Nokia Lumia Vs iPhone 5: Nokia has Mustered up Quite a Score

Nokia Lumia Vs iPhone 5: Nokia has Mustered up Quite a Score-Mobile phone recyclingFollowing the launch of Apple’s latest phone the iPhone 5, it’s interesting to compare its key features and specification with other top smartphones and here the iPhone 5 has been compared with Nokia’s latest phone due for launch, the Lumia 920. The comparison throws up some interesting findings which may just sway your decision if you’re thinking about buying the iPhone 5. So why not read on to see what you could be missing out on by not taking a look at what the Lumia 920 is set to offer.

Phone size and weight

Given that the iPhone weighs in at just 112 grams this phone is certainly a lot lighter than the Lumia 920 which weighs 185 grams, so if this is an important consideration for you, the iPhone 5 wins hands down with its stylish design. The phone is just 7.6mm thick compared with 10.7mm for the Lumia; not a huge difference, but enough for the iPhone to feel comfortable and sleek when being held.

Phone display

Apple phone lovers will find the iPhone 5’s larger screen size great for watching video, reading emails and playing games, but at just 4-inches Apple seem to have ignored the trend for larger screen sizes, something that Nokia has embraced with the Lumia’s 4.5-inch screen. Not only is the Lumia 920 screen size larger but it also delivers a better quality display of 1280 x 768 pixels compared with 1136 x 640 pixels on the iPhone 5.

Processor

Comparing the processors at this stage is a bit difficult until the two phones can be compared side by side. Apple’s iPhone 5 contains an A6 processor which is thought to be faster than those previously found in the iPhone 4 and 4S. The Lumia 920 will use a dual core Snapdragon processor delivering 1.5GHz which is thought to deliver broadly similar processing speeds to that of the iPhone 5.

Camera

Although Apple have improved their phone’s camera specification in terms of how it captures photos in low light conditions and a faster f/2.4 shutter speed, it has still retained the 8 megapixel camera that was seen in its predecessor, the iPhone 4S. As good as all this sounds, it is still difficult to compete with the photo quality that you can obtain using the Lumia 920’s PureView technology. The phone will come with an 8.7MP camera with optical stabilisation and an f/2.0 shutter speed. Both phones have secondary cameras and once again the Nokia’s camera beats the iPhone 5, having a 1.3MP camera compared to a 720p.

Battery

If you need a phone with a battery that won’t let you down when you may need it most, it’s safe to say that the iPhone 5 which is expected to deliver the same talk-time as the 4S can easily be bettered by a range of other smartphones. The Lumia 920 beats this easily with its 2000 mAh battery which Nokia claims will give you ten hours of talk-time whilst on 3G.

Memory

The iPhone 5 has been launched with Apple’s standard internal storage options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, compared to the Lumia’s single option of 32GB. So if you can be a bit heavy on your memory needs, the iPhone 5 64GB option may be the best for you, although 32GB is usually ample for the average smartphone owner.

Operating system

Based on reviews and expectations released so far, it seems that many doubt how great the Windows Phone 8 operating system will be and until it’s been launched it is difficult to speculate further, but it has a hard act to follow as Apple has gained an excellent reputation for their operating systems which provide a quality range of apps and offer a smooth and effortless ease of use.

Connectivity

The iPhone 5 and the Lumia 920 both have the capability to use the 4G LTE spectrum, so when this service is launched in the UK later this year by T-Mobile and Orange, both phones will be able to give you fast download speeds. The Lumia 920 also has NFC built in which provides you with the potential to use your phone for contactless payment, something which Apple failed to build into their phone.

Pricing

The iPhone 5 price ranges from £529 for the 16GB model up to £699 for the 64GB model and even though prices for the Lumia 920 have yet to be released; it is widely expected to be cheaper than its 32GB Apple rival.

Summary

The iPhone 5 wins the battle if you want a light-weight, sleek styled phone with a great operating system, but the screen size, display quality, cameras and battery are all superior on the Lumia 920 which is widely expected to cost less to buy and is therefore the phone offering better value. As with all phone comparisons, the right phone for you comes down to what features are most important to you, what you can afford and ultimately comes down to personal preference.

