Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
Obviously, both smartphones take photo snapping seriously, but they are based on rather different concepts. The Lumia 1020 packs one monster sized 41-megapixel PureView camera sensor, that can produce huge full sized photos or sharing-friendly 5MP ones with superior quality, thanks to combining six pixels into a single better one. In contrast, the HTC One has a standard size sensor but instead of 8 or 13 MP resolution, it offers only 4-megapixels. This results in larger-than-average pixels, which HTC calls an “UltraPixel” camera.
Snapping photos is a key feature with these two, so it’s wonderful that they boast a similar set of shooting modes and manual controls to adhere to enthusiasts. We absolutely like how the Lumia 1020’s Nokia Pro Cam app follows a similar look and feel to a standard digital camera, since its rotating dial enables us to quickly adjust different settings. At the same time, the HTC One offers the same set of customizations, but it relies more on a typical menu style approach. When it comes to photo quality however, in each and every shooting situation, it’s the Lumia 1020 that comes out as the clear victor – therefore, it’s the choice we’d stick with. Not only are the Lumia 1020 shots sharper, offer more detail, and better color representation in conditions where light is plentiful, but it also excels more under low lighting too. Don't forget that using the Lumia 1020 you can get both high-quality 5MP photo and the full sized 38MP one which is suitable for post production or big prints, while with the HTC One you're stuck with 4MP photos. In addition, when shooting at 5MP resolution, the Lumia 1020 offers something unique - 3x zoom.
Moreover, it’s also a clear winner for the Lumia 1020 in the 1080p high definition video recording quality department. To be frank, it’s not even a close win for the fabled camera phone, as the Lumia 1020 handsomely puts the HTC One in its place.
Nokia Lumia 1020 Sample Video:
HTC One Sample Video:
Each of the respective music players have their appealing elements, so as a whole, we won’t say that one is better than the other – since the base functions are all the same. However, we do take notice of the Modern UI employed with the Windows Phone music player, and the cool visualizer effect with the Sense music player. The Lumia 1020’s speaker is loud and commanding, but the One’s dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound are even more prolific in tone and output!
Even though there’s a slight size advantage to the HTC One’s display, we don’t find it any more beneficial over the Lumia 1020 when it comes to watching high-definition videos – especially when they move so swimmingly with their performances.
And finally, we can’t forget about the built-in IR blaster on the HTC One, which combined with its integrated TV app (power by Peel), turns the handset into a universal remote of sort that offers an engaging and social TV experience. Clearly, it’s a feature that’s not available with the Lumia 1020.
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5580; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Cameraphone vs. smartphone. One plus a Sony RX100 > L1020.
3. papss (unregistered)
Doug sure if you want to carry both around.. Hell lets just carry a feature phone and a laptop while we are at it..
8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5580; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Back to my original post - cameraphone vs. smartphone. I have no problem carrying my RX100 with the carrying strap on my shoulder. Or, tucked into a cargo pocket of my pants. The One does quite nicely as a smartphone (which avoids a feature phone and a laptop...). Further, the RX100 Mark II has WiFi connectivity with the One, so pics taken with the RX100MII can be immediately shared.
13. papss (unregistered)
Back to my original post the 1020 does quite nice in the camera department too so no need to lug any camera around. You phone doesn't work as well as a laptop for grownup needs in the work place so why not use a laptop and feature phone? What I'm saying is that its no different either way so don't pretend it isnt
22. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5580; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Ummm. More like you have chosen the L1020 and I have gone with the One as my backup to the Note II. I might even consolidate around the One Max depending on what the Note III has to offer vs. the One Max. Camera-wise, I will stick with my RX100, thank you.
Your comment about using a smartphone as a substitute for a tablet or notebook strikes me as a bit disingenuous. But I am looking at the Surface Pro as a replacement for a tablet and notebook.
33. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
I'm not even going to bother asking what's in your pants...
Seriously, who wants to strut around the office with extra junk in their pockets? Unfortunately, there is no way to address the inappropriate aspects of that statement without incurring either childish snickering or mockery ;o)
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5580; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
One additional item not covered in the camera discussion - burst mode. The One has it (keep pressing the shutter) and the L1020 doesn't. Burst mode can be the difference between a pic of friends with everyone having their eyes open vs. some caught mid-blink.
10. Karl.Hummer (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)
It's called Nokia Smart Camera
15. papss (unregistered)
I was about to say that...obviously people have never used this phone if they say there's no burst mode. I used it on my l920 and I use it on my 1020
9. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
In camera department wins Nokia Lumia 1020, in everything else department wins HTC One. :)
11. Paradox (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Stupid comment. How much will it cost to get an rx100 and a HTC one?
