Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
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.
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.
Higher is better
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
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.
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.
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max - Interface and Functionality