Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on August 13, 2013

There was a time when the Nokia Lumia 925 could lay claim to being the top Windows Phone. But times change. Technology evolves. Numbers increase. So we ask the BIG question: is the Nokia Lumia 1020 95 points better than the older 925 model? And if so, where? And how? Find out which one wins this big phone fight in the table below…

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925: 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 Nokia Lumia 925
Display 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 32GB internal, no expansion slot 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 8.7 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss Tessar f/2.0, 26mm True 16:9 optics, PureView technology, touch focus, geo-tagging, dual LED flash, image stabilization, Nokia Smart Camera mode and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.2MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP
Size 71.4 x 130.4 x 10.4mm 70.6 x 129.0 x 8.5mm
Weight 158g 139g
Talktime 13.25 hours 13.0 hours
Standby 380 hours 440 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, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, free SkyDrive storage, Dolby Headphone sound and a metal design

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925 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. Nokia Lumia 925 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925 – Connectivity

As far as wireless tech is concerned, the Lumia 1020 comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. It also boasts support for faster 4G networks. Nokia has jammed its handset with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. You can tick 4G networking too.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925 – Size/Weight

Modern phones are hardly fat and frumpy. The Lumia 1020 is the wider of the two, measuring 71.4mm to the Lumia 925′s 70.6mm. The Lumia 1020 is the taller handset, measuring 130.4mm to the Lumia 925′s 129.0mm. As for weightiness, the Lumia 1020 is heavier than the Lumia 925, tipping the scales at 158g, compared to the Lumia 925′s 139g. The old 925 edges ahead. Can it hang onto this early lead?
— The Lumia 925 wins (1-2)

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 1020′s 41.0 MP camera features 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.

Despite its autofocus, Carl Zeiss Tessar f/2.0, 26mm True 16:9 optics, PureView technology, touch focus, geo-tagging, dual LED flash, image stabilization, Nokia Smart Camera mode and 1080p video recording, the Lumia 925′s smart 8.7 Megapixel package loses out in this round. Another 1.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (2-2)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925 – Display

Headlining the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a 4.5-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack display with a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. The screen has 983040 pixels in total, giving it a rating of 331.778 pixels per inch – a lofty number.

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 touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack screen on the Lumia 925 is the same size. But that’s not the end of the story… The screen resolution is also 768 x 1280 pixels. With 983040 pixels on the 4.5-inch screen, the pixel density is a formidable 331.778 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-3)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925 – Processor

1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon vs. 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon…
— It’s a tie, one point each (4-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925

After five rounds, the Lumia 925 and the newer 1020 are locked at 4-4. But this isn’t over. Let’s see what the Lumia 1020 has to offer as we start the second half of this tech spec battle…

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925 – Software

Neither phone wins this Windows Phone 8 vs. Windows Phone 8 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-5)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925 – Applications

It’s the Windows Phone Store vs. the Windows Phone Store and there’s no winner here. Which means… At the end of round #7, the Lumia 1020 is still trailing by 1. It’s difficult to know which way this will go.
— The two phones share the points (6-6)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925 – Storage

This round revolves around storage. The Nokia Lumia 1020 features 32GB of storage. As for the Nokia Lumia 925, it features 16GB of storage. Unfortunately, the Lumia 1020 lacks an expansion slot so 32GB is all the storage on offer. Similarly, the 16GB storage on the Lumia 925 can’t be extended either. Like the Lumia 1020, there’s no memory card slot here.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (7-6)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia Lumia 925 – Battery Life

Measuring battery life isn’t an exact science. But Nokia boasts 13.25 hours of talktime for its Lumia 1020, versus 13.0 hours for the Lumia 925. The standby times are 380 hours for the Lumia 1020 and 440 hours for the Lumia 925. The Lumia 925 comes second in this round.
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (8-7)

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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. Nokia Lumia 925 – 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 Lumia 925 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, free SkyDrive storage, Dolby Headphone sound and a metal design.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (9-7)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 1020 wins! (9-7)

The Nokia Lumia 1020 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 925, taking 2 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 7 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

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

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