Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
You would think that the Lumia 1020 would have the upper hand when it comes to shooting modes and controls, but surprisingly enough, the Galaxy S4 is also packing an equally compelling set. To be fair, we do prefer the styling with the Lumia 1020’s camera interface, since its on-screen rotating dial menu pays homage to what we find on regular cameras. Conversely, the S4 sticks to a more straightforward menu approach when it comes to changing settings. In order to get those cool shooting modes and effects on the Lumia 1020, it requires the separate Nokia Smart Cam app – whereas it’s all integrated into the S4’s standard camera app.
Frankly speaking, the Samsung Galaxy S4’s 13-megapixel auto-focus camera takes some exceptional shots that we can’t complain about – and it continues to be one of the go-to smartphones for taking photos. Even with its strong results, the Lumia 1020 simply takes better looking snapshots. When we look at the overall package, it’s obvious that the Lumia 1020 has the cutting edge in many areas, like details and low lighting performance, which makes it the ubiquitous choice for serious photographers.
At the same time, Nokia’s latest pride and joy also shows its worth in the 1080p video recording quality department. In fact, it’s a winner in pretty much all categories, but it’s worth mentioning that we’re also treated to a few different shooting modes, like 24 frames per second capture, for that cinematic look. Rounding things out, we also adore how there’s no degradation in quality when using the Lumia 1020’s lossless zoom and the high high quality of the recorded audio. Just as before, the Galaxy S4 is a good phone for video recording too, but it’s not enough to overpower its rival – still, it’s an admirable stab.
1. Nokia Lumia 1020 Sample Video
2. Nokia Lumia 1020 Night Sample Video
3. Samsung Galaxy S4 Sample Video
4. Samsung Galaxy S4 Night Sample Video
On the surface, we really can’t complain about their respective music players, seeing that we’ve grown fond of their style and features. When it comes to the audio quality emitted by their speakers, it’s evident that the Lumia 1020’s speaker produces the stronger volume output.
Needless to say, you can’t go wrong watching high definition videos with either device, since their AMOLED panels are so darn mesmerizing, but we’ll stick to the Galaxy S4 with this one. Specifically, it’s mainly due to its larger display and secondary features – such as Smart Pause, timeline preview via Air View, and its Pop up Play feature.
1. hung2900 (Posts: 881; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
A 5 inch screen phone has the almost same size as a 4.5 inch phone.
And easier to hold.
This is critical for me.
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9805; Member since: 14 May 2012)
A 5" full HD Super AMOLED screen. Best screen on the market. :)
18. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
I disagree. The 5.5 IPS display on the LG Optimus Pro G has better color representation, and is just as crisp. It's also easier to see in direct sunlight.
25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9805; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You prefer IPS and that's fine, but I could never go back to anything other than Super AMOLED. The colors and the blacks are stunning, especially when watching a movie in full 1080p.
31. papss (unregistered)
See I have to agree I prefer ISP over alomold for the more accurate colors and I'm having a hard time with the blue tint when I tilt my phone. Pictures look great though
52. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
It's the only thing I don't like about the 1020. My 920 has a clear black IPS vs the 1020 having the clear black AMOLED. You can really see the difference when you look at the settings menu with a black background. The white letters have a yellow hue on the 1020. Both of them, however, have better blacks than the GS4. The GS4's screen is superior to the 1020, but IMO the 920 has a better display.
56. -box- (Posts: 3968; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Don't forget you can change your "color profile" in the "display+touch" setting.
69. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Yeah... I noticed that a couple days ago on our demo. It helps, but the AMOLED still has that yellow hue.
64. sectime (unregistered)
Sorry but words like stunning and movie when referring to any 5 inch screen is silly.
50. akki20892 (Posts: 3782; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
u r wrong dude, in my home we have gs4 and htc one, and i seen differences between both phones, it looks more yellowish in gs4 and looks clear & pure colors in htc one.
65. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)
HTC One and Nokia has a more realistic screen than the gs4. gs4 colors might look good, but they are FAKE.
2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9805; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Galaxy S4 > Lumia 1020
Lumia 1020 is a hyped phone. Galaxy S4 is a smartphone rather than a cameraphone.
9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I think you nailed it - smartphone vs. cameraphone.
Next up is what? HTC One vs. L1020? If so, I think the outcome will be similar - HTC wins everywhere but camera. Which is why the One scored a 9.1 to the L1020's 8.5.
I hope PA does a Droid Ultra vs. L1020 comparo when the Ultra ships.
23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9805; Member since: 14 May 2012)
TechnoBuffalo says otherwise. The camera on the HTC One performed better than the Lumia 1020.
