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Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max

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Interface and Functionality


Time after time, Windows Phones offered the same exact thing – a consistent and uniform experience. On the surface, the Lumia 1520 looks, acts, and feels like other Lumia branded smartphones we’ve seen already, but it’s one of the few out right now to be graced with the GDR3 update. Having that in tow, it delivers plenty of pleasing enhancements that are otherwise unavailable to other rival Windows Phones, but even with this latest version, it still doesn’t match the authority, comprehensiveness, and power that we gain from the Sense 5.5 UI that’s running on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in the HTC One max.

As much as we sometimes continue to be amazed with awe by how dynamic Windows Phone 8 looks, we come back to that realization that it’s something we experience with all devices running the platform. Therefore, that’s what makes the Sense 5.5 UI so breathtaking on its own, just because of the way HTC has been able to mask the usual Android experience. Visually, it’s delectable thanks to the HTC BlinkFeed, which intricately tucks away the usual Android home screen.

Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max

Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520


UI of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
UI of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
UI of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
UI of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
UI of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
UI of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
UI of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
UI of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max

UI of the HTC One max


Much like other comparisons we’ve covered, it doesn’t surprise us by how they handle multi-tasking and notifications, seeing that the One max benefits more – thanks in part to being Android, of course. Multi-tasking is carried out by their respective multi-tasking menus, which works in getting us in-and-out of apps, but notifications easily goes to the One max, due to having a centralized area where it’s all populated. Additionally, we’re greeted with several other secondary functions.

Beyond the baseline functions of each experience, we know that the One max benefits from having a deeper selection of quality apps – that’s essentially due to Android’s longer development. In contrast, Windows Phone 8 still doesn’t have the same breadth of apps as its rival, but nonetheless, it continues to grow with a diversified portfolio.

Out of the box, there’s not one that has more of an encompassing set of productivity features. Sure, we absolutely appreciate that we get the full Microsoft Office experience out of the Lumia 1520, but the One max is preloaded with Polaris Office 5 to give us something similar.

Visually, the two platform experiences really shine with their thought out designs and features, but seeing that it has more personalization, the deeper ecosystem of apps, and additional secondary features, the Sense 5.5 experience of the One max might win over more people. On the flip side, though, there are some enticing elements in tow with the Windows Phone 8 experience of the Lumia 1520 – more so when it lays claim to having several of those useful Nokia-branded apps, and all the enhancements put forth by the GDR3 update. For the power user, they best stick with the Android experience, well, that’s unless they want to experiment with Windows Phone 8.

Processor and Memory


This one surely has us itching and wondering a lot, especially knowing that these two smartphones were released in the same time frame. For being a new member on the scene, some will be taken back by the HTC One max’s choice of opting to go with a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, which is an older piece of silicon than the Lumia 1520’s mightier quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU. At their core, they’re both fast and responsive with generally all operations, but there’s more consistency with the fluidity of the Lumia 1520. Essentially, we sleep at night knowing that it’s packing hardware that’s befitting of a larger-than-life smartphone.

Thankfully, the two are packing 32GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented thanks to their microSD card slots. Like we mentioned earlier, it’s just easier to access with the One max, since it’s just a process of removing the rear cover with a latch – whereas, a SIM removal tool is needed to access it on the Lumia 1520.

Performance benchmarks

AnTuTu
Higher is better
HTC One max 26320
Nokia Lumia 1520 25799
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
HTC One max 39
Nokia Lumia 1520 46
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Internet and Connectivity


Well folks, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, seeing that they both feature 4G LTE connectivity, detailed screens, and peppy performances. With all of these qualities in tow, these two are just simply awesome when it comes to the web browsing experience. Sure, the stock and Chrome browsers of the HTC One max offers a few extra goodies over Internet Explorer, but nevertheless, the core functions between the two are intact.

Browser of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
Browser of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
Browser of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
Browser of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max

Browser of the Nokia Lumia 1520


Browser of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
Browser of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
Browser of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
Browser of the HTC One max - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max

Browser of the HTC One max


It’s a beautiful thing being cutting-edge devices, which these two are no doubt obviously. Having that notoriety, they’re blessed with the same set of connectivity features, which consist of 4G LTE connectivity, aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC (not available with the AT&T version of the Lumia 1520), and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Adding a useful element to the mix, we really appreciate that an IR blaster is incorporated into the HTC One max – basically turning it into a handy dandy universal remote.

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posted on 03 Dec 2013, 06:35 17

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Without a doubt the 1520. The HTC One Max is the biggest fail next to UltraPixels from HTC.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:57

9. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I agree, Lumia 1520 all the way for me!

What's interesting is that so far, Sprint customers are loving the HTC One Max and the reviews are pretty much 5 stars. It's only the start, so the ratings might change, but I'm curious to see just how long and how many customers will continue giving this phone an awesome rating.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:02

29. chocolaking (Posts: 440; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Dude, I have the one max.. for over 1 month now.
the UI and screen quality are so nice that you I would rate it a 6 star i can.
by far, I can not find any phablet out there in the market that has a better screen . can you?
i do admit that the 1520 has a better camera..
but i am not sure if you gonna live with the windows UI..

if you never had a htc one or one max.. you won't know how brilliant the blinkfeed is.. it's such a great feature..
well.. you just won't konw until you own one.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 06:35 9

2. fouadqr (Posts: 290; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


no doubt.. Lumia 1520 is the best ^_^

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 07:05 6

3. Kuroki (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


the "ultrapixel" is the biggest mess htc has created so far...there's no doubt that the 1520 won here ....

