Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One max
Aided by the stronger volume output of its earpiece, phone calls are better handled by the HTC One max. Sheesh, even at the middle volume setting it easily eclipses the weak volumes tones put out by the Lumia 1520’s earpiece. Then again, at least voices sound natural in tone with the Lumia 1520 – though, we’re constantly finding ourselves mashing the earpiece so closely to our ear under noisy conditions.
Size is everything with these two, so it shouldn’t shock people to know that they’re carrying along beefy sized batteries to appease their hunger – a 3400 mAh battery in the Lumia 1520, and a 3300 mAh one in the One max. Thankfully, both are more than equipped at providing at solid one-day of heavy usage, easily getting power users with enough juice throughout the day – and even into the next. However, in our experience, it’s the HTC One max that gives out just a smidgen more battery life in the end.
Pricing, it’s the deciding factor for many people, as some people are more inclined to go with a device which will save them some much-needed cash in the process. So far, the trend seems as though phablets are graced with higher-than-normal prices, but that’s where the Nokia Lumia 1520 comes screeching onto the scene, as it impresses us with its aggressive on-contract price of $99.99 through AT&T. That’s some serious savings folks, especially knowing that it’s packing a newer piece of silicone under the hood, and a beefier camera that’s meant to capture the moment.
On the other end of the spectrum, the HTC One max is being made available through a couple of US wireless carriers right now for $299.99 with a 2-year contract. Then again, the software experience really shows its worth, as Android as a whole has certain advantages that adheres to the needs of power users.
Ultimately though, if you want a high-spec’d smartphone that won’t cost you an arm or a leg, then the Nokia Lumia 1520 will absolutely suffice. If money isn’t a concern, you can still get by with the HTC One max – though, the date piece of silicon under the hood, combined with its underwhelming photo snapping performance might make some people reconsider.
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10312; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Without a doubt the 1520. The HTC One Max is the biggest fail next to UltraPixels from HTC.
9. GeekMovement (Posts: 2127; 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.
29. chocolaking (Posts: 494; 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.
3. Kuroki (Posts: 87; 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 ....
5. Lauticol (Posts: 286; 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!
11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Yeah, in person it looks dull, and uneven.. But, I'm still getting one..
6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3690; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Killer...... 1520 FTW and badass WP from Nokia.
7. rizevnarastek (Posts: 338; 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...
15. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
specswise lumia>>htc only thing it lacks is android. so your comment is irrevalent
19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4250; 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.
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,
8. jellmoo (Posts: 1249; 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.
14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; 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❔
16. elitewolverine (Posts: 4575; 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.
10. isprobi (Posts: 533; 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.
18. newbey123 (Posts: 519; 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.
20. orielwindow (Posts: 105; 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!
22. taikucing (unregistered)
Nokia wins, but WP disappoints me.
23. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; 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..
24. snowgator (Posts: 3519; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Both are monsters. I am a WP fan, so of course I lean to the 1520.
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?
26. orielwindow (Posts: 105; 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!
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 :-)
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.
30. keygenpro1980 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)
im happy for using my windows phone 8.1