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  1. Deutscher2's Avatar
    Neither, wait for MWC in February. We should get a proper cameraphone based on snap 800/805 in a reasonably sized package.
    There will always a new Phone. So, don't wait for one.
    12-15-2013 02:09 PM
  2. Tech friend's Avatar
    I've owned both the 1020 and the 1520. Let me say that you can't go wrong with either.

    I'm kicking around the idea of going back to the 1020 but for only two reasons:

    1. The camera IS better on the 1020. Not by a lot for normal daytime shots, but for nighttime shots, the difference is noticeable. Also, video is much better on the 1020.
    giantenemybird,

    I owned a 1020 for a while and I had an annoying static tone in all of my video recordings. In general, I was a little bit disappointed with the audio quality in my 1020 videos, i.e. less Stereo width, less dynamics etc - not only compared to the Nokia 808 footage.

    Now I expected the 1520 being better prepared for sophisticated video recordings with high-quality sound because of its four build-in Nokia Rich Recording microphones (the 1020 has only two of them) but your assessment is that 1020 videos are much better than 1520 ones.

    Did you take the audio quality also into account or do you refer only to the video (picture) quality with your statement?
    12-15-2013 05:41 PM
  3. giantenemybird's Avatar
    giantenemybird,

    I owned a 1020 for a while and I had an annoying static tone in all of my video recordings. In general, I was a little bit disappointed with the audio quality in my 1020 videos, i.e. less Stereo width, less dynamics etc - not only compared to the Nokia 808 footage.

    Now I expected the 1520 being better prepared for sophisticated video recordings with high-quality sound because of its four build-in Nokia Rich Recording microphones (the 1020 has only two of them) but your assessment is that 1020 videos are much better than 1520 ones.

    Did you take the audio quality also into account or do you refer only to the video (picture) quality with your statement?
    I didn't seem to have that static tone issue with my 1020. I was very happy with the audio aspect of the recording, but yes, I was mostly talking about the video aspect. The 1520 does pick up a little better audio than the 1020, which like you said, makes sense because of the extra mics. However, I thought the performance of the 1020 was superb as well. I'm a musician, so I'm not completely deaf to these things either :) haha
    12-15-2013 07:18 PM
  4. Tech friend's Avatar
    I didn't seem to have that static tone issue with my 1020. I was very happy with the audio aspect of the recording, but yes, I was mostly talking about the video aspect. The 1520 does pick up a little better audio than the 1020, which like you said, makes sense because of the extra mics. However, I thought the performance of the 1020 was superb as well. I'm a musician, so I'm not completely deaf to these things either :) haha
    Thank you for your reply, giantenemybird, very much appreciated.

    Interestingly, I am a musician too .

    If you are interested in hearing that static tone, please download Steve Litchfield's The Phones Show 206: Lumia 1020 - First look (video, 194 MB, the 1020 part starts around 08'45).

    You should be able to hear that tone clearly and easily!
    12-15-2013 07:53 PM
  5. Tech friend's Avatar
    Neither, wait for MWC in February. We should get a proper cameraphone based on snap 800/805 in a reasonably sized package.
    There will always a new Phone. So, don't wait for one.
    vlad0 owns a Nokia 808 and as long as it doesn't get broken he can see how things pan out. I think for 808 owners this is the right strategy.

    And my situation?

    I sold my Nokia N8 in favour of the 1020 and then returned the latter because of too many issues I experienced with it. Now I do need urgently a new good photography smartphone: I mean Christmas is here and there are so many loved ones worth to be photographed in the very best possible quality, so many nice moments are expecting us, Christmas is such a beautiful time - and I still don't know whether I should buy a 1020 again (with improved software) or a 1520 this time.

    The 1520 demonstrates that with Nokia Black even with an "only" 20 MP camera you can take some really impressive photos. It's a marvellous device with an excellent build quality. And normally I would think that it should also be capable of recording excellent videos with brilliant sound via its four microphones.

    And the 1020? No Nokia Black in 2013 anymore. High risk of getting disappointing indoor photos if Amber is installed and with Xenon Flash active. But then: if the 1520 with its 20 MP cam can produce such great results with Black: what will be possible with the 1020 and Black?

    HELP...
    12-15-2013 08:10 PM
  6. vlad0's Avatar
    ^ Go with the 1020 again... the black update should fix a lot of the IQ issues :) At least that's how it seems like from the 1520 photos I've seen. Also.. you get RAW support.. then you can really explore..

    I would suggest an 808 but.. that's only if you are willing to put up with a few shortcomings. Its is however better than the N8 in every way.. except maybe size and battery life.

    vlad0 owns a Nokia 808 and as long as it doesn't get broken he can see how things pan out. I think for 808 owners this is the right strategy.
    ...
    Yes, there is no reason for me to rush and upgrade to a new phone.. I will wait it out until I see a worthy replacement for my 808.
    Tech friend likes this.
    12-16-2013 08:06 PM
  7. Blacklac's Avatar
    There's really no guarantee Black firmware will give the 1020 the same color reproduction of the 1520. Not that the 1520 is perfect either.

