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Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2


Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
Nokia Lumia Icon vs LG G2
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.


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.

Battery life

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.

Higher is better
Nokia Lumia Icon
4h 50 min (Poor)
6h 48 min (Average)
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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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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: 576; 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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