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LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020: first look

LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020: first look
Would you believe that it’s been less than a month since the Nokia Lumia 1020 was first introduced to the world? It seemed longer to say the least, but that’s the reality of things, as time can quickly go by in an instant – something we’re quite aware about with today’s most recent entrant into the flagship space. Instead of placing its focus on one particular aspect, the LG G2 seems to really give every single nook and cranny a good look over to make sure that nothing is left out from it being a powerhouse.

We didn’t believe it as much when we first feasted our eyes all over the Nokia Lumia 1020, but as we compare the designs between these two flagships, it becomes apparent that the Lumia 1020 is one hefty thing. Taking into consideration that there’s an obvious size difference with their screens, it amazes us that the LG G2 nearly matches the Lumia 1020’s footprint – and it’s the device to pack the larger display too. One is grossly large in comparison to today’s pencil thin devices, especially when its camera sensor adds more weight and bulge to an otherwise attractive design. As for the LG G2, it’s wonderful that it’s thinner and more comfortable to grasp, but it doesn’t match the solid construction of its rival.

Forget about it! The Lumia 1020 doesn’t even challenge its predecessor with its display, as its 4.5-inch 769 x 1280 PureMotion HD+ with ClearBlack AMOLED panel is not particularly recognized as being a part of the high-end category. In comparison, we get exactly that with the LG G2’s immense 5.2-inch 1080p Full HD IPS display, which pops with its crisp visuals, accurate colors, and general sharpness. Perhaps, the saturated color reproduction of the Lumia 1020’s display is enough to catch the glint of our eyes in a dark room, but upon closer inspection, we soon realize it’s more than a generation behind the competition.

Nokia can only do so much on its end to help improve the Windows Phone 8 experience it’s offering, which is especially prevalent with its Nokia branded apps. In the end, though, it can’t match the comprehensive, customizable, and encompassing experience found with LG’s latest interface.

Another aspect that the two take pride in is the camera department, since they share many common features. Well, we can’t forget about the beefy 41-megapixel PureView camera of the Lumia 1020, which is stuffed with an army of cool tech – such as lossless zoom, Zeiss optics, Xenon flash, and much more. Although it has a smaller count 13-mgeapixel auto-focus camera, the LG G2 is also packing some serious gear as well. In fact, it too features an optical image stabilization module that helps to keep shots blurry-free under low lighting. Already, we’ve seen the Nokia Lumia 1020 rocket straight to the top of the ladder in this category, so it’ll be interesting to see how the LG G2 can compare.

Some of us are still scratching our heads over the pricing for the Nokia Lumia 1020, especially when it’s at a higher-than-normal price point of $300 on-contract through AT&T. Simply, it’s widely regarded as an expensive investment, despite the beefy camera it’s packing along. Come to think about it, we’d also be shocked if the LG G2 were to sport the same price out of the gate, but somehow we feel as though the justification would be more warranted – even more when it’s actually sporting gear that’s more cutting-edge. It’d probably be the right idea to choose the Lumia 1020 if you’re solely into photos and videos, but then again, we can’t substantiate the capabilities of the LG G2’s camera until we get a final production model.



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posted on 08 Aug 2013, 01:25 8

1. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


the Lumia 1020 has over double the amount of bezel

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 02:29 19

10. Gadgety (Posts: 95; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Then again, it has 315% more megapixels lossless zoom, not to mention the sensor size. So, now, let's see, should I go for the bezel size, or the camera sensor size...? It'll be the camera sensor over bezel for me.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 04:04 9

23. tech2 (Posts: 2308; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


You think you can reply with that statement to absolutely anything anyone says against Lumia 1020 ?

He is just talking about the display. Try to acknowledge when the credit is due. In terms of display Lumia CANNOT compete with LG with that almost a year old display of theirs !

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 04:31 9

25. Paradox (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Lg g2 has a 16% larger display, 800/900% more apps, 50% larger battery, much faster chipset which is required for the more demanding games being made for phones (I guess windows phone doesn't have any games, so it really doesn't affect the 1020), and the chipset also decreases loading times. Also the later chipset provably comes with updated GPS sensors, WiFi etc. Many more features on the g2 too. I know which one I'll pick ;)

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 21:59 1

32. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)


that lg should run halo very fast!

