Comparison: Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

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As technology advances phone manufacturers are increasing the performance of their products and we are seeing smartphones with more advanced systems. What was once considered high-end has gone on to become the midrange, a clear example would be the five-megapixel cameras, most smartphones now frontline have climbed to eight megapixels. One of the most popular terminal moment is the Samsung Galax S3 , the flagship of Samsung already has become an immovable reference sector.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the terminals with Android ‘s most advanced time and part of its success is due to Google’s platform. Nokia plays in another league as the platform commitment toWindows Phone , a more minor but already achieving good results. The Nordic manufacturer has just launched its bid for already stands as his first sword, the Nokia Lumia 920 . It is a device very completeintegrating highly advanced components up to the terminal of the Koreans. We make a detailed analysis of all their differences in a comparative .

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Design and Display

The design is a very worth-but not always-decisive for users when choosing mobile and at this point the two models analyzed pass with flying colors but each is committed to a radically different appearanceThe Samsung Galaxy S3 has a design of soft lines inspired by nature with very rounded edges. The range of colors includes white and blue but the manufacturer has announced the arrival of other models inblack, dark gray, brown and red. Meanwhile the Nokia Lumia 920 remains true to this design on other terminals Lumia family, his aspect is more original and relaxed, especially the colors are much more striking (yellow, red, gray, white and black). The housing of the new smartphone of Espoo is made from a single piece of polycarbonate, which gives it a resistance higher but also increases the weight to 185 grams. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is larger but still It gets to be much lighter (133 grams) and its thickness is at 8.6 millimeters.

The screen is certainly one of the strengths in both models, but each has different characteristics. On one hand the  Samsung Galaxy S3 equipped panel HD Super AMOLED 4.8-inch with resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a concentration of 306 dots per inch. gets Super AMOLED technology to minimize energy consumption, increase brightness and result looks better outdoors. However Nokia has created a screen that could embarrass the  Samsung Galaxy S3 in terms of sharpness and good viewing in bright light.Specifically takes a screen dubbed PureMotion HD + , with a diagonal of 4.5 inches and a resolution of developing 1280 x 768 pixels , the concentration increases to 332 points per inch . With a brightness of600 nits, Nokia says is the brightest display on the market and comes with a polarizing filter that eliminates annoying glare when using the phone outdoors. Another added display of Nokia Lumia 920 is the system Super Sensitive Touch , this is an improved touch response that allows us to use the phone even relocate gloves.

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As good high end equip both a complete connectivity profile. Among wireless systems find compatibility with standard HSPA + (3G) , which provides a connection speed of up to 21 Mbps – and of course there is also the wireless port Wi-Fi to browse more fluently. With this component these terminals also enjoy other services like Wi-Fi Direct -connects two devices via Wi-Fi without a focal point or system- Hotspot -mobile connection sharing with other devices. The standard DLNA is also included and could not miss the antennaGPS technology and  Bluetooth . Finally in the wireless section is noteworthy that both come with a chipNFC , a technology that enables multiple applications like making mobile payments.

Physical connections are now common. We speak of an audio jack of 3.5 mm and a port MicroUSB , although only in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S3 it will act as a high definition video output (HDMI) if we use a special cable ( MHL ).

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Camera and Multimedia

At this point things are fairly evenly matched in terms of type of sensor-eight megapixel BSI – but a commitment to each terminal functions. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the advantage of having one of the fastest cameras on the market, the firing frequency burst mode is at a staggering 3.3 frames per secondIt also features Best Photo, an application that shoots eight images quickly and choose the best of all without the user having to do anything. Besides the flagship Samsung also allows taking pictures while we recorded a video, a very useful feature to not miss any details.

Meanwhile the Nokia Lumia 920 introduces a new optical image stabilizer that can capture much sharper images even if tremors in the image, and the backlight sensor and Carl Zeiss lens large aperture ensures that more light will enter the sensor getting good results even in low light. Let’s wait to see the first evidence comparing the photos that makes each of them to see the differences.

Obviously both come with essential features like LED flash , auto focus, geo-tagging, FullHD video recording and front camera for video calling. The profile multimedia is also full the two terminals in regard to the reproduction of different formats , and integrates a FM radio tuner with RDS.

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Processor, memory and operating system

The processor of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a 4 Quad Exynos quad core with a clock speed of 1.4 gigahertz, that performance testing has yielded spectacular results. The Nokia Lumia 920 equips chipQualcomm , specifically a Snapdragon S4 dual core 1.5 gigahertz frequency. No doubt the power ofExynos is higher but at this point we must mention the platform you run each of them. Android is a very complete system but consumes more resources of the system Windows Phone, which is a platform very lightly with a simple interface that will work seamlessly with a dual core.

The memory is divided into two sections, first the RAM that is of a GB in both cases and for other internal storage capacity. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is available in three versions of   16, 32 or 64 Gb and also accepts memory cards up to 64 GB extra. The Nokia Lumia 920 will be sold with a model of 32 GB and has no MicroSD slot.

