Smartphone Madness 2013: Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4

Game 12: Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4

We are very close to finalizing the Penultimate 4, now that the Google Nexus 4 has joined the HTC One and BlackBerry Z10. All that’s left is for you, sports/smartphone fans, to decide between the Windows Phone 8-powered Nokia Lumia 920 and the much-talked-about Samsung Galaxy S4. Whether we have a three-way Android vs. BlackBerry finals is all up to you and your votes. 

Nokia Lumia 920 versus Samsung Galaxy S4

The Nokia Lumia line is no stranger to the finals of Smartphone Madness. Last year the Nokia Lumia 900 took home the crown. So far, in our competition, the Lumia 920 has proven itself a fierce competitor. In Game 4, the Lumia 920 handily took down the largely unknown Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 with 97.8 percent of the vote. We attribute a lot of that fan support to the Editors’ Choice award-winning device’s slick and colorful design, superb PureView camera, eye-popping 4.5-inch HD screen, integrated wireless charging and Nokia’s useful preloaded apps. But the S4 competitor is ready to pounce. 

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is easily one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year. That’s because this 5-inch device packs in more innovative features than any other device. For instance, you can capture videos and photos using the front and back cameras simultaneously, and use hand gestures to do everything from answer calls to skip songs. We also love the 5-inch Super AMOLED display, which fits inside a slimmer and lighter design than the Galaxy S III. Plus, this quad-core Android flagship will be available on all the major carriers. 

It’s time to show your team spirit. Are you a Windows Phone 8 die-hard or an Android fanatic? The voting starts now and will go on until Monday, April 1st at 9 a.m. EST. That’s when we’ll start the semi-final round between the Google Nexus 4 and the BlackBerry Z10. Stay tuned!

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  1. Jay Says:


  2. Phil T Says:

    Hoping the Lumia 920 can edge this one out. This phone is tried and true.

  3. Silver Says:

    The SGS4 would certainly be a downgrade from the wonderful experience I am having on my first windows phone – Lumia 920. This is coming from someone who has would take android over iOS any day of the week, and a diehard fan if OLED displays.

  4. NokiaFTW Says:

    Nokia Lumia 920 will win, the stupid S4 is full of gimmicks and cheap construction from a copycat company.

  5. pali panesar Says:

    I love nokia nd it will always no 1,i hate samsung fones,like chinies operating systm,i m usin 920 mwah best

  6. Spiny Says:

    Looks like the Nokia fan has his automated voting machine running again. Geez, at least program a random time delay between your votes so it isn’t so obvious. An embarassment for other WP8 users, we don’t need this to win.

  7. sandeep Says:

    Good to see the NL 920 taking an initial lead. Its unfair to compare sg s4 with the NL 920 simply because the former hasn’t been in the market for consumers. I love my 920. We ll see how well ppl accept samsungs “software” phone.

  8. Seven Says:

    Of course the lumia will win, too many fanboys :/

  9. Aimul Says:

    No worries, Lumia will get about 8000 votes as soon as finds this poll and gets out an email alert to the army. Happens with every WP/Lumia/Nokia poll on the net. You’d get very different results if the voting population wasn’t self-selected.

  10. Metallinatus Says:

    LOL WTF? Where are the Samsung fans? Does they even know about this contest?
    I was hoping the Lumia to win, so the semi-finals would be more epic, but I was definitely not expecting that o.O

  11. Leon Says:

    Lumia fan boys? Seriously, this is Lumia not Apple. Apple has those sissy hipster fanboys drinking starbucks. Lumia boys meanwhile are out doing real work.

  12. San Says:

    LOL if the vote is any indication then the Lumia will win BIG! But then again we are Nokia fanboys inhere hahah

  13. Sachin Verma Says:

    Samsung Trolled :D

  14. ReignOfComputer Says:

    Brilliant. Fully support the Lumia 920, with all the innovation that Nokia has done rather than reusing the same design over and over again on all their phones (think ATIV S). Wonder how many of us are from WMPowerUser.

  15. adina floyd Says:

    Lumia 920…..its the bestest!

  16. Dave Says:

    Hahaha, the MS/Nokia fanbois were caught rigging one of these online polls the other day as well….using a web bot to cast votes.

    They done this last year with this stupid poll too, there were WP fansites actually posting instructions how to vote multiple times………….this is a totally discredited poll.

