Nokia Lumia 928 vs Apple iPhone 5
Introduction:

Now that Nokia has introduced its true high-end Windows Phone offering for Verizon Wireless, it’s sure to try its mightiest to chip away at the iPhone 5’s always stringent grasp. Considering that it’s sporting a competitive price point of $99.99 with a 2-year agreement, there’s no arguing whatsoever that the aggressive approach might actually make customers think twice about settling down on a device – even more when it’s packing goodies that the iPhone lacks, such as wireless charging, NFC, and a super sensitive display. Already proving itself as THE Windows Phone to own if you’re on Big Red’s network, it’ll be intriguing to see how it stacks against Apple’s pride and joy in every category.

Design:

By now means are the two flaunting original designs, as they take the distinct styles of previous generation models and improve in the aspects that consumers take notice the most – such as being thinner and lighter. Thanks primarily to its brushed aluminum casing, there’s a premium element attached to the iPhones 5’s design. At the same time, too, the in-the-hand feel of the iPhone 5 is minutely better, since it’s smaller in footprint and lighter in weight. Despite that, we’ll admit that the two are soundly sturdy with their constructions.

Nokia Lumia 928

Nokia Lumia 928

Dimensions

5.24 x 2.71 x 0.4 inches

133 x 68.9 x 10.1 mm

Weight

5.7 oz (162 g)

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Nokia Lumia 928

Nokia Lumia 928

Dimensions

5.24 x 2.71 x 0.4 inches

133 x 68.9 x 10.1 mm

Weight

5.7 oz (162 g)

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

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Feeling out the physical buttons around each smartphone, we’ll give it to the iPhone 5 for having the more prominent and responsive buttons. However, most people will find the microUSB port of the Lumia 928 as being the more favorable of the two, because it’s a universal standard – whereas with the iPhone 5, it sticks firmly to Apple’s proprietary Lightning port.


Vying for supremacy in the photo snapping category, it shouldn’t surprise many to know that these are highly regard for their qualities. On one hand, we have an 8-megapixel iSight camera on the iPhone 5, which features an f2.4 lens and LED flash. Meanwhile, its new rival is packing along something more delicious in its 8.7-megapixel PureView camera, which features Carl Zeiss optics, an f2.0 lens, optical image stabilization, and a Xenon flash. However, both still produce 1080p video recording with their rear cameras – while their 1.2-megapixel front-facing cameras eek out 720p ones.



Display:

Frankly, it’s rather difficult to make a definitive decision on which one has the more attractive display because they boast their own unique qualities that make them stand out. Specifically, it’s a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ 768 x 1280 AMOLED display on Nokia’s new gadget, which can still recognize touch if you happen to have gloves on, since its sensitivity is heightened. Conversely, iPhone 5 has a smaller 4-inch 640 x 1136 Retina Display, which has the more realistic colors thanks to its IPS-LCD panel and better outdoor visibility. Then again, our eyes are drawn to the oversaturated tones put out by the Lumia 928’s AMOLED panel – plus, it maintains its vibrancy at extreme angles better than the iPhone 5. Sure, the Lumia 928 might have the higher pixel density count on paper, but it doesn’t necessarily prove to be advantageous, as it’s nearly indistinguishable which of the two is more detailed from a normal viewing distance.




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80 Comments

80. NOLATechy

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

Battery - "Honestly, we don’t find one handset better at delivering longevity with their battery life, as we’re able to easily get through a solid day of normal usage on both smartphones. However, expect usage to be considerably less on both if you’re constantly connected via 4G LTE." REALLY! Lets be REALLY HONEST about this. The Lumia 928 has TWICE the usage expectancy of the iPhone5s and YES, I CAN PROVE IT! Go to Verizon's website and compare the Lumia 928 to iPhone5s and look at the results. iPhone5s has 600 minutes of usage. Lumis 928 has over 1200 minutes of usage. So why would you say that you don't find one handset better at delivering longevity when it is CLEAR that the Lumia 928 has TWICE the longevity? Nice try Apple Fanboy, but Lumia 928 definitely WINS on this one!

