HTC One X versus Nokia Lumia 900: Battle of the Titans

 
on March 15 2012 12:11 PM

Apple iPhone 4S is in cold zone and the new flagship device (iPhone 5?) will be launched in Q3 2012. So, now it is perfect time for other manufacturers to succeed with their smartphones. Mighty Nokia is changing its Windows phones flagship with Lumia 900. On the other hand, HTC is going to debut its One X - the quad-core phone introduced at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year.

Let's see how these phones stand against each other in battle of the Titans or Spartans, or whatever you call it.

Display

HTC One X features 4.7-inch Super IPS LCD2 touchscreen with 720p resolution. Nokia Lumia 900, on the other hand, features 4.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen. The screen resolution in Lumia 900 is 480 X 800 pixels. HTC One X outruns Lumia 900 in screen comparison test as it has superior screen with pixels density of 312ppi as compared to Lumia's screen with 217ppi pixel density. However, Nokia has used ClearBlack display technology in designing Lumia 900. Corning Gorilla Glass protection can be found in both these phones.

Processor and Memory

HTC One X is known for its quad-core 1.5 GHz Tegra 3 processor. It has 1GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal storage. Surprisingly, there is no expandable memory option in One X. Also, the AT&T variant of One X will be dual-core only, based on Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.

Turning to Nokia's gem, it sports the regular 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor. It has 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Unluckily, Lumia 900, like HTC One X, lacks microSD card slot.

Connectivity

In connectivity department, One X features Wi-Fi with DLNA sharing and hotspot functionality, Bluetooth version 4.0, NFC, assisted GPS and microUSB version 2.0 with MHL support. There is no FM Radio support in One X.

Nokia Lumia 900 features Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP+EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, assisted GPS with GLONASS and microUSB version 2.0 with HS.

Camera

One X is scores high with its 8-megapixel camera and LED flash support. It records 1080p videos at 30fps with stereo sound recording. There is also a secondary 1.3-megapixel camera in the device that is capable of recording 720p videos.

Lumia 900, giving a head-to-head competition, is packed up with 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Optic lens. Against LED flash support in One X, Lumia's snapper has dual-LED support and can record 720p videos at 30fps. The front facing camera in Lumia 900 records VGA video at 15fps.

User Interface

This is the real fighting section - Windows Mango Vs Google Android. HTC One X runs the latest Android OS version 4.0 dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) topped by HTC Sense UI version 4.0. Additionally, HTC offers 25GB of Dropbox storage free for 2 years, Beats Audio integration and enhanced video and photo capabilities.

Nokia Lumia 900 will run Windows Phone Mango OS 7.5. For online storage, Lumia 900 has Microsoft Skydrive that gives 25GB of online storage to every user for free. Lumia will be blessed with all Microsoft features including Office editors and regular firmware updates. However, the Web browser in Lumia 900 lacks flash support.

Here the battle is same as Android 4.0 OS vs WP7.5 Mango. Android is better for customization and have versatile app support. Windows Phone Mango OS is more stable and business oriented than Google's Android. Also, android phones are slow on OS updates. It rumored that Nokia Lumia 900 can get Windows 8 OS. If that's true, Lumia 900 can score big.

Battery Life

Nokia Lumia 900 is powered by a standard 1830 mAh Li-Ion battery that will give an estimated talk time of 7 hours. HTC One X is powered with 1800 mAh Standard Li-Po battery. One X's performance in terms of battery life is yet unknown. But, the bigger screen with more pixels and quad-core processors will consume a lot of juice.

Verdict

From technological specification viewpoint, Nokia Lumia 900 is clearly outgunned, outpaced and outmaneuvered by HTC One X. HTC One X has better camera, a faster processor and better storage capacity. It can turn out be a good entertainment-cum-gaming device.

But, we also cannot take Nokia Lumia 900 lightly. Lumia 900 is best for business users. It packs superior navigation technology with GLONASS support. WP7.5 mango runs butter-smooth and the probability of system crashing is far lower than any Android OS.

Which of these phones can survive in the deadly Battle of Titans? Let us know by leaving your comments below.

(reported by Johnny Wills, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)

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