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Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

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Both phones have 8 MP sensors on the back, with the Lumia 920 offering a pulse dual LED flash and optical image stabilization, as well as a two-stage shutter key.

Lumia’s camera interface offers more adjustments for the images and videos before shooting, whereas the iPhone 5 mostly decides automatically what to do. It does offer Panorama, though, which in the Lumia 920 has to be downloaded as a separate option, and Nokia’s phone doesn’t have the iPhone’s HDR mode from within the camera interface.

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Images come out softer and with boosted contrast from the Lumia 920 in comparison with the iPhone 5’s pictures, which are more defined. The white balance measurements are sometimes off with Nokia’s handset, resulting in overexposed or hued bright areas.

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In low light conditions the Lumia 920 can soak in quite a lot more light, as the optically stabilized camera enables it to keep the shutter open longer. In automatic mode this often results in overexposure of the scene, though, especially with bright spots and light sources, so you’d better use the night mode, or dial down the exposure a notch. The low light shots are, however, much less blurry and noisy than those from the iPhone 5.

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When it comes to video recording, the Lumia 920 pulls ahead - not that the iPhone 5 doesn’t record nice fluid videos with 30fps, but Nokia’s phone adds the advantage of a tripod-steady footage even at rock concerts, and its three high-amplitude microphones pick a lot fuller sound.

Camera speed

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Multimedia

The gallery apps on both devices offer basic editing functions, like the typical crop, rotate, resize or red-eye removal tools.

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The Gallery of the Nokia Lumia 920


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The Gallery of the Apple iPhone 5


Both music players can categorize your songs by artists, albums, playlists and even genres in the case of the Lumia 920. Equalizer presets are not found integrated in the music players on both devices, but are rather listed in settings, which is a nuisance as you have to go there to adjust the sound instead of doing it directly from the player. There is no landscape mode in the WP8 player, and you have to long-press the arrow keys to fast forward or back, instead of simply moving a slider along the progress bar, as we are mostly used to.

The music player of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
The music player of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
The music player of the Nokia Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
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The music player of the Nokia Lumia 920


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The music player of Apple iPhone 5


We get stereo loudspeakers at the bottom of the Lumia 920, and the chubby handset produces both stronger and fuller output than the iPhone 5.

The video players are with pretty basic interfaces, too, with the Lumia 920 playing DivX/Xvid files up to 1080 definition out of the box, whereas you have to use 3rd party players with the iPhone 5 to play such files. The larger screen of the Nokia is, naturally, more conducive for watching movies.

Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5
Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920 - Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5

Watching videos is a pleasant and fun experience on the Lumia 920


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Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 920 0.48
Apple iPhone 5 0.54
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
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Nokia Lumia 920 75
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posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:45 34

1. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Nokia FTW!

Thank you for this, PA!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:49 26

4. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 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.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:01 5

10. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


"The icons get lost in the background and just looks messy"

oh really? now that's a very bad problem of dyslexia!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:13 17

14. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 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?

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 06:23 1

92. tpranta (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Dec 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.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 12:53 3

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lmao exactly

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 22:46

44. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


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

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:09 24

12. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


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

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:14 13

15. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


They did: it won.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:28 1

20. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 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.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 12:49 5

73. Airforce (Posts: 69; Member since: 24 Jul 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

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:18 8

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! :)

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 12:03 9

24. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 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

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 12:21 7

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!

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 06:57

123. Paradox (Posts: 124; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


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

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 06:37 2

93. tpranta (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Dec 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.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 12:40

121. farukdgn (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Feb 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.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 12:55 8

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 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.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 08:17 4

65. Tsimeone (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


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

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 12:16

89. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


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

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 04:04

90. Airforce (Posts: 69; Member since: 24 Jul 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

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 08:12

102. HDee89 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Dec 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.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 12:44

122. farukdgn (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Feb 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..

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 13:56

124. HDee89 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Dec 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.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 15:05 2

34. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


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

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 06:34

120. Alexandis (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Feb 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.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:54 22

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4320; Member since: 07 Mar 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!!!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:01 1

11. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


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

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 16:08 10

36. wendygarett (unregistered)


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

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 13:31 7

29. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


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

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