x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Pages

Interface and Functionality


Ah yes, it’s now onward to their respective platforms: Window Phone 8 with the GDR3 update versus Sammy’s TouchWiz Nature UX experience on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Let’s cut to the chase folks, power users will no doubt get more value out of the Note 3, simply for the fact that its customized Android experience is deeper and more diverse. It’s not to say that the Windows Phone 8 experience of the Lumia 1520 can’t dish up the same thing, but as we’ve seen, it’s still playing catchup in several areas.

When it comes to having an animated approach, there’s plenty of that happening with Windows Phone 8, as its start screen really comes to life with the various live tiles on there. Personalization has been enhanced, like how we’re given different sizing options for those live tiles, but it still pales in comparison to the extensive personalization aspect seen over with the Note 3. Particularly, it’s how we’re able to rearrange all of the homescreens with various and useful widgets.

Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Interface of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

With those live tiles with Windows Phone 8, they also populate various notifications, which can become a messy process because they can be spread out in different areas of the start screen. In comparison, the Note 3’s notifications panel can be accessed at any time with the swipe of our finger – giving us a unified area where everything is aggregated. Not only that, but we’re given some useful secondary functions as well.

To tell you the truth, multi-tasking is handled in a similar way between the two phones, as we’re able to quick move in-and-out of apps by relying on their respective multi-tasking views. However, the Note 3 really ups the ante with its multi-windows feature, which allows for real multi-tasking as two apps can be used simultaneously.

Mainly due to Android’s longer development, it benefits by having a richer ecosystem of apps and a smarter digital personal assistance service. With the former, we tend to see apps come out first with Android – whereas it comes later on with Windows Phone. And when it comes to their respective voice assistance services, there’s no questioning that Google Now for Android is light years ahead of what the Bing experience has to offer over on Windows Phone. Not only does it offer more features, but it’s self-aware and provides us with relevant information.

On the productivity side, we really appreciate we have Microsoft Office is on board with the Lumia 1520. Despite lacking an Office-like app out of the box, we can obviously download something similar for the Note 3. Additionally, Sammy’s offering has a host of useful productivity apps, like S-Note and Action Memo, which both rely on the S-Pen stylus, to extend its functionality well beyond what the Lumia 1520 can offer.

At the end of the day folks, the customized Android experience with the Note 3 is more suitable for those power users. Certainly, Windows Phone has come far from its humble beginnings, but the gap between these two experiences is still wide. We appreciate that the Lumia 1520 is preloaded with several Nokia-branded apps that help extend its worth over other Windows Phones, but it’s still nowhere as all-encompassing to what we can get out of the Note 3.

Processor and Memory


For a good while there, the hardware inside of Windows Phones in general seemed to pale in comparison to what its Android counterparts offered. Well, that certainly changed with the introduction with the Lumia 1520, as it too sports the same processor running inside of the mighty Galaxy Note 3 – a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with the Adreno 330 GPU. However, it’s worth mentioning that the Note 3 is armed with 3GB of RAM – as opposed to the 2GB in the Lumia 1520. Frankly, they’re both snappy and fast with their performances, but the Lumia 1520’s is just more consistent. It’s not a pervasive issue, but sometimes we experience some choppiness when navigating around the Note 3’s homescreen.

In matching their hefty statures, these two big boys are packing along 32GB of internal storage, a tally that we consider as befitting. Better yet, we’re able to supplement their capacities, seeing that they both offer microSD slots for added expandability. As we’ve mentioned earlier, it’s just easier to access with the Note 3.


Internet and Connectivity


Okay, did we expect anything but perfection with these two in the web browsing department? As expected, they deliver all the quality elements that make it such a joy to surf the web, but the Note 3 dishes up quite a few tricks that makes its experience deeper. For example, the S-Pen’s usefulness comes into play by providing us with a precise tool that mimics the operations of a mouse cursor – while its Smart Scroll feature lends its help in allowing us to scroll vertically with our eyes and some tilt action.

Browser of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Browser of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Browser of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Browser of the Nokia Lumia 1520 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

When they’re aimed for a mass market audience, it shouldn’t be a shocker to people that they’re boasting nearly the same set of connectivity features – such as 4G LTE connectivity, aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC. Going beyond the usual armament, the Note 3 packs along some additional conveniences such as an IR blaster and video-out functionality with the aid of an MHL adapter.

92 Comments
  • Options
    Close





Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories