Nokia Lumia 930 vs LG G3

LG G3 vs Nokia Lumia 930

Behold the ultimate comparison of the Nokia Lumia 930 vs the LG G3!

These two new smartphones are about to be released, both have official specs announced, leading us to the question “Which is the better phone, the Nokia Lumia 930 or the LG G3?”

First thoughts on the G3 and Lumia 930

For many the choice may simply come down to the operating platform on which each phone runs. The LG G3 is powered by Android v4.4 KitKat whilst the Nokia Lumia 930 is powered by Windows Phone 8.1.

Android is tried and tested with a huge app store in Google Play backing it up. Windows Phone operating systems on the other hand have had a rocky start and a mixed response from many critics. This said however the latest update 8.1 has resolved many of the perceived problems on both smartphone and PC and by delivering the same experience on Xbox, PC and smartphone support is finally starting to build.

Nokia Lumia 930

So maybe now the time has come to leave the OS debate behind as we take a look at the specs of both mobile phones followed by a look at the most interesting apps and unique features, which is well worth a read!

If that isn’t enough for you then at the end of this article you can compare the phones side-by-side in a spec vs spec table or voice your own opinions on my Google Plus stream.

Camera 

Nokia Lumia 930 - The 20 megapixel PureView camera guarantees the capability to capture high-quality photos but the video side of things has been given extra focus with four directional microphones for Surround-Sound. The Nokia Camera App is also on board for editing results and sharing is easy via the integration of Nokia Storyteller, Instagram and the main social networks.

LG G3

LG G3 - A 13 megapixel camera is incorporated into the design of the G3 and the optical image stabilisation is assisted by a Laser Auto Focus that instantly measures the distant to objects to deliver perfect focus. Low-light images can also be captured with naturally toned colours thanks to a dual LED flash that emits two different colours. 


Winner - I can’t decide, it’s pixels vs Laser Auto Focus!


Music

Nokia Lumia 930 - Nokia MixRadio comes pre-installed allowing music lovers to access unlimited and commercial free music streaming at no cost Listen to an up to date music mix or customise the music experience for you. You can also listen while offline and fine-tune the output with the graphic equaliser and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.

LG G3 - A 1-Watt speaker with amp boost pumps out clear high-pitched sounds and deep lows without the need for additional speakers.


Winner - 1 Watt may not sound much but in smartphones the LG G3 has just become the king of music, take that HTC BoomSound! 


Display

Nokia Lumia 930 - The 5 inch OLED display offers a high-definition experience with 1080 x 1920 pixels. The Lumia 930 uses Nokia’s ClearBlack technology so there will be no eye-strain even when using this smartphone under direct sunlight. 

Lumia 930 colours

LG G3 - Slightly bigger at 5.5 inches the Quad HD Display offers a near edge-to-edge experience and there are more pixels too (1440 x 2560) giving the G3 a pixel density of 538ppi.


Winner - Bigger is better and the clarity of the visuals make the LG G3 a clear winner here. That is of course unless you happen to be out and about an one those rare days when the sun shines in the UK!


Performance

Nokia Lumia 930 - Under the hood we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2 GHz processor as well as wireless charging built-in and 4G connectivity.

LG G3 - Again a quad-core processor is used, this time with a slightly more powerful 2.46 GHz. Wireless charging capabilities are also built-in for those who wish to buy a wireless charger accessory.


Winner - There is nothing in it here, so let’s call it a dead heat.


Apps and unique features

Nokia Lumia 930 - There are loads of things to shout about here and the most notable inclusions are OneNote, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Papyrus handwriting note-taking app, Xbox Live Hub, Adidas miCoach running companion, Nokia Beamer for screen sharing and Vine for creating looping videos. 

The Lumia 930 also offers free turn-by-turn GPS navigation with offline HERE maps, Augmented reality with LiveSight, speed limit warnings and live traffic information.

Lumia 930 HERE maps

Photography apps are in no short supply wither with Creative Studio editing tools, Cinemagraph for blending photos and movie-like animations and Nokia Refocus that lets you decide later what you want in focus after the shot.

LG G3 - While Nokia have gone all out with a bounty of included apps, LG has taken the opposite approach by merging apps that do similar things with the promise of fewer apps delivering a less cluttered look and therefore better experience.

There are new features though to get excited about. These include Smart Notice that keeps the phone up to date with maintenance prompts such as "Would you like to erase the 7 apps you haven't used in the last 2 months?".

Another experience enhancing tool is a virtual keyboard with customisable key sizes. Combine this with Quick Move and Quick Correction and your typing experience has just become a whole lot less of a headache.

Merged apps

Spec vs spec

Feature Nokia Lumia 930 LG G3
OS Windows Phone 8.1 Android v4.4
Size 137 x 71 x 9.8 mm 146 x 75 x 9.1 mm
Weight 167 grams 151 grams
Memory 32GB 16GB
Card slot No Yes
Processor Quad-core 2.2Ghz Quad-core 2.46GHz
Camera 20MP 13MP
Video 30fps / 1080p 30fps / 2160p
Selfie camera 1.2MP 2.1MP
Display 5"OLED ClearBlack 5.5" IPS Quad HD
Resolution 1080 x 1920 / 441ppi 1440 x 2560 / 538ppi
Battery 2420mAh 3000mAh
Navigation A-GPS HERE maps A-GPS Google maps
Facebook Yes Yes
Twitter Yes Yes
WhatsApp Yes Yes
4G / Wi-Fi Yes Yes

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Written by: Michael Brown

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