iPhone 5S vs Lumia 1020 : Flagship Smartphone Slamdown

By Akash

While Apple was busy its launch event last night, Nokia was at its witty best, mocking the new generation of iPhones. With several simple, sharp tweets, the Finnish phone maker managed to win its brand some serious attention on the micro blogging network.

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iPhone 5S vs Lumia 1020 : Flagship Smartphone Slamdown


Seconds after Apple announced a polycarbonate, colorful iPhone 5C, Nokia shot out a tweet with a photo of the Lumia range, saying "Imitation is the best form of flattery." In less than 20 minutes, Nokia enjoyed 20,000 retweets. Later in the night, Nokia made another tweet, "8 megapixels? Aw, that's cute. Apple, this is what real innovation looks like :)", embedding the tweet with this video. In the past, Nokia has even taken pot shots at Apple and Samsung smartphones with its advertisements on You Tube.

On a more serious note, how does the Nokia Lumia 1020 hold out against the new iPhone 5S? Is the Finnish phone maker just all laughs and jokes? Or is it prepared for an iPhone onslaught? Gizbot compares the two devices to understand which one comes out on top. Here we go!


While the iPhone's gorgeous 4-inch retina display churns out 326 pixels per inch (PPI), its the odd one out in a world where flagship phones have much bigger screens. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 4.5 inch 768 x 1280 AMOLED display with a pixel density of 332 pixels per inch. So much for Apple's 'premium offering'. Also, even though we're digressing, the iPhone can't hold a candle next to phones like the HTC One which offer 469 pixels per inch, thereby making them a choice for people who want the finest details on a smartphone display.


Considered as the Lumia 2010's strength, the camera plays a very, very vital role for today's average user since photo-related apps are becoming more and more dominant. While the iPhone 5S's camera is said to be an improvement on the brilliant iPhone 5 camera, Nokia has taken its imaging technology to a whole different level.


The Lumia 1020 is a phone that was built around its imaging capabilities, since it has a large sensor and uses a 41 mega-pixel oversampling technique that's brilliant for pictures. It packs Carl Zeiss lens, optical image stabilisation and both a Xenon and LED flash. So yes, the Lumia wins hands down when it comes to taking pictures.

Form Factor

The iPhone 5S wins this round hands down. Its beautiful, high-grade aluminum body allows for the a premium feel and is leagues ahead of the Lumia's polycarbonate plastic back. In our hands, the iPhone 5S felt solid, smooth and luxurious, to an extent that we didn't really want to let it go. We're also big fans of the new Space Grey color option available for the iPhone 5S.

Processing Power

The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. These specs might sound mid-range on an Android phone, but they're the best you can get on a Windows 8 phone. Apple clearly wins this round with its A7 chip, which is supposedly two times faster than the A6 chip on the iPhone 5. This does not come as a surprise since Windows Phones have never been loaded with the best hardware.


If you're looking for the best camera among the two, then the Nokia is worth considering for its optics and high-quality screen. However, for everything else, the iPhone 5S stays on top. Also, the iOS App Store is filled with over a million options, which is a stark contrast to the Windows Phone 8 app store. And then there's the question of user experience, a department where is Apple is far ahead with is elegant and clean approach. Aaprt fomr all this, the iPhone 5S soars ahead in the build department with its delightful aluminum chassis.

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