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Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2

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Interface and Functionality


Let’s cut to the chase folks, seeing that we’ve compared these two platforms in great detail with past comparisons. Quite simply, the customized Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience of the LG G2 has an eclectic arsenal of features that puts the Windows Phone 8 experience of the Nokia Lumia Icon into its place. There’s no comparison, seeing that it’s rich with totality from head-to-toe. Power users will undoubtedly be pleased by the G2! Well, it’s still okay with the Lumia Icon, even more if you’re willing to experiment with Microsoft’s budding mobile platform, but it’s still only offering a small fraction of the things we can get out of the G2.

For starters, notifications continue to be better incorporated with the customized Android experience of the G2, since its notifications panel offers us several secondary features – while also being accessed to other connectivity features. As for the Lumia Icon, its dynamic live tiles handle all of the notifications, which can be a messy process when trying to track down each and every notification.

Interface of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Interface of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Interface of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Interface of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2

Interface of the Nokia Lumia Icon


Interface of the LG G2 - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2

Interface of the LG G2


In addition, multi-tasking is on steroids with the G2. Not only can its select QSlide apps be layered on top of whatever we’re doing, giving us miniaturized versions of their full-sized counterparts, but the G2’s SlideAside feature becomes especially useful in organizing up to three apps simultaneously. Conversely, the Lumia Icon’s implementation is more like task switching – as opposed to true multi-tasking.

Beyond the baseline functions of each experience, we know that the G2 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 Icon, but the G2 is preloaded with Polaris Office 5 to give us something similar.

Visual presentation is more appealing with Windows Phone 8, seeing that it shines with its animated approach. Well, we see some of that too with the customized Android experience of the G2, but it still has a conventional approach. Despite that, we can’t forget to mention how the G2 is stacked to the roof with an impressive features set with its experience – like its note-taking apps, multi-tasking prowess, and much more. In the end, it’s plainly evident that Windows Phone 8 has its limitations, more so when it’s stacked against the G2’s offering.

Processor and Memory


For a good while there, Windows Phones seemed to be dated because of the last-generation processors they utilized. Fortunately for the new crop of Windows Phones, which includes the Lumia Icon, they’ve been outfitted with the same high-end gear bestowed on many of its Android counterparts. In fact, the Lumia Icon and LG G2 share the same piece of silicon – a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. There’s no shortage of speed and finesse when it comes to their performance, as every operation is accompanied with a tight response. Despite exuding nearly the same buttery smooth operations, there’s just a smidgen more snappiness exhibited by the G2’s performance – though, most people wouldn’t be too inclined to notice the difference.

Thankfully there’s some room for flexibility when it comes to storage, as they both are stuffed with an ample 32GB of space.

Performance benchmarks

AnTuTu
Higher is better
LG G2 35376
Nokia Lumia Icon 23719
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
LG G2 50
Nokia Lumia Icon 46
Sunspider
Lower is better
LG G2 932.8
Nokia Lumia Icon 550.6
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Internet and Connectivity


All of the delightful qualities are present here to make surfing the web such a pleasure. Specifically, they feature speedy 4G LTE speeds for quick page loads, instant page rendering, and buttery navigational controls. Even though the LG G2 has the larger display, we wouldn’t necessarily say that it poses as an advantage.

Nokia Lumia Icon - Surfing the web - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Surfing the web - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
LG G2 - Surfing the web - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Surfing the web - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2

Nokia Lumia Icon

 

LG G2

 

Surfing the web


Made specifically to mesh with Verizon’s CDMA and LTE networks in the US, prospective owners can rest knowing that they’re both world phones at heart – giving them adequate coverage abroad. At the same time, they pack on the same set of connectivity features as well, which consists of aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, and NFC. Showing off its deeper portfolio, the LG G2 benefits from having video-out functionality with the aid of its SlimPort, and an IR blaster that allows us to control television sets.

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posted on 19 Feb 2014, 09:52 2

1. LuckyS (Posts: 54; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


I think that these two phones aren't comparable. G2 is better by far, especially when it comes to OS-es.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 05:56

19. sbw44 (Posts: 389; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


When It comes to hardware the Nokia Icon is by far the better device

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 19:20

20. Bioload25 (Posts: 203; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


The processor,GPU and RAM are the same,as well as screen tech (LG's display seems more contrasty and popping,though)
Icon's camera seems the better for stills but for video the G2 is the winner
Aside from the build quality (completely diferent and no need to talk about it) they seem pretty comparable
Software is the thing here

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 10:22

22. Brianb (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Java over C/C++. Software will always be quicker When your not using Java.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 10:01

2. akbarkool (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


Icon beats the G2- Fair and Square

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 10:06 2

4. greathero1 (Posts: 472; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


What article were you reading?

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 12:34 3

10. RandomUsername (Posts: 452; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Icon wins in hardware, G2 wins in software :)

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 16:50

16. Liveitup (Posts: 1186; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Lumia has the better looking software and hardware.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:16 1

17. fireblade (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


too bad icon runs WP OS which sucks

posted on 24 May 2014, 18:18

24. Phonecall01 (Posts: 120; Member since: 02 Apr 2009)


Define "sucks"..

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 10:05

3. Kishin (Posts: 598; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Thanks to onscreen buttons the G2 looks like a 4.9'' look at the viewing angles..
Many of these phones will struggle when WP8.1 releases...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 10:18

5. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


phone designs seemed a bit boring nowadays - the ICON reminds me of an HTC phone, except more squarer....

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 12:02

8. edrich (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


I really wish phonearena would start using the dark background for Windows Phones instead of the light one. Dark looks so much more impressive with the Lumia design and UI

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 12:30

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


This time both UX look cartoonish and funky.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 13:01

11. Nabil2511 (Posts: 148; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


G2 all the way..

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 13:10

12. Nabil2511 (Posts: 148; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


i cant actually think of anything that the Icon have but the G2 doesnt have.. but i can think dozens of things that the G2 have but the Icon doesnt have.. except for the design.. Icon takes that one i guess..

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 14:36 1

14. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


yes i prefer android but cmon icon is a nokia. something that lg will never be

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 14:38

15. thunder18 (Posts: 114; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


Well, to be fair, the Icon does have the 20 MP camera. Though from the review results are a bit mixed. Icon does better with photos, but the 60 fps 1080p video from the G2 is supposed to be pretty spectacular.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 22:59

18. Nabil2511 (Posts: 148; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


im sorry.. but in my perspective, i look at the results of the images from the Icon to be over saturated.. but hey, that's just me..

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 19:41

21. fandows (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


I have the icon I think it clearly outshines the lg g2 in multiple areas. And windows phone 8 most certainly does not suck

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 10:42

23. Brianb (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Android is wrote in Java which isn't faster the C/C++ and the icon uses Directx 11. I'm a software developer and I wouldn't use java ever again because its slow to compile down to machine code, so at that I bought a windows phone because Directx 11 was available which means better graphics management. Nokia have always been good for camera's. So for once windows wins hands down. Watch Android crumble in the next few years with Samsung coming out with there own Tizan OS. I hate google. Android = MUK .Chrome OS = MUK . Google search = Riddled in ads.

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