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?”
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.
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.
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 - 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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Processor||Quad-core 2.2Ghz||Quad-core 2.46GHz|
|Video||30fps / 1080p||30fps / 2160p|
|Display||5"OLED ClearBlack||5.5" IPS Quad HD|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 / 441ppi||1440 x 2560 / 538ppi|
|Navigation||A-GPS HERE maps||A-GPS Google maps|
|4G / Wi-Fi||Yes||Yes|
Written by: Michael Brown
As the debate heats up below and my Google Plus followers give the LG G3 the thumbs up I ask "Can a video change your mind about the Nokia Lumia 930?"