By Rich W Woods
Last Sunday, the Nokia Lumia 530 was released in the United States. While it is supposed to be the successor to the Nokia Lumia 520, the specs are inferior to the Nokia Lumia 520. In fact, the camera can’t even focus. I ended up finding that the Nokia Lumia 635 would be a much better idea for comparisons, even though it has been available since June.
I have been spending a lot of time with the Nokia Lumia 635 lately along with the Nokia Lumia 530, Moto G, Moto X, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. I compared the camera to the Moto G, Nokia Lumia 530, iPhone 6, Moto X, and Nokia Lumia 1020; however, the one community that would crucify me if I don’t include them is the OnePlus community, so here it is.
OnePlus One vs Nokia Lumia 635: Specs
While both the OnePlus One and the Nokia Lumia 635 would be considered affordable phones, the OnePlus One has all top of the line specs. Have a look.
|OnePlus One||Nokia Lumia 635|
|Processor||2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801||1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400|
|Display||5.5″, 1080p, 401 ppi, LCD||4.5″, 480p, 218 ppi, LCD|
|Body||152.9×75.9×8.9 mm, 162 g||129.5×66.7×9.2 mm, 134 g|
|Camera||13 MP, 4128×3096, 5 MP Front||5 MP, 2592×1944|
|Video||4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, 720p – 120 fps||720p – 30 fps|
|RAM||3 GB||512 MB|
|Storage||16/64 GB||8 GB|
|Price||$299/$349 Unlocked||$129 T-Mobile/$99 AT&T|
As you can see, the OnePlus One is clearly the top of the line as far as specs go. This is not to say that the Nokia Lumia 635 isn’t a great phone. It does well for its price.
OnePlus One vs Nokia Lumia 635: Camera
The OnePlus One has a 13 MP rear camera and the Nokia Lumia 635 has a 5 MP rear camera with no flash and no front facing camera, so the OnePlus One must be better, right? Not necessarily.
Megapixels don’t matter unless you intend to crop the photo. A 1440p display uses 4.1 MP and a 4K display uses 8.3 MP. Honestly, I don’t believe that a flash should ever be used on a smart phone camera, so these phones stand on even ground.
It is impossible to be able to tell how good a camera is from specs alone.
Normally, the OnePlus One blows away any smart phone camera we put it up against, but Nokia makes really good cameras. This little 5 MP camera does a great job. Personally, I feel like the colors in the Nokia photos are a little more real and less noisy than the photos from the OnePlus One.
Another thing to consider is that the OnePlus One was recently updated with RAW photo support. This is a feature previously only seen in Nokia Windows Phones with cameras over 20 MP.
The camera on the Nokia Lumia 635 has no flash, but the flash on the OnePlus One does not benefit the camera at all. Here’s some examples.
Although the OnePlus One does terrible with the flash, notice that it outperforms the Nokia Lumia 635 in low light.
OnePlus One vs Nokia Lumia 635: Video
The OnePlus One records 4K video at 30 fps, 1080p video at 60 fps, and 720p video at 120 fps. The Nokia Lumia 635 records 720p video at 30 fps.
While the quality of a photo is judged by resolution, video has two factors: resolution and frame rate. For example, 4K has a sharper image than 1080p, but 60 fps would make for a smoother video than 30 fps.
The sample I’m using for the OnePlus One is 1080p at 60 fps; however, YouTube is still rolling out support for 60 fps, so this will be a bit of a gamble.
Nokia Lumia 635
The OnePlus One and the Nokia Lumia 635 are both fantastic cameras, but in different ways. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Let me know what you think in the poll or the comments.