Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 5: Which Is A Better Gift This Christmas?

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By Katrina Dianne Gimenez | December 19, 2013 8:14 PM EST

If you are confused between Nokia Lumia 1020 and Google Nexus 5 either as a gift for yourself or your loved-ones this Christmas, here are the specs for the two devices that will help you decide.


In dimension, Lumia 1020 is shorter but wider and thicker at 130.4 mm x 71.4 mm x 10.4 mm than Nexus 5 mm at 137.9 m x 69.2 mm x 8.6 mm. Lumia 1020 is heavier by 28 grams than Nexus 5. Lumia 1020 which weighs 158 grams in contrast to Nexus 5 at 130 grams.

Lumia 1020 is easily recognizable because of its round black camera unit protruding from its back. It's a statement to the world of its whooping 41 MP sensor. Nexus 5 conforms to the current trend in smartphone design with a smooth and thin body.

Screen And Display

Nexus 5 has a wider screen of 4.5-inch compared to Lumia 1020's 4.5-inch screen. In display quality, Nexus 5 has superior display with full-HD resolution of 1, 920 x 1, 080 pixels and pixel density of 445ppi against Lumia 1020 which only has 1, 280 x 768 pixels and pixel density of 334 ppi. Despite the big difference in pixel density, Lumia 1020 can still give a sharp and crisp display for normal phone use.


If you're in to multi-tasking, heavy gaming and apps downloading Nexus 5's 2.26GHz quad-core processor will impress you. It has a slicker feel when operating compared to its sister Nexus 4. But if you're only after the current basic use of a smartphone, i.e. texting, calling, light internet browsing, and music playing, then Lumia 1020's 1.5 GHz dual-core processor will run smoothly for you.


If you're a photo aficionado, you will definitely like Lumia 1020 with its whooping 41 MP camera sensor. This is far more superior to Nexus 5's 8 MP camera. Lumia 1020 can capture the best quality images from a phone due to its high-resolution sensor and manual controls. For superb images, Nokia's flagship has the Nokia Pro Cam app which gives manual control over shutter speed, ISO, white balance and focus.

Battery Life

Nexus 5 packs a 2,300 mAh while Lumia 1020 has a 2,000 mAh battery. Nexus 5 gives a maximum talk time of 17 hours while Lumia 1020 gives 13.3 hours.

Price Range

Despite being superior in specs, Nexus 5 is surprisingly cheaper at a price range of $474 to $599.95 in Australia. Lumia 1020 is available at a price range of $599 to $709.

Ultimate Decree

Nexus 5 is superior in terms of performance, battery life, and display resolution and it's available at a cheaper price. If you're a photo aficionado, Lumia 1020 is a good buy because you can get a superb camera and phone in one.

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