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)

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



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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24 Comments

1. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I think that these two phones aren't comparable. G2 is better by far, especially when it comes to OS-es.

19. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

When It comes to hardware the Nokia Icon is by far the better device

20. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

The processor,GPU and RAM are the same,as well as screen tech (LG's display seems more contrasty and popping,though) Icon's camera seems the better for stills but for video the G2 is the winner Aside from the build quality (completely diferent and no need to talk about it) they seem pretty comparable Software is the thing here

22. Brianb

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Java over C/C++. Software will always be quicker When your not using Java.

2. akbarkool

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Icon beats the G2- Fair and Square

4. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

What article were you reading?

10. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Icon wins in hardware, G2 wins in software :)

16. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Lumia has the better looking software and hardware.

17. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

too bad icon runs WP OS which sucks

24. Phonecall01 unregistered

Define "sucks"..

3. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Thanks to onscreen buttons the G2 looks like a 4.9'' look at the viewing angles.. Many of these phones will struggle when WP8.1 releases...

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

phone designs seemed a bit boring nowadays - the ICON reminds me of an HTC phone, except more squarer....

8. edrich

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I really wish phonearena would start using the dark background for Windows Phones instead of the light one. Dark looks so much more impressive with the Lumia design and UI

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

This time both UX look cartoonish and funky.

11. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

G2 all the way..

12. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

i cant actually think of anything that the Icon have but the G2 doesnt have.. but i can think dozens of things that the G2 have but the Icon doesnt have.. except for the design.. Icon takes that one i guess..

14. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

yes i prefer android but cmon icon is a nokia. something that lg will never be

15. thunder18

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Well, to be fair, the Icon does have the 20 MP camera. Though from the review results are a bit mixed. Icon does better with photos, but the 60 fps 1080p video from the G2 is supposed to be pretty spectacular.

18. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

im sorry.. but in my perspective, i look at the results of the images from the Icon to be over saturated.. but hey, that's just me..

21. fandows

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I have the icon I think it clearly outshines the lg g2 in multiple areas. And windows phone 8 most certainly does not suck

23. Brianb

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Android is wrote in Java which isn't faster the C/C++ and the icon uses Directx 11. I'm a software developer and I wouldn't use java ever again because its slow to compile down to machine code, so at that I bought a windows phone because Directx 11 was available which means better graphics management. Nokia have always been good for camera's. So for once windows wins hands down. Watch Android crumble in the next few years with Samsung coming out with there own Tizan OS. I hate google. Android = MUK .Chrome OS = MUK . Google search = Riddled in ads.

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