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Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

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Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

Boy it must be great being an AT&T customerif you’re the kind of person that takes fancy in Windows Phones, seeing that the carrier lays claim to two of the best ones out right now. Earlier in the fall, we were mesmerized by the carrier’s introduction of the Nokia Lumia 1020 – a device revered by many as being the best camera phone to launch this year. With its insanely large 41-megapixel PureView camera, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be tested much in the camera snapping department any time soon.

Not to be outdone, the carrier was recently blessed with yet another fantastic offering that most people believe to be the best from the Finnish company this year – the phablet styled Nokia Lumia 1520. Brandishing a more modern hardware set, combined with a respectable 20-megapixel PureView camera, it’s no doubt the beefiest spec’d Windows Phone to date. Best of all, its $100 on-contract price from the onset wows many for its spectacular value. It’s the battle of the Lumias, so let’s find out how they duel against one another!


Well, they’re distinctively Lumia devices, as they employ those unique design elements that have been a staple with the series for as long as we can remember. The only difference here is that the Lumia 1520 relies on a tapered design, which helps it to appear skinnier than what it says on paper. Furthermore, the Lumia 1020 features flat surface top and bottom edges – whereas it’s a little bit more rounded on the Lumia 1520. Overall, we find the design of the 1520 just a smidgen more appealing, despite the fact that they’re both available in different colors and have sturdy constructions.

What’s most apparent here is the size disparity, seeing that the Lumia 1520 is by far the beefier device between them. Due to its larger dimensions, it naturally has a wider figure, which doesn’t make it as comfortable to hold in the hand – more so when its pointy corners dig into our palms. Conversely, the 1020 is more form fitting in the hand, but the huge hump in the rear makes it top heavy and a bit awkward to hold in the hand when typing.

Taking a tour around the sides of both phones, they feature the same set of buttons and ports, which include their power buttons, volume controls, shutter keys, microUSB ports for charging/data connectivity, speaker grills, various mics, 3.5mm headset jacks, and SIM slots. However, the 1520 packs along an always-useful microSD card slot to increase its internal storage capacity.

Nokia Lumia 1520
6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches
162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm
7.37 oz (209 g)

Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 1020
5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 inches
130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

Nokia Lumia 1020

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


This one is a no-brainer, as one of them hosts the first 1080p resolution display to ever grace a Windows Phone. With its ginormous 6-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, not only does it impress us with its overall size, but it easily overshadows the smaller 4.5-inch 768 x 1280 AMOLED panel of the 1020. Yet again, we have to emphasize the 1080p resolution of the 1520’s display, mainly because it’s a first in the Windows Phone camp. This results in 368 ppi pixel density, compared to 334 ppi for the 1020's smaller display.

Seeing that they rely on two different display technologies, they have their particular strengths and weaknesses. Flaunting an IPS-LCD panel, the 1520’s display produces the more realistic colors tones, has the higher brightness output, and proves to have the superior outdoor visibility. On the other end, the 1020’s AMOLED panel catches our attention with its saturated color reproduction and wider viewing angles. However, it’s easily washed out under outdoor settings when the sun is present. At the end of the day, we can’t help but to give points to the 1520’s display.

Nokia Lumia 1520 360-Degrees View

Nokia Lumia 1020 360-Degrees View

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posted on 10 Dec 2013, 06:22 2

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

1520 is a very good overall package but I want a 5" display size phone with same specs.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 06:29 1

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

And the live tiles in 1520 looks more beautiful.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 06:34

5. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


posted on 10 Dec 2013, 07:52

14. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Thanks, if this comes true in near future then it would be really awesome.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 08:25

17. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

What happened to all the comments❔

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 08:32

18. papss (unregistered)

Im seriously trying to trade my g2 for a 1520 right now on craigs list.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 09:16 1

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

1520 obviously. I'll take the upgraded specs over the 41MP camera any day.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 09:18

20. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

1020. Better size and 1520 doesn't have that much better functionality and perfomance is ok enough.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 13:14 3

25. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

Well at least in a Windows Phone vs Windows Phone match PhoneArena actually picks a Windows Phone. BREAK THROUGH MOMENT. Let us all take a minute and think about what just happened.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 15:31 1

26. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

This is the first comment I've ever laughed out loud at on here.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 14:14

28. haydenb (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)

I like the 1520 alot but its just a little too big for me. Thats saying something considering i have a Note II. That being said if there were the amount of Apps available for Windows app store as there are for Android and Apple and just a little smaller maybe the size of my Note II would be nice i would buy one most likely

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