The title may not seem apt to some but yes, we are going to compare the leader from the past to the expected conqueror of the future. I Phone 4S was one of the best smart phones at its time of release and was packed with powerful features like the new Retina display, Siri and new sensors for thrilling gaming experience. Now the history seems to repeat itself with the launch of Nokia Lumia 920 expected very soon. A combination of PureMotion and PureView technologies, the smart phone is the “Dark Knight” that is still to “rise”.
DESIGN AND AESTHETICS:
Apple is a brand synonym to ‘Status Symbol’ and the company has taken several years to build up this fame with a lot of in-depth research. There is always a sense of “looks” attached with any Apple device and iPhone 4S is no exception. Whether it’s the alumino-silicate glass body harder than plastic or the stainless steel band to bear all the buttons, everything was perfect though same as its predecessor, iPhone 4. On the other hand, Nokia Lumia 920 with a polycarbonate body packs a tinge of yellow, red and white. The rounded edged phone is a pleasure to hold in palms but its bulky weight of 6.5 ounces and 0.47 inch of thick body scream out and make it difficult to handle this nice crafted piece of excellence.
The first thing that you’ll notice when you check out the iPhone 4S, is of course the Retina display. The iPhone 4s display measures 3.5 inches diagonally and boasts a resolution of 960×640 at a pixel density of 326, rendering the absolute sharpest videos in the business. However, Nokia offers a bigger 4.5 inch AMOLED display with PureMotion HD+ technology, at a resolution of 1,280×768 pixels with a pixel density of 332 pixels per inch, which is even better than the HD display available otherwise. Also, Nokia Lumia 920 has its ClearBlack technology which is an automatically activating system for adjusting brightness, color and contrast details by using a polarizing filter to cut off the reflections, to compensate for lighting and intended to deliver a clear display in the bright sun. The difference clearly speaks of the time gap between the two launches and the research involved.
iPhone 4S featured an enhanced iSight camera than the iPhone 4 boasting an 8MP camera with fifth lens added for razor sharp focusing. In addition, the ambient light sensor, auto LED flash and the larger f/2.4 lens allowed more amount of light for a better quality of ‘low light images’. However the front camera was VGA only. But as the time passes, Nokia takes out its PureView technology once again with Lumia 920 similar to the one we saw in Nokia 808 PureView, but with an 8.7MP camera accompanied with real optical image stabilization system and high-quality Carl Zeiss optics. Specs are favored for Nokia but a disappointing performance from Nokia 900 makes it difficult to take it as it is.
iPhone 4S is running iOS 5.0 as the operating system and is upgradable to iOS 6.0. It’s A5 Dual Core 1GHz processor was the fastest at the time rendering up to 2x the processing power and up to 7x the graphics. It was also very energy efficient. There were three variants available as 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with 512 RAM. For now, Nokia Lumia 920 runs the Windows Phone 8 OS and the 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, with 32GB internal memory and 1GB RAM.
While iPhone 4S doesn’t had any support for NFC as the technology was developed later, due to dual-band aerial design, the device managed to achieve double the data speed at 14.4 Mbps. However, Nokia Lumia 920 is way ahead in terms of the connectivity front with features like NFC, Bluetooth 3.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Wi-Fi Channel Bonding.
iPhone 4S doesn’t have any support for LTE and therefore, lacks behind the Nokia Lumia 920 who has LTE carriers such as AT&T and Verizon might soon be included in the list.
Nokia Lumia 920 is equipped with a 2,000 mAh battery promised to give a good playback time with Windows operating system being economical in the past as well. On the other hand, iPhone 4s has a Li-Ion 2000 mAh which had a good backup due to the energy efficient processor.
While Nokia is yet to announce its on-road price, Apple was launched in the market with a price tag of $199 for a 2 year contract.
Truly speaking, there is hardly any comparison between the two. The Nokia Lumia 920 easily takes the battle with new exciting features and advanced technology. But it is to be noticed that there is a good gap of more than a year and a half between the two productions and that has made the difference. Still, Apple’s iPhone 4S had some really good features like SIRI, the voice assistant, a feature which is still absent in any other smart phone.