Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Fight!

by Jerry D on August 14, 2013

If you compare the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S4, which one wins? Does the 4.5-inch display on the Lumia 1020, defeat the one on the Galaxy S4? Does the Lumia 1020 feature more storage space? And what about design? Is the Galaxy S4 too bulky? Discover which handset wins this big phone fight in the table below…

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: 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 S4
Display 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 5.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.2.2
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 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture
Front
camera
Yes, 1.2MP Yes, 2.0MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 71.4 x 130.4 x 10.4mm 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9mm
Weight 158g 130g
Talktime 13.25 hours TBC
Standby 380 hours TBC
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, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out

 

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 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 S4 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Connectivity

The wireless options on the Lumia 1020 include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. It also incorporates 4G for speedy data downloads. As for the Galaxy S4, Samsung has built it with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi as standard. There’s also 4G connectivity where available.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Size/Weight

Let’s put the two phones side-by-side… The Galaxy S4 is the slimmer of the two phones with a depth of 7.9mm. The Lumia 1020 is wider, measuring 71.4mm to the Galaxy S4′s 69.8mm. Weighing 158g, the Lumia 1020 is 28g heavier than the Galaxy S4, which weighs 130g. The Galaxy S4 strikes out in front after this size/weight round.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (1-2)

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 1020′s 41.0 MP lens features a maximum resolution of plus 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.

Despite autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture, the Galaxy S4′s 13.0 Megapixel camera drops points here. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 2.0MP.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (2-2)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Display

The Lumia 1020 features a touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack display, 4.5 inches across with a quoted resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is a stellar 331.778.

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 Galaxy S4′s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display is a teeny bit larger, measuring 5.0 inches on the diagonal. With 2073600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a big league 440.6 pixels per inch.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-3)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Processor

As far as the performance of the two phones is concerned, the Lumia 1020′s core uses a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chip, while the Galaxy S4 uses a eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, rated at 1.6GHz.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4

At the halfway point, the Galaxy S4 has a healthy 2 point lead. Of course, this deficit can be overturned. But is the Lumia 1020 good enough to win the forthcoming software, storage and battery life rounds?

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Software

Windows Phone 8 comes installed on the Lumia 1020. Inside the Galaxy S4 you’ll find Android 4.2.2.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-5)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Applications

The OS is arguably the most important part of a smartphone and having the best apps is crucial. 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 Galaxy S4 in this round. With three rounds left, the Galaxy S4 has stayed out in front. The Lumia 1020 is out of this big phone fight.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-6)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Storage

Storage. Which phone comes out on top? The Nokia Lumia 1020 has an internal storage capacity of 32GB. The Galaxy S4, meanwhile, is a bit more versatile and comes in 16, 32 or 64GB versions. There’s no expansion slot on the Lumia 1020, so its storage can’t be extended. Fortunately, you can expand the memory of the Galaxy S4 via the built-in microSD slot. With a 64GB card, the maximum is 128GB.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-7)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Lumia 1020 and the Galaxy S4 share the points (3-8)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – 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 S4 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out.
— It’s a tie, one point each (4-9)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins! (4-9)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 1020, taking 6 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 1. 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: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Yes
The most applications: Yes
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: Comparable

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