Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Fight!

by Jerry D on August 6, 2013

If you rank the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Google Nexus 4 against each other, which one wins? Does the 4.5-inch screen on the Lumia 1020, outperform the Nexus 4’s display? What’s the storage capacity like? Does the 41MP camera on the 1020 deliver the spectacular results its PureView tech promises? You’ll find the answers to these questions in the table that follows.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4: 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 Google Nexus 4
Display 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 4.7-inch True HD IPS
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(317.66 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.2
Storage 32GB internal, no expansion slot 8 or 16GB 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, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.2MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
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 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1mm
Weight 158g 139g
Talktime 13.25 hours 15.0 hours
Standby 380 hours 390 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Dolby Digital Plus, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot feature and TV-out

 

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 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. Google Nexus 4 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Connectivity

The spec sheet of the Lumia 1020 lists NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP as the core connectivity options. Data downloads will zip over 4G (if your network supports it). Google’s Nexus 4, meanwhile, dishes up NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. No 4G in this older phone though.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (1-0)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Size/Weight

How do the two phones match up in terms of size? The Lumia 1020 is a neat 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm handset. While Google’s phone is 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm. The Nexus 4 is the smaller phone. Measure the weight of the duo and the Lumia 1020 weighs 158g, while the Google Nexus 4 is 139g.
— The Nexus 4 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Camera/Video

Wow. The Lumia 1020′s built-in camera has a resolution of 41.0 MP, plus features that include: 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. Oh and there’s also a 1.2MP camera on the front for making video calls.

In this round, the Nexus 4 comes off second best. Its 8.0 Megapixel lens (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording) is good, but nowhere near the quality of the 1020′s camera. The highest resolution supported on the Nexus 4 is 3264 x 2448 pixels. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 1.3MP.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (2-1)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Display

Nokia has built the Lumia 1020 with a 4.5-inch touch-sensitive display. The smart AMOLED ClearBlack screen has an HD resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. The pixels per inch (PPI) measurement here is a lofty 331.778. Nice. Very nice indeed.

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.

The Nexus 4′s touch-sensitive True HD IPS screen is only slightly bigger at 4.7 inches. The screen resolution is also 768 x 1280 pixels. With 983040 pixels on the 4.7-inch screen, the pixel density is 317.66 pixels per inch. Not much in it.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-2)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Processor

The spec sheets show that the Lumia 1020′s processor is a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chip, while the Nexus 4 uses a quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon, rated at 1.5GHz. This is an easy decision…
— The Nexus 4 wins (3-3)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4

At this halfway point, the Lumia 1020 and the Nexus 4 have 3 points each. There’s all to play for as we approach the next round: software…

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Software

The Lumia 1020 runs Windows Phone 8, the Nexus 4 uses Android 4.2. No contest…
— The Nexus 4 wins (3-4)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Applications

Does the Windows Phone software on the Lumia 1020 win the app-war? Taking the raw numbers into account, Google Play beats the Windows Phone Store by 675000 apps to 145000. So the Lumia 1020 gets beaten by the Nexus 4 in this round. The Nexus 4 has completed a dramatic comeback and now leads by 2 points. But, believe it or not, this fight could still go either way.
— The Nexus 4 wins (3-5)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Storage

This round is about the storage options. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is only available in one configuration with 32GB of internal storage. While the Google Nexus 4 rocks up with a spec sheet that lists 8 or 16GB variants. The Lumia 1020 naturally wins the internal storage battle with 32GB, compared to 16GB on the Nexus 4. There’s no expansion slot on the Lumia 1020, so its storage can’t be extended. The Nexus 4 is also missing an expansion slot.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (4-5)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Battery Life

With a full charge, Nokia’s spec sheet lists 13.25 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 15.0 hours for the Google Nexus 4. As for standby time, the phones can last for 380 hours and 390 hours respectively. No points for the Lumia 1020 in this round.
— The Nexus 4 wins (4-6)

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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. Google Nexus 4 – 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 Nexus 4 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot feature and a TV-out.
— It’s a tie, one point each (5-7)

BPF Verdict: The Google Nexus 4 wins! (5-7)

The Google Nexus 4 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 1020, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 2 and losing 3. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

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

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