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Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4

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You would think that the Lumia Icon would have the upper hand when it comes to shooting modes and controls, but surprisingly enough, the Galaxy S4 is also packing an equally compelling set. To be fair, we do prefer the styling with the Lumia Icon’s camera interface, since its on-screen rotating dial menu pays homage to what we find on regular cameras. Conversely, the S4 sticks to a more straightforward menu approach when it comes to changing settings. However, we really appreciate that all of the Galaxy S4’s shooting modes are baked into its camera app – whereas we have to rely on alternate ‘lenses’ and third party photo apps with the Lumia Icon.

Camera UI of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Camera UI of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Camera UI of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Camera UI of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Don’t let the Galaxy S4’s age fool you, just because it’s one great device for snapping photos – more so when lighting is plentiful in the shots. Ultimately, the single factor that differentiates their qualities is the amount of detail that the 20-megapixel PureView camera of the Lumia Icon captures. With its higher resolution 19-megapixel samples, we see that fine details have improved definition. Beyond that, the qualities are nearly identical to one another. Still, we have to give the 13-megapixel camera of the Galaxy S4 some credit, as it matches toe-to-toe with what the Lumia Icon composes with its photos.

As expected, the qualities from both smartphones are diminished when it comes to snapping things under lower lighting situations. Details are softer and grainier, but the Lumia Icon’s camera is adept in brightening up its shots better than the Galaxy S4. In fact, we can see that its shots under low lighting dealing better when it comes to drawing out details – unlike the Galaxy S4’s results, which masks them due to its under exposed results. At further distances, the Lumia Icon’s dual-LED flash maintains a consistent potency when it comes to lighting up the scenery.



It’s also a close race with their 1080p video recording qualities, since they boast several delicious looking visuals – like their smooth recording and sharp looking visuals. Then again, we’d be more inclined to use the Icon’s camera due to its optical image stabilization and its 3x lossless zoom. They in fact are features we wouldn’t necessarily find too often with most smartphones.


Multimedia


Whether it’s the stock Windows Phone or Nokia MixRadio music apps, we’re constantly finding ourselves affixed to its enchanting presentation – more so than the TouchWiz music player in the Galaxy S4. It’s tough initially to decipher, but as we listen more intently, we realize that there’s a slightly stronger volume output with the Lumia Icon’s speaker. Well, it’s still pretty loud with the Galaxy S4.

Music player of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Music player of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Music player of the Nokia Lumia Icon - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Music player of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Music player of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Music player of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Our eyes are instantly glued to both displays as we play several different high-definition videos, thanks in part to the mesmerizing saturated colors produced by their displays. The size and resolutions of their screens aid in the process too, but the Galaxy S4’s secondary features, like how it’s optimized for multitasking, really diversifies the viewing experience.


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