    Also, just because you take indoor pictures or use the flash doesn't at all mean your pictures have a high risk of turning out poor.
    12-16-2013 10:59 PM
  8. cheesemoo's Avatar
    yeah I'm transferring my upgrade to my own plan lol and at this point I dont want to wait cause the USB port to charge the 900 is getting worse every day (worn out).

    Thank you all for your opinions I messed with the 1520 again and I think it's the right choice. :D plus my big hands can actually test one handed on it lol
    Came to post this thread. I have a 900 that the usb port was wearing too, and mine stopped charging last night. So time to order today. This is my work phone and if I dotn order today I cant get a new phone until after Christmas. I am having a hard time deciding here too. 1020 vs 1520. I have held both. So is the camera really that close? Less memory on the 1520 is the thing that is keeping me from it right now. The 16 gigs on the 900 is the only thing I haven't liked. I hate having to uninstall apps to to get new ones. I don't keep many pictures or videos on it. I am hoping that the 16 gigs plus external storage will be better because of the "fix" for other storage.
    12-18-2013 10:26 AM
  9. brandon261's Avatar
    Came to post this thread. I have a 900 that the usb port was wearing too, and mine stopped charging last night. So time to order today. This is my work phone and if I dotn order today I cant get a new phone until after Christmas. I am having a hard time deciding here too. 1020 vs 1520. I have held both. So is the camera really that close? Less memory on the 1520 is the thing that is keeping me from it right now. The 16 gigs on the 900 is the only thing I haven't liked. I hate having to uninstall apps to to get new ones. I don't keep many pictures or videos on it. I am hoping that the 16 gigs plus external storage will be better because of the "fix" for other storage.
    I'm sorry to hear I know it sucks when that happens my captivate did it before I switched to WP. Anyways after reading Daniels article yesterday and playing with both phones I would recommend the 1520 over 1020, bit mainly cause I'm not a photo enthusiast. My memory has also held up on the 900 so 16 gigs should hold me over. Plus if you need more memory if you go 1520 use a micro sd for pictures, videos, and songs. Also put in consideration if you go 1020 the size of memory the 41 megapixel pictures will use. Either way it looks like either phone would be a great choice especially when 1020 gets black!
    12-18-2013 11:40 AM
  10. Citizen X's Avatar
    yeah I'm transferring my upgrade to my own plan lol and at this point I dont want to wait cause the USB port to charge the 900 is getting worse every day (worn out).
    I have a 900 that the usb port was wearing too, and mine stopped charging last night.
    Me too! The micro USB port on my Lumia 900 is really flaky now. I'm nursing it along though till upgrade time. I started a thread about it here. Only response I got was a mod telling me their Lumia 900 was fine. Make some noise people. That's the only way for Nokia to know there is a problem. Their employees probably switch phones like underwear and never get to see what happens a year and a half out... I'm guessing.
    12-18-2013 11:53 AM
  11. cheesemoo's Avatar
    Me too! The micro USB port on my Lumia 900 is really flaky now. I'm nursing it along though till upgrade time. I started a thread about it here. Only response I got was a mod telling me their Lumia 900 was fine. Make some noise people. That's the only way for Nokia to know there is a problem. Their employees probably switch phones like underwear and never get to see what happens a year and a half out... I'm guessing.
    Well after two days I was able to get a charge last night. I had to mess with it with three different chargers and finally got one to take. I am nursing it along till my 1520 gets here tomorrow! I still can not get it to sync. I may end up having to skydrive everything that hasnet been backed up. I still think its a shame the port went out. I usually keep my phones for awhile. I am going to miss my cyan phone...
    12-19-2013 01:04 PM
  12. cheesemoo's Avatar
    1520 came in. I Love this phone. So far so good. the screen is gorgeous. pictures so far have been very nice. It fits in my pocket. I picked up my old 900 to compare and after using the 1520 for most of the day the 900 feels like the iphone felt after using my 900. tiny and toy like.
    12-20-2013 02:57 PM
  13. brandon261's Avatar
    1520 came in. I Love this phone. So far so good. the screen is gorgeous. pictures so far have been very nice. It fits in my pocket. I picked up my old 900 to compare and after using the 1520 for most of the day the 900 feels like the iphone felt after using my 900. tiny and toy like.
    that's awesome to hear glad you like the phone! I'm getting mine tomorrow and this day couldn't go any slower :/
    12-20-2013 03:08 PM
  14. vlad0's Avatar
    Personally I think this is the best product Nokia has come up with since the N9/808 combo
    12-20-2013 07:11 PM
  15. krafty11's Avatar
    I have a 920 personal phone I've had from the beginning (preordered) and a 1520 work phone I've also had since day one. The 920 is great and the 1520 I've had some issues with but after the updates yesterday and a call today to support where they resolved the issues of having no LTE coverage (where the 920 always did) both phones are perfect for their strengths. Having said that (here it comes) I do have two phones, If I didn't, I'd pick the 1020 as a primary phone in a second. I'm on my 1520 6-10 hours a day (replaced an HTC Surround :) ) and it's an awesome phone in any number of aspects but it's usually on my desk via Bluetooth not on my ear or in my pocket and since it's really a two hand phone, I don't know if I could have it as my only phone, as much as I like it. On the other hand after the 1520, the 920 now feels like a child's toy. Rambling now, sorry, in a nutshell prioritize your needs and you can't really go wrong with any of the high end Nokia's, just pick what features are important to you.
    12-20-2013 07:52 PM
  16. Tim J Meyer's Avatar
    I had a 1520 for a few days and reluctantly returned it. I was put off by the massive size. So I got a 1020 instead and am already on my second one due to battery issues. The undersized battery in the 1020 is enough to drive me back to a 1520.

