Introduction


On one side of the ring, we have the LG G Flex, a marvel of a device that showcases some new and innovative design qualities we haven’t seen commercialized on a large scale. Meanwhile there’s the Nokia Lumia 1520, the biggest and most high spec’d Windows Phone to come to market – made more profound with its hard-to-beat on-contract price from the onset. Several valid reasons exist right now as to why consumers should pick either of them up, but there can only be one that can give us the practical and meaningful answers.

Design


Overall, it’s safe to say that both handsets borrow from past devices, so we wouldn’t say that they’re dramatically different. Despite that, we’ll give the stylish look to the Lumia 1520, mainly due to its chic tapered design in conjunction with the various bright colored paint jobs it’s offered in. Then again, the G Flex is unique in itself for its unconventional curved design, giving it the ability to go back into shape after being flattened, and its self-healing rear casing. When it comes to the in-the-hand feel, we’re going to give it to the LG G Flex because of its ergonomic and more comfortable feel. Honestly, it’s tough which design we prefer more, seeing that they a handful of characteristics we like.

LG G Flex

LG G Flex

Dimensions

6.32 x 3.21 x 0.31 inches

160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 1520

Dimensions

6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches

162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm

Weight

7.37 oz (209 g)

LG G Flex

LG G Flex

Dimensions

6.32 x 3.21 x 0.31 inches

160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 1520

Dimensions

6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches

162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm

Weight

7.37 oz (209 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


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37 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

1520 for me.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I'm not fan of either, but if I really had to choose, I'd go with 1520 because of hardware and camera, though I'm not WP liker at all. Also I think that the color of Gflex looks awful.

2. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

No comparison in terms of camera, battery, screen and UI...1520 wins here...g flex fought hard here though bt the price is too damn high

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Agreed, LG software is not nice looking at all (but you can replace it with rooting, though that is definitely not everyone's cup of tea).

3. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Vote for LG G2.

4. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Sorry, I meant G Flex. Absolutely.

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The 1520 wins for me because of the awesome hardware, and the awesome WP8 software... Win-win situation. The 1520 is the perfect device for me...

9. SleepingOz unregistered

Awesome WP8? hahaha nice one!

13. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Is it so hard to understand why people would prefer WP8 to Android? Android has more customization and multitasking, and a select few features that I would love to see in WP8, but it is not without it's flaws... such as clutter, lag, and fragmentation (to name a few). Android is fantastic, but some of us prefer the more organized straightforward approach offered by WP8.

16. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Android doesn't have serious lag anymore. And you are right. WP8 and iOS are good for people who just want their OS simple and to just work like clockwork. No OS is for best or perfect.

17. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

While not necessarily serious, there is still lag. How much lag depends on your device and what is running on it. Some devices still lag pretty bad (like the Galaxy Mega).

23. taikucing unregistered

bloatwares & UI skin of Galaxy Mega makes it lag.

25. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Stock Android devices generally don't lag. If they do, it's not nearly as noticeable or often as devices with an OEM skin.

31. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

The only stock Android device that I've noticed no lag on is the G2... and I imagine it does once you start installing new apps. As for the claim that bloatware & UI cause the lag, that is mostly true. However, most phone sold nowadays have bloatware and the UI of the manufacturer. It doesn't deter me from getting Android phones, but my daily driver is still WP8.

38. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

I have used a lot of phones, and I mean a lot iphone 5S, nexus 5, note 3, lumia 1020, lumia 1520, moto x and even bb 10 devices, the worst lag experienced was out of the high end devices without a doubt the note 3, the samsung UI downright sucks, and there are claims saying even the S5 will have the same one, best experience is hard to choose, android has the best experience on the moto x, loud speakers and great performance and ok battery, screen is ok, also voice commands, active display, and moto assist. iphone 5S simple but combines features from ios and google, and yes people might hate on apple, but you can do things like make reservations to a restaurant from your phone, and that I think is a unique feature, and of course google voice and good apps. the nokia lumia 1520 is a behemoth, but display is amazing, the live tiles work really well with the 3 rows, videos, just a joy to watch on, battery runs for a couple of days, great camera, and is lacking some of the apps and voice commands, everything else works well. There are features for everybody, windows 8.1 might change how we look at things, hopefully things get more interesting, like to see WP8 become even bigger.

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yep❕.. I use it everyday and it's awesome.. It's the best smartphone experience I've ever had.. You don't agree.. Who gives a f***❔

8. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Android for me , anytime ! LG G Flex

10. SleepingOz unregistered

None of them, there're better offers out there; G2, Note 3, Z1..

11. amirlukmanhisyam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

How about the sound for the video recording?

27. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The 1520 has not 2 HAAC microphones like the 920, not 3 like the 1020, but 4 total HAAC rich recording mics.. Now, with 2 HAACRRM on the 920,, the 920 has better sound capturing quality than the LG.. How good do you think the 1520 is compared to the Flex❔

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The Ars review of the G Flex has all the information needed as to why you should stay well clear of the device. The 1520 wins by default, but I still don't see any particular reason for it to exist as the flagship WP device. Until somebody can make a phablet that has the productivity value of the Note series, the phablet world remains a one horse race.

14. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I disagree. The only "real" advantage that the Note 3 has over the 1520 is true multitasking. One could also argue that, while it is a great feature, it isn't necessarily needed on a phone.

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The S Pen is pretty much the cream of the crop when it comes to actual productivity. Multitasking is a perk, sure, but it's the benefit of that S Pen that places the Note series on the top of the pile.

18. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

IMO, the S Pen is a gimmick. It has some cool features, but it gives no advantage from a productivity standpoint that I've noticed. In no way am I saying the 1520 is a better phone. I think they are both great, in their own way. It all comes down to preference and I personally prefer the Lumia 1520.

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Maybe it's a matter of having used it, but the S Pen does an awful lot for productivity in my opinion. The ability to jot down very quick notes in a meeting or add annotations to things is brilliant. If the 1520 had such a feature I would give it the nod in a heartbeat. My issue with the device though is that it is large just for the sake of being large. The extra size doesn't actually add much in the way of feature set.

20. papss unregistered

I think the s pen only matters to some users. I had a note 3 and the s pen was only usable in certain moments but i found that i used it less and less over a short period of time. Great overall phone but android isnt my cup of tea.. even went to a g2 and while its also great i still want my wp8 device back... so long story short ive now ordered my l1520..

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Absolutely no doubt. Different strokes for different folks. Even though I'm using a Moto X right now, WP has a place in my heart and I'll definitely be back to it. I just wish that the 1520 had additional features that took advantage of the size. Even something as simple as the large tile size being larger and going across the entire screen would be nice.

22. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Its not just large for the sake of being large though. Unlike it's Android cousin's, the 1520 actually makes use of the extra screen space. Instead of making everything bigger (which would be counterproductive), they gave me an extra column to pin more stuff. Basically, I have one tap access to everything that I need without any need for scrolling. While that is a different approach than adding a stylus, it is no less effective.

34. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

In no way is the S-Pen a gimmick, any more then "Rooms" or Kids Corner" in WP are gimmicks. It is a feature that works excellently to those that use them, and is unimportant to those that do not. The S-Pen is a productivity tool that absolutely works to the advantage of Note owners. I do get a little tired of reviewers beating people over the head with it as a reason to cross off other devices in it's class, but it is a unique advantage Samsung has applied well to it's series.

28. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

And, its just waist of battery power.. I've never needed to multitask like this on a smartphone.. On the other side WP could be a little more powerful on the multitasking side when it comes to video playback.. That's about it,, otherwise WP is great❕

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