    But let them have their “smartphone maddness” win lol, it’s about all they can win.

    Sadly they can’t rig the real world where 97% of smartphone buyers reject WP ! thats all

  17. GG002 Says:

    I love how everyone thinks Lumia fanboys are worse than any other. Nobody is stopping Android sites from linking this poll, so clearly the wow factor in Samsung is cold even before polls have started. Galaxy S4 is just a product now, while Lumia is what draws the eye of the forward-minded person who doesn’t float with the river like a dead fish.

  18. nguyen manh Says:

    Lumia920wa tuyet voi

  19. dudululu Says:

    Vote 920, it is very good

  20. HoldEm Says:

    Nokia fans are so low just like bunch of iDiots.

  21. mrtrung Says:

    Lumia 920.

  22. Hung Tran Says:

    Andorid Stupid vs copycat company. :))

  23. Boss Says:

    I love Lumia the spacial options and design for technology

  24. Jane Says:

    I like Lumia 920very much.

  25. gabriel Says:

    go go nokia!! *———————–*

  26. chaichana Says:

    Love Lumia 920

  27. sfgsfg Says:

    just read about the S4 having 8 cores. What the actual f*ck? I bet my hands Lumia 520 (not 920) runs smoother and faster than an S4 (the OS, not apps). My friend has an S3 that was butter smooth but now after 5 months it lags like hell.

    What do you need an 8 core processor for? make sure Android doesn’t lag? play the latest games? Games on mobile are a fad anyway, play 1 hour the battery is dead, and of course your GODDAMN FINGERS COVER THE ENTIRE SCREEN.

    Yes people, go buy that 8 core POS while we laugh from a distance.

  28. Kinzo Says:

    lumia 920 win

  29. fz Says:

    what has samsung proved so far? Haha that OS your samsung has is the same OS that LG, htc, china fones are using so Nothing special You samsung fantards.

  30. newbie Says:

    lumia the best

  31. Flux Says:

    Seriously, there is something fishy here. All the battles have like 500 Vote in total but whenever the Lumia is on stage its like 8000? Is this the whole campus in Espoo doing this in the lunchbrake or some roughe fanboy with a script?

    Dont get me wrong, i think the Lumia 920 is a better phone than that S4 but this is not right

    Laptopmag Admins, are you guzys looking into this? Thanks

  32. Annabel Says:

    I love my LUMIA 920!!!!

  33. Mikado_wu Says:

    Am I a Nokia fan boy. Yes. For the Record, this is my First Nokia.

    I have had over 50 Cell phones in my carrier, Many of them LGs and HTCs. When I say the 920 is the best Phone I have ever Had, I mean it.

    I had 2 androids and over 3 years, neither of them were ever updated by the Manufacture.

    Nokia, has been update crazy, we see new features Monthly..

    I have converted many android and iPhone Users over, once they see how Well WP8 really Works.

  34. Troy Says:

    To all the complainers of Lumia’s votes – there’s nothing stopping Android fans from showing up in droves. With all of its crazy market share Samsung and android should both have more fans out there to lure in. Maybe – just maybe – Lumia 920 is better than you realize and this vote shows you might be missing out on a better experience.

  35. King Nguyen Says:

    Just Nokia Lumia.

  36. Thanh Says:

    I love lumia 920

  37. kem Says:

    Yey yey… Windows phone.. Yey yey Lumia….. Nokia nokia.. Come on windows phone…

  38. Seven Says:

    i love how you guys are trying to justify this bs. As someone pointed out earlier, every single poll had a total barely over a 1000, except for the lumia. Every single vote it gets almost 10000 votes no matter who it’s against. What kind of nonsense is this? For the integrity and credibility of laptopmag, they should discredit the vote completely. Happened last year as well with the lumia. Before that it was the blackberry fan army showing up and voting in the thousands. Laptopmag should care about getting real results and filtering the bs, instead of the insane traffic they get

  39. Seven Says:

    Aa a side note, the final is going to be the lumia vs the Z10. Only in this virtual world will they be battling to be the best phone out there, so let their fanboys feel their fake sense of accomplishment

  40. Dave Says:


    “Brilliant. Fully support the Lumia 920, with all the innovation that Nokia has done rather than reusing the same design over and over again on”

    Like the way the 920 is the same as the 900 which of course is the same as Nokia’s meego Phone the N9……………

  41. gmtan Says:

    Lumia 920 & windowsphone 8. Win!!!!

