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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Nokia Lumia 1520
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Nokia Lumia 1520
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Nokia Lumia 1520
Introduction


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.

Design


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.


Display


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.



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posted on 22 Apr 2014, 05:32 14

3. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


You should compare it with the Nokia Lumia 930.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 05:43 9

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Comparing the S5 to the Icon is more logical than comparing it to the 1520.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 06:02

9. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


John V.'s selfie makes up for everything.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 09:41 4

43. sgodsell (Posts: 3898; 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.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 07:11 7

31. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; 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

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 07:18 4

32. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I'll get 1 in orange too :)

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 07:46 2

35. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Lumia Icon/930 has pretty dismal battery life. In contrast, GS5 has almost twice the battery life in comparison.

Lumia Icon:http://blog.gsmarena.com/nokia-lumia-icon-battery-test/

GS5:http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-s5-battery-test/

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 08:19 3

38. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


930 battery life will be different than icon. We have to wait.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 10:21 2

45. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Why ? Aren't they basically the same phone ?

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 15:29 2

66. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


No Icon runs WP8 GDR3/Black, while the Lumia 930 runs WP8.1

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 15:44

69. tech2 (Posts: 3477; 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 ?

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 17:37 2

71. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; 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.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 15:25 2

65. sbw44 (Posts: 433; 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!

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 22:10

81. Gemmol (Posts: 792; 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

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 05:37 4

4. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


You have to update the Nokia mix radio and the Nokia camera app.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 05:53 6

7. FriendsOfSamsung (unregistered)


Galaxy s5 enough said

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 05:54 12

8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Love my L1520. Not gonna exchange it for any phone in the market at the moment. :)

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 06:05 8

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Love my S5. Not gonna exchange it for any phone in the market at the moment. :)

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 06:12 3

19. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Is that you in your display pic? Looking good anyway. :D

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 06:17 5

20. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


The most off topic comment I ever seen....LOL

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 12:30 2

54. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That's all me.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 06:18 4

21. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


If it's you...then I should say this...
Papasmurf doesn't fit you....

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 06:21 1

22. Dude2014 (Posts: 443; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Nice selfie Smurf :)

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 08:02 1

37. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; 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

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 08:33 1

39. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I love it when ya call me big papa......smurf

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 14:11

63. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


LOL this made me laugh.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 08:56 2

41. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


He could be mixed or Bengali.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 12:29

53. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


But I'm not though. ;)

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 12:48

57. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


That's not you in the picture? Well maybe not exactly black but Caribbean or something, right? :)

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 14:10

62. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; 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.

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