Main Feature Comparisons
Looking at the most obvious difference, the Nexus 5 has a 4.95-inch True HD IPS display while the Lumia 1520 has 6-inch IPS LCD with Pure Black display. Because of the size, the Lumia 1520 is also being considered as a phablet, instead of a phone. So to me, that’s a plus point. But due to the screen size, the Lumia is packed only with 367 ppi pixel density although it has a 1080×1920 HD resolution, as opposed to the Nexus 5’s 445 ppi pixel density with the same resolution. This means, smaller screen is more “packed” than the bigger screen.
Both of the devices are powered with the latest and currently the most powerful hardware for a mobile device, the Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 with Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU. Both also supports up to 32GB of internal storage and 2GB RAM but only the Lumia 1520 supports an external SD card storage up to 64GB. That’s another plus point for the Lumia.
In terms of the imaging capabilities, the Nexus 5 packs an 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, optical image stabilization and an LED flash. Meanwhile, the Lumia 1520 packs with much better and higher specs with 20 MP, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus and dual-LED flash. Another win for the Lumia.
Being the “developer” device, the Nexus 5 is very well maintained by Google with updates coming in frequently for the device. The Android 4.4 KitKat is said to be very fluid and fast. And since Google has been making a mobile OS much longer than Microsoft, it is more widely used worldwide. The PlayStore carries tens of thousands more apps than the Windows app market. Although it is gaining popularity, the Windows Phone 8 OS is still playing catch-up and currently in third position for the largest mobile OS platform behind iOS and Android.
But with the new Lumia 1520, WP8 may be able to catch up with the rest of the OSes. Nokia finally managed to get on par with the best of Android in terms of hardware with the Lumia 1520. As how I’ve been using my old Lumia 800, the system is very quick in response with almost no lag at all. All that done with only 1GHz single core CPU with 512MB RAM to power the device. As reviews been saying, the WP8 OS is very fast, uses less memory and also very stable. So imagine with that being said, and now running on the best hardware on a mobile device, I honestly think that this will be a breakthrough for the future of Windows based phones and tablets. And I think Nokia and Microsoft can really attract more users to migrate to a WP8 platform from now on. We just have to see how the new Lumia 1520 make a run for it.
This is just my own opinion between the two devices. I love the Nexus 5 because it is currently the best for pure Google experience. The new Android 4.4 KitKat is simply awesome. And I think the Nexus 5 is also beautifully designed. But the smaller 4.95-inch screen is considered small by today’s usefulness. As for the Lumia 1520, the design has been very similar to the other Lumia phones and even the Nokia N8, with slight changes in button placings and also the type of materials they used. But that does not mean it’s bad. The design is beautiful. It has been beautiful. I guess that’s why Nokia has been maintaining the same (or similar) design all these years.
In terms of price, the Nexus 5 is definitely going to be around RM1,000 cheaper than the Lumia 1520. So that is going to get me to rethink about the whole thing all over again. Whatever it is, both of these devices are in the “awesome” category in my book.
Update: Okay, I got the latest price for both of these phones in Malaysia. The Google Nexus 5 is selling for RM1699 and the newly announced (today) Nokia Lumia 1520 is selling for RM2159. Fine, it’s not a thousand ringgit difference but as I suspected, the Lumia should be priced over RM2k at its release date.