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  1. parsaion's Avatar
    I know this has been talked about at length, but in light if new OS versions and new devices, I was wondering what you guys thing. I am thinking of switching from my iPhone 5s. I got a lumia 521 from Nokia when I switched so they would pay off my verizon ETF, and I'm really enjoying the interface. I especially am drawn to the more powerful phones for speed, size and phone strengths. On that note, I'm torn. I'm pretty tied to the Mac ecosystem, but the reason I stayed on the iPhone so long was because of the better music apps (which I don't use on that small of a device anymore anyway), so now is a perfect time to switch.

    So what do you think? Better camera (1020) or better longevity (1520.3)? I can get the 1520.3 for cheaper then the 1020 as of now, and my nano sim is an easy swap into the 1520. It does seem a little big, but I just used my friend's note, and it didn't seem that big at all. What do you guys think?
    09-06-2014 04:30 PM
  2. broughshane's Avatar
    If it was me i'd go with the 1520 for long term support, better hardware and the camera at 20mp is not to be turning your nose up at either .
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    09-06-2014 04:37 PM
  3. Olwyn Velasquez's Avatar
    I had a 1020 and switched to a 1520... You will feel it big the first day, but then you get use to its size and it will feel perfect... The battery lasts all day! No other phone does that with heavy use of apps... The camera is the second best Nokia has... Big screen... Better processor.. It will be able to use all the best features of the new update (demin) .. It also has Miracast support.. I recommend you the 1520.
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    09-06-2014 04:44 PM
  4. parsaion's Avatar
    Thanks for responding guys, even though my title was messed up from typing on my silly iphone!
    09-06-2014 04:56 PM
  5. Brandon Williams14's Avatar
    I know this has been talked about at length, but in light if new OS versions and new devices, I was wondering what you guys thing. I am thinking of switching from my iPhone 5s. I got a lumia 521 from Nokia when I switched so they would pay off my verizon ETF, and I'm really enjoying the interface. I especially am drawn to the more powerful phones for speed, size and phone strengths. On that note, I'm torn. I'm pretty tied to the Mac ecosystem, but the reason I stayed on the iPhone so long was because of the better music apps (which I don't use on that small of a device anymore anyway), so now is a perfect time to switch.

    So what do you think? Better camera (1020) or better longevity (1520.3)? I can get the 1520.3 for cheaper then the 1020 as of now, and my nano sim is an easy swap into the 1520. It does seem a little big, but I just used my friend's note, and it didn't seem that big at all. What do you guys think?
    To be honest I had both and I love the 1020 more. I know its slower, its screens not as good, its bulkier, but the 1020 offers amazing pictures and F.M. Radio. It's also built to take a hit on the ground. But my favorite part is the speakers. They are absolutely great, just not to loud and not to low. Where as the 1520 is to big, not as good camera (don't get me wrong the cam is awesome) no F.M. Radio, it is heavier than must phones, and it is no where near as durable. It's like $400 to replace the screen if cracked . Overall I have had alot better experience with the 1020. (btw I had 2 1520s and it because 1 had some weird bright white spot that continued to spread.)
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    09-06-2014 04:56 PM
  6. HeyCori's Avatar
    To be honest I had both and I love the 1020 more. I know its slower, its screens not as good, its bulkier, but the 1020 offers amazing pictures and F.M. Radio. It's also built to take a hit on the ground. But my favorite part is the speakers. They are absolutely great, just not to loud and not to low. Where as the 1520 is to big, not as good camera (don't get me wrong the cam is awesome) no F.M. Radio, it is heavier than must phones, and it is no where near as durable. It's like $400 to replace the screen if cracked . Overall I have had alot better experience with the 1020. (btw I had 2 1520s and it because 1 had some weird bright white spot that continued to spread.)
    FM Radio is available on the 1520.
    09-06-2014 05:17 PM
  7. MDK22's Avatar
    I'm slightly prejudiced, but LUMIA 1520 (I have it in RED) - the camera is a slight step down from the 1020, but still better than most smartphone cameras. (& you have a micro SDcard)
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    09-06-2014 05:29 PM
  8. parsaion's Avatar
    I would love the red, but the rm-938 that's works on LTE for t-mobile seems to only come in black, yellow, and white (with white being $130 more for whatever reason)
    09-06-2014 05:34 PM
  9. Peter Harvey's Avatar
    I'd go 1520 esp for battery life. A long lasting battery is so satisfying - it is like heaven; esp for heavy users.
    Even last year's 2013 Galaxy Note 3 cannot match the 1520 for battery life.
    The Lumia 1520's battery life is the best of the current crop!
    Hopefully Nokia doesn't lose it with the 1525 with 805 processor & QHD screen.

