Galaxy S4 vs Lumia 920: Clash of the Samsung and Nokia Behemoths

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These days, smartphones come with several interesting features of which camera is one element that draws the consumers' attraction. Some manufacturers are moving ahead from normal megapixel camera as the competition in the mobile space is increasing. However, many consumers trust in the megapixels technology and are not comfortable with second generation camera features yet.

As camera is one of the main element of smartphones these days, MyNokiaBlog recently came out with a report where, Eugen Diskin aka @jenjaman has managed to perform hands-on testing on the camera performance of flagship smartphones - Galaxy S4 and Lumia 920 at night conditions.

From the test results, it was clear that the Galaxy S4 camera was incomparably not even close to the amount of light and details captured by Lumia 920 with its PureView camera technology.

Apart from the camera performance, what else is so different about the flagship smartphones of the former and the current mobile phone market leaders? Below is a spec comparison for readers to have a look at the head to head rivalry of Lumia 920, which has already hit the Indian retail shelves and Galaxy S4, which is awaiting its release in the coming month.

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Galaxy S4 vs Lumia 920: Clash of the Samsung and Nokia Behemoths

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Form Factor: Galaxy S4 measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm in dimension and 130 grams in weight, whereas, Lumia 920, being thicker and heavier boasts a dimension of 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm and a weight of 185 grams.

When it comes to display, Galaxy S4 flaunts a 4.99 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a stunning resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi approximately. Further, the mulit-touch display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

On the other hand, Lumia 920 packs a 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution, 332 ppi pixel density and the inferior than S4, Gorilla Glass 2 protection.

Comparing the displays of Galaxy S4 and Lumia 920, the ClearBlack display of the latter seems to better than the AMOLED display in terms of brightness, color reproduction and offers great viewing angles.

Processor: In this segment, Galaxy S4 scores more with an Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, which enables Galaxy S4 to achieve maximum performance, and offers up to 70% energy saving when performing various tasks. In comparison, Lumia 920 comes with a dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Operating System: While, Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, Lumia 920 is based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform.

Detailing on software features, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS comes with new software features including Photo Sphere camera, Gesture Typing, Miracast, DayDream, improved notifications, quick settings, support to multiple user accounts, improved Google Now and more.

On the other hand, Windows Phone 8 has improved features like dynamic Live Tile Information, social network integration in the People hub, Skydrive and Office 365 documents synchronization, Facebook-events integrated calendar, visual voicemail, threaded email conversations support and many more.

Camera: Galaxy S4 has a 13MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, dual shot, HDR and a 2MP front camera with 1080p video recording ability. When it comes Lumia 920, the handset has an 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED flash and PureView technology and a 1.3MP front camera for video calling.

According to several camera tests including the one mentioned above, Lumia 920 with the PureView camera technology seems to be highly capable offering outstanding in camera perdformance tests as compared to several other smartphones.

Storage: Galaxy S4 comes in three variants including 6GB/32GB/64GB additional storage, 2GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB, whereas, Lumia 920 has 32GB internal storage and 1GB RAM and lacks a micro SD card slot for expandable memory support.

Connectivity: In terms of Internet connectivity, Galaxy S4 comes with faster 3G download speeds and Infrared port as compared to Lumia 920, however, both the smartphones come with features such as Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and micro USB 2.0.

Battery: Galaxy S4 comes powered by a 2,600 mAh battery and Lumia 920 is powered by a smaller 2,000 mAh BP-4GW battery offering 10 hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby in 3G.

Software Features: Galaxy S4 is loaded with features such as Story Album, Group Play, S Translator, Samsung Smart Pause, Samsung Smart Scroll, Air View, Air Gesture, S Voice Drive, Samsung Optical Reader and more. At the same time, being a part of Nokia's Lumia lineup, Lumia 920 will come loaded with apps including Nokia Drive, Nokia CityLens, Nokia Maps and MixRadio. Also, being Windows Phone 8 based smartphone, it will come with 7GB free SkyDrive storage.


In the end, if the concern is on a smartphone with a large display with an eye-popping resolution, power packed processor and better battery spec, Galaxy S4 could be a better choice. At the same time, for those who like to have a smartphone with a better display and improved camera performance irrespective, Lumia 920 should be the right option.

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