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Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung ATIV S – Spec Comparison

Samsung ATIV S vs Nokia Lumia 920

Here is my take at comparing the latest high end Windows Phone 8 phones from Nokia and Samsung via their specs/news etc. Although the hardware specs have been finalized, the software part can still change until their release date. So this comparison will mostly focus on what we can currently compare and that is the hardware specs. I’ve tried to be as neutral as I can but as there are far more information and buzz for the Lumia 920 than the ATIV S, I had to make a few assumptions for the ATIV S based on Samsung’s current phones such as Galaxy S3. Anyways, let’s begin!

 

DESIGN/BUILD

– Lumia 920 is 2mm thicker, 0.3mm wider but is 7mm shorter in height than the ATIV S. Lumia 920  is 50g heavier.

My Take – ATIV S looks very similar to the older Galaxy S2 but with some nice Aluminium touches around and back of the phone. Lumia 920 on the other hand looks much like the previous Lumia 900 but is a little bigger and heavier due to the bigger display and screen. Overall, the ATIV S will be considered easier to hold and pocket due to it being thinner and lighter. In terms of looks, it’s all up to personal preference really.

Samsung ATIV S
Nokia Lumia 920 comes in various colors

DISPLAY

– ATIV S has a 4.8 inch 1280×720 (HD) resolution Super AMOLED (Pentile Matrix)with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. (Same display as Galaxy S3) Lumia 920 has a smaller 4.5 inch but higher resolution 1280×768 (WXGA) resolution PureMotion HD+ IPS LCD with Super Sensitive touch and Corning Gorilla Glass 1. (unless Nokia says otherwise, I see no mention of it being Gorilla Glass 2 so far)

My Take – This is a tough one. I actually really like AMOLED due to its super high contrast and deep blacks which LCD’s just can’t compete with. In terms of daylight visibility, I can only assume Nokia’s new display will be noticeably better as Nokia is really advertising how special it is and even releasing a white paper with the technical details about it. Basically, Nokia has implemented a very high quality polarizing filter that reduces internal light reflections. Samsung does use something similar but expect Lumia 920 to edge out here.

In terms of size, ATIV S wins here. Keep in mind that, even though ATIV S has a bigger display, the phone itself isn’t any bigger and is actually easier to grip. In terms of resolution difference, it’s not huge although Nokia has the edge here. Some will care about the higher PPI of the Lumia 920 but in reality, the difference should be pretty much invisible to the eye so take it with a grain of salt. So in terms of text readability, the bigger screen of the ATIV S may actually be better even though it has a lower PPI due to the text being larger.

Samsung uses the same Super AMOLED HD on the ATIV S as the Galaxy S3
Lumia 920 uses Puremotion HD+ 4.5″ IPS LCD with Super Sensitive touch screen

PERFORMANCE

– Both ATIV S and Lumia 920 are using the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC (MSM8960) with dual core Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU. Both also have 1GB RAM on board.

My Take – Speed wise, don’t expect anything different as they both use the same CPU and GPU with same amount of RAM. Both should be blazingly fast as each other.

Both phones uses the same Snapdragon S4 Plus processor

CAMERA

– Samsung ATIV S has a seemingly standard 8MP camera with single  LED flash. Lumia 920 has a PureView branded 8.7MP camera with 26mm equiv f2.0 Carl Zeiss lens and high pulse high power dual LED flash. Front camera wise, ATIV S has a 1.9MP camera (Full HD) while the Lumia 920 has a 1.3MP camera (HD).

My Take – Going by experience, it seems the camera on the ATIV S will be practically identical to the camera on the Galaxy S3 and iPhone4S. It’s not a bad camera by any means but it’s not anything to really brag about either as it’s nothing new now. On the other hand, the camera on the Lumia 920 is technically superior in nearly every way. It has a faster (brighter) aperture “brand name” Carl Zeiss certified lens, a slightly higher resolution sensor and something NO OTHER mobile phone camera has which is the Optical Image Stabilization. (OIS for short) This OIS allows you to reduce hand shake blur during low light situations resulting in a sharper image the first time. It means you can take sharper photos of food at dimly lit restaurants, nicer looking night portraits with more visible back scenery etc. Also, Nokia claims that the dual LED flah that Lumia 920 has is a newer generation LED that has a shorter burst with a higher output allowing for closer-to-xenon flash performance. (well, not quite xenon still but yeah…)

Both phones (thanks to Microsoft) has a dedicated 2-stage physical camera shutter button like a “normal” camera on the side of the phone. This allows for a more secure grip, easier self-portraits and just a more natural way to take photos single handed. This is once thing the ATIV S has over the Galaxy S3 while most Nokia phones had this already.

Overall, Lumia 920 wins here for sure. (spec wise at least but should do in real life also once released)

STORAGE

– Samsung ATIV S comes in either 16GB or 32GB built-in with an additional expandable MicroSD card slot for up to 32GB extra. Lumia 920 comes with built-in 32GB storage but does not have any MicroSD support.

My Take – For those who likes to keep tons of music, movies, photos and video recordings on their phone and need more than 32GB of space, ATIV S clearly wins out here due to the expandable MicroSD card support. Considering a brand new 32GB MicroSD card costs around AUD$30, it doesn’t cost much to upgrade the storage space on the ATIV S. But in saying this, many users will find 32GB built-in to be plenty so the merit of MicroSD support only comes into play to those that actually require it.

Samsung ATIV S supports memory expansion via MicroSD support. Unfortunately, Lumia 920 does not but does come with 32GB built-in which should be plenty for most.

 

BATTERY

– Lumia 920 has a non-user-replaceable 2000mAh battery. ATIV S has a 15% larger user-replaceable 2300mAh battery. Lumia 920’s internal battery has built-in wireless charging support.