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:57

35. hmmm... (Posts: 61; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


@paradox. actually it has a 33.5% larger display. Unlike the iphone which was a 1 dimensional increase in height, most phones, when increased in diagonal length, increases both height and width. (so it's actually a 2 dimentional increase)
1020 (2.206 x 3.922 = 8.65)
G2 (2.549 x 4.5322 =11.55) 33.5% larger.
Another note: the longer the rectangle the smaller the screen esatate even when the diagonal is the same length. A 4:3 screen 5" has more screen estate than a 5" 16:9 screen. Though there are other factors that affects the screen area too. e.g 16:9 ratio HxW is about 4.36 x 2.45 (5inch diag) ~10.7 sq in. While 4:3 is 4x3 (5inch diag) =12 sq in. ( All calc using pythogaros)

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 14:06

36. hmmm... (Posts: 61; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


Oops. i calculated wrongly. the 1020 has a 5:3 ratio screen. So it is actually nearer to 29% larger screen compared to 1020.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 12:58 1

37. Paradox (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Haha, silly me just using diagonal length!

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 01:30 18

2. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


I think overall Lumia 1020 will be far superior in terms of usability and user experience. This LG, like most other Android flagships is just in a race of hardware specs (most, not all). Plus I like the design of Lumia better. Even good apps isn't a big issue on WP anymore, especially the Lumias which keep getting exclusives.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 01:44 15

3. Commentator (Posts: 2466; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The ability to use multiple apps at the same time is a big deal for me, and I'd probably choose the G2 and Android/LG's software tweaks over the 1020's camera. This comparison is fairly moot though, as they're not really in the same weight class. Comparisons between Android vs. WP vs. iOS in general are getting harder to perform, as each platform is finding ways to appeal to different markets.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 02:10 8

6. muhsen (Posts: 265; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


the 1020 is not just about camera...the software tweaks that nokia has added to the wp8 lumias is just super awesome (nokia glance...doube tap to wake(came with lumia 925 b4 the G2)..to name just a few) , so nokia has their own tweaks as well and wp8 is not as closed as the author hints
but LG really made a big Splash with the G2 , and its currently one of the hottest smartphones around.
but what rings bells (and what the author forgot to mention in all of the past comparisons) is that LG has a horrible update history ( still to date)...the optimus G pro (s600 as the s4 and the htc one) is till stuck on 4.1 and no update plan whatsoever has been announced .....the 4x and vu is still stuck in many regions on 4.0.4....I am an update freak and when it comes to updates ,its either iphones , nexus devices and nokia lumias (and windows phone devices in general but nokia add alot more features with the software updates)so I would even choose a nexus 4 or even a lumia 820 or an iphone 5 over the G2.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 02:40 2

11. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 893; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I say for those who want high end WP or awesome camera on smartphone should go for Lumia 1020
and for those prefer Android, which is the closest to pc on a phone go for android

I think experience on both will be equal.
and android offer better multi tasking than WP (I hate to say WP multi tasking sucks always shows "Resuming...." when I switch different apps)

SO I say its just personal preferences
some prefer andoid over WP and vice versa
some prefer great camera over overall amount of features and vice versa

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:15 2

16. muhsen (Posts: 265; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


i have a lumia 920 and a galaxy Note 10.1........indeed android is more comprehensive...but wp is more responsive .for me i think wp is best suited for phones while android is best suited for tablets.
btw i don't experience the " resuming.." thing while switching apps on my 920 even when i am playing N.O.V.A. 3

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:56 2

22. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 893; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


May because I only have 512mb ram
and as far as I know windows phone 8 doesnt support multitasking as good as android unless each programer decided so...

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 01:53 9

5. muhsen (Posts: 265; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


"we soon realize it’s more than a generation behind the competition"?????? Most people know that u can hardly tell the difference between 720p screen (its 769p to be accurate) and a 1080p screen with ur naked eyes....i didn't recognize that u have the eyes of super man.
what adds insult to injury is that u didn't complain about the screen when u compared the iPhone 5 to the G2....and we all know that iPhone 5 has a lower pixel density and less technologies inside its screen than that of the 1020 (or 92x).
phonearena ,u r the worst when it comes to comparisons....no fair policies...no consistent opinions
what should be written here, should be written there....i wouldn't be writing that comment if u said what u said here in the i5 and G2 comparison !!!

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 02:24

8. sss_ddk (Posts: 61; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


What did you expect? That that they actually do a usability study with different user profiles/networks/Scenarios? :).

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:07

15. muhsen (Posts: 265; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


I am excepting consistency ....for example all 300+ ppi phones should get the same treatment when it comes to comparison to 400+ phones.... not because its the iphone 5 (326 ppi) ,its screen is only now starting to look dated .....while the phone that's coming from the humble struggling company lumia 1020 (332 ppi) ,its clearblack puremotion screen is more than a generation old. i assume that's fair enough

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 02:46 1

12. tech2 (Posts: 2308; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


At this point, the iPhone 5's 640 x 1136 Retina Display is starting to look dated – especially with these new crop of devices. In contrast, the LG G2's 5.2-inch 1080p True HD IPS display handsomely overshadows it rival, but the most impressive part is when we look at its bezels. Nearly edge-to-edge, the LG G2's display maximizes the amount of real estate it has to deal with. Additionally, we can visibly notice that there's more detail and sharpness thanks to its higher pixel density count – albeit, we do notice that the iPhone 5's display is a smidgen brighter.

- Phonearena

Ref:http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-G2-vs-Apple-iPhone-5-first-look_id46180

P.S. - Stop Trolling !

