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Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s


Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Nokia Lumia Icon vs Apple iPhone 5s
Call Quality

It’s a clear win for the Nokia Lumia Icon when it comes to call quality. In fact, voices on both ends of the line are nearly excellent – with background totally noise silenced. It also helps that its earpiece and speakerphone are both powerful in tone to use when it’s under noisy environments.


Due to its larger size, the Nokia Lumia Icon boasts the larger battery between the two – a 2420 mAh one that gets us 4 hours, 50 minutes of juice using our battery benchmark test. Certainly smaller, the 1570 mAh battery of the iPhone 5s surprises us by outlasting its rival by drawing out 5 hours, 2 minutes of power from a full charge. So yes, it’s a victory for Apple’s pride a joy, but a small one at that. In our real life experience, we can happily report that the two offer usually a solid one-day of battery life.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
Nokia Lumia Icon
4h 50 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
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Now that we’ve pitted these prized devices in several categories, you’re probably wondering about our verdict. Before diving into that, we have to talk about pricing, since it’s a vital determining factor for a lot of things. Looking at their on-contract pricing, there isn’t anything separating them, as they both wield $200 on-contract prices. Technically though, you’re getting the 16GB version of the iPhone 5s for that price – versus 32GB with the Lumia Icon. Furthermore, if we’re to look at their outright pricing, we save a considerable amount of savings by going with the $550 Nokia Lumia Icon, which looks a lot more forgiving than the $750 figure attached to the 32GB iPhone 5s.

It’s really tough to say which exact one to go with in the end, but you should know that the platform experience should have a lot of weight into the decision. Windows Phone is on that developmental path where it’s gaining a lot of momentum, though functionally, it still pales in comparison to what iOS 7 brings forth on the iPhone 5s. It might not be visually pretty as Windows Phone 8, but iOS 7 sticks it firmly by keeping the experience simple and straightforward – the hallmark characteristics in any successful mobile platform.

Value is something you’ll get by picking up the Nokia Lumia Icon, since it’s packing some wonderful hardware under the hood – plus, it’s the winner too when it comes to taking photos. On the flip side, there’s a premium to pick up the iPhone 5s, which is the likely case we’ve come to expect nowadays. The off-contract price is undoubtedly stiffer, but iOS 7’s maturity shows in its polished apps and diversified ecosystem.


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posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:02 2

1. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)

Waiting for wp8.1... I look for the review then..

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 11:21 1

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

1820 wp8.1, above 9 rate.
Will get 9.5/10, my guess.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 15:30

13. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

are you high?! pa would never give 9.5 to anything non apple bro. even if it was nokia morph with android and 41mpix with 8k screen with a price tag of just 100$ :))

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:12

19. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

and what about Google nexus 5? got a 9.5 as far as my eyes can tell:http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Google-Nexus-5-Review_id3479/page/4

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 16:39 1

14. Dastrix (unregistered)

WP 8.1 is iOS 7's nemesis. Get ready iOS!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:05 5

2. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

ICON all the WAY ..

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:21 1

8. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

i dont know why but i feel icon is more premium. its better build cause you can toss a nokia in the air and it can land on concrete and youll have no worries about it being cracked or broken. you can run over a nokia by a truck and be ok aboutbit. i dont think other manufacturers except sony can rival nokia in build quality

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:07 3

3. theminolaboy (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 May 2013)

It's pretty surprising that despite Apple falling short in terms of pretty much everything compared to Android and at some point, Windows Phone, it has a cult following. Blind loyalty indeed.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:18

4. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Falling short of what? Android is inconsistent with updates and a lot of times doesn't feel as polished as iOSuperior.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:37

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

iPhones don't have best specs on paper, but in real life they are at least as capable as any other phones.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 17:09

16. verty (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Blind loyalty indeed. Open your eyes and don't be a slave no more.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:37 3

5. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 104; Member since: 04 May 2012)

in the first pic of display section ,the map in iphone display is over exposed as compare to Nokia icon display,which looks pretty much better
NOKIA all the way

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:00 1

7. Cesar (Posts: 140; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

prefer iPhone 5S, better performance, A7, 64 bits, and best UPDATES!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:28 4

9. NEO2598 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)

I guess you have an Iphone 5s.That's why you're saying that.All you care about is updates and performance?The S800 in the Lumia Icon is very powerfull.I realy think that you'd love to have a smarthpone with Icon's display.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 11:13 2

