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Nokia Lumia 928 vs Apple iPhone 5

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Nokia Lumia 928 vs Apple iPhone 5
Both the Lumia 928 and iPhone 5 are good devices to make phone calls with, though we slightly prefer the iPhone 5's clean and natural sounding earpiece to the Lumia 928's slightly muffled audio. As we said, both are good overall, but the iPhone 5 manages to gain the upper hand. We're also happy to report that noise-cancellation works flawlessly on both smartphones.


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.


If we were to go back and look at how the two performed against one another in all of the categories, you’ll probably be taken by surprise to know that they performed similarly to each other. To tell you the truth, it merely boils down to personal preference, as the platform experience is by far the biggest differentiator. Despite that, we can’t help but think about price, since you know, it’s a huge driving force for some. On one side of the ring, Verizon customers will have to fork over at least $200 to pick up the base model of the iPhone 5 – while the Nokia Lumia 928 jumps out from the get-go with its aggressive $100 on-contract price. Knowing that, if you’re tight on a budget and want to experiment, but don’t want to see any sacrifices in raw performance, we absolutely recommend scoping out Nokia’s latest entrant to the space. Oppositely, if money isn’t a concern, you still can’t go wrong with the iPhone 5 with its premium build and expansive ecosystem.

Nokia Lumia 928 vs Apple iPhone 5 Video Comparison:


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posted on 21 May 2013, 07:50 18

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

Iphones still look like toys, not something anyone over, say, 8, would own.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:37 3

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

So, does that mean that Apple has a lock on the 8 year old phone owning population? I didn't know there were that many 8 year olds whose parents would get them a $200+ phone plus cellular plan.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:45

17. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

The iPhone 5 looks umm "cute" compared to the 4.5-5" phones I would buy, but for my wife it'll be plenty big. Nobody should dismiss Apple for being highly appealing to that large and very lucrative segment of the market.

posted on 21 May 2013, 12:41

39. sectime (unregistered)

Still like yours?

posted on 21 May 2013, 14:02 5

44. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

Even after all these facts.. iPhone 5 outsolds all of the windows phones.
P.S I am a loyal Nokia supporter but this is fact.

posted on 24 May 2013, 20:09 1

66. windork (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 May 2013)

they only outsold Windows because of their 70+ old people. Android and Windows. But we don't even need to wait till they die, soon their eye sight will be to bad to see the tiny screen

posted on 25 May 2013, 21:30

70. oldhamletman (Posts: 72; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)

absolutely not true.... the Nokia 920 series for the first 4 months of introduction continuously on a weekly basis , outsold all iphone models combined at any point in history...

This is another Apple biased review, completely ignoring the WinPhone 8 voice assistance and inferring that Siri crap is the only game in town... also inferring that many critical apps are not available in wp8 which is a complete lie....

I think it would be nice to get a review from someone who actually knew what they are talking about when using windows phone.... I fell for that small screen Iphone crap for years and when I got a windows phone everything got a lot easier....

also this review ignored the fact that Apple continues to charge far more for their phones... no way I ever buy an Apple again

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 19:39

77. windork (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 May 2013)

but, even though in this entire article there have been no ISheep, only fandriods and windorks battling (as usual)

posted on 22 May 2013, 01:02 1

56. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)

Oh, I didn't know that. So around 40 million kids (under 8) buy it every quarter. That seems very true.

posted on 23 May 2013, 07:43

62. Dastrix (unregistered)

The funny thing is that two years ago, these two companies could not even compare, let alone be on equal terms, which shows how much Nokia has improved and innovated, while Apple stood still.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 16:51 1

79. rf40928 (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

I think the 928 is a good phone, but when I see "spec" comparisons they don't mean alot in the real world.

For example- Android phones that have 2gigs of RAM - need it. Ever go into a store and try and Android phone with 1gig of ram ? They slow down and at times seem to "stick' for a second. The iPhone with 1gig of ram runs super smooth. This is what happens when you compare an operating system ( android ) that is 8Gigs large versus iOS which is only 3gigs. Android needs more RAM to run as smoothly..

