Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Nokia Lumia 1520: first look
Certainly, there’s little hiding the fact that these two are regarded as phablets, due to their immense sizes of course. However, our hands are better able to cope with the slimmer confines of the Galaxy Note 4 – thanks in part to Samsung’s engineering in shaving off more of the bezel surrounding the display. Handling both phones require two hands for a more comfortable feel, but we’re still better able to handle the Note 4 more than the Lumia 1520. Nokia’s offering is seriously a beast of a phone – both in size and weight.
Without going into the details regarding the specs of their displays, our own two eyes are able to tell us which of the two displays is the superior one. Frankly, it’s one-sided victory for the Galaxy Note 4’s 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED display, seeing that it produces the sharper looking details. Looking back, the Lumia 1520 is notable for being the first Windows Phone to feature a 1080p resolution display, which is paired with a 6-inch screen. From a normal viewing distance, it’s still effective enough to match the sharpness and clarity of its rival’s display, but upon closer inspection, there’s no denying the crisper looks of the Note 4’s display. Furthermore, we can attest from the short time handling the Note 4, that its display is noticeably brighter – giving it more visibility under various lighting conditions.
In the end, considering that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the newer device, it benefits from having the more prized and attractive display. In fact, it’s looking like it’s going to beat the Lumia 1520’s display in nearly every category.
Interface and Functionality
Sporting the latest Samsung TouchWiz experience, we’ll gladly be honest and mention that the customized Android experience of the Note 4 is still a step up from the Windows Phone 8.1 experience of the Lumia 1520. Microsoft has made considerable strides with its latest software experience, but at the end of the day, when it comes to getting stuff done, the Note 4 is equipped with a ton of software features that make it conducive to the needs of productivity conscious users. Heck, the Note 4’s multi-window mode is enough to blast the multi-tasking execution of the Lumia 1520’s offering.
Visually, though, we’re more favorable to the Windows Phone 8.1 experience of the Lumia 1520 – primarily for its modern looks and dynamic feel. In comparison, TouchWiz continues to look very much cartoony, so it’s long overdue for a major redesign to match the contemporary looks of Windows Phone 8.1.
Processor and Memory
Outfitted with Qualcomm’s newest chipset, a Snapdragon 805 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM, we notice that the Note 4 exhibits a slightly more fluid response – albeit, the Lumia 1520’s Snapdragon 800 is still powerful enough to handle similar tasks. Despite packing hardware deemed as last-gen, the Lumia 1520 is still a highly effective phone for gaming. On the flip side, we surely know that the Note 4 is more than equipped to handle the most demanding things. Games included!
We really can’t complain about their storage capacities, as they both offer a spacious 32GB, which can be supplemented by their microSD card slots. However, since the Lumia 1520’s slot requires a special tool to access, we find the Note 4’s slot to be more accessible.
Shutterbugs might want to listen up, that’s because these are two formidable photo-taking devices. Don’t count out the almost year-old Lumia 1520, as it continues to be a trailblazer with the impressive quality put out by its 20-megapixel PureView camera, which is arguably one of the best in the category. Well, the Note 4 packs some heat of its own in the form of its updated 16-megapixel camera, one that is now greeted with optical image stabilization – a feature that’s also available on the Lumia 1520. In the past, we’ve been astounded by the sheer amount of details captured by the Lumia 1520’s camera, but it’ll be interesting to see how the Note 4 is able to compare.
Competition is in abundance everywhere we look, so it’s no surprise that these two prized smartphones are on a crash course collision towards one another. Thanks to availability of Windows Phone 8.1, the Nokia Lumia 1520 can now match the Android’s diversified portfolio of software features – albeit, the Note 4 receives some additional enhancements to give it yet more functionality than its rival. At the same time, the Galaxy Note 4 as a whole has all of the bells and whistles to make it every bit of a flagship device. There’s no arguing the popularity surrounding Sammy’s Note line, but we can’t neglect the Nokia Lumia 1520’s impressive tally as well.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Nokia Lumia 1520 - first look
1. Zack_2014 (Posts: 66; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Is there any specific reason as to why the USB 3.0 is removed? Or its just a marketing strategy for the next Note 5.
