Apple Underwhelms With iPhone 5, Heres Why The Nokia Lumina 920 Windows Phone 8 Is Better
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Apple underwhelms with the iPhone 5. Here's why the Nokia Lumia 920 is better.
Posted on Wed, 12 Sep 2012 3:41 pm EDT by Daniel Rubino
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Today, Apple finally took the wraps off of the long-awaited iPhone 5 (you can get all the dirty details at our sister site iMore). Funny thing happened along the way though to the announcement: many leaks came forward early on that turned out to be highly accurate, taking the punch out of a lot of the new features. What’s more, even the media started to get a bit bored with Apple’s plans for the next-gen device.
The question for our readers though is in terms of raw technology—who came out on top? We say that because we know Apple will win the PR and hype war, but for the first time a Windows Phone has gone toe-to-toe and in terms of specs, has beat out the next-generation iPhone.
iPhone 5 vs the world
Specifications - iPhone 5
Here is what the new iPhone 5 packs for the main features:
112 grams (20% lighter than the 4S)
4” in-cell 1136 x 640 display (16:9; 326ppi)
8MP rear camera with F/2.4 lens, BSI sensor and Sapphire crystal
Apple A6 Chip
4G LTE, DCHSPA
The crux of the update is this though: the iPhone 5 increases the display vertically to show more, but does not make the phone wider thereby making it easier to hold. In turn, Apple have also made it much thinner and lighter, going for the super-temporary title of “world’s thinnest” blah blah. We’re sure that will change in like 3-6 weeks, knowing how fast technology moves these days.
They also added 4G LTE, re-did their proprietary connector and gave it a faster A6 processor.
Lumia 920 and 900
The Lumia 920 and the Lumia 900, chillin'
By comparison, the really thin Samsung ATIV S is 8.7mm thick and weighs in at 135g. Of course the simply massive 2300mAh battery on board makes up for that in our opinion. The Lumia 920, meanwhile is a monster, coming in at 185g and 10.7mm thick.
So if you want small and nimble, yes, the iPhone 5 is your choice and let’s not deny the fact that many people do prefer small, thin phones.
But it was the rest of the news that made the presentation, soporific. That’s because Apple either didn’t reveal anything new or what they did say was quite unexciting.
For instance, the in-cell display is neat—they put the touch sensitive components within the display directly, making it super thin. But it’s not Nokia’s Super-sensitive display. That means you have to take your gloves off to use it. That's sooo early 2012.
That's a k!ller commercial right there for Nokia: Show someone wearing their gloves while using the Lumia 920. Next, have the iPhone 5 with someone mashing their gloved phalanges on the screen in frustration. Sold.
Lumia 920 looks good on paper
What’s more, Nokia’s PureMotion HD+ has a 60Hz refresh rate, making it “blur free” and the fastest display on a phone. Throw in ClearBlack for super saturated colors, 4.5” inches in size and a massive 332ppi that dwarfs the iPhone 5 and we know the winner.
But that didn’t stop Apple from exclaiming, "This is the world's most advanced display and I couldn't be prouder of it."
Sorry, but bull!!.
Next up was the camera. Here, Apple could have snuck in some new tech that none of us would have predicted. But no they gave users an updated iPhone 4S camera--a very solid camera—but not ground breaking. With an F/2.4 lens, BSI sensor and an improved chipset, the iPhone 5 will be good but it's not pushing the boundaries.
Nokia though has an F/2.0 camera (more light for the sensor, more ‘bokeh’ blur), 1/3” BSI sensor and optical-image st@bilization (OIS) with that last one being a first for a smartphone. Toss in Nokia’s algorithms plus Scalado’s software and in terms of raw specs, Nokia crushed Apple.
Yes, we need to do side-by-side comparison, but any photographer worth their salt would reach for the Nokia’s PureView camera over the iPhone 5 just based on specs.
Even on battery life and talk-time, Apple did not fair so well. Talk time over 3G is just 8 hours versus the 10 hours claimed by Nokia. When it comes to standby time, it’s even worse: Apple – 225 hours versus Nokia at 400.
The new iPhone 5. Not bad but not great.
Where Apple wins
Apple of course does win a few areas—super thin, super light, as mentioned above. They also announced a pre-order date (September 14th), shipping date (September 21st) and of course prices starting at the regular $199 and up.
For many, that’s a huge win for Apple as they always out do their competition that way. And while it would have been nice for Nokia to do the same, the fact of the matter that probably won’t happen. Ever. Microsoft makes the software, OEMs make the hardware and carriers have to sell it. To get all three of those to line up to make global availability announcements is just too hard, especially since Windows Phone 8 has not been RTM’d (released to manufactures aka final build).
The fact is, Samsung, HTC, LG, Huwaei etc. all play by those rules on Android and Windows Phone too. Sure, it’s not ideal but Nokia is not the exception here—Apple is. And Apple can do this for two reasons (1) they strong-armed carriers, who will never allow that to happen again and (2) they have the clout to demand things.
Microsoft? Not so much.
Having said that, look for a November release for Nokia.
Nokia's PureMotion HD+ is real innovation
Where Apple loses
Excitement. There, we said it. The new iPhone 5 with its longer look is not that secksy to be honest and the new features did not cause us to have a ‘wow’ moment. Not once.