    For several months, the 1520 was too big & heavy for my hands, but now I've gotten used to it...
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    09-06-2014 06:55 PM
  10. parsaion's Avatar
    Do you think it would be wise just to wait for the 1525? My iPhone can last long enough, and I believe it is coming to T-Mobile - so I don't have to worry about what bands work for LTE in my network.
    09-06-2014 07:38 PM
  11. parsaion's Avatar
    Or should I wait it out to see what comes up next? A successor to the 1020, or a new version of the 1520 (like the 1525?)
    09-06-2014 07:40 PM
  12. Ashalinia's Avatar
    To be honest I had both and I love the 1020 more. I know its slower, its screens not as good, its bulkier, but the 1020 offers amazing pictures and F.M. Radio. It's also built to take a hit on the ground. But my favorite part is the speakers. They are absolutely great, just not to loud and not to low. Where as the 1520 is to big, not as good camera (don't get me wrong the cam is awesome) no F.M. Radio, it is heavier than must phones, and it is no where near as durable. It's like $400 to replace the screen if cracked . Overall I have had alot better experience with the 1020. (btw I had 2 1520s and it because 1 had some weird bright white spot that continued to spread.)
    I've owned both but you must be kidding if you think the 1020 is better. Aside from the camera and a user's screen size/type preferences, 1520 trumps in every way. Qi (1520.3), SD card support, 1080p, Snapdragon 800 and its features (motion data, soon passive listening, living images), the extra microphone and HD audio recording are all factors in this.

    The 1020 is also not "more durable." In fact, the oleophobic coating was heavily scratched on mine within two weeks of use simply from taking it in and out of my pocket with nothing else inside. The 1520 is heavier yeah... mainly because it's larger than most phones.

    I do agree with you that the camera is better, but shot-to-shot time on the 1020 is abysmal. I also never fully got rid of that yellow tint in certain lighting conditions.
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    09-06-2014 07:56 PM
  13. FBirraque's Avatar
    I have owned both also and absolutely confident that except for 1020's awesome camera, Lumia 1520 has better specifications. But I still using both for on my day-by-day.
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    09-06-2014 08:49 PM
  14. bsmithphoto13's Avatar
    I bounce between both on a daily basis, the 1520 is faster, better screen and the battery are awesome but the size is rather big for one handed use. The cameras are great in both and with the 8.1 update the 1020 camera speed has gotten better. It's a tough choice but either way you will get a great phone!
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    09-06-2014 09:16 PM
  15. ronaldme's Avatar
    Or should I wait it out to see what comes up next? A successor to the 1020, or a new version of the 1520 (like the 1525?)
    But how long? and the price? current 1520 is great and it is getting all the new features with the new firmwares.
    09-06-2014 09:31 PM
  16. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I'm biased as well since I have a red 1520. I don't know if the average user can tell the difference between the 1020 and the 1520 full res pictures. I can't. The 1520 is a bit bigger than the Note so you might want to visit an AT&T store. The 2 gigs of RAM do make a noticeable difference on the 1520 (no "resuming") and the IPS screen is more natural. If you're coming from an iPhone then you won't care about SD storage but the 1520 supports 64GB cards.

    You can't go wrong with either one, good luck.
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    09-06-2014 10:06 PM
  17. RumoredNow's Avatar
    On paper the 1520 supports 64GB cards. The reality is the manual went to press before 128GB cards started rolling out and users here in these forums report that 128GB microSDXC is supported by 1520.

