HTC One vs Nokia Lumia 920
Introduction

The HTC One and the Nokia Lumia 920 look drastically different. The One runs on Android and the Lumia 920 is a Windows Phone handset, HTC went with sleek and light design while the Lumia 920 is a large and heavily built device. But with all those differences there is one thing that makes them nearly direct competitors, and it’s their cameras.

The PureView camera with a Carl Zeiss lens on the Lumia 920 takes big pride in its low-light performance, and Nokia has been throwing around images shot at low light showing how much better it is than the competition. The HTC One is also throwing a punch at the competition, showing off the superior low-light performance of its UltraPixel camera.

But which one of the two captures better low-light (and overall) images? And which one is the better all-around device? Read on to find out.

Design

The HTC One is a truly gorgeous device. Two aluminum slabs come together in a slim package with a slight curve on the back that makes it lay comfortably in the hand. HTC has paid meticulous attention to detail - chamfered edges for convenience, a volume rocker made out of patterned aluminum, a large, stylish camera eye on the back. The One is sleek, only 9.3mm, and lightweight too at 143 grams.


The Nokia Lumia 920 is its near complete opposite. It is also well built and feels decidedly solid in the hand, however it is plain big, bulky. It does feature a pillow shape design that makes it ergonomic to hold, but it measures a considerable 10.7mm thick and weighs a whopping 185 grams.



Display

With the HTC One and Lumia 920 we are looking at two of the best displays out there. The HTC One features a gorgeous 4.7-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel Super LCD3 display. It’s stunningly sharp. The pixel density comes at 468ppi and that means no perceivable jagged pixels at all.

The Nokia Lumia 920 on the other hand comes with a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ screen with a lower resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels, that works out at a density of 332ppi. The HTC One is clearly the sharper display, but the Lumia still goes for that ‘Retina’ resolution so small details like fine text also look good although not as smooth.

In terms of colors, both devices have great, vivid screens with excellent contrast. Nokia uses its ClearBlack filter that lowers reflection and delivers deep blacks and excellent contrast. It is also slightly brighter than the One, and with its lower reflections that makes it more usable under direct sunlight. Viewing angles on both are excellent, but the HTC One does a little bit better at the most extreme angles.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Nokia Lumia 920 also comes with a super sensitive display that can be used with your gloves on and even with a pen, or other objects. That’s a nifty feature for those living in colder climates which the HTC One does not have.



HTC One 360-Degrees View:



Nokia Lumia 920 360-Degrees View:



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89 Comments

91. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

SERIOUSLY..? One is sleek and light the other Big and HEAVY.. Difference = 1.5 MILLIMETERS and 1.4 OZs

89. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

a lot of people will say that the htc ONE is better the lumia 920 and that is true if come to hardware the one will beat the l920 why the l920 is older than the one so don't get angry my nokia fans brothers i love the l920 it's my dream phone so and this is also for you android fans stop annoying us about nokia not going with android they like the wp if they wanted to go with android they would do the same as samsung and htc. also in the software side there can be no comparison between the phones they are completely different.

85. freetail

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 21, 2013

@cyko969. Thanks. Thought you actually covered of a few more points very eloquently too. :-) I was thinking, perhaps we should all use these functions to try to learn something from other platform users about their devices. So, to our Droid friends, how do you get the phone to highlight typos when composing a text? On my daughter's phone (S3) it's just not very obvious. In return, I can confirm that the latest IE update on WP8 does support Flash. So there we go... Teach you something and you teach us something. Then we can all make our own minds up without having to rely on curious reviews :-) Better yet, actually spend a little time using a Windows Phone. U might be pleasantly surprised (as I was when I moved from Droid - and BlackBerry before that). Happy Easter one and all!!! :-)

82. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

oh wait...you've already lost it)

81. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Holy sh%^....."The Nokia Lumia 920 does much better when light is scarce, capturing realistic colors and with balanced noise levels." and this so-called Victor H. claimed 2 a few days ago that Lumia 920 is inferior. PA...do something with your TEAM!! BECAUSE IT'S RIDICOLOUS!!!! You're losing your credibility!

78. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

"It is the perfect device to record videos with sound from concerts and loud parties." Really? Did you guys forget about the 808 PureView that you reviewed last year? Guess you did...

