Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – This means war!

by Jerry D on February 21, 2013

If you throw the Nokia Lumia 820 into a fight against the HTC Windows Phone 8S, which one triumphs? Does the 4.3-inch display on the Lumia 820, outstrip the Windows Phone 8S’s screen? How big is the Lumia 820’s storage capacity? What about weight? Is the Windows Phone 8S too heavy? Carry on reading to learn the answers to these questions…

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Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Nokia Lumia 820 VS HTC Windows Phone 8S
Display 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 4.0-inch S-LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 4GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP No
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR 3.1 with A2DP/EDR
Size 68.5 x 123.8 x 9.9mm 63.0 x 120.5 x 10.3mm
Weight 160g 113g
Talktime 8.0 hours TBC
Standby 330 hours TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, free SkyDrive storage and it’s available in multiple colours GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, and 7GB free SkyDrive storage

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Connectivity

The Lumia 820 is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA chipset, along with NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR. It also gets a speed boost with 4G connectivity. HTC’s Windows Phone 8S comes with 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP/EDR as standard. There’s no 4G here, however.
— The Lumia 820 wins (1-0)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Size/Weight

Pocketability is crucial. There’s not much of a gap between the two – the Lumia 820 is 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9mm; HTC’s phone is 120.5 x 63.0 x 10.3mm. Overall, the Windows Phone 8S is smaller. Weighing 113g, the Windows Phone 8S is 47g lighter than the Lumia 820, which weighs 160g.
— The Windows Phone 8S wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Camera/Video

Nokia has built an 8.0 Megapixel lens into the Lumia 820 together with features such as autofocus, super-duper Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. There’s also a front-facing 0.3MP camera for video calls.

In this round, the Windows Phone 8S comes off second best. Its 5.0 Megapixel lens (with autofocus, LED flash, face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording) falls short. The highest resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels.
— The Lumia 820 wins (2-1)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Display

The design of Nokia’s Lumia 820 features a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack screen, with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. There are 384000 pixels overall, which translates to an unremarkable 216.977 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 820 features a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 216.977.

In comparison, the Windows Phone 8S’s touch-sensitive S-LCD screen is just 4.0 inches wide. The screen resolution matches that of the Lumia 820. Do the math again and the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 233.25.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-2)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Processor

As for processing grunt, the Lumia 820′s chip is a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, while the Windows Phone 8S uses a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, clocked at 1GHz.
— The Lumia 820 wins (4-2)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S

After five rounds, the Lumia 820 leads by 4-2. Of course, there are five rounds remaining and so the Windows Phone 8S isn’t beaten yet. Onto the next round: software…

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-3)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (6-4)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Storage

Let’s move on. The Nokia Lumia 820 incorporates 8GB of built-in storage. Similarly, the Windows Phone 8S only features one storage option – a 4GB model. The Lumia 820 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 72GB. Likewise, a microSD slot on the Windows Phone 8S further boosts the overall memory on HTC’s phone to 36GB.
— The Lumia 820 wins (7-4)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Lumia 820 and the Windows Phone 8S share the points (8-5)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (9-6)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 820 wins! (9-6)

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