  42. HoldEm Says:

    Nokia fans just like Nokia faked it PureView camera demo with a big DSLR.

  43. Cukieu Says:

    definitely, NOKIA LUMIA 920.

  44. supernova Says:

    Some companies I respect, companies that innovate, some companies don’t just copy and paste, patent more innovations than the rest of all other companies together. and share the innovations with other manufacturers to benefit everyone. that’s right this company this brand is Nokia. Lumia 920 owner.

  45. cactus Says:

    Lumia 920

  46. Lumia920 I loveyou! Says:

    The Nokia my favorites, windowsphone election lumia920!

  47. mag Says:

    this vote is freaking rigged. how will a simple lumia overshadow the king of the android market.

  48. mag Says:

    something is wrong with this extreme votes. its only in lumia cases votes reach thousands. am not saying the s4 is better, i’m just saying something aint right with the votes

  49. Zig Says:

    HEY SFGSFG!!! Tell her to take Power Save Mode off!!! It restricts the CPU from Max Frequency. SMH!

  50. yokes Says:

    you have to realize there’s something wrong. it is not fanboys but some HACK that is why the lumia keeps winning (including last years!)

  51. Flux Says:

    no seriously – this IS manipulated. How come there are 10 times more voters in this one than in the other battles alsthough every Samsung fone outsells Nokia 10:1? Who are you guys trying to bs?

  52. Leon Says:

    To everyone who is saying “whooo, Lumia fanboys…”. Nothing is stopping Android users from voting or coming here. The fact that there are so many Lumia voters here should tell you that Lumia does indeed have something to offer in order to spike this kind of passion for it. I’ve used Android before and it’s a very respectable OS but ever since I’ve switched, I dont see myself going back.

    These votes should tell you something about Lumia, instead of complaining “everyone here are just fanboys”, go ahead and try a WP8 or better a NL920 and perhaps you can see why there’s this kind of voting on the Lumia’s side

  53. Cuthbert Says:


    “go ahead and try a WP8 or better a NL920″

    I did, and I returned a Lumia 920 after 8 days as it had no freaking apps, and It was buggy as hell

    no BBC iPlayer,
    no Sky Go Player,
    No Instagram,
    No Youtube App
    Skype on WP sucks
    my local bank had android & ios app but no WP app,
    all the games were old and crap,
    could only attach one file to an email,
    couldn’t attach a pdf to an email,
    couldn’t set different ringtones for sms, texts, alerts etc
    My live tiles froze/crashed and drained the battery in a couple of hours
    random reboots
    No Gmail Sync

    Go to Nokia support, and see all the complaints, hell even wmpoweruser done a poll the other day and over 20% of Lumia 920’s were returned, with 10% being returned multiple times, several people were on their 5th Lumia in a few months, hell even Paul Thurrot was sent a faulty unit to review

    Now a recall by Nokia to fix dust getting inside the phone and stopping sensors working and blurring the camers, the advide – Dont put your phone in your pocket, you tcouldn’t make it up.

    Should I go on ?

    And you are telling people to switch !?!?! wise up will ya.

    Oh yes why does every WP/Nokia fan site link to this and get hordes of fanbois to skew voting ??? lol 8,000 votes on this poll or 10 million pre-orders in 2 weeks for the S4………which one really matters ?

  54. Tim Says:


    You collected that list with android-glasses on and you have never owned NL920. That same list you can copy from every android -fansite. You have to try NL920 and you never come back to android.

  55. Chase Says:

    So it looks like there’s one vote for every 920 owner in existence while the S4 will sell millions.

  56. kem Says:

    Ahhh… Galaxy s4 .. 8 cores .. Wasting battery… Oh god i don’t need 8 cores but i need performance … Even this laggy android needs 8 cores… Oh get i don’t need 8 cores but i need performance

  57. mag Says:

    but seriously, am sure lumia fanboy knows what the S4 is capable of. if lumia can do half of what the s4 is capable of it will surely lag. you guys are just deviant. just watch one review of the s4 before coming here to fight ignorantly. you guys seem to forget the lumia is also heavy AF and the S4 comes with a better screen, battery, and even camera. if you disagree with this, give me freaking proof

