This fall the smartphone landscape will be changing once again. Two powerhouses of the industry, Nokia and Apple will both be releasing their new phones, but which one will take the crown? Will the Apple iPhone 5 be able to retain its spot as the number one smartphone, or will the Nokia Lumia 920 be able to topple the iPhone from its throne? Lets take a look at both devices in this smartphone showdown.
The iPhone 5
The original iPhone created a whole new market, and quickly gained a huge following. However since launch, the iPhone has not changed much in terms of design or software, so the big question is will the iPhone 5 offer consumers enough to put itself back on the smartphone throne?
The changes to the design of the iPhone 5 are minimal, but the iPhone has always been a classy looking device. The aluminum back plate on the iPhone 5 adds a touch of elegance to the overall design, while the glossy glass is gorgeous to look at. The new iPhone screen is larger than iPhones of old, too. The iPhone 5 sports a four inch IPS Retina display, with a resolution of 1136 x 640. The iPhone is also much thinner and lighter than previous models, but that is not a good thing, because the lighter weight makes the iPhone feel quite fragile.
The iPhone 5 will use the A6 processor, which is Apple’s most powerful to date. The A6 dual-core chip is twice as powerful as the processor that is found in the 4s, and with this in mind, the reported battery life of 8 hours of talk time is very good. The A6 is paired with 1GB of RAM which will help things move along at a rapid pace, but as great as these upgrades are, they are in fact the only upgrades when it comes to internal hardware. The camera is the same as the one in the 4s, and Apple has decided to leave out NFC capabilities. The iPhone will as always come in three flavors. 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
There is no doubt that the iPhone 5 is a powerful device, but you have to wonder if the upgrades are enough to help it pull away from the new Windows Phone 8 Devices, especially when you look at the new Nokia Lumia 920.
The Nokia Lumia 920
When the Lumia 900 was released, consumers started paying attention to Windows Phone. The unibody Lumia (which is made out of polycarbonate) was gorgeous, so it is no surprise that Nokia has stayed with the same look for the new Lumia 920.
The Lumia 920 will be available in a range of colors, which is a far cry from the reserved black and white offerings from Apple. Immediately you get the feeling that the new Lumia is about looking sexy, while having style, fun, and functionality at the same time. The Lumia is bigger and heavier than the iPhone, but that extra weight adds a premium feel to it.
The Nokia Lumia 920 will be using the well respected dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor, and it will be paired up with 1GB of RAM. The 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ IPS screen will also have a greater resolution than the iPhone’s Retina display. At 1280×786, the Lumia can boast a full HD display.
Dive a little deeper under the glossy exterior and you will find 32GB of storage, NFC, and a battery that boasts 10 hours of talk time. The camera has also received a major update. The camera on the 920 uses the same software as the Nokia 808 PureView. The Camera itself is 8.7 megapixels, but the lens is bigger which allows more light to enter the sensor, but the real magic happens in the PureView software. When combined, the hardware and software make one the most powerful camera phones ever released.
On paper the Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 is superior to the iPhone 5 with iOS 6, but will it be enough to beat the iPhone? I think so, but that will come down to personal preference. If you want a tried and tested phone, but outdated software and design, the iPhone is for you, but if you want fresh, and bold that’s sprinkled with innovation, go with the Lumia 920.
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