78. jrm19852009

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

I generally don't comment a lot on forums but figured I would here. First off Im a huge apple fan using all their products and have had iphones form the 3g up to the 5. I own an iphone 5, Nokia 928 and an HTC DNA. I love the iphone for its ease of use and simplicity. It is my preferred OS for business use. The Win8 Nokia 928 is fun to use, easy to hold, NPC is fun (although not really useful), the larger screen is great, and the night camera shooting is amazing. The DNA is the most stylish design in my humble opinion, amazing graphics for games and the HTC widgets are pretty cool. I guess what Im saying is they all have their pros and cons but any of these phones would be perfectly expectable for everyday use. I am an apple guy but I do see the appeal of new and fresh operating systems and styles ( Id like to see an iphone about the size of the nokia 928 with a nice OS reboot. Use what you want to use and dont worry about if the other guy doesnt like it cause their hung up on pop culture. :)

76. Boogieman

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

This review is VERY Apple biased. I have an iPhone5 and a Lumia 920 (which is not even as good as the 928) Example of clear bias in review. ------------------------------- 1. They write: "Having spent a great deal of time composing various texts and emails on the two, we’ll vouch for their fantastic on-screen keyboards, since they’re super responsive and offer some of the best auto-correct features" Thats not correct, I have both the iPhone5 and the Lumia 920 that has the same auto correct as 928 And the Lumia drives in circles around the iPhone when it comes to auto correct. The iPhone doesnt correct anything on tis own, you have to choose the right word. The Lumia use a "sentence based auto correction system" which means that even if you dont get all the letters right it will automatically correct the faulty words based on the sentecne you are writing NOT ONLY THE WORDS. You can be a slob and not look on the text and still get it right with the Lumia. With the iPhone you have to check berfore sending or it might end up on a sms parody site for Apple smses ;)

75. Boogieman

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Final result ------------ Nokia Lumia 928: 8/9 wins, 1 draw Apple iPhone 5: 0/9 wins, 1 draw RESULT BACKGROUND ---------------------------------- Design: draw personal preference for sure Display: Nokia Lumia 928 Super sensitive touch, better viewing angles, higher resolution deeper blacks adjustable colour tone sunlight readability mode Nokias clear black filter a.s.o. Interface: Nokia Lumia 928 iPhones interface is so dated even the fan boys complain Auto correct on the Nokia is a clear WIN (see above fail of reviewer) Processor and memory: Nokia Lumia 928 Esepcially comparing price for a 32Gb unit for each manufacturer. Lumia has a quicker processor Internet and connectivity: Nokia Lumia 928 Apple is using cache to much which means pages do not update. Apple lacks NFC, Wireless charging On Apple 4G doestnt work in big parts of the world like where i live, wheras the Nokia works worldwide on 4G Camera: Nokia Lumia 928 (easy win) Much better pictures in low light, with flash. Daylight equal. Nokia has real image stabilisation which makes video usable also if you move, drive or ride a bike. The Lumia is also more contrasty in video whereas the iPhone looks like it has a milk layer above the video Yes the iPhone has a tiny bit more detail IF you have a steady hand or a support with you ;) Multimedia: Nokia Lumia 928 (easy win) Lumia 928 advantages: - Nokia music free life time music (apple = iTunes = pay) - Better speaker - Better music&concert integration (you can find gigs, do your mixes, play mixes and so on) - Larger better display for movies where Nokias deep blacks makes a huge difference for movie experience (iPhone blacks look grey beside it) - No converion needed for video OR music - music can be drag and dropped from any pc and MAC directly onto phone - NO iTunes installation NEEDED on your friends PC!!!! Call quality: Nokia Lumia 928 - The iPhone5 you have to hold "just right" or the other part wont hear you - The Lumia 928 (920) sound quality and noise cancelling is STELLAR. iPhones is fine too but noise cancel on the Lumia takes the upper hand Battery: Nokia Lumia 928 EASY The Nokia has - 2000 mAh which is 39 % more than the iPhone5 1440 mAh - AmoLED screen that uses less power

53. Damo579

Posts: 268; Member since: May 18, 2013

God review and I think that the only advantage the Iphone has are apps,this advantage is becoming lees now because windows phone are starting to get more big name apps. If ios7 isn't good Apple might start to lose customers. I know many people that are ditching their Iphone for Galaxies and I converted a couple of people to windows phone.

49. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

BS.. half this was conjecture and obvious fanboydom run a muck.. There is NO WAY the iPhone camera holds up to the 928.. NONE. Not even close. The OS is outdated.. and looks it. I also pointed out "siri" being a benefit.. Funny everyone i know with Siri hates it and it rarely works smoothly. Also what is this nonsense "various organizer function" that apple has and MS is lacking in..? Only lacking as you don't know how to use WP8 obviously. You lost me on that comment alone.

