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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Quadrant Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 18158
HTC One 12481
Samsung Galaxy S4 12078
LG G2 20654
AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 29732
HTC One 23308
Samsung Galaxy S4 24701
LG G2 35376
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps) Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 52
HTC One 31
Samsung Galaxy S4 39
LG G2 50
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 1153
HTC One 781
Samsung Galaxy S4 704
LG G2 1229
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 2937
HTC One 2395
Samsung Galaxy S4 1702
LG G2 2951

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.

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.



1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

g2 wins all catagories except camera

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

As usual.... the real comparison begins after gdr3 update.

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That's a moot argument. You can't wait always wait for an update to make a comparison more 'real'. An update won't fix it to a bigger full HD screen (even if the update supports full HD), increase the battery size, reduce bezels, improve the poor microphone or even significantly expand the ecosystem. These are phone comparison not OS comparisons. By your logic, why not wait for Android 4.4 to G2 then ?

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

You got me wrong i mean windows phone 8 currently lack lots of basic , small features which means alot to some people and gdr3 and wp8.1 will or probably will bring or fill all those missing features. And hardware wise lg g2 wins (not notable in real life performance) . And gdr3 update said to bring support for quad core and higher resolution displays. i mean the real comparison or great comparison will begins soon since new wp devices coming soon with gdr3 update like Lumia 1520 phablet.

33. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

what are the basic, small features that WP lacks and Android doesn't?

13. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"These are phone comparison not OS comparisons." iknowwww. But OS and phone (hardware) must work together. OS should bring support for higher resolution and quad core processor etc etc etc etc etc that's why Nokia's, HTC's,Samsung's windows phone offering sticks with low resolution displays and last year processors. MS put strict restriction on their WP platform.

28. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

tech2, you claim that it's a smartphone comparison and not an OS comparison, but did you know that the Lumia 1020 has built in hardware bluetooth 4.0? Microsoft has not written the driver to support that feature yet. In fact, the only reason why there is no 1080P display on the 1020 is because Microsoft didn't write the code for that either. It's a matter of playing catch-up on the OS, not inferior hardware delivered by Nokia. All of that is now Microsoft's problem, since it purchased the device and services segment of Nokia. However, there plenty of features Nokia omitted because Microsoft's OS wasn't able to support them. The GDR3 update will help, but it's time Microsoft took it's mobile OS more seriously, and update the code to be on par with Android. On the other hand, the author of the review seemingly forgot to mention the horrible viri problem that Android phones have, while WP8 has no such problem at all. Malware issues do matter, and most people want their banking information and other private data to remain secure...

15. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

I dont think that gdr3 brings major changes. Also lumia is bulky for me and this doesnt change by update

6. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

Really? From the article I got this. Lumia - Design, Keyboard, Camera, G2 - Display, Functionality, Multimedia, battery Tie - Processor, memory, Internet connectivity

14. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

It's kinda funny. From the spec sheet, it might look like G2 is better, but the only real world differences I see b/w these phones are that 1020 has FAR better camera and a better design whereas G2 has a better screen and superior nortification system. Waiting for 1520.

16. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

design and keyboard personal matter . there is only major win for 1020 , a camera.

20. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Design is subjective, but I think the design is not that good. Ofcourse lumia will have a better camera, it has got that big bulk on its back, it would be very shameful if it didn´t win. How can it be tie in processor? G2 has multiple times better CPU. Lumia 1020 is relatively good phone but G2 gets you more for less money (except camera)

30. boolsheat

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Don't forget OS stabillity and security. Also video

2. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

no comparison..lumia 1020 is a different league from G2.


Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

NOKIA is the BEST (y)

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

As per hardware G2 is good; as per OS, WP performs superbly with less specs. while Android requires more powerful specs. to perform well; and G2's camera is very good but not comparable to 1020. In short, both are good IMO. Check same after GDR3 update.

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Nokia wins... LG G2, is just anothrr android device

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Jk, its a good LG phone , lol

17. nnjerzy

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Your a joke and have to idea what your talking about this is a beast!!

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Except that the G2 will sell more than the L1020 for the simple fact that it is not constrained by a carrier exclusive. I hope MS ends carrier exclusivity when they close the Nokia purchase.

10. Salleh

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

I thought Lumia 1020 is now $199 at AT&T. Makes them equal at contract price

24. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

You are right on that... It has cost $200 for some time now... Wonder why PhoneArena chose to keep an outdated price

11. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Apart from gaming and multitasking, the Lumia 1020 is superior in every way (give me "clear black" over 1080p any day).

18. taikucing unregistered

lol, the only thing Nokia wins is the camera. The rest is crap. Dual core? 1280x768? smaller battery? same boring design? I'll take LG G2.

22. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

dont forget to take my carrot to please !!

23. papss unregistered

Dude if you have ever used the l1020 its anything but crap.. That's a pretty ignorant thing to say.. Its more than the sum of its parts, it creates a nice package. I agree on the battery though.. It is pretty bad tbh as I'm lucky to get 7 hours out of it on slightly heavy use.

31. boolsheat

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Again, don't forget OS stability and security... For a serious user those are important attributes...

21. papss unregistered

I'll take both please! I have a l1020 and mah soon buy the G2.

25. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

That is the most fairly I've seen the 1020 treated in a review on PA. At least they are finally admiting it has the best camera, other reviews on PA try to minimize this fact. There is no doubt the G2 has newer hardware, but as others have said, the fact that WP8 is so smooth that it is competitive with a quad core G2, speaks wonders about WP8. I can't wait to see the reviews on the 1520, with similar hardware to the G2, it should be quite a beast. a 6" screen is a little to big for my tastes though, I'd prefer 5".

26. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I haven't seen how PA doesn't say the 1020 isn't the best camera phone in other comparisons. 1020 vs Moto X, the very first sentence in the camera category; "Pounding it into the ground like no other, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is without question the device that caters to hardcore shutterbugs." 1020 vs HTC One; "in each and every shooting situation, it’s the Lumia 1020 that comes out as the clear victor – therefore, it’s the choice we’d stick with. Not only are the Lumia 1020 shots sharper, offer more detail, and better color representation in conditions where light is plentiful, but it also excels more under low lighting too." 1020 vs GS4; "When we look at the overall package, it’s obvious that the Lumia 1020 has the cutting edge in many areas, like details and low lighting performance, which makes it the ubiquitous choice for serious photographers." 1020 vs iPhone 5; "Out of everything, it’s just the impeccable level of noise-free detail captured by the Lumia 1020 that stands out the most – while its low lighting performance warrants some adulation too. We’ll give credit to the iPhone 5 for also producing some amazing photos, but it can’t outclass the Lumia 1020."

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