In the Android world, one of the handsets that is really getting a lot of focus right now is the LG Nexus 4. Why? The smartphone is not only extremely fast, it is highly affordable with an 8GB version starting at $299.
It seems AT&T is ready to give the LG Nexus 4 a run for its money, the off-contract price for its Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 smartphone is only $450.
Alright, so that’s $150 more and it’s not carrier unlocked like the Nexus 4, but this is still MUCH cheaper than we expected the Lumia 920 to be. Early price estimates claimed the 920 would likely cost as much as $599 without a commitment.
For those that preordered from Best Buy for $599, no worries— you will get the $450 price point, too.
So how do the two phones actually compare? While the quad-core processor and 2GB of Ram in Nexus 4 do significantly beat out the dual-core/1GB configuration in the Nokia Lumia 920— that doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story.
Microsoft is known for software optimization that can make processors perform much better than you’d think, still it is probably a safe bet the Nexus 4 wins out in the speed department.
Elsewhere how to they match up? Pretty closely, actually. The Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch screen that is .2-inches bigger than the Lumia 920, but they both have the same resolution.
The Lumia 920 also has some cool features like the ability to use the screen even with normal gloves on. The 920 has 4G LTE, whereas Google decided not to support it in the new flagship Nexus device. With the Nexus 4 you also only get 8GB of storage for $299 or 16GB for $349.
In contrast, the Lumia 920 brings 32GB of storage.
As you can see, processor and RAM aside, these two smartphones both have their own positive additions and changes that help even each other.
AT&T is making a very wise move here, but Nokia really is missing out on a potentially HUGE opportunity here– as is Microsoft.
Imagine if Microsoft and Nokia would have teamed up to offer the Nokia Lumia 920 completely carrier unlocked.
If AT&T is able to get the pricing down as low as $450, Microsoft could have helped subsidized the cost of the 920 and sold it unlocked for even cheaper.
At $400, for example, Microsoft could have touted this high-end smartphone as a direct alternative to the Nexus 4. Microsoft could have then made back some of the money from their app store and services like Xbox Music.
I know that I would have picked the 920 up in a heart beat if it was carrier unlocked— even if it was still at the $450 price point. What about you?