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 07:20 6

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2780; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Lumia for me!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 11:38

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3552; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lumia all day, all night❕

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 07:21

5. Lauticol (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


Looking at the picture in the Display category, I can't imagine how Nokia couldn't put better light in it's capacitive keys!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 11:38

11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3552; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Yeah, in person it looks dull, and uneven.. But, I'm still getting one..

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:11 6

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2663; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Killer...... 1520 FTW and badass WP from Nokia.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 11:39 1

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3552; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


All Lumias are bad ass❕❕❕

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:41 3

7. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


It's a win for HTC One Max all the way... Sure it could have had a tad better camera but it's the better device allaround...

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 12:29

15. dratomic (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


specswise lumia>>htc only thing it lacks is android. so your comment is irrevalent

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:35

19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The S600 can still run everything without breaking a sweat, so specs are irrelevant at this point. What really matters is the OS, and WP is inferior to Android in every single way. I would take any high end Android model, HTC One (Max), Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 or 3, Xperia Z1, Oppo Find 5, Oppo N1, Moto X (or any 2013 Motorola device), or Padfone Infinity over the leading WP model any day. Hell, I would rather have an iPhone 5 or 5S over a WP device, or even a mid-range Android like the HTC One mini.

The fact that WP is still so young compared to the competition and thus less developed automatically makes it lose in every single comparison, unless it's strictly low end; in mid-range to high end, WP loses every single time.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:12

21. papss (unregistered)


You forgot to add "in your opinion". IMO WP8 feels way better to use than android... again we all know about opinions,

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:20

8. jellmoo (Posts: 671; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


To be honest, neither one does much to interest me. Without the added functionality that the Note line brings, these are just devices that are big for the sake of being big. Having a big screen is nice, sure, but sacrificing being able to use it with one hand or keeping it comfortably in your pocket is a weak trade-off.

Until phablets add great productivity options a la Note 3, they are more of a novelty than anything else.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 11:41 1

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3552; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You obviously haven't used Office on WP8.. It's awesome on my 4.5in 920.. I can't wait to use it on a larger screen phone.. Are you sure you know what you're talking about❔

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 13:29 1

16. elitewolverine (Posts: 1613; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


What productivity options? Spen? The 1520 can be used with a stylus, taken hand notes and all via apps (the spen is an app built in, but isnt androids tagline...there is an app for that?).

In end you conception and novelty are way off. The onlything it has is spen, and multitaksing windows on the note 3, which i have used and hog the device down, and now you have a 3in window/phone.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:22

10. isprobi (Posts: 199; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I really want to like the 1520 but it is missing some major media related things like Adobe Flash in the web browser, a real live video streaming app (PlayOn or Mobile TV) and speakers usable for listening to media.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 13:32

17. elitewolverine (Posts: 1613; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Like Global TV?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:03

18. newbey123 (Posts: 413; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


If I had was buying one, would be the One Max for sure. However, I'm going to wait until the new HTC One comes out this spring and then decide which to get.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:36 1

20. orielwindow (Posts: 92; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)


Been using the Max for about a week and it's AWESOME! Very happy with this phone. The front facing speakers are incredibly loud and it's great to watch videos on. Considering the 1520 won't even be released on Verizon, this was an easy choice!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 20:48

22. taikucing (unregistered)


Nokia wins, but WP disappoints me.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:26 1

23. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3552; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


That's only because you haven't spent time using it, and you're not aware of what it had to offer.. Windows Phone is great, and does everything it needs to.. Any new features will be the icing on the cake..

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:37 1

24. snowgator (Posts: 3210; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Both are monsters. I am a WP fan, so of course I lean to the 1520.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 03:24

25. Thehamster (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Hm, even after reading this I still don't know which of these two phones to replace my Note 3 with. Coming from Sense on the One I cannot get over how ugly touchwiz is... Stick with what I know is great or try an amazing Nokia?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 08:31

26. orielwindow (Posts: 92; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)


I replaced my Note 3 with the Max. Partly because I think I removed my stylus from the Note maybe one time and also the loudspeaker on the Note 3 kinda sucked. I hated having to cup my hand around it to amplify it at work so we could look at videos. But the main reason I replaced it with the Max is because I live in a rural area and the Note 3 had practically zero reception (unlike my Note 2) and kept dropping our wifi signal. The max has 3g most of the time and 4g sometimes in the same area where the Note 3 would consistently be at zero reception. I'm very happy with the Max!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 10:42

28. Thehamster (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Cool, thanks for the info. I have always loved HTC and sense but I thought I would try something new with better specs, but it's still not as sooth as my one x (correction, I wrote wrong in my last post). Every third time I press the home button on my Note it asks me which touchwiz to complete the task with, and other annoying stuff. Probably going back to HTC :-)

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 09:21 1

27. gkakas (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


I am thinking into going to lumia 1520, from Nokia 820 + Nexus 7 set that I currently use. I am WP "fan", (yet quite annoyed because of the bad implementation of several aspects of WP and devices , e.g. no bluetooth keyboards, no hdmi out put, bad use of SD cards, slow app start, bad - the worse - phone dialing app etc), but I am very comfortable with android and the quite incosinstent performance behaviour of Nexus 7. But w.r.t. s/w there is two things that the article misses:
1. MS Office is not comparable to most other things out there (the whole package considered, with skydrive).
2. Nokia map s/w is a reason to buy the phones on its own, and there is no free equivalent in Android.
Glad to see the rough comparison about video and the screen.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 17:04

30. keygenpro1980 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


im happy for using my windows phone 8.1

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