Call Quality


It’s a clear win for the Lumia Icon when it comes to call quality! Excellent is the word that describes its quality, as voices on both ends of the line are robust and noise-free – and it also helps that its earpiece and speakerphone are unbelievably loud! Indeed, we’re able to carry out conversations with the LG G2, but the microphone has a habit of casting an unclear tone with our voice, so the end result is a little bit of distortion.

Battery


LG has managed to stuff the G2 with a 3000 mAh battery, which is higher than the 2420 mAh one inside of the Lumia Icon. As a result, LG’s pride and joy delivers the better battery life between the two. Using our battery benchmark test, it pulls out 6 hours, 48 minutes from a full charge, besting the 4 hours, 50 minute tally of the Lumia Icon.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Nokia Lumia Icon
4h 50 min (Poor)
LG G2
6h 48 min (Average)

Conclusion


Pricing, it’s something that has a dramatic effect on a buyer’s decision. If we’re to look at Verizon’s current pricing structure for the two high-end smartphones, it points to the obvious – that the LG G2 by far has the greater bang for the buck value! Whether it’s the on-contract or outright pricing, there’s a considerable amount of savings that accompany the pickup of the LG G2. Specifically, it’s $100 on-contract or $500 outright, which looks more pleasing than the $200 on-contract or $550 outright cost attached to the Lumia Icon.

Of course, being the newer device means that there’s always going to be a higher premium to it. We’re not saying to strictly go with the LG G2 due to the savings you’ll get out of it, but rather, it’s more of whether you’ll be able to appreciate what Windows Phone 8 has to offer in the experience department. Sure, there are more features in play with the LG G2, both from the hardware and software, but the Lumia Icon can’t be undermined for the simple reason that it’s more expensive. Windows Phone isn’t for everybody, but if you feel up to the task of going on the Windows Phone ride, the Lumia Icon won’t disappoint – it’s the best that Verizon has to offer at the moment.


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