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Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4


Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Nokia Lumia Icon vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Call Quality

Hands down, the Lumia Icon is the preferred handset to with when it comes to call quality, as voices are clear through the earpiece and speakerphone. As for the Galaxy S4, its voices have some distortion to them, so it’s not quite as perfect as its rival.


It doesn’t surprise us that the Galaxy S4 barely beats out the Lumia Icon in the battery life department, seeing that it’s packing a 2600 mAh battery inside of its body – as opposed to the smaller 2420 mAh one in its rival. Using our battery benchmark test, the Galaxy S4 achieves a tally of 4 hours, 59 mins, which bests the 4 hours, 50 mins mark inched out by the Icon. Although it’s a small victory for the Galaxy S4, it doesn’t translate a whole lot with real life usage, since they both deliver the average one-day of juice we expect as the bare minimum. Well, we do appreciate that the Lumia Icon features wireless charging – a feature that’s slowly being standardized with high-end smartphones.

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)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
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There are obvious benefits picking up the handset that’s the newer of the two, so in this particular case, it would be the Nokia Lumia Icon. For starters, it bears newer hardware that’s more befitting of a high-end smartphone – albeit, the Galaxy S4’s hardware is still widely regarded as top notch. Secondly, you get that sense of freshness too with Nokia’s latest Lumia, especially when its design is uncharacteristic of other Lumias.

Now, if we’re to look at their current pricing through Verizon, we begin to see a big discrepancy between them. Almost a year old at this point, the 32GB Galaxy S4’s on-contract price of $149.99 seems out of character in comparison to the $200 price attached to the newer Lumia Icon. Moreover, there’s even a bigger disparity with their off-contract pricing, which is set for $550 for the Icon and $650 for the Galaxy S4. It’s mind boggling to see that the Galaxy S4 is priced higher than the Lumia Icon – so the decision will primarily hinge on whether or not you want to pick them up with or without a contract.

Although there are secondary features offered by the Galaxy S4 that enhances the experience, like its IR blaster that turns it into a remote, some people wouldn’t place them highly on the list of being crucial to a smartphone’s likeability. As the dust settles, we’d give the Lumia Icon the benefit of the doubt at the moment of being the more prized device. Then again, the platform experience will greatly influence the choice of people.


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posted on 18 Feb 2014, 05:48 4

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


posted on 18 Feb 2014, 06:57 5

4. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Software wise we have to wait for 8.1, because 8.1 bringing a lot features, a lot.

Nokia, you guys have great design team. Keep it up. Beautiful design.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:11 3

14. sgodsell (Posts: 4767; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

The Galaxy S4 has removable battery and micro sd card slot. Not to mention all the other sensors that were not mentioned barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture, IR. The usb port is a full host port, usb otg, and TV-out mhl 2. All of which are on the Galaxy S4 and none of them on the Nokia Icon.
WP8.1 comes out in July/August time frame.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:06

16. Dastrix (unregistered)

Well, tell me who cares about all these sensors anyway? No wonder only the S4 has them because the majority of people don't care about these, and that's a fact. In my opinion, it just makes everything so much more confusing when you have so many options and sensors crammed in, and defeats the purpose of being user friendly in the first place. It may be functional and convenient, but it just doesn't work for the average user, which the majority of people are. 90% of S4 users probably don't even know 90% of what their phone can do.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 18:07 3

18. joey_sfb (Posts: 6547; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Let me tell you 96% of the people avoided WP phone. So tell me again who's care!

The overall majority already know what they want its not like wp phone was release yesterday.

WP fan such as yourself make such sweeping statement.

I use such apps when I conduct my site survey I guess you don't even know such apps exist being such a hardcore wp fan.


posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:12 3

17. Dastrix (unregistered)

One year ago, it would be blasphemous to compare a Windows Phone flagship to an Android flagship. This year, the Nokia Icon came out on top. I can't wait what's in store for next year!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 18:14 1

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 6547; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I respect PA for the detailed comparison, after all the two phones are within the same price bracket.

Nokia Icon may be a valid option but your thinking is really out of your league. Remember WP is still the overall minority, with only 4 per cent market share. Most of my colleague would not even touch one. Anything from their mouth about WP would be negative. I just nod in agreement because its not my fight. I just buy what the BEST and its Android for now.

WP fan really out of touch with the rest of the world.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 05:51 5

2. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

That sexy Lumia for me.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 07:44 1

7. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

I wouldn't necessarily say almost 10mm thick phone sexy but different strokes for different folks.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 06:19 6

3. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

Hardware wise, Nokia wins for build quality, processing power and camera.
But it still has drawbacks compared to S4..non removable battery, non expandable storage (a big flaw), and weight.
Overall better, but not a sweeping win at all

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 07:41 2

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Yeah, hardware wise Nokia is better (except if GS4 is Snapdragon 800 version (4G+), then performance difference ain't noticable). Not much, but bit. And it's worth considering that GS4 is MUCH older.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 07:41 1

6. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Exactly ! Not to mention Icon released almost a year later than S4.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 08:12 1

8. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

I would prefer nokia. good design, good specs, good performance.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 08:46

9. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

I really need this phone on AT&T!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 09:08

10. sergiobr (Posts: 713; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

C´mon ! Wait and compare with S5 !

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 09:22 1

11. Sheharyar13 (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

Nokia Lumia set have such a good build quality,just wished they had choosen android

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 10:34 2

12. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Hardware : Nokia
Software : Samsung

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 02:58

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

exactly. btw s4 is great outdoors i donno why pa insists that its not ok. and also nokias have been traditionally champions of outdoor viewabilty!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:14 1

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

The Icon is the better phone inside, and out this time around.. No surprise.
We can pit the S5 up against new WP8.1 devices that are to be revealed soon..

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:15

15. sgodsell (Posts: 4767; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Too bad WP8.1 won't be available to the public until July/August time frame.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 12:25

21. kineticcc (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)

Switched to the icon after owning many Droid handsets...the latest being the s4. loving my icon. I can say I pretty much never used the gimmick features of the s4. Can't wait for 8.1!

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