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Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5, price and top specs comparison

Since Stephen Elop, CEO, unveiled the Lumia 920 prototype in New York City On September 5, The Nokia Lumia 920 has gained a lot of attention from both the media and consumers. As Nokia’s flagship Windows 8 phone, many people are waiting for it, even though iPhone 5 has already been released part days ago. Now with the shopping season coming, AT&T is likely to launch the Nokia Lumia 920, which incorporates Windows Phone 8 operating system, Nov 11, states a BGR report.

The Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5 have many things in common, some of which are the exceptional industrial design cues, top-notch build quality, top internal specs and most notably, the synergistic hardware-software implementation that boasts an extremely robust and smooth-running software environment. Then many consumers are wondering which phone they should purchase. To help you make the best decision, it is necessary to explore both phones and the features each has to offer.


1. Design and Build

The most noticeable differences between the two phones is the build. Both are made with quality design. The iPhone 5 looks very much like the iPhone 4 and 4S, but it is slightly longer. Like its two predecessors, it is available in only black or white. The Nokia Lumia 920 boasts a beautiful polycarbonate unibody that is similar to the Lumia 900, except that it is glossy instead of including a matte finish. It is available in a variety of colors as well — yellow, red, black and gray.

The iPhone 5 is narrower and significantly lighter than the Lumia 920 which means that the device can be used easily with one hand compared to the latter; the Lumia 920 is also slightly thicker than the iPhone 5 which can be good or bad to some, just a little something to keep in mind.

2. Hardware 


The iPhone 5′s standby time lasts up to 225 hours on 2G/3G, up to 8 hours of talk time on 2G/3G, music playback of up to 40 hours and internet browsing of up to 10 hours.

The lumia 920 can last up 400 hours on standby mode under the 2G/3G networks, gives users up to 17 hours of talk time via 2G and 10 hours on 3G, music playback clocks in at around 67 hours.

As Engadget has proved it, the Lumia 920 is simply better, photography-wise, than the iPhone 5, especially in low-light


Engadget also proves that the 920 – which features optical image stabilization – bests the iPhone 5 when it comes to video recording, too.

On the hardware front, the Lumia 920 certainly wins over the iPhone 5 due to its hardware-related features.

3. Software

The iPhone 5 is powered with Apple’s own iOS 6 mobile operating system while the Lumia 920 runs on the new Windows Phone 8 operating system with a tiled user interface.


The Lumia 920 on the other hand boasts the Windows Phone 8 with a revamped UI which lets users gain even more control over their device’s Live Tiles UI, added HD resolution and multi-core CPU support, background multi-tasking, NFC and many others.

It’s worth noting that the Windows Phone Marketplace is still populating its app portfolio since Microsoft is having a hard time increasing the Windows Phone market share so they’re having difficulties luring-in developers to create apps for their mobile operating system as a result, thus, it still lacks in comparison to Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

Given that Microsoft seems to be gaining traction with the upcoming launch of the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 on the 29th of this month, it’s not too hard to see that the Windows Marketplace will no longer look like a ghost town in the next few quarters.

4. Price

The Nokia Lumia 920, according to sources from third-party retailers, is still more affordable than the Apple iPhone 5. Keep in mind that we’re talking about unlocked phones here. The latest price list shows that the Nokia Lumia 920 base model is sporting the tag price of $700, while the most affordable unlocked iPhone 5 is still expensive with $900 asking price. The original SRP or suggested retail price of the iPhone 5 is $650, but due to underwhelming supply, the phone’s price online is still unchanged.

As a conclusion, the Lumia 920 wins this duel thanks to its mightier spec list and Microsoft’s history in software development making the Windows Phone platform a viable choice for those who are planning to try a new mobile computing experience. So this time it is a good time to switch to the Nokia Lumia 920 as your next handset, whether you are an android user or iPhone fan.

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