Apple Iphone 4S vs Nokia Lumia 900 AT&T - Difference, Pros and Cons

Nokia Lumia 900 AT&T Iphone 4S
4G Network LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100

AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

16M colors

480 x 800 pixels

4.3 inches

~217 ppi pixel density


Corning Gorilla Glass

Nokia ClearBlack display

No Card slot

Internal 16GB storage, is it enough

512 MB RAM, not 1Gb


8 MP cam, 3264x2448 pixels

Carl Zeiss optics


Dual-LED flash

720p@30fps video capturing

Video stabilization

Secondary cam, 1.3 MP, VGA@30fps

Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon

CPU 1.4 GHz

Scorpion GPU Adreno 205



Proximity sensor

Threaded view


Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS with A-GPS

No Java support

MicroSIM card support only

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation

Document viewer/editor

Predictive text input

"Those who will purchase one between now and April 21st – will receive a$100 credit to their AT&T bill from Nokia", Nokia guarantees

"We identified a software issue. In short, a memory management issue was discovered that could, in some cases, lead to loss of data connectivity. This issue is purely in the phone software, and is not related to either phone hardware or the network itself.". official website says. However the issue is being identified as an issue prevailant in first batch and now been addressed. Anyone who bought one can grab new one in exchange with the faulty one or update the software

Polycarbonate unibody

1830 mAh battery

8-megapixel camera has a wide aperture (F2.2) and wide-angle focal length (28mm). Low-light photos will look great

Nokia USA partnered with Monster and yielded the Nokia Purity HD On
Ear Stereo Headset – which now
also available for sale from April 8

Nokia Drive offers free voice guided turn-by-turn navigation.

The exclusive ESPN sports hub come pre-loaded on the Lumia 900

AT&T Mobile U-Verse Mobile allows AT&T U-Verse TV subscribers to schedule and manage their DVR and even watch TV shows while on the go. There are more than 100 TV series and 700 TV shows available for consumption

Biggest yet thinnest Windows Phone to date by Nokia

First phone to support high-speed LTE data transfers

The Nokia Lumia 900 has picked up CNET’s best of CES smartphone award

Was built exclusively for AT&T

Data downloads up to 50Mbps on AT&T’s 4G LTE network

SkyDrive cloud storage

If you switch to flight mode and use it just as an MP3 music player, it’ll keep going for more than two-and-a-half days.


Skydrive is not your dropbox on Lumia 900

AMOLED display, one of the best ever

Nokia Drive offline/online GPS nav

Voice search & voice launch apps

Power button placement is uncomfortable

Can't change volume when screen is off

Only 85,000-100,000 apps at launch

Needs a notifications section

Some older games lack fast resume Summary

The Polycarbonate housing is very solid, smooth and of high quality

The cyan color really stands out as a special phone

"Everything else just looks plain and boring next to this phone. The ClearBlack AMOLED display is absolutely gorgeous and blows away any washed out LCD like the iPhone's. Colors are much more vibrant and images appear to float on the top of the screen like an actual photograph", a mesmarised user utters

Blacks are so dark and inky that you can't even tell where the screen meets the bezel

The signal strength is amazing

Calls clarity is outstanding

Visual voicemail is included with this phone for free

4G LTE speeds are blazing and Yankees are overwhelmed. You can get downloads in the range of 20Mbps on this phone if your in NYC

Internet connection sharing with up to 5 other devices is available on some data plans

The external speaker on the phone has great volume and since it is on the bottom instead of the back. It doesn't get muffled when you put the phone down on a surface or hold it in your hand.

The camera can be brought up even when the phone is locked just by holding down the dedicated camera button.

You can snap photos in widescreen or fullscreen mode and upload directly to Facebook Twitter or Skydrive without having to open another app.

25GB of free cloud storage with SkyDrive.

"Battery life is incredible by smartphone standards. After using my phone all day yesterday to look at apps, browse the web, take photos, listen to music, etc. I had almost 50% battery left by the end of the day." a user recalls

This phone can last you a day and a half easily on a single charge.

AT&T includes some nice apps like

1. U-verse video streaming
2. MyWireless to check your data usage, change your plan or pay your bills.

There are also exclusive CNN, ESPN, Univision, and college sports applications on Nokia's Lumia

You can earn Xbox Live achievements on the go. You can even see your friends avatars and edit your Xbox Live avatar on this phone!

Few of the usefull apps on Windows Phone

1. YouTube Pro lets you download and upload videos to Youtube right from a tile on your start screen. It can play videos in HD as well and you can pin any Youtube channel you subscribe to on the start screen. The pinned live tile will update with the image of any new video that is uploaded to that Youtube channel.
2. Radio Controlled is a Pandora music app that plays all of your Pandora playlists
3. Gmaps Pro gives you Google Maps on your phone including Google Latitude to track your friends and family
4. "Hey DJ" lets you use your voice to load songs, artists and playlists.

