The Apple iPhone 5 is finally a reality. While its specs are topnotch and premium it isn’t the only worthwhile smartphone in the market now. We also have a top Windows phone round the corner – the Nokia Lumia 920. Though neither of the phones has been released yet, this is a comparison between the two on the basis of various factors as design, operating system, camera, connectivity, etc.
Ergonomics & Design:
The iPhone 5 measures 123.8 mm lengthwise, 58.6 mm breadthwise and 7.6 mm thick. The phone weighs only 112 g. The Lumia 920 measures 130.3 mm lengthwise, 70.8 mm breadthwise and 10.7 mm thick. It weighs 185 g. The all glass and aluminum chassis of the iPhone 5 claim to be the thinnest smartphone. The iPhone 5 back will be all aluminum and no breakable glass. Apple seems to have taken some strong steps to make the iPhone 5 as thin as possible. But that doesn’t mean that the iPhone 5 cannot rest comfortably in one’s hand. The edges of the iPhone 5 are slightly beveled rather than sharp which makes the phone hand-friendly. The Lumia 920’s distinctiveness and plastic body has received some criticism. It is a good deviation from the otherwise staid design world. But the iPhone 5 has a premium feel in it that makes it stand out in the crowd. The Apple iPhone 5’s 1136 * 640 pixels on its 4 inch LED backlit IPS screen yields 326 ppi and gives the phone a 16:9 aspect ratio. Apple claims that its sRGB display delivers 44 percent more color saturation and cuts down on glare. The Lumia 920 sports a 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ display which is just a fancy name to describe an AMOLED screen. However its WXGA resolution (1280 * 768 pixels) is slightly higher than that on the standard HD screen. Nokia has also brought its ClearBlack Display filter to the Lumia 920 to cut down glare.
The iPhone 5 runs on iOS 6 while the Lumia 920 has a Microsoft Windows Phone 8 platform. There are some tweaks in the iOS such as the improved Siri feature. There has been some noticeable effort to take the overhyped and under-featured personal assistant to a more useful level. The iPhone 5 is driven by an Apple A6 chipset. Other details haven’t been revealed yet. The Lumia 920 is powered by a dual core Krait processor with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz.
The iPhone 5 comes in three models based on internal memory – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB each available with 1 GB RAM. The Lumia 920 has 32 GB of internal storage along with 1 GB RAM. The phones do not have micro SD slots.
The phones are equipped with 8 MP sensors in the rear with usual features such as LED flash, geo tagging, touch focus, etc. The Lumia 920 camera has reams of other features such as Carl Zeiss Optics, optical image stabilization, PureView technology, etc. The phone cameras can shoot 1080p video at a frame rate of 30 fps. The iPhone 5 has a 1.2 MP front camera that can shoot 720p video. The Lumia 920 has a 1.3 MP shooter as its secondary camera.
The iPhone 5 has a dual antenna system i.e. it supports both GSM and CDMA frequency bands. 4G network via LTE is available on the iPhone. The Lumia 920 too supports 4G along with 2G and 3G networks. GPRS and EDGE are supported in the phones too. Wireless networking is available via Wi-Fi 802.11, etc. Bluetooth is available on both phones. The Lumia 920 has a NFC chip.
The Li-Po battery fuelling the iPhone 5 provides around 7 hours of talk time. The Lumia 920 has a 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery that gives around 17 hours of talk time.
The 16GB iPhone 5 is available for $649, 32GB for $749 & 64GB for $849, However, there is no word about pricing of Lumia 920, but it is expected to be available around $600-700.
Between the two, the iPhone 5 is obviously the winner. The iPhone 5 is a reliable, intuitive package with amazing software and hardware, solid and strong design, LTE speed and a proven camera. The Lumia 920 offers NFC which is absent in the iPhone but the multimedia isn’t as robust as iOS. So, the iPhone 5 most probably is the winner.