Are you looking for a smartphone with a giant screen? Not sure if you want to also purchase a tablet, because it seems redundant? Well then you might be the perfect audience for the Nokia Lumia 1520. Even though this large-screen “phablet” was launched back in 2013, the buzz has been revived since it seems to be one of the major contenders against the iPhone 6 Plus. Let’s take a look at the spec comparisons to see why so many tech experts are turning a keen eye to the Nokia Lumia 1520.
Let’s take a look at the overall screen measurements first. The screen size of the Lumia 1520 is 6 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus squeaks in ahead with a measurement of 6.22 inches. If you’re just looking for ample real estate, the iPhone 6 Plus might be the way to go. But let’s also examine thickness and weight, because this will make an impact on how easy it is to lug the phablet around. The iPhone 6 Plus win the weight game at 172 grams, much lighter than Lumia 1520’s 206 grams. Perhaps it’s not surprise that the iPhone 6 Plus is also the thinner of the two, measuring 7.1 millimeters thick while the Lumia hits 8.7 millimeters.
While the iPhone 6 Plus trumps the Lumia 1520 in physical dimensions, the Lumia has the upper hand when it comes to pure technical specs, especially when it comes to the vast differences in camera performance. The Lumia 1520 comes with a 20 megapixel PureView sensor, leaving the iPhone’s 8 megapixel camera in the dust. PureView is the high-resolution technology used in previous Nokia generations of the Lumia. Both smartphones shoot HD video in 1080p, but the iPhone 6 Plus offers filmmakers higher frames per second options – a whopping 60 fps, while the Lumia 1520 is only capable of 30 fps.
Now let’s examine the processors and RAM. The Lumia 1520 boasts the powerful 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor along with 2 GB of RAM. Apple doesn’t publish the performance specs of their A8 processing chip on its official website, however benchmarking tests conducted by Geekbench indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus just uses a dual-core processor clocking in a 1.4 GHz with 1 GB of RAM. These findings seem to indicate that the Lumia 1520 has the superior processing speed and memory capabilities of the two.
What about hard drive capacities and battery performance? IPhone capacities range between 16 – 128 GB, but these measurements are static. Users cannot upgrade these capacities after they purchase the hardware. The Lumia 1520 caps out with 32 GB, however users can modify the capacity by purchasing additional MicroSD cards. When it comes to battery performance, these phones have identical talk time on 3G networks – up to 24 hours.
If you’re looking for a comparable Windows 8 phablet, the Lumia 1520 is definitely a strong contender when pitted against the iPhone 6 Plus, especially if you’re looking for superior camera still quality. However, Apple continues to trump Nokia’s Lumia 1520 when it comes to dimensional specs.