Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Showdown!

by Jerry D on August 8, 2013

If you compare the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Apple iPhone 5 side-by-side, which phone wins? Does the 4.5-inch screen on the Lumia 1020, eclipse the iPhone 5’s 4.0-inch display? Is Lumia 1020‘s Windows Phone 8 software versatile enough? Is the 8.0MP camera on the iPhone 5 significantly better? All of these questions are answered in the table that follows…

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Nokia Lumia 1020 VS Apple iPhone 5
Display 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 4.0-inch Retina
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
640 x 1136 pixels
(326.0 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.2GHz dual core Apple A6
Software Windows Phone 8 iOS 6
Storage 32GB internal, no expansion slot 16, 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
41.0 Megapixels with Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, auto focus, touch focus, Xenon and LED flash, face detection, geo-tagging, image stabilization, dual capture, panorama and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.2MP Yes, 1.2MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 71.4 x 130.4 x 10.4mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm
Weight 158g 112g
Talktime 13.25 hours 8.0 hours
Standby 380 hours 225 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Dolby Digital Plus, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality PowerVR SGX 543MP3 graphics, GPS/A-GPS, accelerator, digital compass, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, gyroscope, Siri digital voice assistant

 

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Connectivity

The core connectivity options on the Lumia 1020 include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. 4G is also supported. As for the iPhone 5, Apple has built it with 3G/HSDPA/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard. There’s also 4G connectivity where available.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (1-0)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Size/Weight

How large are these two phones? The Lumia 1020 and the iPhone 5 are 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm and 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm respectively. Overall the iPhone 5 is the slimmer phone. The Lumia 1020 weighs 158g, whereas the iPhone 5 is 46g lighter and weighs 112g.
— The iPhone 5 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 1020′s 41.0 MP lens features an array of goodies such as: Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, auto focus, touch focus, Xenon and LED flash, face detection, geo-tagging, image stabilization, dual capture, panorama and 1080p video recording. For video calling, you’ll find a second 1.2MP camera on the front.

Unfortunately for the iPhone 5, it boasts a poorer specification, specifically an 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR and 1080p video recording. The maximum resolution of the camera is 3264 x 2448 pixels. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 1.2MP.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (2-1)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Display

In terms of screen size, the Nokia Lumia 1020 incorporates a 4.5-inch (768 x 1280) AMOLED ClearBlack display. It has 983040 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at a brilliant 331.778 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 1020 features a 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 331.778.

In contrast, the 4.0-inch touch-sensitive Retina display on Apple’s phone is only 0.5 inches smaller. But its 640 x 1136 pixel resolution loses out to the Lumia 1020′s 640 x 1136 pixel display. In comparison, there are 727040 pixels onscreen, giving the iPhone 5 a strong pixel density of 326.0 pixels per inch.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (3-1)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Processor

Assessing the CPUs, we find that inside the Lumia 1020 there’s an dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chip, rated at 1.5GHz. The iPhone 5 boasts a 1.2GHz dual core Apple A6 processor.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (4-1)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5

After five rounds and a terrific tech tussle, the Lumia 1020 now leads by 4-1. Of course, this deficit can be overturned. But is the iPhone 5 good enough to fight back?

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Software

As for software, the Lumia 1020 uses Windows Phone 8, while the iPhone 5 runs iOS 6.
— The iPhone 5 wins (4-2)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Applications

As far as apps are concerned, which phone has the best choice? In this case, if you want the smartphone with the biggest choice of apps, choose the iPhone 5 (700000+) over the Lumia 1020 (145000+). There are three rounds to go and the Lumia 1020 is still in the lead. Three rounds left…
— The iPhone 5 wins (4-3)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Storage

This next round compares storage options. The Lumia 1020 includes 32GB of storage. There are several Apple iPhone 5 models, offering you 16, 32 or 64GB of storage. As you can see, the best iPhone 5 incorporates 64GB versus the 32GB capacity of the Lumia 1020. There’s no expansion slot on the Lumia 1020, so its storage can’t be extended. Similarly, the 16, 32 or 64GB storage on the iPhone 5 can’t be extended either. Like the Lumia 1020, there’s no memory card slot here.
— The iPhone 5 wins (4-4)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Battery Life

Juiced up overnight, Nokia says that its Lumia 1020 can deliver 13.25 hours of talktime, while the iPhone 5 is rated at 8.0 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 380 hours and 225 hours respectively The iPhone 5 loses this round.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (5-4)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 1020 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Dolby Digital Plus, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality. In comparison, the iPhone 5 is packed with PowerVR SGX 543MP3 graphics, GPS/A-GPS, accelerator, digital compass, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, gyroscope and the Siri digital voice assistant.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (6-4)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 1020 wins! (6-4)

The Nokia Lumia 1020 wins this match-up. It beats the Apple iPhone 5, taking 6 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 0 and losing 4. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: No
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: No
The most applications: No
The most storage: No
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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