Samsung and Nokia are two of the leading mobile manufacturers in the market in recent times. Both the brands boast of loyal fans who eagerly await the new releases and thanks to the developments in the field of technology and electronics, they do not have to wait long since both the companies unveil new models on a regular basis.
Nokia and Samsung may be fierce competitors but one factor they share in common is innovation. They both strive to push the existing boundaries of smartphone capabilities with their products. Of late, Samsung has managed to make its presence felt among users of Android mobiles with new models like the Samsung Galaxy S3. On the other hand, Finnish manufacturer Nokia has shifted its focus towards capturing the Windows Phone market with its newest high-end smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 920. But Samsung has not shied away from the Windows Phone and has come up with its own version, the Samsung Ativ S.
Battle of the Samsungs – Galaxy S3 vs. Ativ S
Samsung seems to have created two phones destined to divide the smartphone fandom into two distinct camps – the Android camp and the Windows Phone camp. Both the Galaxy S3 and the Ativ S have their share of pros and cons.
In terms of exterior, both handsets possess the same casing featuring a silver trim, curved edges and a thin bezel. While the Samsung Galaxy boasts of a wide range of colour choices, the faux brushed aluminium finish of the Ativ S is much more appealing. Both handsets feature the same screen technology and display type – a Super AMOLED touchscreen display measuring an impressive 4.8 inches. Storage wise, the Galaxy S3 offers more options to users with 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions. Version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) of the Galaxy S3’s Operating System proves to be a match for the Ativ S Windows 8 OS. Both phones include an 8 megapixel camera. Overall, both phones are evenly matched and the choice lies on the user’s OS preference.
Clash of the Windows Phones – Samsung Ativ S vs Nokia Lumia 920
Both the Lumia 920 and the Samsung Ativ S run on the Windows Phone 8 OS. While both phones include a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, the presence of an Adreno 225 GPU offers a smooth mobile experience. The 4.5 inch WXGA IPS LCD touchscreen display of the Nokia Lumia 920 falls short of the Samsung Ativ S 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display. While the Lumia 920 lacks a microSD card slot for memory expansion, the memory of the Samsung model can be expanded via microSD card. The Ativ S includes an 8 megapixel camera but it cannot match up to the 8.7 megapixel PureView rear camera of the Lumia 920. Design wise, the Ativ S leaves much to be desired but the Lumia 920 boasts of a quality design that offers a solid grip. So, this round clearly belongs to the Nokia Lumia 920.
Android vs. Windows Phone 8 – the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Nokia Lumia 920
The build quality on the Galaxy S3 conforms to Samsung’s usual design standards but the plastic usage makes it feel cheap. On the other hand, the Lumia 920 showcases excellence in design with its sharp, rectangular body with smooth edges. In terms of display, the 4.8 inch Super AMOLED technology of the Galaxy S3 is clearly outmatched by the 4.5 inch IPS LCD multi-touch screen of the Lumia 920 which uses Nokia’s ClearBlack technology along with a new feature – the PureMotion HD+. But when it comes to storage, the clear winner is the Samsung Galaxy S3 with different storage options of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. The Lumia 920 uses a dual-core Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon MSM8960 processor hardware which is capable of matching the Exynos quad-core 4412 chipset of the Galaxy S3. The 8.7 megapixel camera of the Lumia 920 is better than the 8 megapixel camera of the Samsung Galaxy S3. In short, the Lumia 920 triumphs over the Samsung Galaxy S3 in every aspect except app selection.
All three models belong to different price ranges but possess more or less similar specifications. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is powered by a quad-core processor and boasts of an impressive screen size and some new features, putting it on the higher side of the Samsung mobile price list 2013. The only element that holds the Samsung Ativ S back from being touted as the best Windows Phone in the market right now is the lack of 4G connectivity. The Nokia Lumia 920 indicates the beginning of a new era in smartphones with its elegant design and innovative camera options.