Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Fight!

by Jerry D on August 6, 2013

If you set the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the popular Sony Xperia SP against one another, which one triumphs? Is the 4.5-inch display on the Lumia 1020 more high tech than the 4.6-inch screen on the Xperia SP? Is the Windows Phone 8 operating system on the Lumia 1020 good enough? How do the Xperia SP’s vital statistics compare? Find answers to these questions in the side-by-side comparison that follows.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP: 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 Sony Xperia SP
Display 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 4.6-inch LCD
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(319.348 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1
Storage 32GB internal, no expansion slot 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
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, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.2MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 71.4 x 130.4 x 10.4mm 67.1 x 130.6 x 10.0mm
Weight 158g 155g
Talktime 13.25 hours 19.0 hours
Standby 380 hours 734 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, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a TV-out

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP 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. Sony Xperia SP fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Connectivity

The Lumia 1020 is a 3G/HSDPA phone with added NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. 4G connectivity is also supported. The Xperia SP packs NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. And 4G? Yes, that’s in there too.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Size/Weight

How do our fighters measure up To each other? There’s not much between the two – the Lumia 1020 is 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm, the Xperia SP is 130.6 x 67.1 x 10.0mm. The Xperia SP is the more compact handset. Drop the two handsets on the scales and the Nokia Lumia 1020 weighs 158g, while the Xperia SP is 155g. If you look at the running score, the Lumia 1020 already has some catching up to do.
— The Xperia SP wins (1-2)

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Camera/Video

Boom! The Lumia 1020 comes packing a built-in 41.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features 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.

The Xperia SP’s 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording) is no match for the Lumia 1020′s incredible, six-lensed camera technology. While a second 0.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling, its VGA resolution also falls short.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (2-2)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Display

As for screen size, the Nokia Lumia 1020 features a good, 4.5-inch (768 x 1280) touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack display. The resulting pixel density of this handset is a stellar 331.778 pixels per inch. Beat that Xperia SP!

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 Xperia SP’s touch-sensitive LCD display is a little roomier at 4.6 inches. It boasts a slightly lower screen resolution than the Lumia 1020 – the display can only muster 720 by 1280 pixels. With 921600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 319.348 pixels per inch.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (3-2)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Processor

In terms of performance, the Lumia 1020′s chip is a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, while the Xperia SP uses a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T processor, clocked at 1.7GHz.
— The Xperia SP wins (3-3)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP

At this halfway stage, the Lumia 1020 and the Xperia SP both have 3 points each. This technology tussle is perfectly poised. The battle could go either way…

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Software

The Lumia 1020 runs Windows Phone 8, the Sony Xperia SP uses Android 4.1.
— The Xperia SP wins (3-4)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Applications

This round is all about apps. In this fight, the Xperia SP has access to more downloadable apps than the Lumia 1020. There are over 675000 apps on Google Play, compared to 145000 apps listed on the Windows Phone Store. The Lumia 1020 has thrown away its lead since half-time. But do the math and Nokia’s phone isn’t out of this fight yet…
— The Xperia SP wins (3-5)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (4-6)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Battery Life

Fully powered-up, the Lumia 1020 weighs in with 13.25 hours of talktime; the Xperia SP in comparison boasts 19.0 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Nokia’s phone can last 380 hours, while Sony’s model boasts a whopping 734 hours. Zero points for the Lumia 1020 in this section of the fight.
— The Xperia SP wins (4-7)

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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. Sony Xperia SP – 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 Xperia SP is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a TV-out.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (5-7)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia SP wins! (5-7)

The Sony Xperia SP 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: Comparable
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: No

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