Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Nokia Lumia 1520
Sammy’s revving up and poised to have yet another blockbuster year, especially now that its latest flagship is making the rounds. Looking at the field, Windows Phones in general have been in short supply. Despite that, the Nokia Lumia 1520 continues to be the shining force for the platform – giving its rivals something to worry about. In this next comparison, we’re going to dive in and figure out exactly how the Nokia Lumia 1520 can contend against the Samsung Galaxy S5.
There’s little doubt who has the superior design just by looking at these two phones. Even though Sammy has tried to sprinkle a dash of sophistication to the Galaxy S5’s design, it still can’t match the stylish and more solidly constructed design of the Lumia 1520. Sure, they’re both donning polycarbonate plastic with their housings, but the Lumia 1520’s chassis has more of a stylish edge capable of attracting attention with its tapered design, unibody construction, and colorful options.
Whereas the Lumia 1520 takes the checkered flag for its beautiful looks, Sammy’s flagship captures the race with its more comfortable feel – thanks in part to its rounded edges, smaller footprint, and lighter weight. Furthermore, we have to point out that the Galaxy S5’s IP67 certification makes it water resistant, so that’s an extra perk not available with the Lumia 1520.
Of course, there are many common ports and buttons shared by these two beasts, but the Galaxy S5 is outfitted with a few more to extend its worth. Specifically, they include a microUSB 3.0 port for faster charging/data connectivity, an IR blaster that transform the phone into a universal remote, a finger print reader for added security, and a heart rate sensor to measure our pulse.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, while the Nokia Lumia 1520 flaunts a larger 6-inch 1080p IPS LCD display. On paper, the Galaxy S5 produces the higher pixel density figure, 432 ppi versus 369 ppi, but it doesn’t make for a substantial difference when we’re looking at the two from a normal viewing distance. Quite frankly, they’re sharp and detailed enough.
In the past, AMOLED panels couldn’t match the brightness output produced by LCD based displays, causing them to be almost unusable outdoors with the sun present. To our own amazement, the Galaxy S5’s AMOLED panel produces a brightness output of 442 nits, edging out the Lumia 1520’s 420 nits mark – permitting the Galaxy S5’s display to be viewable outdoors like its rival. Vastly showing improvement, the AMOLED panel of Sammy’s product also delivers the better viewing angles as well, so it maintains its clarity more. And finally, there’s just something about the iridescent glow of the AMOLED display that catches our attention more.
Also worth mentioning, the Galaxy S5’s display is able to track our finger as it’s hovering over the display – a useful thing that works in conjunction with its various Air View functions. Overall, we’re going to have to stick with Sammy on this one for having the better display.
3. sip1995 (Posts: 659; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
You should compare it with the Nokia Lumia 930.
5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7370; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Comparing the S5 to the Icon is more logical than comparing it to the 1520.
43. sgodsell (Posts: 896; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
It doesn't matter if the S5 is compared to the icon or 1520. The S5 has more options and features compared to either of them. The new Amoled display on the S5 is the best Amoled display to date. The S5's camera is faster and has slow motion video capture up to 240fps. Then there is the differences between Android and WP8.
31. akki20892 (Posts: 3255; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Nokia lumia 1520 is beast. And King of battery life. I can't wait to get 930 orange not you but color orange. Lol
35. tech2 (Posts: 1783; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Lumia Icon/930 has pretty dismal battery life. In contrast, GS5 has almost twice the battery life in comparison.
38. akki20892 (Posts: 3255; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
930 battery life will be different than icon. We have to wait.
45. tech2 (Posts: 1783; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Why ? Aren't they basically the same phone ?
66. sbw44 (Posts: 366; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
No Icon runs WP8 GDR3/Black, while the Lumia 930 runs WP8.1
69. tech2 (Posts: 1783; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
So you're saying a software update would some how make the battery survive twice as long ?! ...........and where are you getting your info from ?
71. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1706; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
The Lumia 1520 smokes every single handset in the market in battery life. Its been proven on multiple sites. I don't know how PA got the S5 to perform better on the battery front than the L1520. I also own one, and my current charge has been held since 2 days and its still at 44%, despite relatively heavy browsing on WiFi and sometimes, on 3G. Also, the Icon was released with LTE in the US & with WP8/GDR3. However, the Lumia 930 will be releasing internationally and in most places, without LTE. Also, there is more battery optimization and battery saving techniques on WP8.1 So, it can probably last at least one day on a charge.
65. sbw44 (Posts: 366; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Funny you say that the s5 has better battery life than the icon based on gsmarena, but also based on that the 1520 completely trashes the s5 at gsmarena! So where does PA get their info that the S5 beats the 1520? They have no proof at all, just saying crap like because it has a smaller screen, less resolution and somehow better optimized lol its better than the 1520? Bullcrap! as usual from PA!
81. Gemmol (Posts: 490; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
i have a pic from my 1520 showing it last 4 days, until I see another phone last 4 days with everything I do daily then I believe but for now no phone is messing with the 1520 battery life
4. sip1995 (Posts: 659; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
You have to update the Nokia mix radio and the Nokia camera app.
