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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: 488; 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, 11:46 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, 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, 17:26 5

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


The architecture is the same, and rarely does Android effectively use all 4 cores. WP on one core is still smoother and more reliable than Android on 8 (granted the current 8 cores aren't true octa-cores). I'd like to see a galaxy s4 try to run on the same hardware as a 920/25/28/1020. Not only do I think it couldn't do so all that well, it would likely alienate most Samesung fans.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 18:13 1

132. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Windows Phone run fast on a single core and 512MB because it is a dumb feature phone mobile OS. It has barely anything running under the hood. No HDMI, No USB OTG, outdated Bluetooth stack, NFC incompatible to most phone brands and models, no notification, lacks mainstream app support - the list goes on and on.

Android on the other hand is a full featured mobile OS that has more functions you can shake a stick at. It is truly a MOBILE COMPUTER, a worthy successor to Symbian and MeeGo and can only get better and better with each and every version.

Apple iOS 7 is even better than WP8 in which it has adopted some Symbian, BB10 and Windows Mobile features - yes, even the older Windows mobile OS has more features than the current joke of a mobile OS tiles only WP8.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 11:44 1

196. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


..and android is so frikking powerful and flexible that it needs quad core cpu and enormous gpu to run smooth. Great. Thanks man, but I'll pass.
It's ridiculous to have such hardware inside only to be able to run a system.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 12:47

199. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


A powerful Operating System requires powerful hardware.

Try running full all services enabled Windows 7 on a 486DX4-100 if you can.

Get the point?

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 14:24 2

214. Ikecr (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


FYI... WP8 is based on the same kernel as W8... if you google or bing it at Engadget...
As for HDMI out, there's Play to/Photobeamer/Xbox Smart Glass so I can share my media over my Xbox 360/PC/Tv/Roku...
If you think your "smartphone" is a computer, then, try harder, because no serious work can be accomplished on a tiny screen (no matter how "powerful" cpu, ram, 1080p res screen it has, and don't tell about convergence like the atrix...that sucked terrible)
Symbian is dead (killed) by Nokia, with a good reason, so if you want to stick to it, good for you, MeeGo went the same route...
The main reason Nokia used the 808 to showcase PureView technology was because they were developing the technology during 5 years (which of course was the main platform at the moment) so basically the switch to WP didn't leave the correct span of time to implement it (until GDR2/Amber/WP8), so yes, the 808 was an exercise, same as N9, and they evolved to their WP8 Lumia counterparts, so deal with it...
I see iOS7 taking clues from WP8 not windows mobile, and Android too.
By the way, do you use all of your phone's features? How's your current the experience using apps and services in your Symbian (current version?) and don't tell me is S40...
If you want all those rage hardware specs, functions, etc., then I suggest you to get and android phone, and dealt everyday with tickling configurations...
For us, WP users what matters is stability, fluidity, ease of use and an entire different UI, not that row of static icons (widgets tend to be sort of it, too)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 23:10

218. CyberAngel (Posts: 49; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


"If you think your "smartphone" is a computer, then, try harder, because no serious work can be accomplished on a tiny screen (no matter how "powerful" cpu, ram, 1080p res screen it has"
WRONG
I just tried S4 on a LG smart TV with "miracast" support
The screen was 47" (55" is available as well)
I'm getting a 42" HDTV and a Netgear PTV3000
Lumia 92x/1020 have ONLY 720 - incompatible!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 05:14

243. yann (Posts: 266; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


You're blind angry boy...
Do you need revenge or something?
I'll tell you why i'll buy a Windows Phone - maybe NOKIA 1020 or something that is available in December:
1. Android is lagging, crashing etc. - I've SGS4 and Note II. My google maps are crashing all the time or even worst - sending me to wrong place.
2. Android is hungry for resources and so called "SPECS". Java virtual machine is always hungry and slow. Even with 4-8 cores and 2GB RAM. I don't care about specs.
3. Android doesn't work good even as a phone, not to mention as a whole "computer"...
Take your opinion and don't think that all of us cares only for specs and functions that you'll never use, exept braging around..
Have a nice and successful week!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 06:36

244. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


... and exactly what does that make you, little child?

Tell me, how will you transfer all of those files when you don't even have USB OTG nor microSD when you're out in the middle of nowhere with no wireless nor cellular connection?

Heck, even NOKIA ASHA - a featurephone - has USB OTG.

Of course you prolly won't mind, since you are a simpleton anyway - USB OTG is for "advanced" users, as you said. ;-)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 04:50

209. user996 (Posts: 215; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


S4 pro is quad core only dual core one is S4+ learn before writing ok?

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, 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 29 Jul 2013, 23:12

219. CyberAngel (Posts: 49; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


1080 is not overkill when using net on a HDTV screen
I know you can't do THAT on any Lumia

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 21:29

240. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


No it isn't. My Note 2's screen looks like crap compared to the S4. 1080p DOES have a discernible difference between it and the 720p.

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, 13:45 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, 13:42

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


and all SGS... looks like crapy iphones Copies

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 13:46 2

70. mobilefuture (Posts: 215; 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 29 Jul 2013, 23:13

220. CyberAngel (Posts: 49; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


My S4 does NOT lag

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, 15:28 2

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


Its not that great looking of a phone, and the huge camera on the back, dosn't help lol

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