Apple iPhone (3GS, 4) versus Nokia Lumia 920 [cell phones]

From point of view of a handicapped person with right below elbow amputation issues (cf. title of this blog), Apple's iPhone was found to be cumbersome. I reported these to Apple numerous times, with absolutely no effect whatsoever. Apple also appears to violate American law with that. 

Not so Nokia.

I bought a Nokia Lumia 920 that runs Windows Phone 8. And a side by side comparison yields a very clear result. The Nokia Lumia 920 wins that side by side comparison.

Here are the details.

The iPhone (left) features small icons that cannot be freely arranged. The iPhones (I have an iPhone 3GS and an iPhone 4) never are snappy or fast. They work, but they are sluggish.

The Nokia Lumia 920 allows free sizing and placement of icons on the screen. For my somewhat restricted left thumb, absolutely perfect. The interaction speed is absolutely thrilling.

The Apple iPhone does not at all allow for free icon placement or resizing to accomodate for manual restrictions. That problem also is likely not solved by iOS7 or iPhone 5, iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C.

Editing text is better with the Lumia 920 than it is with an iPhone.

Larger keyboard, better display.

While the iPhone shows RSS feeds the usual slow but nice iPhone way, the Lumia  920 is blazingly fast and graphically, the Nokia is far more elegant. With the Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8, sleekness and speed, elegance and respect for the user prevail.

Obviously, the Lumia has a far better screen than either the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4.

Also, the camera is a lot better. While (according to the sensor size comparison website) both iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 models have a 1/3.2 inch sensor (4.54 x 3.42 mm), the Nokia Lumia 920 has a 1/3 inch sensor (4.80 x 3.60 mm) and a Carl Zeiss lens.

Close-up of iPhone screen trying to read research papers.

Close-up of Lumia 920 trying to read research papers.

The iPhones all have mechanical home buttons that eventually fail, mechanically. The Nokia Lumia 920 has no mechanical pre-built-in breaking points such as these.

The Lumia 920 also has a very good camera, a very good Nokia Here map and navigation system, it runs Office and Internet Explorer versions, and it plugs into any Micro USB cable. For optimal battery usage, one has to switch NFC options off (>settings >tap+send). A recent system update introduced call / number blocking, a relevant feature as well that the iPhone lacks.

In particular:

  • the screen is far more responsive
  • the tiles and the whole user interface are extremely fast
  • the camera is absolutely superb
  • the phone memory can be extended with a micro SD card which I did
  • the navigation maps (Nokia, Here, Copilot, Navigon, Inrix) offer congestion dependent navigation using some of the best current maps around, and offline navigation also is dream like - particularly when compared to standalone systems or Apple products
  • PDF and document reading on a Nokia 920, leave alone 1520, works very well
  • taking notes using a 1520 Nokia Lumia is a lot easier than using a 920, which still is a lot easier than these tiny little iPhones where I find it just harder to place my fingers on these minute cute keyboard attempts

Putting Nokia Lumia 1520 into my car (Dodge Magnum 2008): [link].

Particularly for people with a manual disability, this phone seems to offer unprecedented advantages over other options. In the meantime (since this post was first published), I switched to a Nokia Lumia 1520. This is the perfect cell phone for the left handed handicapped person that also likes to use a perfect car navigation system.

Cite this article:
Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Apple iPhone (3GS, 4) versus Nokia Lumia 920 [cell phones]; published September 4, 2013, 19:50; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2078.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1582455381, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Apple iPhone (3GS, 4) versus Nokia Lumia 920 [cell phones]}}, month = {September},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2078}}