The "1-Minute" Review
The Nokia Lumia 1020 wowed audiences during its unveiling touting a Windows 8 OS and a 41MP camera. While the camera is the main focus of the phone, the Nokia Lumia 1020 boasts a 1.5GB dual-core processor, HD screen, 2GB of memory and 32GB of internal storage.
Most reviewers do find the Lumia 1020 to be a bit on the bulkier side thanks to the 41MP camera. The phone itself weighs around 158 grams (5.57 ounces), which is slightly lighter than its predecessor the 920 but over 56 grams (2 ounces) heavier than the iPhone 5 and is 10.4mm thick, which is far thicker than many other smartphones.
As Brad Molen of Engadget points out, the thickness of the phone and bulk of the camera “make for a rather awkward hand-held experience” though most reviewers agree that eventually users will get used to handling the device. Molen goes on to mention that the 1020 is extremely well-built with a sturdy polycarbonate body that is both fingerprint and dirt resistant, though these features also lead to the phone being more slippery.
All reviewers agree that the best feature of this phone is its high quality camera as well as the numerous related apps. The camera comes with a Xenon Flash, which boasts a white balance closer to daylight. Marc Flores of TechRadar mentions that the flash is far more powerful than the standard LED flashes on most smartphones and offers excellent coverage noting that the flash photography is, “not bad on the Lumia 1020.” The related camera apps allow users to adjust color balance, shutter speed and more before taking the picture and then offers a slew of apps to adjust the image after it has been taken. Consumers can also take relatively high-quality video with the phone and edit before posting to sites like YouTube.
Despite the power of the camera, there are a couple drawbacks. According to Flores, the camera itself is slow to start up, taking a second longer than the iPhone 5. Flores goes on to mention that it takes longer to process and save images due to its large size, which prevents consumers from firing off pictures in rapid succession.
Overall, most reviewers agree that the 1020 offers a solid performing phone for basic use and a stellar camera. Matthew Miller of ZDNet notes that this is the “best Windows Phone device I have used over the last three years.” Others are more reserved with their consensus. Engadget notes that while the phone generally performs well, there were issues with the speakerphone and problems with frozen buttons. TechRadar mentions the lack of apps for Windows 8 and states that the phone is better for consumers “who don't spend too much time in apps, and find themselves messaging and emailing and browsing the web more…”
The Good: 41 megapixel rear-facing camera, sturdy dirt and fingerprint resistant body, only Windows 8 phone with 2 gigabytes of memory.
The Bad: Lack of apps for Windows 8 phones, slow camera start up, cannot take pictures in rapid succession.
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Nokia released the Lumia 1020 on July 26, 2013.
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Nokia backs up the Lumia 1020 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
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