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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Call quality

Surprise, surprise, neither phone is particularly good for carrying out conversations, as both of their earpieces sound somewhat... bad. The Galaxy S4 does manage to slightly edge the Lumia 920 in that respect though, and the same thing goes for its loudspeaker, which, although far from perfect, tends to be noticeably clearer than that of its opponent.

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
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
Nokia Lumia 920
4h (Poor)
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Well, it's been another action-packed face-off, and we think it's clear already which device we think is the superior one here – it is the Galaxy S4! Sure, its appearance isn't as fancy and the construction isn't as sturdy as those of the Lumia 920, but that's about where the Nokia's advantages end.

Samsung's handset is definitely the more convenient phone to use, as it's much lighter and thinner, while at the same time it packs a significantly larger display. But that is not all. The Galaxy S4 also has a much better camera, and when we turn our attention to the software experience, that's where the Galaxy S4 easily gains the upper hand as it simply offers so much more, both in terms of custom, built-in features and third-party apps. Microsoft has certainly nailed a number of things in Windows Phone, including the web browser and QWERTY keyboard, and then we have Nokia's free offline turn-by-turn navigation, but those things aren't nearly enough to save the Lumia 920.

With all of that in mind, it seems that the only thing that remains for us is to wait for Nokia's next flagship smartphone, and then see how close it's gotten to successfully competing with the most fearsome Android phone around.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920:


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posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:36 27

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 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!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:11 22

12. Emily1985 (Posts: 127; Member since: 08 Nov 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 808

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?

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:16 22

29. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:12 9

46. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 82; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 19:28 18

60. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:33 7

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

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 21:09 8

61. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:38 24

2. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:39 11

3. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

Still S4...

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:42 8

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 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!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:46 13

5. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:49 14

6. mrtee (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Apr 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 04:51 3

7. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 15:05 2

56. asteala8 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Mar 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:02 10

8. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:03 11

9. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:03 3

27. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:25

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

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:10 4

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?

posted on 01 May 2013, 02:03

84. vampyren (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Apr 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.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 06:45 1

69. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:06 1

10. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

Top 10 phones!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:10 5

11. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:17 11

13. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

Two beautiful phones.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:30 9

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

only one NL920

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:24 21

14. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 06:56 7

25. voxmarc (Posts: 335; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:30 2

53. SleepingOz (unregistered)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:25 17

15. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:38

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

Here's a "RED thumbs from me"™®©

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