Turning to the platform, this is perhaps the point that most distinguishes the two terminals. The Samsung Galaxy S3 with the successful operating system Android which offers many advantages such asfreedom of customization because it is an open environment and it offers a very extensive application catalog (over half a million). The possibilities are virtually limitless, and for this reason some users may find that their management is complicated.

Windows Phone is a closed environment and offers many configuration options, but stands out for itsease of use because everything is perfectly organized. The choice at this point should be made taking into account the tastes of each user but keep in mind that Windows Phone platform is still young and does not offer many applications, which are the true soul of a smartphone.

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Autonomy and price

We arrived at last, but not least, the comparative section: the autonomy . Both manufacturers have put all their energies into getting minimize energy consumption of certain components such as the display or processor, and of course have provided a comprehensive battery of 2,000 milliamps in the case of theNokia Lumia 920 and 2100 milliamps in the Samsung Galaxy S3 . Autonomy’s flagship Samsung is more extensive according to the manufacturer, in particular reaches 21 hours in use and 790 hours standby. Meanwhile the Nokia Lumia 920 reaches 17 hours in use and 400 hours standby.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 can now be bought for about 560 euros in free format , however no official data about the price of Nokia Lumia 920 (although there is speculation at a cost of 600 euros in free format).

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The struggle between these smartphones has been very close, so that there is no reason to declare a clear winner . Both have a quality wide screen, eight-megapixel camera, video recording FullHD, offer multiple connectivity options and have high capacity batteries. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is ahead on points as the processor or memory, but there is a difference too. The Nokia Lumia 920 also scores somewhat with the functions of your camera (optical stabilizer) and screen (most sensitive).The point that most distinguishes them is the mobile platform, Android plays with the advantage of havingmore applications and be more versatile but Windows Phone 8 also has its pros such as ease of use and fluidity.

Comparative tab

Samsung Galaxy S3 Nokia Lumia 920
Screen Panel capacitive multitouch 
4.8 inch 
1280 x 720 pixel resolution 
306 dots per inch 
16 million color 
resistant glass
Capacitive multitouch screen 
PureMotion 4.5-inch HD + 
1280 x 768 pixel resolution 
332 dots per inch 
Super Sensitive Touch 
polarizer filter 
Cristal curved 
Brightness 600 nits 
15:9 Format 
Corning Gorilla Glass 
refresh rate of 60 Hz 
16.7 million colors 
Proximity sensor 
Ambient light detector
Weight and dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm 
133 grams
130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm 
185 grams (battery included)
Processor 4 Quad Processor Samsung Exynos @ 1.4 Ghz S4 Snapdragon processor dual core 1.5 gigahertz
RAM 1 Gb 1 Gb
Internal Memory 16/32/64 GB + 64 GB microSD 32 GB + 7 Gb Skydrive
Platform Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Windows Phone 8
Camera and Multimedia Backlit sensor (BSI) 8 megapixel 
LED Flash 
Best Photo 
Face Detection 
Video Recording FullHD (1080p @ 30fps) 
Secondary camera 1.9 megapixel front  

Plays music, video and photos 
Supported formats: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV, MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC, AAC +, eAAC +, WMA, OGG , FLAC, AC-3, apt-X

8.7-megapixel backlit sensor (3264 x 2448 pixels) 
Carl Zeiss optics aperture f/2.0 
Focal Length 26 mm 
PureView Technology 
Dual LED Flash High Power 
White balance (auto and manual) 
Optical Image Stabilizer 
4x Digital Zoom 
Picture Geolocation 
FullHD 1080p video recording @ 30 fps 
1.3-megapixel front camera (video recording HD720p)

Playing music, video and photos 
Compatbiles Formats: MP3, AMR-WB, AMR-NB, WMA 10 Pro, WMA 9, AAC LC, AAC +, eAAC +, MP4, M4A, WMV, 3GP, M4V 
FM radio tuner with RDS 
Java Support Video and Flash

Controls and connections GSM / GPRS / EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz 
HSPA + 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 Mhz
Accelerometer, rotation sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor 
Output 3.5 mm headphone 
card slot microSD 
Document viewer 
HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps 
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n 
Bluetooth 4.0 
NFC with S Beam 
MHL HDMI adapter + 
S Voice 
Smart Stay
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 
LTE 850/900/1800/2100/2600 
3G (HSPA + 21 Mbps) 
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n 
Wi-Fi Direct 
Wi-Fi hotspot 
Bluetooth 3.1 
aGPS with Nokia Maps 
Side volume control 
Shutter release button 
MicroUSB 2.0 
Output 3.5 mm headphone jack
Autonomy Battery 2100 milliamperes 
Use 2G: 21 hours 40 minutes 
Use 3G: 11 hours 40 minutes 
2G Standby: 590 hours 
3G Standby: 790 hours
Lithium ion battery of 2,000 milliamps 
induction charging 
2G Standby: 400 hours 
2G Use: 17 hours 
3G Standby: 400 hours 
3G Usage: 10 hours 
Music playback: 67 hours 
Video playback: 6 hours 
Video recording: 3 hours
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