Battle of the Bigwigs: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Nokia Lumia 1520 (update)

Vs V.A Kulkarni 05:35, 18 Dec 2013

Samsung has the S Pen while Nokia has the PureView. Whose phablet is the better one? KYMI compares the Galaxy Note 3 with the Lumia 1520

Samsung certainly has the heads up in the phablet race but Nokia might just be able to catch up with it in the near future. While the Galaxy Note 3 is touted to be the smartphone of the future, the Lumia 1520 packs in a few surprises of its own as far as new-age specs go. We pit the two phablets against each other to find the one that works best for you.

  • Form

Galaxy Note 3: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm, 168g

Lumia 1520: 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7mm, 209g

Samsung has designed the Galaxy Note 3 in its signature style with its slim casing and curved edges that make it comfortable to grip and use despite its large size. The phablet is certainly not made to be carried around in a jeans pocket, however. Samsung has stuck to a plastic cover for its newbie, and though it lacks the premium feel of aluminum, it doesn't look too bad.

The Lumia 1520 looks just like a bright and bubbly Nokia handset - only much bigger than any of its siblings at 6-inch. The phablet comes with typical barely-there curves around its casing that make it easy to hold and use. Nokia has given the handset its tried and tested polycarbonate casing. We just wish it was lighter than it is.

Nokia wins this round with its edgier design and bright funky colours though we really like the thin bezels on the Galaxy Note 3.

Winner: Lumia 1520

  • Display

With its stylus support and large display, the Galaxy Note 3 is your go-to device for everything media and communication. From viewing videos and listening to music to checking emails and browsing the web, you can stay connected anytime, anywhere with the phablet. The handset sports a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 386ppi. Colours pop and images are rich and detailed on the Galaxy Note 3.

Nokia has gone all out with the Lumia 1520 too. It has put a lot of thought into designing the screen of its phablet and the results speak for themselves. The Lumia 1520 sports a 6-inch IPS LCD screen that is built not only for communication, but also for some serious media and entertainment to be enjoyed on the move. The Finnish major has given the handset a Full HD resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels and a pixel density of 368ppi, offering users rich, vividly detailed imagery with a brightness and depth to match. Its size makes it usable almost like a tablet.

Nokia has also addressed the problem of low light viewing on its phablet. It has designed it with ClearBlack display technology, High Brightness Mode and the assertive display technology by Apical so that it can be used and enjoyed across the board in any lighting condition. The Lumia 1520 is protected by Gorilla Glass 2.

With gorgeous displays on both handsets, this round ends in a draw.

Winner: Draw

  • Processor

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chipset powers the Galaxy Note 3. The phablet's LTE model sports a 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor while its 3G variant comes with a 1.9 GHz Cortex A15 and a 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 quad-core architecture. The set up serves the handset more than adequately, helping it race from task to task without any lags or glitches.

Nokia's newbie is powered by Qualcomm's quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset and its Krait 400 processor, along with its Adreno 330 GPU and a 2 GB RAM. The phone has more than enough juice to power through all its tasks and apps - and then some. 

With similar set ups in both handsets, this round ends in a draw.

Winner: Draw

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