32. papss (unregistered)
Now that's just silly.. I have both and its not even close. Technobuffalo really? Lets reach harder shall we?
42. Thefraggot (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
Man thats a huge bias going on there... look at the comments ..hilarious. Those droid fans are just pathetic
10. Thefraggot (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
Lumia 1020 perfectly delivers what it promised. So how its hyped ? Or over hyped ?
27. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9805; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It's over hyped. The 41MP camera isn't that as great as Nokia advertises it to be. It's on par or slightly better to what's being offered now.
33. papss (unregistered)
Another fanboy comment... It is that much better and embarrasses all other phones in the camera department.
35. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9805; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Lol at the fact you think I'm a fanboy. I'm giving my opinion. Shots taken from PA are way different from shots taken from other websites. And judging from other websites, the camera doesn't blow away phones as it should. In PA's camera comparison, the Lumia barely beat the S4. On TB HTC One vs. Lumia 1020, comparison, HTC One performed better.
38. Thefraggot (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
Should i quote 'The verge' or 'engadget' ? There is no other damn smartphone which can even think of competing with the 1020
43. Thefraggot (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
Best camera ever on a smartphone. Excellent manual camera controls. Easy-to-use OS.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the best camera phone on Earth. That’s a given.
The cameraphone to end all cameraphones
The 1020 is one of its best devices yet, and certainly the easiest to sell — if you really love cameras, you’ll really love the Lumia 1020.
44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9805; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Pro photographers gave their ratings on the 1020 and were disappointed. Just throwing that out here.
47. Thefraggot (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
So they liked HTC one more ? If thats the case ,then their proffesionalism is at stake
66. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)
The thing about photo-taking is it has to include 'zoom'. 4MP HTC one when zoomed makes terrible blurry photos.
57. -box- (Posts: 3968; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Do you have a source to back that up? Because several pro photography sites I follow and am a member of consider it superior to many point & shoots and some entry-level DSLRs, save the fact (for the DSLRs) that you can't swap the lenses out for different situations. They especially praised the Camera Grip accessory and having the built-in tripod mount, something they view as a necessity as anything trying to purport itself as a strong imaging device, regardless of OIS.
53. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Judge all you want by the websites... or just go try the phones yourself. I get to show off these phones everyday, and I'll tell you that the 1020 takes way better pictures than the One or the GS4.
4. twens (Posts: 849; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
aside the camera on the Lumia , S4 has pretty much everything going for it including the camera also. i have used a friends s4 and its pictures are one of the best i have seen on a mobile device so i think the s4 wins here.
67. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)
Of course, the colors are applauding, but where's the real feel? Colors look brighter. Although the photo looks better, it's nowhere close to realistic. Nokia and Sony's phones offer that point. You have used a friend's s4 to take a picture? Wow, that's almost no tryout experience.
5. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
My friend's gonna need a new phone to replace his iPhone 4S and he wants a phone that can take top notch quality photos and a responsive phone so I suggested the lumia 1020. And being a former windows phone user it is very similar to ios so I suggested this. Any thoughts guys?
P.S All the apps he needs already exists in wp.
8. papss (unregistered)
He will love a 1020. I got mine a few days ago and the pictures it can take are truly amazing. It has most apps that I care about and looks very modern.. The best part is the way I feel connected to the device. Coming from android that was something I didn't get.
14. sergiobr (Posts: 541; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
By the price, buy a cheaper Sony DSC-TX66 it pockets well and is a TRUE camera. Save your money and your friend.
19. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
The Sony DSC-TX66 can't make calls. Some of us want the best of both worlds, and the 1020 fills that gap. One device that excels at being a phone and a camera.
39. sergiobr (Posts: 541; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
First of all, If you can pay the price ... no problem ! But you should read the comments from dpreview talking about 1020. Is not that beauty, some pro call the photos "horrible". Second , if money is problem for you, TX66 is a ULTRA 18mpx camera that fits in ALL paints (no volume at all) and costs only $200, you´ll take better photos during night or low light.
54. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
You completely missed the point. He wants a phone that takes excellent pictures. Not a phone for one pocket and a camera for another. However, for scientific reasons we try it your way. Let's pay $100 dollars for a (decent) phone, and $200 for a camera. Or we can pay $300 for both in one device.
24. papss (unregistered)
Why so you can carry around both? With that thought process why not carry around a laptop and a feature phone
41. sergiobr (Posts: 541; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
You look like an retard with those kind of comments. The argument is clear ... Price + pocket camera better than this WP 1020. I shouldn´t waste my time with you nokia boy.
