Nokia Lumia 900 vs Apple iPhone 4S

Stirring things up on AT&T’s lineup, smartphones need to be aware that the Nokia Lumia 900 is out for blood and setting its eyes on some of the best of the best in the market. Rightfully so, we think it’s relevant to pit Nokia’s flagship against, you know, Apple’s pride and joy in the iPhone 4S – since they’re both so gosh darn lovable in many ways. Obviously, there’s a huge disparity in the pricing department as the Lumia 900 undercuts its rival by flaunting a $99.99 on-contract price right from the get-go, but more importantly, will it be enough to offset the prestige and unflinching performance that normally accompanies the iPhone 4S?


Well, what can we say about their designs? For starters, some of the words that come to mind are things like unique, solid, and premium – and the more we think about it, those are all the required ingredients in making a smartphone compelling. Indeed, the Lumia 900 is a bit larger compared to the iPhone 4S, but it’s pretty sweet that they both employ top-notch quality materials with their constructions. However, it’s worth pointing out that the Lumia 900 retains a cleaner appearance thanks to its unibody polycarbonate design, while the iPhone 4S is somewhat more prone to smudges and fingerprints because of its glossy looks. In the end, their iconic looking designs are both favorable in our eyes.

Since the physical buttons on the iPhone 4S are more prominent, we prefer them over the flat feel of the Lumia 900’s set of buttons. Furthermore, we can say the same thing about the iPhone’s springy home button, because nothing beats having a physical response – whereas the Lumia 900 resorts to the using the usual set of capacitive Windows Phone buttons. Around their sides, we find common items such as their noise cancellation microphones, internal speakers, and 3.5mm headset jacks, but the Lumia 900 sticks with a traditional microUSB port, whereas the iPhone 4S maintains its proprietary 30-pin dock port.

Honestly, you can ditch that point and shoot camera of yours because these two are packing some juicy things with their respective cameras. On the iPhone 4S, it’s a 8-megapixel snapper that features an LED flash, backside-illuminated sensor, and a wide angle F2.4 lens. Meanwhile, the Nokia Lumia 900 sports an equally compelling 8-megapixel camera that features a dual-LED flash and an F2.2 aperture lens. Rounding things out, video chatting is in full effect thanks to their front-facing cameras – well, it’s a 1.3-megapixel one in the Lumia 900 and a VGA one in the iPhone 4S.


Alright, we can agree that these two handsets boast some lovely looking displays from a far glance, but upon closer inspection, we find the Retina Display of the iPhone 4S to be the more favorable one. Sure, the Lumia 900 has the advantage of having the larger 4.3” display, but its WVGA (480 x 800) pales in comparison to the 640 x 960 resolution of the iPhone’s Retina Display. Ultimately, the difference in detail is most recognizable in the web browser when viewing web sites in their entirety, as we’re able to distinguish fine text with the iPhone 4S – whereas, it appears garbled on the Lumia 900. Furthermore, since the iPhone 4S relies on an IPS LCD panel, its color production is more accurate over the saturated tones of the Lumia 900’s AMOLED panel.

Nokia Lumia 900 360-degrees View

Apple iPhone 4S 360-degrees View:



75. eli_waeterling

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

the video was wrong, iphone 4s also has an 8 mp camera

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Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

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70. vipermuscle83

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Im an at&t employee and have been given a lumia 900 for over a week now and let me tell ya, major dissapointment. Screen isnt better than samsungs, data connection problems, and though i love the cleverness and layout of wp7, it gets incredibly boring after a few days. Android will remain king of OSes until someone else comes along with another one that gives you unlimited potential.

68. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Epic phone the Lumia 900. I can only feel that with Windows Phone 8, a Nokia phone with a higher resolution (screen), more features, and dual core processor will seriously demolish all if they keep up with excellent designs.

67. wicaksono7

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

i don't understand why fanboy and android have an endless ongoing argument in every gadget/phone review, even in WP and iOS review, lol, i know ios is overpriced but it is overpriced when we are thinking only about the hardware, but in ecosystem and userfriendly departement ios still one step ahead, the app store is easy to navigate, almost no dangerous app (power drain, add, or even virus) even my mother can use it, and believe me, my mother is nokia s60 lover (just sms and phone) but when she bought iphone she love it. on the other hand, people with "open source" love will love android, and their lineup flagship phone has amazing line up, in term of hardware i will choose android, but in easyness to use, iphone for the time being, don't know in 2 or 3 years from now. i love android, but i still love my iphone, and no, i'm not rich, i buy it with a credit for a year. and my android is a quarter in the price area from my 4s, but still the hardware is very good, in the end every phone you choose is only because you want it. (and i can't wait to get a WP as soon as possible, big microsoft fan). sorry for the mess up english

66. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Finally a phone that can compete with the Iphone 4S! I thought Android would make a phone that is worthy to be compared to the iphone, but it look like windows beat them to it. The 900 beats the the almost every android phone except the note GN and equal to the S2. (im talking in terms of smoothness and overall design). I used this phone before and for a Single core phone its a beast!

64. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I love Nokia and Window and I'm so glad to see that they have released this kick a** phone. Hopefully, people catch on and buy it. I can't imagen what Xbox Live titles there going to release on these devises. I'm sure that it will bring them a lot of attention from gamers. You go Nokia+Windows!

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Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

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61. Havok125

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I'm sure someone must have already caught this but just incase, the iPhone 4S has a 8 MP camera and not a 5 MP like the video states.

59. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

Seems you made a fwe mistakes John V, the iPhone 4S has an 8 Megapixel Camera and the Nokia Lumia 900 is indeed connected to LTE and not HSPA+. Other than that, nice review.

58. piyush.pgi

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Why in the Video it's being told that iPhone 4S has a 5MP Camera???

57. darkknight

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

results of the above who wins? mobile connectivity - nokia L900 size - nokia L900 sound quality - nokia L900 quality and material - nokia L900 internet connectivity - nokia L900 processor - nokia L900 interface( active tiles- nokia L900 photo ( for me as photograf) - nokia L900 video auto focus for nokia, 1080 for IP - equal screen resolution - IP prize - definitely nokia L900 for the God sake , how they are equal and how nokia L900 get 8 stars and IP 8.5 stars????????

60. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

I've got to disagree with a few. The camera on both the Lumia 800 and 900 have been less than stellar to say the least; yet, the iPhone offers little to no options when it comes to the camera; I'd give slight edge to the iPhone in the camera department. Also the processor, while it's clocked at around 800 mhz it's still dual core and hence I'd also give that to the iPhone. Other than that, I think you're spot on.

54. Smart

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

Why does John V keep saying that Iphone 4s has a 5 MP camera..........All I know is that Iphone 4s has an 8 MP camera.....

53. hoopsnyoyo15

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

This is going to be the motorola droid of windows phone ... if that makes any sense lol

50. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Why did John V. set up the background in white? it looks awful!!....The Nokia Luma 900 has a ClearBlack AMOLED display so thefore the best color for the background is "BLACK".

38. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Why does the commentator in the video comparison keeps saying the iPhone 4S has a 5 megapixel camera?! It's an 8 megapixel one!

37. Mr.Best

Posts: 79; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

We officially have a third competitor. Interesting times ahead in 2012.

30. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

To summarize the review: Lumia 900 is an excellent device and a great value at $99.99 on contract (or less!), with obvious deficiencies because of its platform (resolution, primarily) and on typical Nokia fashion, it's an almost-perfect PHONE, with a few sacrifices in other areas to make it widely available and affordable. It's not made by underpaid workers in crummy conditions, so it's guilt-free, and actually worth its price. The iPhone, on the other hand, ever the perennial favorite (for good or ill) has some advantages, but its flaws weren't presented fairly in this review: the OS is old and bland, the design uninspired, it still has antenna and battery issues, it's fragile, and its origins are shockingly bad, and the company is still corrupt and oppressive, and continues to exploit patent law for its own gain

41. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Nokia uses Foxconn factories by the way

45. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

taco.. again.. how many foxconn items have I bought or plan to buy since learning what goes on?

47. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Did you know Samsung is on Foxconn's list of clients. Better turn in that galaxy phone.

55. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

troll go research. galaxy phones are made at Samsung internal factories and not outsourced. try .. yet.. again...

56. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Remix please read. Samsung has Foxconn make products for them. It was in the NY Times article that attacked Apple about working conditions at Foxconn and its also on Foxconn's Wikipedia page.

27. ShibeshMehrotra

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

I think the two parts where the Lumia gets beat is display resolution and camera. While the resolution is a standard set by MS and Nokia can't do a hing about it, the cameras in the Lumia series have been known to disappoint, but improve on Software Updates. Maybe we can expect that in a couple of months time? Also, with Apollo, PureView for Windows Phones becomes a reality. Can't wait to check out the sweet combination. :)

22. T00muchF00D

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

i will be buying this in june when my upgrade is due!!! =]

18. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

I'm going to do a comparison of the 900 vs my N8 in the camera department when I get one just to see how it differs quality wise. It annoys me to no end that I've read multiple times now that the camera is just "average," and yet, I've almost expected it to turn out that way for some reason. I really hope Damian is reading these reviews and looking into what's going on here.

28. ShibeshMehrotra

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

No need, N8 will win hands down. Bigger sensor, Xenon flash. Unless the same camera module or at least Xenon flash is added to the Lumia series, the camera will remain average. Until at least an year, after which they will kick ass with PureView. P.s. Love the username. :D

17. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

this phone totally rocks. i will venture out of my android domain and order it. if it sux arse, i will take it back and get the lg nitro hd. very nice as well. apple sux balls and is just so played out. it is very obvious this author is an isheep. he is trying so hard to make iturd look relevant. i love how they are always saying that android phones with physical buttons are middle grade, old, etc. capacitive is the rage, then when we listen to this isheep, he is dogging out the capacitive buttons and praises the iturd 2007 single button. another example, if you look at this authors review of the lumia 900, he is dogging the camera big time, and also the video, and in this article..they are like neck and neck...just oozing bias! ps. who is the loser 666 kid with a insecurity problem trying to rip off the borg style lines? very are a disgrace to the borg..and will def not be assemilated! most likely you will be jetison'd with the core!

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