Following 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.