Nokia Lumia 920 Vs Apple iPhone 5 Vs Nokia Lumia 820: Can This Friday Windows Phone go up Against the iOS?

Well, Microsoft did finally unveil the Windows Phone 8 a couple of months ago, giving fresh hope to the former world leader in mobile phones, Nokia. And from what we’ve been hearing, Nokia has managed to make the headlines in a good way with its latest smartphones, the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820. Now, we can’t quite compare OS to OS, because that would be an endless discussion, but we are pitting these two phones against the iPhone 5 to see if it does make for worthwhile competition to Apple’s bestselling smartphone.

Nokia Lumia 820: The Lumia 820 is a more affordable Windows Phone 8 based smartphone. It has a 4.3-inch display with a 217 ppi resolution, which is a lot less than the other two contenders, but does a decent job in reproducing images nevertheless. Powered by a 1.5 GHz Snaprdragon processor and 1 GB of RAM, the Lumia 820 is also equally powered to run the OS smoothly. The internal storage in the Lumia 820 is just 8 GB, but Nokia has been considerate to include a microSD card slot on this device. A 1650 mAh battery does sound a little on the lower side, but we’re expecting it to run on a single charge for a whole day at least.

Nokia Lumia 920: This is the flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone from Nokia and boy, are we in love with it! And not just for its ultra-sleek form factor and quirky colors, but also because of what lies beneath. With a 4.5-inch full HD display, the Lumia 920’s screen with a 332 ppi resolution is an absolute beauty. Add to that the 8 MP rear camera with Nokia’s PureView technology, and you can be assured of turning into a huge shutterbug with this phone. Powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor and 1 GB of RAM, Windows Phone 8 works almost fluidic on the Lumia 920. The 2000 mAh battery keeps it up and running for well over a day, even with heavy usage. Our only grouse with the phone – the limited 32 GB internal storage with no microSD card for memory expansion.

Apple iPhone 5: Apple’s latest iPhone is unsurprisingly thinner, faster, and more powerful than the iPhone 4S. However, we do wish it came with a bigger screen than the same old 4-inch feature. With a 326 ppi resolution, the Lumia 920 does win more points than the iPhone 5 in terms of display quality. Powered by the Apple A6 dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, there’s no doubt that iOS6 works like a dream on this phone. Its 8 MP camera is of course one of the best that you can find on a smartphone – especially with its HDR and 360-degree panorama modes.

Oh, and before we forget, if you’ve been vying for either of the Lumia smartphones, they’re releasing in the Indian market on 11th January.  Nokia Lumia 920 may have a price point of Rs 35000-40000, while Lumis 820 may be priced around Rs 20000. So, get ready to do some smartphone shopping soon.… Read the rest

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Nokia Lumia 920 Vs Samsung Galaxy S4(Rumored) Vs Blackberry 10: The Superphone Battle Is On

The year has barely begun but it’s already promising to be full of surprises for the smartphone lovers. Windows Phone 8 came out just a couple of months ago, and the Nokia Lumia 920 is already garnering significant attention. However, our immediate focus is on RIM’s upcoming launch of their latest OS, the BlackBerry 10. Add to that the rumors about Samsung launching its new Galaxy S4 in the coming few months, and you can imagine why we’re so worked up! So we decided to compare these three phones to see which of these you need to watch out for in 2013:

Nokia Lumia 920: We’re starting with the Lumia 920 since it’s already been launched and has been something of a face-saver for Nokia. With a 4.5-inch HD screen and a 331 ppi resolution, it’s a treat to view stuff on the Lumia 920. We have fallen head over heels for its bright, quirky colored body, making the phone a bit of a fashion statement too. Powered by Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 920 has a 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. The phone is equipped with a 8 MP rear camera that can even record videos at 1080p resolution. Connect the Lumia 920 to the internet on 4G networks to enjoy superfast browsing speeds on the go. With 32 GB of internal storage, the only thing missing was a microSD card slot on the Lumia 920. With over 100,000 apps on offer, Windows Phone Marketplace will ensure that you remain hooked onto this phone.

RIM BlackBerry 10: One of the biggest disappointments of this phone, even before it launches, is the lack of 4G connectivity. With a 4.2-inch display, it’s not as big as the Lumia 920, but it does have a better ppi count of 355 ppi, which makes for sharper reproduction of images. While we are not sure of the processor within the BlackBerry 10, what we do know is that it will have 1 GB of RAM, which gives it equal footing in this comparison with the Nokia Lumia 920. With 16 GB of internal storage as well as a microSD card slot, we do think RIM’s been more thoughtful than Nokia in this aspect. However, with only over 40,000 apps on offer, the BlackBerry Apps World has far more limited choices than for Windows Phone 8 users.