    ​I'll echo the "get with the latest" sentiment of this thread. 1520 is more future proof and has all the hardware to take advantage of the changes Denim will allow. 1020 will start to age from this point on.
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    09-06-2014 10:29 PM
  18. fatclue_98's Avatar
    On paper the 1520 supports 64GB cards. The reality is the manual went to press before 128GB cards started rolling out and users here in these forums report that 128GB microSDXC is supported by 1520.

    ​I'll echo the "get with the latest" sentiment of this thread. 1520 is more future proof and has all the hardware to take advantage of the changes Denim will allow. 1020 will start to age from this point on.

    Hey! What are you doing here now? Ain't seen you since the webOS days.
    09-06-2014 11:14 PM
  19. Peter Harvey's Avatar
    Or should I wait it out to see what comes up next? A successor to the 1020, or a new version of the 1520 (like the 1525?)
    I have no crystal ball, but a speedier 2014 Snapdragon 805 processor, and more pixels via a QHD display? The next Lumia 1525 may be much more power hungry than the current Lumia 1520.
    The current Lumia 1520's 2013 Snapdragon 800 is quick enough, and the HD resolution good enough.
    I'd go for the current Lumia 1520.

    You don't need too much.
    If the 2014 1525 is better than the 2013 1520, then the 2015 Lumia 1530 will be better again; like a dog chasing its tail...
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    09-06-2014 11:44 PM
  20. AvatarEW's Avatar
    I have both a 1020 and a 1520.3. Both off contract.

    I took approximately a month to adjust to the larger size of the 1520. I now use the 1520 as my primary mobile device.

    For me, the battery life was paramount. Once the camera in the 1020 is employed to its full capacity, battery drain is significant. A camera I can use is better than a dead camera no matter what the specifications of the dead camera.

    I don't see much performance improvement for general operations. I do see a noticeable performance increase during camera operations.

    The ability to store data, apps, and music on a microSDXC card obviates the periodical data/app cleaning I find necessary in a internal memory only device.

    Long story short, for me: 1520
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    09-07-2014 12:24 AM
  21. ams963's Avatar
    Go for 1520. No need to wait. Overall it's the best.
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    09-07-2014 12:32 AM
  22. parsaion's Avatar
    I do care about the SD storage. Every phone, dumb or smart (I had an old windows phone) before had SD storage, and I did not know why apple wouldn't let you use SD cards....that being said, I've gotten by now for three years without
    09-07-2014 02:03 AM
  23. parsaion's Avatar
    Looks like the consensus is the 1520.3 (if I like the size of it). The cheapest 1520.3 I have found is in black. I seem to also be able to get yellow and white pretty easily, yellow being $10 more and white being $130 more. The only place I could find a red 1520.3 is out of stock. Any thoughts of where I could find a red one?
    09-07-2014 02:25 AM
  24. indianarash7's Avatar
    Get 930, perfect size, perfect camera, I have used all 3 or wait fr holidays 1030 will be out by then.
    09-07-2014 04:19 AM
  25. Peter Harvey's Avatar
    930 is certainly perfect size, however battery is atrocious!
    My wife's new Galaxy S5 with 2800 mAH battery is not much better.

    However both Galaxy S5 & Lumia 930's batteries said to be better than iPhone 5S.

    It's as though a mobile phone's greatest Achilles heel today is the battery life?
    Indeed my main reason for replacing my February 2013 Lumia 920 was the battery.
    I normally try to keep phones for at least two years, but I had to let go of my 920 after 12 months.

    Back in 2009, my greatest turn off with my iPhone 3G S 64 GB was the battery life after only moderate use!
    My second biggest gripe was the poor reception; people say they couldn't contact us.
    My third biggest gripe was the lack of Microsoft Office...
    Last edited by Peter Harvey; 09-07-2014 at 04:42 AM.
    09-07-2014 04:31 AM
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