58. -box- (Posts: 3968; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Are you some sony rep or something? That's pretty specific for a recommendation
59. -box- (Posts: 3968; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I think your friend will be very satisfied with the Lumia 1020. It is a tad thicker and heavier, but feels much better in-hand, takes absolutely stunning photos (speaking from experience, mind you, I spent a fair amount of time with it at a store on Wednesday, albeit just inside the store), has legendary Nokia reliability, durability, and reception (notably things the iphone's always stumbled with), plus a beautiful, fluid, and easy-to-use operating system that's highly intuitive. Not only that, they'll be a bit of a trendsetter using a Windows Phone, especially one with that excellent camera.
6. MrKoles (Posts: 349; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
Galaxy S4 FTW!!! Amazing phone, fast, beautiful display, amazing camera...nearly perfect.
11. sbw44 (Posts: 425; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
How fast? this review just proved that the Dual Core in the 1020 performs the same as the Quad Core in the S4! Just shows how great android and samsung is in the optimizing department!
I find it strange that People say the S4's screen is better due to its higher resolution, but test has shown that most people cant see more than apple's retina resolution but only rare people has the ability to see 477ppi's!
With the 1020 you will have features that you can actually use daily like [ Brilliant Camera,Video,Maps,Build Quality,Support etc...] not just to brag about useless number of core's or resolution which no one can distinguish.
22. Thefraggot (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
For some people suddenly camera becomes irrelevant,when their beloved phones get beaten by 1020. But they are secretely cheering for honami ,tsunami or whatever... Heck they even like gs4 zoom
62. MrKoles (Posts: 349; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
1020 is a WP phone, which will be always smoother than Android (except Nexus-line), but I truly believe Samsung reached something great with the S4´s performance...It really blows away everything! Since I bought it, I couldn´t see any lags...DESPITE I WANTED TO FIND! And the screen, it´s beautiful. Somebody has to be completely blind not to see that beauty. And yes, there is difference (huge) between Retina and 5" FullHD. And something to tell about the camera: It´s enough for me, I don´t need hyped 41 megapixels downgraded to 5megapixels.
68. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)
I seriously doubt 'how fast'. You've had the epic realization that the phone is a octa core and that point amazes you? That was me 6 months ago. Now, that is totally lost. Laggy UI, bunch of useless features u can't delete and just occupies your disk space. You couldn't see any lags? What about gaming? S4 user (Classmate) looked at me playing Frontline Commando in the subway and he's stunned in how fast my game is running. I'm using Xperia Z. The phone said to have lag issues. I don't have issues with my Xperia Z, while my friend is having overheat issues with his S4. Overheating is unheard of in terms of Nokia and Sony.
71. MrKoles (Posts: 349; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
I have the Snapdragon version. You know nothing. :)
7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3497; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
They both are best at their places.
12. ebubekir26 (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
no doubt S4 wins, I love how the Lumia zooms and doesn't loose quality :)
13. SleepingOz (unregistered)
GSIV hands down!
21. Thefraggot (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
apart from being blown out of the water in the camera department
28. papss (unregistered)
And build quality, recording sound, video.
37. ebubekir26 (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
video quality goes to the GS4 we all know that, even in this comparison.
48. Thefraggot (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
With OIS , and lossless zoom 1020 wins Hands down in videos
15. sergiobr (Posts: 541; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
LOL, who will buy a WP just for a camera ??? Nokia fans only
20. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Alot of people. Maybe not as many as will buy a GS4 for gimmicky features, but alot.
34. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9805; Member since: 14 May 2012)
We'll see the sales figures at the end of the quarter. The Lumia 920 did sell, but sold a lot less than expected.
49. Thefraggot (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
So sales will decide the quality of camera ?
60. -box- (Posts: 3968; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
In fairness, Nokia's not really doing a huge volume business with the Lumias right now, which is why supply runs out so quickly for high-demand phones, which is smart, as you only want to make enough phones to satisfy demand (e.g. initial, continued, and any needed by insurance companies or warranty work), otherwise you run into the problem Samesung did with the S4 where they made way too many and lost money from it, even though they continue to sell. Nokia's volume sellers are the 500/600/700 lines. In the coming months they'll likely step up production as demand dictates, but anyone who decides "best selling" equates to "best period" is fooling themselves; that'd be like saying a camry is the best and only car to have since it does many things well, and anyone aspiring to Rolls-Royce is foolish because it doesn't sell as many, even though it does things as well, if not better (save fuel economy and price) than the camry.
16. vipuls1979 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)
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17. Ikechukwu (Posts: 162; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
Good lord!!! see how the 1020 pics can be zoomed :o
26. papss (unregistered)
Its no joke either.. I have a l1020 and you will be astounded by the details it catches. Its a phone that works in real life (if you care to record). I'll take warm and life like over cold and robotic any day