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 Icon 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 Icon, 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 Icon, 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 Icon’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 Icon, 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

For a good while there, Windows Phones seemed to be dated because of the last-generation processors they utilized. Fortunately for the new crop of Windows Phones, which includes the Lumia Icon, they’ve been outfitted with the same high-end gear bestowed on many of its Android counterparts. In fact, the Lumia Icon and LG G2 share the same piece of silicon – a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. There’s no shortage of speed and finesse when it comes to their performance, as every operation is accompanied with a tight response. Despite exuding nearly the same buttery smooth operations, there’s just a smidgen more snappiness exhibited by the G2’s performance – though, most people wouldn’t be too inclined to notice the difference.

Thankfully there’s some room for flexibility when it comes to storage, as they both are stuffed with an ample 32GB of space.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Nokia Lumia Icon 23719
LG G2 35376
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps) Higher is better
Nokia Lumia Icon 46
LG G2 50
Sunspider Lower is better
Nokia Lumia Icon 550.6
LG G2 932.8

Internet and Connectivity

All of the delightful qualities are present here to make surfing the web such a pleasure. Specifically, they feature speedy 4G LTE speeds for quick page loads, instant page rendering, and buttery navigational controls. Even though the LG G2 has the larger display, we wouldn’t necessarily say that it poses as an advantage.

Made specifically to mesh with Verizon’s CDMA and LTE networks in the US, prospective owners can rest knowing that they’re both world phones at heart – giving them adequate coverage abroad. At the same time, they pack on the same set of connectivity features as well, which consists of aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, and NFC. Showing off its deeper portfolio, the LG G2 benefits from having video-out functionality with the aid of its SlimPort, and an IR blaster that allows us to control television sets.

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