Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Fight!

by Jerry D on August 7, 2013

If you compare the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S3, which one emerges as the winner? Does the 4.5-inch screen on the Lumia 1020, trump the Galaxy S3’s display? Is its dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor clocked higher? Does the Galaxy S3’s 8.6mm-thick design turn heads? Get the answers to these questions in the table that follows.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: 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 Samsung Galaxy S3
Display 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 4.8-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.0.4
Storage 32GB internal, no expansion slot 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
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/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.2MP Yes, 1.9MP
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 4.0 with A2DP and EDR
Size 71.4 x 130.4 x 10.4mm 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6mm
Weight 158g 133g
Talktime 13.25 hours 12.0 hours
Standby 380 hours 790 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, stereo FM radio with RDS, S-Voice, TV-out and Smart Stay eye-tracking

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 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. Samsung Galaxy S3 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Connectivity

Let’s consider the wireless options first. The Lumia 1020 boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. As for 4G, you get that too. In comparison, the Galaxy S3 features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and EDR. It also supports 4G.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Size/Weight

How chunky are these two handsets? The Lumia 1020 and the Galaxy S3 measure 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm and 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm respectively. Overall the Lumia 1020 is the bigger phone. Put the two phones on the scales and the Nokia Lumia 1020 weighs 158g, while the Galaxy S3 is 133g. The Galaxy S3 hits the front, but there’s still a long way to go.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (1-2)

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Camera/Video

As for photo/video prowess, the Lumia 1020′s 41.0 MP lens 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. There’s also a front-facing 1.2MP camera for video calls.

The Galaxy S3, meanwhile, has a lower-spec camera – an 8.0 Megapixel model with a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, plus autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording functionality. A second 1.9MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (2-2)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Display

The Lumia 1020 features a 4.5-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack display with a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. Jamming 983040 pixels into this screen size gives the Lumia 1020 an impressive pixel density of 331.778 pixels per inch (PPI).

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 4.8-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S3 is not noticeably bigger. It boasts a lower resolution than the Lumia 1020, namely 720 x 1280 pixels. With 921600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 306.042 pixels per inch.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (3-2)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Processor

Comparing the processing muscle, we see that the Galaxy S3 is powered by a 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412 processor. The Lumia 1020 has a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chip, rated at 1.5GHz.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (3-3)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

At the halfway point, the Lumia 1020 and the Galaxy S3 are tied on 3 points each. Which phone will triumph? Has the Galaxy S3 got the best software or the biggest storage capacity?

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Software

Nokia’s phone uses Windows Phone 8, while Samsung prefers Android for its S3 handset.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (3-4)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Applications

What about a comparison of the two app stores? Looking at the stats, the Galaxy S3 leads the way with 675000 apps on Google Play. It beats the Lumia 1020 and the Windows Phone Store, which boasts 145000 apps. The Lumia 1020 has blown its half-time lead. There’s a small chance, however, that the Lumia 1020 could still win.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (3-5)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Storage

Now it’s storage vs storage. The Nokia Lumia 1020 incorporates 32GB of built-in storage. The competing Galaxy S3 comes in different versions, cramming in either 16, 32 or 64GB-worth of storage. Here, the top-end 64GB in the Galaxy S3 trumps the 32GB capacity of the Lumia 1020. Without an expansion slot on the Lumia 1020, 32GB is the maximum amount of storage available. Fortunately, you can expand the memory of the Galaxy S3 via the built-in microSD slot. With a 64GB card, the maximum is 128GB.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (3-6)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Battery Life

Measuring the staying power of phones is difficult. But Nokia claims 13.25 hours of talktime for the Lumia 1020, compared to 12.0 hours for the Galaxy S3. Standby times are 380 hours and 790 hours respectively. The Galaxy S3 drops the round.
— The Lumia 1020 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. Samsung Galaxy S3 – 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 Galaxy S3 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, stereo FM radio with RDS, S-Voice, TV-out and Smart Stay eye-tracking.
— It’s a tie, one point each (5-7)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins! (5-7)

The Samsung Galaxy S3 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: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: No
The best display: No
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Yes
The most applications: Yes
The most storage: Yes
The best battery life: No
The best extras: Comparable

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