Right away, we’d be inclined to say that the Lumia 1020 is the ideal choice with its camera app, especially when it’s a device that places emphasis on taking snapshots. However, you can’t count out what the LG G2 brings to the table, as it’s also packing a comprehensive listing of shooting modes and manual controls. Sure, the Lumia 1020’s UI mimics that of a traditional camera, as we have control over things like focus, exposure, shutter speed, ISO, and much more, but the G2 also gives us access to most of the same things. All told, we’ll come out and say that they’re both feature rich in this specific category.

Ahhh, so here we are checking out the 13-megapixel auto-focus camera of the LG G2, and the astounding 41-megapixel PureView camera of the Lumia 1020. Before jumping right into their respective qualities, it’s worth mentioning that the two are packed to the roof with a lot of camera tech – such as featuring backside illuminated sensors and optical image stabilization.

Comparing the results, there’s one clear victor in this department – and it’s none other than the Lumia 1020. However, if we’re to convert the photos taken by both handsets into 4” x 6” printouts, it’s nearly impossible to notice any difference with details – though, when it comes to colors, the G2 produces colder tones, while the Lumia 1020 tends to be warmer. Under low lighting, it’s the Lumia 1020 yet again proving itself as the superior smartphone, as it does a better job of handling dynamic range so there’s not much of a drastic looks with the lighter and darker areas in the photos. Heck, even when comparing the Lumia 1020’s reduced 5-megapixel samples, it easily proves to deliver the sharper looking photos over the G2. We’re not saying that the G2 is downright terrible, in fact, it’s pretty darn good on its own, but it’s still not on the same level as the Lumia 1020.

It’s a different story with their 1080p video recording qualities, as the Lumia 1020 closely edges out the G2 to capture the flag. With the Lumia 1020, we’re able to record 1080p video in 30 fps, 25 fps, or that cool cinematic mode of 24 fps. Conversely, the LG G2 can shoot 1080p videos in the normal 30 fps rate, and higher 60 fps, which is something that’s not widely seen with today’s smartphones in general. Comparing the 30 fps 1080p video from the Lumia 1020 to the G2’s 1080p 60 fps sample, it’s a tough call on which one we actually prefer. For starters, the Lumia 1020 seems to have the better details, but we do notice that it exhibits more artifacting elements as we pan. On the other hand, the G2’s sample seems to have a lower exposure, which gives the video an overall darker look – causing for some loss in details in the process. Like we said, it’s a tough decision, but our eyes still gravitate towards the Lumia 1020’s results.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
LG G2 4
Nokia Lumia 1020 10
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Visually, there’s still something about the stock Windows Phone 8 music player that catches our attention – it’s probably due to the Modern UI it’s flaunting. However, the Google Play Music app, along with LG’s own player on the G2, still employ a conventional appearance. Interestingly enough, their respective speakers are both located on the bottom edge of both smartphones. Placing them at their loudest volume settings, there’s not one that seems more powerful than the other, and in the end, they produce tones that are pleasant to the ear.

Larger screen? Check for the LG G2. Higher resolution? Check yet again for the LG G2. Better outdoor visibility? Yup, it’s another check-check for the LG G2. So when it comes to the video watching experience, it’s a hands-down win for LG’s flagship. Well, it’s not bad with the Lumia 1020, obviously, but it just can’t compete with the dreamy display on the G2.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
LG G2 0.29
Nokia Lumia 1020 0.43
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
LG G2 66
Nokia Lumia 1020 77



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: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; 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: 558; 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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