Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Introduction

Let's face it – Nokia has been struggling to become relevant again for the last few years, and even with Windows Phone 8, it's still having a lot of trouble gaining any real traction. Meanwhile, Samsung has been enjoying increasingly bigger profits thanks to its efforts in the Android market. The two companies have recently switched their places, as Samsung has become the biggest cell phone maker, and Nokia has been left licking its wounds and trying to come up with a comeback plan. Well, that plan was Windows Phone and the best Nokia has managed to do with it is the Lumia 920. As Samsung has just introduced its newest flagship, though, the Galaxy S4, we think it'll be more than interesting to see how the biggest phone makers by volume stack up against each other.


Design

Could the Galaxy S4 and Lumia 920 be more different as far as design is concerned? Hardly! Samsung's device is made from a somewhat flimsy feeling plastic, although in theory, it should be polycarbonate, which is the same as what the Lumia 920 uses for its construction. However, Nokia's handset feels much sturdier and more durable than its opponent. This has come at a price, though, as the Galaxy S4 is definitely the slimmer, lighter and more compact smartphone of the two, which is a big deal, considering that it also has a larger screen.



Display


The Lumia 920 sticks to the tried and true LCD IPS technology, while Samsung is counting on its Super AMOLED, but don't worry, that's not the oversaturated and cold AMOLED that we once had in Samsung's phones. Well, it could be, but it can also look a lot more natural now thanks to a couple of screen profiles that Samsung has built in. Even then, the screen of the Lumia 920 is just superior in terms of overall quality.

The Lumia 920 is not super-bright, but it's still a bit brighter than the GS4, and that makes it a bit easier to view outdoors. Meanwhile, its colors appear more natural-looking, as they have that warm and balanced appearance. The GS4 is not far behind, though, and it also has its 1080p resolution to make up for the areas where it loses.




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92 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The Lumia 920 wins the low-light camera and violent drop test but that's about it. Look how small the screen is on the 2011 spec brick!

12. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

phoneArena, Ray S, The video from the Lumia 920 is 1080p? Are you sure that you do not have faulty device? this is from GSMArena.com Video Compare Tool, s4 vs 920 vs 808http://www.gsmarena.com/vidcmp.php3?idType=1&idPhone1=5125&idPhone2=4967&idPhone3=4577 Good light and low light , the Lumia 920 look sharper and have more details(Look at the grass and the written signs). How can you explain the differences?

29. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

S4 obviously wins. But didn't know Snapdragon S4, OIS and a touch screen that works with gloves on was '2011 spec'.

46. shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

2011 spec has these things but not in 2013 specs????

60. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

as usual... its phonearena... they won't let nokia win... hahahha... ive seen so many video comparison and phonearena have a different output from thier L920... maybe its busted... lol

40. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

GS4 is winner, but i'm waiting for Nokia World that nokia will announce 1080p and quad core phone may be "Catwalk"

61. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Definitely, the Lumia 920 was their 2012 phone and it's still competing with 2013 devices. Let's all wait for their 2013 hardware.

2. thethird

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

No questions for the S4 beating the Lumia but the Lumia has a great camera. :) [+]

3. iluvsmartphonexpdx

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Still S4...

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

BTW PA is keep dissing the GS4 keyboard when their pre-release model simply doesn't have the the Samsung-optimized SwiftKey already present on fresher firmwares. Update the damned thing at the local Samsung store for crying out loud!

5. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

L920 vs S3 was valid this test is not even valid as they both are from different time line same will go if they put iPnone5 vs SGS4 also invalid comparison

6. mrtee

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Phonearena has some of the worst reviews and comparisions in the tech world...this comparison like many comparisions this year seems so rushed and lacking in detail. seriously Ray S, was this article written in less than 5 mins? cause it surely feels like it. Phonearena needs to step up its game.

7. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Hahahahahaha Nokia wins... Again! Just kidding lol but i don't think its nokia's faults thoug, its MS' limited OS. But the HTC ONE is the best phone in the world right now even tho sam-fans won't admitt it.

56. asteala8

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Please explain how the One is better than the s4. Aside from the "premium" materials of course. Those are clearly subjective. If you wanted an easily scratched aluminum phone you'd get an iphone. Slower hardware. Weaker camera. Battery killing HTC Sense. I don't see how the one is better.

8. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

this comparison makes no sense two phones which have features of different years and more important, have different OSs.

9. Kreft

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

I'd pick the S4 over the 920 if it had stock android. Otherwise 920 ftw. I don't need touch wiz crap. Leave the os to Google, stop messing with it.

27. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

then buy a nexus... is it that difficult ? :/

31. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well if you don't like Touchwiz, you can install Apex Launcher or Nova Launcher™

35. SleepingOz unregistered

"touch wiz crap" If TW was crap like you said, I wonder why it is the most praised and most supported oem's skin/framework on XDA. Any idea?

84. vampyren

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

I was also negative towards TW but after using it man I like it. It has lots of useful features and run very well. I wish some apps could be uninstalled but i can disable most of them. Pros are more then cons.

69. TheBitterTruth unregistered

+1 for you. I hate touchwiz too. Well, its my personal choice.

10. iluvsmartphonexpdx

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

11. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

In screen, we want vivid colors (S4) and in camera, we want natural colors (again S4).

13. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Two beautiful phones.

39. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

only one NL920

14. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This review is completely biased. This guy has always been a Sammy fanboy.

25. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

So you want them to lie and tell the world that the NOOOOOkia is better.......lol

53. SleepingOz unregistered

You're the biased one buddy! Deal with it.. =]

15. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

It's not new to me that Phonearena is always against Lumia phones. Every aspect of this comparison they handled the Lumia negatively. They compared to it with even midrange phones and they said its not fascinating like the other phones. But the good news is that the all other Mobile websites like the verge, endgadjet, techradar, gsmarena they said Nokia Lumia 920 is one of the best smartphone of all the time. even Eva the editor of uoobe.com said, Lumia 920 has the sharpest camera phone ever.

17. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Here's a "RED thumbs from me"™®©

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