Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

With the Lumia 920, Nokia entered the world of dual-core flagship phones graced with HD displays, where Apple’s iPhone and many Androids have been dwelling for a while.

Thus the Finns had to create a compelling argument besides those two obligatory features to fight against the iPhone 5 and said Androids, as they would be its main competition for the hearts and minds of consumers this holiday season.

Apple introduced the bravest overhaul to the iPhone so far with the 5th edition, shattering its 3.5” screen dogma, and Nokia logged its first 4.5” phone with more than one processor core, so in a sense both the iPhone 5 and the Lumia 920 are not a simple evolution of what had been before in the iOS and WP universes. Which one pulled it off better? Read on our comparison to find out...


There’s no arguing that the iPhone 5 is one of the most compact and premium material smartphones out there, built out of glass and aluminum alloys. Nokia, on the other hand, threw every top features it was capable of in the Lumia 920, including an OIS camera, resulting in a both thick and heavy chassis, made of polycarbonate in various color choices, and zirconium for the well-situated side keys and the camera plate.

This burly impression from the Lumia 920 holds true in comparison with larger screen phones like the top Androids, too, not only with the iPhone 5. Actually Nokia’s phone is just a 1.5 ounce heavier than the previous iPhone, for instance, yet it’s the combination of heft and girth that will catch you by surprise given today’s smartphone design standards.

Still, the tapered back makes the Lumia 920 ergonomic to handle, and its stocky, durable build makes it more suitable for careless owners, whereas the iPhone 5 finds itself in a case very often to escape nicks and scuffs. Just don’t expect easy one-handed operation from the Lumia 920, especially in comparison with the much smaller iPhone 5.


We are looking at perhaps the two best mobile LCD displays with the iPhone 5 and the Lumia 920. The iPhone sports a 4” in-cell touch panel with 640x1136 pixels of resolution, making the pixel density the excellent 326ppi, whereas the Lumia 920 has a 768x1280 pixels display, with nearly the same density, at 332ppi.

Both exhibit very nice images, with the iPhone having almost perfectly calibrated color representation, whereas the Lumia 920 displays slightly more saturation.

The screens are very bright, north of 500 nits, which, coupled with their low reflectance ratio makes them easy to see outside, even under direct sunlight. Nokia employs its ClearBlack filter technology to achieve the low reflectance, which makes it seem a tad dimmer and as if with an extra coating compared to the in-cell touch panel of the iPhone 5. Both phones have top-notch viewing angles from all sides, though the Lumia 920 dims slightly more when you tilt it vertically.

Nokia has employed Synaptics-based touchscreen tech to allow operating the display with gloves, pens and other objects, which comes very handy in harsher weather conditions.

Nokia Lumia 920 360-degrees View:

Apple iPhone 5 360-degrees View:




Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2013

Thats what i think... Every one wants to buy a iPhone just because of the brand name. I think Apple has become the symbol of richness. The best use of iPhone is that You can Buzz around saying Hey i can afford an iPhone. I'm not saying that iPhone is a s**t phone, i agree that its one among the best phones out there BUT ITS NOT THE ONLY BEST. Nokia Lumia 920 is just outstanding. The features they are providing are commendable. They were the first one to introduce Wireles charging i know that its not too usefull but i thing they are evolving it into something really BIG. In terms of features Nokia Lumia 920 is the BEST. But the world foccus more on Showoff and you now that Apple is best at it. They just want to say that "We make world's most expensive phone". When it comes to Nokia they really know how to manufacture a phone not a Showpiece. When it comes to Nokia Lumia 920, its something new something special. The Metro UI is just amazing those live tiles makes me keep staring at the phone. So, i thing comparing Apple and Lumia is not a good thign to do. The are just two different yet amazing phones. By the way i want to mention that i Hate SAMSUNG. they just keep on launching similor looking phones with a huge display which wouldnt fit into ur pocket. its just s**tty phone i dont understand why people buy those phones. i would prefer to buy an iPad rather than those Tumbool s**t phones.

126. BitterTruth unregistered

Dont try to challenge Nokia ! And Thanks to PA for accepting the fact :P

119. amirata_xman

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

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118. kato520

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

I really like both these phones so am going to wait a shortwhile and see how they go with time .I like that camera on the nokia but the phone feels a bit big and the i5 feels good for me.undecided.maybe both.

111. GinaG

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That Nokia hurts my eyes. The plastic cases and the bright colors of these phones get to me, and not in a good way. I just compared this to the HTC Droid DNA and the DNA is more solid. But, I need something on AT&T's 4GLTE. I am in the U.S. (Austin) and need speed, most of all, for sending large graphics files.

