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Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

0. phoneArena posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:21

Windows Phone 8 ushered Microsoft’s mobile OS in the era of dual-core phones and HD screens that Android and iOS have been inhabiting for a while, and Nokia Lumia 920 is the handset best suited to take on those other flagships. Naturally, we are going to compare it with Android’s most popular high-end, the Samsung Galaxy S III, which offers a quad- or dual-core processor, depending on the region, and a high-res AMOLED display, flaunting camera of the same resolution as the Lumia 920...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 12:46

64. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Whatever.. I'll just give my thoughts on Symbian.
It is the OS that had by far the most potential and was a true open source.
Had Nokia continued to develop and stick onto it fully, it is my belief that now it would be the best OS of the bunch.
Now we would have a quad core, hd, 21mpix, app wealthy, true Nokia flagship that would give any Android a run for its money.
And Android wouldn't be nearly as market dominant as now, and Nokia would probably still be fighting for the top of the smartphone hill.

That's why I will always despise their decision to sell them selves to Microsoft (Microsoft paid billions to Nokia to go fully WP btw)and kill off their best, long built effort.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 16:54 3

109. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

What is it with Android fanboys? I remember a time when iOS fanboys wouldn't shut their mouths about how good the iPhone was. Now fandroids are popping up LEFT AND RIGHT to advocate for their OS. It's not even about talking about how good it is, either. It's about forcing their opinion down other people's throats like they're right and.. everyone else is wrong. You would THINK that an OS that promotes freedom and the option to choose would give them the insight of allowing people to do the same with their devices.

Evidently, it's not so with people like you. You get butthurt whenever an Android device isn't the outright winner. Someone could say "If you want that, go Android. If you want that, go WP/IOS." But you? No. It's "ANDROID AND NOTHING ELSE."

Get over yourself, moron.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 20:07

116. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

yeah mate, see this is what reasonable people say. sadly your going to be seen as the enemy on here as the fanboys have taken over. the levels of arrogance and superiority complex they have has gone overboard.

ive tried been as reasonble as i can but theres no getting through to them, if your comment is 100% praising android you will get painted red and they will gang up and slate everything non android even if no one else brought it up i.e.the iphone they love to bring that up every chance they get.

seriously your one of few reasonable people on here but they will label you hater or troll. ive been labeled so far:

google hater
android lover
android hater
apple hater
nokia fanboy

literally they have to label you to feel better. P.A iis been ruined for others not by the imaginery bias the android fanboys think exists by the reviewers but the bias from the android fanboys themsleves

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 23:38

120. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Yeah, it's pathetic. Funny how Android users have basically become the very thing they hate most about Apple. Sheep. And yeah, they're ALWAYS mentioning iPhone. It's like they have a permanent chip on their shoulders towards Apple or something! An inferiority complex? Weird, considering they think their phone is so much better!

And just to clarify (but I'm sure I'll be down thumbed but whatever), I was a long time Android user. It's a solid OS. Nothing wrong with it. But I went w WP because I felt it did everything I wanted it to with less fuss than Android. Ergo, I went Microsoft. Doesn't mean Android is any less great. Just means I like something else. And that's fine. WHY THE HELL do fandroids not understand that choice is a good thing when Android promotes it in the first place? So hypocritical!

Android ain't perfect. Neither is iOS or WP. Stop treating it like any of them are. And stop going into a different OS expecting the experience you'd get on another.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:16

58. Shubham412302 (Posts: 451; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

well lumia has both types of multitasking...
depending upon app the dev. may choose weather his app must be paused or run in background
its mixture of ios and android

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 20:18

117. macsbac (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

No it doesn't. This is just wrong.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:54 1

62. Aeires (unregistered)

You do know the rest of the crowd has long moved on past the lag comments. Why don't you try and catch up, lag is dead on the new high end Android handsets.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 23:31

119. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

You failed when you said "high end" Android handsets. You know this, right? How many cores is Android at now? And RAM?

