Nokia Lumia 930 reviewed against the Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 930 and 1520 bottom buttons black

We recently posted that the unlauded Nokia Lumia 1520 is actually a pretty good and cheap alternative to a new Nokia Lumia 930.

PureviewClub have actually managed to post a competitive review between the two siblings, and drew some interesting conclusions.

They note as a phablet the 209g of the Lumia 1520 is light for its size, while the 167g of the 930 is on the heavy side for a 5 inch device.


Both devices have “retina” displays ie pixels are not visible at normal use distances, but the 930 lacks a Glance screen feature. On the other hand the large 6 inch screen on the 1520 will not buy you extra visible content, as they both display the same amount.  The 930 has Gorilla Glass 3, while the 1520 has the older version.

The 1520 of course has a much larger battery (3400 mAh) and better battery life than the 930 (2400 mAh).  That’s a whopping 40% difference.

The 1520 offers a microSD slot for expansion, while the 930 does not.  For those for whom it matters, the 1520 is available in white, black, bright red and matte yellow, while the 930 comes in bright green and “blinding orange”.

They have the same processor and work equally smoothly. The cameras have the same sensor, despite the 1520 being thinner (8.7 mm) vs the 9.8mm of the 930. Both offer the same 1/2.5” sensor with a 20MP resolution – also the pixel size is the same (1.12 µm). Both have OIS (optical image stabilization) and a dual-LED flash (no Xenon flash like on the Lumia 1020).

Pureviewclub notes however that the Lumia 1520 isn’t the ideal mobile camera due to its large size and slim and slippery design plus difficult camera button making it difficult to hold.   The 930 offers more grip and a better camera button.

Both large handsets use nano-SIMs, meaning for both you will need your SIM card replaced.

In terms of design the 1520 follows the old pillow design of the older Lumias, while the 930 looks a lot like an iPhone.

They conclude:

With the Nokia Lumia 1520 you’ll choose for a remarkably complete Windows Phone – a fast device with a large 6 inch quality display and the possibility to expand the memory with 64GB. It probably won’t fit your trousers, but thanks to the large battery it will serve you for a long time.

The Nokia Lumia 930 is much more “handy” and “pocketable” with its 5 inch display with a slightly better quality (AMOLED) – but you might miss Nokia’s Glance and Double Tap To Wake (did not work on their handset) functionality. It has the same processor speed but its internal memory is limited to 32GB. Cameras of both devices appear to be identical.

Nokia emphasizes the Lumia 1520 is “big in  business”, but the Lumia 930 offers all the same Office applications – it’s just easier to read them on the Lumia 1520 (especially useful with Excel sheets for instance).

But also if you’re not a business man or woman, you’ll enjoy using the Lumia 1520. Not just reading web content, also if you like to watch videos or play games you may really consider the Lumia 1520 – although again the Lumia 930 can do exactly the same, be it on a smaller screen.

To put it simple: the Lumia 1520 is epic, the Lumia 930 is cool. The choice is yours.

Read all the detail and see more comparison pictures at the

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