Spec showdown: Nokia Lumia 1520 vs. HTC One Max vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
With the Lumia 1520 just around the corner, we compare the big names in big-screen phones.
Want a big-screen smartphone but not sure which one? We've got you covered.
Nokia's 6-inch Lumia 1520 lands in Australia on 11 December, exclusive to Harvey Norman. It's joining the HTC One Max and the Galaxy Note 3 to name just two of the other slab-screened phones on the market.
But which is best? Well that depends on your needs, but here are the wrap-ups from our reviews of the three handsets plus a comparison table of the various specs to help you decide.
Nokia came to compete in the extra-large smartphone space, and that it does, bringing top-notch specs and attractive hardware to an increasingly crowded field. However, monster megapixel camera aside, the 1520 lacks the other phones' flashier window dressing: the Max's fingerprint scanner and the Note 3's stylus.
When we first learned of HTC's plans for the One Max, we were eager to give the big phone a spin. The HTC One Max's metal chassis, however, when blown up to its huge proportions, is way too large, heavy and unwieldy. We never thought we'd sing the praises of a plastic smartphone, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 3's thinner and lighter footprint is simply more manageable to use.
Even if you're not using the S Pen features to their fullest extent, you're still getting a powerful, well-designed phone — albeit at a slightly higher price than we'd like. If you're a Note user, then getting the Note 3 is a no-brainer — it's the best of the series and well worth the upgrade. But even if you're just in the market for a big-screen Android phone, the Galaxy Note 3 is hard to walk past. This is a powerful and feature-rich smartphone that doesn't fail to impress.
|Nokia Lumia 1520||HTC One Max||Samsung Galaxy Note 3|
|Dimensions||162.8x85.4x8.7mm; 209g||164.5x82.5x10.29mm; 217g||151.2x79.2x8.3mm; 168g|
|Display||6.0 1080p HD; 367ppi||5.9 1080p HD; 373ppi||5.7 1080p HD; 386ppi|
|Operating system||Windows Phone 8||Android 4.3||Android 4.3|
|Processor||2.2GHz quad-core; Qualcomm Snapdragon 800||1.7GHz quad-core; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600||2.3GHz quad-core; Qualcomm Snapdragon 800|
|Rear camera and recording||20 megapixel; 1080p HD video||4 UltraPixel; 1080p HD video||13 megapixel; 1080p HD video|
|Front-facing camera||1.2 megapixel; 720p HD video||2.1 megapixel; 1080p HD video||2 megapixel; 720p HD video|
|Memory||32GB; 64GB microSD||32GB; 64GB microSD||32GB; 64GB microSD|
|Battery||3400mAh embedded||3300mAh embedded||3200mAh removable|
|Special features||Wireless charging (Qi standard).||Fingerprint sensor||S Pen stylus|