Face-Off: Nokia Lumia 920 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X

Performance

Both the Lumia 920 and the Windows Phone 8X feature a 1.5-GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU. When we ran the WPBench test, which measures CPU performance and memory read and write speed, both devices beat the 149 category-average. However, the 8X’s score of 242.1 topped the 920’s result of 229.

The 8X barely edged out the Lumia when we ran Sunspider, completing the test in 905.2 ms versus Nokia’s 906.1 ms. During the Peacekeeper benchmark, the 920 scored 340, slightly higher than the Windows Phone 8X’s rating of 330.

In everyday use, the 8X and Lumia 920 were neck and neck. The phones opened apps and fired up their respective cameras just as quickly as one another. In addition, scrolling through the app list was just as smooth on both handsets.

WINNER: Draw

Although the Windows Phone 8X narrowly outperformed the Lumia 920 on benchmarks, both of these phones are equally swift in the real world. 

4G

The Windows Phone 8X and the Lumia 920 run on AT&T’s blistering 4G LTE network. However, the Lumia 920 outpaced the 8X during our testing.

Using the Speed Test app, the 920 delivered an average download speed of 11.8 Mbps in the Bronx and an average upload speed of 5.6 Mbps. Mobile versions of CNN.com and ESPN.com loaded in 2.6 and 3.7 seconds, respectively. The full versions of NYTimes.com and Laptopmag.com loaded in 4.9 and 6.4 seconds.

The 8x clocked in with 9.5 Mbps down and 5.6 Mbps up. CNN.com loaded in 3.4 seconds, while ESPN.com booted in 5.1 seconds. The desktop versions of NYTimes.com and Laptopmag.com loaded in 6.2 and 8.3 seconds.

When we tested in Manhattan, the 920 notched 12.8 Mbps down/5.9 Mbps up, while the 8X gave us 9.6 Mbps down/6 Mbps up. The mobile editions of CNN.com and ESPN.com loaded in 1.3 and 2.5 seconds on the 920. The sites took slightly longer on the 8x, at 2.1 and 3.6 seconds. On the Lumia 920, the full versions of NYTimes.com and Laptopmag booted in 3.8 and 5.7 seconds, while the 8X loaded those sites in 5.7 and 7.1 seconds.

WINNER: Nokia Lumia 920

The Nokia Lumia 920 consistently delivered faster 4G LTE speeds than did the Windows Phone 8X.



Storage

Neither the 8X nor the 920 has a memory card slot for expandable storage. For $99, consumers can get an HTC with 8GB of internal memory, while the $199 version offers 16GB. The $99 Nokia Lumia 920 comes standard with a generous 32GB of storage.

WINNER: Nokia Lumia 920

The Lumia 920 features double the storage of the 16GB Windows Phone 8X for $100 less.



Face-Off: Nokia Lumia 920 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X

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  1. Phil T Says:

    Many people have complained about a battery issue with the Lumia 920 and it seems it can be resolved by power cycling. The Lumia’s battery should easily get your through a day.

  2. Lulu Says:

    I don’t care how light weight, slim htc x8 is. I just hate htc phones, they are cheap quality.

    I love my Nokia Lumia 920. I got my Lumia 920 three weeks ago, and today I got wireless charging plate from AT&T for free. :) AT&T sent me the upgraded Nokia’s wireless charging plate (it costs over $50). :)

    I can use my Lumia 920 with gloves on. And I love it’s super video stabilization feature.

  3. Rico Says:

    Your performance graph has an error. Heads up

  4. Horace Says:

    My lumia 920 bricked on day 2 after I left for a business trip. I think it was the wireless charging plate. Ive reset it over 5x and it just bootloops and wont charge or move past the screen lock app if it gets that far.

  5. Riku Says:

    Horace, go to: http://wmpoweruser.com/how-to-fix-a-bricked-nokia-lumia-920/

    Also one hint for a bricked phone I found was to have it connected to the charger and hold the power button down for a good 10 minutes to 30 minutes (watch tv at the same time?). It is supposed to allow a charge to go to the battery but not power up. Then once you power up you should have enough juice to break the bootloop.

  6. Ngan Tengyuen Says:

    I bought a Lumia 920 and all I can say this is a very good smartphone with the potential to replace a compact digtal camera in the near future. No regrets, windows phone 8 will only get better as time goes by.

  7. Ashley Says:

    thanks guys definitley lovedthe lumia when i irst saw it but had doubts due to family suggesting to get the htc instead. this cleared things up!! im sticking to my cyan colored lumia920.

  8. Robin Says:

    I have the Lumia 920 and love it, and yes — the battery does get me through a day. I’m on AT&T and use my phone mostly to surf the ‘net for hair styles when consulting with my clients at the Dallas hair salon I work at. The 4G LTe is great; very fast. That helps.

  9. Spencer Says:

    Guys, the 8x has wireless charging too…

  10. icecream Says:

    HTC 8X is wayy better!! its much lighter!! i want a phone, not a brick like lumia

  11. SouthernYankee Says:

    Why is it that 99% of all reviews today do not include call quality? If it can’t make or receive calls with good consistent quality, it’s basically a $3-400 netbook.

  12. brandenb Says:

    I have the 8x and I love it the call quality is great I was playing cod online and using the phone to talk to my friend and never became fuzzy and never dropped call over 8 hours of nonstop gaming. a great phone the only downfall is the quality of apps and games on the windows store

  13. brandenb Says:

    Also the lack of games

  14. Yousra Says:

    I tried both and i much prefer HTC 8X though I’ve been always a nokia user…love HTC’s slim design and audio quality..I listen to music heavily on my cellphone and the built-in beats audio is the best audio quality I’ve ever heard on a cellphone..i know that Nokia’s camera is superior but i already have a professional camera and i rarely use my phone for taking pictures so the HTC is sufficient in that matter…so which is better, it depends on your usage for me it is the 8X.

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