Yeah.. no.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:27 1

43. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

Finally, an honest and fair comparison. Keep it up PA!
Thinking back on how that woman from CNET gives her fist impressions on the Lumia 920 compared to this PA review makes her look dumber and senseless than the first time I watched her vid.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:35 2

45. kach22 (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

I find this review to be really impressive even though I am no fan of WP8.
WP8 is surely impressive and so is the Android Jelly Bean. I am not trolling but I really feel that iOS 6 haven't offered anything extraordinary compared to these. Now eagerly waiting to see what BlackBerry offers with BB10.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:38

46. mydi.maus (unregistered)

same good phones

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:39 5

47. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

Android is the more advance OS but depending on what you need and like Windows OS can have an advantage over Android. The king (GS3) has finnaly been overthrown, no smart phone has clearly taking out the GS3 other than the 920. That is impressive that the GS3 has held the number 1 spot for so long. The 920 had more time to develop over the GS3 and the water down GS3 was up against the 920 which gave the 920 an edge. Samsung has some work to do on the GS4; they need to improve what they lack.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:28

50. shashi.map (Posts: 31; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)

Good comparision.......Both phones are excellent .......well done PA :)

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:28

51. SK_007 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

@Phonearena team can you please give a comparison between One X+ and Lumia 920 coz i am torn between these two smartphones and the date when i pick one of these is very near and i don't want to regret my decision after choosing one of them.

On a side not why you guys have compared One X+ to Iphone 5 only(why not a comparison against Galaxy S3,Optimus G,Nexus 4 and Lumia 920 after all it is the current flagship of HTC).

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:33

53. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

well what do you use your phone for mainly?

are you a heavy user? also whats phones you had previously

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:47

55. SK_007 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

Well not a heavy user but not a light user either you can say i am a moderate user,i currently have Sensation XE(before Sensation XE i had Galaxy S2,Xperia Arc).

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:53 2

57. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

ok so your familiar with android then, well the one x+ is a great all round phone but you wont be getting much new , not saying its a let down. the 920 would be a completely new experience for you if your looking for one again though if you enjoy lots of apps then right now you might be best with the one x+

if you want a great camera and ease of use the 920 is the one to go for.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:46

60. SK_007 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

Yeah you are right and that's the problem i am familiar with Android infact i am addict to Android but at the same time i am a camera freak as well that's why i this decision for me is really tough and i cannot decide which one should i choose anyway thanks for your help!!!

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 19:08

93. macsbac (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

Get the nexus 4. Its better than both these devices for a fraction of the cost. The camera on lumia is overrated & I explain y in a post below. The lumia 920 is bulky & ugly that didn't bother me. What I hated was the corners.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 04:34

101. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

go always one who has to spread hate in an resonable conversation

the nexus 4 or the one x+...hmm the one x+ takes it. the nexus 4 is only good if your on a budget.

the fact your classing the 920 camera as overrated just shows how sore you are the nexus 4's camera is average and nothing to shout about. and the fact you hate the corners........that all you can come up with. well the nexus 4 is fragile thats much worse then corners lol

please hate elsewhere and stop ruining the resonable comments on here

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 20:56 1

118. macsbac (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

Bit hypocritical don't to think to accuse someone of spreading then then indulge in it yourself.

The thickness of 920 with 90 degree corners is just uncomfortable to hold especially I the palm of the hand. Its fair to describe this device as a tombstone & frankly I am surprised Nokia think they can get away with such an ergonomic disaster.

I have had a 4 year old playing with a nexus 4 for 2 weeks now and its been dropped and put through a ringer. Not very fragile at all, even then if I wanted a bumper it would still b more ergonomic than a lumia 920.

The lumia 920 camera has a lower aperture and is missing fantastic features such as continuous focus, HDR and even a basic burst mode. HDR allows better images in difficult contrast conditions where the lumia would need to use a flash.eg indoors but bright rooms with windows. The only type of conditions I could find that the lumia was better was dark scenes without motion. That's not the majority of mine or others photos.

A better processor, a better gpu and more, faster dual channel memory than the HTC X+ & the lumia 920. The hardware & software is just better on the nexus 4.

