Pounding it into the ground like no other, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is without question the device that caters to hardcore shutterbugs. In one corner, the Moto X takes the approach of simplicity when it comes to snapping photos in the moment without any distractions, but the Lumia 1020 provides us with a deeper set of manual controls and various shooting modes. Depending on your stance, either camera experience will suit you – albeit, it never hurts to have a multitude of functions within our reach. Even though we can access the camera app instantly on the Lumia 1020 by long-pressing the shutter key, the Moto X’s Quick Camera Capture feature is also a neat alternative.

Forget about it folks! There’s simply no comparison in this category, as the Nokia Lumia 1020’s beefy 41-megapixel PureView camera is light years ahead of what the 10-megapixel Clear Pixel camera of the Moto X. Every single aspect in the camera quality department goes to Nokia’s pride and joy, which it should no doubt, especially when it defining aspect is taking photos. Frankly, there’s a ton of things to like with the Lumia 1020’s snapshots – like its higher level of fine detail, superb bokeh effect with macro shots, neutral color reproduction, and excellent low light quality. Heck, even its Xenon flash is more potent than the Moto X’s LED flash.

Furthermore, the Lumia 1020’s high definition 1080p video recording trumps the quality put out by the Moto X – and the Moto X’s results are pretty darn good on its own! Yet again, the Lumia 1020 wins in every single category, but even better, we appreciate that it can capture video in 24 frames per second too for that dreamy cinematic look with its quality.


Both music players are pretty snazzy on their own, so we don’t necessarily find one to be better with their presentations or functionality. Taking a peek at the Moto X, which has its speaker firing audio out of its rear, it doesn’t particularly do a better job of dispersing audio. In contrast, the Lumia 1020 has its speaker on the bottom right corner – enabling its tones to be more robust and full bodied.

When these two are packing similar displays and processors, we don’t find one to be superior for watching high-definition videos. In fact, playback is buttery smooth with both – with almost zero instances of slowdown or lag. Add in the fact that their AMOLED based displays have an iridescent glow to them, they undoubtedly have the potency to keep our eyes firmly on them.



1. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Moto x all the way

9. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

"Moto x all the way" DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

22. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

The L1020 sets itself apart by incorporating camera technology that is at least a full generation ahead of the competition... The Moto-X is a good smartphone, and it does have the advantage of Android OS. However, that is meaningless to somebody who's primary consideration is photography. Fact is that no self respecting photographer enthusiast would ever choose the Moto-X over the Lumia 1020!

23. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

No self-respecting photography enthusiast would go for the 1020 in lieu of a professional set up. Those that do go for the 1020 will be fewer and further between. Fact is... for a smartphone camera, "good enough" is good enough for most consumers.

26. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

roscuthiii, you make it sound like those of us who are keen about photography have to choose one or the other, which is completely absurd... If I am willing to spend thousands on my DSLR camera body, as well other accessories, then why on earth would I be content to settle for anything less than the absolute best camera available in a smartphone? Your definition of "good enough" simply doesn't cut it in my books, and the Lumia 1020 is clearly in a league of it's own. Those of you that are not into photography have no clue about what I'm saying, and those who do will understand that you always choose the best weapon for the job. On those occasions when I don't have a heavy camera body and lens slung around my neck, I want to have the best camera technology available in a mobile device at my finger-tips. The Nokia Lumia 1020 suits my portable photography needs better than other compromise devices, including the Moto-X, and WP8 OS is no obstacle. Android loving geeks may argue otherwise, but rooting your smartphone and taking quality photographs are completely different, and those who have no genuine interest in photography or art for that matter don't deserve to have the final word about which smartphone is best. The Moto-X is a great device, but it's camera is vastly inferior, and that alone is a deal breaker for me.

29. Ronny666

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Having knowledge on photography alone don't deserve to have final say about a smartphone, my friend. We are taking about smartphones not cameraphones here. Welcome to 2013. :)

30. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

lol dude... did you understand what the guy wanted to say?

32. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

That is the main reason why I own both devices, and will be switching between both. they are both great, because of their unique offerings, while nokia gives me the great camera, (which will be used in special occasions) the moto x gives you utility with touchless controls, and active notifications, bigger app selection, I still love the nokia it does have some unique camera apps, and substitution to all other apps I use, the moto is more compact and feels better in the hand. I think both are great and I will still use both from time to time will do the switch.

2. rigorimpossible

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Lumia 1020 all the way

3. BillyBoy

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

2 loosers

6. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

i see one looser and that's you

10. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013


20. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

When you enter a comment you don't have to annouce yourself.

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Nexus 5 all the way.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Can't wait for the vs Honami comparison

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Moto X for Android and 1020 for Camera + everything ;).

8. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Lumia 1020 FTW !!!

11. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Nokia look ugly.

12. Packer29

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

Moto X beats the 1020 overall imp!

16. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

please mention some? and please don't lag...

13. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

One of the few cases where I'd pick the WP. The Moto X is nothing but a mid range phone being sold at a premium price, I'd rather take a Lumia1020 knowing that I'm getting something incredibly unique.

27. Dro

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

A mid-ranged phone that doesn't stutter like the GS4. One can only imagine if Motorola uses the more expensive chips like the 600 & 800 along with their x8 system and optimizations.

14. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

One of the few cases where I'd pick the WP. The Moto X is nothing but a mid range phone being sold at a premium price, I'd rather take a Lumia1020 knowing that I'm getting something incredibly unique.

15. papss unregistered

I have the 1020 and its pretty darn nice. I also like this motox it wish it moved with something that I fine a compelling reason to get it over other flagships. Android is a turn off for me personally but do like the motox

17. jimjam unregistered

I could have written your review in two lines: Lumia 1020 has the best camera by far moto x has android though so wins

18. papss unregistered

You mean you could have written your opinion.. A real reviewer leaves their opinion out.

21. jimjam unregistered

I was summarizing this guy's review. I've never used either so do mot offer any opinion. the point was that with a lumia vs android that is usually the end summary from reviewers. Lumia has better camera but andoid is better than wp so wins.

24. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

No reviewer can perform a review without their subjective opinion. If you want the reviewer's opinion left out, all you have left is a spec sheet. And those don't always tell the whole story.

19. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

is that real carbon fibre on motoX?

25. AlHaptismMY

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

for design maybe i choose Moto X. really superb but for photography i still consider Lumia 1020

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