Apple iPhone 5 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Review

by Jerry D on December 24, 2012

How can we compare the skills of the Apple iPhone 5 and the Nokia Lumia 920? We could give one a supply of barrels, the other a big hammer, sit back, and let them compete on crazily angled girders in an expensive recreation of the Donkey Kong video game. Or we could let the specs decide over 10 tech rounds? Let’s do that…

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Round #1 – Connectivity

The core connectivity options on the iPhone 5 include 3G/HSDPA/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G is also supported. Nokia’s Lumia 920, meanwhile, dishes up extra NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR. 4G is also included.

Score: +1 to Lumia 920 (0-1)

Round #2 – Size & Weight

Size matters. The Lumia 920 is a bit taller than the iPhone 5 with dimensions of 130.3mm versus 123.8mm. The Lumia 920 is also considerably wider (due to its bigger display), measuring 70.8mm to the iPhone 5′s 58.6mm. Checking on weight, the iPhone 5 weighs a lovely 112g, while the Nokia Lumia 920 is a more awkward 185g.

Score: +1 to iPhone 5 (1-1)


Round #3 – Cameras

The iPhone 5′s 8.0 MP camera features autofocus, an LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR and 1080p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 1.2MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The Lumia 920 also sports a 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording). So there’s no real difference in raw megapixels, there’s a world of difference in camera quality. A second 1.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling. We give this round to the Nokia phone, which edges into the lead.

Score: +1 to Lumia 920 (1-2)

Round #4 – Screen/keyboard

The iPhone 5 boasts a touch-sensitive Retina display, measuring 4.0 inches and delivering a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is a superb 326.0.

Lumia 920′s touch-sensitive IPS ClearBlack LCD display is roomier at 4.5 inches. It boasts a better screen resolution too – 768 x 1280 pixels. In comparison, there are 983040 pixels onscreen, giving the Lumia 920 a strong pixel density of 331.778 pixels per inch. The Lumia wins this round too. Surprised? So were we.

Score: +1 to Lumia 920 (1-3)

Round #5 – Processor

Assessing the CPUs, we find that the Lumia 920 uses a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon CPU, rated at 1.5GHz. The iPhone 5′s engine is a 1.2GHz dual core Apple A6 processor.

Score: +1 to both phones (2-4)

Round #6 – Software

The Apple iPhone 5 obviously uses iOS 6, while the Lumia 920 runs Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8. As we’ve mentioned elsewhere, the Windows Phone platform has improved considerably since launch. But while the tiled UI looks pretty and is easy to use, it can’t match the effortless usability of Apple’s software. Visually, iOS is starting to look dated. Apple needs to overhaul iOS soon because its competitors are snapping at its heels.

Score: +1 to iPhone 5 (3-4)

Round #7 – Applications

As far as apps are concerned, which phone has the best choice? In this case, if you want the smartphone with the widest choice of apps, choose the iPhone 5 (700000+) over the Lumia 920 (125000+).

Score: +1 to iPhone 5 (4-4)

Round #8 – Storage

This part of the fight focuses on storage capacity. The Apple iPhone 5 comes with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage. The Nokia Lumia 920 only comes in one version, which packs in 32GB of storage. As you can see, the top-end iPhone 5 provides more space out of the box with 64GB. Without an expansion slot on the iPhone 5, 64GB is the maximum amount of storage available. Nokia also didn’t build an expansion slot into the Lumia 920 either, so 32GB is all you get.

Score: +1 to iPhone 5 (5-4)

Round #9 – Battery life

Juiced up overnight, Apple says that its iPhone 5 can deliver 8.0 hours of talktime, while the Lumia 920 is rated at 10.0 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 225 hours and 400 hours respectively That’s a smackdown for the Lumia 920 here. Ouch!

Score: +1 to Lumia 920 (5-5)


Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Round #10 – Extras

With the scores level, it all comes down to this final round. The iPhone 5 also includes GPS/A-GPS, an accelerometer, digital compass, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, a gyroscope and the Siri digital voice assistant. In comparison, the Lumia 920 features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, an accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage

Score: +1 to both phones (6-6)

BPF Verdict: It;s a !

There was a moment back in round #5 when we thought that the iPhone 5 was going to get beaten by a Windows Phone. But while the Nokia Lumia 920 has the best all-round camera features and a bigger display, Apple’s latest Jesus phone does just enough to force a tie. Apple’s design and attention to detail remains unmatched, but its hardware clings to an evolutionary upgrade path rather than a revolutionary one. Will that change with the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6? Or will a true leap in performance only appear when iOS 7 gets a nuts and bolts overhaul?

See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

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