Looks like everyone seems to have gotten into Phablets and the latest entrant into the Phablet league is Nokia. Recently in the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, Nokia unveiled many devices into its line-up for the last time under the Nokia branding since it will be going under Microsoft in a couple of months now. And we all know Nokia; they always want to do everything with a bang. Nokia entered the Phablet market with their latest flagship, the Nokia Lumia 1520 a mean powerhouse. But not so long ago even HTC entered the Phablet market with the HTC One Max which is a continuation of their very awesome and most popular phone, the HTC One. So we are going to pitch these two newest Phablets in the market against each other into a head to head comparison.
Design and Looks:
The design of the HTC One Max is exactly same to their flagship phone, the HTC One. The only difference here is the bigger screen. Else the design, looks, colour combination, etc. is all the same. The looks of the Nokia Lumia 1520, well, we all know how amazing the Nokia looks. With the unibody design and lovely colours make it look absolutely attractive. Also it has the design inspired from the design of the Lumia 1020 minus the huge camera sensor. So if we compare the looks of the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the HTC One Max, the Nokia looks much better and attractive than the HTC.
The display on the HTC One Max is a 5.9” Super LCD 3 display with the resolution of 1920×1080 Full HD display at 373 ppi. This is a huge display and also an amazing one with great visuals and amazing colour reproduction. The latest HTC Sense absolutely amazing on this screen and it is an amazing visual treat. The Nokia Lumia 1520 on the other hand is a 6” IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1920×1080 Full HD display at 367 ppi. This is not at all less compared to the HTC One Max but the difference lies that the screen on the Nokia is just a tad bigger and hence the lesser pixel density. Also even with the minute lesser ppi, the Nokia screen looks amazing with the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update. Add to that the Nokia’s clear black display technology on it and Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner.
Both the Phablets pack amazing horsepower under the hood, but the HTC One Max is a step below the Lumia 1520. The One Max has a Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 600 Quad Core clocked at 1.7 GHz coupled with the Adreno 320 GPU. This is by no means bad and was at a time the top of the line hardware. But that is not the case anymore and Nokia managed to deliver one better. The Lumia 1520 packs a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Quad Core clocked at 2.2 GHz coupled with a newest Adreno 330 GPU. Take this and suddenly the specs of even the Galaxy S4 look tiny in front of this. The main thing to note here is that Android requires the high specs because it is a heavy OS, but Windows Phone 8 is a very light OS, so there is actually not that much requirement for these top line specs, but when provided, you can very well imagine how that is going to fare out for the rest of the Android phone makers.
Now here is good news for Android lovers that HTC One Max comes loaded with Android 4.3 JellyBean out of the box. So no hassles required for OTA updates for the phone. And this comes with the HTC’s own Sense 5.5 overlay over Android. The HTC Sense 5.5 overlay is an amazing UI that provides for some amazing customization and features like the Homescreen which now has an option to close the Homescreen notifications. The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes out of the box with Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update, also known as Windows Phone 8 ‘Black’. This new update to the Amber provides added functionality to Windows Phone like compatibility with Quad Core processors, Full HD displays, added multitasking features, screen rotation lock, etc. so many new features and a new Camera app, now that is WOW!
Storage capacity and Main memory:
The HTC One Max has 2 GB RAM and comes in 16/32 GB internal storage options which is expandable by 64 GB using Micro SD cards. The Nokia Lumia 1520 also has 2 GB RAM, but it comes with only a 32 GB version and an expandable memory option using Micro SD cards upto 64 GB.
Now this is something interesting to watch out for. The HTC One Max has used the same Ultrapixel 4MP Camera. This camera is not at all bad by any means and provides flawless images. It does struggle a bit with the low-light imaging, but well, you just cannot beat Nokia that easily. But overall it is a great camera. It is capable of recording Full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps and 720p HD videos at 60 fps. It also has a 2.1 MP front camera capable of 1080p Full HD videos and also has HDR for low lighting conditions. The Lumia 1520 though has an awesome 20.7MP PureView camera with 16 MP usable. It does have the dual 20 MP and 5 MP image systems where 5MP images is also formed and saved using the oversampling technology from Nokia. This makes the camera on the Lumia 1520 the best camera on Phablets and the second best only to the Lumia 1020 which has a 41 MP sensor. It is capable of 1080p Full HD videos at 30 fps and also has a 1.2 MP front camera capable of 720p HD videos for video calling.
The HTC One Max is quite loaded in terms of features. For starters, it has a fingerprint scanner at the back below the camera in which you can set a fingerprint password or lock for the device. Also the one amazing feature with it is that you can now program the device to open up applications by setting different fingerprints. So each of your fingers will open particular apps when you scan it. We said the features are amazing, not that it works. Trials and tests have found them to be inconclusive and most of the times just did not work at all. So that is something to consider for HTC. The rest of the features are pretty much similar to the HTC One. The Lumia 1520 on the other hand has got some amazing tweaks in the OS. For starters, the Nokia Lenses and Smart Cam App have been clubbed into a single Nokia Cam App. Secondly for closing the apps, now in the multitasking window; you can just click the “x” on the right top corner to close the app directly. No more need to keep pressing the back button. Also now you can lock the screen rotation in whichever mode you want i.e. landscape or portrait and also there is the new driving mode where you can lock the calls and messages so that you do not get disturbed while driving.
Battery backup has become a huge concern nowadays and hence phones have started to sell depending upon how long they last as well. The HTC One Max has a 3300 mAh battery which allows for upto 15 hours of talk time on 3G networks. Whereas the Nokia Lumia 1520 has a 3400 mAh battery that lasts for upto 25 hours on 3G networks which is pretty amazing. Now that is what is called a battery backup.
We pitched the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the HTC One Max against one another and we compared them over almost all the parameters and found that the Nokia Lumia 1520 is a far better Phablet than the HTC One Max. the under the hood specifications, the internal storage, the screen, the battery backup, the features, camera, etc. in all the aspects, Nokia has managed to always score 1 above the HTC One Max. So if you are looking for a good Phablet, then the Lumia 1520 is your best bet.