iPhone 4S vs. Lumia 900 – Nokia to Take a Bite Out of Apple?

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The Finnish phonemaker is all set to kick-off the launch of its biggest bet – Nokia Lumia 900 -- in an event later today at New Yourk Times Square.

The Nokia Lumia 900, which was launched at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Monday, is expected to provide tough competition for all iPhones and Android-powered devices. The company believes the latest Lumia could take a large bite out of market shares from other smartphones and could be considered the industry's benchmark in coming days.

Nokia's flagship Windows phone - the Lumia 900 handset - was described as iconic, beautiful and fast by Chris Weber, the President of Nokia in North America. Additionally, the Lumia 900 is the company's first 4G LTE phone and will run on the AT&T network.

On the other hand, Apple's iPhone 4S has already received overwhelmingly positive responses from across the world. The phone has Apple's latest operating system - the iOS 5 and revolutionary features like Siri - a voice-assisted artificial intelligence and personal assistant - iCloud, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology and a 3.5-inch TFT Retina multi-touch display.

Let us take a look at the specifications of the Nokia Lumia 900 and compare them to the Apple iPhone 4S...

Display: The Nokia Lumia 900 sports a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 pixels Super AMOLED Plus capacitive ClearBlack touch-screen with 217 ppi density. The Corning Gorilla Glass is used to protect the screen. The iPhone 4S, on the other hand, has a 3.5-inch 640 x 960 pixels LED-backlit IPS TFT, capacitive touch-screen with 330 ppi density.

Size: The Nokia Lumia comes with dimensions of 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm and weighs 160g, while the iPhone 4S measures 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm and weighs 140g.

Processor: The Lumia 900 comes with a 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor, Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon, Adreno 205 GPU with 16GB internal storage and 512MB RAM. The iPhone 4S, on the other hand, comes with an A5 chipset powered by a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU and has fixed 16/32/64 GB internal storage capacities.

Camera: The Lumia 900 sports a rear-facing 8 megapixel, 3264x2448 pixels unit dual LED flash camera with 720p video capture capabilities and a secondary 1.3 megapixel camera for video calling. Nokia has used Carl Zeiss optics for the new Lumia 900. The iPhone 4S also has a rear-facing 8 megapixel 3264x2448 pixels unit LED flash camera... but with 1080p video capture capacity. Unlike the Lumia, the iPhone 4S' secondary camera is a VGA one. The Lumia 900 has geo-tagging and auto focus technologies but the iPhone 4S has touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, advanced optics, video stabilization and photo stream features.

3G/4G: The Nokia Lumia 3G comes with HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps and supports 4G LTE. On the other hand, the iPhone 4S has HSDPA 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA 5.8 Mbps.

Operating System: The Lumia 900 will run on the latest Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and will offer one-touch access to social networking sites, along with features like easy grouping of contacts, communication threads and Internet Explorer 9. Apple's iPhone 4S runs on the newest iOS 5 that comes with 200 new features, including an improved Notifications System, Newsstand and iMessage.

WLAN/Bluetooth/USB: The Lumia 900 has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 2.1 version with A2DP and EDR, and microUSB 2.0 versions. On the other hand, the iPhone 4S has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, advanced Bluetooth 4.0 version with A2DP and USB 2.0 version.

Battery: The Nokia phone has a standard Li-Ion 1830 mAh (BP-6EW) battery that gives up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 60 hours of music play and up to 300 hours of standby time. The Apple smartphone has a Li-Po 1420 mAh battery, with 8 hours of talk time on 3G networks, up to 14 hours on 2G networks (GSM) and a standby time of 200 hours.

Pricing: Nokia is yet to disclose the price of the new Lumia 900 but the iPhone 4S costs $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model with a two-year contract from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

Other Features: The Lumia 900 has features like HTML5, Adobe Flash, an Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, Xbox Live Hub, voice navigation and a document viewer/editor.

The Apple iPhone 4S comes with a scratch-resistant oleophobic surface, multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, three-axis gyro sensor, proximity sensor for auto turn-off, iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, HTML (Safari), A-GPS support, GLONASS, micro-SIM card support only, scratch-resistant glass back panel, active noise cancelation with dedicated mic, Siri natural language commands and dictation, iCloud cloud service, Twitter integration, Digital compass and Google Maps.

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