54. Damo579

Posts: 268; Member since: May 18, 2013

I love Nokia as much as anyone else but in daylight photos the iphone 5 and lumia 92x are about the same,I know because I have a 920 and my gf has the iphone 5. In low light and videos the advantage goes to my lumia the OIS and HAAC microphones are awesome. After the amber update the lumia's day photos will be even better.

60. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

This is the 925.. it has a different 6 lense camera.. not the same as the 928 or 920.

69. Damo579

Posts: 268; Member since: May 18, 2013

This is the 928,same camera as my 920 only difference is the 928 has a xenon flash instead of led for photos.

46. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Hello PA! I think Windows phones with black background looks much cooler than white. Please put background next time. Thanks.

48. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Cool®

58. TheBitterTruth unregistered

I mean Black background. Typo.

38. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I love my Cyan 920 more than anything !! Greetzz.

64. BraggingBob

Posts: 25; Member since: May 17, 2013

I love the Cyan bikini more than the 920!

37. selena1000

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

how can you say they are outdated?? iPhone 5 still beats many new smartphones in market.its camera is even better than s4' 13 mp and the screen is on par with the one on s4 (do some search before posting a comment)

45. TheBitterTruth unregistered

+1 from me (a Nokia and htc fanboy)

36. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

The 928 is out of the 5's league lol

73. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

It definitely is

35. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Two outdated phones

47. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Outdated comment.

33. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Hah No Contest! Nokia Lumia 928 is real innovation compared to the iPhone 5

41. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Innovative, huh?! So putting a new camera in a phone is real innovation. 928 is almost the same as 920, except the camera. And the camera isn´t as good as it should be, the pictures aren´t that great, wow they are on par or better as a 8 months old phone, awesome. Iphones wins in almost everything, except camera and display(if you like bigger screens and more saturated).

68. windork

Posts: 16; Member since: May 24, 2013

#Galaxy S3 vs S4: Lighter + even bigger screen #IPhone 4S vs 5: Lighter + taller screen #Lumia 920 vs 928: Lighter + better camera + bigger screen Big updates don't happen every year, this is only a year after 920, just because it's only 2X better than everything else doesn't mean you should be upset

63. BraggingBob

Posts: 25; Member since: May 17, 2013

Nokia Lumia 928 is real innovation compared to the iPhone? Nokia didn't know what hit them when Apple came up with the iPhone. Apple is the main cause of Nokia's decline. Nokia barely knew what a smartphone can do especially with Symbian - no ecosystem, no touchscreen, no apps, etc. You call Windows Phone 8 innovation? I admit hardware is nice but it won't justify a costly monthly data plan.

65. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

In short, Apple force Nokia, Samsung and other manufacturers to innovate. I agree that when the iPhone came out it was a sudden surprise and Apple did change the mobile industry. This force many manufacturers to change their strategy and learn from Apple. Now they have learnt and are innovating more than Apple. Apple is not bringing anything that much new compared to previous years, however manufacturers like Samsung and Nokia are trying to do their best bringing something new to the table. Most Windows Phone look same, Nokia can't change the UI. The only thing they can do is, improve the OS, bring some new Apps and improve on hardware side. They are doing that very well. However Apple could also surprise us again with new stuff and I believe they are smart enough to work on new technologies. What i don't like about the iPhone is the amount of unnecessary hype that it is getting. The iPhone 5 is great improvement to the previous iPhone, but it is nothing revolutionary. I don't hate the iPhone, it's just that as a consumer it does not appeal to me. I respect your choice as a consumer, and I hope if you have an IPhone, you're having a good time with it.

72. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

wp8 is , without a doubt, major innovation and a full generational step ahead of IOS... Apple is getting embarrassed on usability, business app integration, cloud services, gaming... basically everywhere.. Apple fanboys need to wake up and see what's happening, because people who have genuinely tried both in depth (which is very few people BTW)...know that Apple is getting their azz kicked between these BS reviews where the author doesn't even know there is voice assist in wp8, and appleheads thinking they know what wp8 is about... you guys are hiding your heads in the sand

74. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

agree

32. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

i'd pick the 928 if it wans't a WINDOWS PHONE (And if it dodn't have that HUGE bezel, and wasn't glossy)

34. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"...and wasn't glossy)" Which phone display isn't glossy? If glossy is objectionable, isn't that why you can purchase a matte screen protector? Plenty of matte screen protectors are sold for the iP5, I would think they are likewise available for the Lumia.

59. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I meant the if the plastic wasn't glossy but matte like the HTC One X or the Lumia 920 (or 900) in black or cyan.

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