The Nokia Lumia 900 has been released in January 2012 and it comes with Windows Mobile 7.5 Mango, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 has been announced on May 3rd 2012 and it hits the stores as of May 30th, running Google’s Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich, with the TouchWiz UI 4.0.
Both smartphone are very popular and when the Nokia Lumia 900 got released, people waited in line to be the first to get their hands on it. Lately Nokia hasn’t been able to sell very much smart phones, but the Lumia 900 has been a real success for the Finish company. But Samsung has done an even better job, as there have been a lot of pre-orders for the Galaxy S3 and it will probably become a best-seller once it gets released at the end of May.
Microsoft Windows Mobile 7.5 hasn’t caught the customers’ attention and it has a very small market share, while Android is the number one smartphone operating system. There are big differences between the two, Android being open source and highly customizable, while Windows Mobile follows Apple’s iOS path and doesn’t allow much customization to be done.
If we just compare the hardware present in the two smartphones, then Nokia Lumia 900 stand no chance as the Galaxy S3 features a quad-core 1.4 Ghz CPU with 1GB of RAM, while the Lumia comes with a single-core 1.4Ghz CPU and 512MB of RAM.
The processor present on Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300, a quad-core Exynos 4 1.4Ghz, is the fastest present on a smartphone and it will not be surpassed very soon. This made it the fastest smartphone on the market and it’s sole competitor at the moment is the HTC One X in terms of speed. Nokia Lumia features a Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon chip with a 1.4 GHz Scorpion CPU, being slower than even the older Galaxy S2 i9100. But it’s not all about the specs, as it also depends on how the operating system is built and what resources does it and its apps require.
The Nokia Lumia 900 performed very well in tests, even if it doesn’t sport the latest high-end hardware, so we cannot call it a total miss because of this.
The Galaxy S3 i9300 features a 720p Super Amoled HD 4.8-inch display, which looks wonderful, while the Lumia 900 comes with a 800 x 480 4.3-inch Amoled display. Due to the display, the Galaxy S3 is much bigger, but we still consider it a winner, because of the display quality, huge resolution and PPI. Lumia’s display has 217 PPI, while Samsung’s has 306, which is a really big differences.
In terms of size, the Galaxy S3 measures 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, while the Nokia Lumia 900 measures 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm and this means that the S3 is taller and wider, while the Lumia 900 is much thicker. The Lumia 900 is also much heavier, with 160 g, compared with S3’s 133 g.
Samsung’s Galaxy S3 comes in three versions, with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, along with 50GB of Dropbox storage, while the Lumia 900 only comes in a 16GB version. And unlike Lumia, Samsung’s flagship device also features a microSD card slot that can expand its storage by up to 32GB.
Both have 8MP cameras, but the Lumia features Carl Zeiss optics, though it’s has a bigger shutter lag than the S3. Also the Nokia Lumia 900 only records 720p video and features a 1.3MP camera. It’s another win for the S3, that records 1080p with the primary camera and 720p with the secondary one.
The Galaxy S3 i9100 has a 2,100 mAh battery and the Lumia a 1,830 one, but they both market the same battery lifetime and we can really call it a tie because Samsung’s Galaxy S3 definitely drains more battery due to its bigger display and more powerful CPU.
In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is much powerful, has more features and can be customized much better than the Lumia 900. It’s quad-core 1.4Ghz CPU, 4.8-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich can make a big difference. And like we said before, these aren’t it’s only advantages. Actually the Nokia Lumia 900 doesn’t have any advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S3.