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Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Call quality:

Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
An excellent call quality can be had with the Lumia 920 - the voices in the earpiece sound strong and clean, and the tri-microphone setup weeds out ambient noises for the other when we speak. The Galaxy S III also offers very good call quality in the ear piece and noise cancellation, but with less clean voices being relayed to the listening side.


Nokia might have put the biggest battery it has ever placed in its phones inside the Lumia 920 at 2,000 mAh, but the Galaxy S III has a battery life advantage, and not only for the slightly bigger 2,100 mAh unit.

It offers more battery life than the Lumia 920 in official talk times (12 hours vs 10 hours in 3G mode), and 9 hours vs 6 hours of video playback, but the browsing times are dimilar due to the power-hungry AMOLED when displaying white website backgrounds.

Still, the Lumia 920 offers your typical day, day and a half of battery life we can expect from modern high-ends, unless it is constantly trying to hook to an LTE network, which shortens the time between charges. Speaking of those, the Lumia 920 has a built-in wireless charging coil under the hood, whereas such a back cover is an accessory for the Galaxy S III.


This might have sounded pretty strange just a year ago, but the Windows Phone 8-powered Nokia Lumia 920 is the better phone in many respects than the five months older Galaxy S III. It has the better screen, better camera, better call quality and better sound recording and playback. It also offers free offline voice-guided navigation, to solidify its uniqueness before Samsung’s handset.

Still, throwing every edgy piece of technology Nokia could muster for its first true Windows Phone flagship took its toll on the chassis girth and heft, making it feel like a tank next to the slim and light Galaxy S III. Thankfully, that also affected its stellar drop durability in the positive sense, yet its body, while ergonomic to handle, seems unsightly compared to thin handsets like the S III.

Furthermore, when it comes to the operating system, Windows Phone, which on the surface is fresh and easy to grasp, feels much more restricted than the freewheeling Android with all its widgets and customizations, plus the superior multitasking and natural voice commands. The app situation is also widely in favor of Android, and thankfully Nokia throws in some fine exclusive apps like Drive and Mix Radio to soothe the pain somewhat.

Compared feature by feature the Galaxy S III doesn't offer many advantages before the burly, but capable Lumia 920, yet its hardware and software combo is more aligned with the smartphone trends of late, so it feels more familiar. That familiarity is exactly what Nokia has tried to escape from with the unique features of the Lumia 920, sacrificing on the compact factor in the process.

Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung Galaxy S III Video Comparison:


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posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:32 29

1. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

both are excellent devices and are for two different types of people

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:44 15

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

Precisely. Well done comparison, honest and straightforward.

Will we see a 920 vs Nexus 4 or Optimus G? Since the GS3, while good is an last-Gen device and doesn't even have the newest OS.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:47 8

7. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

how about L920 vs iphone5....

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:59 7

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

That too, but that is kind of a given, and may turn out to be one of those "if you like iPhones, get it; if you don't, the 920 is worth a long look and its $200 lower price tag gives apple a shot across the bow they cannot ignore" or something. I hope not, but there is that chance since there is such a disparate difference in the platforms.
I watched a comparison video of the 920 vs ip5 (it is the one in Russian on YouTube), and while the 5 was faster at some things, it looked ancient in comparison with its awkward chaotically-colored app grid, almost looking psychedelic in comparison to the crisp clean organization and resizable and moveable Tiles of the Lumia, as well as dinky in comparison, and boring and uninviting with its cold, hard, black body. Pure aesthetics alone would make me disregard the 5 if I were a first-time smartphone shopper.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:53 3

10. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

sorry but optimus G has 4.0 version of android. 920 v nexus 4 would be better.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:03 3

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

I thought OptG had 4.1, and the N4 had 4.2?

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:34 2

30. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:28 4

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

LUMIA 920 is the boss for sure..!!!! Sgs3 was also great, but it is a thing of past now.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:17 1

49. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

nope. that's the sad truth. But anyways, for sure the update's on the way. But the thing is, Optimus G is kind of a flop product. The software and hardware integration is not superb. That's what makes LG not on the top line. They make a great hardware but the software kills it. Good thing there's the Nexus 4, where they don't have to worry about OTA updates.