    The screen on the 1520 is absolutely gorgeous, the power is there to keep it current, the camera is second only to the 1020 and battery life was a non-issue. You can't go wrong with the 1520 unless having a more traditional size is your PRIMARY concern.
    12-20-2013 09:16 PM
  17. MaulerX's Avatar
    The 1520, easily. It has an IPS screen & two GBs of ram!


    I'm pretty sure the 1020 also has 2GB of RAM.
    12-21-2013 02:44 AM
  18. giantenemybird's Avatar
    I had a 1520 for a few days and reluctantly returned it. I was put off by the massive size. So I got a 1020 instead and am already on my second one due to battery issues. The undersized battery in the 1020 is enough to drive me back to a 1520.

    The screen on the 1520 is absolutely gorgeous, the power is there to keep it current, the camera is second only to the 1020 and battery life was a non-issue. You can't go wrong with the 1520 unless having a more traditional size is your PRIMARY concern.
    I actually sold my 1520 and went back to the 1020 a few days ago and now I'm kind of regretting it. They're both awesome phones, but after using the 1520 for a month, the 1020 now doesn't have the same appeal that it had before. The battery life on the 1520 spoiled me, and I'm starting the realize that being able to fit all the extra tiles on the home screen was awesome. Also, the colors on the 1520's screen are much more vivid. I returned it to get one handed use back and to take *slightly* better pictures with the 1020 after the black update, but I don't think the trade off was worth it. I'll probably go back to the 1520 today. The battery life and display cannot be beat.
    12-21-2013 08:09 AM
  19. cheesemoo's Avatar
    I have to agree on all the battery life comments. The 1520 has the longest battery life in any smartphone I have ever owned. I actually do not have to charge it halfway through the day! Everyday I own this phone the more I love it. Been trying out the camera more in the last couple days. This camera is awesome.
    12-23-2013 08:48 AM
  20. pavvento's Avatar
    Thanks a lot for this tread, I'm finding it quite helpful. The screen in my 1020 smashed today so I need to buy a new phone (AT&T) off contract. I'm debating whether to buy another 1020 or get the 1520. I use the camera a lot for low light (usually flash off) and a little for killer zooming. I will miss the camera case but can live without it. I love the phone but am a little disappointed with battery and don't know if I want to buy a 6 month old phone or a new one. Continued help would be appreciated!!
    12-23-2013 11:25 PM
  21. giantenemybird's Avatar
    Thanks a lot for this tread, I'm finding it quite helpful. The screen in my 1020 smashed today so I need to buy a new phone (AT&T) off contract. I'm debating whether to buy another 1020 or get the 1520. I use the camera a lot for low light (usually flash off) and a little for killer zooming. I will miss the camera case but can live without it. I love the phone but am a little disappointed with battery and don't know if I want to buy a 6 month old phone or a new one. Continued help would be appreciated!!
    Get the 1520. I've now owned both the 1020 twice and the 1520 twice haha.
    12-23-2013 11:31 PM
  22. pavvento's Avatar
    Get the 1520. I've now owned both the 1020 twice and the 1520 twice haha.
    Are you pleased with the lowlight photography in bars or places with bad lighting?
    12-24-2013 12:03 AM
  23. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    There's no reason to pick a 1020 unless you have tiny hands or an unusual need for 40 MP pictures.
    12-24-2013 03:00 AM
  24. giantenemybird's Avatar
    Are you pleased with the lowlight photography in bars or places with bad lighting?
    I've taken a few using the flash and have been happy. Let me take a few more and I'll upload them.
    12-24-2013 10:53 AM
  25. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    I didn't read all the comments, but if you get used to the size of the 1520, it is worth it. And it still has a great camera, at 20MP. Don't forget quad core and 1080p! I say the 1520, but if size is still an issue, I suggest to wait for the 929 to have a global/AT&T variant or get a 1020.
    12-24-2013 11:03 AM
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