Apple iPhone 5S vs. Nokia Lumia 1020: How they compare

Apple iPhone 5S vs. Nokia Lumia 1020: How they compare

Summary: We compare features, specifications and more for Apple and Nokia's latest flagship smartphones.

TOPICS: Mobility

Yesterday, Apple introduced its newest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S, which will be widely available on Sept. 20.

Here's how it stacks up against Nokia's top contender, the Lumia 1020, which is available now in the U.S. and very soon in the U.K. and other markets.


iPhone 5S: Starts at $199.99 with two-year contract; also has $299 and $399 price points with progressively increased storage. Without contract, priced at $649, $749, $849.

Lumia 1020: $199.99 with two-year contract. Without contract, priced at $609.

Carrier (U.S.)

iPhone 5S: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

Lumia 1020: AT&T

Operating System

iPhone 5S: Apple iOS 7

Lumia 1020: Microsoft Windows Phone 8


iPhone 5S: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm) tall; 2.31 inches (58.6 mm) wide; 0.30 inches (7.6 mm) thick

Lumia 1020: 5.13 inches (130.4 mm) tall; 2.81 inches (71.4 mm) wide; 0.41 inches (10.4 mm) thick


iPhone 5S: 112 grams, or 3.95 ounces

Lumia 1020: 158 grams, or 5.57 ounces


iPhone 5S: 4-inch (diagonal), touch-enabled display capable of 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi

Lumia 1020: 4.5-inch (diagonal), touch-enabled display capable of 1280-by-768-pixel resolution at 334 ppi

Battery Life

iPhone 5S: 10 hours (browsing, Wi-Fi), 10 hours (talking, 3G), 10.4 days (standby) 

Lumia 1020: 6.7 hours (browsing, Wi-Fi), 12.5 hours (talking, 3G), 16 days (standby)

Camera (primary/back)

iPhone 5S: 8 megapixels, f/2.2 aperture. LED flash. Digital image stabilization, backside illumination sensor, five-element lens, 3X zoom.

Lumia 1020: 41 megapixels, f/2.2 aperture. Xenon flash. Optical image stabilization, backside-illuminated image sensor, six-element lens, 3X zoom.

Camera (secondary/front)

iPhone 5S: 1.2 megapixels at 1280-by-960-pixel resolution. Backside illumination sensor.

Lumia 1020: 1.2 megapixels at 1280-by-960-pixel resolution. f/2.4 aperture.


iPhone 5S: gold, gray, silver

Lumia 1020: yellow, white, black


iPhone 5S: Uses iTunes Store for downloadable music; no terrestrial radio support. Supports AAC, Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV file formats for playback.

Lumia 1020: Uses Xbox Music or Nokia Music for streaming music; includes FM radio. Supports MP3, AMR-NB, WMA 10 Pro, GSM FR, WMA 9, AAC LC, AAC+/HEAAC and eAAC+/HEAACv2 codecs. Also supports ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP and 3G2 file formats for playback.


iPhone 5S: Records at up to 1080p (Full HD, 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution) at 60 frames per second. 3X video zoom. Supports H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG, as well as FaceTime video calling with similarly enabled devices; AirPlay mirroring and video out to Apple TV, video mirroring with adapter. Includes slow-motion video capability, video stabilization, face detection, geotagging and ability to take still photo while recording.

Lumia 1020: Records at 1080p (Full HD, 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution) at 30 frames per second. 6X video zoom. Supports VC-1, Windows video, H.264/AVC, H.263 and MPEG-4 codecs as well as MP4, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, M4V and MOV file formats for playback. Includes video streaming, five white balance modes, video stabilization, autofocus. 


iPhone 5S: Unknown

Lumia 1020: 2 gigabytes


iPhone 5S: 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes local; 5 gigabytes free in the cloud

Lumia 1020: 32 gigabytes local; 7 gigabytes free in the cloud


iPhone 5S: Apple A7 (dual-core, 1.7 GHz)

Lumia 1020: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (dual-core, 1.5 GHz)


iPhone 5S: Nano SIM (storage); Lightning (charging); 3.5 mm audio. USB, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.

Lumia 1020: Micro SIM (storage); micro USB (charging); 3.5 mm audio. USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.

Features you'll talk about

iPhone 5S: Fingerprint sensor, slow-motion video capture, OpenGL ES version 3.0 support for higher-res gaming, free iWork apps.