12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5580; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Biased comment on your part. Nothing if you already own the RX100. As the article mentioned, the One costs $100 less than the L1020 on contract.
If you are starting out from zip, it comes down to whether you want a cameraphone or a smartphone. The L1020 does cameraphone better than the One. The One does smartphone better than the L1020. Nokia is effectively acknowledging that in their recent ads.
34. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
The Lumia 1020 is an excellent smartphone in addition to having a kick ass camera that nobody else can touch. The HTC One is only an option if you are determined to choose Android as your operating system. However, for non-geeks that don't mind WP8, and for people who like taking pictures, I think the L1020 is a better option...
35. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)
Wow, so 80% of smartphone users in the world are geek and I didn´t know that?!?!?!
17. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 682; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
That wasn't very nice buddy
the point of smartphone is that we want all in one.
you cant simply refer Lumia 1020 as just a camera phone. Windows phone 8 is a smart phone OPERATING SYSTEM(everyone knows how good MS is at soft wear department) ,may be not yet reach to android's level still not far behind especially with Nokia's great support(map service,apps, games etc)
in smartphone camera department nokia wins hands down... Every one knows nokia is at their best when it comes to camera its a fact buddy , at least for now...
i am not saying HTC One is a bad phone especially when it have such an awesome Design,display,and new htc services (blinkfeed zoe etc) and of course android with its huge amount of apps, google map, and and its unique features etc
i also prefer HTC ONE over Lumia 1020 because i am not a camera centric person and prefer android over WP
so its up to personal preferences for those who are in more photography then go for Lumia 1020
for those who prefer a smartphone which is more close to a PC and a good camera go for HTC ONE
27. -box- (Posts: 3729; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Doug, I'd like to see you run a few miles cross-country or in a city with hills and stairs and such with your camera strapped around your shoulder and phone in your pocket, or, as you said, both in a cargo pocket. I'd really like to see you try that with the lens out and flash popped up, just to make sure it's "photo-ready" as quickly as a smartphone camera would be (since you can press the camera button on most smartphones so-equipped to wake them up and launch the camera app simultaneously); you can leave the screen in its standard place, though it would be quite the test if it was popped out as well.
Personally, I'd rather have the Lumia 1020 for that test, as it's lighter than both, doesn't have any external moving parts, and if I put it in a shoulder- or chest-mounted holder, I could video the experience and have it turn out pretty well with the built-in OIS.
39. MistyFog (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
L1020 plus 5DMkIII >>>>> One plus RX100.
You should have picked a bigger brother for One. Totally pwned ROFLMAO.
2. ZettaiRyouiki (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)
I think the camera section can be summarised with digits.
41 VS 4.
6. vandroid (Posts: 251; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
You are a moron the camera on the 1020 isn't better than the one other than more detail with the zoom HTC proved that megapixels don't make a camera better
7. ZettaiRyouiki (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)
I didnt mean more megapixels mean better photos. 5MP pureview shots are better than full resolution shots. The digit i was referring to is synonymous to the difference in amount of detail of photos taken between the 2 phones. HTC One has proved to be underwhelming in various reviews. 4MP simply isnt enough as well, especially if you want to do some photoshop work, there simply isnt enough pixels to play with. They should use an even bigger sensor and bump it to 8MP.
14. papss (unregistered)
Lol funniest comment in his thread.. The 1020 kills the one ( no offense because I love the one but the camera isn't all that great).
23. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
it's not funny anymore reminding moro$%s like you what PureView was invented for. Just crop images taken by 1020 or 808 and one...if you don't see the difference...the enermous difference in sharpness, details, etc, etc...well sir, you obviously should take care of your eyes immadiately.
Well..htc has just proved that one particular thing.
Nokia knows what to do with all this information..htc didn't know therefore they "invented" ultrapixel and tried to convince everyone that they were able to produce better camera module. How it ended, we all know.
16. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 682; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
DESIGN :htc one is the best looking smartphone to date (my opinion)
DISPLAY:I'll go with htc because of 1080p and slcd3 (nokia not far behind though)
OPERATING SYSTEM: its a matter of personal preferences so i am choosing android over wp because its a high end device so there wont be any hiccups (lag will only be present in haters eyes) and huge amount of apps, ecosystem,open source nature etc
note saying WP is bad for high end devices, its absolutely an OS with high potential with unique interface,high fluidity even on dual core processors,and of course nokia with their high customer support and awesome offline navigation system etc
CAMERA:that's not a question isn't it?? I choose Nokia Lumia 1020
HTC's ultra pixel,was a little disappointing.
