HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 920

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Look closely at our picture of the Nokia and HTC Windows Phones side by side. You'll probably have to scan for the brand name to tell them apart. To really spot the differences, you'll have to look below the surface.

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Spec HTC 8X Nokia Lumia 920
Display 4.3-inch Super LCD 2
1280x720
342ppi
4.5-inch PureMotion HD Plus
1280x768
332ppi
4G, NFC Yes Yes
Processor 1.5GHz dual-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
1.5GHz dual-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Weight and thickness 130g
10.1mm
185g
10.7mm
Cameras 8MP rear
2.1MP front
8.7MP rear
1MP front
Memory 16GB
1GB RAM
32GB
1GB RAM
Battery 1800mAh 2000mAh
Extras Beats Audio Wireless charging
Dolby Audio

Charging ahead

Battery power and how you charge it make up two of the big advantages that Nokia has in this battle. Not only does Nokia include a larger 2000mAh capacity battery, but the Lumia 920 also features Qi wireless charging, which lets you refuel on a number of compatible charging surfaces by simply placing your phone down.

 

In truth, the first part of this equation is probably more important than the second. Wireless charging will be an unused gimmick by most Lumia owners until the prevalence of charging pads increases exponentially, but a bigger battery is not something to ignore. The Lumia's bigger screen may negate this advantage somewhat, but overall, we are expecting better HP 484170-001 Laptop Battery Performance from the Nokia phone.

Windows, literally

Though the Lumia 920 has the larger display, we are inclined to call this a draw on paper. Both companies have an excellent reputation for display quality, and both are using IPS LCD panels, with a little proprietary magic on top. HTC's Super LCD 2 is the same technology that we raved about when we reviewed the One X earlier in the year, and should hold its own beside the PureMotion HD panel in Nokia's phone.

 

The difference in the screen sizes does mean that the HTC has a higher pixels-per-inch (ppi) ratio, although we seriously doubt that you'll be able to spot this difference with the naked eye, especially in everyday use.

Storage

Media lovers who are looking for the phone with the largest internal storage will be easily swayed by Nokia's 32GB of storage versus HTC's less generous 16GB, though the eagle-eyed will spot that only HTC's phones have a micro-SD card slot to expand this memory.

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