The reception to Nokia Lumia 920 was less than flattering with the shares tanking both in Helsinki and New York, the day the phone was launched.
Critics panned it for its lack of `oomph' and many thought that it would stand no chance against a new Apple phone.
But now that the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPhone has also been released, a point to point comparison between the two phones show that people may have been hasty in writing off the Nokia Lumia 920 as a non-starter.
In fact, on many points Nokia Corporation (ADR)(NYSE:NOK) does score over the Apple phone - especially the screen size, screen resolution, imaging capabilities and so on.
Finland-based Nokia unveiled its new Windows-based smartphones o September 5, while the iPhone was launched about a week later on September 12. The European company is fighting to get the position it lost as the world's premier maker of mobile phones, while Apple is trying to assert its dominance in the segment.
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For the record, Korea's Samsung Electronics is the world's largest seller of smartphones.
Let’s now see how the two phones compare and you can make your own choice of which is better.
In terms of display, Nokia Lumia 920 is larger at 4.5 inches, compared to the iPhone 5's 4 inch display. The Apple iPhone is however thinner and much lighter at 112 grams compared to the Lumia's 185 grams.
The Lumia comes with a higher resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels at 332 ppi compared to the iPhone's 1136 x 640 pixels at 326. Apple has introduced a technology to soften the glare when viewing under sunlight. Nokia's ClearBlack technology beats even HD clarity, as it claims.
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Nokia's Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual core processor is on par with the iPhone's ARM Holdings Cortex design.
For storage, Nokia has 32 GB while Apple comes in the three capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Neither of them have provision for expandable microSD slots.
Nokia's rear camera at 8.7 mp with PureView technology and software that automatically stabilises images has a slight edge over Apple's 8 mp camera.
Apple's iPhone runs on its own operating system on the upgraded iOS, whle Nokia's Lumia will run on the as-yet untested Windows Phone 8, that will make its debut with the phones.
So there you have it. The biggest advantage that Apple has is that the phones will be available on retail store shelves on September 21 in nine countries.
Nokia's availability is shrouded in some mystery as Microsoft is reportedly not yet ready with its new mobile operating software.