The Lumia 1020 from Nokia is the latest Windows Phone 8 handset. It has a 41Mp camera that delivers amazing shots. Let us see how it compares with the best of Windows Apple smartphone.
iPhone 5 vs Lumia 1020: Cameras
Starting with camera: as this the one thing which first strikes the very best in Nokia Lumia 1020.
Nokia’s Lumia 1020 comes with 41Mp camera. The Lumia 1020 also features a custom camera app that has functions never before seen on a smartphone. And this is the only area in which straight off the bat the Lumia 1020 knocks the iPhone 5 off its perch.
The Two File Images
When you take a photo with the Lumia 1020 you create two image files: one at full resolution and a 5-megapixel resampling of that image which may be more practical to use and share. You can move and store both image files when you connect your Lumia 1020 to you Mac or PC, but if you delete an image from the camera roll within your phone it deletes both files. It’s an odd system to describe, but very easy and sensible in use.
The Lumia 1020 has not one or two but three separate camera apps: the Windows Phone Camera app, Nokia Pro Cam, and Nokia Smart Cam. By default holding down the phone’s physical camera button automatically launches Nokia Pro Cam. This is the best camera app and it lets you adjust your camera’s ISO and shutter speed, and even features a rudimentary manual-focus mode. The biggest drawback to using Pro Cam, however, is that it’s slow to launch and to save and process photos. This doesn’t help you in situations in which you need to take multiple shots.
Nokia Smart Cam takes multiple photos in rapid succession and gives you options to remove unwanted objects from the scene. It also lets you meld multiple photos together to create a single image in which everyone in the group is smiling and has their eyes open. The app works pretty well, but you’ll need to make sure that you’re holding very still while taking photos—the slightest movement can throw off the process, leaving you with a bunch of mediocre images.
The iPhone 5 Camera
By comparison the iPhone 5’s rear-facing camera is much the same as that in the iPhone 4S, able to shoot full-HD video at 30fps, with software image stabilisation. The change here is a new lens cover, now crafted from sapphire crystal for improved optical clarity and hopefully scratch resistance. The front-facing camera is now up to 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, which enables Apple’s video chat service FaceTime in HD mode. It’s a good smartphone camera.
The default iPhone 5 camera app has few features – you can’t change the quality of photos or videos, for example, but you can display a grid, enable HDR or panorama modes. It also has face detection and you can choose the focus/exposure point by tapping and holding somewhere in the viewfinder.
An interesting fact about the iPhone 5 is that in extremely low light, the sensor switches to a mode where four pixels are combined into one in order to provide an effective increase of 2 f-stops. What that means is that photos taken in this mode will have a much lower resolution, but won’t be as noisy.
Taking photos on the iPhone 5 isn’t as easy as it could be because there’s no dedicated shutter button, but you can use the volume up button instead of the on-screen button.
In most circumstances, the iPhone 5 does a great job. As long as there’s enough light, photos are sharp and have good colour depth and tone. The HDR mode improves the dynamic range (useful when you have a dark subject and a bright background) but isn’t great if people are moving around in the photo.
iPhone 5 vs Lumia 1020: Screen
The iPhone 5 has a small 4in display compared to the Lumia 1020. The iPhone 5 raises its screen by simply extending the screen’s height by 14mm, keeping the width identical. The 640 x 1136-pixel display is still IPS, only even richer in colour saturation while still looking more natural than the slightly cloying OLED alternatives. And importantly the Apple iPhone 5’s screen has the pixel-hiding Retina resolution of 326ppi.
The Lumia 1020 boasts a display resolution of 1280 by 768. Nowadays, with lots of smartphones touting 1080p displays, it’s disappointing that Microsoft has yet to update the Windows Phone OS to support higher resolutions.TIt’s.5-inch WXGA display that uses the an AMOLED “PureMotion HD+” panel and has pixel density of 331ppi.
The screen on the Lumia 1020 is acceptable for watching movies or playing games, but it would have been nice to have a sharper display available for viewing photos shot with the phone’s impressive camera.
iPhone 5 vs Lumia 1020: Processor and performance
The iPhone 5 scored 1650 points in Geekbench 2, compared to the 4S’ score of 632. That’s over 2.6 times faster. When it came to gaming performance, the iPhone 5 ran the Egypt HD test within the GLBenchmark 2.5 test at 38fps, which is exactly twice the framerate of the 4S’ which scored 19fps.
In general use, the iPhone 5 feels incredibly snappy, opening apps and loading websites quicker than ever before. Even web browsing over 3G feels appreciably faster.
The Lumia 1020 packs a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and ships with 32GB of internal storage. (There’s more choice with the iPhone 5 which has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models.)
iPhone 5 vs Lumia 1020: Design and build
Apple’s iPhone 5 remains one of the smallest flagship devices at 59 x 124 x 7.6mm and 112g. This is mostly due to the fact it has a smaller screen. In terms of build quality the iPhone 5 is put together beautifully with a combination of aluminium and glass. The build quality is jewel-like, reminiscent of a Swiss watch.
The Lumia 1020 is extremely well built with a better camera tacked onto the back. The phones share some design elements—such as a rounded chassis and a large, 4.5-inch screen—although the 1020 doesn’t feel as chunky when you hold it in your hand. This phone is slimmer than the 920, but the camera on the rear of the 1020 protrudes a bit and can make the handset feel awkward while it’s resting in your pocket. Most of all the Lumia 1020 is a big bright bold slab of a phone. Where the iPhone 5 is a refined and restrained, opulent gift of a handset, the Lumia 1020 is an almost cartoon-like dash of colour.
iPhone 5 vs Lumia 1020: Connectivity
The iPhone 5 offers offer dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, GPS and support for 4G LTE networks. Of course the iPhone 5 uses Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector, whereas the Lumia 1020 connects via mini USB, like most other smartphones. The Lumia 102 is another 4G phone with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and microUSB.
iPhone 5 vs Lumia 1020: Software
The iOS7 is a superb operating system. It’s both easy to use and packed with features, and there are more than ever in this new release. Siri is better than the voice-controlled TellMe function in Windows Phone 8, but Apple doesn’t allow third-party developers to expand on Siri’s capabilities as Microsoft will in WP8.
iOS 7 also has tight Twitter and Facebook integration, what looks to be an impressive new Maps app, and many other standard high-quality apps. Windows Phone 8 with big, bright Live tiles on the home screen update with the information that’s important to you in real time. The Windows Store remains in a different league to Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play. Many of the big-name apps are present, including the likes of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber, YouTube, Tumblr, TVCatchup, Netflix, eBay, BBC Radio and Wikipedia (even Skype, but you’ll miss that front-facing camera), but there’s little else of note.
Nokia develops its own apps, and some of them are very decent. For example, Nokia Music and Mix Radio offer free music that you can stream or download to play offline. HERE Maps and Drive offer turn-by-turn driving directions, as well as walking distances and the best routes for public transport, including departure times.
Windows Phone 8 also offers Family Room, within which you can connect with other members of the household and share information such as where you are, photos, and even reminders to, say, pick up some milk on the way home from work. Kid’s Corner is another neat utility, allowing you to make available to your children only the features and apps you deem suitable. And then there’s the Xbox Live Hub, which lets you connect and play with friends wherever you are.
Being a Windows Phone, Microsoft Office is also built-in. The Nokia Lumia 520 offers access to Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, plus there’s that 7GB of SkyDrive storage we mentioned earlier.
The best Apple phone has to be better than the best Windows Phone, and if you are looking for a great camera phone, the Lumia 1020 is a good buy.