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Camera Comparison: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, Lumia 925, One

0. phoneArena 27 Jul 2013, 11:13 posted on

Ever since the announcement of the Nokia Lumia 1020, there's been little doubt that it'll be the smartphone to claim the prestigious title of “Best Cameraphone”. However, we can never be sure of something until we've seen it with our own eyes. That's why we're pitting the ambitious Lumia 1020 against the hottest smartphones out there. It's here that the 1020 has to face the Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, Lumia 925 and the One. Fearsome opponents, right? Well, if the Lumia 1020 is man enough, it'll surely be able to trump them with its chubby 41MP PureView camera. Let's hit those camera shutters and see what happens...

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posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:21 14

2. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


None of the other phones even stood a chance.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:21 29

3. smallworld (Posts: 494; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


The HTC One is such a fail !!

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:27 9

5. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I love how its scoring even lower in these newer test. "Ultrapixels" is the biggest camera fail.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:35 9

11. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Camera wise yes....but everything else is amazing! The 1020 is only good at being a camera phone...,.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:44 1

17. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


4mp is just too small, even with 2 micrometer. 1020 takes 5mp photos with over 4 micrometer pixel size (virtual, ofcourse).

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 11:46 13

19. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


1020 is a perfectly fine smartphone on its own. It can do everything android devices do, its just 3 generations ahead in camera.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:04 16

26. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


It can't do 50% of what Android can do. Hell, it still doesn't have an orientation lock! What a joke!

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:12 13

27. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


I don't know how MS left out orientation lock, but the fact is that 1020 is a better overall smartphone than S4. Hell, even Verge, which is not very fond of WP rated 1020 higher than S4.

Think about it, 1020, even with a 5 in ecosystem managed to beat Samsung's greatest because Nokia's hardware is just so much better than Samsung I'm not talking about processors and screen resolution, I'm talking about other practical factors like sunlight legibility, overall smoothness of OS, call quality, design, durability and toughness etc.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:36 10

34. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Lumia 1020 is a phone with a few years ahead camera, 2012 screen, 2011 processor, OS that is the equivalent of cancer. The lumia 1020 is also bulky and the worst looking design on any modern phones IMO (All windows 8 phones look like a polished turd.)

If your looking for reasons to get an android device over the WP then do not believe what these people on here tell you. The s4 does not have lag, nor does the HTC One or any of the other major phones that are running android 4.2. The screens used on android flagships are superior. The lumia 1020 screen is an older amoled panel and over saturated like the S3. The lumia 1020 is using a crappy cpu, if you play games on your phone the snapdragon 600 performs 2-3x better for gaming.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 12:38 9

35. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Their hardware is no where near better than S4 except camera. Its same hardware from Lumia 920 with increase in 1GB RAM. Someone forgot to tell Nokia it is 2013 !

The fact is if anyone has the camera NOT on their top list they wouldn't bother with this phone. It has a measley 2000mah non removable battery, no Micro SD slot, no full HD, such thick bezels, subpar ecosystem & OS.

and Although it has a better camera it is not earth shatteringly better than GS4 or even iphone 5. It still produces oversaturated (unreal) colours. Compare them to Panasonic DSLR and you'll know what I'm talking about.

All that for $300 on contract. -.-

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:13 1

50. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Snapdragon S4 Pro is from 2012, and the NEW Nexus 7 uses it, so.... Your argument is invalid.http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/07/23/new-nexus-7-codename-razor-fully-detailed-and-benchmarked-2gb-of-ram-snapdragon-s4-pro-and-1920x1200-screen

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:16 9

51. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


It is a DUAL CORE snapdragon s4 pro. The snapdragon S4 pro in the nexus 4 and 7 is a QUAD CORE. The gpu in the lumia 1020 is ADRENO 225. The Gpu in the Nexus 4/7 is ADRENO 320.

Does that explain it good enough for you?

The lumia 1020 is about equal to the galaxy s3 in specs (The US version not the exynos 4 version).

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:17 7

52. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


"2012 screen."

there is nothing like 2012 screen. it would have been nice if it had 1080p screen, but that doesnt change the fact that 1080p is totally overkill.

"2011 processor"

it has a 2012 processor, not 2011. don't exaggerate, people will think you have no serious point to make. besides, if a dual core wp is as fast as high end androids, then why should it matter if it has one year old processor or ten year old? don't get me wrong, i would like wp to have quad core phones, but its just not essential (for android it was essential because they need as much power as you can provide them).

"The lumia 1020 is also bulky and the worst looking design on any modern phones IMO (All windows 8 phones look like a polished turd.)"

what youre saying here is highly objective, but there's just no way 1020 is worse looking than S4.

"The lumia 1020 screen is an older amoled panel and over saturated like the S3."

No its not. nokia has had that option to adjust saturation since a long time. samsung only added that with s4.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:25 6

56. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


in your eyes, better hardware means quad core. not in my case though.

"Although it has a better camera it is not earth shatteringly better than GS4 or even iphone 5"

it actually is that better than s4/iphone 5 because it captures around three times the details of s4, and that is a HUGE difference.

"Compare them to Panasonic DSLR and you'll know what I'm talking about."

now, why in the name of god would you compare a phone's camera to a dslr? did you completely miss the point? 1020 will obviously lose to a dslr. thats like going to your neighbors and saying
"huh, you idiots bought a cat? compare it to the tiger i saw in the zoo yesterday and you'll know what i'm talking about"

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:27 1

58. papss (unregistered)


Really the s4 doesn't have lag hahahahahaha.. Shows how blind you are to facts. Gaming on a cell is for children and real gamers laugh at you.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:31

60. papss (unregistered)


You lost me with Panasonic.. They make crap all the way around dude..why not compare a s4 with a laptop in total quality why you are at it? Oh that's right you have your google glasses on keeping you from seeing the whole picture.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:40 1

66. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


laike what does your android tells you whaen to go for piss as well :O

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:42

68. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


and all SGS... looks like crapy iphones Copies

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:45 1

69. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i laugh at moblie gamers all the time they think they are in best platform to do gaming ROFL kind a cute yeah! Pros dont hang around for underrated gaming like these they go for console or PC

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:46 2

70. mobilefuture (Posts: 220; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


S4 does lag. I've personally used it. No android phone is without lag... Maybe a nexus one. I haven't used a Windows Phone 8 phone but if I'm to trust the reviews, It has no lag. So get your facts straight.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:19 7

76. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


"It can do everything android devices do"

Can you use a different launcher, use icons and widgets or even a wallpaper?
Just saying

WP can't do even 1/3 of what Android can do

#DealWithItWPFanboy

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:21 5

77. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


You nailed it, and they want to sell it here for 699€ (about 1000$)... Such an epic fail incoming considering that the Lumia 920 with the same HW (camera excluded OFC) is sold at 399€ or less.

And there is the Nexus 4 here @ 309€ that owns both of them in everything camera excluded.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:24 1

78. mousesports (Posts: 278; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


ahahahha noob troll ... f :D u

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:27 3

79. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


The New Nexus 7 Razor uses an underclocked Snapdragon 600 (2013). Check Anandtech

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:28 8

80. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Nice one, dude! LMAO!
Now, come back when you'll be able to turn off auto-rotation on your WP. xD

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:56 1

85. fabbriche (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)


The Lumia 1020 design is based on the award-winning design of the Lumia 920/N9. Go search the handful of design awards it won. If anything, it's the most beautiful phone right now. I'm pretty sure you haven't seen let alone used a Lumia in person. Try one and you'll be blown away. Specs aren't everything. You have to use the device before you can make a valid comment.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 14:58 1

86. fabbriche (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)


And someone forget to tell you that this is Windows Phone 8 that we're talking about which is a lightweight OS that doesn't need octacore processor to power an extremely resource-hog Java-based OS, that is Android.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:00 4

87. fabbriche (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)


This is a professional OS. Customizing the OS like what you do on Android make it look cheap and amateur. That's why Microsoft and Apple don't allow their OSes, both desktop and mobile, be customized.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:04 7

88. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Half-baked "lightweight OS" right, with a lot of limitations and restrictions, lack of vital features, no true multitasking etc..

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 15:16 3

95. mattmasi303 (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


LOL it does everything an android can do? How about set a wallpaper? Post something on instagram... lol Use that huge amazing 1080p screen.. oh wait.

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