So, nexus 4 and 920 it is.

+ note 2 and 920

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:26 6

27. wp8forever (unregistered)

is really nice to see , that nobody here is surprice that the lumia is better , i remember when i used to say it, they were no u crazy never never . I told u lumia 920 is the best phone out there , i know s4 is coming but nokia is coming harder too wp8 is in the game now and is no going anywere , dont get me wrong i thing android is good better thank ios but is just too unique , once again im no hating on dissin android cuz i had the s3 is a really good phone .

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:33 6

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

I love everything about the 920 but the size, I held one and it's monstrous, so I'd put it in the phablet category where the actually silighly more pocketable (because it's thinner) Note II is all around a better package. But to stay on topic, I'd recommend the 920 over the SIII, if thickness is not a problem for you, well done Nokia!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:48

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

I disagree with the "phablet" designation. It may be heavier than some mainstream models, but not grossly so; the HTC Vivid and some of the rugged smartphones are the same weight class it heavier.
None of the review videos have had the narrator groan and complain about the extra heft or be unable to pick it up; other phones are just thinner and lighter, like a model, whereas the Nokia is like the nerdy photographer girl/boy next door, being a lot of fun, natural, and with amazing capabilities you enjoy discovering together. The Note, DNA, and Streak are like the basketball players, taller but highly capable because of it. Also, the Lumia can still fit in many pockets the "phablets" cannot.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:54 7

35. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)

I have Galaxy S3, but I see the Lumia much better than in S3 in almost all specs.
I can't imagine, would the galaxy or Note be popular if Nokia had adopted Android ??!!.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:16 5

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

I really doubt you have an S3.

I love my S3 to bits and would never ever consider that uniformed, restricted tank over it

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:41 7

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

wow your not been a fanboy are you

''uniformed, restricted tank over it''

well that tank is all round ahead of the s3, you will always slate its weight but fact is you over exagerate it. if you cant hold the 920 your in need of help

second restricted, what else will the general user been in desperate need of that wp8 doesnt offer

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 03:17 1

84. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

I do love Everything that Nokia had maded on L920. It is the best WP8. and Nokia adopt Android, i guess Nokia will be more popular phone than Samsung

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 00:13 1

77. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

It is because weight is the only drawback that can be considered while comparing lumia 920 with any other flagship....

anything else....nothing..don't say apps availability...since WP is new in the market...

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:02 3

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

Why do you recommend WP over the best Android experience?
Please, bring me one valid reason!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 10:31 5

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

ease of use, uniformed and refreshing

wp8 might be a better option for many, why wont you accept not everyone wants android or even likes it. me myself use android too but i dont shove it down peoples throats like you try

i use android, symbian, ios, dont use bb but i dont have a problem when others do....its there and this is the key word kid ''choice''

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:33 7

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

Nokia Lumia 920 just cuts it for me. No other phone for me - except the Nexus 4.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:44 12

5. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

a suggestion, please use the black background of Windows Phone devices. the white makes it ugly. :)

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:04 1

38. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

Yeah, I kinda hate the white background on videos. The black makes the live tiles look much better.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:51 2

61. Aeires (unregistered)

Does WP8 have black tiles? A black background with thin white bordered black tiles would look sick.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 08:59

86. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

Make the background white and turn on high contrast mode. It does look sick. But, for colored tiles, the black background looks much better.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:45 6

6. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

you do know that making the 920's weight a drawback in usability is just plain silly.

oh and you forgot their prices...

-still a good comparison

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:51 2

9. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)

Excellent phones of 2012. Imma skip 2012 phones though. Hope 2013 would be SPECstacular in any way. . .

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:59 3

13. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Galaxy S IV, Galaxy Note III, HTC DLX, Sony Yuga/Odin, Lumia 930 yeah you betcha 2013 is gonna be great

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:08 1

16. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)

I'm with ya there man. it's either Galaxy S4 or Sony Yuga/Odin for me right now. Can't w8 to lay my hands on either of them.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:15 2

22. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)

W8 someone migt get mad since you forgot to mention the iPhone or to whatever they're gonna name it in 2013. ^_____^

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:20 3

41. mashilive (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

You forgot the NEW iPhone. lol.

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