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Would you mind if Android flagships were thicker, but housed larger camera sensors?

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Would you mind if Android flagships were thicker, but housed larger camera sensors?
Nokia's Lumia 1020 might be thicker than any Android flagship, but it sports one big advantage, and it's the big camera sensor. We don't mean big as in large resolution, though it certainly has that, too, but literally larger in physical dimensions. Theoretically, all other things being equal, a larger sensor can soak in more light, and produce better images.

Lumia 1020 camera sensor size vs the average phone sensor size

Lumia 1020 camera sensor size vs the average phone sensor size

The Lumia 1020 has a sensor with the whopping for a mobile 1/1.5" size - just a tad smaller than the 1/1.2" piece in the Nokia 808 PureView camera juggernaut of yesteryear. Nokia did engineering wonders to scale down the 41 MP PureView sensor of the 1020, and transform it into the 20 MP unit that went into its first phablet - the Lumia 1520 - but that one still sports a 1/2.5" size.

Compare it to the average smallish 1/3.2" piece in most Android smartphones, and you catch our drift. Sony bucked the trend with a 1/2.3" sensor for the 20 MP camera on the Z1 and Z2, and Samsung now follows with the 1/2.6" 16 MP unit in the Galaxy S5.

Long story short, the Android world is trailing behind what Nokia can offer in camera prowess, especially with the Lumia 1020 sensor size, and its superior optical image stabilization mechanism. However, Nokia's finest has a chubby physique, and a huge protruding circle on the back, which the Android world, that recently went down to 5.5mm thin phones, can only smile at, condescendingly. 

Still, some argue that handsets are getting thinner for the sake of it, to the point of being uncomfortable to pick up and handle. That's why we wanted to ask you, if you'd accept Android flagships that are a few millimeters thicker, or have protruding camera lens on the back, but fit larger camera sensors. Alternatively, you might think that with their latest 16 MP and 20 MP cameras, Android flagships perform well enough in the photography department, while still keeping it fashionable. Check what your heart tells you in the poll widget below, and tell us your arguments in the comment section.

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Would you mind if Android flagships were thicker, but housed larger camera sensors?
32.63%
834 votes
(834 votes) The cameras on Android flagships are already good, I'd rather keep the phones slim and elegant
67.37%
1722 votes
(1722 votes) The "world's thinnest" fight is getting out of hand! I don't mind a bit thicker flagships with huge camera sensors

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posted on 13 Mar 2014, 07:58 34

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 1108; Member since: 27 May 2012)


In other word, would you mind if Nokia produces high end Android PureView phone ?

A HUGE YES !

Hundred of millions would buy Nokia PureView runs Android.

No one would care about thickness if Nokia is the phone.

WE TRUST & ADORE NOKIA!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:04 19

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


We buy Nokia.
Nokia, only name is enough.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:09 19

7. Johnnokia (Posts: 1108; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Exactly akki20892.
Yesterday I was in At&t store, and I found two guys arguing about buying Galaxy S4 or LG G2. one of them said to his friend. I wish Nokia had an Android phone like the Lumia, so I wont be worry and confuse anymore. Its design and camera and build quality are amazing. But unfortunately, it runs WP.

Damn Stephen Flop and microBitch

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:37 2

16. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


hahaha this. funny.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:51 9

23. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 217; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Samsung should give a huge bonus to Elop, If Nokia had gone android, Samsung would've been like HTC or Sony. Given the same OS and apps, who in their right mind would perfer Samsung harware over Nokia's?

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:58 1

24. Johnnokia (Posts: 1108; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Very true and sad

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 10:45 6

51. jael206 (Posts: 145; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


As long as it's Android man, I don't mind having a bulky 41mp camera.. As long as it's Android!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 13:37

68. Finalflash (Posts: 3228; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It matters a bit, they better make it ergonomically viable if it is fat. Better feel good in the hands because the problem with thin phones is that they feel terrible in hand. But a thicker phone (like the Moto X) can have that ergonomics factor, so thickness when added properly would be just fine.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 14:14

88. Dastrix (unregistered)


Very well said! LOL hahaha microBitch, nice one!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:11 3

9. GMS85 (Posts: 210; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


True that bro!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:11 6

27. vandroid (Posts: 328; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Nokia makes some ugly phones the only good looking model they have is the icon if Nokia didn't have those camera exclusivities I'm pretty sure Sammy or Apple would have them beat already

