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iPhone fan site compares the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera to the iPhone 5, finds the 1020 superior

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 has one of the best cameras on a mobile phone, and can only really be matched by bulky devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, which is really more camera than phone.

That’s of course the unbiased view, but not one we really expect a iPhone fan site to express. The Nokia Lumia 1020’s camera is however so good that no other conclusion is possible.

iSource compared the most popular phone camera in the world to the best phone camera, and came to the following conclusion:

At the end of the day, the Nokia Lumia 1020 clearly outperforms the iPhone 5. But that really shouldn’t come as any surprise. The 1020 has vastly superior specs, and it is technically a generation ahead of the 5. However, I wouldn’t expect the coming 5S to be a massive leap forward, so this is still a valid comparison.

The iPhone 5 actually holds its own in daylight shots taken in ideal conditions, and outperforms the 1020 in panoramas, as well as general color saturation. The inclusion of an HDR mode also helps the 5 out in situations with difficult exposures. The iPhone is also capable of shooting photos in faster succession than the 1020, which can actually be quite slow when producing high-res images. It can also shoot pictures while taking video, which the 1020 currently can’t.

However, the 1020 is still the superior camera in every other respect. Because of the 35 or 38 megapixel high resolution photos that the Pro Cam app produces, the 1020 is capable of virtually lossless 6X zoom. It can also zoom while shooting video. Also, the flash and focus lamp on the 1020 give it the ability to take usable photos indoors, and the manual adjustments available in Pro Cam make other low light and specialty shots that would be impossible for other smartphone camera possible. The 2-stage dedicated camera button, true optical image stabilization, and optional Camera Grip just add icing to the cake.

So, while the iPhone 5 does have a few advantages, as well as a wealth of third-party camera and photo and video editors, the Lumia 1020 is still the winner of this camera showdown any way you slice it.

Read their full review here.

Thanks Nishy for the tip.

Nokia Lumia 920 has 10% the return rate of the iPhone 5, half that of the Samsung Galaxy S4


Finnish retailer Verkkokauppa.fi has recently taken the unprecedented step of publishing the return and service rates for the products it sells.

Verkkokauppa.fi is a large and well established online retailer with 230 million euros turnover and over 400 employees, and only post the statistics for products they have gathered enough data for.

The results would astound hangers-on of people like Tomi Ahonen who makes claims such as “Lumia is having Nokia’s biggest return rates ever seen!!!”  or that the phones are “being rejected by consumers and witnessing Nokia’s biggest return rates ever.”

According to the objective 3rd party stats from retailers this is the real situation:

  Return rate (% of sales)
iPhone 5 32GB – White 7.91
Samsung Galaxy S 4 – White 2.31
Nokia Lumia 920 – White 0.89
Nokia Lumia 720 0.62
Nokia Lumia 620 0.38

The return rate varies by colour, hence choosing the white handsets only, but in general Lumias have a much lower return rate than high end handsets by other OEMs.

The data does however reveal and confirm another rumour – that Lumias have a high repair rate – something we have posted on before.  Compared to 0.74% of iPhone 5’s needing repairs and 1.39% of SGS4 handsets, 1.79% of Nokia Lumia 920 handsets need to be repaired.  This number was also consistently higher for Lumias than other handsets, indicating that Nokia does really need to work on quality control.

However, this is not the message of the post. The data confirms once again that Windows Phone users are happy with their handsets, which should give retailers confidence in selling them and Windows Phone users confidence in recommending them to others.

Via NokiaGadgets.com

Nokia Lumia 928 camera shots compared to iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4

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Neowin managed to perform the camera comparison we have been waiting for – that of the Nokia Lumia 928 vs the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5.

For the flower image above both the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S IV  over-saturated the photo, with the yellow becoming a bit too bright. They found the Nokia Lumia 928 was the closest to actual colour reproduction of the flower with a blue tint to the photo when compared to the others.

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Dispassionate Giffgaff review of Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5 highlights Lumia advantages

Giffgaff is a new MVNO in UK, and they posted this review of the Nokia Lumia 920 vs the iPhone 5.