My Take – Samsung has actually not stated any run times for the ATIV S. But considering it has a bigger battery than the Galaxy S3 while the display is same and CPU being not any more power hungry, I can only assume the battery life should be as good or better than the Galaxy S3. With that assumption, we can then make an educated guess that the battery life of the ATIV S will be better than the Lumia 920 going by the battery times that Nokia stated on their web site. (as Galaxy S3 specs state a longer battery life than the Lumia 920’s specs)

As I mentioned in my Lumia 920 & Lumia 820 Comparison article, another big difference here is that the battery on the ATIV S is user replaceable. Yes, some will argue that you can just carry one of those portable battery chargers but I’m sure you would rather just carry a fully charged spare battery to simply swap over without needing some portable charger dangling on it during use.

One advantage of the Lumia 920 over the ATIV S is that 920 supports wireless charging out of the box. Although it would have been nice if Nokia slipped in the wireless charger in the box also, at least you can buy a nice looking wireless charger pad / pouch / dock etc and just place it on top to charge the phone without needing to find the end of the cable to plug into the phone charging socket. (also not have to worry about damaging the charging socket etc)

Lumia 920 has built-in wireless charging support. Charger is optional however.

 

CONCLUSION

Both phones are not yet released to the market so I can’t make a definite conclusion which is better. But really, I’ve outlined the major hardware differences so hopefully you can make a better decision as to which is better for your needs and wants. The OS experience should be near identical due to both using the same Windows Phone 8 OS. However, Nokia is investing a lot more into its Lumia phones and have some excellent Nokia exclusive apps lined up for it. Adding to that the non-shaky OIS the Lumia 920 camera has and the Super Sensitive touch which would be a god-send for those with long nails or gloves on, I do believe 920 is the better device overall for the masses between these two. We’ll know more once both are out. =)

 

Screen brightness comparison – Nokia N9 vs Samsung Galaxy S2

Nothing fancy. 1 photo comparison. My friend also agreed N9’s display is visible brighter than his SGS2.
Not the easiest test to show with a photo instead of you seeing “live” but this is the only way to show it.
Anyways, the conclusion here is that N9 does have a nice AMOLED with very high brightness. (good for day time / direct sunlight)

SGS2
– Have disabled auto brightness and set it to maximum brightness. Ensured that it doesn’t auto-dim after the timed backlight period. (made sure default web browser was also set to max brightness)

N9
– Have set brightness slider to maximum and also had to shine a torch at the light sensor for a brief moment to trigger the maximum brightness. (You cannot disable auto brightness on N9 currently and hence this maximum brightness is not really achievable indoors right now)

I also have the Nokia X7-00 which has one of the brightest AMOLED of all phones according to gsmarena test. Nokia N9’s display brightness is very similar to the X7. However, as you can sort of tell from the photo above, my N9 exhibits a slight pink tinge at maximum brightness. So this makes it look less much vibrant than the X7-00.Now if your N9 does not show such pink tinge at maximum brightness, let me know. (make sure you trigger that extra level of brightness by pointing something bright at the light sensor)

UPDATE: I have now one other person here in Oz with N9 64GB reporting to have the same pink tint as mine. So I guess this might be normal. However, this pink tinge is not really noticeable while in a bright environment. Only in the dark but you can’t even use that setting while in a dark / indoor environment anyways.

UPDATE2: The pink tint has now been explained by Konttori (Nokia dev) as being intentional. It is called over-saturation which actually makes the colors more visible during bright sunny outdoor situations. It was never really intended for indoor use and hence this maximum brightness is not even accessible manually via the brightness bar. So this isn’t actually an issue. Also, apparently the colors have been adjusted in PR1.1 to make it more consistent at all brightness levels except the maximum. N9 even at its second brightest setting (which is accessible manually via the brightness bar by setting to highest) keeps the color consistent and is still brighter than the maximum brightness of SGS2. So you can say that the over-saturation maximum brightness setting is just an extra bonus for bright outdoor use.

http://konttoristhoughts.blogspot.com/2011/10/n9-on-sale-in-finland-and-few-other.html?showComment=1319054036383#c8221305205709662183

 

Samsung’s flashship phone specs leaked

According to Engadget, this looks like the next flashship Adnroid gingerbread (2.3) phone from Samsung to supercede the Galaxy S. (or just a totally new lineup) The fact that it says 4.3-4.5″ Super AMOLED2 screen makes me drool. Add to that 1080p FullHD video playback and record and a competant 8MP camera with LED flash makes it one powerful phone. Seems like year 2011 will be a very interesting year that’s for sure. =)

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Samsung Galaxy S to have in-browser flash support?

Okay. Samsung Glaxy S (aka i9000) is one of the most sought after upcoming Android device out there right now. Amazing 4″ Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz Cortex A8 ARM cpu, 512MB RAM, native dvix/xvid video playback support, 720p HD video recording and playback, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n support to name a few.

One thing it was said to be missing was the native Adobe flash support in the web browser. Even recent reviews posted at various websites of this device confirmed that it was using Android 2.1 Eclair and it didn’t have flash support in the browser.

However, something must have changed as the official website for the Samsung Galaxy S tells you different. See below screenshot that I took today. (To see it yourself, just scroll to around 7:18pm in the flash applet on their site and view the Internet Browser box)

I can only expect this to be Adobe Flash Lite support and not the full fledged Flash 10.1 support that is available in the Android 2.2 Froyo version. Nonetheless, this is good news as Froyo update will be months away most likely and some flash site support is better than none.

Words have been flying about that it will be released in UK at June 15th through Vodafone and late July for US thtough T-Mobile.

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