Samsung Galaxy S4: Even though Samsung hasn’t yet confirmed any of the rumors we’ve been hearing about the Galaxy S4, we’re hoping to see the successor of the popular Galaxy S3 to have a 5-inch display, a quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. As is Samsung’s design, we can hope to see even a microSD card slot in this phone. According to rumors, the Galaxy S4 will run on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which is expected to be launched sometime by May 2013. We’re not sure if this phone will also work with an S-Pen, like the Galaxy Note 2 though. But with hundreds of thousands of apps, the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S4 will definitely be worth the wait!… Read the rest

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Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: Who’s got the Better Camera?

They’re both flagship smartphones – one was the former world leader in mobile phones, and the other being the current world leader. It’s no surprise then that comparisons between the Lumia 920 and Galaxy S3 would become the talk of the town. While we’ve already compared the two phones at a higher level, today we’re diving a little deeper to see which of these two phones has the better camera.

The front-facing camera: This one’s relatively easier to compare, since we don’t really find much use of the front camera unless it’s for making video calls or clicking self shots. The Galaxy S3 has a better 1.9 MP camera when compared to the Lumia 920’s 1.3 MP offering. Fortunately, both cameras can capture video at 720p resolution at 30 fps, giving them equal points in this regards.

The rear camera: Both phones have an 8 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. However, the Lumia 920’s camera comes with Nokia’s PureView technology, giving it the ability to click sharper, clearer images. This gives the Lumia 920 a slight edge over the Galaxy S3’s camera in the technical aspect. Although both phones can record full HD videos, the Lumia 920 manages to record more vibrant videos with a higher contrast ratio than the Galaxy S3.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S3’s camera has an inbuilt HDR mode, giving it the ability to click high dynamic range images automatically. This is an important feature missing in the Lumia 920. We’ve also got to give a few more points to the Galaxy S3 because of its OS. Android does have many more apps when compared with Windows Phone 8. This means that there are more camera related and photo editing apps available for Galaxy S3 than for the Lumia 920.… Read the rest

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TechThirsty Review: Nokia Lumia 920 Hits India

After not too long a wait, Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8-based smartphone Lumia 920 was finally unveiled at an event in India. And we’re not just excited about the OS – this Nokia Lumia 920 is loaded with tons of interesting features that we feel may be just what Nokia needs to get back up on the charts again. So, how did the Lumia 920 experience feel?

First impression: It looks gorgeous, no doubt about that! Microsoft wanted phone makers to keep them looking colorful and quirky, and yes, Nokia’s lived up to this expectation. The Lumia 920 comes in bright colors with a glossy finish, giving it a high score in the looks section. It’s 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ LCD display with ClearBlack technology makes for vivid reproduction of colors even when used outside under the sun. In fact, we must confess that its screen made for much better viewing in sunlight when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 too.

Camera performance: The Lumia 920 has an 8 MP rear camera with Nokia’s PureView technology and optical image stabilization. The latter is a first for camera phones and promises to help users capture sharp images even in low light conditions or with slow shutter speeds. Images clicked with the camera looked absolutely beautiful on the phone’s screen, and although there was some noise visible in the images when seen on a PC screen, Nokia has assured us that the quality would be much better in the retail units of the phone, when compared to the pre-production pieces we experimented with. Even in terms of video recording, we must say the Lumia 920 managed to hold its own and capture videos with clarity rarely seen in camera phones until now.

The OS experience: Windows Phone 8 has managed to create a few waves in the world of smartphone OS’s, and does have a much better overall feel than the previous versions of Windows Phone. Nokia’s apps especially, like the City Lens, Maps, Music, etc. were an absolute delight to use. The Lumia 920 also comes preloaded with some exclusive games from third-party developers. While the OS is a completely different interface from Android and iOS, it’s still rather new and the appstore is nowhere as extensive as that of its competitors. Maybe in time, this would cease to be a concern, but for now, there are relatively fewer apps to choose from.

