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Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Galaxy S4 Zoom in-depth

Under: Mobile Phones, Nokia, Samsung
Date: August 17th, 2013

Let’s say for one moment that you were thinking of leaving the iPhone behind and were considering a new platform, but thought that the camera was one of the more important features of a handset, then there are just two to choose from. The first is the Nokia Lumia 1020 on Windows Phone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom on Android.

The camera is one of the most important things in your buying decision because we always have our phone with us, and so being able to take superb images without the need to carry your point and shoot camera about with you is the way forward.

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Galaxy S4 Zoom – These have the two biggest sensors out on the market right now. The former has a 41-megapixel PureView sensor, compared to the latter with its 16-megapixel camera. You will notice in the video review of these phones above that the S4 Zoom is a bit of a chunk and is more of a camera than a phone.

However, with 10X optical zoom it is worth that extra weight, especially when this is the first time we have seen such zoom on a mobile phone.

In the video they would have you believe both phones are stepping into the DSLR market, although we find this a bit of a bold claim. We can clearly see the Galaxy S4 Zoom has far more to offer in the way of features, something that you would expect to see on a point and shoot. Having said that, the Lumia 1020 also has these same functions, which does make it even together to choose between the two.

There are 7 main points that you need to take into consideration before you choose which of the two comes out the winner, and those are design, display, interface, camera features, camera performance, specs and performance, and finally battery life.

If we had to choose between the two then we would go with the Nokia Lumia 1020, but that’s just our opinion.

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Galaxy S4 Zoom in-depth

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  • Clodderes

    I really think that the form factor can’t be neglected like for S4 Zoom. So for me I will choose 1020

  • Machong Tsismoso

    Besides the camera, design is my #1 consideration. So Lumia 1020 for me.

  • ron

    thank you for picking the nokia 1020 over the Samsung. I seems like a fair review of both devices. Also thank you for pointing out that the wp8 OS is fast, fluid and reliable(because it really is). My only recommendation to people that read his article is: Don’t let the app situation scare you away. the 170,000 apps available in the windows store are really covering most of your needs,
    Buy this phone with the confidence that the windows 8 store is expanding rapidly with (quality) APPS. It’s not like android where everybody can send their new developed apps to the store and “infect” the ecosystem.. WP8 is looking for quality and reliability… a good policy as far as I am concerned
    enjoy this awesome phone/camera
    regards
    r

  • Angry Fran

    having used the S4 Zoom for 3 weeks I can tell you the battery life is disgusting compared to an S4, Note 2 and even my giant Note 8. Taking photos is a treat, until you check your battery and you lose insane amounts of percentage. Then try to upload a photo with Facebook/Instagram ( both power hungry apps ) and the usual painless act of taking a photo and uploading it has cost you 5-9% of your battery. that’s for one photo by the way. using the Zoom just makes it worse.
    So…No No Samsung, maybe investigate things like this first before attaching an actual zoom/camera to the back of a phone. Everything now wastes battery. No one is getting a S4 Zoom Camera/Phone to just use as a camera. I’ve since migrated back to my normal S4 after experiencing that S4 Zoom monstrosity and would not recommend it to anyone. EVER.

    • das

      removable battery idiot ,nokia is even worse for battery life so quit whining ,its famous for all cameras to rape batterys ,get educated

  • wattsn

    Why do you have to beg like a broken record for Nokia to build that messy Android? You get better product when you focus in one thing like in any other field. Be real. Try to compare Android’s performance in the entry level category and price point like Nokia 520 if they are better?

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