18. papss (unregistered)
I respect this comment
20. user996 (Posts: 181; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
but i have seen android 4.1.x or 4.2.x lags. I have Asus Padfone 2 with S4 pro (quad core), 2GB RAM and 4.1.1 and it lags sometimes and on my phone there is almost stock android with very minimal customization from asus
24. sniper1087 (Posts: 344; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
While other phones do, the HTC One doesnt, and this is all about the HTC One, and yes I have a lumia 1020 and things that people dont report are things that has been happening to a lot of owners, phone resets while on camera, you also get some horrible lag on the 1020 when you have a couple of apps and need to open the camera, had to do 2 soft resets becase the hotspot would ot connect. Other things are no full OS voice dictation, yes you can do it on texting, but not on whatsapp or viber, no video chat app, and you can say we have skype and that while true is not really optimized, it does not use your contact list to determine who has skype, you have to add them manually which is more cumbersome than having the app automatically add them just like tango does, prefer facetime still though, but tango is not going to support WP8, at least not for now. Also I use Gmail and it does not sync my sent mail past a couple of weeks, even though I set that to sync at anytime which is the highest they give you and yet it doesnt work.
21. sergiobr (Posts: 399; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
WHY compare a cameraphone vs a real phone ??? Lumia 1020 or the others loose against real cameras ! It´s just a camera with WP. Looking for better photos ? Buy a RX100 and put in your pocket and save your money !
29. -box- (Posts: 3729; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Yeah, because I'm going to spend $749.99 MSRP (http://store.sony.com/p/20.2-megapixel,-RX100/en/p/DSCRX100M2/B?XID=O:rx100%20ii:dg_di_msnsrch:b&adparam=sem73p1329036&k_id=3d0c4c85-9ebc-4e48-1256-00006cad0e0c) on a camera that doesn't have interchangeable lenses, no OIS, and still be without a smartphone? PASS! I'll save the money and get a Lumia 1020 instead and keep using my Canon DSLR for the rare times I still need it (which is when I'm deciding to go on a photo shoot, rather than being out and about, seeing something I want to photograph, whipping out my phone, doing the photo, putting phone back in pocket, and continuing on my way).
Not only that, an arguably camera does not make an instantly-better photographer or better results. I've seen folks with a full DSLR rig with external flashes, lenses by the dozen, tripods, etc., who, while prepared, didn't really know what they were doing, and were confused with the results they were getting, while the college student with a smartphone was getting results they wanted because they knew what they were doing with the settings and what they were doing with the camera. Just one example, of course, but applicable.
32. sergiobr (Posts: 399; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
Is up to you ! As a amateur, like you describe, you can spend your money wherever you want. And ... miss the right photo. Look at dpreview about 1020 and have better photos !
30. adit38 (Posts: 23; Member since: 02 Jul 2013)
both is great phone
1. for my social apps, I preder lumi 1020. I loved integration socmed on lumia
2. for camera, there is no doubt lumia is the best
3. for office it hard to decide, but I probably chose lumia for its office 365.
4. for games, no doubt htc with android win
5. for apps collection clearly htc
6. for its email, I prefer lumia.
conclucion: I'll buy lumia 1020, for games and apps I'll buy a chinese android phone with quad core. its only $160.
36. NE_BE (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Mar 2013)
buh, nokia all the way! superb camera, clean and smooth with windows phone. love it! unfortunately not available where i live :(
37. ezfidel (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)
I have the black HTC one, I got it cause of the main screen its not ur ordinary android phone. But I got my hands on the Lumia 1020 and its my main phone now. I thought about selling the HTC one but I use it to watch YouTube on my tv with it and to play chess on it under WiFi. Lumia 1020 is just a beast. If Bruce Lee was alive he would say windows phone just flows like water. Lol
38. EMOLOve1511 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
This Site Is Not Biased Review.The Fact Nokia Lumia 1020 Is Clear Winner In This Battle When Come To Photography And Video Recording.
Benefit Of PureView If Compare To Ultrapixel ;
1.)World Class Supersensitive Lens ZEISS
2.)Larger Pixel Make Us Zoom As Far As Possible Without Pixeliate and Noise Noticed In The Pic,When We cropped it with detail.
3.)Excellent Video Recording With HACC Mic
4.)The World First Smartphone Introduce OIS in cameraphone technology
5.)Nokia Camera Pro Apps are more astonishing with great settings available if Compare To HTC One
6.)Xenon Flash Give Excellent Detail When We Capture Motion Subject
7.)The World First Camera Phone Introduce Low Light Capabilities Shooting Mode.
Weaknesses Of Ultrapixel:
1.)Low Pixel means suffer from noise and pixelliate when We Zoom or Crops The Image
2.)More Light enter the camera lens doesn't mean can capture excellent low light capabilities,Sometime more light enter the camera result the photo overexposed and over brightness of the photo.
40. dreamkller (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)
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