75. cyko969

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

I agree for the most part of what the HTC One delivers over the L920. The HTC One is the latest of the two phones so i'm not surprised that it is a more powerful device, its like what Victor said .. its not really an apples to apples comparison. But in all reality they will perform about the same in day to day use and performance with the L920 being a lower end phone compared to the One. As far as personal preference between the two here .. would still choose the Lumia 920 over the One. Lumia 920 fares pretty well considering the lower specs, WP runs smooth and efficient all the time and does what i need it to do on a day to day basis with out any gripe, even w/o flash support .. Mobile IE 10 is great especially since most of the sites that i visit support html5. The lack of extensive browser options is really not that bad. The few that WP8 has in the market are great (UC Browswer, Surfcube .. are best IMO) and extend the feature set of IE10. And overall I love the feel of the 920, especially the thickness and the weight is comfortable for me to hold. The weight of the phone is actually and advantage for me, gives me a sense that the phone is built really well (like what nokia is renowned for) and the fact that when I put it in my pocket, I know its there. I tend to be a forgetful person at times so it is a definite plus for me.

63. freetail

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 21, 2013

I still think the review fails to identify the difference between platforms. Calling WP8 clunky with it's tiles is a view, but in the hands of most WP8 users, far from reality. Most of us find all the customisation, animated graphics and trinkets of Android flash, but inconsequential at best and downright confusing and unnecessary at worst. It doesn't add to the usability although it may add to the wow factor ) especially among younger users. Horses for courses but non WP8 users are missing the trick of WP8 and prefer to spout specs instead. Android 'needs' faster processors whereas WP8 doesn't. As for app, 1 in 10 Droid apps have turned out to contain malware. Most are free gimmicks too. The majority of worthwhile apps are on Windows or coming soon and we've recently seen a flurry of new apps hitting the Windows (phone and W8) platforms before iOS and Android. Why? Because developers are appreciating the ease of writing for a more unified platform and the fact that more people buy apps on WP8 than on Droid. As for photos, I wonder if the reviewer was using a 920 on Portico. In any event, to my eyes, the Nokia pictures look better in every example, save for the nightclub one. Does the reviewer also realise that IE on WP8 DOES support Flash? Obviously not. Again, using a device with the latest update might be an idea! Some will love Android. That's fine and I have no quarm with that but I do get hacked off when reviewers miss the point of WP8 altogether, comparing stats and features in this way. Fine, they both do a similar job and are both flagship devices but they do them in entirely different ways. That user experience is what separates the two and someone might actually write a review that spells this out - the pros and cons of the two platforms. And by platform, I'm not just talking phones. A phone is a micro tablet. We have mini tabs, standard tabs, oversized tabs, laptops, hybrids and desktops. Plus, we have home entertainment (be it through a desktop box or games console). Having unity across the platform will be much more important to 'future-proofing' than the latest processors and to that end, Windows is set to win the race as (a) will be more unified than Android and (b) prove to be more innovative than Apple. It's not there yet, but WP8 users are by the very fact, early adopters and that can only be good for Nokia, Microsoft and other supporters of the platform (including HTC) as the feedback and demands from its users will help spur the innovations that the platform will need to win out. There are just too many exciting things happening at Microsoft right now to ignore their potential. Android is getting into a pickle with Samsung looking like it's going to develop it's own version (as Amazon and BB already have) and HTC is struggling financially and with production issues. The One may be good, but if they cant manufacture it, they'll miss the boat and lose out to the next gen of Windows phones. But we'll see...

76. cyko969

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

Thank you freetail for pointing those things out. I was going to point some things out just as you did but you pretty much covered everything I wanted to say. You did a much better job at it than what I would of done lol.. my english is not that great ^^;

62. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Regarding the camera, color saturation and balance can easily be adjusted, but noise and other image aberations not so much. The Lumia 920 does appear to have a better sensor, but If Victor H. wants to play games and deny the obvious, then so be it. It would not be the first time that he has skewed the results and tried to put a negative spin on products that are made by Nokia. His lack of objectivity and professional credibility is on display for the rest of the world to see... The HTC One is a nice product, and has many great features that might give it an edge against the Lumia 920 in other respects, but the image quality of the rear facing camera is lacking, and attempts to portray this as being anything different are illegitimate and/or dishonest (in my opinion).

48. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

@Taters... They love'em big brotha. They love'em big

43. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Two perfect examples of why these two companies are failing. Both phones are HUGE for their screen sizes and features.

46. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

mate everyone knows your so far up samsung you cant see reality, but stick to there articles if you cant add anything the HTC One tried something new and the design is much fresher then samsungs offerings. nokia have shown wp8 is competitive and the 920 competes well even to a new android device so go skip along in your field of samsung marketing

49. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I own a Nexus 4 and don't even have one single Samsung phone in the house. I just call it as I see it. You are obviously a Nokia fan though.

51. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I have no allegiance to any brand but I do find that Nokia fans, followed by HTC fans are by far the worst and most delusional with so many double standards that it is hard to keep track.

54. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

you obviously do as samsung fans are the worst even android fans have admitted this. plus you have commented against all other then samsung you and that darac are so similar im no nokia fan although i have an 808, i use whatever i like regardless of brand or blind loyalty. seriously though until you admit the obvious which is samsung fanboys have replaced the apple trolls its hard to believe anything you say

56. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You sound like a lost cause. You can believe what you want but Samsung fans seem a lot more reasonable than yourself IMO.

58. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

see as i thought you and darac must be sharing accounts or something as your comments are so similar samsung fans are the worst its shown in every article, they blindly praise the s4 yet criticize apple for doing the same thing, up spec's and shiny features and i know your a samsung fan and you prove my point as your bling to the crap they do. android central in the comment section as usual. this site used to be for tech lovers not fanboys i.e. sleepingoz who is now spam thumbing my comments like a child lmao

65. SleepingOz unregistered

"sleepingoz who is now spam thumbing my comments like a child lmao" No, I'm not.. You have like 4 thumbs down/comment How am I doing this? And who cares actually? You're being the kid here buddy. You're not able to keep arguing with me above, so you try to bash me there. You're pathetic man! Just like Cartman! =] and if I'm right, you're the one thumbing all my comments down. LOL!

71. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

i thumb down the comments you direct at me ofcourse as its the same crap and yes you and your pet ''TROLL'' are thumbing me and anyone that doesnt blindly support android. TROLL goes onto all wp8 articles just to thumb down people. you ofcourse accept this as he's on your supposed side. im just like cartman............that all you got kid

67. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

You're new here, I've been coming to Phonearena for the past 2 and half years and it was even worse before reading back those post and all those regular people that use to post them days. You've been here since when summer?

72. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

you get banned every week, your a known troll who always crawls back here. and your little group of supporters who support your trolling are pathetic too. how about you stop coming back ? be so much better

68. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

You need help....! Please go and seek wise counseling™ Please also not use ill Tounge™

73. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You are hopeless. To be fair, it seems Nokia and HTC fans are on edge because their companies are sliding financially and this makes their fans more defensive and prone to outbursts when their phones are criticized. With Samsung, they are sitting pretty so their fans are usually more reasonable and level headed knowing that Samsung can promote their products just fine without them.

74. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well said and very true+1™

90. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

well sir let tell you something until now i never met fan boys like android fans half of them are reasonable the other half stick his nose in every comment even if it not concern android i saw articles about wp and ios and yet they start bashing about android this and that and the worst are samsung fans they can't accept the fact that the nexus 4 is better than s3 and maybe s4 they also stick their noses in every article even if it's doesn't concern samy are android i saw an article about nexus 4 and they attacked the phone so much

40. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

The only reason Lumia's camera wins is because of images being sharp. Had HTC thrown in more megapixels(instead of only 4), quality of their images would have been better, may be better than Lumia.

38. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

There is no doubt that Lumia's Camera is only slightly better than HTC One's camera. However, HTC One wins on all other fronts by huge margins. Lot of comments here are juz biased. I have noticed this time n again that mostly, its the Android users who are open to & like the good things of other OS. We Android users love the whole Android Universe, but we also appreciate the performance+camera of iPhones & polished UI+simplicity of Windows. But all the iphone & WP users have just blinded themselves by being stubborn & not accepting the Truth that Android gives so much more than iOS/WP. Users must learn to live with Truth. I have Galaxy S2 & I totally accept the truth that there are better smartphones available out there having better camera+UI+performance.

88. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Amen, I am a true fan of Google/Android, and I wil tell you, the Nexus camera sucks; came last in all the shots(other articles) PA did if you ask me, but that's okay, cause the New next Nexus, will have a camera that will blow One/920/S4/Sony out of the water; if not, I will still love the Nexus brand....lol

37. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Troll, u flubber! How do you get away with your trash? I got banned 5 days for standing up to Trolls. Troll, instead of fighting's, why don't you kindly give reasons why you prefer one product over the other. Here's an example. I don't mind Android. It has its merits bur i prefer WP. Why? Its a simple OS. Its radical and nonconforming. Tasks are done faster and easier, especially those apps that are baked in the OS like FB. Ben and his WP challenge campaign proves it. The best part, I can make my WP revolve around me. No WP will ever be like someone else. WP is customizable but in a different way. Apps, they're coming. Got official Pandora today. Mod, no! Stock will always be better. Notification, what if I tell you its coming. 1080p display, its coming. Sit back and relax Troll. The One and GS4 is not the beginning nor end.

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