The review seems pretty objective, highlighting both the strengths and weaknesses of each device, but I think overall puts the Nokia Lumia 920 well ahead.

I think the biggest pity really is that Nokia shipped the Lumia 920 without optimising the camera, but hopefully the upcoming fix will correct that one remaining issue which will put that device clearly over the top.

Do our readers agree? Let us know below.

Thanks Njoi for the tip.

Nokia Lumia 920T better seller on Amazon China than iPhone 5


We don’t know exactly how well either the Nokia Lumia 920T or the iPhone 5 is doing in China, although early indications are that China is cooling on the iPhone 5.

What we do however know is that today Amazon China, who is selling both the iPhone 5 and the Nokia Lumia 920T, is reporting that the Nokia Lumia 920T is a better seller, ranking the Nokia device as 5th and the iPhone 5 as 6th.

It is of note that the devices which are ahead of the Nokia Lumia 920T costs between a half to a tenth of the price of the handset (4,599 Yuan vs 138, 770, 1,222 and 1,888).  The iPhone 5 16GB is comparatively closely priced to the Nokia Lumia 920T, costing 5,288 Yuan).

Unfortunately for Nokia the supply problem remains an issue, with the handset out of stock on Amazon at present, forcing buyers to chose pre-orders instead of being a shipping device.  This suggests that even if the Nokia device is in high demand, it will never exceed the iPhone’s sales if they can not sort out their availability issues.

What an iPhone 5 looks like after two months of use


imageGizmodo has some photos of what a scratchtastic iPhone 5 looks like after two months on the pocket sans case, and the short version is “Pretty awful”.

The “premium” handset looks pretty tatty, and shows the finish to be fragile and of low quality.

Gizmodo notes:

Maybe this will haunt you. Maybe this is what we get for an iPhone whose back isn’t made out of shatter-prone glass, but scratch-prone aluminum. Maybe you should get a far more durable Galaxy SIII or Lumia 920 if you’re worried about cosmetic longevity. Or maybe you don’t give a sh*t about your smartphone’s paint job.

Of course the Nokia Lumia 920 has not been in the market for 2 months, but given that the iPhone 5 scratched while inside the box, looking at my 3 week old Nokia Lumia 920, which I use without case of course, the device looks as pristine as when I unboxed it, and will probably be very close in a year’s time, while I suspect the iPhone will will look like this 4 year old iPhone right – ugly and worn.

Do our readers feel compelled to use a case, like 3/4 of iPhone users? Let us know below.

The Gadget Show compares the iPhone 5 vs HTC One X+ vs Lumia 920

The Gadget Show has had a play-off between this season’s flagship smartphones in the UK, comparing the iPhone 5 vs HTC One X+ vs Lumia 920.

The review interestingly found the iPhone well behind in innovation, seemingly standing still, while the Nokia Lumia 920 scored pretty well.

What do our readers think of this review? Let us know below.

Blind Battle #3 – Lumia 920 and iPhone 5 Filming Outdoors while Panning

This is the final battle in this series of comparisons between the Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5′s video recording capabilities. Click on the links to watch Battle #1 and Battle #2.

In this video, we won’t compare stability since both phones are impressively identical. We will take a focus on overall video quality. Since neither phone is digitally zoomed in, comparing sharpness is now valid. However, if you want to look at stability, you can check out the zoomed in version. Read the end of the article to see why it is necessary to zoom in on the 920 in order to have a fair comparison of stability.

Fill out the survey after the break! Answer questions like “Which phone’s color balance looked best to you?” Also, download the full quality video from SkyDrive. Continue reading

Blind Battle #2 – Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5 Filming Indoors while Walking

It’s time for you, our readers, to decide which phone is best by filling out the survey after the break! This is the second of three blind tests. Watch the first here. Please do not say which phone is the Lumia in the comments!

