Interface and Functionality

The two devices are worlds apart in terms of interface. Android’s 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0 on top is all about customization and a wealth of tweaks and setting. The Lumia’s Windows Phone 8 offers very limited customization options - the color of tiles and there is only a clunky list view for your app drawer. The app gap is also huge, Windows Phone still lacks some essential apps, and when it comes to games the difference is easy to spot.

With Jelly Bean, Android has a perfectly smooth-running interface, and one rich in options. Sharing is system-wide and supported for all third-party apps, you have a huge variety in applications. Customization options are rampant. Multitasking happens in real-time and Google’s Voice Search is extremely quick and accurate. Those are all areas where Microsoft needs to catch up.

To Windows Phone’s advantage come its deep social network integration and out of the box free Microsoft Office and Nokia Drive offline navigation. Nokia’s little app additions like Mix Radio also add a lot of value to Windows Phone.

Processor and Memory

Launched nearly half a year ago, the Nokia Lumia 920’s processor looks paltry against the HTC One’s modern silicon.

The One wows with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip with 1.7GHz quad-core Krait 300 processor, Adreno 320 graphics, and 2GB of RAM. Tech geeks caring only about the specs will be quick to notice the huge difference. The Lumia 920 comes with a paltry dual-core Snapdragon S4 with the processor running at a maximum of 1.5GHz per core, and 1GB of RAM.

Both systems run smooth (and props to Microsoft for its well-optimized Windows Phone platform), but when it comes to games and the actual future proof status of both devices, the HTC One clearly leads the way.

Internal storage is 32GB for the basic models of both devices, and neither have expandable memory.

Internet and Connectivity

When it comes to browsing, both phones support 4G LTE connectivity and both have big displays. Since surfing the web is mostly about reading, though, the stunningly sharp display on the HTC One gives it a slight edge here.

What’s more, the HTC One comes with a very versatile and capable browser that offers a wealth of options like Adobe Flash support, desktop site mode, incognito mode and saving articles for later offline reading. It’s based on Android and that also means a huge selection of quality browser including Google’s Chrome with its abundant syncing capabilities. Both Android browsers performed brilliantly, flawlessly handling scrolling and zooming, and not stuttering when you open even a ton of tabs.

In contrast to the plentiful choice on Android, the Lumia 920 with Windows Phone has an extremely limited browser selection. Mobile Internet Explorer is a good browser, but it does lack Flash support and it does not offer the depth of options you can find on the HTC One’s stock browser. It has a ton of limitations too - only six tabs are allowed at maximum, the tab switching mechanism is clunky and there is no incognito mode.

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