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:37 6

36. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Their phones are still more elegant than lots of phones we see out there.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 10:26 9

49. yann (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


Check your temperature dude... Are you sick???
In the years when Nokia made smart phones with camera, Apple didn't made the first iCrap and Samsung made cheap TV's.
Yes, their pride was too much and that's why they are suffering now.
But still, call quality, build quality, camera...all this is best made by Nokia.
Point.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 19:53

84. vandroid (Posts: 328; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Another fan boy I see, "in the years" we aren't in those years anymore now are we? Camera I'll hand it to Nokia the best at the moment. Build quality I would give it to Apple and HTC over Nokia any day. Call quality is best on ANY phone with a good Mic. Theyre suffering now because they still have too much pride.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 15:04 2

78. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Oh I got you,
For him beautiful is ugly.
Check you eyes balls. Nokia make ugly phones? Dude check your ugly mind, and you think sammy and apple would have them beat already if they don't have camera exclusivity, Oh please it's not about exclusivity ugly mind, it's about hard work of Nokia(Nokia engineers ).

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 19:49

83. vandroid (Posts: 328; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


*cough cough* fan boy, it's a combination of both do you think Nokia wouldve been able to make these sensors without the exclusive technologies? No they wouldn't have

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 10:10 1

45. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


And how would you know if Nokia would sell more with Android? HTC and Moto were one of the first to make an Android phone, but look what's happened to them. Android isn't always the answer.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 13:13

66. lyndon420 (Posts: 4565; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Paying attention to people's comments ever since the Open Handset Alliance was being formed would give you a pretty good idea as to just how many people have been wanting Nokia to make an Android... before ms started calling the shots that is.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 14:01

72. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


But it wouldn't be certain that Nokia would sell much more with Android.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 13:46 1

70. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Htc and samsung
were first in windows phone. But look whats happened to them. Your argument is now invalid.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 13:57

71. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


And what do you think was the "argument"? I did not initiate any argument here.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 10:17 1

47. slyhounddog (Posts: 20; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


DEFINITELY YES!
In fact, take the s4 for example. Add an extra 1 1/2 mm to allow for a 20 mp Camera with ois and then fill in the extra space on the bottom with a 3300 MAH battery so theres no bump, and an awesome phone!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 11:09 1

54. sergiobr (Posts: 712; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Without WP a HUGE YES !

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 12:52 2

63. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


A HUGE YES INDEED!
I'm stuck with Nokia 808 (which I love BTW), because once I got used to having great camera with full power xenon flash, I don't want to change it, no matter, how good apps could get...

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 14:07

73. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


That is such typical thing to say. Seriously fanboys are not the majority of consumers, Nokia would have died earlier had they gone with Android, Samsung was never going to be displaced simply because they would have destroyed Nokia with marketing, look at HTC one can argue that they make better smartphones than Samsung as a matter of fact love it or hate it one would argue that HTC one was generally seen as the best Android device of the last year yet they slipped 36.5 % over that time period. Nokia was hurting financially they were not in a position to displace Samsung, not everything is what it appears, WP saved Nokia with a combination of quality software and differentiation (different platform). Unless HTC makes a device that heals the sick or do something miraculous its not going to displace Samsung.

Google and Samsung just recently became closer via patent agreements.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/26/us-google-samsung-patents-idUSBREA0P0Q120140126

Couple that with the fact Samsung dominates Android Global marketshare with over 63%, HTC is at 5% after all this time its quite ignorant to think that Nokia could just come in and dominate.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 07:06

90. ImQ009 (Posts: 41; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


"[..] would you mind if [..]"
"[..] YES!"

I don't think you know what "mind" means :P

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 07:59 25

2. datphoneguy (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


I would rather phones be thicker so they could house a larger BATTERY

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:12 3

28. JunitoNH (Posts: 1898; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


+1 listen you want a better camera, buy a "camera". Don't care about water and dust proof, not a child. Give me a smartphone with great voice quality, and a battery that last at least three days.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 10:15

46. boblight (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Totally agree with you. I don't care so much for whatever processor/how much ram/how many PPI is my screen stuff. I just care that my phone has a battery that lasts me for 2-3 days. And the extra weight does makes a phone feel more solid in my hands.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 10:28 1

50. yann (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


Then buy Nokia with flashlight...101 or something like it.

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