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Nokia Lumia 1520 vs LG G2


Nokia Lumia 1520 vs LG G2


Nokia Lumia 1520 vs LG G2
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs LG G2
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs LG G2
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs LG G2
You’d think they would have a new offering to compete against other recent phablet releases this holiday season, but Korean based LG has yet to unveil one – surprising to say the least, especially when everyone has something on the table. Then again, its current flagship, the LG G2, can be regarded as a mini sized phablet of sorts, just because it’s packing a sizable 5.2-inch screen of its own. And it’s also the best thing they have on their lineup!

Well, it’s going to be one interesting comparison pitting it up against the heavy stacked hands of the Nokia Lumia 1520, which continues to make a lot of noise in the space, not only for its high-end specs, but for its aggressive on-contract price point from the onset. Don’t count out the LG G2 just yet, mainly due to the fact that it has proven to use time-after-time that it’s a viable competitor in the space. It’s the best from LG versus the beast from Nokia, so let’s dig right on in!


Considering that the G2 isn’t necessarily regarded as a phablet, it’s really hard to say which of the two has the better looking design. Well, the more we look at them, we kind of get this feeling that the Lumia 1520 has an edgier looking design – enough to catch our attention more than its rival. Additionally, the plastic casing of the Lumia 1520 feels sturdier than the more brittle plastic in use with the G2. And best of all, Nokia’s monster is available in various colors to give the handset some much desired variety.

Due to the gigantic size of the Lumia 1520, it poses a problem for those trying to grasp it, as two-handed operation is most ideal with it. In contrast, the G2 is far more forgiving when we hold it in the hand, which is aided by its curved edges and smaller footprint. Even though the glossy finish of the G2 attracts smudges and fingerprints more, we’re able to grip it better than the slick feel of the Lumia 1520’s casing. And it doesn’t help when Nokia’s phablet has a wider figure and pointy corners – making it less comfortable to hold.

Obviously, one of the main hallmarks of the G2 is its choice of having its power and volume controls placed in the rear of the phone – as opposed to around the sides, which is what we see with the Lumia 1520. At first it feels very alien, but after some time, it becomes second nature. Both sets of buttons on each device look flat, making it difficult to feel out with our fingers, but at least their responses are decent.

Around their trims, they feature common items such as their 3.5mm headset jacks, various microphones, speaker grills, and microUSB ports. With the latter, it’s only the G2 that benefits from having video-out functionality with the aid of an MHL adapter. Furthermore, the G2 also boasts an IR blaster, which transforms the phone into a universal remote. Don’t count out the Lumia 1520, just because it’s packing along a useful microSD card slot to supplement its internal storage capacity.

Nokia Lumia 1520
6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches
162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm
7.37 oz (209 g)

Nokia Lumia 1520

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches
138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)


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


There was a time when 5-inches was highly regarded as insanely big for a smartphone. However, our perception has changed with the introduction of phablets and their even more ridiculous sizes. On one side of the ring, we have the LG G2’s still large 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, which gives it an amazing pixel density count of 423 ppi. And on the other, we have the Lumia 1520’s gigantic 6-inch 1080p IPS LCD display – giving it a slightly lower 368 ppi pixel density count. Even though LG’s pride and joy has the edge on paper in the details department, in real life usage, it’s almost indistinguishable to notice which of the two is better, seeing that they both produce crisp results.

Since they rely on IPS LCD technology, they exhibit similar qualities we deem as lovable – like theirpotent brightness output and wide viewing angles. These result in making both displays extremely visible outdoors where the sun can sometimes be an annoyance. When it comes to color reproduction, both are rather natural, yet have somewhat cool blueish colors, making them not perfect. At the end of the day, it’s just a matter of size preference.

Nokia Lumia 1520 360-Degrees View

LG G2 360-Degrees View

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posted on 04 Dec 2013, 05:25 9

1. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

1520 for me

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 06:21 7

3. mousesports (Posts: 279; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

1520 +

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:23

9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

1520 for me❕❕❕

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 05:36 3

2. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

G2 for me :)

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 06:23

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Different categories. The G2 competes with the S4, HTC One, the Z1, Lumia 1020 and beats them, the 1520 competes with the Note 3 and loses to it. I won't deny it's great price point on contract though, compared to Sammy's tiger.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 07:11 5

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Both or beast but 1520 for me...

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 07:27

6. asingha94 (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:19

7. youdug (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)

Amazon prices for the g2:
Sprint upgrade: $0.01
AT&T upgrade: $0.01
Verizon upgrade: $50

Best Buy price matches Amazon.
Also, if you signed up for phone choice freedom $50 best buy gift card back in february you basically get paid to upgrade if you have sprint or at&t.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:58

8. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

both are nice.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 04:29

10. Price-Hunt (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)

Nokia Lumia 1520 scores over LG G2 . Nokia Lumia 1520 has Bigger Screen and better Camera Resloution. Nokia Lumia 1520 has a slot for a memory card. It also has Longer Battery Talk Time than LG G2. For more details, price-hunt.com/mobiles .

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 04:56

11. chaosnightmare (Posts: 181; Member since: 20 May 2010)

Is funny how some time ago everyone (sony ericsson, Htc, samsung) joined windows phone trying to beat nokia and now nokia joins M$ in order to compete with everyone else... the only clear thing by now is that whoever works with M$ is not exactly the most successful brand in the market.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 17:30

12. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Dreamcast FTW!!!! on the 1520 photo.

My G2 should be here next week. I bought a 1520 for my wife but I am not concerned about the photo quality of either because I have a 1020 and a 808 PureView as backup.

It is good to see the photo quality go up on more devices on different OSes as choice is a win for the consumer.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 02:39

13. mctutu (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)

G2 The King...

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 21:44

14. apocacrux (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Mar 2014)

I'm really surprised by the awful low light video recording on the G2, very sluggish. It seemed as well that it's autofocus was terribly slow compared with the 1520.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 01:05

15. BeviBev (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Must say I'm really impress with the LG G2 , but just a little sad for not having a memory card slot...I bought the one with 10GiG..not enough space, but great device...

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 14:52

16. mctutu (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)

No need Nokia!!!

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 15:37

17. ilgenio (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

G2 For Me ;)

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