When the Lumia 830 broke cover at IFA 2014, we were struck by its resemblance to the earlier Lumia 1020 – a device which, thanks to its huge 41MP camera, stands alone as the only true super-shooter in the Windows Phone lineup. Microsoft touted the 830 as a kind of affordable successor, a so-called “midrange flagship” designed to compete on cost. But with the Lumia 1020 still on Microsoft Store shelves for over $100 cheaper, is newer really better?

As in most smartphone comparisons, the answer isn’t exactly straightforward. The Lumia 830 is nearly two years younger than the 1020, and it reaps the benefits: a more powerful Snapdragon processor; integrated wireless charging; a bigger screen with smaller bezels; a removable battery; expandable memory; changeable back covers; a slimmer, more modern industrial design … the list goes on. But the 1020’s camera, with its 41MP sensor, digital oversampling and xenon flash, utterly dominates the newer phone’s 10MP shooter.

At least, that’s true on paper. How the cameras behave out in the real world might surprise you – and that goes for a few other aspects of these Windows Phones, as well. Join us for Lumia 830 vs Lumia 1020, and then be sure to check out our Lumia 830 review, embedded at the bottom of this post for your convenience. And hey: we love your feedback. Let us know which one you’d pick (or which one you’ve already picked) down in the comments below.

Lumia 830 vs Lumia 1020

 

Lumia 830 review video

Hungry for more Windows Phone coverage from Pocketnow? Follow up the Lumia 830 vs Lumia 1020 comparison with a review of Microsoft’s new DT-903 wireless charging plate. Then be sure to check out Adam Lein’s collection of user feedback regarding the next generation of Windows Phone, and tune in to Pocketnow Weekly 133 to hear us rail against the big banks for turning their back on one of our favorite platforms!

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