundly iconic, and at the same time, meticulously thought out from top to bottom. On one hand, the Nokia Lumia 900 has this stylized edge that accentuates every hard straight line it’s boasting – while its variety of color options complements its stature. Oppositely, the iPhone 5 is without question, the more premium looking and feeling smartphone between the two, as its brushed aluminum casing combined with its svelte looks, enables it to exude a polished figure in all angles. When it comes to sturdiness, they’re both solidly constructed to withstand most things, but there’s something about the unibody polycarbonate body of the Lumia 900, that makes us believe it’ll handle a drop better than its rival will.

As usual, accidental presses are almost non-existent with the iPhone 5’s recessed and tactile home button, but equally as so, we don’t experience many accidents pressing on the Lumia 900’s trio of capacitive Windows buttons.

Along the trim of both devices, we presented with common items such as their 3.5mm headset jacks, power buttons, volume controls, microphones, and speakers. However, the Nokia Lumia 900 packs a standard microUSB port for charging/data connectivity and a dedicated shutter key – while the iPhone 5 carries along a mute switch and Apple’s new proprietary Lightning dock port. Worth mentioning, there’s no memory expandability with either device, or access to their batteries.

Well known for their cameras, these two chic looking handsets bring along 8-megapixel rear auto-focus camera with LED flashes – though, the iPhone 5 features an F2.4 lens, while there’s an F2.2 lens on the Lumia 900. Additionally, it’s a front-facing 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera on Apple’s beauty, while a slightly higher 1.3-megapixel one is on Nokia’s offering.


There’s no arguing about this one folks, but the iPhone 5 is undoubtedly packing along the more attractive display between the two. Sure, it’s three-tenths of an inch smaller than its rival, but its 4-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 640 x 1136 is considerably more detailed looking up close and personal. As for the Lumia 900’s 4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800) ClearBlack AMOLED display, we like it for its saturated color production – albeit, it’s nowhere close to being as accurate as the iPhone 5. And lastly, the IPS-LCD display of the iPhone 5 is more visible under the gaze of the sun.

Apple iPhone 5 360-degrees View:

Nokia Lumia 900 360-degrees View:



1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

are that bored to make this comparison john? or are you tryna give the iphone the upper hand....... yet again?

3. wendygarett unregistered

IDK... But I start to feel that the lumia 900 is actually better... Not that I trust what siri says... Oh no!!! Why I start to think the iPhone looks like a crap!! :(

7. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

lol, Siri isn't to be trusted, except on this one

58. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

iP5: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? Mirror (SIRI): Umm...hold that thought, i'll be back in 4 inches. Phonearena, this comparison is very unfair...i didn't care to go through since i already knew the result.

60. pravi

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Agree. Comparison holds good when compared to devices which are almost equally strong. Well I guess Nokia 900 is really strong since it is compared itself to iPhone5.

11. IHateApple

Posts: 122; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I am still waiting for iPhone 5 vs. LG Optimus G. I know for a fact that iPhone 5's GPU is a slightly better performer (GLBench's website). But Quad Core Krait should pretty much own A6's CPU.

16. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol iPhonearena, has a case of its monday,,,,, how are you going to compare, the 900, with a newer phone,,,, smh

41. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

please compare it with my G1

17. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

How the •bleeeeep• do you come up with the ip5 having better outdoor visibility? Was the Lumia's screen on?

18. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Also, yes, metal body may feel better, but you should take into consideration that Nokia did the aluminum think 2 years ago and has moved on. Which is more futuristic, a space-age dyed super-plastic-like material like polycarbonate, or easily scratched and dented metal which impedes signals, something a phone has a very strong need for? Was the 900 updated to Tango?

19. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

And did it have the correct Nokia software bundle installed, namely the one that includes Camera Extras (updated camera software, settings, and Macro mode) and Microsoft's excellent Photosynth app? It's my understanding that those are being installed out-of-the box on new 900s

21. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Clearly, Apple annodizing approach is inferior to the Nokia N8's because my N8 never scratched (after 2 years) like the iPhone 5. As for the ALU body interferring with the iPhone 5 signal...probably not. The antennae on the iPhone sandwhich design are in the rim/edge of the device. Recall, the N8 had plastic ends where the antennae were housed. Not the case for the iPhone 5.

40. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

is this the imarraige beaurau. iphone needs one Groom.

2. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

The Lumia 920 owns the iPhone5 in every single way

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

cept for weight jp but it is a tad bit heavy and im not sure if the OS is quite better than IOS yet......but maybe u guys like it better :)

8. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

no offence bro, but in my opinion everyone likes an OS and thinks its the best. some prefer the IOS, some prefer the Android OS, and some prefer the WP OS.

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

BS Even i, the suposed Android fanboy, will readily admit that iPhone 5 is the very peak in terms of technology and overall package right now. It bests Lumia 920 in: - battery life, probably (incredible 51 hours on gsm arena test) - compactness and weight (HUGE win here) - processing power (A6 is MUCH more capable than dual core Krait) - ecosystem/apps (absolute no-contest here)

14. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

actually, if you see the video, lumia 900 running single core previous gen processor can run smoothly, as fast as iphone 5. and that's still a single core, not a dual core latest gn processor. even though iphone is smaller ad lighter than 920, not all people want their phone to be super light

26. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

see this: ICS running smoothly on 800mhz single core and 256mb RAM The point is, that doesn't meant this phone can in any way compare with the iphone. Even iphone 4S seems noticeably slower than IP5 in running/opening complex, processor-demanding tasks such as the map flyover mode etc..not to mention the future games

27. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

correction, it's 512mb RAM..but still a 800mhz single core, basically a refurbished ancient snapdagon s1 with adreno 200


Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

I bought this IP5 for my misus the other day and it feels like a toy-phone.....Had a couple of tiny dents, the charger doesnt work, and when I connected it to my laptop, it stuck...while pulling out, I almost broke the usb slot on the laptop.... So Im sending it back .... bottomline:: Apple sucks bigtime...

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

As an overall package for an average smartphone user, it's a decent choice, but peak in technology? While the Lumia 920 isn't out yet, I can't openly include that for comparison purposes, but there are a number of other phones, as overall packages or single standalone features that offer better technology than the 5. NFC, especially coupled with software like Samsung's S-Beam for ease-of-use, various other makers' better screens, thinner bodies (thinness isn't everything, and I personally would sacrifice a few millimeters if it gave me a better camera and/or battery life, though I wouldn't want something much thicker than a half-inch, say the thickest I'd be comfortable with would be an 808 PureView), as well as camera tech. Like I said, decent all-arounder, but not the champion by a long shot

23. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Battery life? Hard to make that case given recent feedback from users of the iPhone 5.

30. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Features that iphone doesn't have...wireless charging, free music, mapping that works, phone that doesn't scratch when you fart, image stabilization...need I go on? Don't see how anyone can come to any conclusions until 920 has been properly tested? and this is coming from a current android guy who was leaning towards the iphone5 until I realised that Apple doesn't give a s**t about it's customers...why else would they launch a phone which is either scratched out of the box or scratches easily with mapping that doesn't work? Oh...not to mention the adaptor you have to pay for in order that your nice new phone will work with all the connected stuff you paid £££sss for.

44. HowMyDictate

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

But the adapter is all digital....

59. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 2011

Both phones perform well enough to do everything modern phones should be able off. What counts for me is the way Apple does things. It controls everything, Hardware, software and everything in between. WP is closed too but compared too iOS its almost a different world. And even i, the supposed Android fanboy pick a WP-phone any time over a iPhone no matter how technical advanced it may be.

33. smartandcool3

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

Lol, +1 to this. Did everyone notice that: iphone5 just got only 7.8 star rating by user whereas the Nokia Lumia got 8.8 star rating by user. I think Nokia lumia 900 is still pretty much superior in many other ways than iphone5.

34. smartandcool3

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

sorry everyone my post get duplicated.

4. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

It's obvious that the iPhone 5 is better than the Lumia 900. The real comparison would be towards a true competitor - the Lumia 920.

5. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

c'mon phonearena, are you cmparing a THIS YEAR phone (Apple iPhone 5) against a LAST YEAR phone (Nokia Lumia 900)?? how would that be fair?!! unless you do believe that the iPhone 5 is a last year phone!!

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