I have a lumia 920 & a nexus 4 & have as much right as you to comment. If you want a private forum or the ability to determine who can post then start your own instead of flaming an opinion u don't like.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 09:49

132. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

''I have had a 4 year old playing with a nexus 4 for 2 weeks now and its been dropped and put through a ringer. Not very fragile at all, even then if I wanted a bumper it would still b more ergonomic than a lumia 920.''

this shows your biased and spewing bs. the nexus 4 is a fragile device, glass mate isnt made to be sturdy so please dont try it. the lumia 920 is a solid device you like all the fanboys with a stick up there ass keep banging on about weight and size as you cant find anything else. your attempt to justify this falls flat.

also the nexus 4's camera is average, nothing to shout about. there are apps to add extra's to the camera so thats sorted.

ive had it with you fanboys holding the nexus 4 up as the end of phones, its an average device at a good price not fully optimnised and prone to purple flare.

i told the guy if he's used to android the one x+ is best for him then you have to slag of the 920 shamelessy and hold the n4 up as great. you ruined a reasonable comment

thansk for been irreleveant kid

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 16:40 1

140. macsbac (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

Yet again flaming. My nexus 4 has survived the 4 year test & at least 2 drops onto a hard surface. Just because it has a glass does not make it fragile. Just as the iPhone 4 & 4S r glass front & back. On fact the lumia 920 front is made from the same glass as the nexus 4 (gorilla glass 2) making it just as fragile.

Thankfully my original all opinion on the lumia camera has been shown to b true by the camera reviews on this site. OIS sounds good in theory but has too many compromises, mainly lower aperture meaning less light or slower shutter speeds meaning blur or over saturation. The only area this produces good results is low light & still shots. U claim the nexus 4 camera is average yet in daylight & indoor conditions it out to performs the lumia 920. So that by that logic the lumia camera.is below average.

Then there is the HTC one x+ u keep talking about. The tegra 3 processor is easily bested by the quad s4 with 320 GPU. However with the memory intensive HTC sense it can only keep 1 or 2 apps running in the background b4 suspending or stopping them. Especially when using games or other memory intensive apps such as chrome. 2gb of fast dual channel memory in the nexus 4 results in dozens of apps running before suspension. The software & hardware is just better on the n4. You want HTC, don't listen to this clown get the droid DNA

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 15:49

69. ReddD (Posts: 37; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

htc droid dna, quite a smartphone! go check it out

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 14:26

66. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

Lumia all the way, baby! One must be pretty crazy to buy the Samsung thing. The man who made the comparison missed the biggest advantage of Nokia along with all the hardware stuff - it is the WP8. He should have said that WP uses twice less cpu and stll is faster than Android and many times more stable. If you are under 20 maybe you would like to change roms every day and restart respectively. I can't imagine a man with proper job to use an Android device unless he's a masochist.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 15:24

67. cew18 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)

It amazes me that all these so called experts do phone reviews or comment on reviews and the main thing they can complain about is the size of the phone. I bet that nearly all people who buy a iphone or galaxy will buy a case to put it in. Generally this said case will add weight and bulk to the phone and probably make it heavier and bulkier than the Lumia 920, which by the is designed not to need a case to protect it.

Doesn't really seem like rocket science to me but it seems to be the main and only reason why people wont choose the Lumia 920 generally.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 15:54 1

70. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

No, just no. The S3 with a plastic case is still much lighter, it's still slimmer and it's also more durable.
I just read the Gizmodo review, thinking that they must've praised it to heavens given that poll results.
Here's the review.


posted on 03 Dec 2012, 16:43

72. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

more durable, come on now, your just letting your fanboyism blind you on that one. even with a case the 920 will be more durable its nokia's specalty

you just keep banging on about its too heavy, isnt the note 2 pretty heavy aswell.....strage that doesnt come up much

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 16:35

71. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

I have the n900. It weighs 181grams. If that is heavy then I'm sorry. You shouldn't call yourself a man. Beetles lift more than that. This means than you're weaker than a bug!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 17:53 1

73. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Ridiculous analogy.
There's a difference between heavy and cumbersome.
Once you try a sleek and light phone and get used to it, something significantly heavier and bulkier gets cumbersome.
It just feels old school.

Galaxy Note is huge and that is why it doesn't feel heavy, relative to size.
I've held it and it feels really well balanced and light actually.

Can you hold a 2kg laptop? Would you have problems with that?
Well and what if an ultrabook would be 2kg?
Yeah, it suddenly wouldn't fit in.
Being too heavy and cumbersome.

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