Nexus 4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920

News Marin Perez 16:44, Oct 30 2012

We compare the Nexus 4 and the Nokia Lumia 920. Which smartphone is better?

The Nexus 4 is poised to be one of the best smartphones this holiday season but there are many other devices vying for the crown. Let's compare the Nexus 4 to the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 and see which one will be a better fit for you. 

Screen

Both phones will display that appear to be stunning. The Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch display that utilizes LG's IPS technology to provide a 1280 x 768 resolution with a stunning 320 pixels per inch. We're expecting it to have great viewing angles and provide an excellent experience for watching movies and reading crisp text. 

The Nokai Lumia 920 will also have an impressive 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ screen which provides a 1280 x 768 resolution. The pixels per inch likely won't be as high as that of the Nexus 4 but Nokia's handset will provide some really clear blacks and it can be used with gloves on. Heck, we've even seen people use a fork to interact with the Lumia 920 and it held up well. 

Other specs

The Nexus 4 and Nokia Lumia 920 are poised to be powerful handsets and both will feature specs that are more powerful than many home computers just a few years ago. 

The Nexus 4 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, has 2GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, HSPA+, 8-megapixel camera, NFC, wireless charging and more. The one major feature that the Nexus 4 lacks is 4G LTE. 

The Lumia 920 will also be a powerhouse, as it's powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, sports an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera, has Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and 4G LTE. That PureView technology could be a very big deal as it means the phone has an optical image stabilizer which should provide some of the best photos we'll see from a smartphone. Previous Galaxy phones haven't really placed a premium on the camera but we still have our hopes up for the Nexus 4. 

The Nexus 4 and Lumia 920 will both be top-of-the-line handsets. The Nexus 4 has everything you'd want in a smartphone except for 4G LTE while the Lumia 920's 4G LTE and PureView camera technology may make it stand out a bit more. 

Software

The Nexus 4 will launch with Android 4.2 and this is going to be the best version of Android yet. It has all the goodies included in 4.1 Jelly Bean like a faster touch response and offline maps but it also includes some cool, new features. 

For example, Android 4.2 will include a guesture keyboard which is similar to Swype for faster input, particularly with one hand. Look for a revamped camera interface including the ability to stitch together some incredible panorama photos with the Photo Sphere feature. Google Now is also getting more improvements and we're sure there will also be more tweaks in the latest version of Android. 

If you've never used Android before you should know that it's a powerful and customizable platform which works really well with Google's services. 

The Nokia Lumia 920 is one of the flagship Windows Phone 8 devices out there and it will be a showcase for Microsoft's latest version of mobile software. Like Windows 8, the Lumia 920 can be filled with customized tiles which can update in real-time with your information. For example, you can set up a People's tile with your wife on the home screen and her texts, tweets and Facebook updates will automatically appear on your homescreen. 

Windows Phone 8 also includes Nokia Maps for your directions, built-in Facebook integration, deep hooks into Microsoft's services and it's the only platform that comes with Office. Nokia is also bringing some of its own custom software to the Lumia 920, too. 

Windows Phone 8 is a well-designed platform that really stands out from the crowd with its live-tile interface. The app selection is getting better but it still lags behind Android. 

Ecosystem

As nice as the Nexus 4 and Nokia Lumia 920 are by themselves, these wouldn't be that appealing without a strong ecosystem to hook in to. 

The Nexus 4 runs Android and the Google Play store now has over 700,000 apps and Google sells all sorts of music, eBooks and videos. You can also do things like throw widgets on your home screen or root your device and throw on your own custom ROMs. Google's selection of videos is not the best in the market, though. 

Microsoft and Nokia have done a good job of beefing up the app store for the Lumia 920 but it still trails Android when it comes to the sheer number of apps. We've been promised that most of the popular apps will be on Windows Phone 8 eventually but there's still a bit of a disparity.

Luckily, the media and content selection on the Nokia Lumia 920 will be stellar. Along with the portfolio from Microsoft, Lumia 920 users will get free streaming music with the Nokia Music app. Look forward to having Nokia-specific apps and software moving forward.  

Price, accessories

 

The Nexus 4 will be compatible with wireless charging mats and a charging dock will be available soon. We'd expect a few cases and other accessories to come out for Google's flagship but nothing along the lines of what you'd get with the iPhone. Still, the Nexus 4 is mostly built with standard technologies, so many accessories not specifically made for it will still work. 

The Nexus 4 will be sold by Google completely unlocked for $299 and $349 for the 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. T-Mobile will also offer a version which starts at $199 with a new, two-year contract. The unlocked version will work on AT&T and T-Mobile. 

The Nokia Lumia 920 will be coming exclusively to AT&T in November and early leaks suggest the price will be $159 with a new, two-year contract. Off-contract pricing will probably start in the $500+ range. Nokia will have a plethora of cool and custom accessories for the Lumia 920 and we've already seen a Fatboy wireless charging pad and a JBL speaker which can play music from your phone with just a tap of your phone. 

The Final Take

The Nexus 4 and Nokia Lumia 920 will both offer fantastic smartphone experiences and each has its own advantages. 

The Nexus 4 will be a great Android device which offers fantastic Google integration, a strong selection of apps and it comes at a very reasonable price. On the down side, it won't have 4G LTE and we're not sure how well its camera will perform. 

It's quite the opposite with the Nokia Lumia 920, as it should provide some of the best photos we've ever seen from a phone. The Windows 8 platform is also a refreshing take on mobile computing, Nokia will bring its own fun software and the handset has all the features you'd expect including 4G LTE. On the down side, the app selection won't be quite as good as what you'd find on Android or iOS.  

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