LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
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.
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.