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Nokia Lumia Icon beside iPhone 5.
Nokia Lumia Icon beside iPhone 5.
Copyright © 2014 Susan J. Walker

Differentiator: Price and Memory: Nokia Lumia Icon comes 32 gigabytes of memory for $200 while the iPhone 5S comes with only 16 gigabytes for that price. More memory is available for iPhone: with 32 gigabytes of memory, an iPhone 5s costs $300. These prices assume you sign up for 2 years of phone service from a major carrier.

Operating system. Another noticeable difference in using these two smartphones is the operating system. Nokia Lumia Icon is a Windows phone and runs on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. For end users, the effect of the operating system is most apparent in the applications available for the phone. See Apps, above.

Processor. Both the Nokia Lumia Icon and the iPhone 5s have very fast new processors. The processor in the iPhone 5 and 5c is slower. The processor in the Nokia Lumia Icon is a Snapdragon quad-core chip which makes it capable of doing 4 things at once. iPhone 5s has two processors. The iPhones 5c and 5 each use the same dual-core processor.

Cameras: The Nokia Lumia Icon has a 20 mega pixel rear facing camera. This is a great camera. iPhone 5s has an 8 mega pixel rear facing camera; also excellent but clearly provides less detailed photos.

Manufacturers: Nokia, of Finland, has been making mobile phones for decades. Their older operating system, Symbian, was the world's top mobile phone operating system at one time. They were Europe's top smartphone maker until the iPhone took hold. Nokia is in the process of selling its entire line of mobile phones to Washington-based software giant Microsoft and that deal is expected to close in March, 2014. Apple is based in Cupertino, California, and has made computers since the 1970s and introduced the revolutionary iPhone, Apple's first and only phone, in 2007. And with all that said, both phones are made in China.

Where to buy: Both phones are available from Verizon.com and in Verizon stores. You can also buy iPhone at Best Buy, Walmart, Target, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint stores.

Conclusion: While the value of the Windows operating system for using Microsoft Office apps is likely to be the main thing that will make someone buy the Nokia Lumia Icon, anyone who buys this phone will not be disappointed with its usability and style. We were impressed during our trial and thoroughly enjoyed this phone.

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