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Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2



Cameras are in full force with these titans, ensuring photogs that they’ll have something to look forward to using. Specifically, it’s a 20-megapixel PureView camera in the Lumia Icon, which features an extraordinary large 1/2.5” sensor, ZEISS optics, wide-angle f2.4 aperture lens, dual-LED flash, optical image stabilization, and 1080p video recording in 24, 25, and 30 FPS. Meanwhile, the LG G2 isn’t a slouch either, seeing that it’s outfitted with an equally mighty 13-megapixel camera that features an f2.4 aperture lens, optical image stabilization, single LED flash, and a unique 1080p video recording mode in 60FPS.

Camera UI of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Camera UI of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Camera UI of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Camera UI of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2

Camera UI of the Nokia Lumia Icon

Showing off its diversity, the G2’s camera app is filled to the brim with an exhaustive set of shooting modes – while still dishing up some manual controls into the mix as well. In contrast, the Lumia Icon’s camera app is known for its precise controls as well, but we need to resort to using separate apps, or other ‘lenses’, in order to cast various filters or effects into our shots. Then again, we really appreciate how we’re offered manual focus with the Lumia Icon, which is a rarity in itself amongst smartphones.

LG G2 camera UI - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
LG G2 camera UI - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
LG G2 camera UI - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
LG G2 camera UI - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2

LG G2 camera UI

The battle between these two cameras is epic no doubt, but when the dust settles, the defining characteristic that seals the win for the Lumia Icon is its ability to capture the finder details. Don’t be fooled by the LG G2 either, just because it’s fully capable of matching the Icon’s results – especially when it comes to outdoor sunny conditions. In fact, they both deliver excellent details, vibrant color tones, and properly exposed shots. Despite the similarities, the higher resolution 19-megapixel samples of the Lumia Icon is able to meticulously snap the finer details from the scenery.

Continuing to challenge one another, we’re happy to report that they excel under low lighting situations too. Looking deep into our shots, we notice that the LG G2’s snapshots are slightly brighter – at the expense of having softer toned details. Meanwhile, the Lumia Icon does a fantastic job as well to draw out details, but its longer exposure causes fast moving objects to blur. It’s not a problem when it’s a static shot, though, it becomes a peculiar issue when there are a lot of moving things in the scenery. In combating their softer details under low light, their respective LED flashes cast the same potent lighting to brighten up the scenery.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Nokia Lumia Icon 8.5
No data
LG G2 4
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Indeed, it’s a close call with still image quality, with the slight overall advantage to the Lumia Icon, but when it comes to shooting 1080p videos, it’s the G2 that gets it done in the right way. Not only are we attracted to its super smooth 60 FPS capture rate, but it’s able to snag the sharper and clearer looking details. In fact, it’s very apparent when compared to the subdued visuals put out by the Lumia Icon. Ultimately, we gravitate more towards the G2 in this particular category.


Running their respective music players, we’ll admit that they both shine with their presentations. Windows Phone 8’s Modern UI extends into the stock music app, as the hub has a subtle dynamic look with its presentation value. As an alternative, there’s also the Nokia Music MixRadio app, which also lays claim to a very pretty looking interface. Oppositely, the stock music app of the G2 has a neat function in the way it can populate YouTube videos related to the song that’s being played.

Nokia Lumia Icon - Music players - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Music players - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
LG G2 - Music players - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Music players - Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2

Nokia Lumia Icon




Music players

Even as we’re playing the same song on both handsets, it’s plainly obvious that the Lumia Icon’s speaker is stronger. In fact, it pumps out 79 dB of power through its speaker, which eclipses the 66dB mark put forth by the LG G2. Tones as a whole have more of a commanding presence with the Lumia Icon.

Okay, so these two handsets effortlessly handles all sorts of 1080p videos – while also laying claim to supporting various codecs out of the box. Even though the LG G2 has the larger sized screen, it really doesn’t have much of a bearing considering that it’s barely larger. Nevertheless, we appreciate how the LG G2 can minimize a video we’re watching, which can then be layered over anything to provide us with better multi-tasking.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Nokia Lumia Icon 0.54
LG G2 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Nokia Lumia Icon 79
LG G2 66
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posted on 19 Feb 2014, 09:52 2

1. LuckyS (Posts: 154; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 05:56

19. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 19:20

20. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 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

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 10:22

22. Brianb (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)

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

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 10:01

2. akbarkool (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)

Icon beats the G2- Fair and Square

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 10:06 2

4. greathero1 (Posts: 575; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)

What article were you reading?

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 12:34 3

10. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

Icon wins in hardware, G2 wins in software :)

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 16:50

16. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

Lumia has the better looking software and hardware.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:16 1

17. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

too bad icon runs WP OS which sucks

posted on 24 May 2014, 18:18

24. Phonecall01 (unregistered)

Define "sucks"..

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 10:05

3. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 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...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 10:18

5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 12:02

8. edrich (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Jan 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

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 12:30

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

This time both UX look cartoonish and funky.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 13:01

11. Nabil2511 (Posts: 152; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)

G2 all the way..

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 13:10

12. Nabil2511 (Posts: 152; Member since: 27 Jan 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..

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 14:36 1

14. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 14:38

15. thunder18 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 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.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 22:59

18. Nabil2511 (Posts: 152; Member since: 27 Jan 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..

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 19:41

21. fandows (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Feb 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

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 10:42

23. Brianb (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Mar 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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