Nokia Lumia 1520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Which Phablet Is A Better Buy This Christmas?

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By Katrina Dianne Gimenez | December 23, 2013 1:39 PM EST

Between Nokia Lumia 1520 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which will you will buy as a gift this Christmas? Here are the specs and price range before you decide.


Beauty is a matter of perception. Which between Lumia 1520 and Galaxy Note 3 is better? Aesthetically, this basically depends on your taste. The two gadgets both offer distinct designs. Lumia 1520 has a smooth polycarbonate unibody while Galaxy Note 3 has the classic leathery feeling, which remind you of a real notebook. Lumia 1520 is 162.8 mm x 85.4 mm x 8.7 mm in dimension. It is considerably larger than Galaxy Note 3 with a 151.2 mm x 79.2 mm x 8.3 mm. Lumia 1520 is available in yellow, white, red, and black. The Samsung phablet has more colorful choices: black, white, pink, merlot red, rose gold black and rose gold white.

Ergonomically speaking, Samsung's phablet is easier to carry than a Nokia. It is also lighter at 168 grams compared to Lumia 1520 which is 209 grams in weight.

Screen And Display

Lumia 1520 has a 6-inch screen while Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7-inch screen. Both phones have full-HD resolution of 1, 920 x 1,080 pixels with Galaxy Note 3 having a slightly greated pixel density of 386 ppi compared to Lumia 1520 with 367 ppi.


Lumia 1520 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2 GHz processor with 2 GB RAM, almost the same as Galaxy Note 3's 2.3 GHz quad-core processor.

The big difference is in the operating system. Lumia 1520 is run by Microsoft Widows Phone 8 Black while Galaxy Note 3 is run by Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean). Critics still consider the Android OS as superior to Windows Phone 8. If you're into apps, Galaxy Note 3 is the better choice as Jelly Bean offers about 650, 000 apps in contrast to Widows which only offers only approximately 125,000 apps.


In terms of camera, Lumia 1520 has a whopping 20 MP camera unit. If you're a photo aficionado, Lumia 1520 is a better choice compared to Galaxy Note 3's 13MP camera. Both phablets has optical image stabilization, autofocus, face detection and panorama.

Battery Life

In theory, Lumia 1520 gives you a longer battery life with a 3,400 mAh than Galaxy Note 3 which only has a 3,200 mAh battery. More so, when it is run by Windows Phone 8, it consumes less battery life as compared to Android's Jelly Bean.


Galaxy Note 3's killer feature is its improved S Pen. By clicking the S Pen, you can now run the Note 3's Air Command for access to five key buttons: Scrapbooker, S Finder, Action Memo, Pen Window and Screen Write. Lumia 1520 does not offer a free stylus and the stylus available for Nokia does not have the features of the S Pen.

Price Range

Lumia 1520 is slightly more expensive at a price range of $629 to $925 in Australia. Galaxy Note 3's price starts at $614 up to $899.

Ultimate Decree

If we put the S Pen into the picture, Galaxy Note 3 would kick Lumia 1520's ass. Taking it out of the picture, Lumia 1520 will offer a good fight. If you're into apps, then choose Galaxy Note 3. If you're more of a photo person, then choose Lumia 1520.

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