Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Even with all of their high-end specs, extensive software, and solid performances, their calling qualities are nothing more than average. Sure, the Lumia 1520’s earpiece is rather weak with its output, while the Note 3 emits some crackling at the loudest setting through its earpiece, but in the end, we’re still somehow able to handle phone calls with few infuriating occurrences.
When phablets first rolled onto the scene, some people were afraid that their giant sized screens would be a total drain on battery life. Of course, that’s certainly not the case, especially when these two deliver amazing results that are long lasting. Even with heavy usage, their batteries are able to churn out a solid one-day of juice – more than enough to appease even the hungriest of power users. Still, we notice that the Lumia 1520 has more gas in the tank at the end of the day.
Let’s cut to the chase, these two are no doubt the best phablet performers in their respective platforms. However, as we’ve compared the two, it’s very apparent that the Note 3 has several advantages over the newcomer in the space. Sure, they’re blessed with almost the same set of hardware under the hood, but it’s just the enhancements we see in the customized Android experience of the Note 3 that takes it up a notch over the Lumia 1520. Don’t get us wrong, Windows Phone 8 is constantly growing and developing, but as a whole, it still has yet to reach the milestones we’ve seen out of Android. On top of that, the Note 3 further complements the experience by including several neat/redundant features to its package.
Even though the Note 3 is arguably the preferred choice for power users, we can’t help but stress the fact that it’s attached with a premium price point – one that’s still viewed as being hefty in this day and age. Well, considering the enhancements we see from its customized experience, combined with its inclusion of an IR blaster and S-Pen, its $300 on-contract price is more than justified. Knowing that, we’re just amazed to see that the Lumia 1520 is sporting an impressive on-contract price of $100. Heck, that price alone undercuts many flagship devices in the space, giving it a whole lot of value.
If you’re looking to save a whole lot of money, while still being given a device that doesn’t make compromises in the specs and performance departments, the Lumia 1520 is going to be the device for you. Sure, Windows Phone 8 might not be on the same level as its rival, but as we’ve seen, each iterative update brings forth enhancements and features that diversify its functionality. On the other end of the spectrum, if money isn’t a concern, we’d recommend the Note 3 for its deeper functionality, excellent performance, and all around performer.
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion