Introduction


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!

Design


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

Nokia Lumia 1520

Dimensions

6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches

162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm

Weight

7.37 oz (209 g)

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 1520

Dimensions

6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches

162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm

Weight

7.37 oz (209 g)

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

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


Display


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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17 Comments

1. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

1520 for me

3. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

1520 +

9. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

1520 for me❕❕❕

2. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

G2 for me :)

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Both or beast but 1520 for me...

6. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

both!!

7. youdug

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 19, 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.

8. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

both are nice.

10. Price-Hunt

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 23, 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 .

11. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 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.

12. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

13. mctutu

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

G2 The King...

14. apocacrux

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

15. BeviBev

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 25, 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...

16. mctutu

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

No need Nokia!!!

17. ilgenio

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

G2 For Me ;)

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