10. imran86 (Posts: 178; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

There can never be a phone in this universe that can ever beat Iphone according to iphonArena. Shame on you

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 11:23 2

12. imran86 (Posts: 178; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

Talking about iphone being simple to use, 2 of my friends bought latest iphones last week, couldn't set a song as the ring tone after 2 days of googling, messed their music and files by itunes and switched it for a Note 3 on 3rd day. not to mention the lack of a file manager, no bluetooth support, no in-app settings and more

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 17:05

15. verty (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Same here. I have not even bothered to load songs on my iPhone yet. Why make a simple thing so complex. That's the specialty of Jobs. Will sell my I phone for note 3 soon. Hehehehehe

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 17:37

17. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

You keep saying polished apps, every single review apps this or apps that.

The question we should ask you PA, is what apps are you comparing it too?

What apps did you compare side by side to make such a comment?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 22:54

18. imran86 (Posts: 178; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

He is referring to the 1000 torch light apps.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:09

20. NOLATechy (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)

Looking at the display side by side comparison, the iPhone picture looks a bit washed out. The Icon's colors are a bit more pronounced while the iPhone's brightness causes the colors to fade out. Notice the green sweather - the shadows fade out causing the colors to blend. This makes the folds in the sweater flatten out and aren't as "realistic" as the Icon picture.

posted on 02 May 2014, 17:26

21. blazblu82 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 2014)

About two months ago, I decided to upgrade from my HTC 8X WP. My initial intentions were to get an Iphone 5S or the new HTC One M8. However, the HTC One looked unappealing and the external speakers were below my expectations and I had my doubts about the 4 Ultra Pixel camera. So, I moved onto the Iphone 5S. I picked it up, looked it over, got a bad feeling in my gut and walked away. Even though most people I know have the Iphone, I cannot get myself to become another ifollower.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with WP8 since owning the HTC 8x. Nothing about the OS has let me down. The only drawback is the lack of 3rd party support like the Iphone has; but that is a moot point to me. So, after drooling over the superior specs the Icon has over most other phones, even the Iphone 5S, I concluded that I would stick with a WP and bought the Icon. Transisitoning from an 8MP camera to a 20MP was like night and day. I cannot believe the clarity and quality that comes from the Icon camera. Additionally, the Nokia camera software and their editing software is superb!

With superior features such as longer battery life, better camera, faster processor, more on-board memory, and a fluid UI, I can't imagine how much better the 8.1 update will make this phone! Long live the new Microsoft and Nokia partnership!

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 10:43

22. NOLATechy (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)

I have already downloaded and installed the WP8.1 Developer Preview and let me tell you, it is GREAT! The difference between WP8.0 and WP8.1 is greater than 8MP to 20MP camera. It's more like 8MP to 1,000MP camera. Action Center, Cortana, File Manager, Swipe Keyboard, Transparent Live Tiles, just to name a few of the MANY upgrades you will get. If you want to wait for the update so you don't void your warranty, I understand, but when you do receive WP8.1, be prepared to be AMAZED! I mean REALLY AMAZED! iPhone doesn't even have File manager yet or swipe keyboard yet, but we do! Also, Cortana is only in BETA and already beats Siri in some situations, like setting personal reminders to tell a contact something the next time you talk to them, or having the ability to type your questions to Cortana instead of having to speak them (comes in great in a noisy environment or a meeting when you don’t want Cortana speaking out loud in the meeting – typing indicates to Cortana that you don’t want her to speak out loud – pretty smart don’t you think?)

Also, I’m not sure what program this guy used to perform the battery test (and noticeably doesn’t provide that info – hmmm) but every person I know who owns an iPhone 5s can’t come close to the actual everyday battery life I am getting on my Icon. And I mean NONE OF THEM! My Icon, even with WP8.1 upgrade is getting at least 3 to 4 more hours of use then my friends and family get on their iPhone 5s. Now that’s the only test I need!

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:46

23. NOLATechy (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)

One other thing...not sure who does your ratings, but there is only one place that ratings actually count and that's with ACTUAL USERS. Go to Verizon Wireless webpage and review the user ratings. Apple iPhone 5s has a user rating is 4.5. Lumia Icon has a user rating of 4.6. Enough said.

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