28. rd_nest (Posts: 825; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
It used to interfere with the radio communication. Larger connector.
Fast charging is already taken care of and for better transfer rates you can easily do it through Airdroid or ES File Explorer
2. T.Law (Posts: 361; Member since: 10 May 2014)
Is this a joke?! The Note4 is light-years ahead that lumia.
3. fouadqr (Posts: 315; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
I think ur comment is the real joke ..
Lumia 1520 is one of the best
31. bigdawg23 (Posts: 391; Member since: 25 May 2011)
How is the 1520 one of the best? The WP OS has limitations. Before people call me a Android Troll, I own the Note 3 and Lumia 1020. Two main reasons I went back to the Note 3 are App Selection and Function with WP and second, the closed OS and not allowing a person to attach multiple documents like PDF, XLS and DOC. Only allow people to use Photos and Videos creates issue. I have a iPhone 5 as my personal phone, which has the same attachment but the APP selection and Function is way ahead of WP.
42. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
You can actually. I suspect you just didn't try hard enough. While I agree while in email app you should be able to add more than just photos etc through the attachment thing.
But the easy way is to simply open up onedrive (where you stuff should be anyways), use the multiple select and bam you can send multiple files in one shot, word, excel, pp, photo, video etc, can either send link, or actual files (link is preferred imo).
While clumsy, it can be done, it is not a limitation of the OS more so just a 'limitation' of the stock email app attachment system.
4. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
That's a little exaggerated don't you think?
5. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
Light years is a measure of distance.
It's newer. That's for sure.
This comparison is a joke though
9. Deaconclgi (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Why is the comparison a joke? He compare actual hardware between the two. Be sure to call all other comparisons of devices with similar hardware but with your favorite OS a joke as well.
I'll check the other comparison posts to see if you are there saying the same thing.
I'll wait for you, otherwise there is nothing but bias in the comment about the comparison being a joke.
24. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 691; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
The comparison is a joke because 1: He hands the Note 4 the size victory, despite the 1520 having a much larger display. 2: He hands the Note 4 the brightness victory, despite the 1520 obviously being auto-dimmed to reflect the surrounding illumination. 3: He hands the clarity victory to the Note 4, possibly deservedly, but without bringing them outdoors, where the Lumia traditionally shines (beats the crap out of the GS5 in direct sunlight)...
All in all a very unconvincing comparison, perhaps to be expected considering the short availability of the Note 4.
30. tech2 (Posts: 2460; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
'but without bringing them outdoors, where the Lumia traditionally shines (beats the crap out of the GS5 in direct sunlight)..'
LOL....stop spreading lies boy. Watch this video before talking non sense:https://www.youtube.com/watch?
When it comes to Amoled no one does it better then Samsung. Period.
36. hemedans (Posts: 230; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)
why is your video has so many dislike?
watch here lumia 1520 sunlight test
nothing beat clear black display when it come to sunlight readability
44. tech2 (Posts: 2460; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
1. The dislikes are mostly because he didn't set the same wallpaper.
2.Inspite of that if you watch the entire video you'll see how it doesn't matter as the difference is so huge.
3. In your link the person is not holding the phone exactly at the sun so. More importantly its not a comparison between GS5 so that is completely invalid anyways. Also, when he tries at 5:22 he confirms 'reflection would make problems in reading'.
3. My video still has more likes and views then your video.
4. on GSMarena Lumia 1520 scored 1.813 vs 3.5 of GS5 in sunlight contrast ratio. So yeah 'Clear Black' technology easily got pawned here too. As GS5 is almost twice better in sunlight then L1520 not to mention its much more brighter and produces accurate screen. It has higher PPI and GG3.
46. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 691; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
I'm 41. Judging by your usual posts in these articles I'd guess you to be 17 or an immature 20 something; I'd keep that 'boy'-stuff under lids if I was you...!
"Non sense"? Nonsense is one word; splitting it up is nonsense, that's for sure.