7. FriendsOfSamsung (unregistered)
Galaxy s5 enough said
8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1706; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Love my L1520. Not gonna exchange it for any phone in the market at the moment. :)
12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7370; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Love my S5. Not gonna exchange it for any phone in the market at the moment. :)
19. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1706; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Is that you in your display pic? Looking good anyway. :D
20. sip1995 (Posts: 659; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
The most off topic comment I ever seen....LOL
21. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
If it's you...then I should say this...
Papasmurf doesn't fit you....
37. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2261; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Wow never thought your black. I mean its not a bad thing lol. Just didnt have that idea about you. Cool
39. KingDingaLing (Posts: 117; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)
I love it when ya call me big papa......smurf
57. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2261; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
That's not you in the picture? Well maybe not exactly black but Caribbean or something, right? :)
62. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7370; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It's me in the picture and I've already said where I'm from on here. Didn't know my picture would attract a lot of attention lol.
64. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1706; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Where are you from? I really don't know. You seem to have a kind of Indian or subcontinental look.
70. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7370; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Lol I get that a lot. I'm Puerto Rican.
73. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
me2, i thought rodney was some other but hes black....
where is rodney?
15. sip1995 (Posts: 659; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
I would like to give a try to G2 but not to the s5.....I still like my Nokia Lumia 920.
23. lalalaman (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Hey sip, how long does ur 920 battery last?? Mine is just ok, dies till dinner....any suggestions??
26. sip1995 (Posts: 659; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
The battery lasts longer than 1 1/2 day with FULL use....turn off ALL the background tasks, set the brightness to LOW, turn on battery saver and use 3g not the 4g.
30. sip1995 (Posts: 659; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Tell me if this helped you. :)
Note: i have WP 8.1
44. lalalaman (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
thanks,i think im a heavy user....im always on internet(most of it with wifi).....
tell me one more thing,if i turn off Viber on background tasks,will i still get calls???
well i will wait till Nokia Cyan,coz i have heard battery gets worse on WP8.1(source:WPcentral forums)...i like to do my research first:)
59. elitewolverine (Posts: 1166; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Mine seems to last longer on 8.1, but i guess it depends on the apps that people have and what they are doing.
On my 925 i would get about 8hrs of heavy heavy use, screen constantly on at work while teching etc. Now i get about 12, over the weekend i got 1.25 days worth of decent use on the 8.1
40. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3226; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
The 1520 is the best overall device on the market.. It has more usable hardware features than any other device, benches higher than even the new S5, and WP8.1 tops the cake... As usual, I'm having the best smartphone experience possible with my Lumia 1520, and WP8.1.. No surprise here.
46. SleepingOz (unregistered)
You forgot "IMNSHO" at the end of your comment because it is a big biased BS.
56. Dastrix (Posts: 570; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Relax on the acronyms dude. If you seriously thought it makes you look cool, think again.
58. papss (unregistered)
We can probably disregard 80% of your post then.. most are far more outlandish than his and you never put any acronym at the end.
60. elitewolverine (Posts: 1166; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Most dont care for finger print scanner, or a heart beat. For those that dont, those hardware features simply dont matter. IR is nothing new my old sony ericsson had it.
The 1520 with the longer battery life, better game benchmarks, support for directx 12 if MS report is to be taken as truth for the 8.1 platform, and integrated MS services that i value above my integrated Google services on the note 3 i own, the rest is just fluff. Then again the camera in the 1520 imo is better where the software in the samsung offers extra tools like slow mo.
As a daily driver there is nothing, that for me, as a daily driver, that the s5 would provide other than battery and screen, but that is because it better with my phone nearly being a year old.
76. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3226; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
No, I didn't forget it... I'm sure of it.. I'm using my 1520 running WP8.1 right now....
Yep, I'm sure... Sorry if you don't think so, and I could care less.
78. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3226; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I like to take a peek every once in awhile.. But, then I see how pathetic it still is around here, and I go where the real news, and comments, are..
75. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
but heavenly let down by the not good closed restricted platform
28. Liveitup (Posts: 891; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
WP all the way. Maybe I missed it but didn't see video of these two devices comparison, to me that's where the truth lies talking or writing about two devices is one thing showing them to commenters takes it to a whole new level. To me especially visually Samsung and everyone is mimicking the WP experience, 8.1 is bad ass. Transparent Tiles are awesome especially with a cool background.
42. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3226; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Yes, WP8.1 is very good.. Using it on day 8 now, and my 1520 has never been so fun to use... Nothing is better IMO..
55. Dastrix (Posts: 570; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Same here. WP all the way. Simply no comparison. Can't wait for 8.1, and loving my 920!
LOL on a side note, that camera UI on the S5 is horrible. So is the music player. It may be more packed with random stuff that 0.01% of users would actually use, but the UI is just horrible.
79. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3226; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
The S5 isn't anything special compared to the 1520... For a new device it sure does bench low...
29. papss (unregistered)
I have the 1520 and a m8. I use my 1520 most of the time and love it. The hardware is amazing too.. I don't think you can go wrong with either phone s5 or 1520
33. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'll take the 1520. Already got my wife an S5 a week ago, a mild upgrade from her S3.