Voice to launch any app just by holding down the Windows button and saying "Start Netflix" or "Open Netflix."

You can also search for weather by saying "weather" or find movie show times nearby just by saying "movies." (is this Siri?)

Voice to launch app is very swift

The 1.3-megapixel front-facing cam video cast is terrible

Shutter lags, takes some time to focus before capturing a photo

The cam doesnt give smarter closeups when focusing on subjects located at distance

Cam shots bit yellowish

iPhone 4S photos are sharper, more vibrant, have more contrast

Apps are more expensive

Though it support 4G, most countries lack such kind of towers. So outside US the 4G capabilities wont be a deal maker

Angry Birds Space, the latest avian attack instalment, is not available yet in the market

Few usefull apps available at the market

Kindle/ Audible
USA Today
Fox News
MLB at Bat

By the end of May the Windows Phone platform will have over 100,000 apps in total

If you have a lot of videos or a ton of songs you are going to need to compress them to fit on the 16GB of storage

Zune PC software compresses files on the device itsefl

With Zune you can impose the exact bitrate you want it to make of all your songs

Not all games have been updated yet to support fast app switching (hold down the back arrow to bring up the task switcher), this is changing over time though as each developer updates their games. All new games seem to support the fast app switching as well

low price

Quality of the hardware

Even when it's so hard for Android devs to make money, its doubtfull that companies going to invest and allocate resources in Windows

Free to new AT&T customers

$49 for current customers who renew contracts at Walmart and $100 if you don't qualify otherwise

You won't notice any scratches

Dual LED flash

Screen is big and bright, but only comes with 800 x 480 resolution

The images seem a bit washed out

The Nokia Lumia 900 is exclusive to AT&T for now.

Cannot change the font size for texts

Most cant believe they are selling something like this for only 100

When you go to the app market you will notice that few of top apps missing

Works great in direct sunlight

Premium look and feel

Life time turn by turn navigation

People Hub

Local Scout

Social network deep integration

Camera doesnt do well

The housing is not coated. Some may find their fingers glued to it. A fingerprint magnet.

No FM transmitter

No bluetooth file transfer

No plug and play to pc (requires zune)

Smooth navigation

Simple interface

Lack of customization options

Cannot customise ringing settings

No way to set sound profiles such as 'Normal', 'Silent', 'Office', 'Meeting', etc

Artistic interface

Cannot individually control the ringer volume and the text-to-speech volume

Synchronization of contacts between Facebook, Windows Live!, and Google is straight-forward

Facebook app will be obsolete thanks to the 'People' tile

The screen itself is great and on par with the Galaxy S II's AMOLED+ in terms of color, brightness, and viewing angles

Speaker is loud and clear

Call quality is good

The phone features voice recognition for speech-to-text and a few phone commands such as "text this person" or "listen to music etc

Syncing with Zune is easy, but you may have some problems with DRM on old CD's which you have ripped years ago.

Cannot choose which options you'd like to sort your lists by with Zune; instead its only "Albums", "Artists", "Title", etc

The phone is great for business and work-related items especially having a condensed version of MS Office which includes Word and Excel as well as a PowerPoint viewer

Buy a rubberized case for it and a screen cover. Fingerprints show up easily and the case is a little slippery if you don't have a full-handed grip on it

The power button is too easy to hit by accident

You may end up locking the phone screen when hit the volume rocker

One-thumb scrolling

Reported LTE speeds -20Mbps down 7Mbps up

Unique and elegant design

25GB cloud storage

Elegant & speedy OS

Nokia Drive offline/online GPS nav

Voice search & voice launch apps

Most users claim a staggering 2-day battery life

Can't change volume when screen is off

Only 85,000-100,000 apps

Needs a notifications section

Some older games lack fast resume

The best smart phone deal on American soil these days

Blacks are so dark and inky that you can't even tell where the screen meets the bezel

The signal strength is outstanding

Visual voicemail is for free
iOS 5 integrated with iCloud

Quad-band 3G support

Dual-band CDMA

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO support

Relatively small display 3.5"

LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen

A massive 640 x 960 px resolution

Scratch-resistant front and rear glasses

Fingerprint-resistant coating
on both sides, back and front

1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU


Apple A5 SoC

512MB ( plenty ) of RAM

Voice recognition

Siri virtual assistant

8 MP autofocus camera

LED flash

Touch focus

1080p video recording at 30fps

Wi-Fi hotspot

GPS with A-GPS

Digital compass

16/32/64GB storage


Proximity sensor

Three-axis gyro sensor

Active noise cancellation with a dedicated secondary

Stereo Bluetooth v4.0

Secondary front-facing VGA camera

Picture and Video editors

A new antenna design

Much improved signal reception in poor signal areas

MicroSIM card support only

No Flash support in the web browser

No real multitasking

FaceTime video calls facilitate only over Wi-Fi

No file transfer over Bluetooth or USB Mass
Storage mode (itune dependent)