We’re not really sure of the pricing plan for the Lumia 920 in the Indian market, but we can expect it to hit the stores by sometime in January 2013. Even though Windows Phone 8 is a new OS, the Lumia 920 sure does make for an interesting high-end smartphone choice.… Read the rest

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Google Nexus 4 Vs Nokia Lumia 920 Vs HTC Driod DNA Vs iPhone5: Who Wins?

2012 was the year of technology without a doubt, and as we bring the curtain down on this year, we at TechThirsty have decided to do a round-up of the best phones that were brought out in the year. We’re looking at the top 5 phones that made the headlines, set the cash registers ringing, and drew a huge fan following. So here goes our list:

Google Nexus 4: Google’s very own Android phone, the Nexus, saw its latest model being designed by LG. It features Android in its purest form, just the way Google wanted it to be, and it does look good. High on features like its predecessors, the Nexus 4 managed to grab quite a few eyeballs during its launch. Extremely affordable, we can’t help but forgive Googe and LG for not putting in the LTE connectivity feature in this phone.

Nokia Lumia 920: 2012 was the year Microsoft took a giant leap forward, consolidating its PC and phone OS and bringing out the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. This worked well for Nokia, which had been losing quite a bit of ground to iPhone and Android phones over the past couple of years. Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 based smartphone, the Lumia 920, is quite the head-turner. And no, not just because it looks quirky! The gorgeous display, the PureView camera, Nokia’s apps like City Lens, Maps, etc., everything comes together in this successful offering.

HTC Droid DNA: Just when you thought Apple had the last say in all things high res, thanks to their Retina Display technology. HTC took it forward with its Droid DNA for Verizon with its full HD display. We’re talking about a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels in a 5-inch screen! Now, here’s where Android Jelly Bean truly looks gorgeous and comes alive.

Apple iPhone 5: So what if the screen size stays the same? Apple does manage to make headlines every time it brings out a new version of the iPhone, and this time too, the iPhone 5 didn’t disappoint. It’s slimmer, lighter, and faster – like all successors, and it’s amazing 8 MP camera is literally to die for! With its 360 degree Panorama feature, it’s meant for the shutterbugs. And iOS6 works like a dream!

Samsung Galaxy S3: This was one that quite simply took our breath away. Notwithstanding its ongoing tussle with Apple over patent infringement suits, 2012 was the year of Samsung without a doubt. The Galaxy S3 with its pebble-like curves is one of the bestsellers in the smartphone world – with over 30 million pieces sold since its launch. It propelled Android into greater popularity, and well, it’s brilliant!… Read the rest

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Samsung Vs Nokia Vs Apple: Samsung Is A Conquering Hero In The Mobile Market

 

 

It seems Nokia has some catching up to do in the fast emerging mobile market. As per the data revealed by a research firm, the Korean technology giant Samsung has outdone Nokia and has emerged as a top mobile brand of 2012.

In the history of 14 years it is for tht first time that any mobile brand has dethroned Nokia as the top selling mobile brand, according to HIS iSuppli.

Samsung has a 29% share in the cellphone shipments in 2012. From last year’s 24 percent the share has plummeted by 5% where Nokia share has dropped to 24 % from 30 %, HIS reported.

Even Apple is lagging behind in the race of smatphone sales worldwide, Samsung has taken up 28 percent of the market, up from 20 percent in 2011, while Apple’s share will rise in 2012 to to 20 percent from 19 percent.

“The competitive reality of the cellphone market in 2012 was ‘live by the smartphone; die by the smartphone,'” said Wayne Lam, senior analyst at IHS.

Smartphones are selling like hot cakes in the market today and the cell phone segment technology is on upswing today. Samsung’s emergence as a winner and Nokia’s tussle in the cell phone market this year was determined entirely by the two companies’ divergent fortunes in the smartphone sector.”  Concluded Wayne Lam… Read the rest

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Nokia Windows 8 Phone May Be Called Juggernuat

  A leaked image of windows phone 8 has been revealed. Nokia has still not officially announced the Windows 8 phone but a report by Nokia Blog states that it has received an image of a handset which is rumoured to be called Juggernuat. The report states, “It looks a little like the rectangular 810 but with a slight curvy bit at the bottom. It mentions on the side that it’s a proto Nokia. WP7 home button but it could just be an old proto.” In looks and size the handset are somewhere between Nokia Lumia Windows 8 handsets and Galaxy Note II. The device sports a windows phone logo so it could be old Window 7 prototype. But the inclusion of Family Room tile in its interface is clear indication of Windows phone 8 phone, which is featured in Windows Phone 8 and not the older Windows Phone platform.… Read the rest

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Buy Your Windows 8 Phones From AT&T Holiday Season

 

 

AT&T has finally brought out its Windows Phone 8 lineup. The most talked about phones of the year Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 would be available from the beginning of Nov.9. Lumia 920 will cost you $99.99 in a two year contract and would come equipped with free wireless charging plate. Buyers can grab one in red, white, black, yellow, and cyan. Meanwhile you can get your hands on Lumia 820 for $49.99 for a two year contract.

