Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Review

by Jerry D on December 25, 2012

How do you settle a fight between the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 920? We could give the first one the Apple Maps application, the second one the Google Maps application, and watch them navigate from London to Brighton without incident. Or we could let the specs decide over 10 tech rounds? Seconds away, round one…

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Round #1 – Connectivity

The innards of the impressive Lumia 920 come packed with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR. It also boasts 4G connectivity where available. As for the Nexus 4, LG has built it for Google with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi baked in as standard. No 4G here though. Shame.

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

Round #2 – Size & Weight

True pocketability is difficult to quantify but let’s look at the specs. The Lumia 920 and the Nexus 4 measure 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7mm and 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm respectively. See below for a handy graphical representation of this data. As you’ll see, the Nexus 4 is the slimmer phone. Weighing 139g, the Nexus 4 is also 46g lighter than the Lumia 920, which weighs a rather hefty 185g. The Nexus 4 takes the point in this round.

Score: +1 to Nexus 4 (1-1)


Round #3 – Cameras

The design of the Nokia Lumia 920 incorporates a 8.0 Megapixel camera with a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus a dizzying array of camera features including: autofocus, a dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera rated at 1.3 Megapixels.

The Nexus 4 also comes equipped with a 8.0 MP camera along with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording. A second 1.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling. It’s good, but it can’t match the imaging technology packed into the Lumia.

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

Round #4 – Screen/keyboard

Headlining the Nokia Lumia 920 is a 4.5-inch touch-sensitive IPS ClearBlack LCD display with a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. It has 983040 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at a sky-high 331.778 pixels per inch. If you’re thinking: “hey, isn’t that higher than the iPhone?” Yes. Yes, it is.

In comparison, the Nexus 4′s touch-sensitive True HD IPS screen is 4.7 inches wide. The resolution is the same. In comparison, there are also 983040 pixels onscreen, but with 0.2 inches of extra display, the Nexus 4 has a slightly lower pixel density of 317.66 pixels per inch.

Score: +1 to Nexus 4 (2-2)

Round #5 – Processor

Performance-wise, inside the Lumia 920 there’s a speedy dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chip, rated at 1.5GHz. The Nexus 4, however, boasts a faster 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor. This pushes the Nexus 4 into the lead. Can it stay there?

Score: +1 to Nexus 4 (2-3)

Round #6 – Software

Windows Phone 8 is the brains behind the Lumia 920, while the Nexus 4 runs the purest Android 4.2 software you’ll find anywhere in phone-land.

Score: +1 to Nexus 4 (2-4)

Round #7 – Applications

How do the Nexus 4 and Lumia 920 compare in terms of apps? In this case, if you want the smartphone with the biggest choice of apps, choose the Nexus 4 (675000+) over the Lumia 920 (125000+).

Score: +1 to Nexus 4 (2-5)

Round #8 – Storage

As for storage… The Nokia Lumia 920 offers buyers 32GB of storage as standard. The Nexus 4 comes with multiple storage options, offering either 8 or 16GB capacities. Obviously, the Lumia 920 boasts 32GB compared to the highest 16GB capacity of the Nexus 4. Without an expansion slot on the Lumia 920, 32GB is the maximum amount of storage available. Google also didn’t build an expansion slot into the Nexus 4, so 8 or 16GB is all you get.

Score: +1 to Lumia 920 (3-5)

Round #9 – Battery life

With a fully topped-up battery cell, Nokia says that the Lumia 920 can deliver 10.0 hours of talktime, while the Nexus 4 is rated at 15.0 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 400 hours and 390 hours respectively.

Score: +1 to Nexus 4 (3-6)


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

The Lumia 920 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, an accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Nexus 4 features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, an accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot feature and TV-out

Score: +1 to both phones (4-7)

BPF Verdict: The Google Nexus 4 wins!

While the Nokia Lumia 920 is an incredible Windows Phone, it’s made to look slightly less so when compared to the Google Nexus 4, which has a more versatile OS, a slightly bigger screen and a good-looking design that is thinner and lighter than the Nokia flagship device. If you can get your hands on this Google phone, you won’t be disappointed.

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

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