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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One

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Obviously, both smartphones take photo snapping seriously, but they are based on rather different concepts. The Lumia 1020 packs one monster sized 41-megapixel PureView camera sensor, that can produce huge full sized photos or sharing-friendly 5MP ones with superior quality, thanks to combining six pixels into a single better one. In contrast, the HTC One has a standard size sensor but instead of 8 or 13 MP resolution, it offers only 4-megapixels. This results in larger-than-average pixels, which HTC calls an “UltraPixel” camera.

Camera interface of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
Camera interface of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
Camera interface of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
Camera interface of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One

Camera interface of the HTC One - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
Camera interface of the HTC One - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
Camera interface of the HTC One - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One

Snapping photos is a key feature with these two, so it’s wonderful that they boast a similar set of shooting modes and manual controls to adhere to enthusiasts. We absolutely like how the Lumia 1020’s Nokia Pro Cam app follows a similar look and feel to a standard digital camera, since its rotating dial enables us to quickly adjust different settings. At the same time, the HTC One offers the same set of customizations, but it relies more on a typical menu style approach. When it comes to photo quality however, in each and every shooting situation, it’s the Lumia 1020 that comes out as the clear victor – therefore, it’s the choice we’d stick with. Not only are the Lumia 1020 shots sharper, offer more detail, and better color representation in conditions where light is plentiful, but it also excels more under low lighting too. Don't forget that using the Lumia 1020 you can get both high-quality 5MP photo and the full sized 38MP one which is suitable for post production or big prints, while with the HTC One you're stuck with 4MP photos. In addition, when shooting at 5MP resolution, the Lumia 1020 offers something unique - 3x zoom.


Moreover, it’s also a clear winner for the Lumia 1020 in the 1080p high definition video recording quality department. To be frank, it’s not even a close win for the fabled camera phone, as the Lumia 1020 handsomely puts the HTC One in its place.

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Each of the respective music players have their appealing elements, so as a whole, we won’t say that one is better than the other – since the base functions are all the same. However, we do take notice of the Modern UI employed with the Windows Phone music player, and the cool visualizer effect with the Sense music player. The Lumia 1020’s speaker is loud and commanding, but the One’s dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound are even more prolific in tone and output!

The Nokia Lumia 1020 offers a choice between Windows Phone music player or Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
The Nokia Lumia 1020 offers a choice between Windows Phone music player or Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
The Nokia Lumia 1020 offers a choice between Windows Phone music player or Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
The Nokia Lumia 1020 offers a choice between Windows Phone music player or Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One

Music player of the HTC One - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
Music player of the HTC One - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
Music player of the HTC One - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
Music player of the HTC One - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One

Even though there’s a slight size advantage to the HTC One’s display, we don’t find it any more beneficial over the Lumia 1020 when it comes to watching high-definition videos – especially when they move so swimmingly with their performances.

And finally, we can’t forget about the built-in IR blaster on the HTC One, which combined with its integrated TV app (power by Peel), turns the handset into a universal remote of sort that offers an engaging and social TV experience. Clearly, it’s a feature that’s not available with the Lumia 1020.

Infrared blaster on the HTC One - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One
Infrared blaster on the HTC One - Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One


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