Whoever is interested in picking up these phones can pre-order the phones from there website att.com/lumia920.

The Lumia 920 has a 4.5-inch curved glass WXGA IPS LCD display that boasts what Nokia called PureMotion HD+, which the company said is “better than HD resolution.” The Lumia 820, meanwhile, sports a  4.3-inch display, 800-by-400 display, built-in NFC, a 1650 mAh battery, Nokia location services like City Lens, and Nokia Music. Both phones run Microsoft’s brand-new Windows Phone 8 OS.… Read the rest

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Nokia’s Pinning All Its Hopes On Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Nokia, the former world leader in mobile phones, has a lot to be worried about. After having a difficult third quarter this year, it is pinning all its hopes on the upcoming Microsoft Windows Phone 8 to turn its fortunes around. The Finnish company posted a loss of $755 million in the third quarter, but is all set to launch the Lumia 820 and 920, powered by Windows Phone 8, in a bid to recover its heavy losses.

Both these phones have a typical Nokia design, imbibing the PureView technology for the cameras, the newly upgraded Nokia Maps, wireless charging, and many similar features that give the Lumia series its distinct USP. While Nokia did not face much success with the previous Lumia models running on Windows Phone 7, maybe this upgraded version of Windows Phone will find more takers, and hopefully pull away customers from iPhones and Android-based smartphones.

Nokia will be going up against Samsung and HTC with its new range of phones, and it will face stiff competition from the other companies. Samsung even managed to unveil its Windows 8-based phone before Nokia. As the sales of Lumia phones slid from 4 million to 2.9 million over the last quarter, here’s hoping Windows 8 can be the miracle Nokia desperately needs.… Read the rest

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Top 10 Smartphones AT&T Plans To Launch

So you are not an Apple person? Don’t bother, AT&T is there to help. We are listing down 10 smartphones that AT&T plans to launch between now and mid-November. All these phones run on either Google’s Android OS or Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.

Here’s a sneak peak for you—

HTC One X+

Elegant and stylish, HTC’s upcoming One X+ is made with a matte black polycarbonate body. The phone looks great with4.7-inch Super LCD 2 screen. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, supports Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, and best of all- its lightweight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HTC One VX

HTC One VX boasts a 5-megapixel camera and 960-by-540, Super LCD screen. This affordable smartphone runs Android 4.0, which HTC promises will be upgraded to Android 4.1.

 

 

 

 

 

HTC Windows Phone 8X

In a range of colors and design tapers at edges, HTC Windows Phone 8X has Beats Audio and HTC’s own image chip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia’s Windows Phone, the 820 looks great with so many choices of exciting colors.

 

 

 

 

 

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia’s flagship phone, the Lumia 920 has an 8.7-megapixel camera with image stabilization and video recording features. The device comes in many colors and is equipped with Nokia maps software.

 

 

 

Sony Xperia TL

Highly publicized as the “James Bond phone,” Sony Xperia TL is an Android smartphone that boasts of a 13-megapixel camera and 4.6-inch “Reality” display with super-dark blacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LG Optimus G

AT&T’s version of the LG Optimus G possesses an 8-megapixel camera. This phone runs Android 4.0 with some interesting customizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note II

With a bigger 5.5-inch screen, the Galaxy Note II has a stylus support, a new camera app, and a faster processor. It makes a great device for those who like big phones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Express

Samsung Galaxy Express can be the Galaxy S III’s mini version. This phone has a 4.5-inch, 800-by-480 screen, dual-core 1.5Ghz processor and Android 4.0 OS, and it should be a good pick for people looking to hit AT&T’s speedy LTE network on a budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Rugby Pro

The Rugby Pro is a waterproof and relatively shockproof smartphone that’s made with a thick, rubberized casing. The Rugby Pro has a 4-inch, 800-by-480 screen, a 5-megapixel camera and LTE support.

 

 

 

 

 

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