LG have had a hard time a bit over recent years, failing to really make a huge impact in the smart phone market. Similarly, Nokia have dropped from grace somewhat in 2012 having lost their top spot in the industry as largest retailer of mobile phones in the world by volume, and also falling out of the top 5 in the smart phone market. Both phones are available on most networks including T Mobile, Orange, 3 Mobile, Vodafone etc. So how do these two leading phones of different brands compare on form, storage, display, hardware and software performance, and the camera.
Form, Appearance, and Design
The Lumia 920 packs a lot into its dimensions and therefore comes in at a weighty 185g, compared to the LG Optimus G at 145g. The LG is 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5mm. The Lumia 920 is 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7mm.
The Nokia is certainly one of the fatter of the premium end smart phones in the market over the last 6 months or so, but it is comfortable in the hand and certainly packs a punch within its dimensions.
The LG design has fairly rounded corners but is pretty much still a slab that is angular and rectangular. It includes a chrome trim that is tastefully done and looks nice. The back is textured but minimalist and offers a nice and premium look and feel. For me though, the LG is not innovative in design, although quite good looking.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is full of personality and character. It builds on the 900 model. It is extremely angular, bright, vivacious, and premium. Its polycarbonate unibody comes in yellow, red, blue, and other bright colors, or black, gray, or white if you are a bit more reserved. For me, the design of the Nokia is just more enthralling, and therefore, I give it the victory on the form, appearance, and design.
Both phones come with 32GB of internal memory and no microSD capacity. Therefore, both are disappointing, without the ability to enhance the onboard storage. Therefore, and this is disappointing, a draw.
The LG’s display is slightly larger at 4.7 inches compared to Nokia’s 4.5 inches. The LG is crisp, and the colour contrasts are excellent. They both have a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels and similar pixel density, with the Nokia just coming out on top with 332 ppi compared to 318 ppi. Nokia also benefits from the PureMotion HD Plus technology they have incorporated, and Nokia’s ClearBlack technology. These enhance the visuals on movies and images and provide really clear pictures with excellent contrasts and colour depth.
For me, the addition of the ClearBlack technology and the PureMotion HD Plus just trumps the IPS Plus LCD of the LG Optimus G. Both are excellent screens, but I give the victory on this front to the Nokia Lumia 920.
The Hardware, Software, and Performance
The processor on the LG is a Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon 1.5GHz. It is an extremely advanced processor considering when it was released. It comes with Ice Cream Sandwich, with the LG Optimus user interface 3.0. It can be updated to a fresher Android platform.
The Lumia 920 runs a similar processor. The operating system is Windows Phone 8, which is well-optimized for the processor. Both are fast, smooth, and responsive in performance, and so, I give a draw on this comparison.
The LG actually comes with a higher megapixel camera at 13 megapixels compared to the Nokia 8 megapixel offering. However, the Nokia gets more out of its specifications and has additional features such as stabilization and the PureView Technology. Therefore, Nokia Lumia 920 wins despite less MP.
The LG Optimus G and Nokia Lumia 920 Conclusion
The LG Optimus G certainly is a step forward for LG and signals perhaps their entry to the big time in the smart phone market. For me though, the Nokia Lumia 920 is a phone packed full of innovation and simply represents a better phone that delivers more.