Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
Introduction

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...


Design

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.

The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
OS keys - The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

OS keys

Front cameras - The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

Front cameras

The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right)


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.

Bottom edges - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

Bottom edges

Left - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

Left

Top - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

Top

Right - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

Right

The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top)


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.

Backs - The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

Backs

Rear cameras - The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

Rear cameras

The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right)




Display


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.

Color representation of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
Color representation of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
Color representation of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

Color representation of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right)


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.

Viewing angles of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
Viewing angles of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
Viewing angles of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

Viewing angles of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right)


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:



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129 Comments

1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Nokia FTW! Thank you for this, PA!

4. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It still amazes me at just how awful the iphone looks overall. The icons get lost in the background and just looks messy, despite the grid, it looks cold and uninviting, and the uninspired grade-school-doodle shape and huge bezel makes it look like the toy it is.

10. kalandershihab

Posts: 57; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

"The icons get lost in the background and just looks messy" oh really? now that's a very bad problem of dyslexia!

14. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

No, it isn't. Look at the pictures of each phone. Notice how the iphone looks chaotic and each icon contributes to the mess instead of conveying useful info at a glance?

92. tpranta

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 09, 2012

That's because of Lumia 920 follows Aalto's principles, where the architectural (physical) design has to match interior (digital) design. Apple has a mismatch with the physical and digital design. Its physical design looks elegant, and luxurious, almost jewelry, but the icons don't match with the new physical design. Also, Apple follows Dieter Rams industrial design principles, while Lumia 920 follows Wirkkala's principles where the product should have a warm, organic, natural feel. And it achieves this, because of material and its form, it doesn't feel cold industrial product at all.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao exactly

44. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

YO, Calendar Rehab! (C what I did there?) u may want to take some social grace classes!

12. brandonrana

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Oh PA shutup and thoroughly accept it that the LUMIA 920 is way better than ipooo..!!

15. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

They did: it won.

20. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What are you talking about? This is one of the most typical PA comparisons ever. They didn't even cover up the formulaic "on one hand... but on the other...." As usual, they say that the iPhone succeeds in the typical sense, with a much stronger ecosystem and comfort factor, but the Lumia succeeds in bringing new features to the table, like OIS and a refreshed WP experience.

73. Airforce

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Guys.....lets face it..the ipone 5 is a flop...i would prefer to go back to the market and buy myself the iPHONE 4S......i thinks the 4s is way better than the iphone 5 in every quality....nd the picture quality of the iphone 5 its a flop..THUMBS UP to NOKIA for an amazing Camera upgrade in quality

22. Dastrix unregistered

I totally agree. The Metro UI is so much more refreshing to look at, as opposed to the now stale, boring, and outdated offerings from Android and iOS. The high contrast and minimalism of Metro UI is stunning, making iOS look obsolete and downright ugly. The L920 is by far more innovative, and that, by itself, justifies the fact that it is a winner! Differentiation is key, in a world of zombie phones that is! :)

24. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Android looking boring and stale compared to WP?!? Can you please elaborate on that? You totally shot your self in the mouth with the zombies and differentiation crap. WP is the most uniformed OS ever, putting the same interface in EVERY phone, regardless of the brand. And on surface, it hasn't changed at all in two years! Can you say the same about Android? Android is..something you actually can't put a visual badge on, at all! Because YOU are to decide on every aspect of how it will look like.. from start screen (you can even put a windows phone interface damn it ), to menus, icons, fonts, docks, folders, keyboards.. everything. My phone interface looks exactly how I want it to look like. Here's your "stale" look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZD0wkfFn1A&feature=youtube_gdata_player In short, if you REALLY care about looks, you will put your own effort in that.. and you should definitely choose Android