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:02 1

13. muhsen (Posts: 265; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


hmmm.....obviously ......the quoted words u have put is just a an evidence to my words ...compare these words with : " The Lumia 1020 doesn’t even challenge its predecessor with its display, as its 4.5-inch 769 x 1280 PureMotion HD+ with ClearBlack AMOLED panel is not particularly recognized as being a part of the high-end category. In comparison, we get exactly that with the LG G2’s immense 5.2-inch 1080p Full HD IPS display, which pops with its crisp visuals, accurate colors, and general sharpness. Perhaps, the saturated color reproduction of the Lumia 1020’s display is enough to catch the glint of our eyes in a dark room, but upon closer inspection, we soon realize it’s more than a generation behind the competition."
there is no consistency.....the worse i5 screen is starting to look dated but the obviously better lumia 1020 screen is more than a generation old?????? interesting.......there's also some sweetening on the i5 side while there's an opposing criticism on the lumia 1020 side....I don't care about both phones but I can't deny that there's an obvious non consistency

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:48 1

21. tech2 (Posts: 2308; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I believe the author found it a bit unacceptable considering its 2013 and after a gap of almost 10 months Nokia only managed to put the same display with little or no improvement to its predecessor not even in the bezel department.

Whereas, iPhone 5 is nearly 10 month old and he completely bashed iPhone 5 for its display as well with only a on word appreciation ('brighter' - which is true BTW) in the end because it was really released such long time ago.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 02:16 1

7. -box- (Posts: 3850; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I think the 1020's $299 price is to either hike the price of flagships to get folks with less cash on the NEXT program, or they're going to be a somewhat-limited edition (hence only 3 shell colors) so the pricing adds to the profit margin, and the real 2013 masterpiece will be for the holidays with GDR3, unneeded but nice full-HD screens, and even more cores to aid in better multitasking and graphics-heavy programs.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:44 1

20. RobotMan (Posts: 134; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Do you think that a lot of people will buy if the price is $199 ? Nokia know only the fanboy will buy it and if they reduce the price, Nokia will lose more money.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 02:25 2

9. Gadgety (Posts: 95; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


"Although it has a smaller count 13-mgeapixel auto-focus camera, the LG G2 is also packing some serious gear as well. In fact, it too features an optical image stabilization module that helps to keep shots blurry-free under low lighting."

Well in the mobile phone camera department whatever the other manufacturers offer, Nokia is leagues ahead. The while the LG G2s OIS, it's still basically a crutch, just like it was for the Nokia 920, compared to the 1020's camera.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:06 3

14. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


comparing a cheapo windows phone to 2013s best. That's just silly. The fact that the lumia is 300$ kinda blew my mind. A 41mp camera that, from what i hear, isn't that stunning anyway. I disagree with this 1080p argument... it is noticeable. That said, LG seems to have built the most battery efficient 1080p 5inch phone to date. Can't wait to own it

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:25

17. justsayit (Posts: 226; Member since: 09 May 2013)


hard to choose between two
the thing i don't like :
g2 - design not as cool as the lumia 1020
- android(even high specs phone fast outdated... )
- cam quality may not as superb as lumia 1020

lumia 1020 - lose to android when multitasking
- slow in taking image (it that true?many people talk about it, i don want to spend
much money for a slow phone)
- average battery life
- amoled (i prefer lcd more than oled)

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:29

18. SingDaFire (Posts: 74; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


.. Please don't do comparisons if it's not gonna be a fair one as it easily shows that you favour a product which you like and not which you don't. Seriously?... Is the screen of i5 better than Lumia1020... to be honest we don't give a sh%#

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:43 7

19. SleepingOz (unregistered)


The G2 is the best Android right now.
Camera aside, the 1020 stands no chance against it. Period.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 04:15 5

24. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


well said +1

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 17:21

31. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Depends on your needs: my Intel 3930K destroys weaker processors, but that isn't to say that everybody needs six cores, or 32GB of RAM. The G2 may be over-kill, and possibly not the best dollar value, even if it should turn out to be the fastest smartphone out there...

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 04:49

26. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


need more people like 19

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 05:13 4

27. tucutucu (Posts: 48; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)


Writers in phonearena should get a simplified direction to be followed by themselves. I can't read a post saying that Moto X cannot be criticized by its non-1080p display (even if it's not the same writer), then come here and read this crappy comparison. Where's the logic...?? Then open the site and let us make article to the readers too, it'll be the same chaos as it is where this site is getting into.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 06:44

28. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Very good point!

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 08:35

29. Nkool (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


hope they make a stock version of the G2.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 16:30

33. goldoos.com (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Aug 2013)


u make review just 2 sale yu credibility. Ips wins clear black Amoled. 13mp wins 41mp. Come to think about it, we’d also be shocked if the LG G2 were to sport the same price out of
the gate, but somehow we feel as though the
justification would be more warranted. U'er funny. Lg can only compare samsung. Nokia is BETTER any way.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 08:39

34. goldoos.com (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Aug 2013)


nokia is d best

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