New iPhone vs Nokia Lumia 820/920: Which Would Win?


Nokia Executive, Jo Harlow, introduced two new Nokia smartphones earlier today in New York. As part of the smartphone launch frenzy, Nokia unveiled its Lumia 820 and 920 just a week from the iPhone event. But when it comes to choosing a phone that can be hard unless you’re an Apple fan boy of-coarse.

On the table we have three smartphones, the two Nokias and the un-released New iPhone. I will put these three phones in the battle-zone and provide my best buyer suggestion.

Nokia Lumia 820

The design job Nokia gave the Lumia 820 is absolutely stunning. The display is 4.3 inches tall with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The outer-shell design job is nearly the same as its sister, the 920. Interchangeable colored back shells are provided so your phone is always looking fresh. You may want to rock green today, but tomorrow you want yellow.

Snap a family memory with the 8-megapixel camera or even a video with the 1080p 30fps video capture function. You won’t even have to worry about memory, the 820 has 8 GB of mass memory with microSD card support. Oh, and we can’t forget the VGA front-facing camera for video conferencing.

Inside, the system is run by a 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 CPU and 1 GB of RAM. When it comes to charging, wireless charging is compatible with a few accessory companies’ products, such as ‘Fatboy Recharge Pillow’ and ‘JBL.’ The battery on-board holds 1650 mAh.

Nokia Lumia 920

The Lumia 920 is actually an upgrade from the 820. The display is first-off 0.2 inches larger, coming in a 4.5 inches tall. The larger battery packs 2000mAh, also including wireless charging capabilities.

The back-facing camera is slightly enhanced, taking pictures in 8.7 megapixels with optical imaging stabilization and Carl Zeiss optics. The front-facing camera even received an update, at 1.2 megapixels it can shoot 720p video.

If you are looking for a speed enhancement from the 820, you won’t be pleased with the 920. The exact same 1.5 GHZ processor and 1 GB of RAM is packed internally. On the positive side, 32 GB of mass memory is provided.

The New iPhone

I know the New iPhone is awaiting its announcement next week, but using previously rumored data, I will provide the best possible purchasing decision.

With the New iPhone, you could first expect the device’s screen to be 4-inches tall. Consumers will have a choice of either black or white at the time of purchase. The outer-casing design will match the iPhone 4S, only featuring a unique two-toned back-plate design.

The installed camera may remain at 8-megapixels, or receive a slight jump to 10-megapixels. At the very minimum 1080p video shooting will remain intact.

With just 512 MB of RAM on-board the iPhone 4S, it’s safe to say the New iPhone will make the jump to 1 GB RAM with this upgrade. The processor may only be an enhanced A5 dual-core, unless these leaked A6 processor photos are genuine. With storage, you have many options, 16, 32, and 64 GB.

The screen resolution is actually stunning, at 640 x 1336 the display would pack around 330 pixels-per-inch. The battery may be a-bit of a disappoint though, some leaked shots have shown a minimum upgrade from the iPhone 4S.

The Verdict

It all comes down to the New iPhone vs the Nokia Lumia 920. The outer-shell design of the Lumia 920 tops the New iPhone design in my books. When you dig down into the internals, I give the New iPhone the crown. With 1 GB of RAM and a dual-core A5 processing, the 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon is an easy defeat (especially if Apple packs the A6). I also like the ability to purchase my phone with a wide range of choice in storage; Apple suits my needs with three different choices.

The operating systems include iOS 6 and Windows 8. After viewing Windows 8, I have figured the Windows app-store has bare minimum choice compared to iOS. I’m also not a huge fan of the tile-blocks, I would rather see a simple icon on my home screen.

Finally, the New iPhone is handed the crown. The Lumia 820/920 is a great phone, but the New iPhone really has many advantages. Which phone would you buy?


  • I don’t understand how you can make any comparison until the iPhone is actually announced. also, the comparison between the processors is negligible. It’s the It’s way the software is optimized for the processor that makes the difference. This is why I’ve always found Android so frustrating. I don’t see that problem with any of these devices.

  • RyanStOnge

    This is a comparison based off the assumed components. I said multiple times that this Nokia Lumia is hands down a good phone. The final decision was based on the OS it was running and minimally off of the processor. Heck, phones these days, as long as they have a dual-core, I say they are fast. But if one phone has better specs than the other, I will go for the higher specs considering I enjoy the OS navigation.

    And plus, as an iPhone website, this was a way of posting a mini specs review of another top-notch phone.

