There has always been a bit of a fight going on between smartphone lovers across the world over what phone is the best, but a lot of the time, this just seems to come down to personal preference.

So in light of the recent Nokia Lumia 1020 release, we have decided to see just how the top two smartphones compare against each other and alongside the new Lumia 1020.


The first on our list is the iPhone 5, loved by many Apple fans across the world, the iPhone 5 is the sixth generation iPhone in Apple’s line-up of smartphones.

First announced on September 12th, the iPhone 5 is the successor to the iPhone 4S, and includes the usual slim and light design upgrade, however this time, Apple decided to upgrade the smartphone with a few extra features to bring it back up to spec with the current market.

With a new 4 inch Retina display, the iPhone 5 has one of the best quality screens on the market, featuring a 16:9 aspect ratio its perfect for watching a film and playing high-res games, alongside which it now includes LTE and a brand new A6 chipset that allows for faster graphics processing and a better battery life.

However the iPhone is still flawed by the restrictions Apple place on it, and in terms of software, the iPhone 5 is still lacking in many areas when compared to its competitors, even with the introduction of iOS 7.

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So if you’re looking for a phone with a few more options, the Galaxy S4 from Samsung is probably the better choice for you, running on Android 4.2.2 jelly Bean, it packs a much larger display than the iPhone 5 at 5.0 inches in diameter.

Read this next: Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Alongside that, it also packs a ton of new gesture based controls that allow you to perform things like pausing a video when looking away from the screen, or allow the user to scroll up/down the screen by looking at the top or the bottom of the phone.

And in terms of camera, that has been updated too, with a 13 megapixel camera on the back and a 2 megapixel shooter on the front, the S4 is capable of filming in full 1080p and includes some pretty cool software tricks that a lot of people might be impressed with.

However a lot of people have criticized the phone for it’s over abundance of tech, and a lot of people, including us, would have preferred the phone with stock Android.

nokia lumia 1020

But where does Nokia’s newly announced Lumia 1020 fit into all of this?

Packing a 41 megapixel camera, it certainly has the best camera out of the bunch, allowing users to use a 6x zoom without losing the quality of the image.

Read this next: Nokia announce the Lumia 1020

Alongside which the Lumia 1020 also includes a ton of free Nokia apps such as HERE and Nokia Music, which allow the user to access some features for free, that aren’t currently available on a lot of other handsets.

And it has a pretty decent screen, sized a 4.5 inches with a 1280×768 pixel resolution, it’s not quite Retina, but would defiantly be good enough for the average user.

However where the Nokia Lumia 1020 lacks, at least in our opinion, is the use of the Windows Phone 8 operating system, mainly due to the fact it feels kinda clunky and misses a lot of features, even when compared to iOS.

Here’s a full spec shootout for all the phones:

Phone Nokia Lumia 1020 Apple iPhone 5 Samsung Galaxy S4
OS Windows Phone 8 iOS 6 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Processor 1.5GHz dual-core
Snapdragon S4
Proprietary A6 CPU 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600
Screen 4.5-inch LCD; 1,280×768 pixels, 331ppi 4-inch IPS LCD; 1,136×640 pixels, 326ppi 5-inch LCD; 1,920×1,080 pixels, 441ppi
RAM 2GB Not listed 2GB
Internal storage 32GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB
Expansion slot No No Yes, up to 64GB
LTE Yes Yes Yes
Battery 2,000mAh, non-removeable Not listed; non-removable 2,600mAh;
Camera 41-megapixels,
1.2-megapixel front-facing
1.2-megapixel front-facing
2-megapixel front-facing
Bluetooth version 3.0 4.0 4.0
NFC Yes No Yes
Wireless charging Optional No (can buy accessories to do so) Optional
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
Weight (ounces) 5.5 4 4.5


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