Sunday, September 16, 2012

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) V Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK): The iPhone 5 or the Nokia Lumia 920?

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.


  1. People are really fickle when it comes to technology. They want things which look cool and also function well like iphone was a couple of years ago then android came in with more flexibility and inbuilt navigation and started eating away Apple's share.
    Google knew it was a copy of ios so it did not get into the hardware side of it as it knew it would be prone to litigation and let other manufacturers use the android os as open source so that it could not be subjected to litigation.

    Android slowed down Apple 's rapid rise of iphones and 1 year back overtook it as there were so many small manufacturers who were manufacturing android based smartphones.

    Apple's share of ios is going to further be diminished by the introduction of windows 8 and especially Nokia n920 which would be a flagship phone and would have a positive effect on the company's other phones.

    N920 is the best feature rich phone presently and trumps iphone right now with the ease of use, inbuilt navigation, better camera, more flxibility than iphone, cooler looking, wireless charging.

    Nokia is going to be soon what Apple was 4 years back so as to say.

    Apple would see its market share erode over time till it comes with a revolutionary product.

    Android would be there but would see its share erode too as windows phone start entering the ecosystem.

    1. You've got some things right and you've got some wrong. I agree Android is very much a copy of iOS tho with enhanced customizability which equates to less ease of use. Also the program not being tied to specific hardware gives it the same problems your average Windows PC has in less than consistant reliability and performance. Your statment saying the Nokie "looks cooler" is not a fact but just your opinion and besides that, looks are subjective to the individual and opions will differ and no one is right or wrong when it comes to that. I also don't think Apples market share is going anywhere negative anytime soon and will only increase with the release of this much awaited new iPhone, elbiet a year later than we expected it to.

  2. Comparing specs, SW, HW, Apple will lose. However, they will only truly lose when the iSheeps wake up....which will be a couple of years. Apple would still have time to sue everyone else til they're the only ones left.

  3. "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."

    Hmm. That's the biggest advantage? Not an established hardware and software ecosystem?

  4. Apple new iPhone maintained the looks of its previuos phones as they are ergonomic and ease of use using one hand. Although There is no reason to change its winning looks and feel just for a change, enhancements to the iphone 4s made it thinner, faster,lighter and most of all in synck with all Apple products. Simplicity and reliability with versatile Applications makes it different and unique.

  5. There's nothing very unique about the iClone any more. It certainly doesn't have the 'coolness' factor it once had, now that not only your dad but your grandad uses it. And I wouldn't write off Blackberry because teenagers (who often can't afford iphones) love its IM facilities. In terms of coolness/desirability, the Nokia 920 is currently it. The iphone 5 looks (and is) dated next to it and Galaxy looks like a dinner plate (fine if you really want a mini tablet). Technologically, it's way ahead of iphone now (screen resolution, PureView camera, use with gloves, NFC, proper bluetooth, use in bright sunlight). But of course this is an incredibly fickle market, and today's cool is tomorrow's old hat.

  6. iphone rules. It is all about the app store, and the brand name "Apple"

  7. Earlier this year, I purchased a Nokia phone with Windows 7.5 for my wife. After two weeks and the blue screen of death, (yes, it is still in Windows), I returned it to T-Mobile. I've had every iPhone model and my conclusion is/was: Apple has nothing to worry about.
    By the way, even though I returned in under 14 days and the local T-Mobile office could not replace or fix the Nokia phone, T-Mobile hit me for $700+ in cancelation fees.


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