72. Dastrix unregistered

Clearly, your definition of differentiation is incorrect. I'd suggest you brush up on your vocabulary before you bark. Differentiation pertains to the fact that WP's Metro UI is unique. You heard that right. UNIQUE. Not some fancy copycat of iOS that tries too hard to impress with endless customization that only people who got too much time on their hands (like you) find solace in, to seemingly make their phone unique, when it is NOT! That's what makes WP so special. "If you REALLY care about looks, you will put your own effort in that.. and you should definitely choose Android." Dumbest thing I've ever read; you just contradicted yourself here. You mean that the only way to make your Android phone look good is if you put your own time and effort into that?! Talk about an Android fanboy who got all the time in the world to give a damn about looks through customization. WP doesn't even need to give a damn about looks, it already got it for God's sake! Technology is supposed to make society's life easier, not harder! "Android is..something you actually can't put a visual badge on, at all!" Well, sorry buddy, but that doesn't mean anything, more less make any sense. The very purpose of choosing an ecosystem is to define how you interact with your phone, and your experience in doing so. The WP experience is consistent throughout, unlike Android. That's what makes it really stand out; you CAN put a visual badge on it. Ever wonder why society thinks iMacs are much more awesome than PCs? Well, that's because you CAN put a visual badge on it, buddy! Sorry, but I am NOT going to start a flame war over which ecosystem is better, and I don't need a damn YouTube video to apparently convince me to join your cavemen. The fact, remains, however, that you haven't proven anything. Truth hurts, I know, but if you can't deal with it, then you'd be better off going back to your cave!

123. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

How can you call android users cavemen, when android is a much more advanced, and powerful os?

93. tpranta

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 09, 2012

People who come from a design world, care about looks yes. Unfortunately they care about usability and sipmplicity as well. They feel the product should be intuitivite, no need for instructions. It should help them to do their daily work the easiest way possible e.g. by reducing all the unnecessary features which distract them. It is as important what is not in the phone, than what is in the phone. When people choose an Android phone, they pick it for different reasons than looks and usability. They want to dive into world of customizations. They want to adjust settings until everything feels perfect. And then they adjust some more. They want to multitask. They want to spend time with the gadget. They want to get things done. Lots of things.

121. farukdgn

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 09, 2013

no, your android interface looks exactly how google stole it from Apple. Android 1.5 - 2.2 look like copy of ios. Now Google's trying to have its own UI but it made everything more ugly and messy. UI still keeps changing in every version. Have fun with your updates that don't exist. I'm sad that you have lag while you're scrolling down to my comment in the site. Really sorry for your poor android phone.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm loving the metro UI. I wish iOS, and android had that. I'm heavily vested in iOS, so it remains my go to device but the 920 is pretty sweet.

65. Tsimeone

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

But that's what makes WP unique, it's not a cloan of anything like Android copies ios

89. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You can get metro UI launcher on an android - but not on your iphone.

90. Airforce

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Guy yes nokia is doing really good and improving....but Android and Ios still control the market REAL TIME....yes apple apply made some mistakes with the iphone 5 glitch...but APPLE has always had a crazy fetish for EXTREME HIGH DEFINITION(Retina Display) ..and adroid is NOT BORING....common..Galaxy SIII,LG Optimus,Xperia,....please those phones are AMAZING and it is insultive to compare Nokia to those phones

102. HDee89

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

I just want to point out that the iphone's Retina Display is not Extreme High Definition. The Lumia 920 and the Windows Phone 8X both have bigger screens, higher resolutions, and higher pixel density than the iphone 5.

122. farukdgn

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 09, 2013

iphone 4 had that high resolution. it was released 3 years ago. But now every phone has it. So what do you call that? Everyone stole high resolution from apple. 3 years ago other phones had 320x480 or 480x800 etc..

124. HDee89

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

By your own ridiculous logic, iphone 4 stole their higher definition from the thousands of companies that made HD devices before them, and by the way it's 2013, Apple still have not made a HD phone. Nobody stole the idea of 'higher resolution' you fool, improving an existing feature isn't inventing something, that's like saying apple stole their camera resolution from Samsung. Also the resolution iphone 4 and 4s run at has NEVER been copied, because the phone is a totally different aspect ratio to all other mobile devices. Iphone's cant be 1280x720 due to their oddly tall and thin aspect ratio. So nothing you said was relevant to the comment I made, I said iphone's retina display is not high definition which is true, the iphone falls short of 720p resolution.

34. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

While comparing the camera PA did not mentioned purple fringe on iP5 camera. PA, did u got some spl unit from apple?

120. Alexandis

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 03, 2013

As an owner of iphone5, i can say that it looks fantastic (I own androidphone, too). It's easy to blame something you simply don't like, but have not tried to use.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The only "plus" i see in the iP5 is the application store!! Otherwise, L920 kills iP5. Though i cant't help but think, iP5 in RED would have looked good too!!!

11. louiemapa

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Yeah, i think ii'll be great in red!

36. wendygarett unregistered

This is sad I I have to choose lumia 920 as well lol

29. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

To be honest iP5 is much better....! FTW

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