For a while back in the early 2000s, it looked like Windows phones might be the way of the future. Of course, that didn’t really pan out, and we all either stuck with Apple, or switched to Android.
But the Windows phone is back in a new reincarnation with Nokia’s Lumia 920. And it’s a pretty nice looking phone, sleek, with sharp edges and corners, and available in a stunning red.
On the other hand, Motorola’s RAZR HD (whose very name is reminiscent of old school flip phones) is a bit of the same old, same old. It’s a normal, curved corner smart phone, nothing special. But choosing a phone isn’t just about looks, it’s about function.
So, does Windows finally have what it takes to beat Android? Sadly, despite the Lumia’s sexy looks, it appears that Android is set to win out again. Want to know why? Then read on…
What the Lumia Does Well…
Alright, so the Lumia has more internal storage, coming in at 32 GB over Motorola’s 12 GB. That means more pictures, movies and videos can be stored on your device, and that’s pretty nice. The Lumia also has a higher PPI screen and a higher resolution screen, which means you get crisper, brighter, better picture quality. Only by around ten per cent though, so it’s not amazingly better.
The one thing that the Lumia does do exceptionally well is take pictures. The 8.7 MP camera is fantastic, taking clearer pictures that blow up into better quality prints. If you’re a bit of a phone pic junkie, then the camera on the Lumia might seal the deal for you. However, that’s really all the Lumia has to offer.
What the Droid RAZR Does Better…
Motorola’s Droid RAZR HD does pretty much everything else better. The highlight is probably the Super AMOLED screen, which is brighter and cleaner than Nokia’s old LCD style screen.
However, the device is also smaller, lighter and thinner than the Nokia, by around twenty per cent. Size is important in smart phones nowadays, and considering they have pretty much the same screen size, that twenty per cent phone size difference is actually a pretty big one.
You also get the ability to run multiple apps at once, something that Android has always excelled in, meaning you can read the news and chat on Skype at the same time. And of course, you’re connected to Android’s marketplace, so downloading new features, games and the like is extra easy.
As for talk time, the RAZR beats the Lumia by a mile, coming in with sixteen hours of talk time per battery charge cycle compared to Lumia’s ten hours.
Windows just doesn’t have what it takes to beat out Android. Not yet at any rate, and probably not in the near future.
The Nokia Lumia 920 looks beautiful, and it performs relatively well as a smart phone. But the truth is that the Motorola Droid RAZR HD wins out simply because it runs an Android operating system. The functionality and features of the phones themselves aren’t actually that much different. But the operating systems are very different, and Android, as before, takes the cake every time.
Phil Turner has recently spent a lot of time researching phones, operating systems and networks. He has come to the conclusion that Tesco mobile phones have everything going for them except that “Tesco” on the screen all the time.