Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Introduction

To herald the arrival of WP8, HTC has been developing the Windows Phone 8X with the help of Microsoft for a year, and Nokia came out with the unique Lumia 920 flagship. Both handsets are the companies’ first Windows Phones with dual-core processors and HD screens, and both offer jolly and colorful shells.

Nokia, however, loaded a lot of the wow factors it has been brewing in the lab with the Lumia 920, like optical image stabilization, throwing the compact design paradigm out of the window. HTC followed the thin-and-light mantra of modern smartphones to the letter with the 8X, yet added a few smaller extras like wide-angle front camera, so which approach turns out better? Read on the comparison to find out...

Design

The HTC 8X is much slimmer and lighter than the Lumia 920, making it more comfortable to carry around. It has a unibody design, too, with soft-touch shell, aiding your grip further.

The Lumia 920’s polycarbonate unibody feels quite chunky, but is ergonomic to handle due to the tapered sides, and feels extremely solid. The buttons on the right and the camera plate are made of durable zirconium, and are very well situated, with great tactile feedback.


HTC 8X, on the other hand, has the lock/power key at the top, so you have to stretch your finger each time to reach it, which on a larger handset is annoying. On top of that the button is too small and flush with the surface, so you have to fiddle with it quite a bit or look down each time. The same goes for the volume rocker on the right - too thin and flush with the side, plus a shallow feedback.



Display

There is a 4.5” 768x1280 pixels LCD screen with Nokia’s ClearBlack filter on the Lumia 920, and a 4.3” 720x1280 display on the HTC 8X. Thus the Super LCD 2 screen HTC utilizes offers a bit higher pixel density - 342ppi vs 332ppi - which, of course, can’t really be perceived from a normal viewing distance.

Colors are more saturated on the Lumia 920, and its ClearBlack filter which lowers reflectance to aid outdoor visibility makes the screen looks a tad dimmer outdoors than the HTC 8X, despite the comparable high brightness levels. Viewing angles are very good on both handsets.


Lumia 920 has the advantage to use a supersensitive touch layer, which allows you to answer a call, or start an app with gloves on, which can be very handy at times.



Nokia Lumia 920 360-degrees View:



HTC Windows Phone 8X 360-degrees View:



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81 Comments

86. BitterTruth unregistered

HTC got rapped :D

82. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Does it really matter which smartphone is better? The Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8x are topshelf devices. I chose the HTC 8x for my reasons, though I am very miffed with their tech support. I might check Nokia in the future if HTC does not shape up with their support issues. The bottom line is we purchase what we think fits into our lives and place our trust in. This trust is in hope the products perform to our desired perameters and have good support. This constant battle reminds me of people comparing caviar to caviar or the johnsons to the johnsons. Does it really matters if your caviar is Russian Osetra or Classic River Beluga Caviar. Does it matter if a johnson is three inches or thirteen inches?

72. sbasil

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I'm a little biased (Finn), but it would be an easy decision for me which phone to choose from these two. They both seem really nice, but I think that Nokia has an edge with better camera and video recording, sturdy design, wireless charging and their own apps. I don't know if I had use for the ultra sensitive screen, but it's a nice plus on top of everything else. Also, I really liked their tech support in the past and from what I hear, they're still taking care of their customers better than most of their adversaries (no one gets left behind!). And then there's the issue with weight which, IMO, isn't an issue at all (if 180 grams feels too heavy, one should really consider going to a gym). I'm already using a phone (SGN7000) that weighs ~180 grams and which is huge size-wise compared to these two candidates and the weight really isn't a problem. Besides, thinner and lighter don't always mean better. I actually had to buy covers for my Note to get a better grip on it cause I felt it was too thin; it slipped too easily out of my hands. Some people don't seem to like the WP UI, which I can understand, since it's so different from what we've all gotten used to. But I can tell you that it works! Sometimes less is more. Less 'bling bling' results in better and smoother user experience. Just like the design in these two phones, it's simple but it works. ME likeyy! I know that there are more apps available for Android than there is for WP, but I'm sure this will change in time and it really is not the number of apps that counts, but rather the quality...And unless anyone has noticed, 80 % of apps available for Android are sort of...more or less crappy and useless! Well, us Finns are not known for our small-talking skills or talking at all for that matter, so I guess I'd better keep up the illusion. Over and out.

64. lumia1920

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

the lumia 920 is still the better win8 mobile phone

56. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

nice. but definitely not for me.

50. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

For a wp device, it's the lumia 920!

47. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

does the glossy finish of the lumia gets scratched easily?.. like my white S2 the glossy back got easily scratched... -_-

57. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

i dont know how you use your phone. if your s2 scratches easily, i assure you 920 will scratch less. (matte and gloss type depending on color)

63. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

the hard case made the scratches on the back cover of the s2.. both my s2 and the case have identical scratch on the back area...

71. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

The polycarbonate finish, glossy or matte, on the Lumia 920 will not scratch easily... I should know, I worked on this type of material as lenses when I used to work in an ophthalmic place years ago. It's not only less scratchable but also very durable...

45. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

Im watching this video and I keep telling myself that Windows OS is flat out ugly. I have nothing again MS, Nokia, or HTC. I want to like it but I cant, its just not attractive to me at all. Ive tried a lot of OSs and want to try this one but I refuse to do it for the simple fact that it doesnt have wow factor in my opinion. I think an important aspect of an OS is how good it looks at a glance. I see a bunch of blocks different sizes here. Granted they are "live" but still they are just blocks. Gun to head between these two I would pick HTC. I dont want to be carrying a brick in my pants. This OS is in its fetus stage so maybe within the next year or two...

48. lolwoot

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

Naah~at least much more comfortable in your pants, cant beat the challange walking around with a 7" tablet in your pants (which I do everyday =D )

49. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

I can totally see this conversation with you and your lady friend. "Is that a phone in your pants or are you happy to see me?? Nah baby its a tablet!" All in good fun my dude. :)

52. lolwoot

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

You know what, amazingly it nvr occured to my mind something like that.....hahaha nice one bro

43. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

no need to compare... NOKIA LUMIA 920 FTW!!! HTC 8X is comparable to Lumia 820...

69. jameshoe unregistered

HTC 8x actually lost to Nokia 3310

42. oister85 unregistered

I don't get it I'm watching this video on my Samsung s3 new update so call jellybean apperently is not suppost to have flash support. Can someone explain what's going on

41. LracH

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

I'm have a Sammy NOTE II (which is great) and I just bought a White Nok 920 this past friday... I took a hard look at the 8x... My impression was that the Nok was just a better option, build and way better price point. I've got to say I"m very very impressed with the WP8 software (like it better in many ways than the android scheme) and the overall feel of the 920. Weight not even an issue... I acutally spent the first hours of its activation just getting used to the differences of the OS function. At this time I'd have to say once a few more apps are available on the WP8, I'd make the change to WP8 and would grab one for myself (especially if Sammy makes a WP8 NOTE)... I actually bought the NOK 920 for my gal and had a hard time handing it over to her. What I was curious about was if my gal was going to warm up to the phone... She picked up the new operating system (coming from a cracked Iphone 4 and cracked 4S) easily and quickly. She just loves the phone. She's a texter, picture shooter and phone abuser... So time will tell how it holds up. Microsoft and Nokia looks like you have a true winner!

34. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

A lot of thumbs down, red paint everywhere! Nokia+WP8 articles always have thumbs down.

36. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

i guess all the thumbs down are from you, oh wait, am sure of that go troll elsewhere

38. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

wow your have gotten even lower havent you, thumbing everyone down because there not closed minded like you and are interested in a fresh os your not adding anything of worth on this article so why come on it? you hate wp8 so much yet never miss a chance to comment on the windows articles with the mindless hate get help kid

32. Bardi

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

.Pardon me, but from experience, i find the position of the main speakers at the bottom results in the sounds being muffled especially when hold horizontally while playing games

28. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

htc...just stick with android.

22. Dastrix unregistered

I just happened to think about how disappointed 8X users would be if they were trying to take photos at night. *Should have gotten a Lumia.* I mean, it goes without saying that you'd feel pretty sad, regretting your awful decision, knowing there's a better phone out there, right? That alone, explains everything! L920 hands down!

44. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

If you get things for free, the disappointment is so much lesser.. I like the 8X, but I just hope that HTC can put a better camera, bigger memory and better buttons.. I am not really particular about bezel.. and in the tropic, people don't really use gloves other than for riding bike.. But yeah, the OIS and better audio recording in the Lumia plus the Nokia apps make me jealous of that phone..

21. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

We need some cool apps, thats what wp needs very hard

20. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 hands down!!! I have the Red Nokia Lumia 920 and also own an awesome LG Nexus 4... Best of both worlds baby!!! Had an iPhone/IOS and got sick and bored with it and the underwhelming iPhone 5 and IOS 6 launch did not help and put the nail on the coffin with the Apple ecosystem on my part...

17. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

PA is annoyed why lock button of 8x is on top.I don't see them complain on iphone's lock placement..

24. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

but the iphone fit in the palm of the hand of anybody, and 8X is a big phone, so is hard to reach the top to lock/unlock the phone!

81. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Unless you have atrophied or small hands then it would an issue. I hold my HTC 8x in my left hand and my index finger fits nicely on the power button. I have no issues with turning the phone on or off, let alone unlocking or locking it.

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