Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One

As it continues to build up steam, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is looking intently at the competition with great intensity to see who can give it a run for its money in the camera shooting department. Already, the HTC One’s fancied termed UltraPixel camera has been touted for its performance, especially with low lighting, which is also a key area where the Lumia 1020 excels in. When it comes down to it, the true winner manifests itself by delivering a balanced performance in all key areas – so we’re taking these two flagships and pitting them one another to see who can trump who.


Known for their attractive designs, there’s no arguing that these two are carefully and meticulously crafted from the beginning to catch wandering eyes. Visually, they boast all the quality elements that make them stand over most of the other stuff in the field – like their sturdy constructions and snug frames. It’s hard to say what’s more favorable, but considering that the HTC One employs the more premium aluminum chassis, combined with a lighter and thinner frame, it’s the handset that we feel to have the superior design. Even holding the two together in the hand tells us that HTC’s pride and joy is the better of the two, as it feels more natural and comfortable – whereas the Lumia 1020 feels top heavy and awkward to hold due to the prominent hump around its rear.


Having the bigger screen and higher resolution really helps to attract prying eyes, so that’s why we’re digging the 4.7-inch 1080x1920 S-LCD 3 display of the HTC One over the 4.5-inch 768 x 1280 PureMotion HD+ display with ClearBlack AMOLED on the Lumia 1020. It might be insignificant from a far distance away, but upon closer inspection, the HTC One’s display is more detailed and crisp – and on top of that, its color are more accurate over the saturated tones of the Lumia 1020, plus, it’s better for outdoor visibility too.

Nokia Lumia 1020 360-Degrees View:

HTC One 360-Degrees View:



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Cameraphone vs. smartphone. One plus a Sony RX100 > L1020.

3. papss unregistered

Doug sure if you want to carry both around.. Hell lets just carry a feature phone and a laptop while we are at it..

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Back to my original post - cameraphone vs. smartphone. I have no problem carrying my RX100 with the carrying strap on my shoulder. Or, tucked into a cargo pocket of my pants. The One does quite nicely as a smartphone (which avoids a feature phone and a laptop...). Further, the RX100 Mark II has WiFi connectivity with the One, so pics taken with the RX100MII can be immediately shared.

13. papss unregistered

Back to my original post the 1020 does quite nice in the camera department too so no need to lug any camera around. You phone doesn't work as well as a laptop for grownup needs in the work place so why not use a laptop and feature phone? What I'm saying is that its no different either way so don't pretend it isnt

22. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ummm. More like you have chosen the L1020 and I have gone with the One as my backup to the Note II. I might even consolidate around the One Max depending on what the Note III has to offer vs. the One Max. Camera-wise, I will stick with my RX100, thank you. Your comment about using a smartphone as a substitute for a tablet or notebook strikes me as a bit disingenuous. But I am looking at the Surface Pro as a replacement for a tablet and notebook.

31. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Just get both! Walk around like a boss

44. Epic_Evan

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

lawl yeh

33. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I'm not even going to bother asking what's in your pants... Seriously, who wants to strut around the office with extra junk in their pockets? Unfortunately, there is no way to address the inappropriate aspects of that statement without incurring either childish snickering or mockery ;o)

4. Topcat488

Posts: 1422; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

HTC One FTW...

26. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Yea months ago.... lol

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

One additional item not covered in the camera discussion - burst mode. The One has it (keep pressing the shutter) and the L1020 doesn't. Burst mode can be the difference between a pic of friends with everyone having their eyes open vs. some caught mid-blink.

10. Karl.Hummer

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

It's called Nokia Smart Camera youtube[dot]com/watch?v=GmSUFPOJF04

15. papss unregistered

I was about to say that...obviously people have never used this phone if they say there's no burst mode. I used it on my l920 and I use it on my 1020

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In camera department wins Nokia Lumia 1020, in everything else department wins HTC One. :)

11. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Stupid comment. How much will it cost to get an rx100 and a HTC one?

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Biased comment on your part. Nothing if you already own the RX100. As the article mentioned, the One costs $100 less than the L1020 on contract. If you are starting out from zip, it comes down to whether you want a cameraphone or a smartphone. The L1020 does cameraphone better than the One. The One does smartphone better than the L1020. Nokia is effectively acknowledging that in their recent ads.

34. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

The Lumia 1020 is an excellent smartphone in addition to having a kick ass camera that nobody else can touch. The HTC One is only an option if you are determined to choose Android as your operating system. However, for non-geeks that don't mind WP8, and for people who like taking pictures, I think the L1020 is a better option...

35. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Wow, so 80% of smartphone users in the world are geek and I didn´t know that?!?!?!

17. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

That wasn't very nice buddy the point of smartphone is that we want all in one. you cant simply refer Lumia 1020 as just a camera phone. Windows phone 8 is a smart phone OPERATING SYSTEM(everyone knows how good MS is at soft wear department) ,may be not yet reach to android's level still not far behind especially with Nokia's great support(map service,apps, games etc) in smartphone camera department nokia wins hands down... Every one knows nokia is at their best when it comes to camera its a fact buddy , at least for now... i am not saying HTC One is a bad phone especially when it have such an awesome Design,display,and new htc services (blinkfeed zoe etc) and of course android with its huge amount of apps, google map, and and its unique features etc i also prefer HTC ONE over Lumia 1020 because i am not a camera centric person and prefer android over WP so its up to personal preferences for those who are in more photography then go for Lumia 1020 for those who prefer a smartphone which is more close to a PC and a good camera go for HTC ONE

27. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Doug, I'd like to see you run a few miles cross-country or in a city with hills and stairs and such with your camera strapped around your shoulder and phone in your pocket, or, as you said, both in a cargo pocket. I'd really like to see you try that with the lens out and flash popped up, just to make sure it's "photo-ready" as quickly as a smartphone camera would be (since you can press the camera button on most smartphones so-equipped to wake them up and launch the camera app simultaneously); you can leave the screen in its standard place, though it would be quite the test if it was popped out as well. Personally, I'd rather have the Lumia 1020 for that test, as it's lighter than both, doesn't have any external moving parts, and if I put it in a shoulder- or chest-mounted holder, I could video the experience and have it turn out pretty well with the built-in OIS.

39. MistyFog

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

L1020 plus 5DMkIII >>>>> One plus RX100. You should have picked a bigger brother for One. Totally pwned ROFLMAO.

2. ZettaiRyouiki

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

I think the camera section can be summarised with digits. 41 VS 4.

6. vandroid

Posts: 406; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

You are a moron the camera on the 1020 isn't better than the one other than more detail with the zoom HTC proved that megapixels don't make a camera better

7. ZettaiRyouiki

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

I didnt mean more megapixels mean better photos. 5MP pureview shots are better than full resolution shots. The digit i was referring to is synonymous to the difference in amount of detail of photos taken between the 2 phones. HTC One has proved to be underwhelming in various reviews. 4MP simply isnt enough as well, especially if you want to do some photoshop work, there simply isnt enough pixels to play with. They should use an even bigger sensor and bump it to 8MP.

14. papss unregistered

Lol funniest comment in his thread.. The 1020 kills the one ( no offense because I love the one but the camera isn't all that great).

23. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

it's not funny anymore reminding moro$%s like you what PureView was invented for. Just crop images taken by 1020 or 808 and one...if you don't see the difference...the enermous difference in sharpness, details, etc, etc...well sir, you obviously should take care of your eyes immadiately. has just proved that one particular thing. Nokia knows what to do with all this didn't know therefore they "invented" ultrapixel and tried to convince everyone that they were able to produce better camera module. How it ended, we all know.

16. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

DESIGN :htc one is the best looking smartphone to date (my opinion) DISPLAY:I'll go with htc because of 1080p and slcd3 (nokia not far behind though) OPERATING SYSTEM: its a matter of personal preferences so i am choosing android over wp because its a high end device so there wont be any hiccups (lag will only be present in haters eyes) and huge amount of apps, ecosystem,open source nature etc note saying WP is bad for high end devices, its absolutely an OS with high potential with unique interface,high fluidity even on dual core processors,and of course nokia with their high customer support and awesome offline navigation system etc CAMERA:that's not a question isn't it?? I choose Nokia Lumia 1020 HTC's ultra pixel,was a little disappointing.

18. papss unregistered

I respect this comment

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


20. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

but i have seen android 4.1.x or 4.2.x lags. I have Asus Padfone 2 with S4 pro (quad core), 2GB RAM and 4.1.1 and it lags sometimes and on my phone there is almost stock android with very minimal customization from asus

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