Interface and Functionality

Let’s cut to the chase folks, seeing that we’ve compared these two platforms in great detail with past comparisons. Quite simply, the customized Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience of the LG G2 has an eclectic arsenal of features that puts the Windows Phone 8 experience of the Nokia Lumia 1520 into its place. There’s no comparison, seeing that it’s rich with totality from head-to-toe. Power users will undoubtedly be pleased by the G2! Well, it’s still okay with the Lumia 1520, even more if you’re willing to experiment with Microsoft’s budding mobile platform, but it’s still only offering a small fraction of the things we can get out of the G2.

For starters, notifications continue to be better incorporated with the customized Android experience of the G2, since its notifications panel offers us several secondary features – while also being accessed to other connectivity features. As for the Lumia 1520, its dynamic live tiles handle all of the notifications, which can be a messy process when trying to track down each and every notification.

In addition, multi-tasking is on steroids with the G2. Not only can its select QSlide apps be layered on top of whatever we’re doing, giving us miniaturized versions of their full-sized counterparts, but the G2’s SlideAside feature becomes especially useful in organizing up to three apps simultaneously. Conversely, the Lumia 1520’s implementation is more like task switching – as opposed to true multi-tasking.

Beyond the baseline functions of each experience, we know that the G2 benefits from having a deeper selection of quality apps – that’s essentially due to Android’s longer development. In contrast, Windows Phone 8 still doesn’t have the same breadth of apps as its rival, but nonetheless, it continues to grow with a diversified portfolio.

Out of the box, there’s not one that has more of an encompassing set of productivity features. Sure, we absolutely appreciate that we get the full Microsoft Office experience out of the Lumia 1520, but the G2 is preloaded with Polaris Office 5 to give us something similar.

Visual presentation is more appealing with Windows Phone 8, seeing that it shines with its animated approach. Well, we see some of that too with the customized Android experience of the G2, but it still has a conventional approach. Despite that, we can’t forget to mention how the G2 is stacked to the roof with an impressive features set with its experience – like its note-taking apps, multi-tasking prowess, and much more. In the end, it’s plainly evident that Windows Phone 8 has its limitations, more so when it’s stacked against the G2’s offering. 

Processor and Memory

Under the hood, these two are both powered by the quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno GPU – arsenal that’s befitting for any high-end smartphone. As expected, they perform swimmingly with all operations, both simple and complex. Even though they closely match one another, we do notice that the G2 is snappier with its responses – barely showing off any delays between operations.
Storage wise, the G2 is stuffed with 32GB, which is double the tally we see from the AT&T version of the Lumia 1520. Regardless of that, the Lumia 1520 gives us some flexibility by having a useful microSD card slot in tow.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 1520 25799
LG G2 35376
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps) Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 1520 46
LG G2 50
Sunspider Lower is better
Nokia Lumia 1520 551.2
LG G2 932.8

Internet and Connectivity

Well folks, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, seeing that they both feature 4G LTE connectivity, detailed screens, and peppy performances. With all of these qualities in tow, these two are just simply awesome when it comes to the web browsing experience. Sure, the stock and Chrome browsers of the LG G2 offers a few extra goodies over Internet Explorer, but nevertheless, the core functions between the two are intact.

It’s a beautiful thing being cutting-edge devices, which these two are no doubt obviously. Having that notoriety, they’re blessed with the same set of connectivity features, which consist of 4G LTE connectivity, aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC (not available with the AT&T version of the Lumia 1520), and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Adding a useful element to the mix, we really appreciate that an IR blaster is incorporated into the LG G2 – basically turning it into a handy dandy universal remote. Also, the G2 provides us with the useful feature of video-out functionality, but it requires an MHL adapter.

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