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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 Nokia Lumia 1020


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

Camera interface of the 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.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Sample Video:



HTC One Sample Video:




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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

The Nokia Lumia 1020 offers a choice between Windows Phone music player or Nokia Music


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

Music player of the 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

Infrared blaster on the HTC One



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posted on 06 Aug 2013, 05:32 4

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


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

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 05:40 16

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..

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 05:53 7

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 06:25 6

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

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 07:37 4

22. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 11:26 1

31. xq10xa (Posts: 765; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Just get both! Walk around like a boss

posted on 08 Sep 2013, 14:54

44. Epic_Evan (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


lawl yeh

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 12:25

33. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 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)

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 05:42 11

4. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


HTC One FTW...

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 10:15 2

26. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Yea FTW...like months ago.... lol

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 05:44 3

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 06:00 5

10. Karl.Hummer (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)


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

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 06:30 7

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

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 05:56 11

9. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


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

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 06:01

11. Paradox (Posts: 124; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


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

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 06:19 6

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 12:29 1

34. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 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...

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 12:45

35. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


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

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 06:59 5

17. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1489; Member since: 04 Jun 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

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 10:24

27. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 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.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 07:35

39. MistyFog (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


L1020 plus 5DMkIII >>>>> One plus RX100.

You should have picked a bigger brother for One. Totally pwned ROFLMAO.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 05:39 10

2. ZettaiRyouiki (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)


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

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 05:45 5

6. vandroid (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Sep 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

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 05:52 3

7. ZettaiRyouiki (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Aug 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.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 06:28 4

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).

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 07:51 1

23. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 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.
Well..htc has just proved that one particular thing.
Nokia knows what to do with all this information..htc 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.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 06:41 10

16. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1489; Member since: 04 Jun 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.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 07:09 4

18. papss (unregistered)


I respect this comment

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 07:16 3

19. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Agree.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 07:26

20. user996 (Posts: 221; Member since: 25 Feb 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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