Friday, May 31, 2013

Verizon's Nokia Lumia 928 vs AT&T's Nokia Lumia 920 – See what are the differences and which is your choice

Lumia 928 vs. Lumia 925
Verizon’s Nokia Lumia 928 has just now finally become official and it’s Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 device on the biggest carrier in the United States. But after so much time waiting for it, how does it differ from the AT&T and internationally launched Nokia Lumia 920 that we saw half a year ago? And has the wait been worth it?

Different design, Xenon flash

Good news is there are some differences. They start from the design - the Lumia 928 is virtually the same size with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 768-pixel OLED display, but the device is more blocky, rectangular, without the sharp edges of the Lumia 920, which thus produces better visual experience for people to watch HD movies on Lumia 928. Still, the back retains the typical Nokia pillowy convex shape.

When the Lumia 920 launched on AT&T six months ago it was widely perceived to be terribly bulky. It wasn’t a phablet, but it weighed more than some phablets. Luckily, the Lumia 928 is noticeably lighter at 5.7 ounces against the 6.53oz on the 920. The Verizon device is slightly thicker though, slightly taller and narrower as well.

The camera itself hasn’t changed much - it’s an 8.7-megapixel backside-illuminated module with a Carl Zeiss lens, but there is one key difference. The Lumia 928 features Xenon flash, a much more powerful and better balanced solution than LED flash on the Lumia 920.

Processor and internals haven’t changed

Just like the Lumia 920, in terms of sound, the Lumia 928 features three high-performance HAAC microphones recording sound distortion-free at levels of up to 140db. Verizon’s Windows Phone 8 newcomer also supports wireless charging out of the box, you’d just need to buy that charging plate.

Nothing hasn’t changed in the hardware either. The Lumia 928 has the same 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 225 graphics. The battery is also of the same 2000mAh size.

If we had to sum it up, we’d say that the Lumia 928 is a very modest upgrade over the Lumia 920. Its biggest advantage it the Xenon flash and the Verizon logo, otherwise it’s the same old device Nokia introduced six months ago. Will that be enough appeal against the much better specced Androids of today? Nokia has got a low $100 price tag to try and convince you it is, but it’s up to you to decide.

DESIGN

Dimensions
5.24 x 2.71 x 0.44 inches (133 x 69 x 11 mm)
5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches (130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm)

Weight
5.7 oz (162 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (125 g)
6.53 oz (185 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (125 g)

Colors
Black, White
Black, Yellow, Red, White, Gray

DISPLAY
Physical size
4.5 inches
4.5 inches
Resolution
768 x 1280 pixels
768 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
334 ppi
332 ppi
Technology
OLED
IPS LCD
Colors
16 777 216
16 777 216

BATTERY

Capacity
2000 mAh
2000 mAh

Type
Li - Polymer
Li - Ion

HARDWARE
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Processor
Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processor
Adreno 225
Adreno 225
System memory
1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / LPDDR2
1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / LPDDR2
Built-in storage
32 GB
32 GB

CAMERA
Camera
8.7 megapixels
8.7 megapixels
Flash
LED, Xenon
Dual LED
Aperture size
F2.0
F2.0
Focal length (35mm equivalent)
26mm
26mm
Features
Auto focus, Optical image stabilization, Geo tagging
Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Optical image stabilization, Exposure compensation, White balance presets, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder
1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Features
Video calling, Optical image stabilization
Video calling, Optical image stabilization
Front-facing camera
1.2 megapixels
1.3 megapixels
Video capture
1280x720 (720p HD)
1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)


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