Back to what I said in the 1st sentence at the top - In the real world a smartphone is an internet appliance. Turn off your data and all you have is a phone with a camera. Most people pictures are automatically downgraded to much lower then 8mp when they upload pics to facebook anyways. So what matters is apps apps apps - remember this is an internet appliance.

Apple store 800,000 apps versus 120,000 apps Windows. So while you can compare phone specs - again comparing specs of different platforms with Operating systems that have different requirements isn't really fair. IMHO Samsung has done a great job of marketing the S4 although no one needs more then 10 MP in a phone camera - a 5MP Camera can print a photo lab quality 8x10 picture.. How many do this from a phone ? Not that many..

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:52 19

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

Nokia L928 looks very smart, stylish, sexy, class aluminium, with a better camera than any other phones, except PV808.

iP5 great all rounder, wins in Cpu, Gpu, apps, games.but those ugly curves look hideous.

Both are great device in there own ways!


posted on 21 May 2013, 08:00 9

8. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

lol why down thumbs :|

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:36 9

31. ebubekir26 (Posts: 334; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

butthurt fanboys...
I am a Samsung fanboy and I like Lumia's, I even thumbed you guys up.
some Samsung and HTC fanboys dislike every comment that doesn't praise their lovely smartphone,

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:26 1

12. windroid (unregistered)

+1 from me for a contructive criticism.

And because I share the same comment as you.

Just one consideration the Lumia is half the contract price.

posted on 21 May 2013, 13:44 2

42. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

TBH, I wish they could have used the same LCD display they used on the 920. I personally think LCD's produce better colors, and while I haven't seen the 928 in action, I have seen the 920 and it's screen is amazing. I have no doubt they also put an amazing display on the 928, but in my experience at least, LCD's give a better reading experience (I read allot of books from my phone).

posted on 21 May 2013, 15:31 2

50. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

You are right, I agree with you.

posted on 21 May 2013, 14:01 4

43. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

Is that you troll??
How on earth can you appreciate Nokia?
I am still confused.

posted on 21 May 2013, 16:46 4

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

it's WP8, not Nokia™

posted on 22 May 2013, 02:29 1

57. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

"Nokia L928 looks very smart, stylish, sexy, class aluminium, with a better camera than any other phones, except PV808."

You have unfortunately appreciated Nokia.

posted on 23 May 2013, 07:41

61. Dastrix (unregistered)

+1 troll, I can finally appreciate your logic :)

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:00 3

7. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Good review, though too much use of defensive words, PA..
And will be glad if you post some concrete numbers.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:38 2

15. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

way to go nokiaaa

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:39 6

16. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Now this I feel is a fair comparison. Of course when they pit the 928 against the Galaxy S4, PA will pick the Galaxy for its bigger screen, higher resolution, higher specs. Against the iPhone it's a more balanced fight. And like most of their comparos it comes down to preference.

To be truly fair though, they should pit the $300 32GB iPhone against the $100 32GB Lumia. That's a much tougher sell for Apple.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:46 1

18. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

Very nice comparison
waiting for th comparison between next gen iPhone and nokia EOS

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:49 6

19. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

I'd probably go with the Nokia since Windows Phone has most of the major apps these days and I've never been impressed with the touchscreen responsiveness and keyboard of iOS devices. My 2 cents.

posted on 21 May 2013, 13:10

40. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

You are kidding me right? Iphone 5 has the lowest input lag of all phones, only phone that comes close is Nexus 4.
If I would have to pick one of these two phones, I wouldn´t pick neither :), none of these phones have android, I do not like WP and IOS.

posted on 24 May 2013, 20:12

67. windork (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 May 2013)

if you don't like either OS, why did you read this?

posted on 25 May 2013, 21:34 1

71. oldhamletman (Posts: 72; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)

Ive used both pedro0x, and I can tell you for certain, the Nokia is 5 times better on responsiveness... sorry you got ripped off by apple... but it is what it is

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:54

32. feres13 (Posts: 307; Member since: 23 Dec 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)

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