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QOTW: iPhone 5 vs. Lumia 920, what's it to be?

by Parm Mann on 14 September 2012, 16:30

Tags: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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It's a great time to be on the hunt for a new smartphone, isn't it? In the past fortnight Apple has unveiled the long-awaited iPhone 5 and Nokia has put forth some serious competition in the form of the Lumia 920.

There's no denying that both are epic handsets, despite the fact that both Apple and Nokia failed to truly spark the imagination at their respective press events. Apple's announcements proved to be predictable; the new iPhone is thinner, lighter and faster, but, dare we say it, the handset's an evolution of a design that first debuted over five years ago and it's beginning to look a bit 'same old, same old'.

But that's no bad thing - you know what you're going to get with an iPhone. The fifth iteration will be exquisitely crafted from the finest materials, the upgraded internals will make it speedier than ever before, the camera will continue to act as a viable alternative to a point-and-shoot, and of course there's that unmistakable brand identity. And don't underestimate the importance of the latter; quite a few will buy the iPhone 5 regardless.

Apple's unveiling got straight to the point, but Nokia's introduction of the Lumia 920 came across as uncertain. Unfinished Windows Phone 8 software, faked 'PureView' advertisements, and no mention of a price or release date were just some of the failings. But irrespective of Nokia's stumbling announcement, the Lumia 920 still has the ability to shine; its camera may well be a cut above the competition, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 software looks fresh and inviting, and with technologies such as NFC and wireless charging, Nokia's pulling out all the stops in an effort to reclaim the smartphone market share it thinks it deserves.

You've seen the handsets, you've read the media response, now it's time to have your say: iPhone 5 vs. Lumia 920, what's it to be? Have you decided to buy either of these handsets, or have Apple and Nokia failed to convince you to upgrade? And if so, is your heart set on a different device? Let us know in the comments below.



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Lumia 920 for me. Bored with Android now and wouldn't touch an Iphone with a barge pole.
Neither - there are plenty of other phones on the market that suit me better.
I'll stick with my HTC One X but if I had to decide it would be the lumia. iTunes alone is still keeping me a considerable distance from getting an iPhone.
Note 2. Love my note 1 and see no need to switch.
Apologies in advance for all the brackets.

Honestly - I'm interested in the 920, dissappointed in the spec when it came out (mostly re: the camera not being the same PureView, colours (no cyan and gloss finish, nothing fatal) and will be delaying getting one to make sure it actually works, given that nobody has had a play with the software yet.

As a side note (and I know this won't affect many peoples decisions, even though it may affect their options)…
Microsoft appear to have escaped most of the patent wars (so far) through licensing agreements (that incidentally are making them a tidy chunk of cash e.g. for android sales too). Given how chummy Apple is with Samsung (and more recently - Motorola) - I'd expect to see some serious patent spats and attempts to ban the new iPhone (e.g. Samsung hold LTE/4G patents and as I understand it, these are not FRAND) in various regions in the very near future. Disabling this feature to escape any ban would only land them back in trouble for falsely advertizing the product (as 4G/LTE when it wasn't - a la 4S outside of North America). Given their history + ongoing bans /attempts to ban their own products, I can hardly see Samsung and co. letting Apple get away with this for long (granted on its track record, the US may just invalidate all non-apple patents to prevent banning of the iPhone but the ROW is probably a very different matter) or offering to remove the barrel that Apple will be over without suitable recompense (financial or revenge) for the issues Apple has caused for them previously.