Apple iPhone 5s vs Nokia Lumia 1020: Which Handset Should You Go For?

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By Precious Silva | December 19, 2013 4:42 PM EST

Apple's release of the iPhone 5 and its succeeding line 5s changed the game for phones. The processing power of the device has been one of its greatest points. Likewise, Apple also emphasized the camera on the new 5s. Some of the upgrades include larger pixels measuring 1.5 microns, an f/2.2 aperture and 15 percent larger sensor. If there is one phone famous for its camera, it would be the Nokia Lumia series. How does Apple's phone par against the 1020 Series? How does the iPhone 5s and Nokia 1020 compare against each other? 

There is more to a phone than just its camera so it is best to do a rundown of their specs. 


Both the iPhone 5s and Nokia 1020 sport touch screens. They are on equal footing here. The Lumia 1020 weighs 5.6 ounces and measures 5.1 by 2.8 by 0.4 inches (HWD). While many people think the 720p touch screen makes the most of the weight, it is actually the camera assembly that does. The camera protrudes slightly from the back. The iPhone 5s features a slimmer build. The device weighs less than 4 ounces and measures 4.87 by 2.31 by 0.3 inches. Apple chose to go with a 4-inch, 1,136-by-640-pixel touch screen. 

Processor and Performance 

The iPhone 5s comes with a new 64-bit A7 processor and M7 motion coprocessor. This should be great for supporting next generation apps under iOS 7. The Lumia 1020, on the other hand, runs on a standard 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. This is a standard among Windows Phone 8 devices. Two phones are very different in terms of operating systems and performance. 

Understanding the generalizations, Windows Phone 8 devices are usually more customizable. They feature live tile interface. The iOS 7, in the meantime, is a fresh take on the traditional Apple mobile operating system. Apple is superior in terms of game and app catalog. It has a created an ecosystem which can be difficult for other companies to compete with. 


The iPhone 5s provide a range of camera features. These include a hybrid IR filter, and the usual face detection, True Tone flash, a backside illumination sensor, burst and panorama modes. The iPhone 5s and Lumia 1020 both record high-definition 1080p video. The devices can shoot at 30 frames per second. They can also capture shots even while recording video. The iPhone 5s features a slow motion video that can grab 120 frames per second. 

The Lumia 1020's camera features a  2/3-inch design. This is a similar size to the high-end premium compact cameras. Many agree that it is one of the most impressive features of the Lumia series. The backside has been illuminated to reduce noise. The device also features a wide-angle 27mm (35mm equivalent) field of view in 4:3 mode. 

The iPhone 5s remains atop the list of high-end smartphones. However, for those with particular interest on photography, the Lumia 1020 can be more beneficial. 

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