Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia ZL – Fight!

by Jerry D on August 8, 2013

If you compare the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Sony Xperia ZL, which one KOs the other? Is the 4.5-inch screen on the Lumia 1020 noticeably better than the Xperia ZL’s? Does its dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor have more kick? Is the 13.0MP camera on the Xperia ZL good, average or disappointing? Get the answers to these questions below…

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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia ZL: 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 ZL
Display 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 5.0-inch Reality
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 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8064
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1.2
Storage 32GB internal, no expansion slot 16GB 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 detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.2MP Yes, 2.0MP
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 69.3 x 131.6 x 9.8mm
Weight 158g 151g
Talktime 13.25 hours 10.0 hours
Standby 380 hours 500 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, stereo FM radio, TV-out, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and an IR remote

 

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

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia ZL – Connectivity

The Lumia 1020 is well-specced and includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP connectivity. It can also accelerate to 4G speeds. The Xperia ZL, meanwhile, boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G networking is also supported.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

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

How do the two combatants measure up? The Lumia 1020 measures 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm, while the Xperia ZL is 131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8mm in comparison. The Lumia 1020 is the bigger phone. Weigh the two phones and the Lumia 1020 weighs 158g, while the Sony Xperia ZL is 151g. After this round, the Lumia 1020 trails by a point going into round #3.
— The Xperia ZL wins (1-2)

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

First, let’s examine the Lumia 1020, which packs a 41.0 Megapixel camera with a dizzying array of extras 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. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera rated at 1.2 Megapixels.

In this battle, the Xperia ZL takes second place. Despite autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording, its 13.0 Megapixel camera isn’t up to the lofty standards of the Lumia 1020. Another 2.0 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (2-2)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia ZL – Display

The Lumia 1020 boasts a touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack display, measuring 4.5 inches and delivering a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. Packing 983040 pixels into this 4.5-inch screen results in a superb 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.

In contrast, the 5.0-inch touch-sensitive Reality display on Sony’s phone is only a bit larger, measuring 5.0 inches but it has a far better HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The resulting pixel density of 440.6 here beats the 331.778 rating given to the Lumia 1020.
— The Xperia ZL wins (2-3)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia ZL – Processor

Crack the phones open and the Lumia 1020 boasts a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor. The Xperia ZL, meanwhile, has a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8064 chip, rated at 1.5GHz.
— The Xperia ZL wins (2-4)

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

At the halfway stage in this match-up, the Xperia ZL leads by 4-2, a slender 2-point advantage. The second half is about to start. Can the Lumia 1020 power back and snatch the win?

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia ZL – Software

No. The Nokia Lumia 1020 uses Windows Phone 8, while the Xperia ZL runs Android 4.1.2.
— The Xperia ZL wins (2-5)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia ZL – Applications

Question: does the Lumia 1020′s Windows Phone software win the app-battle? According to the latest numbers, the Xperia ZL has the biggest app library in Google Play. It numbers over 675000 apps compared to the Windows Phone Store, which has in excess of 145000 apps. The Xperia ZL maintains its half-time advantage. The Xperia ZL is making this look easy.
— The Xperia ZL wins (2-6)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia ZL – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-7)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia ZL – Battery Life

With a full battery, Nokia boasts 13.25 hours of talktime for its Lumia 1020, versus 10.0 hours for the Xperia ZL. The standby times are 380 hours for the Lumia 1020 and 500 hours for the Xperia ZL. The Xperia ZL loses out in this part of the fight.
— The Lumia 1020 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 ZL – 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 ZL is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and an IR remote.
— It’s a tie, one point each (5-8)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia ZL wins! (5-8)

The Sony Xperia ZL wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 1020, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 2. 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: Comparable
The best battery life: No
The best extras: Comparable

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