Interface and Functionality:

So here we are with yet another comparison between an Android powered smartphone and one running Windows Phone. Needless to say, they both have their perks and strengths, but there’s simply no comparison as the Galaxy S III’s TouchWiz Nature UX running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is simply more comprehensive.  Specifically, it beats the Window Phone 7.5 Mango experience of the Nokia Lumia 900 in the personalization department, but beyond that, Samsung’s beauty begins to differentiate itself with its expansive tertiary functionality with things like S Voice, S Beam, ShareShot, AllShare, SmartStay, GroupCast, and much more. Still, we have to give the Windows Phone credit for its dynamic start screen and ease of use – though, it lacks some deep personalization.

At the core of things, both handsets’ organizer apps function relatively in the same manner, but there’s some advanced functions attached with the Android experience of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Since it’s running Google’s mobile platform, it provides for the best experience with the Google ecosystem – like what we find with Gmail.

Even though Samsung’s pride and joy has the more spacious on-screen keyboard, we can’t count out the Windows Phone keyboard of the Lumia 900 – mainly due to the fact that it offers one of the best auto-correct feature on any platform. Regardless of that, both are extremely responsive in keeping up with our pace.

Processor and Memory:

Here’s a perfect example why hardware sometimes can’t predict the performance of a device. Since it’s the newer of the two, the Galaxy S III is blessed with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with a whopping 2GB of RAM. Certainly, that’ll raise some eyebrows over the Lumia 900’s single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 512MB of RAM. However, when it comes down to it, they perform very similar to one another, as every operation is accompanied with fluid movements and instantaneous actions. Ultimately, we can agree that these two handsets are at tip-top shape when it comes to providing a very peppy performance.

Pulling them right of their packaging, the Nokia Lumia 900 has the higher free storage capacity at 13.61GB – versus the 12.05GB available with the Samsung Galaxy S III. Despite that, it’s the latter that offers expandable storage via its microSD card slot.

Internet and Connectivity:

Being the flagship device for each respective platform right now, there’s no surprise that the these two lovely devices fully take advantage of their 4G LTE radios. However, when it comes down to the actual web browsing performance, we have to stick with the Galaxy S III on this one, namely because it coughs up that near perfect desktop experience. Indeed, we love that the two are extremely responsive with their navigational controls, but the support of Adobe Flash on the Galaxy S III is simply icing on the cake.

Since the two are GSM devices, there’s no worry if you plan on traveling internationally, since they’re both compatible with a wide array of GSM networks. Domestically, they can surf the web very quickly while relying on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. And of course, they feature the typical set of connectivity features, but it’s worth noting that the Galaxy S III trumps the Lumia 900 with Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.



1. rinawan

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

i vote lumia 900 :))

24. wendygarett unregistered

You must be Siri fanboy too :)

64. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

says the droidboy... by the way please let us know: what the hell does the lumia900 and siri have in common?

27. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Don't know what to do vote up/down cause both phones are great WP=Basic Fundamentals Sammy=Flexible, But GS3 is Better 4 Me IMO :)

31. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

its like Comparing a GS3 Mercedes amg SLR McLaren to a Lunia 900 kia picanto LOL

36. SleepingOz unregistered

Nah It's more like comparing an Agera R(GSIII) to a mini cooper or maybe a Fiat 500(Lumia900)..


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

For the love of god, stop comparing cell phones to cars. lol

65. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

agreed. these kids need to grow up first...

41. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hey guys, johhhhhhhhhhhhnnnnnnn V here. :))

2. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Galaxy SIII is light years away from Lumia 900, and ICS offers more features than Window Phone, there is no doubt what to choose :-)

34. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I'd think the Lumia 900 needs to be compared to the Sony Xperia Ion rather than the GSIII, considering the two devices are in the same price range.

35. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

If you want something that doesn't look ugly, get a Lumia.

38. SleepingOz unregistered

Go for an XPERIA instead, you'll get the best of both, Android and aesthetics. =] And beauty is subjective anyway..

40. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'd say One S. Talk about design and build quality. Performance? One of the best in Android ecosystem.

44. SleepingOz unregistered

You're right, but some might not like its HTCish design..

3. lpeixoto92

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

I can see the Lumia´s pixels away.

4. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

you should compare s3 to new wp8 nokia phone when they come out of course

7. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

It will surely happen. Then it will be a more exciting comparison: gs3 vs Nokia wp8 vs galaxy wp8.

11. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

whatever Nokia will be offering in WP8 is... unpredictable. Nokia has never had an HD phone nor a multicore device. PureView was worked on for 5 years and was released and heard of only now... The endless possibilities... too bad WP doesn't sideload and no mass storage mode, :(

55. vslayer

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

baseless comment have u heard that windows phone 8 will support now micro SD card and will support 18 months of software support ... i wonder how long this galaxy will be upgraded to jelly bean.... watch out dude ...wp8 will be a BANG by the end of the year

39. SleepingOz unregistered

I'd love that.. But imo, the GSIII will remain the best smartphone for a long time as WP8 seem to still be as closed as WP7 and ios, so..

5. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Its nice to compare products, but there is no comparing here. We all know which is the better. Obviously its old against new. Nothing more.

6. stipe

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Why do you use white backgroun when Nokias screen work best on the black background . Have you ever heard of ClearBlack technology ? Aa

8. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

clear black is only polarized filter so who cares

9. stipe

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

You wont see piksels on a black beckground .

16. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

because black is magic?

25. stipe

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Please . I have a Lumia 800 and when you use black it is harder to recognize every piksel . Thank you .

29. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

and i have sgs3 it is impossible to recognize any pixel white or black . white text on black background or black text on white background it doesn't matter Thank you

30. stipe

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I think you are afraid . .... Something big is comming .... wait for Nokia World ..

37. SleepingOz unregistered

Afraid of what? HAHAHA!! Seriously, how old are you?

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