Would you mind if Android flagships were thicker, but housed larger camera sensors?

Nokia's Lumia 1020 might be thicker than any Android flagship, but it sports one big advantage, and it's the big camera sensor. We don't mean big as in large resolution, though it certainly has that, too, but literally larger in physical dimensions. Theoretically, all other things being equal, a larger sensor can soak in more light, and produce better images.

The Lumia 1020 has a sensor with the whopping for a mobile 1/1.5" size - just a tad smaller than the 1/1.2" piece in the Nokia 808 PureView camera juggernaut of yesteryear. Nokia did engineering wonders to scale down the 41 MP PureView sensor of the 1020, and transform it into the 20 MP unit that went into its first phablet - the Lumia 1520 - but that one still sports a 1/2.5" size.

Compare it to the average smallish 1/3.2" piece in most Android smartphones, and you catch our drift. Sony bucked the trend with a 1/2.3" sensor for the 20 MP camera on the Z1 and Z2, and Samsung now follows with the 1/2.6" 16 MP unit in the Galaxy S5.

Long story short, the Android world is trailing behind what Nokia can offer in camera prowess, especially with the Lumia 1020 sensor size, and its superior optical image stabilization mechanism. However, Nokia's finest has a chubby physique, and a huge protruding circle on the back, which the Android world, that recently went down to 5.5mm thin phones, can only smile at, condescendingly. 

Still, some argue that handsets are getting thinner for the sake of it, to the point of being uncomfortable to pick up and handle. That's why we wanted to ask you, if you'd accept Android flagships that are a few millimeters thicker, or have protruding camera lens on the back, but fit larger camera sensors. Alternatively, you might think that with their latest 16 MP and 20 MP cameras, Android flagships perform well enough in the photography department, while still keeping it fashionable. Check what your heart tells you in the poll widget below, and tell us your arguments in the comment section.

Would you mind if Android flagships were thicker, but housed larger camera sensors?

The cameras on Android flagships are already good, I'd rather keep the phones slim and elegant
32.63%
The "world's thinnest" fight is getting out of hand! I don't mind a bit thicker flagships with huge camera sensors
67.37%

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87 Comments

1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

In other word, would you mind if Nokia produces high end Android PureView phone ? A HUGE YES ! Hundred of millions would buy Nokia PureView runs Android. No one would care about thickness if Nokia is the phone. WE TRUST & ADORE NOKIA!

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

We buy Nokia. Nokia, only name is enough.

7. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Exactly akki20892. Yesterday I was in At&t store, and I found two guys arguing about buying Galaxy S4 or LG G2. one of them said to his friend. I wish Nokia had an Android phone like the Lumia, so I wont be worry and confuse anymore. Its design and camera and build quality are amazing. But unfortunately, it runs WP. Damn Stephen Flop and microBitch

16. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

hahaha this. funny.

23. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Samsung should give a huge bonus to Elop, If Nokia had gone android, Samsung would've been like HTC or Sony. Given the same OS and apps, who in their right mind would perfer Samsung harware over Nokia's?

24. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Very true and sad

51. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

As long as it's Android man, I don't mind having a bulky 41mp camera.. As long as it's Android!

68. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It matters a bit, they better make it ergonomically viable if it is fat. Better feel good in the hands because the problem with thin phones is that they feel terrible in hand. But a thicker phone (like the Moto X) can have that ergonomics factor, so thickness when added properly would be just fine.

88. Dastrix unregistered

Very well said! LOL hahaha microBitch, nice one!

9. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

True that bro!

27. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Nokia makes some ugly phones the only good looking model they have is the icon if Nokia didn't have those camera exclusivities I'm pretty sure Sammy or Apple would have them beat already

36. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Their phones are still more elegant than lots of phones we see out there.

49. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Check your temperature dude... Are you sick??? In the years when Nokia made smart phones with camera, Apple didn't made the first iCrap and Samsung made cheap TV's. Yes, their pride was too much and that's why they are suffering now. But still, call quality, build quality, camera...all this is best made by Nokia. Point.

84. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Another fan boy I see, "in the years" we aren't in those years anymore now are we? Camera I'll hand it to Nokia the best at the moment. Build quality I would give it to Apple and HTC over Nokia any day. Call quality is best on ANY phone with a good Mic. Theyre suffering now because they still have too much pride.

78. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Oh I got you, For him beautiful is ugly. Check you eyes balls. Nokia make ugly phones? Dude check your ugly mind, and you think sammy and apple would have them beat already if they don't have camera exclusivity, Oh please it's not about exclusivity ugly mind, it's about hard work of Nokia(Nokia engineers ).

83. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

*cough cough* fan boy, it's a combination of both do you think Nokia wouldve been able to make these sensors without the exclusive technologies? No they wouldn't have

45. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

And how would you know if Nokia would sell more with Android? HTC and Moto were one of the first to make an Android phone, but look what's happened to them. Android isn't always the answer.

70. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Htc and samsung were first in windows phone. But look whats happened to them. Your argument is now invalid.

71. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

And what do you think was the "argument"? I did not initiate any argument here.

47. slyhounddog

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

DEFINITELY YES! In fact, take the s4 for example. Add an extra 1 1/2 mm to allow for a 20 mp Camera with ois and then fill in the extra space on the bottom with a 3300 MAH battery so theres no bump, and an awesome phone!

54. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Without WP a HUGE YES !

63. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

A HUGE YES INDEED! I'm stuck with Nokia 808 (which I love BTW), because once I got used to having great camera with full power xenon flash, I don't want to change it, no matter, how good apps could get...

73. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That is such typical thing to say. Seriously fanboys are not the majority of consumers, Nokia would have died earlier had they gone with Android, Samsung was never going to be displaced simply because they would have destroyed Nokia with marketing, look at HTC one can argue that they make better smartphones than Samsung as a matter of fact love it or hate it one would argue that HTC one was generally seen as the best Android device of the last year yet they slipped 36.5 % over that time period. Nokia was hurting financially they were not in a position to displace Samsung, not everything is what it appears, WP saved Nokia with a combination of quality software and differentiation (different platform). Unless HTC makes a device that heals the sick or do something miraculous its not going to displace Samsung. Google and Samsung just recently became closer via patent agreements. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/26/us-google-samsung-patents-idUSBREA0P0Q120140126 Couple that with the fact Samsung dominates Android Global marketshare with over 63%, HTC is at 5% after all this time its quite ignorant to think that Nokia could just come in and dominate.

90. ImQ009

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

"[..] would you mind if [..]" "[..] YES!" I don't think you know what "mind" means :P

2. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

I would rather phones be thicker so they could house a larger BATTERY

28. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

+1 listen you want a better camera, buy a "camera". Don't care about water and dust proof, not a child. Give me a smartphone with great voice quality, and a battery that last at least three days.

46. boblight

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Totally agree with you. I don't care so much for whatever processor/how much ram/how many PPI is my screen stuff. I just care that my phone has a battery that lasts me for 2-3 days. And the extra weight does makes a phone feel more solid in my hands.

50. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Then buy Nokia with flashlight...101 or something like it.

89. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

"Give me a smartphone with great voice quality, and a battery that last at least three days." If you want to make calls on a battery that last long, why not just get a 'dumb' phone? People buy Smartphones for their utility. Seems like you're one of those people who just carry a smartphone for the sake of carrying one because everyone else is using one.

3. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I rather buying a DSLR and a slim beautiful android phone.

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