Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, HTC One

Nokia's Lumia 1020 has an attention-grabbing camera, but can the rest of the device match up to the top smartphones?

Nokia showed off its latest Windows phone, the Nokia Lumia 1020 , at a press conference in New York on Thursday.

The star feature of the Lumia 1020 is a 41-megapixel camera with a backside illuminated sensor designed to take supersharp pictures.

The device also sports a colorful, matte, polycarbonate chassis in yellow, white, or black, and a 4.5-inch high-resolution screen. Inside, the 1020 packs a 1.5Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 32GB of internal storage.

Nokia's latest Lumia has a much larger and higher-quality camera than its top competitors, but we wanted to know how the rest of its specs stack up.

Below, we give you the full rundown on how the Lumia 1020 compares with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5, and the HTC One. Decide for yourself which phone has the best features for you, and let us know your pick in the comments.

Phone Nokia Lumia 1020 Apple iPhone 5 Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC One
OS Windows Phone 8 iOS 6 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Processor 1.5GHz dual-core
Snapdragon S4
Proprietary A6 CPU 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600
Screen 4.5-inch LCD; 1,280x768 pixels, 331ppi 4-inch IPS LCD; 1,136x640 pixels, 326ppi 5-inch LCD; 1,920x1,080 pixels, 441ppi 4.7-inch LCD; 1,080x1,920 pixels, 468ppi
RAM 2GB Not listed 2GB 2GB
Internal storage 32GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB 32GB
Expansion slot No No Yes, up to 64GB No
Carrier AT&T AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon AT&T, Spring, T-Mobile
LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battery 2,000mAh, embedded Not listed; embedded 2,600mAh;
removable
2,300mAh, embedded
Camera 41 megapixels,
1.2-megapixel front-facing
8 megapixels,
1.2-megapixel front-facing
13 megapixels,
2-megapixel front-facing
4 megapixels,
2-megapixel front-facing
Bluetooth version 3.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
NFC Yes No Yes Yes
Wireless charging Optional No Optional No
Dimensions (inches) 5.1 x 2.8 x 0.4 4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3 5.3 x 2.7 x 0.3 5.4 x 2.7 x 0.4
Weight (ounces) 5.5 4 4.5 5
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HTC One

The Bottom Line: A few quibbles notwithstanding, the powerhouse HTC One is a beautifully crafted, near-ideal smartphone. / Read full review

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Apple iPhone 5

The Bottom Line: The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe. / Read full review

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Nokia Lumia 1020

The Bottom Line: Avid mobile photographers will love the Nokia Lumia 1020's exact controls, but casual users should stick to cheaper camera phones. / Read full review

About the author

Sarah Mitroff is a CNET associate editor who reviews Android and Windows Phone software and, occasionally, hardware. In the past she's written about everything from Android apps to startups Wired, MacWorld, PCWorld, and VentureBeat. She loves pretty space photos, the San Francisco Giants, and apps that organize the recipes she compulsively hoards.

 

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