Motorola Moto X vs Nokia Lumia 1020 first look

Motorola Moto X vs Nokia Lumia 1020 first look

Would you look at that? It was only a few weeks ago when the Nokia Lumia 1020 came onto the scene, stealing a lot of thunder from some of its respected brethren. Fast forward to now, we have a new competitor that’s also looking to make a name in itself. It’s Motorola’s finest in the Moto X, and the still fresh PureView camera packing Nokia Lumia 1020. These two are no doubt prized for certain things, but we’ll see how that quickly compare against one another.


We’re not crazy, right? The Moto X has the larger 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display, yet, it’s the smaller sized device between the two. In contrast, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a smaller 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ (768 x 1280) display with ClearBlack AMOLED, but it’s still the bigger sized device. Obviously, they both sport similar elements, since they AMOLED panels and all – like their over saturated colors and wide viewing angles. Meticulously looking at some of the details they’re able to muster up, there’s not one that our eyes can actually say is the superior one, as they both deliver the same level of crispness.


It’s always difficult to gauge it, especially when preference varies between people, but there’s still a bit more attractiveness with the Lumia 1020’s design – and that’s despite its girth and weighty feel. With that in mind, the Moto X has the superior feel in the hand, since its curved rear casing with its rubbery finish delivers a more natural, ergonomic, and comfortable touch. And lastly, there’s something about the unibody polycarbonate design of the Lumia 1020 that screams sturdiness. In the end, they both have their pros and cons, so it’ll again just come down to personal preference.

And then we have their cameras! Undeniably the stand out feature of the Lumia 1020, its beefy 41-megapixel PureView camera has already astounded us with its high level of quality. So with that in mind, the 10-megapixel Clear Pixel camera on the Moto X no doubt needs to deliver results that can compel us. Somehow, we already have a hint that it won’t blow away the Lumia 1020, but we’re crossing our fingers that they’re at least respectable when compared to some of the great camera phones out there.


There’s no arguing that the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience of the Moto X is undeniably deeper and more comprehensive than that of Windows Phone 8 on the Lumia 1020. Not only is there a higher level of personalization with the Android experience on the Moto X, but it’s able to separate itself dramatically with new features like its Touchless Control, Active Display, and Quick Capture Camera. To be honest, Windows Phone 8 still has a polished looked and feel, which is attributed to the Modern UI adorning various aspects of the platform, but as a whole, the ecosystem with Windows Phone still pales in comparison to what the Moto X offers.

Surprisingly enough, especially for being regarded as flagship devices, these two are armed with modest dual-core processors – as opposed to the quad-cores than many of their highly esteemed rivals offer. Regardless of that, it’s wonderful to find that both operate at the same level of intensity. For dual-core packing devices, we really can’t say that one outclasses the other in raw performance.


Indeed, it’s a bit ironic that these two companies are pretty much in the same boat – where they're trying to reestablish themselves as being major players in the space. Nokia is banking on the Lumia 1020 to sell like hot cakes, hinging its success mainly to its unparalleled camera experience. On the flip side, Motorola is giving consumers a totally different way of designing the Moto X, when combined with its software enhancements, it might give the handset a shot of making more noise than the Lumia 1020. Adding to that, the Moto X has the advantage of being available through more carriers in the US right from the onset, something that plagues Nokia to this day with its offerings.

Related phones

Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)
Lumia 1020
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(13.3h 3G talk time)



1. scott5626

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 01, 2009

You guys are really pumping out the "VS" vids quick. You holding out on us Phonearena? ;)

2. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020 any day

7. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Colored phone mania, initiated by Nokia. Nokia forever

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

true..........u r back again after long time.

11. deburocks

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

in the looks department its lumia 1020. But if moto x can fit its 4.7 screen in a small case then thats gud. But m i wrong or lumia is lukin bigger and huge then moto x?.NOKIA take a cue with the bttery life of a droid . Hope we will get more powerful batteries like moto maxxx and htc one....

3. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Lumia 1020 pureview WIN Moto X is pureFlop :P LOSE !!!!!!!

4. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

u forgot to mention Nokia glance on the 1020...which Motorola essentially put it on the moto x and called it active display and forgot that the moto X is US only phone while the 1020 is a global one so obviously the 1020 is one which would make more noise anyway ..its lumia 1020 hands down also..r nokia and Motorola on the same boat ??? really ?? in the us ? maybe but globally ?? hell no

5. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Simple, Nokia committed to global customers, at least the 1020 will come over to the UK whereas the Moto X is strictly for the American Market. Nokia 1020 all the way.

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Ugh, the rounded corners look is so old and boring. From a distance I can't distinguish this from a One (or most recent HTCs), Z10, or (from really far away) an iPhail5. I know it makes the device easy on the pocket but it has no uniqueness to it. I will give Moto kudos on the back though, that looks really good and comfortable, albeit still HTC-ish.

8. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hahaha where are those people laughing at 1020 now? :))

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

in cave......l

9. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

they are out there fighting and trolling on the other articles comparing the moto x with their beloved trash. Not a moto fan, but kudos for motorola for always bringing out quality hardware and products. they may not be the the android leader, but at least they're not known for bringing out cheap plastics, compare to samdung....

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Both are nice.

12. torgrim

Posts: 29; Member since: May 08, 2013

The Lumia 1020 did render the webpage much faster than the droid phone. Is it that much faster in general?

13. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Nokia is just a cameraphone (not a true camera) with the bad WP. Motorola X has Android and everything you can get for free ! Nice job Moto !

14. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Are you 12? This comment is so bad and childish, I can't even think up of anything witty to reply back.

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