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A quick overview of two flagship devices from different worlds: Nokia Lumia 930 and Samsung Galaxy S5. All you need know before you pick the one!

Both Samsung and Nokia has launched their flagship devices for 2014. The Galaxy S5 and the Lumia 930 are sovereign in their class with loads of features. Despite different OS, they share same ground at hardware level.

We’re expecting Samsung S5 next week (hopefully) while Nokia Lumia 930 sometime in June. If you plan to treat yourself with a new gadget this second quarter, you might want to check our specs rundown with these smartphones.

Design

At first glance, it appears they’re almost of the same size, though looks can be deceiving. The Galaxy S5 with dimensions 5.39 x 2.80 x 0.39 inches (137 x 71 x 9.8) is slightly bigger than the Nokia Lumia 930 with dimensions 5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1). However, the latter is a bit heavier, weighing 167 grams while the S5 weighs 145 grams only. Both of them support 2G, 3G, and 4G, whereas the S5 requires a micro-SIM, while the other one uses a nano-SIM.

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If you prefer a lighter unit, Samsung’s flagship is a good choice. It has a fingerprint sensor on its home button that allows you to unlock it similar to the iPhone 5S along with other functions.

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The good thing about the Galaxy S5 is its dust and water resistant body (IP67 certification) — up to 1 meter and 30 minutes. It’s handy for outdoors, and daily use compared to Nokia’s innovation — unless you want to spill some water dip it in a bucket and put dust all over to test how far it would last. Don’t you think the S5 is following the footsteps of Sony Xperia Z1? But the features and functions are improved to compete against its rivals. In the future, we might see water and dust resistant Lumia smartphones.

Screen

The Galaxy S5 sports 5.1 inches display while Nokia Lumia 930 comes with 5.0 inches and both featuring a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. However, the Lumia 930 has a higher pixel density of 441 ppi compared with the other with only 432 ppi.

With Super AMOLED in the Galaxy S5, I think you know where we’re heading. While each one features capacitive touchscreens, when it comes to the type of screen, we’re on the side of the Galaxy S5.

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When it comes to swipe and touchscreen options, I also prefer the Galaxy S5 since it’s loaded with revamped TouchWiz UI for easy navigation. Nokia Lumia 930 comes with clear back display with a flare of tile-based interface. Samsung Galaxy S5 has been the best smartphone display, which is 22 percent brighter than its predecessor, Galaxy S4. In this feat, the Galaxy S5 wins over the Lumia 930.

Camera

With all the Instagramming, iPhoneography, and filters that have been part of the digital culture, smartphone users today will consider the camera features. Of course, we want the best and highest quality of shots. So, which one has the highest megapixels?

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Following the Lumia flagship legacy, the Nokia Lumia 930 has a higher MP compared to the S5. It has the whopping 20MP PureView camera (4992 x 3744 pixels) with Carl Zeiss optics. It also has optical image stabilization with dual-led flash, which will make the photography junkies freak.

While the Galaxy S5 has 16MP main camera with face-detection focus (fastest), similar to its predecessors with LED flash. Although the Nokia Lumia 930 comes with higher MP, the S5 is packed with more camera features ranging from dual shots to simultaneous HD and video imaging recording to face and smile detection.

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What’s more the front camera comes with 2MP for video calls, whereas the Lumia 930 has only 1.2MP front facing sensor.

The biggest highlight of the latter is the 20 MP PureView camera, which is tempting. It’s your call — either you choose the camera features in the S5 or stick your guns with the higher camera megapixels.

Processor, Memory and Battery

Performance is a top-priority in choosing a smartphone. We’d like it to be fast and efficient to handle multitasking with high performance battery. Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the chocolate-coined OS powers the S5 while Windows Phone 8.1 controls the Lumia 930. It’s easy to compare the chipset, CPU, and GPU since latter is loaded with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC and 2.2 GHz quad-core processor coupled with Adreno 330, respectively. However, the Galaxy S5 has an updated chipset compared to the latter i.e. Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 2.5 GHz quad core processor.

Both units pack the same 2GB of RAM, while storage in the S5 is expandable up to 128GB (micro SD) with 16GB or 32GB internal storage. Meanwhile, Nokia Lumia 930 has no card slot — so you’d have to stick with its 32GB internal storage.

In autonomy factors, the Galaxy S5 brags a talk time up to 21 hours in its 2800 mAh while Nokia Lumia 930 comes with 2420 mAh battery ensuring up to 15.5 hours talk time. And if by chance you need to charge, Nokia Lumia 930 boasts its own gimmick of wireless charging. How about that? In this turf, I should say the Samsung Galaxy S5 still wins.

Do you consider the handset’s color?

Samsung Galaxy S5 is available in four metallic colors: Black, White, Blue, and Gold, which I find a bit formal and elegant. In contrast, if you want to make your smartphone’s life funky and bright, Nokia Lumia 930 brings you bright colors of orange and green, and standardized black and white colors.

Miscellaneous Features

I must admit that both have notable features that can create a dilemma to users. Samsung Galaxy S5 has a lot to offer in miscellaneous features especially in apps and cloud storage. While I also pondered for a moment the whooping 20MP camera of Nokia Lumia 930, I’ve to stop for a moment again and take a look at the colors available and the overall features of the S5.

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Galaxy S5 offers 50GB cloud storage and $500 worth of premium apps compared to Nokia Lumia 930 with only 7GB of OneDrive cloud storage and basic software and camera apps such as Nokia Camera, Storyteller, Creative Studio and so forth.

The South Korean developers bring an exclusive Health 3.0 app for health conscious customers, which offers a set of tools for those who wish to stay in shape. In addition to fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy S5 feature a pedometer for a balanced diet and workout, and a heart rate sensor integrated in order to monitor heartbeats.

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And the S5 is also supplemented by the Gear 2 smartwatch and the Gear Fit, perfectly.

Who Wins?

I’d say Nokia Lumia 930 can attract the photography junkies with the camera, but with the overall functions of the Galaxy S5 from the body to the screen and display to the internals and miscellaneous features, obviously Samsung flagship wins this face-off challenge. However, competition between them is low as of different platforms.

Each comes with notable features that might cause you to think and feel undecided—which is which? I know that feeling. How about you? Which one would you choose?

Key specifications:

Features Nokia Lumia 930 Samsung Galaxy S5
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1 Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Display 5-inch, 1080p Full HD display, Super Sensitive Touch, Glass 3 5.1-inch Super AMOLED Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Battery 2420 mAh 2800 mAh
Connectivity LTE 150Mbps/50Mbps, HSPA+ 42Mbps (dual carrier)/Wi-Fi (b/g/n), BT 4, NFC, micro-USB Wi-Fi, 2 x 2 MIMO, 4G LTE, BT 4.0 LTE, NFC
Processor 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Camera 20MP PureViewnwith Zeiss optics, Dual LED flash/1.2MP front-facing 16MP rear with autofocus, LED flash, advanced HDR mode/ 2MP front-facing
Memory 2GB of RAM, 32GB 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB + microSD (up to 128GB)
Colors Bright Orange, Bright Green, Black and White Blue, Gold, Black and White
Availability June 2014 April 2014
Price $599.00 $699.99

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