  58. Flux Says:

    “The fact that there are so many Lumia voters here should tell you that Lumia does indeed have something to offer”

    no my friend, it just tells me that Nokia has way more emplyies with to much time on theire hand – thats all

    Its a fine product. But no pretty cyon nor good camera can change the fact that the Plattfom is a non starterand will stay so. Why is Microsoft themselfes not really investing in the eco system? Why not pay Instagramm to do an App, why dont do an exclusive Halo or GOW, why instead do they do Smartglass for Android and Office for iOS? Because its a lost course. And they are taking Nokia down with it by use of their sleeper Agent why Nokia could rock the world with Android. Sad story

  59. fz Says:

    can you use your s4 as a hammer? can you use it with gloves on? haha

  60. phuc Says:

    Lumia 920

  61. Kevin Salt Says:

    What a parody of a poll. I don’t care whether one phone is better than the other in this race because I wouldn’t buy either … but to see the shameless manipulation of the voting by Microsoft/Nokia people .. whether staff or fans … is a complete travesty.

    Nokia and Windows should be excluded from any further competitions until either they, or the people running the polls, get their act together.

    This stopped being a competition and started being a joke today ..

  62. Kevin Salt Says:

    Let’s face it .. the real final should always have been the SG4 vs the HTC One .. we all know it. Nothing else even gets close to them.

  63. Gary Says:


    “Let’s face it .. the real final should always have been the SG4 vs the HTC One .. we all know it. Nothing else even gets close to them.”

    100% Correct !

    The Htc One is one of the nicest phones I have seen in ages………..but I just got my Nexus 4 a while ago so would find it hard to justify changing so soon even if the Nexus is the best value smartphone on the planet……..but its soooo tempting :D

  64. Andy Says:

    i thought this is about NL920 vs SG4 not WP vs Android.
    if this about the performance, NL920 is better.
    if about feature, Android better.
    and thats just my opinion.

    i own ln92 and my brother own sg4. we never been fight about this. we are not a fanboy. sometimes we switch our phone just to experiencing the feature n performance. there are plus and minus with our phone. me n my bro not working in nokia/samsung company. so why we need to take this seriously.

  65. Jakub M Says:

    Oh please sto whining… There are maany Lumia 920 users that are so happy with their decision to choose this and none other phone. You can just see that in this poll. SGS4? why should anyone vote for it while it’s not even out yet?!

    The other thing is, that users happy with other choices than Lumia 920 are simply enjoying them because they have phone from ads in TV. Not just because the phone is better or worse. Lumia users are happy just because the phone is better and that’s it. Live with it.

  66. r1 Says:

    lol nokia fanboy site,,,, sgs4 is killer phone

  67. Will Says:

    I love my Lumia 920. Very intuitive and awesome build. The Nokia apps especially “Here Drive” with offline navigation adds significant value to the phone. Coupled with a great camera (with motion/image stabilization), how can anyone vote against the Lumia 920? The phone’s OS is just “refreshing” and its the best Smartphone to date bar none. Try it out and see for yourself.

  68. Brenda Says:

    I am not a smart phone geek, nor do I want to be. With that said I am going to say this, my first phone was the nokia freebe for signing a contract with a cell phone carrier and if I was to have purchased it without a contract it would have only been $39.00 dollars plus tx. so one of the cheaper models that was back in 2000, since then I have changed carriers a couple of times and unfortunately with the first change I had to give up my nokia and select one from a different carrier and now it is 13 yrs later and at least 8 different brands of phones and not one has ever been even close to my nokia, it was built to last and last and last, I even ran it over with my loaded big rig in a truck stop parking lot and it still worked and didn’t even chip the screen, I did have to put the battery back in.
    So I am so looking forward to owning another Nokia that is compatible with my provider.

  69. Ashley Jacob Says:

    I liked the promotions for Lumia 920. The camera seems pretty good to me. The only problem is the windows OS which doesn’t provide apps as android does. e.g. I use One Browser on my phone for surfing and downloading. It is fast and comes with a download manager too but It’s not for windows which sucks! Anyways thanks for the review.

  70. Shirsh Says:

    Lumia – color is innovation…….. Brick weight is innovation…… Lol

  71. ravi Says:

    you need a strong processor to run the laggy android ! Its like lagging is a special feature in the android devices ! But lumia not the case market is still emerging but is truly better and cooler than android . ! Truly i say android to me feels like a china software at its best :p

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