Nokia Lumia 1520 And Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Showdown: Which Is Bigger, Brighter, Bolder And Better Phablet?

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By Ryan Inoyori | February 4, 2014 4:02 PM EST

Among phablets, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Nokia Lumia 1320 both stand out running two distinct OS. Galaxy Note 3 almost wins in every single match up. But Lumia 1320 represents something different this time. Both excel but which is the real deal and true killer?

Nokia Lumia 1520 Over Galaxy Note 3

When it comes to display, Lumia 1520 is a little larger than Note 3. It features ClearBlack display which reduces screen reflections and improves visual quality in outdoors. Also, it really shows what black truly looks like to enhance display contrast. Nokia uses IPS LCD which is great for viewing the display from different angles.

Camera on Lumia 1520 sports more power with 20 MP vs. 13 MP Galaxy Note 3 and 1/2.5" vs. 1/3.06" aperture. Nokia installed Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash and Optical Image Stabilization modules on Lumia 1520, which are things not present in Galaxy Note 3.

For performance and stability, Lumia 1520 is powered by 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 and supported by 2 GB RAM to ensure great multitasking. Nokia also allowed users to expand the 16 GB internal storage of up to 64 GB via microSD card.

To make things better on top in every powerful hardware components, Lumia 1520 is sustained by 3400 mAh battery pack that could last for up to 32 days in standby and 10.8 hours of maximum video playback time. It also handles wireless charging for convenience.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Over Lumia 1520

If Lumia 1520 wins the larger screen, superior battery and great camera categories, but Galaxy Note 3 still boasts several other things over a Lumia smartphone.

Samsung used Super AMOLED for efficient power consumption of the display and installed Corning Gorilla Glass 3 instead endures more scratches than the version 2. IPS may be good in angles but consumes more energy than OLED.

S Pen features make Note 3 superior in terms of several exclusive apps, which can be used for editing, multimedia and even business. S Pen stylus is also an alternative controls for the display aside from touch to keep smudges away.

In terms of smooth performance, Samsung used Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz but backed up by 3 GB of RAM instead to bring quality multitasking speed. Also, more sensors are available in Note 3 such as barometer, temperature, gesture and humidity which you can't find on Lumia 1520.

For the camera, Note 3 isn't a complete loser with its 4K video recording over 1080@30 frames per second and better front-facing camera shooter of 2 MP with 1080p recording vs. 1.2 MP 720p video recording on Lumia 1520.

Galaxy Note 3 also delivers bigger internal storage of up to 64 GB which you can further expand using a 64 GB microSD card. In other factors, Galaxy Note 3 is cheaper, more compact and noticeable lighter than Lumia 1520.

a.  Lumia 1520: 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm; 209 g

b.  Galaxy Note 3: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm; 168 g

Which Of the Two Wins?

Galaxy Note 3 offers more than Lumia 1520 in terms of software since the device uses Android that brings hundreds of thousands of apps plus Samsung's own exclusive Galaxy S apps, which have been designed for S Pen. Samsung also added Knox security suite and other media-related services on top of default Android ones. Owners can also customize the phablet by rooting it and then installing modified ROMs.

But Lumia 1520 offers premium technology such as in camera using Carl Zeiss optics and Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, Windows Phone OS user interface brings fresher design compared to the old TouchWiz UI on Note 3. There are also several other things included on Lumia 1520 like PureView, Nokia Music, Nokia Drive and Microsoft Office support.

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