Windows Phone 8 debuts Microsoft’s mobile OS in the era of dual-core phones and HD screens, an era that Android and iOS have been dominating for a while. Nokia Lumia 920 flagships this incredible mobile operating system coupled with hardware features such as optical image stabilization and supersensitive touchscreen, to pit against Android’s formidable UI customization advantage. Samsung Galaxy S III is rated as Android’s most popular high-end smartphone with quad- or dual-core processor (depending on the region) and a high-resolution AMOLED display with flaunting camera.
The Lumia 920 is thick as oppose to the slim Galaxy S III but very much ergonomic and easy to handle, it has tapered unibody design with even weight distribution. Both smartphones are designed with same deep-colored polycarbonate, however, one favorable advantage of the Galaxy S III is its removable back cover that lets owners add more memory or swap battery.
Lumia 920’s chubby tank-like physique gives it ability to withstand series of drop tests unscathed unless hurled into a concrete wall unlike the fragile Galaxy S III that often gets a cracked screen when dropped from shoulder height. For sloppy users, the Lumia 920 will make a perfect match.
The Galaxy S III braces with 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 720x1280 pixels of resolution, while the Lumia 920 sports a 4.5-inch with 768x1280 PureMotion HD+ LCD screen and also featuring Nokia’s ClearBlack filter. Lumia 920 is better placed in pixel density with 332ppi, against the 306ppi of the Galaxy S III. However, Galaxy in addition, uses the unconventional PenTile pixel matrix, which has an edge over the regular RGB stripe when solid colors are examined closely.
Lumia 920 displays vivid colors, its ClearBlack filter and higher brightness gives it a great outdoor visibility even with sun shining directly on the display. This is not the case for Galaxy S III that looks dimmer in comparison coupled with oversaturation of the Samsung’s AMOLED screen; this tends to make it display various cold colorcasts. Nokia’s PureMotion HD+ screen gives a record fast refresh rate, this could be felt when enlarging text or contact list, this tends to be slightly less blurry as compared to that of the S III.
The Windows Phone 8 home screen of Lumia 920 looks fascinating with UI (user interface) that is simpler and easier to grasp in its neatly arranged tile format, and list-only app menu, but more rigid as compared with the customizable Android home screen widgets on Galaxy S III. In addition the Galaxy S III offers lots of keyboard apps, including ones with Swype-like input, whereas Lumia 920 windows 8 offers a stock keyboard which is quite comfortable in portrait mode, but kind of squished in landscape. Although, the Android phone store has much more apps than the Windows Phone store, however the Lumia 920 comes with amazing exclusive apps such as City Lens, Mix Radio, and an integrated free offline voice-guided navigation.
8-MP cameras grace the back of the Lumia 920 and the Galaxy S III, Nokia’s phone utilizes the PureView Phase 2 technology with suspended Carl Zeiss lens for optical image stabilization and reduced motion blur. S III has more camera options than the one on the Lumia 920 and its photo processing algorithms also deliver sharper images with more contrast than that of the Lumia 920.
S III offers more battery life than the Lumia 920; 12 hours (10 hours for Lumia 920) in 3G mode and 9 hours (6 hours for Lumia) of video playback.