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Nokia Lumia Icon vs Lumia 1520 vs Sony Xperia Z1 specs comparison

Nokia Lumia Icon vs Lumia 1520 vs Sony Xperia Z1 specs comparison
Nokia Lumia Icon is finally upon us as a Verizon exclusive, and with it the prayers of Lumia 1520's awesome specs but in a more manageable body, have seemingly been answered. Or have they?

With a 5.39 x 2.79 x 0.39" body, against the 6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34" on the 1520, Nokia Icon is certainly much more compact than the 6" phablet, but how about if we pit it against another 5-incher, like the Xperia Z1, which also sports a high-res camera. Well, the things here look pretty good for the Lumia as well, since the Sony handset measures 5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33" - taller and wider than the Icon. Of course, it is also thinner, waterproof, and with a more premium chassis materials, despite having almost the same weight as the Lumia's 5.86 oz.

On the display side of things the Icon sports 441ppi pixel density, as much as the Z1, but its ClearBlack AMOLED screen with high brightness mode and excellent viewing angles is much superior to the poor viewing angles on Sony's phone, and it can also be operated with gloves on, just like the panel on the 1520. As for the processing power and memory - all three phones are loaded with fast Snapdragon 800 chipsets and 2 GB of RAM. Sony's phone offers 16 GB of internal storage, compared to 32 GB on the Lumias. It also adds a microSD slot for expansion, but so does the 1520, leaving the Icon with the embedded amount of memory only, though 32 GB is usually enough for most purposes.

The cameras is where it's at with those handsets, as all sport 20 MP units, but the PureView ones in the Lumias sport Zeiss lens and optical image stabilization, making low-light photography superior to what the Z1 can produce. In addition, Nokia's handsets sport the record four HAAC microphones each, grabbing a great distortion-free stereo sound to go with your videos, even at loud metal concerts. Too bad that the Icon is a Verizon exclusive for now, but we hope to see its equivalent make a global march, too.

Nokia Lumia Icon vs Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Sony Xperia Z1

OSWindows Phone, 8Windows Phone, 8.1, 8Android (5.1, 5.0, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Dimensions5.39 x 2.79 x 0.39 inches (137 x 71 x 10 mm)6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches (162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm)5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm)
Weight5.86 oz (166 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
7.37 oz (209 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
6.00 oz (170 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
Rugged  Water, Dust resistant
IP certified

IP certified - The IP code indicates the degree of protection against dust and water. The first number represents dust protection, while the second represents water protection. In IP67, for example, 6 means a completely dust-tight device, while 7 means the device can stay immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In IP68, a higher level of water protection is expected, but exact numbers aren't specified: both depth and continuance are specified by the manufacturer on per device basis.

  IP 58
Physical size5.0 inches6.0 inches5.0 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

441 ppi368 ppi441 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

71.04 %70.95 %64.52 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness 600 cd/m2 (nit) 
Camera20 megapixels20 megapixels20.7 megapixels
FlashDual LEDDual LEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)26 mm26 mm27 mm
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

 1.12 μm 
Hardware FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Touch to focus, Geo taggingFace detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Touch to focus, Geo taggingFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV MPEG4, H.263, H.264
FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharingOptical image stabilization, Video lightHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Video light, Digital image stabilization
Front-facing camera1.2 megapixels1.2 megapixels2 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974-AAQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 330Adreno 330Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

32 GB32 GB16 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

 microSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

2420 mAh3400 mAh3000 mAh
Wireless chargingBuilt-inBuilt-in 
Talk time 27.40 hours
the average is 26 h (1589 min)
13.83 hours
the average is 26 h (1589 min)
Stand-by time18.0 days (432 hours)
the average is 20 days (481 h)
32.0 days (768 hours)
the average is 20 days (481 h)
36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 20 days (481 h)
Talk time (3G)16.40 hours
the average is 43 h (2593 min)
25.10 hours
the average is 43 h (2593 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 43 h (2593 min)
Stand-by time (3G)  35.4 days (850 hours)
the average is 24 days (585 h)
Stand-by time (4G)  31.7 days (760 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)
Music playback75.00 hours124.00 hours110.00 hours
Video playback9.00 hours10.80 hours5.50 hours
Screen mirroringDLNA DLNA, MHL, MirrorLink, TV-out

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

800, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 13, 4Bands 20, 8, 3, 1, 7Bands 20, 5, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 11 Mbit/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Shopping information
MSRP price $ 749 

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posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:39 3

1. Troysyx (Posts: 181; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

Spec comparisons really dont matter when you pit an android against a windows phone. The specs aren't going to be the thing that persuades me either way. Definitely just my own personal opinion here, but i would never go with a windows phone over an android phone. I personally just hate the way it looks and operates. Would i love to have the nokia lens instead of the one on my Z1? Sure, but i definitely wont jump to windows just for camera quality. I'll buy a camera before i would EVER do that. Its too bad that Nokia is deciding to horribly fork android for their (rumored) upcoming android phone. They could have had a lot of customers if they just went stock android, or close to that like the Moto X.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 14:51 2

3. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

something is telling me that you never used a windows phone

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 19:17 3

7. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

I have and I had to switch back to android

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 20:33

8. cdgm2509 (Posts: 30; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Same thing here... It took one week for me to realize how much windows phone sucked... i returned the Lumia 900 and went back to the Xperia T I previously had.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 22:18

9. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

I had the Lumia 929 and had to get myself the Moto X which I am still using...because verizon doesnt support the nexus 5

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 09:59

11. Troysyx (Posts: 181; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

Iguano: owned one? No. Played with one for a day? Yes. I did not like it at all. I actually have a windows 8 computer and it drives me up a wall daily. I can't wait until colleges and Enterprises stop relying on Microsoft Office and let me use Google docs.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 15:09 1

4. papss (unregistered)

I respect your opinion but feel the complete opposite. I do agree on the forked android issue though

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:48

2. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)

A big difference in battery...what with the mini 2400mah battery?
they still use those lol

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 15:33

5. Hyperreal (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

Z1 more premium materials?? is that a joke? seriously? New lumia has unibody all metal chasis and the z1 has only metal frame, glass front and back, but still feels not so solid as htc One, kind of empty inside.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 17:55

6. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

If the Icon was 6 inches and have the same battery as the 1520 I would get it...... oled screens are nice, but I cannot go back to small screens and low battery, I can go 2 or 4 days without charging on my 1520

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