Watch the video from YouTube (embedded above) or download the full quality comparison video from SkyDrive, and then answer the poll below! Feel free to talk about the video in the comments below, but only refer to the phones as “Phone 1″ and “Phone 2″ or else we will moderate your comment in order to keep the comparison as unbiased as possible! The phones and results will be revealed in about a week!

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Blind Battle #1 – Lumia 920 and iPhone 5 Filming Outdoors while Walking

It’s time for you, our readers, to decide which phone is best! This is the first of three blind tests. Please do not say which phone is the Lumia in the comments!

Watch the video from YouTube (embedded above) or download the full quality comparison video from SkyDrive, and then answer the poll below! Feel free to talk about the video in the comments below, but only refer to the phones as “Phone 1″ and “Phone 2″ or else we will moderate your comment in order to keep the comparison as unbiased as possible! The phones and results will be revealed in about a week!

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New OIS videos show the Nokia Lumia 920 superior to the iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, HTC One X

Test-Mobile.fr seems to have been invited to another Nokia blogger bash and  uploaded some new video comparisons of the Nokia Lumia 920 vs the latest iPhone 5, and also the Samsung Galaxy S 3 and HTC One X, comparing once again their optical image stabilization abilities.

The HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S 3 both deliver dreadful results, and the iPhone 5 does not do too poor a job, but the stability and level of detail, not to mention general video quality, are all superior on the Nokia Lumia 920.

Test-Mobile.fr also uploaded a video shows low-light performance, and as before it is very good.

See the other videos after the break.

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Q3 2012 Survey finds Windows Phones outscore iPhone 5 in customer satisfaction


Analyst Gregory Yankelovich at Amplified Analytics published the results of his survey of customer satisfaction of smartphones culled from online reviews, teasing out specific attributes of experience to find to see why buyers liked the phones they bought.

As has become usual Windows Phones scored very well, with the HTC Titan II and HTC Radar taking top spot, and taking 5 out of the 10 spaced in total.

It is notable that Apple’s latest iPhone, plagued by chipping paint, purple haze, deadly maps and a screen that is merely stretched scored rather low on the list at 7th position.

“Windows Phone does so well because customers can connect simply and clearly in a way that is easily understood by most users,” said Yankelovich. He also said Windows Phone users especially liked Nokia Maps.

The top ten product reputation smartphones according to Amplified Analytics were:

  1. HTC Radar (1.78)
  2. HTC Titan II (1.69)
  3. HTC Amaze 4G (1.56)
  4. HTC One S (1.56)
  5. HTC Arrive Windows Phone (1.54)
  6. Samsung Galaxy Note (1.47)
  7. Apple iPhone 5 (1.47)
  8. Nokia Lumia 900 (1.46)
  9. HTC Titan (1.45)
  10. Samsung Infuse (1.43)

In total, mostly help by Windows Phones, the best average customer satisfaction was achieved by HTC with a rating of 1.47, followed by Apple (1.45) and Nokia (1.35).

Have the high customer satisfaction of Windows Phones helped you recommend phones running the OS to friends and family? Let us know below.

Apple calls iPhone 5’s Purple Haze normal behaviour, forgets to suggest you buy a Nokia Lumia 920


In an email Apple support has confirmed that side-lit phones taken by the iPhone 5 will invariable have a Purple haze, saying this was normal behaviour for the device.

The letter reads as below:original(2)

Dear Matt,

Our engineering team just gave me this information and we recommend that you angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures. The purple flare in the image provided is considered normal behavior for iPhone 5′s camera. If you wish to reach me regarding this case number *********, please contact me at 1-877-***-**** ext. *******. I currently work Thursday-Monday: 7:00am – 3:30pm Mountain Time. If you reach my voicemail, please leave your name, phone number, case number and the best time to reach you. Email is ***********@apple.com.

AppleCare Support

With the acknowledgement that the issue is really a systematic defect with the phone, Apple has quietly given up the crown of the best smartphone camera regular consumers can buy, a mantle I am sure Nokia is all to willing to to pick up in 4 weeks time.

Via Gizmodo.com