I own a 1520 and my brother owns a GS5; my 1520 is actually viewable in angled sunlight, unlike his GS5. I talk from experience, not from random bids on the internet. But then again, this is not the first time you reference half-baked reviews. I'd recommend you to grow a bit of critical sense; it'll serve you well in the long run...
48. tech2 (Posts: 2460; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Seriously !? Now since you don't have an actual point to counter me you are going on age ? News flash buddy I am not 17 and even if I was that has nothing to do with what I write. It doesn't make your over-the-top claims more relevant.
Also, I own a GS5 and Moto G. You are more then welcome to check my previous comments to validate that. Although that is irrelevant too.
Lastly, you are clearly suffering from denial syndrome (aka blind fanboy) who turns blind-eye to whatever isn't in his favour. If you find the review 'half-baked' mention the reason why do you feel that way instead of raising irrelevant points like age. smh
PS: Don't bother replying unless you actually have a 'critical sense' as to why you think that video is 'half-baked. I'll be more then happy to argue on the base of facts.
52. marcski07 (Posts: 560; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
what are you talking about? i dunno about L1520, but my n9 doesn't give me a problem on direct sunlight. I can browse, read, play games.
53. marcski07 (Posts: 560; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
clearblack is awesome dude, they don't nid super bright display to be able to display under direct sunlight. you should try it and see it yourself
6. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Dude......there is a best android phone till now and there is a best windows phone till now.
7. Deaconclgi (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
What constitutes light years ahead? Serious question as this article clearly compared certain aspects of each device and I don't see a light-year of difference in either of them beyond the better screen and processor in the Note 4.
How is it a joke when the facts are stated? "That lumia" is as good as it has been stated in this article and many more. The Note 4 is as good as been stated as well, from the limited hands on. This is a simple comparison, no room for sensational fanboyism.
There isn't any jokes in this article.
18. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
Dude. Open an English dictionary. Light years is a measure of distance. It cannot be used here.
It's like saying the galaxy note is five kilometers ahead of the Lumia. It makes no sense.
The galaxy note is brand new. That's what's different. The only reason this comparison is valid is because there are only two windows phone phablets.
Can't compare this with a Lumia 1320 now can we?
I'm just saying that the galaxy note is newer. I would take it in a WP version though.
Long rant short. You can't use light years.
26. T.Law (Posts: 361; Member since: 10 May 2014)
Light years ahead
Technologically advanced. Clearly better than the rest.
(light years) INFORMAL A long distance or great amount:
the new range puts them light years ahead of the competition
Idiom Definitions for 'Light years ahead'
If you are light years ahead of others, you are a long way in front of them in terms of development, success, etc.
Either you're not a native speaker or you're a poor reader.
16. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
It's a measurement. That's why we use it here. For device A is far(light years) ahead of device B
17. T.Law (Posts: 361; Member since: 10 May 2014)
I can see I did hurt the feelings of a whole bunch of WP Fanboys.
And yeah, the Note 4 is light-years ahead of the L1520. Deal with it!
19. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
You're just making yourself look stupid on the internet dummy.
1. Astron. the distance traversed by light in one mean solar year, about 5.88 trillion mi. (9.46 trillion km): used as a unit in measuring stellar distances. Abbr.: lt-yr
(a) a very great distance
(b) a very long time: It's been light-years since I've seen my childhood friends.
Light years are only applicable when talking about distance and time. Idiot
23. T.Law (Posts: 361; Member since: 10 May 2014)
Perhaps you're too dumb to get it.
May I recommend you Vaseline?
33. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Vaseline? I take it you use it quite regularly.
No he is stating the difference between the two devices while one is newer yes, is not 'light years'. Light years would be a 1995 PDA to the Note 4. That is light years.
20. DarkStar286 (Posts: 70; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)
I've just read this article and they seem fairly evenly matched, though obviously the Note comes out on top as the 1520's a year old now. Care to explain why you think the gap is much greater than this article, and the spec sheets, suggest?
45. joey_sfb (Posts: 3245; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Note 4 will be light year ahead Lumia 1520 in sales definitely.
Let compare sales figures next quarter.
I getting my Note 4 and my VR gear as soon as launch.
8. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Wait isn't the note 4 with 3 gb of ram? If it is please fix it
10. arenanew (Posts: 217; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)
joke what is need of 3gb can we open note 4 and check it really 3gb or just market gimmick .
samsung and other cheap product they all looting money and making fool . try simple think just open and show its really 3 gb or not . 1520 is excellent .
13. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Please educate yourself. The note 3 has 3gb of ram. Many phones do. Marketing gimmicks are things that are real just that almost nobody will find use in them
37. hemedans (Posts: 230; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)
what matter is free ram for end user. samsung smartphones have large ram because touchwiz consume more ram. note 3 use approximately 1.2gb of ram and leave like 1.5gb free ram for end user.
htc sense is good example when it came to ram usage. around 0.5gb is used by default and leave almost 1.3gb free.
if you compare htc one and note 3 you can see they have almost same free ram despite note 3 to have 3gb ram and htc one 2gb ram
11. Taters (Posts: 3598; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Lol just one look and you see how much of a joke the Lumia is. That thing is like almost as big as the Nexus 7. It's HUGE.
12. arenanew (Posts: 217; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)
google is cheap company try to understand they just looting money that why company like samsung , htc and sony face lose . Poor android buggy and leggie ameture and useless drainage os
15. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Learn English, then post your M$ fanboy comments here.
25. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 691; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
It's not a joke; it's bloody nice to have such a fantastic screen at your fingertips all the time. Very addictive!
40. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 868; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
"Joke" ? The only thing funny is taking out a 6" device and running Microsoft Office on it and getting REAL work done. That's why it is a phablet... it is expected to be HUGE. Jokes on you pal. (also size difference is 0.9 centimeters taller and 0.6 centimeters wider... yielding a 0.3" more screen real estate.)
21. Gemmol (Posts: 562; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
They need to update Lumia 1520 features on this website, with Update 1 that the developer preview push out last month we have quick charge 2.0, Lumia 930 got the update too
22. Federated (Posts: 252; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)
There's something about Samsung that makes it look and feel cheap. I don't know what it is. They all look cheap toys. Why is it that they can't match Nokia, Sony, HTC in design and build quality with all their money? I don't get it. I would be happy to try Samsung if they try to make their devices more solid with better quality and design. I like specs. Always top-notch. No doubt about that.
27. Arhitecter (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Jan 2014)
Lumia 1520 still have best design and camera among the phablets. And between this two I would choose 1520, for long-wake battery, stylishness and, you now, PRICE. Also, for me FullHD is more than needed for this size of screen. If Microsoft make 1530 with this design, Q805 and stylus from Surface Pro 3, with update contains software features like in Note, it would be awesome.
39. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 868; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
THIS THIS THIS THIS. I am eagerly waiting for such a device.
47. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 691; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
Yup! A newer processor and stylus support! I'd actually even prefer it to be a non-integrated stylus, to keep size down and design intact.
29. julian6.0 (Posts: 26; Member since: 29 Jan 2014)
Nice nice i agree i have the 1520. It would be pretty awesome the next lumia 1520 with a stylus. So sick. And i love the 1520 the display is the best, operating system is just as good. Never lags or hangs. Once in a while you see app close on its own but its normal its happens on all operating systems and it might not be the phone it might just be the app that is buggy. Overall great phone. And windows is doing big things.
38. hemedans (Posts: 230; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)
cant wait to see wp9 when wp and rt merge.
32. gigaraga (Posts: 1381; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
If the 1520 didn't stand a chance against the Note 3 then...
50. Jillsandwich (Posts: 58; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Lumia 1525 plus 8.1 makes the note line look ugly and cheap.
Emphasis on ugly.
Good to see Samsung still can't make nice hardware.
54. gigaraga (Posts: 1381; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
1525 looks like 1520, which looks like N9, from 2011. Outdated design, old. No, its actually better to see that Nokia designed hasn't changed EVER SINCE. And WP looks the same as ever. So I don't know what you're on about.
43. Daytonadave17 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Oct 2013)
The 1520 is a year older and can still compete vs the note 4! Just wait till Nokia's next badass flagship! Maybe even a refreshed 1520! :-). I can't wait!