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Apple iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 900

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Apple iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 900
Fortunately, engaging conversations are prevalent with these two beauties, as clear and audible voices are heard on both ends of the line – plus, it helps that their earpieces are strong in tone as well. Then again, the iPhone 5 has the single advantage of offering better noise-cancellation.


Edging out its imposing rival, the Nokia Lumia 900 seems to have a slight edge in the battery life department, as we’re able to get close to 1 ½ days of normal usage with a full charge – whereas, the iPhone 5 delivers a solid day only. Indeed, it’s nice to see these two being more than capable of getting us through a work day, being connected via LTE will no doubt drain them faster.


Pricing is always a major deciding factor for many things, as it can sprinkle the needed value for the dollar for each smartphone. Even though it’s been around for quite some time now, the $49.99 on-contract price of the Nokia Lumia 900 is without question an easier sell than the $200 on-contract starting cost of the iPhone 5. Therefore, if you’re limited by a budget, the Lumia 900 will be able to get you by – for now, that is. However, if you truly desire the more premium and overall better performer, the iPhone 5 is the way to go, despite its higher price point. Considering that it just became available very recently, there’s naturally going to be a premium attached to owning the iPhone 5, but surely, it’s worth every single penny earned.

Apple iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 900 Video Comparison:


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posted on 01 Oct 2012, 05:29 21

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

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

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 05:34 25

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!! :(

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 05:44 12

7. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 11:35 1

58. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4383; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:35

60. pravi (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Oct 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.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 06:20 10

11. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 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.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 06:48 12

16. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2289; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 12:06 1

41. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 197; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

please compare it with my G1

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 07:31 19

17. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 07:36 10

18. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 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?

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 07:44 6

19. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 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

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 07:50 8

21. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 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.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 12:03

40. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 197; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

is this the imarraige beaurau. iphone needs one Groom.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 05:34 28

2. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

The Lumia 920 owns the iPhone5 in every single way

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 05:43 4

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

cept for weight issues.....lol 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 :)

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 05:49 7

8. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 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.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 06:04 2

10. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

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)

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 06:33 15

14. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 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

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:31

26. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 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

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:42

27. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 13:48 3

48. THEAXE (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Jul 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...

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 07:53 3

22. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 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

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 07:54 2

23. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

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

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 09:26 2

30. LumiaLover (Posts: 217; Member since: 27 Sep 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.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 12:33

44. HowMyDictate (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

But the adapter is all digital....

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 12:51

59. ikkuh (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 May 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.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 10:29 5

33. smartandcool3 (Posts: 14; Member since: 17 Sep 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.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 10:32

34. smartandcool3 (Posts: 14; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)

sorry everyone my post get duplicated.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 05:35 10

4. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 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.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 05:42 7

5. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 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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