It’s been a busy year for smartphone manufacturers hoping to make a big impact on the market with various offerings of powerful devices featuring ground-breaking mobile technology. So, how do three of the most recent handsets measure up against each other in the smartphone stakes?
Nokia Lumia 925
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- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 4.5-inch AMOLED display
- 16GB internal storage
- Windows Phone 8
- 8.7 megapixel camera
- 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
The Lumia 925 is the latest high-end handset from Nokia, with the Finnish firm describing the device as its ‘best smartphone ever’.
Coming to the fore as a ‘new interpretation’ of its predecessor, the Lumia 920, the Lumia 925 sees metal introduced to the Lumia range for the first time.
The polycarbonate coated aluminium bodywork comes in three different colours, white, black and grey. This cosmetic alteration signals a change in direction from the colourful plastic models previously seen from Nokia.
Also onboard the handset is a new optical system featuring a six-element lens. Light has to pass through these six layers before reaching the image sensor to help correct image distortion, but at 8.7-megapixels, Nokia’s camera capabilities don’t quite match those seen on the recent flagships from HTC and Samsung.
An updated version of the Windows Phone 8 software is also set to iron out previous imagery issues to offer brighter photos in low light conditions.
Weighing in at 139g and measuring 8.5mm thick, the Lumia 925 has a much lighter and thinner body than that of its predecessors, with the enhanced 4.5-inch AMOLED screen and higher resolution helping users see everything on the display clearly even in bright sunlight.
The Lumia 925 will also feature Nokia Music, which allows access to an unlimited stream of music playlists, amongst a range of other innovative features soon to be confirmed ahead of its release at the end of June.
Samsung Galaxy S4
- 1.9GHz quad-core processor
- 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display
- 13-megapixel camera
- 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
- 7.9mm thick
Dubbed as the ‘most lusted after Android smartphone to date’, the Galaxy S4 has broken retail records hitting the 10 million sales mark less than a month after its release.
Retaining the plastic white finish, which has become synonymous with Samsung devices, the phone maker received some criticism over its choice of material for its latest handset. In fact many industry experts have deemed some of the Samsung Galaxy S4 deals as rather too pricey for a new flagship which looks not too dissimilar from its predecessor, the Galaxy S III.
There have however been a number of tweaks implemented by the Korean manufacturer to improve its latest flagship of the Galaxy line-up.
The rounded edges seen on some of Samsung’s previous models have been squared off making the S4 much easier to grip. It is also slimmer and thinner the S III as well as its Xperia Z and HTC One rivals. The practical engineering of the handset makes for a superb design which houses a large 5-inch screen into a relatively svelte frame.
The Galaxy S4 is the first smartphone to boast an AMOLED display with a Full HD resolution, with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and the most recent version of TouchWiz UI on-hand for an intuitive user experience.
Packed with innovative functions, Samsung has upped its game, bringing elements such as Smart Pause and Air Gesture to the table. Using eye-tracking technology, Smart Pause will automatically stop a video if it detects the user has looked away from the screen, while Air Gesture allows a swipe of the hand across the device to control certain functions such as flicking through photos or answering calls.
The S4 cameras, both rear and front-facing, are excellent with 1080p Full HD video recording at 30 frames per second. There’s also a new feature in the form of Dual Shot which uses the two cameras simultaneously, creating a picture in picture effect.
- 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor
- 4.2-inch multi-touch LCD display
- BlackBerry 10 OS
- 8-megapixel camera
- 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- 9mm thick
BlackBerry received healthy demand for its first smartphone of 2013, shipping one million Z10 handsets in its first month on sale.
With its understated design, the Z10 could fall into the functional ‘substance over style’ category, due to its large glass front sandwiched between two plastic ends, and a slightly rubberised back cover.
Although it could be considered a little on the chunky side, the device is more durable than it is heavyweight, with the 4.2-inch full touchscreen being a massive design change from the firm’s previous QWERTY models. The display also has screen resolution of 330ppi, which exceeds that of the iPhone 5 resulting in an impressive level of sharpness.
Navigating across the BlackBerry 10 platform is largely gesture-based, which sees various directional swipes across the display performing different tasks, such as navigating back to the homescreen and the unlocking of the handset.
Apps can be minimised to become ‘active frames’, which also function as live widgets showing real-time updates. Central to BlackBerry 10 is the BlackBerry Hub – a stream of notifications pulled from every account the user holds including Gmail, Facebook and Twitter, detailing messages, updates and notifications.
The 8-megapixel camera produces high-quality images which are vivid and crisp, although at times a little dark. A new function in the form of Time Shift also sits on board the camera app allowing parts of an image to be wound back a few milliseconds to eradicate those group shots where one person has their eyes closed.
If you’re looking for crystal clear photos the Nokia Lumia 925 is your best bet, whereas if top-of-the-range tech is your thing, the Galaxy S4 is the phone for you. However, if you’re a die-hard BlackBerry fan who wants to experience the firm’s new
mobile platform on a full touchscreen, the Z10 is the way to go.
This guest post was written by Stefanie Keeling of Phones 4u – home of the latest mobile phones and contracts.