Interface and Functionality

We know that Windows Phone 8.1 is on the horizon for the Lumia 1520, and it’s going to be filled with some new goodies, but since it’s not officially out, Windows Phone 8 with the GDR3 update is what we’ll be comparing here. Sammy has tweaked the look of its latest TouchWiz Nature UX interface on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat a little bit, however, we don’t find it aggressive enough to match the dynamic look of Windows Phone 8 running on the Lumia 1520.
Nevertheless, where the Galaxy S5 is lacking in the visuals department, it makes it up in other areas. Particularly, it’s evident with its superior handling of notifications and multi-tasking. There’s just no comparison, as we find the implementation of the Galaxy S5 to be vastly more superior – especially with the real multi-tasking experience using its multi-windows feature.

Against other Windows Phones from other manufacturers, the Lumia 1520 has additional depth thanks to the various Nokia-branded apps that can be downloaded to enhance the experience. However, the Galaxy S5 is filled to the brim with some secondary features, like it diverse Air View and Air Gesture features, that complements the phone’s already outstanding productivity element.

When it comes down to it, Windows Phone has made some tremendous improvements since its inception – and the Lumia 1520 is a testament to that! For all of its acclaims, we find the experience from the Samsung Galaxy S5 to still be more rewarding. That’s despite the fact that TouchWiz lacks the visual eye candy of the Lumia 1520’s Windows Phone 8 experience.

Processor and Memory

The Nokia Lumia 1520 ushered a new age for Windows Phone, seeing that it was the first to rock a modern quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2GB of RAM. Although surpassed by the Galaxy S5’s newer quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU coupled with 2GB of RAM, the Lumia 1520 still delivers a punch. In fact, it’s almost difficult which of the two possess the superior performance, since they exude smooth actions with all the basic operations, but there’s slightly more snappiness with Samsung’s flagship. Both are stuffed with 16GB of memoryand microSD card slots for some extra flexibility.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
Nokia Lumia 1520 25799
Sunspider Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 777.3
Nokia Lumia 1520 551.2

Internet and Connectivity

Both excel exquisitely in this area, not surprisingly at all considering that both have fantastic looking displays, fast 4G LTE speeds, and buttery smooth navigational controls. Depending on your preference, the larger real estate we’re dealt with the Lumia 1520 can be seen as a benefit, but the Galaxy S5 has a large enough screen to work with as well.

All the usual connectivity features are in tow here, like 4G LTE connectivity, so there’s no shortage of lightning fast speeds for all our web surfing needs. In addition, they feature aGPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC. Yet again, the Galaxy S5 displays its diversity with its IR blaster, video-out functionality, finger print sensor, and heart rate sensor.

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