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LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

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Interface and Functionality


Ah yes, it’s that timeless question of what’s better between these two respective mobile platforms. As always, it merely comes down to personal preference, seeing that the two are very different from one another – from the way they handle notifications, down to the overall look and operation of their experiences. Despite that, we’ll just say that the G2’s customized Android Jelly Bean experience is undeniably more comprehensive than what the Windows Phone 8 experience on the Lumia 1020 has to offer. Certainly, Windows Phone 8 has made some considerable strides in catching up with Android’s expansive functionality, but it still requires more tweaking to put it in the same boat as Android.

Interface of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Interface of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Interface of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Interface of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

Visually, Windows Phone 8 has the better visual flare with its presentation, as the resizable live tiles on the start screen employ dynamic animations to keep things snazzy looking. Sure, the customized Android experience of the G2 might be a bit more static, but it offers a plethora of personalization options to put the Lumia 1020 to shame.

Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

When it comes to receiving notifications, we continue to side with what Android provides us, as the pull down notifications panel aggregates everything. Better yet, depending on the notification, we’re given some additional functions that work in conjunction with certain apps. In contrast, the Windows Phone 8 notifications system feels a bit more disorganized, seeing they’re littered across the start screen in various live tiles.

Switching between apps is a relatively easy manner for both handsets, but the LG G2 provides some additional alternatives that seem practical to use as well. With its QSlide and Slide Aside features, we have instant access to certain apps – whereas with the Lumia 1020, it’s more like apps switching than anything else.

QSlide on the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
QSlide on the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

Google Now has shown us what it’s capable of, and when it’s compared to Windows Phone 8’s Bing service, it blows out its rival out of the water. It’s not even a close race folks, even when relying on LG’s very own voice assistance service, Voice Mate, which can perform a variety of function via voice by simply speaking the key phrase “LG Mobile” to activate the service.

For those who are big on being organized, we see yet again the LG G2 that’s bringing more of the goods that aptly serve the purpose. Yes, the basic set of functions are on board with the various organizers apps on these two phones, but LG goes beyond by including some other tangible things – like its Text Link, Quick Memo, and Capture Plus features.

Organizer apps of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Organizer apps of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Organizer apps of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Organizer apps of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

Organizer apps of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Organizer apps of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Organizer apps of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

Who knows why, but we always find the Windows Phone keyboard to be one of the best out there. Space isn’t a concern with either device, as their layouts are large enough for our fingers to comfortably use, but we feel that there’s less hassle using the keyboard on the Lumia 1020. Hey, it’s still not bad on the G2, but we simply prefer the Lumia 1020 for typing.

On-screen keyboard of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
On-screen keyboard of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
On-screen keyboard of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

The on-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
The on-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
The on-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
The on-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020


Processor and Memory


One is a beast, while the other is more regarded as last-last generation. At the end of the day, however, the Lumia 1020 shows us that you don’t need the newest chipset to have a great performance. No doubt, the LG G2 gets the nods for bearing a fancy schmancy 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. Far from intimidating, the Lumia 1020 is outfitted with something that some people would vouch for as being outdated – a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 225 GPU. Despite the disparity, the two exhibit the same lovable smooth operations that aren’t muddied by any unwanted distractions.

When it comes to storage capacities, the two handsets boast 32GB of space – with no expandability whatsoever.



Internet and Connectivity


Generally speaking, the two perform handsomely in the web browsing department, since they deliver the same fast page loads, instant page rendering, and smooth navigational controls to make it oh-so enjoyable. However, due to the larger panel and higher resolution of the LG G2’s display, we’re more inclined to view it as the more favorable device to go with when it comes to surfing the web.

Web browser of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Web browser of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Web browser of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

Internet Explorer is what the Nokia Lumia 1020 uses for web surfing - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Internet Explorer is what the Nokia Lumia 1020 uses for web surfing - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Internet Explorer is what the Nokia Lumia 1020 uses for web surfing - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Internet Explorer is what the Nokia Lumia 1020 uses for web surfing - LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

Here in the US, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is only available through AT&T – while the LG G2 is made in GSM and CDMA flavors through all the major domestic wireless carriers. Carrying the usual set of connectivity features, the two actually boast different tech. Specifically, the LG G2 benefits from newer things like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC, DLNA, and a useful IR blaster that makes the handset double for a universal remote. Meanwhile, the Lumia 1020 sports aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC, and DLNA.

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