Ever since I learned I was eligible for an upgrade from AT&T for my phone I have been going back and forth between upgrading to the Nokia Lumia 1020 or the Nokia Lumia 1520.

Both devices have some great qualities which make them good options for an upgrade from my current Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 1020:

  • A proven phone size at 4.5” at a resolution of 1280 x 768 (WXGA) which is the same as the 920
  • PureView 41 MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1.5GHz Snapdragon Dual Core
  • 2GB RAM
  • No expandable card storage option
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • Did I mention the 41MP camera?

Over on the Nokia Lumia 1520:

  • 6 inches of screen real estate at full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • 20MP PureView camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core 2.2GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • Supports up to 64GB expandable MicroSD card
  • 3400 mAh battery
  • Did I mention that 6” screen size?

Both devices have their pros and cons as you can see above.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 with its awesome camera has become a little long in the tooth spec wise since it was released last July.  The Nokia Lumia 1520 on the other hand hit the market in November 2013 and has the updated specs to go with its recent release date.

So in the end either phone would make a good upgrade from the 920 but I decided to go with the Nokia Lumia 1520 and here is why.

Just a couple of days ago, in a conversation with someone about cell/smart phones and how we use them, I was asked the question – When was the last time you made a phone call with your cell phone?

At that moment I became glaringly aware that I use my phone for a handful of phone calls but use it primarily to access data via apps, the web and messaging such as email and texts.

My smart phone is a data access device first and used to make voice phone calls second.

The choice for me was now obvious – get the Nokia Lumia 1520 and that extra screen real estate for interacting with the data I access each day.  I am sure I will also  make the occasional phone call with it as well.

So what was the key factor in your choice of smart phone?