Samsung or Nokia Lumia? That’s the question.
The smartphone market is exploding and there are more devices than ever to choose from. So, when it’s time to get a new phone the biggest questions is, which one? Should I go for Android, iOS or Windows Phone? Which make and model? Samsung Lumia? I have done a write up here about some of the most popular phones out there that hopefully will make your choice a little bit easier. Read the whole thing after the break!
Samsung’s range of Galaxy phones is expanding so rapidly that it will get so massive within no time. The marvelous thing about a wide range is that you can choose a phone that can suit the needs of every single person.
Samsung Galaxy S3:
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is ‘inspired by nature – it sees, listens, responds, and enables you to share the greatest moments’. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8-inch 720p resolution display, a slim and light weight casing and a super-powered quad-core engine. However, if you’re a power-loving Android fan, then look no further.
S3 has more in common with the original Galaxy S than the S2, including the curved edges and the theme of the design language. The home button has additionally been elongated, though similar menu and back buttons remain from the previous design. The smooth glass face with tapered edges and single central home button creates a tidy and premium look. The screen is Gorilla Glass 2 so it should be scratch and impact resistant. For a phone as big as S3 it is difficult to make all the keys accessible. The lock button is on the right hand side rather than the top. The home button, Back and Menu buttons are an addition in the design as now they can be found easily without needing to search for the on-screen icon. The volume button is on the left hand side of the phone and parallel to the lock key. This position makes it reachable when the S3 is held in hand. The microUSB slot is placed at the bottom of the phone. The microSD slot in the phone takes cards of capacity up to 64GB, giving a storage capacity of 128GB if you opt for built in memory of 64GB. You also get a 2100mAh battery that is removable. The battery is longe lasting and you don’t need to charge it frequently. A single charge is sufficient. The SIM slot has a microSIM. To the left of the battery are two gold contacts which are for the purpose of wireless charging. By placing the back plate of the S3 on its dock allows wireless charging which means that you don’t need to plug in a charger.
There are a few issues with the Samsung Galaxy S3. The rear plate is created from polycarbonate which is extremely tough owing to its pliability. Owing to that it isn’t really resistant to scratches, even with an additional scratch resistant coating. However, it is relatively inexpensive to get placement backs for the Galaxy phone, which will make the phone scratch free. Another issue is that the Galaxy S3 is such a large and thin phone that it seems to get crushed. In pockets, the phone’s screen is a little wary of cracking if bending over or crouching down. Another potential issue in S3 is that the S3 screen tends to shatter more often when drop test videos were seen on other phones and compared with S3.
However if you don’t mind a light feeling cell phone and you like big HD screens, then this phone is worth checking out.
Samsung Ativ S:
The Samsung Ativ S is not solely the first smart phone with Windows 8 but it is conjointly the primary Windows phone to feature a dual core processor. This may offer a higher convergence across multiple devices. Its compatibility with the desktop version of Windows 8 gives it a different kind of sparkle to the range of smartphones that are already out there.
The Samsung Ativ S runs on a dual core processor of 1.5GHz, with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. This phone also includes compatibility for microSD slots and is compatible up to 32GB.
The Ativ S is slim and measures just 8.7mm thick and has a light weight of about 135g. The Ativ S has an 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash qualities also included. It also has a 1.9MP front facing camera for video calling.
Ativ S includes a 3.5mm port for headphones and a stereo FM radio. For connectivity, it has a Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, 3G and DLNA. So there are many ways to share.
NOKIA LUMIA PHONES
Nokia started to regain its dominance in the market after the Lumia phones was announced. They are now the leading manufacturer of Windows Phone products and are innovating in the camera field.
Nokia Lumia 920
The Nokia Lumia 920 isn’t any longer Microsoft’s darling device. However it has the foremost features among the initial Windows 8 phones. It is an amazing and enticing phone and performs fine. The Lumia 920 is pretty big as far a smartphones go these days measuring 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm. Its weight is noticeable, about 185g.
The rounded sides of the Lumia 920 allow a comfortable hold, as long as your hand is big enough to wrap round the handset, and the keys are located on the right hand side, making them easily accessible.
On the right there’s the volume switch, followed by the power/lock in the centre and a camera shutter button towards the base – which is rare among the smartphones these days, but it is something Windows Phone handsets stick with.
The 4.5-inch IPS TFT screen is the main feature on the front of the Nokia Lumia 920 that provides a crisp, bright display giving an HD resolution of 768×1280. There is a centralised 3.5mm jack on the top, which makes it easier to slip into your pocket when headphones are plugged in, next to a microSIM tray which requires a little tool enclosed within the box to pop open.
There is no access to the 2,000mAh battery housed within the Lumia 920 due to the presence of the SIM slot and there isn’t any SD slot to expand on the 32GB of internal storage. If you use the phone intensively, you will need to charge the phone by mid evening, otherwise it can last longer. So battery life is good. The camera results are excellent, even with no flash and relatively low lighting you get quality pictures. It has an option for wireless charging and the audio quality of loudspeaker is good as well. The screen is huge and perfectly sharp as well.
There are some downsides of this product. If you are upgrading from Windows Phone 7, then since the sync software is in beta so it is huge downgrade since no wireless sync, no automatic music compression make it a clumsy software. Nokia Maps is the default mapping software in the Smartphone but still it takes time to start the application. However it was instant in Windows 7 phone. Navigation/location isn’t sufficiently and accurately integrated. If you would like a list of directions by automotive, foot or public transport, this can need multiple clicks. However, Microsoft and Nokia have a really smart history of coming up with updates, therefore the bugs and issues are going to be resolved within time.
As long as you can ignore the size and weight of the Nokia Lumia 920, you’ll find it is an ideal device that definitely feels premium in the hand.
Nokia Lumia 820
The Nokia Lumia 820 has a 4.3 inch screen, dual core processor of 1.5GHz and an 8 MP camera. It is 10mm thick and 160g in weight. The poorly designed screen of Lumia 820 makes it less attractive and a less competitive product. Nokia Lumia 820 is not a true unibody phone. The rear plate is removable. The battery cover is tricky to remove. It is so stubborn that Nokia has made a video to explain how to remove it. Removable battery lets the insertion of a memory card slot without ruining the curves of the phone. The Nokia Lumia 820 has an internal memory of only 8GB. The microSD memory card slot and the microSIM slot are underneath the battery which can be swapped out if you desire.
The Nokia Lumia 820 is the least aesthetically undefeated product of the new Lumia range. The shiny finish of the sample, the way the battery cover blooms out from the sides of the phone and its three dimensional look are not style blunders, but they add up to the features of the phone still making it least attractive compared to the Nokia Lumia 920, or the Lumia 620.
The microUSB charge/data transfer port sits on the bottom, and the 3.5mm headphone jack up top. The buttons of Nokia Lumia 820 are a little unusual. The camera button is alongside the volume and power button on the right hand side of the phone. The three navigation keys are also present in the phone. They light up when required.
The Nokia Lumia also offers NFC and 4G along with the standard wireless connections through HSPA 3G, Bluetooth and GPS. The 3G options are also available. Windows Phone 8 also lets the Nokia Lumia 820 share its mobile internet connection with other devices over Wi-Fi.