Lumia 1020: That 41-megapixel camera, which allows you to zoom to crop down to the photo you want; an extra-sensitive touch-enabled display that works with gloves; free Microsoft Office apps.

This list can't be everything to everyone, but if you're interested in more specifications or features that are not included here, visit the detailed product pages for the iPhone 5S and the Lumia 1020. If we've missed anything major, just give us a shout.

Topic: Mobility

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  • Get your facts straight

    the iPhone doesn't have Optical image stabilization, it's digital...

    And the screen on the 1020 is "Super sensitive touch" that allows it to be used with almost anything (gloves, keys, etc)
    • That's my mistake.

      Replaced "optical" with "digital" for the iPhone in the camera section. Thanks for the catch.

      Left the display section as is because it's accurate, but I'll add the capability to the "features you'll talk about" section.
      • Choice of Music...

        Nokia Music IS a great service that Nokia has available with the 1020 but it also comes with Xbox Music by default... ;D
        • When you compare the displays

          The Lumia 1020 (or even 920) wins hands down unless you like the smaller size display of the iPhone. Also, camera is better on Lumia 1020.

          Lumia's just need a few more key apps and it will be off to the races.
          • How can you say the camra better????

            The 5s has not been released as of yet let alone tested but you have already determined the Nokia is better.

            Please stick to the few facts you know, ignorance makes a terrible argument.
          • The Nokia 1020 camera lost against the older iPhone 5 camera

            How can it be considered better with the 5(s)'s newer one? That's not even taking into account that there hasn't been an independent test to even compare the new camera yet.
          • What a bare faced LIAR!!!

            Did you forget you just posted that LIE on the internet and thus people reading the LIE are on a computer and can cross check you BOGUS facts???

            Sorry .


            Look and easily see just about every comparison clearly states the better camera is on the Lumina 1020. I think I seen one comparison that said despite the clear better over all results of the Lumina 1020 that some people may feel that there is some over saturation of color.

            You know, its simply staggering how people just come online and say things that are proven crap and will not back it up with a completely independent source.
          • I did say non-photographers would disagree.

            There are other shootouts, you know--and the Lumina 1020 DID lose.

            Specs, by the way, are not enough as I've said before. Lens, processing software and many other factors are also involved. Just because the Lumina 1020 has the MOST megapixels doesn't mean it makes the best pictures.
          • You're right...

            It's not just the megapixels. It's also the lense, the dual flash, software, etc., that makes the 1020 better than all competitors.
          • Some people will hate anything without an Apple logo on it

            That's why I have a tattoo of the Apple logo. I get all the chicks that way.
            A Gray
          • ...

            Settle down, Beavis. It's smart phones. Not the 6th grade, hysterical drama queen.
          • Bare faced liar, indeed!

            I love it when people mess up idioms. I believe you are looking for bold face liar. You made me laugh, just the same.
          • Don't be a Sons of the Beech

            A Gray
          • Nope.

            Go to dpreview, look at the best site for camera comparison one that's backed by nikon and canon as the one place for an independent review and check out the 1020. It KILLs every smartphone going and comes upto the standard of sonys rx100 in terms of quality. The iPhone 5s does not have anything new to outperform or even match the 1020. It is, however, a much faster shooter.
          • more not better

            I agree that more pixels are not always better, but better glass is always better. That is why I bought a 12MP Fuji X-20 over the 25MP RX100. Lens quality is also why I bought a 920 over an iPhone. There are supposed to be some good updates to the camera software coming in WinPhone 8.1 for people that want to take more than a snapshot.
          • Sony RX100

            Is not just more pixels, it uses the largest sensor in a compact, which is key to many aspects of quality. It's the closest thing to DSLR in a pocket.
            Highly regarded as THE best compact camera available.
          • Not in the reviews I've read

            The 1020 clearly beat out the iPhone in terms of camera functions and feature.

            (Now, if you read the review on MacWorld or someplace similar, I can see the iPhone beating out everything, even $2000 SLR cameras...)
            William Farrel
          • 1020 is best camera available

            Vulpinemac, the 1020 may not win head-to-head in 100% of all shots, but it will win in 90% of scenarios. Right now, there really isn't any competition with the 1020 camera. It's not even close. The 5s may change some of that, but the 1020 is the first real replacement for a point and shoot available in a phone.
          • The camera may be better

            but I'm not interested in having a hockey puck glued to the back of my phone.
          • hockey puck

            used a 1020 the other day. It doesn't really stick out that far. It was black phone with the black camera so it was barely visible at all.