Call Quality

Neither handset manages to pique our interest with their call qualities, mainly because they amount to nothing more than being average performers. Generally speaking, there are few qualms regarding our ability to comprehend callers through their respective earpieces, but the Lumia 1520’s lower volume output makes it challenging in noisy environments. Meanwhile, there’s a muffled tone exhibited by the Galaxy S5’s earpiece.


Qualcomm’s newest chipset has surely shown its worth, since it has a key role in giving Sammy’s pride and joy the longer lasting battery. Sure, the 3400 mAh battery of the Lumia 1520 makes the 2800 mAh one in the Galaxy S5 look small, but the optimizations found with the newer Snapdragon processor, in combination to some other battery optimizations and smaller display of the Galaxy S5, gives Sammy’s product the superior battery life.


When the Nokia Lumia 1520 first launched here in the US through AT&T, it astounded us with its aggressive $100 on-contract cost – giving it plenty of value for the buck. Strangely enough, after looking at its existing offering through the carrier, it has been increased in price to $200, the same cost as the brand spanking new Samsung Galaxy S5. However, if we’re to look at their off-contract prices, the Lumia 1520 is lower at $585 – whereas the Galaxy S5 is set at $650.

If we’re to pick up a phone with a 2-year agreement, we’d totally recommend picking up the Galaxy S5, mostly for its diversified offerings, supreme performance, and freshness to the scene. Conversely, we can honestly mention picking up either phone if we’re forgoing signing a contract. Indeed, the Galaxy S5 is priced higher than its rival, but considering that it’s significantly newer and packs some additional hardware not present with the Lumia 1520, the higher pricing is more than justified.

Ultimately, though, the platform experience between these giants will play a large role in what device you should choose. Android, as a whole, has a deeper and more connected experience than Windows Phone. Throw in Sammy’s updated TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, it only extends the experience more with its myriad of software features. It’s not to say that Windows Phone 8 is handicapped, it’s just hasn’t matured to the level of where Android is currently at. Of course, Windows Phone 8.1 will bring some additional enhancements that will no doubt bridge the gap, but Android continues to be one step ahead.

Whatever your decision folks, we’re certain you won’t be disappointed in what you select. There are valid reasons why these two are highly prized in the space, but as we’ve shown in this comparison, they excel in several key areas to make them fantastic offerings you won’t regret picking up.

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