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Does The iPhone 5 Live Up To Expectations?

As the queues have grown overnight in that now familiar feeding frenzy that is an Apple new product launch many people are looking to answer various questions about the iPhone 5. Surely the question that is being asked by most people is this, “Does the iPhone 5 live up to expectations?”. Many iPhone users were at least a little bit put out by Apple’s decision to release the iPhone 4S last year. They were expecting a whole new world of handset magic and got… a slightly disappointing rehash of an existing phone. Well, there can be no mistaking that this time Apple mean business. Even the regular tight security leading up to a launch has been amped up and excitement levels have risen accordingly. Will you be selling your mobile phone and joining the end of a queue to buy an iPhone 5?

The new handset is, apparently, 18% thinner than it’s predecessor which is a noticeable change. Combined with the fact that it features a larger screen than the 4S (with the actual body width remaining the same) the iPhone 5 will surely appeal to those looking for a more, erm, mobile mobile! It is also about 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S.

One of the biggest problems that users have been facing as smartphones get smarter and able to do more and more tasks is that battery life is drained increasingly more quickly. This is an area of huge importance for phone manufacturers and Apple are no different. With the iPhone 5 they have addressed this issue and have equipped it with a more energy efficient battery. Apple claim that there’s up to 10 hours of video playback, up to 8 hours of talk time and up to 8 hours of browsing on one charge.

The 5 is running on a brand new A6 chip that, claim Apple, does pretty much everything twice as fast as the A5 chip. In practice this should mean near instantaneous web page loading and email attachment opening. The A6 chip also boasts graphics performance that is nearly twice as fast as the A5. This will deliver smoother gaming through higher frame rates. All in all, everything should happen faster and smoother than ever before.

And while you’re enjoying the speed at which everything is happening on your new iPhone you will no doubt be amazed by the Retina display. The pixels are dense! There are 326 pixels per inch and this means that the naked eye can’t distinguish between one pixel and another. This basically means that images you view on the iPhone 5 will be clearer and more lifelike than ever before. And with a 44% increase in colour saturation from the iPhone 4S those games and apps that you will be enjoying (with the superfast A6 chip, don’t forget) will appear brighter, more colourful and more impressive than ever before. You can also watch HD video in widescreen. Who needs a TV?

But what about the sound quality whilst viewing these HD videos or playing on these super-colourful games? Well, Apple have had a think about that too. They have, they say, tested their new Apple EarPods (earphones) out on hundreds of different ears and have come up with a design that sits comfortably inside any ear. And when inputting sound there are a few new improvements too. There are 3 microphones, yes 3, on the iPhone 5. One on the front, one on the back and one on the bottom. They work together to target sound and focus on it to reduce background noise. They have new noise-cancelling technology inside the phone too to ensure that even in a noisy environment you can hear the person on the other end of the line.

What if photography is your thing? The iSight camera is still a part of the iPhone and it has gotten even better. There’s a great new panorama feature that allows the budding David Bailey in you to shoot a photograph up to 240 degrees! So the next time you have that enormous family photo you needn’t arrange everyone in separate groups, just line them up and let rip! There’s also the option to shoot HD video with up to 10 face recognition. And whilst shooting the video you can still take still shots. There’s no longer any excuse for missing those important events in your life.

Where I believe Apple have made a big mistake is in changing their connector from the 30-pin that has been around since they launched the iPhone in 2007 to the new Lightning connector. Yes the new Lightning connector may be quicker, yes it may be reversible and yes, it may be more durable. But, and this is a big but, you need to buy an adapter to use any of your old products with the iPhone 5, such as in-car chargers, car cradles etcDoes The iPhone 5 Live Up To Expectations?-Sell my mobile

With the already high price of the handset and price plans I’m not sure that users will be happy with the added cost of buying an adapter. Time will tell. And with Samsung really upping the stakes with their new Galaxy S3 there is some genuine competition in the smartphone market. Those recycling their mobile phones have quite a decision on their hands. Good luck to them.

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