Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Apple iPhone 5
Nokia undoubtedly has an upward battle on its hands, as the company is still trying to reach the same pinnacle of its glory days. With the recent introduction of its flagship smartphone, the 41-megapixel PureView camera packing Nokia Lumia 1020, it seems to have a good chance at bringing down the mighty iPhone 5 to its knees. Although it might seem like an insurmountable task to achieve, especially when past Lumia smartphones failed to make a massive dent in the market to meet the level of its esteemed rivals, this one is arguably the best of the best that Nokia can deliver at the moment – even more when its camera alone is so far out there versus everything else.
the construction is fantastic with both, but there’s that sense of premium attached to the iPhone 5’s brushed aluminum casing.
Technically speaking, the Lumia 1020 has a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ 768 x 1280 display with ClearBlack AMOLED. The iPhone 5 has 4-inch Retina Display, with a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. To tell you the truth, their displays are sharp and detailed enough to distinguish even the finest of text in a zoomed out view in the web browser. However, the Retina Display of the iPhone 5 produces the more realistic colors and offers better visibly outdoors, mainly because its display utilizes IPS-LCD technology. In contrast, the Lumia 1020’s display is still an attractive one, especially when it has that iridescent glow with its saturated color reproduction. Something that’ll prove to be useful come winter, the sensitivity of the Lumia 1020’s display will be appreciated by those people who want to keep their digits frozen-free, as it allows to be used with winter gloves.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 5||535
|Nokia Lumia 1020||317
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Nokia Lumia 1020||50.8%
|Apple iPhone 5||No data
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential (target) values.
3. bubbadoes (Posts: 298; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Any logical person with cell phone knowledge reads all of Pa s phone reviews with a grsin of salt...you are all biased towards apple....prob all you have iphones from 07 to now which clouds your knowledge from the start
25. tashreef (Posts: 474; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
Biased towards Apple? i think that's changing lately, now it's Samsung
"Any logical person with cell phone knowledge reads all of Pa s phone reviews with a grain of salt"
38. Shatter (Posts: 1658; Member since: 29 May 2013)
All the Apple fanboys are switching to Samsung and making everyone who favors Samsung look like idiots.
45. Commentator (Posts: 1874; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Interesting theory, but I think Samsung fanboys (and really all fanboys) are all cut from the same obnoxious cloth. Samsung fans just have the ammunition now, as did Apple fans from 2007-2011.
4. Johnnokia (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 May 2012)
Lumia 1020 wins in all aspects..
9. the_best (Posts: 119; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
Well John says that the lumia is better or equal in all except apps.
But then at the end suddenly the only thing that speaks for the lumia is the camera, and how the iphone is a much better all around phone.
If thats true why dont you prove that when you compare them John V?
15. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
how is it better?
Because it is APPLE?
30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4736; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
One year old iP5 vs. L1020 isn't exactly a fair comparo. PA should have waited to do a more balanced review against the iP5S.
There are plenty of more 'current' comparisons that can be done. GS IV is one that comes to mind. Moto Droid Ultra is another.
53. DFranch (Posts: 103; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
I think it's more a problem that Apple releases 1 phone a year. The IP5 still the newest phone they make, and it still costs $300 for the 32GB version. I'd say it is still fair to compare them. What are you supposed to stop comparing against the IP5 once it gets 4-6 months old?
6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1546; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
1020 is the king in Camera dept. but still I like iCrap's photos also.
12. papss (Posts: 2184; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
I just got my l1020 last night.. Too soon to give my thoughts but the camera is amazing and l don't think its awkward to hold. John must have small sissy hands. I get cramps holding the tiny iPhone my wife has.
13. rassouli5 (Posts: 46; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Dude you're drunk!!!! You call iPhone 5 a beautiful DESIGN!!!! My parrot can design it better! It's just a longer iPhone 4! Apple doesn't even know what DESIGN is!!! Microsoft and Windows Phone rule and will rule the world forever! No one can compete with Microsoft's eco-system!
14. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Lumia has 225 adreno, not 220. Correct it, please.
17. TakashiDeo (banned) (Posts: 26; Member since: 20 Jul 2013)
even Nokia's v.p is not satisfied with w.p apps growth
atleast iphone is superior in terms of features and apps and does not lag too :D
19. boosook (Posts: 615; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
PA, the Nokia 1020 are 5MP images and the iPhone 5 are 8MP images. So, if you want to make a fair comparison on sharpness, you should first downsample the 8mp shots from the iphone to 5mp. Or (even better) start from the 41mp raw image and downsample it to 8mp. PA is great for news, but comparisons and reviews are so superficial...
22. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
iPhone cameras don't do downsampling, not just yet. It's just a down shift in resolution if they have to go from 8 megapixel to 5.
54. DFranch (Posts: 103; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
I disagree. you're comparing the output from both devices as they are produced. IP5 produces 8MP images, so use that to compare. 1020 takes a 38Mp image and shrinks it to 5Mp. Don't mess with the results produced by the camera. If you want to compare the original 38MP against the 8Mp of the IP5, that's fair as well. Though I've read that the 5MP image looks better than the 38MP.
26. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 71; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
My reaction after seeing,
Picture no. 25: Is that Hogwarts?
Picture no. 26: Nah! Its just an old entrance!
27. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
And i thought Harry Potter-osis didn't exist.
28. deburocks (Posts: 126; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)
if we exclude the apps and games that ios boasts of, then m really sorry but lumia is the clear winner. Better and bigger display then ios , refreshing windows o.s with nokia,s customised apps, malware free, hulk body, sexy and astounding design, available in different colors and so many other plus points( n m nt counting camera). Yeeh and i read p.a,s comparison of nokia vid other manufacturers vid a pinch of salt. Cos its always biased towards iphn and samsung......
33. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
don't buy it. look somewhere else, problem solved,...and please..just read about this technology. it shouldn't damage your brain tissues
31. skyline88 (Posts: 134; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
wow, the best Windows cameraphone vs. a toy-like outdated junk. can't even beat any Android flagships, and now trying to beat the best Windows flagship? go home iJunk, you're seriously drunk.
35. Muzhhur (Posts: 214; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
high buitl quality made for both SP but i prefer the nokia specs and apple services
36. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)
Its funny how These Nokia Fandows Bash Samsung Innovative Phones (specially the S3-S4) and the iPhone. Hello, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 Samsung S3 and the Amazing Samsung S4 are the Top picked and advanced smart phones. Not only that Samsung and Apple are the top 2 companies battling for number 1 but they are just WAY WAY Better than any Nokiass Windows phone. Come on, Glory days of Nokiass has gone. And Samsung rules nowadays and for the next 20 years. Nokia? Oooops . i wonder what will happen to Nokia After 2 years from now, probably shut down. hahahaha
52. Boogieman (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)
Nah Apple and Samsung are not top picks.
The just pay a lot more "roayalty"or whatever you would like to call it to review sites like those and has been doings so for quite some time.
And since people read reviews and listen to (sammy+apple-bribed) sales people (who knows nothingabout nothing, they just sell what they NEED to sell) and they have read all thos BS reviews of course the money goes to Sammy or Apples pocket which gives them even more "royalty money"
Nokia spends their money on devlopment, patents and their product (even if they wanted to do the same thing they dont have that kind of money after they messed upp in the early smartphone race staying with symbian) so if you want to pay for the product (Nokia) or "comercial"/"sellers pockets"(Samsung&iPhone) is up to You sir ;)
39. kushki (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Camera, build quality, hardware and ultra sensitive display are good on Lumia... iPhone wins in the rest of the departments because MS has given up on developing for Windows Phone OS... Lumias can be all around better phones only if MS can pick their game up...
47. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Just got back from the AT&T store to play with the Lumia 1020. Holy cow, is it great. Makes my Lumia 925 seem like an iPhail or Galagsy in comparison, except in thickness. It is about the same thickness (to my eye) as my Lumia 900 with its silicone case on it, that is. Wow wow wow wow wow! T-Mobile should really have tried to get this baby. I had to wait in an informal line to play with it and there were others waiting behind me! Although the signage was large, it wasn't attention-grabbing, sadly, and the phone was on the same wall as the door, so it wasn't immediately obvious where it was upon walking in, but being a smaller store, it wasn't hard to locate.
did have a couple of items to use with the camera, notably a small model of folks with a hot air balloon, and a neat box with a spinner on top to mimic different times of day to demonstrate the phone's low-light photography mastery. Needless to say, it looked stunningly good, AND put my lovely Lumia 925 to shame. Seriously, you don't know how good it is until you try it.