115. TIrrodan92

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Samsung Galaxy SIII youll be amazed! or the Galaxy Note 2.

109. ajerseyjr

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

I really want a new UI experience rather than the Ios is still the same look and feel. Nokia Lumia 920 is the best choice today.

101. fronzy

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Linkin Park !!!

91. tpranta

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 09, 2012

"On one hand, you’d have to sacrifice quite a bit of comfort picking the Lumia 920 before the iPhone 5" Try sliding both devices on concrete and decide after that which design feels more comfortable in hand, unscratched polycarbonate body with curved back and sides + 2.5D curved class, or scratched anotized aluminimun with sharp edges.

88. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

the design is much better on iPhone, that being said, im not an apple fanboy lumia 920 has too much gap on the bottom

94. tpranta

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 09, 2012

The gap on the bottom has a purpose. The whole design of the both phones is thorough and carefully though. The gap is there because you might accidentally press the buttons. Been there done that with my Lumia 800.

117. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Didn't even notice the gap until this post. Are you just being Nitpicky?

87. Gina_93

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I don't know which one to get!!!?

95. tpranta

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 09, 2012

Depends on your preferences Get iPhone 5 if you want - More Apps - Lighter device - Smaller device - Better earphones out-of-the-box - More expensive device (some people appreciate this ;) Get Lumia 920 if you want - Better Camera - Better Sound Recording (e.g. while taking video at nightclubs, concerts) - Better Sound Processing (Dolby Headphone technology which is used in A/V receivers) - Better Build Quality (you don't need separate covers with Lumia) - Bigger Display Screen - Better Display Screen (more PPI, better outdoors, super sensitive) - More Convienient way of charging (wirelessly) The video playback time seems to be 10h on iPhone, and 6h on Lumia 920. The music playback time however is 71h on Lumia 920, dunno what's that on iPhone 5, but i presume less. Here you can check out if an app is found on WP8

127. rayxxxray

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Shorter video playback time on the Lumia 920 is because it has a bigger screen and uses more more energy. Bigger screen always uses more energy.

86. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

lumia 920 is still weaker than the 3310, but it is still very durable & reliable. iphones are boring and the same ui and os since 7 years ago, they re so expensive and offer less than wp8s and android WHEN iFANS WILL OPEN THEIR EYES !!!

85. lumia1920

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

the lumia 920 is better than the apple iphone 5 in evrything mainly he had a faster browser a powerful proccessor and iven his camera

84. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

The Lumia 920 is great, but i would still pick the iPhone 5 anyday

83. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Apps=/=ecosystem. Go to nokia's beta page for all the apps you need.

75. TMach unregistered

Jeez! Grow up children and enough of the mine is better than yours is BORING. Each to their own and respect other's choices as it is personal. For my part, I find IOS boring so I don't see how Android clones IOS as it is IOS simplicity that attracts its fans and turns them off Android which they find a bit complicated. I on the other hand prefer Android for obvious reasons but I am also not a fan of Windows. That is my preference and no more than that a preference rather than saying Android is better than this or that! Damn HTC, release the HTC Deluxe internationally and you can take my money all day long so long as you give it 32gb or 16gb with option to expand memory.

69. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Your battery comparison was WEAK compared to the rest of the review. I've seen discrepancies from sites about which has the better battery life. It would've been good to see test data from you.

62. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

WHY they always use white background on LUMIA 920???

60. Poshey22

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Nokia Really Have to catch up with the apps they are still awful like cant get alot of apps if u could get good apps for nokia would be best phone out and nothing would touch it like

71. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Which app are you missing? I bet I can find an equivalent.

74. Poshey22

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

racing post? have it in itunes,,, paddy power. berfair i could go on and on and on

96. tpranta

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 09, 2012

Betting apps sounds like a nice to have, but nothing too serious, unless you're working on this domain. However, Paddy Power and Betfair, are available on Windows Phone platform, as well as, Ladbrokers, William Hill and Sky Bet How many apps you really use daily? Is there any app you can not absolutely live without which is not found on WP8? I recall I downloaded 200-300 apps on my iPhone 4 and ended up using 20 at max on a weekly basis

52. molanjames

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

The Lumia improvements and new features are far better than I expected. Apple improvements were a bit disappointing.

56. iamunknown

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

ios 6, fb integration, iSight camera, A6 processor,faster graphics,siri,thinner and lighter,fast wireless connectivity,retina display,lte,....and so much..!!

63. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

once drop your iPhone 5 ..then there will be nothing to say much... The Tougher ,The Better Lumia 920...The better Choice...

82. iamunknown

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

looks like you havn't seen iPhone 5 drop test..!!

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