Comparison – Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Nokia 808 Pureview

Both Nokia and HTC have come out with super camera smartphones recently, and will apparently go head-to-head in a new smartphone camera war. While the HTC One is utilising all new image sensor technology which reduces the camera megapixel count, the recently-released Lumia 1020 will make use of Nokia’s proprietary PureView camera tech that first came into play last year with release of the Nokia 808 PureView.

Here we intend to comprehensively compare both Nokia models, the 1020 and the 808 Pureview, and see which smartphone with a super camera also has the best functions, build quality and software besides.

1020 vs 808

Camera

What makes this comparison interesting is how closely the imager specs for both handsets line up: both have identical Carl Zeiss 41-megapixel lenses along with 1/1.5”-sized sensors and 1.12 µm pixel size.

Nokia’s statement is that 41MP produces a hell of a lot of captured information with lossless zoom capability to boot, which in reality is much more than the average shutterbug is going to use. Both the 808 and 1020 can be configured to shoot at 5-megapixel range so the lossless zoom really comes into effect here.

Surprisingly there are only little differences between the both handsets’ cameras, with both capable of geo-tagging, facial recognition, autofocus of course, and come equipped with a Xenon flash and Zeiss optics.

Both are also capable of 1080p Full HD video recording at 30 frames-per-second, but the Pureview can only zoom up to 3x at 1080p while the Lumia contains optical zoom capability. In addition to having an ND filter, pretty much the only advantage the newer 1020 has over the 808 is in camera resolution, with its maximum resolution at 7152×5368 befitting its larger screen size of 4.5-inches. The 4-inch 808 has a max resolution of 7728×5368 instead.

Usability

As mentioned, the 1020 has a larger 4.5-inch display, which might not be a big as many of the phablets out right now, but definitely trumps the 808 as the 1020 has a display resolution of 768×1280, while the older model only possesses 360x640p resolution.

Both screens are AMOLED displays in 16M colors, but the Lumia is utilising the tougher Corning Gorilla Glass screen protection, unlike the 808’s Oleophobic coating. This along with the significantly sharper screen resolution of the 1020 might be convincing reasons enough for 808 users to trade up to the 1020, which just came out this month.

Both phones have huge camera lenses mounted on the rear of the chassis, but the 1020 is considerably better looking and has what appears to be firmer build quality.

Software

The operating software will probably be the biggest difference-maker for potential buyers of either model, as the Pureview runs on the extremely clunky Symbian operating system and does not live to up to the potential of the promising camera mounted on its rear.

Symbian is extremely cumbersome, and Nokia officially put this beast to rest with its latest version, Belle, on January 24 2013- making the 808 the last flagship Symbian device.

In contrast the 1020 has Windows Phone 8, which has a growing app ecosystem, works well, and looks pretty to match those pictures taken with its Pureview Pro camera. The Lumia comes with a brightly-colored rear piece that can match the UI look of WP8 nicely, which also serves to camouflage the 1020’s camera bulk unlike what the 808’s look has to offer.

Not only that, but with mammoth 32GB onboard storage and 2GB of RAM the 1020 again favors convincingly against the 808’s paltry 16GB storage and 512MB RAM. However, the 808’s storage can be expanded to 32GB as well with a microSD slot, which the 1020 just like the Lumia 920 does not have at all.

The Lumia also has a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU while the 808 runs on a 1.3GHz chip, with not much between them.

Verdict

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is naturally a clear favourite over the aging and Symbian-laden Nokia 808 Pureview, but the older smartphone is not without its merits as it has a camera that delivers quality image and video. Unfortunately for the final Symbian flagship, its OS limitations together with the better performance, winning WP8/Live Tile aesthetic, and camera enhancements of the Lumia 1020 make it the clear show-horse of the 41-megapixel shooting smartphones.

 

2 comments
Bigley Ling
Bigley Ling

some incorrect information about the cameras. The 808 camera consists of a 5 element lens design and 1/1.2" whereas the 1020 has a 6 element lens design optically stabilized and a 1/1.5" BSI sensor.