Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Powerhouse breakdown
We’ve published many posts now about two of the hottest new smartphones, the recently released Nokia Lumia 900 and the soon to be released Samsung Galaxy S3 (S III). If you’re open to suggestion over which operating system you use then you may be struggling to decide which of these two phones will suit you best. Therefore we’ve decided to give you a breakdown of these two powerhouse phones, the Nokia Lumia 900 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3.
One of the key differences between these two is the operating systems and for many people that will instantly decide their choice. The Lumia 900 runs on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango while the Galaxy S3 will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Both of these are the latest operating systems on their platforms. The Lumia 900 is a sleek and beautiful device, winning huge praise for its design although the specs are not as hot as those for the Galaxy S3. Strangely enough the Galaxy S3 has received more positivity about its specs and features rather than its design so this could definitely be a case of style over substance.
Firstly we’ll give you a basic rundown on the key specs and features of each phone before looking more closely at how they compare. The Lumia 900 has a 4.3-inch AMOLED display with resolution of 480 x 800 and pixel density of 217ppi. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4GHz single-core processor, has 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory (not expandable). It has an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash and VGA 1-megapixel front-facing shooter with 720p HD video capture. It runs on WP 7.5, features 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and a 1830mAh battery. As you can see then the specs are decent enough but certainly not top-notch.
As for the Galaxy S3 we should point out that for this comparison we’re looking at the international version with quad-core processor. In the US the S3 will be LTE-equipped and to cater for that it will more than likely use a dual-core processor. The international Galaxy S3 then has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display with resolution of 1280 x 720 and pixel density of 306ppi. It uses the Samsung Exynos Quad 1.4GHz quad-core processor and has 1GB of RAM with 16 or 32GB of internal storage (expandable with microSD) and a 64GB alternative to follow later. Camera-wise you’re looking at an 8-megapixel rear camera with single LED-flash and 1080p HD video capture as well as a 720p HD front-facing camera. The Galaxy S3 runs on Android 4.0 ICS with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, has 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 2100mAh battery.
If you check out both sets of specs you can quite quickly see that on specs alone the Galaxy S3 is superior in many respects to the Lumia 900. In fact PC World have also compared these two handsets and in a list of specs have included a verdict for the winner of each section, in which the Galaxy S3 romps home. For example the screen size is bigger for the Galaxy S3 than the Lumia 900 but some may prefer a smaller display. The Galaxy S3 clearly wins here though because the resolution of the display is much better than that of the Lumia 900.
On turning to the design though, rather than specs, then the Lumia is the victor. As we said previously the Galaxy S3 has received plaudits for specs but not for design. In many respects some of the only negative comments that it has attracted are to do with the design and that it didn’t blow people away. We had comments to previous posts when the Galaxy S3 was finally announced and quite a few people expressed disappointment at the look of the handset. On the other hand the Lumia 900 has won nothing but praise for its appearance and although it’s thicker and heavier than the Galaxy S3, many will be swayed by its looks. The Lumia 900 weighs 160g and is 11.5mm thick whereas the S3 weighs 133g and is only 8.6mm thick.
The Lumia 90 has already hit the shelves but the Galaxy S3 will launch in some regions such as the UK and Europe on May 29 and in June for the US (we have also been receiving reports that the Galaxy S3 is already on sale in Dubai). From breaking down the specs and looking at other factors such as the design we feel that if only the Nokia Lumia 900 could keep its appearance but have the specs and features of the Galaxy S3 it would be just about the perfect smartphone for an awful lot of people.
We’d like to know what your preference is between these two smartphones? Do you prefer the elegance of the Lumia 900 and its Windows Phone experience? Maybe for you it’s all about the internals and the Galaxy S3 is your choice? We’d appreciate hearing from our readers on this so do let us have your comments.