Introduction


Proving itself to be one of the most outstanding Android smartphones launched over the past holiday season, the LG G2 isn’t one to let down a good fight, especially when it’s against a newer rival that’s looking to supplant it from the its top contender status. Nokia has been arguably busy, seeing that they’ve been proactive in releasing models that continue to graze that invisible line of cutting edge – and the Lumia Icon is true to that testament!

Microsoft is banking for the Icon to be a hit amongst the masses, as it incorporates a stellar specs sheet for a Windows Phone. Of course, it’ll need that and a whole lot more if it intends to give the LG G2 some heated and meaningful competition. When making a statement is vital in giving a certain phone notoriety over the masses, the Lumia Icon undoubtedly needs to show the LG G2 that it’s game for a good one-on-one fight. Let the games begin!

Design


Plastic is certainly the choice material with the construction of both handsets, but the predominantly polycarbonate body of the Lumia Icon exudes a more potent level of sturdiness than the glossier and slick plastic frame of its rival. As much as we appreciate the thinner and lighter body of LG’s flagship, it doesn’t quite have the same impact with its construction – so it tends to come off slightly hollow. At the same time, the matte finish of the Lumia Icon is better able to deal with fingerprints and smudges, so it maintains a cleaner look.

Although it’s more of an accent, the metal trim hugging the sides of the Icon sprinkles on a hint of premium to its design. However, as a result of that, the Lumia Icon feels sharp around the edges, which makes it uncomfortable to hold over a period of time. In comparison, the curvier design of the G2 makes it super easy to grasp – plus, its more ergonomic design makes it pleasant to handle.

By now, we’ve gotten used to the untraditional placement of the power button and volume controls with the LG G2, but new users will need to adjust before appreciating LG’s logic behind it. Then again, we can’t complain about the set on the Lumia Icon, as they’re in locations we’re normally accustomed to seeing them in – plus, it’s nice we have a shutter key to quickly to mimic that real camera shooting experience.

They own several microphones around their bodies, as well as a microUSB port for charging and data connectivity, but the LG G2 goes one step by offering us video-out functionality via the microUSB port, an IR blaster to make it double as a universal remote, and a multi-color LED notification light.


Nokia Lumia Icon

Nokia Lumia Icon

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.79 x 0.39 inches

137 x 71 x 10 mm

Weight

5.86 oz (166 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 Icon

Nokia Lumia Icon

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.79 x 0.39 inches

137 x 71 x 10 mm

Weight

5.86 oz (166 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)

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Display


In wooing our eyes, there is no shortage of eye candy exhibited by the two displays. On one side, we have the 5-inch 1080p ClearBlack AMOLED display in the Lumia Icon, which is noteworthy for being the most detailed display in a Windows Phone to date. In comparison, the LG G2 is equally as delicious with its slightly larger 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD panel. Both are very sharp and although the Icon has slightly more PPI, the LG G2 is equally detailed. For the OLED display of the Lumia Icon, it stands out for its vibrant colors and wide viewing angles – the hallmarks of nearly every OLED based panel we’ve come across. However, it can’t match the color accuracy and potent outdoor visibility of the IPS LCD based panel of the LG G2. Some will favor the Lumia Icon for the sheer wow factor it brings to a room, but we can’t forget about the other highlighting attributes of the G2. Therefore, if iridescent colors are more your forte, you’ll like the look of the Icon’s display. If not, you might take fancy in the G2’s display instead.




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