PhoneArena have posted a comprehensive competitive review of the Nokia Lumia 1520 vs the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
They found the Nokia Lumia 1520 looks better, but the Note 3 has more features such as an IR Blaster and S-pen. In addition the user interface is better adapted to the larger screen on the Note 3, including being able to see two apps side by side.
When it comes to the camera, the Nokia Lumia 1520 took much better pictures than the Note 3, but its video was of poorer quality than the Note 3. Battery life was better on the Nokia Lumia 1520, and call quality was the same between the two handsets.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 however on contact was better value for money, costing only $100 on contact in the USA, vs $300 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Let’s cut to the chase, these two are no doubt the best phablet performers in their respective platforms. However, as we’ve compared the two, it’s very apparent that the Note 3 has several advantages over the newcomer in the space. Sure, they’re blessed with almost the same set of hardware under the hood, but it’s just the enhancements we see in the customized Android experience of the Note 3 that takes it up a notch over the Lumia 1520. Don’t get us wrong, Windows Phone 8 is constantly growing and developing, but as a whole, it still has yet to reach the milestones we’ve seen out of Android. On top of that, the Note 3 further complements the experience by including several neat/redundant features to its package.
Even though the Note 3 is arguably the preferred choice for power users, we can’t help but stress the fact that it’s attached with a premium price point – one that’s still viewed as being hefty in this day and age. Well, considering the enhancements we see from its customized experience, combined with its inclusion of an IR blaster and S-Pen, its $300 on-contract price is more than justified. Knowing that, we’re just amazed to see that the Lumia 1520 is sporting an impressive on-contract price of $100. Heck, that price alone undercuts many flagship devices in the space, giving it a whole lot of value.
If you’re looking to save a whole lot of money, while still being given a device that doesn’t make compromises in the specs and performance departments, the Lumia 1520 is going to be the device for you. Sure, Windows Phone 8 might not be on the same level as its rival, but as we’ve seen, each iterative update brings forth enhancements and features that diversify its functionality. On the other end of the spectrum, if money isn’t a concern, we’d recommend the Note 3 for its deeper functionality, excellent performance, and all around performer.
Read the full review at PhoneArena here.