Nokia has been relentless with its handset releases lately, packing all areas of its Lumia range to bursting point with a wealth of new phones. The danger with this tactic is that it can be hard to make them stand out, but that’s not a problem the Nokia Lumia 1020 faces, sitting comfortably at the top of the range with one of the best smartphone cameras we’ve ever seen. We’ve put it head to head with HTC’s all metal, stunningly premium flagship the HTC One, to see which one comes out on top.
Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One – Build quality
The Nokia Lumia 1020 doesn’t stray far from the Lumia template when it comes to build quality. It’s very colourful and also very plastic, although to be fair it is the same one used to make motorcycle helmets - so it's very strong and feels light and easy to hold.
The HTC One is in a whole other league when it comes to build quality, thanks to a sleek aluminium body. It’s arguably the best looking phone available and certainly has a better build quality than the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One - Display
The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 4.5 inch 768 x 1280 AMOLED display with a pixel density of 332 pixels per inch. It’s both quite big and quite high resolution, which combined with the ability to use it while wearing gloves and view it in direct sunlight makes for a great display overall.
The HTC One has a 4.7 inch 1080 x 1920 display with a pixel density of 469 pixels per inch. That makes it both bigger and higher resolution than the Nokia Lumia 1020, but as it can’t be used with gloves on and doesn’t fare quite so well against sunlight we’ll call it a draw.
Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One - Power
The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. By Android standards that wouldn’t be great but it’s actually one of the most powerful Windows Phone 8 handsets there is and it feels powerful too.
The HTC One undeniably trumps it though, with a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is powerful but just not as powerful as the HTC One.
Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One - Camera
The camera is the Nokia Lumia 1020’s trump card. It has a 41 megapixel sensor with a Carl Zeiss lens, optical image stabilisation and both a Xenon and LED flash. It truly delivers compact camera quality photos and all those megapixels mean it can zoom in on things with no noticeable loss of quality too.
The HTC One puts in a good effort with its 4 Ultrapixel camera, which delivers decent shots even in low light conditions, but it just can’t begin to compete with the camera in the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One – Battery life, memory and connectivity
The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 2000 mAh battery which gives it decent but not amazing battery life. The HTC One has a larger 2300 mAh battery but it’s also got a bigger screen and faster processor to keep powered so its overall performance is pretty similar. Both phones should last a day, but you’ll want to plug them in at night.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 has 32GB of built in memory and no micro SD card slot. The HTC One doesn’t have a micro SD card slot either and also has 32GB built in
For connectivity options the Nokia Lumia 1020 has 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC. It’s a decent selection, but it’s topped by the HTC One which has 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and infrared.
Nokia Lumia 1020 vs HTC One - Conclusion
While the Nokia Lumia 1020 puts up a strong fight, the HTC One bests it in most areas. It’s more powerful, has a far superior build quality and more connectivity options.
That said it’s not a total victory for the HTC One, as the Nokia Lumia 1020 matches its overall screen quality and has similar battery life. More importantly the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a far better camera, which is reason enough to opt for it if camera quality is an important factor for you.
Either way you’ll have a handset to be proud of, but taking everything into account, for most people the HTC One is the handset to go for.
By Simon Thomas on 10th September, 2013