Motorola Moto X vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Interface and Functionality
Always the pickle to answer directly, it’s the platform experiences of the two that greatly define them – one being Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the other Windows Phone 8. In terms of the visuals and presentation, it’s a matter of personal preference, seeing that they both have characteristics to appease us in more ways than none, but when it comes to their apps ecosystem, we can’t help but vouch that the Moto X has the advantage, just because Android as a whole has more diversity. In addition, the Moto X handles notifications and other aspects of the platform functionality in a more practical manner. Sure, the dynamic live tiles of the Windows Phone 8 start screen handles notifications, but they can be scattered – whereas we’re given a centralized area for that with the Moto X.
Being a Nokia-made device, the Lumia 1020 benefits over other Windows Phones from rival companies, but the overall package is still lagging behind what the Moto X brings with its simplified Android experience. For example, the Moto X’s Touchless Controls, Active Display, and Motorola Connect, and Motorola Assist features all combine together to make the experience seamless and simple.
On the surface, the core organizer apps with both phones function in the same manner, but Google Now combined with the Moto X’s Touchless Control feature delivers us a useful digital personal assistant that’s all accomplished via voice – minimal physical interaction needed with it. The Lumia 1020’s Bing service simply pales in comparison with its offering. Yes, it’s able to accomplish basic things, but lacks the all-encompassing experience of Google Now.
Despite having the larger screen, it’s the Lumia 1020 that’s boasting the more spacious keyboard layout, as buttons are no doubt bigger. Aside from that one prominent thing, the two function in the same manner to make the experience equal to one another, seeing that they exhibit the same responsiveness and great auto-correct features.
Processor and Memory
Specs-heads might yawn at these two, since they’re regarded as last-generation hardware, but these two buck the notion that you need high-end gear to have tight performances. In fact, for dual-core processor packing smartphones, we can’t complain about their speedy operations. For the Moto X, it features a modified dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM – while the Lumia 1020 is outfitted with a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor with 2GB of RAM. Everything about their performances is nearly identical, as they handle elementary tasks with little fluff, but we’ll give the Moto X the slight advantage with its snappier response. It’s not extraordinarily better per se, but noticeable nonetheless.
Unfortunately, neither offers expandable storage, which means we’re left to strictly deal with their internal capacities. The Moto X will be available in both 16GB and 32GB options, but the Lumia 1020 is solely offered with 32GB.
Internet and Connectivity
No surprises here folks, it’s such a pleasure to surf the web with these powerhouses. For starters, they feature lightning fast 4G LTE connectivity to load complex web sites in a jiffy. Furthermore, they complement the experience with their smooth navigational controls and quick page rendering. It doesn’t dampen the experience, but we do notice that there’s a little bit of jitteriness with the Lumia 1020’s pinch zooming performance.
When you’re a flagship, we’d be inclined to believe a device would be available in GSM and CDMA flavors, which is what we’re going to see with the Moto X. However, the Lumia 1020 is packing GSM connectivity – with no indication of CDMA support with other variants. Nonetheless, they stuffed with all of the usual connectivity features we’d come to expect – like aGPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC.