Windows Phone 8 has joined the Android and iOS operating systems alongside a dual core processor and HD screen with this new phone. The Samsung Galaxy S 3 incorporates a quad or dual core processor, depending on your region, and is the leading light in Android high-end phones. So how does the Nokia stack up?
Nokia certainly score marks for innovation. Their Optical image stabilization and super-sensitive screen (operable with gloves on) are straight from the lab. This packed full of features phone feels it, with heft and girth that makes it feel remarkably bulky. It is much stockier than the Samsung Galaxy S 3 but is very ergonomic to hold. Nokia have done a great job of contouring and shaping for the user. Don’t expect to be able to do one-handed operation behind your back, but you won’t find it hard to use. In addition, you are less likely to lose it.
The Galaxy S 3 feels more tactile and stylish but equally more fragile than the Lumia 920. In true Nokia tradition the Nokia would need to be thrown at a brick wall to break it, whereas the Samsung screen will probably crack from a 5 foot drop.
One advantage of the Samsung Galaxy S 3 is the removable back panel that allows the addition of memory or swapping of battery. With phones ever closer in their functionality it is such smart decisions by the manufactures that can make the difference.
The durable zirconium camera buttons, lock and volume key, along with the same material on the camera plate, give the Nokia Lumia 920 a premium look and feel. The Samsung’s faux chrome does not really shine in the same way. The Lumia can pick up more material from your pockets, so you will probably be shining and buffing more often.
The capacitive buttons on both phones are well positioned and provide good user responsiveness. They are not prone to accidental operation and work well. It is down to individual preference which style one prefers here. I prefer the Nokia.
The Galaxy S 3 has a 4.8 inch HD Super Amoled Display, at 720 X 1280 pixel resolution. The Nokia Lunia 920 is slightly smaller at 4.5 inch 768 X 1280 PureMotion HD + LCD Screen, of course with the Nokia ClearBlack filter technology incorporated.
The 332 ppi density of the Nokia trumps the 306 ppi of the Samsung, and the Samsung PenTile Pixel matric can be a bit strange for those that who are display purists.
Although vivid in colour the Lumia 920 does not meet up with the Samsung’s Amoled screen. Outdoors the Lumia 920 wins though with the higher brightness and CLearBlack technology improving direct sunlight visibility and general outside performance to levels above the Samsung.
The supersensitive touch layer of the Nokia certainly makes the Lumia 920 more suitable for cold weather. You can operate it with gloves on!!!
All in all both are great phones. I can’t choose between them and give them both a very creditable 9.5/10.