Introduction


Sammy’s revving up and poised to have yet another blockbuster year, especially now that its latest flagship is making the rounds. Looking at the field, Windows Phones in general have been in short supply. Despite that, the Nokia Lumia 1520 continues to be the shining force for the platform – giving its rivals something to worry about. In this next comparison, we’re going to dive in and figure out exactly how the Nokia Lumia 1520 can contend against the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Design


There’s little doubt who has the superior design just by looking at these two phones. Even though Sammy has tried to sprinkle a dash of sophistication to the Galaxy S5’s design, it still can’t match the stylish and more solidly constructed design of the Lumia 1520. Sure, they’re both donning polycarbonate plastic with their housings, but the Lumia 1520’s chassis has more of a stylish edge capable of attracting attention with its tapered design, unibody construction, and colorful options.

Whereas the Lumia 1520 takes the checkered flag for its beautiful looks, Sammy’s flagship captures the race with its more comfortable feel – thanks in part to its rounded edges, smaller footprint, and lighter weight. Furthermore, we have to point out that the Galaxy S5’s IP67 certification makes it water resistant, so that’s an extra perk not available with the Lumia 1520.

Of course, there are many common ports and buttons shared by these two beasts, but the Galaxy S5 is outfitted with a few more to extend its worth. Specifically, they include a microUSB 3.0 port for faster charging/data connectivity, an IR blaster that transform the phone into a universal remote, a finger print reader for added security, and a heart rate sensor to measure our pulse.


Display


The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, while the Nokia Lumia 1520 flaunts a larger 6-inch 1080p IPS LCD display. On paper, the Galaxy S5 produces the higher pixel density figure, 432 ppi versus 369 ppi, but it doesn’t make for a substantial difference when we’re looking at the two from a normal viewing distance. Quite frankly, they’re sharp and detailed enough.



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90 Comments

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You should compare it with the Nokia Lumia 930.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Comparing the S5 to the Icon is more logical than comparing it to the 1520.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

John V.'s selfie makes up for everything.

43. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It doesn't matter if the S5 is compared to the icon or 1520. The S5 has more options and features compared to either of them. The new Amoled display on the S5 is the best Amoled display to date. The S5's camera is faster and has slow motion video capture up to 240fps. Then there is the differences between Android and WP8.

31. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia lumia 1520 is beast. And King of battery life. I can't wait to get 930 orange not you but color orange. Lol

32. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I'll get 1 in orange too :)

35. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Lumia Icon/930 has pretty dismal battery life. In contrast, GS5 has almost twice the battery life in comparison. Lumia Icon:http://blog.gsmarena.com/nokia-lumia-icon-battery-test/ GS5:http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-s5-battery-test/

38. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

930 battery life will be different than icon. We have to wait.

45. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Why ? Aren't they basically the same phone ?

66. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

No Icon runs WP8 GDR3/Black, while the Lumia 930 runs WP8.1

69. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

So you're saying a software update would some how make the battery survive twice as long ?! ...........and where are you getting your info from ?

71. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The Lumia 1520 smokes every single handset in the market in battery life. Its been proven on multiple sites. I don't know how PA got the S5 to perform better on the battery front than the L1520. I also own one, and my current charge has been held since 2 days and its still at 44%, despite relatively heavy browsing on WiFi and sometimes, on 3G. Also, the Icon was released with LTE in the US & with WP8/GDR3. However, the Lumia 930 will be releasing internationally and in most places, without LTE. Also, there is more battery optimization and battery saving techniques on WP8.1 So, it can probably last at least one day on a charge.

65. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Funny you say that the s5 has better battery life than the icon based on gsmarena, but also based on that the 1520 completely trashes the s5 at gsmarena! So where does PA get their info that the S5 beats the 1520? They have no proof at all, just saying crap like because it has a smaller screen, less resolution and somehow better optimized lol its better than the 1520? Bullcrap! as usual from PA!

81. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

i have a pic from my 1520 showing it last 4 days, until I see another phone last 4 days with everything I do daily then I believe but for now no phone is messing with the 1520 battery life

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You have to update the Nokia mix radio and the Nokia camera app.

7. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

Galaxy s5 enough said

8. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Love my L1520. Not gonna exchange it for any phone in the market at the moment. :)

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Love my S5. Not gonna exchange it for any phone in the market at the moment. :)

19. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Is that you in your display pic? Looking good anyway. :D

20. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The most off topic comment I ever seen....LOL

54. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's all me.

21. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

If it's you...then I should say this... Papasmurf doesn't fit you....

22. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Nice selfie Smurf :)

37. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Wow never thought your black. I mean its not a bad thing lol. Just didnt have that idea about you. Cool

39. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

I love it when ya call me big papa......smurf

63. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

LOL this made me laugh.

41. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

He could be mixed or Bengali.

53. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But I'm not though. ;)

57. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That's not you in the picture? Well maybe not exactly black but Caribbean or something, right? :)

62. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's me in the picture and I've already said where I'm from on here. Didn't know my picture would attract a lot of attention lol.

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