  • Coluch

    THIS! ^^^^
    Flagship devices, like the Lumia and Galaxy S-line will always have good dev support. However, volume of apps and ease of cross-device updates that can be published for iOS makes for a big software-side difference in favour of Apple… at least for now.

    In other news… Is there anybody, anywhere waiting for a Blackberry 10 (besides the grim reaper)?

  • Funny how Nokia was busted earlier by The Verge for their deceptive commercial. Shameful.

  • RyanStOnge

    Haha, love the mention of the Blackberry 10 😉 Ahh, that era seems like it was so long ago, can’t believe that had the amount of popularity it did.

  • RyanStOnge

    I saw the title for that one, haven’t got around to it yet.

  • Out of the different OSes, iOS and Windows 8 are my favorites. I like that Microsoft is offering something unique and actually different looking than Apple’s iOS. I find the 920 very sexy, especially in Yellow. If I had the means, I would own both, and make a decision about which to carry with me after using them both for a little while.

    Now having the iPhone 4 and having loved it these past years, it’s hard to even consider moving to another system. But if I did, it’s Windows that would win me over, and the Nokia 920 would have that chance. I think the fact that I have an iMac makes the choice even easier. If I had a Windows PC, I might actually be swayed towards a Windows phone. The connectivity and cloud features (better ones to come) make staying in the same ecosystem appealing. Just like with the Vita and the PS3. Those systems make each other better (I’m looking at you eventual LittleBigPlanet 2 Cross Controller functionality!)

    So unless Apple’s announcement is a major disappointment, I’ll probably happily stick with the iPhone!

  • Oh and PS: the camera is a HUGE deal for me. The iPhone is proven to develop beautiful images. Nokia I don’t know. They flaunt great features and I watched their video introducing the 920’s camera, in which they use the right kind of lingo to describe what makes a good camera. But We’ll have to see with actual camera shots and video (ahrm, saw that commercial fakery business!)

  • Ah shoot, PPS! Lets not forget accessories. I have my iPhone Lifeproofed. Short of putting the 920 in an AquaPac, I doubt there are or will be any such cases made for the device (would be cool if there were though)!

  • Name

    Nokia is superior in photography for mobile, sorry Apple. But use a liquipel or something like that. Better than any case, or so I hear.

  • I just do no like the way Nokia looks. Also lacks Retina grade display.

  • Stark

    Now if you could just get a galaxy s3 and run iOS on it…

  • Farids

    This comparison is should be done in a couple of years. Why, you might say? The most important thing as here is the integration of OS with the hardware (and the reverse), as a lot of guys here have indicated. The 3 companies (or combination of 2 companies as one) are Apple, MS/Nokia and Goggle/Motorola. As for now, Apple wins: they’ve been making the iOS and iPhone for each other for the past 5 years. Only a handful of hardware combinations and iPhone models, make it much easier to adapt the iOS to hardware and make it reliable and backward compatible(vs. for example Samsung customizing 4 different Android versions to work with 20+ models. Unless you have the top 5 models, say bye bye to upgrades. LG Optimus 2X from 2 1/2 years ago, is just now getting the official Icecream sandwich upgrade, and only for one revision). They’ve polished the OS and hardware to work with each other and are the hands down winner now. As time goes by, Google will customize Android in-house, to work with specific hardware used in Motorola models and Microsoft will do the same with Nokia phones, moving the reliability factor up. Theses companies/makes are going to be the real competitors in the mobile segment. Other players will exist, but the reliability factor will always belong to the 3 OS/Hardware manufacturers. the big evaluation will be in 2-3 year time. That’s when we are going see who gets crowned as the real winner. But for now, Apple is the king.

  • John Graham

    If you do research before posting you can see the Lumia 920 has more Pixels Per Inch than the iPhone retina display. In addition from the leaked information of the iPhone 5 release you can see the Lumia 920 has a slightly higher resolution than the iPhone 5 screen. Pays to do research before quoting Apple marketing terms 😉

  • Vincent W

    This review basically comes down to personal preference for the OS. On the hardware side it’s fun to do a review based on rumours and speculation, but it’s not really all that useful.

    But how come you didn’t mention the resolution of the 920 and how it is equally stunning as the iphone?

  • Really. Wow. That is really good then. Finally. Thank fir info.

  • Dan

    if some think with honesty and some technical sense then definitely LUMIA 920 is winner. But for crazy fans without logic iPhone .

  • hnun

    You have done something wrong…. what you say is 920 is actually 820 and what you say is 820 is 920! Go check it…