No FM radio

No stereo speakers

No microSD card slot

Non-user-replaceable battery

Siri is a joke

Location services not enabled outside US

iTunes monopolize the area of loading content
MicroUSB adapter is absent in the box

LED-backlit IPS Retina
screen is behind Super AMOLED HDs

Display hasn't seen much improvement when compared with the predecessor, Iphone 4

Exceptional visibility in sunlight

Substantial viewing angles in the screen

The glass back is prone to breaks in case it slides through owners hand
as it doesnt give a good grip

iPhone 4 accessories won't go nearly as well with iphone 4s

The home button launches the Siri virtual assistant briskly

The volume up key compromises a camera shuttering as well

MicroSIM card slot opening can be well endured only with the enclosed SIM eject tool, carry it

No stereo speakers

Its 1430mAh this time, has seen bit improvement

The bumper cases are still needed for protection, regarding the antenna

Sports two antennas to tackle the "death grip" issue

Both antennas support both standards, GSM and CDMA

Don't fear, death grip won't interfere. Hold it anywise, the antennas can switch between any mode when required. When one antenna is blocked, the other volunteers

The hit! SAR values are all time high

Text input can be feeded through voice and is recognised throughout the system

No layers or advanced menus

Apple ensures the user with more than 200 new features, but most doubt the number

The notifications
area is improved and notifications can be received on both the lockscreen and homescreen

Each notification is configurable ie view in Notification Center, view on Lock Screen, number of shown items etc

When you attend to one lockscreen notification, other notifications disappear from the lockscreen

Notification Center
only supports two widgets at the moment, Weather and Stock

Dictionary is executable throughout all the native iOS app interfaces

A dedicated Camera shortcut is present on the lockscreen.

The Newsstand app which resides on homescreen bundles all the purchased digital editions into one folder

Notification Center accessibility is system wide

No smart dialing

System wide Spotlight search

Faster than its predecessor when CPU performance is compared and as Apple put it into words seven times faster when it comes to 3D performance

Only iPhone contacts can be labeled well, leaves google synced contacts in cold allocating only three labels at most

Mail, voicemail, calendar and reminder sound alerts can be customized

When carrier fails to support FaceTime activation by phone number, email can be used as ID ( automatically done )

Good reception

CDMA available only on CDMA network activated handsets. To get it straight, if you buy an iPhone with a GSM SIM card, it won't catch CDMA coverage

Better loudspeaker performance

FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi is only compatible with devices that come from the same hood such as iPhone 4, Macs and new iPod Touches

No SMS delivery reports

iMessage lets exchange instant text and multimedia messages between iOS 5-running things via Wi-Fi or 3G

iMessage automatically picks receivers iMessage receivability

The mail app supports multiple email accounts and a universal inbox is amounted

Mail app lacks a "Select All" option

The gallery syncs with Mac OS X's iPhoto

The movie editor iMovie, is a paid app

DivX and XviD videos are not supported

As Apple officially claims, the iPhone 4S camera takes the first photo in just 1.1 seconds and takes just half a second in betweens

Fastest camera phone on market, tested and proven

Framerate of the video capturing drops to somewhere near 26fps when the lighting provided is dim

In all tests carried out on camera and camcorder at major phone review labs, the iPhone 4S has beaten even the Galaxy S II to the dust

Videos are having only mono sound output(64Kbps@ 44.1kHz).

A consistent framerate and a continuous autofocus

No option to toggle between 1080p and 720p in camcorder

AE/AF lock is present

Real-time video stabilization

Cam focus reluctant to change when light conditions get more lighter or darker

Videos of around 20 minutes eat up a whopping 3.2GB of iPhone’s non-expandable memory

USB tethering and Bluetooth tethering is available

No LTE support

If the phone is activated with a GSM operator, you can't roam in CDMA networks

Only phones activated with CDMA carriers are eligible to roam in CDMA networks

JavaScript and HTML performance
way ahead Android ( proven and tested with benchmark results)

With Private Browsing option you can brows without a trace

Web pages can be read in the simplest form with the Reader option of the browser

Web pages cannot be saved in the Reader

Social network integration is limited to Twitter

Inbuild YouTube app compensate the lack of flash

Firmware can be updated over-the-air

iTunes sync now doesn't lock your device, you can use it during the process

Notification LED

Outside the US, Siri wont search for nearby points of interests and businesses

Siri supports a limited number of languages at present

Siri wont pick your silly accents

The UK, English and French users are deprived of the Siri's delicate female voice

Siri will read out messages, schedule appointments, reminders, take down notes, launch apps, carry out searches, call or send messages and even take down dictations in any app
that involve text entry

Free iCloud usable data space is 5GB only

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