PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy Note 3 vs Lumia 1020


Processing power and speed



3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity


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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Note 3 vs Lumia 1020

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Much faster web browser 2,783 vs 1,216 More than 2.2x better BrowserMark score
Much better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 7.5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Significantly faster processor 2.3 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 55% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Noticeably bigger screen 5.7" vs 4.5" More than 25% bigger screen
Significantly more battery capacity 3,200 mA·h vs 2,000 mA·h 60% more battery capacity
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 768 More than 2x higher resolution
Store more stuff 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Sharper screen 386 ppi vs 331 ppi More than 15% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Longer standby time 31,680 min vs 23,040 min Around 40% longer standby time
Records higher def video 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 4x higher def video
More RAM 3 GB vs 2 GB 50% more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Longer talk time 1,500 min vs 798 min Around 90% longer talk time; go days without charging
Thinner 8.3 mm vs 10 mm More than 15% thinner
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Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Much higher resolution front camera 41 MP vs 13 MP Around 3.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Lighter 158 g vs 168 g More than 5% lighter

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Note 3  vs Lumia 1020 

Granted, we could live without some of that software, including the TouchWiz UI itself, but the pen software is top notch, Samsung's Multi Window split window multitasking is the best in the business and there are several enjoyable creature comforts like Air View.
Galaxy Note 3

Better yet, it excels with macro shots as well, seeing that its focus can hone in on one particular point in the shot – thus, producing a pleasing bokeh effect to the background.
Lumia 1020

The camera has a 13-megapixel sensor, and you can choose to have 9.6-, 8-, 6- and 2.4-megapixel snaps too.
Galaxy Note 3

We feared battery life might not be up to much thanks to the full HD, 5.7-inch display which adorns the front of the Note 3, but we were pleasantly surprised.
Galaxy Note 3


9.0 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Note 3  vs
Lumia 1020 
Size 5.7" 4.5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 768
Multitouch N/A Yes
PPI 386 ppi 331 ppi


Clock speed 2.3 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 41 MP
Resolution 13 MP 41 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.5 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
LTE Cat3
HSDPA (7.2 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time 1,500 min 798 min
Talk time (3G) 1,260 min 798 min
Standby time 31,680 min 23,040 min
Capacity 3,200 mA·h 2,000 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy Note 3  vs
Lumia 1020 
Weight 168 g 158 g
Thickness 8.3 mm 10 mm
Size 79.2 x 151.2 x 8.3 mm 71 x 130 x 10 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio No Yes


Operating system Android 5.0 Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
Multitasking Yes Yes
Adobe flash support No Yes


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v3.0
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