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

Apps and Services

HTC went with a less-is-more approach in terms of branded apps with the Windows Phone 8X. The Instagram-like Photo Enhance boasts 16 filters. HTC also includes an HTC information hub that shows the weather, stocks and news from Yahoo and CNN.com. And there’s Converter, which can convert most of the common forms of measurement.

HTC’s apps are nice, but they lack Nokia’s cool factor. Nokia Maps continues to be a favorite, thanks to its high level of detail and ease of use. There’s also Nokia Drive, which provides spoken, turn-by-turn GPS directions. City Lens offers a detailed rundown of nearby restaurants, hotels and shopping using augmented reality.

There’s also Nokia Music, which features the Nokia Music Store. We loved Mix Radio, a streaming music service let us cache tracks for offline listening. The service also has a Gigs section that lists upcoming performances in your area.

Last but not least is Cinemagraph, which is a fun Lens app for the Lumia 920’s camera. It lets you create animated GIFs within still images, which we had a blast showing off to friends.

WINNER: Nokia Lumia 920

With Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and other branded apps, the Lumia 920 wins this round hands-down.


Battery Life

Because our web-surfing battery test doesn’t work on Windows Phones, we decided to go a different route. We played the same 10-hour YouTube video on both phones over 4G LTE on medium brightness.  

The 1,800 mAH battery in the Windows Phone 8X lasted 7 hours and 54 minutes, while the Lumia 920’s battery lasted a dismal 4:21. That’s somewhat surprising, given that the Nokia packs a higher capacity 2,000 mAh battery. However, the Lumia does have to power a larger display. During the Peacekeeper Browser Test, the 8X’s battery life dropped to 4:04 while the 920 lasted 3:38.

The good news is that you can charge the Lumia 920 wirelessly, thanks to its embedded Qi technology. Nokia and its partners offer wireless charging pads, and you can also buy a JBL speaker with built-in charging. Nokia has plans to place wireless charging stations at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf shops and Virgin Atlantic lounges.

WINNER: HTC Windows Phone 8X

No contest here. The 8X offers nearly double the battery life of the Lumia 920.


Taking advantage of Qi wireless charging technology, AT&T is bundling the Lumia 920 with a free wireless charging plate for a limited time. After that, the plate will cost you $49. Nokia and its partners offer a wide range of other accessories, including the Nokia Wireless Charging Stand ($69) and JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker ($249). On the way is the Nokia Purity Pro Wireless Stereo Headset by Monster and the Nokia Luna Bluetooth Headset with Wireless Charging (both prices TBD).

At the time of this writing, there were no exclusive accessories available for the HTC 8X other than cases.

WINNER: Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia wins this round with a much wider selection of add-ons, though you’ll need to wait for some to arrive.

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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