Maybe that’s too much to ask from Apple. Not every Pink Floyd album can be Dark Side of the Moon, right? But Apple has set the bar for magical technology and the iPhone 5 failed to impress. Not because it's a bad phone, it just didn't push the industry that forward. Thinner and lighter with worse battery life? We went through that years ago.
No NFC, no inductive wireless charging, no OIS for the camera, no Super-sensitive touch screen, no Gorilla Glass 2, no exciting colors, no HAAC rich recording.
Lower pixels-per-inch (PPI) on the display, smaller display, worse battery life, mediocre camera specs, slower display refresh-rate. And you can't wear gloves while using it.
Will it be a nice phone? You betcha', we’re not knocking that. But will the media and fans be impressed with this when it is eventually put up against the Lumia 920 (or even other high end Android devices)? Probably not.
The fact of the matter is Nokia showed that their research & development team has a lot more up their sleeve than Apple and Nokia is just getting started.
Lumia 920 in grey
The Lumia 920 in grey (via our Forums)
The Take Away
The iPhone 5 will sell well and will be reviewed well but it’s losing its power to impress, to set the bar for technology. It's starting to feel old. For the first time, competitors have a real chance to blow by Apple and we’re excited to say that the Lumia 920 is leading that charge.
Will it matter for sales? Not immediately but this could be the start as people begin to get excited for something different, again.
|09-14-2012, 09:45 PM||away - #2|
!! yeah Nokia is putting in work.
iPhone 5 is still a good phone but if you love tech and innovation Nokia beat them to it this year.
WP8 software is looking piff to what do we got
1. Skype integrated
3. Wallet payments
4. Direct X on-the-go
5. k!ller enterprise features
6. Camera lenses for crazy photography
7. Nokia mapping one of the best in the world
All that plus more MS is set to reveal a few more crazy features soon.
" Microsoft said that they have a few surprises still up their sleeves with Windows Phone 8 and that when the time is right, they will show them off." taken from NeoWin
We have no idea what WP8 has to offer we all know Google and Apple looked at Wp7.5 jacked features. Not so much of Apple but Google stole a few concepts cause that's what they do
|09-15-2012, 12:47 AM||away - #3|
I'm gonna keep complaining and hoping that WP8 comes out with a blackberry style qwerty phone. I hope so sometime next year.
|09-15-2012, 07:03 AM||online - #4|
other than the lumia are there any other phones coming out soon. I got a gs2 and feel the need to upgrade, even though there aint nothing wrong with my phone. I just want a new phone, I wanted to want the iphone but don't like that they never increased the width, as I think its kinda small, they just added just over a 1 cm to the height of the screen.
So basically compared to my s2 the ip5 screen in still tiny, as shown in the video. Its just lil bit taller and if they dont update the apps then the old games/apps would play exactly the same size as in this video.
|09-15-2012, 07:51 AM||away - #5|
|09-15-2012, 07:52 AM||away - #6|
Where Dem iPhone stans and android spec chicks at?
|09-15-2012, 09:01 AM||away - #7|
Biased article, as usual. They're using the fact that you can 'use' the phone with gloves on as a selling point? [pic]
Like I said in the other thread, M$ & Nokia have some major marketing to do.. Hell, Android is number one in the world, that's who they should be going after, right?
|09-15-2012, 09:23 AM||away - #8|
|09-15-2012, 09:32 AM||away - #9|
|09-15-2012, 09:40 AM||away - #10|
Just like the Lumia 900 was suppose to k!ll the iPhone? [pic]
Yall nerds get so caught up in specs that you forget about functionality. What good is all the latest innovations if it causes the overall quality of the phone to decrease?
|09-15-2012, 09:46 AM||online - #11|
Doesn't mention the app store and apps available for Windows Phones are !!.
|09-15-2012, 09:51 AM||away - #12|
its gonna boost the windows store exponentially
|09-15-2012, 10:28 AM||online - #13|
Current Galaxy Nexus owner, getting an iPhone 5. I switched over to Android having grown tired with my 3G. I doubt Apple will keep me for long, but then again I love some of these apps.
Windows Phone just isn't doing anything for me. Maybe it's the Metro UI.
|09-15-2012, 11:31 AM||online - #14|
|09-15-2012, 11:34 AM||away - #15|
|09-15-2012, 12:02 PM||away - #16|
Because metro UI is based on function it gives you all the info you need on whatever your doing or trying to do . And its all right there displayed in a faster and more efficient way aka by a simple swipe to the left. Not to mention everything is built into the os its not a app based os, but the apps comunticate very well together aka the lenses things nokias talking about.
Last edited by Donthate707; 09-15-2012 at 12:08 PM..
|09-15-2012, 01:04 PM||online - #17|
How much that 920 retail?
|09-15-2012, 01:09 PM||away - #18|
|09-15-2012, 04:25 PM||away - #19|
Judging by the specs the Slll is the CHAMP! So that's where my money is going!!! But I'm going to wait and see what that Note2 looks like!!!
|09-15-2012, 05:17 PM||away - #20|
don't like the UI but it doesn't seem any better than iPhone 5, both release later then the SIII and have more or less the same spec's so like all the pro Android ppl rant about.. they are releasing outdated already
the Note 2 is going to be something serious hardware wise.. however at 5.5" i don't know how annoying that will be to carry around
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