ThomasThompson

With Nokia Lumias, does a higher number mean a better phone?

I was starting to tentatively look at Nokia Lumias but there are soooo many!

Does a higher number generally mean a better phone?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Aug. 18, 2014 at 22:46

Hm... Kind of, but kind of not, too :p
Lumia 1020 has the best camera of them all, but it's dual core, smaller etc...
Lumia 930 is quadcore, and pretty much like the Lumia 1520 which is only bigger... much bigger.
Mind you,with WP8.1 and the Cyan update, the older dual-core 1020 is every bit as fast as the newer quad-core 930...

I guess on a certain level, one could say, yes - the higher the number, the more better.
But it depends - are you looking at the overall package? The camera alone? Materials?
Screen size? Quality and resolution? The little things - such as Nokia's 'Glance' screen. Glance lets you wake the phone by double tapping it. And there's a live clock on the otherwise dark screen. I love it - reminds me of Symbian days. But: the high-end Lumia 930 uses an AMOLED screen that doesn't support the technology.

Then there's battery life: many people argue the Lumia 920 beats the 925 in terms of battery life and, in certain situations, in terms of camera performance, also...

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 18, 2014 at 22:46

Hm... Kind of, but kind of not, too :p
Lumia 1020 has the best camera of them all, but it's dual core, smaller etc...
Lumia 930 is quadcore, and pretty much like the Lumia 1520 which is only bigger... much bigger.
Mind you,with WP8.1 and the Cyan update, the older dual-core 1020 is every bit as fast as the newer quad-core 930...

I guess on a certain level, one could say, yes - the higher the number, the more better.
But it depends - are you looking at the overall package? The camera alone? Materials?
Screen size? Quality and resolution? The little things - such as Nokia's 'Glance' screen. Glance lets you wake the phone by double tapping it. And there's a live clock on the otherwise dark screen. I love it - reminds me of Symbian days. But: the high-end Lumia 930 uses an AMOLED screen that doesn't support the technology.

Then there's battery life: many people argue the Lumia 920 beats the 925 in terms of battery life and, in certain situations, in terms of camera performance, also...

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 18, 2014 at 22:55

Personally, I like the feel of the 920, the screen of the 1520, and the looks of the 925...
If you play games a lot, the 1520 is fun. I can play an hour of GTA San Andreas and the battery hardly notices. It's massive though. Really, really massive. But then: it's big enough to serve as an eReader, and you can read many webpages without zooming in...

Camera-wise the 1020 is stunning. But it does suffer from a bit of shutter lag (or rather focus lag...). The 930 and 1520 have faster cameras, and the image quality is still better than what most smartphones deliver.

ThomasThompson  Aug. 19, 2014 at 11:07

Woah lots to digest there, thanks!
Like you say, I suppose it depends what counts as "better" :)

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 19, 2014 at 12:02

Woah lots to digest there, thanks!
Like you say, I suppose it depends what counts as "better" :)


Yes, exactly.
And appearances... I think the 920 just didn't get any love because it looked like the 800, the N9, the 900... People thought - hey, can Nokia do something else. So, they lapped up the more 'stylish' 925 which was really not that much better. (Though, for its discounted price now, the 925 is a great phone).

The 930 is stunning and very fast. And I get great time from the battery.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 19, 2014 at 12:32

PS:
Here is an example of a not very helpful 'comparison'...

Lumia 925 vs 930 - "the design the same..." http://www.christianpost.com/news/nokia-lumia-930-vs-925-review-specs-features-and-price-comparison-124587/ No no no... the 2 look completely different in real life. Ridiculous.
And no mention of the 930's 2420mAh battery versus the 925's 2000mAh juicer. Considering the less power-hungry screen of the 930 and its more efficient processor, the difference is
enormous. The Lumia 925 lasted barely 8 hours on a full charge for me. The 930 gets me
through a full day and then some. And I'm using it more.

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