Nokia Lumia 1020 Review


41 megapixels- just a number hyped or does it give you results. Well after Nokia Pure View 808 we certainly thought yeah just hype but what it has turned out to be is brilliant. The Nokia Lumia 1020 might even be the arguably the best camera on a smartphone period. Almost everything else is same as you find it on the Nokia Lumia 920. There are places where it does come short e.g. the battery life. Even though mostly things have stayed the same you can question them because 6-7 months later you cannot hope for the speed of the phone to still stand tall against the new in the market but I guess that’s how things work now.


Even with the heavier lens, Nokia managed to make it lighter than the Lumia 920. It has the same brilliant polycarbonate built the Lumia 920 had. Also it has the same colours available for you to choose from. The area around the lens bulges out hence it does not lay flat on the surface and if you want to lie it down and type it is going to rock the phone. The speakers are really clear and loud. Camera is an integral part of this phone and the most crucial too so to make things easier there is a dedicated camera button to pull off the camera from anywhere.


Nokia Lumia 1020 Display
Nokia Lumia 1020 carries an AMOLED display instead of the IPS LCD display on the 920. The resolution of 768×1280 pixels and pixel density of 332 ppi remains the same. Display is really beautiful and with the flat design of Windows Phone 8 it looks even better. Colours look really vibrant and clear. Given its primary use- the camera, a full HD display would have been better because when you zoom into the shots you can see the clarity decreasing but on a desktop or laptop that is not the case. The black levels are really deep and are appropriate for a high end phone.


Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera

Courtest: Engadget

The 41 megapixel camera is one of the- or if not, the best smart phone camera in the market. It allows you to take x4 lossless zoom. No doubt no other camera takes low light images like the Lumia 1020 does. You can crop specific parts of the photo and still see how beautiful it looks. The colours are amazing. The images are not over saturated like that on most Lumia phones. A great camera needs a great camera UI- Nokia Pro Camera provides just that. It lets you tweak the camera pre shot and then get the desired image. It’s just wonderful to see that even with flash you don’t lose the real value of a shot. 1.2 MP is the sensor on the secondary camera takes decent shots and can record 720p video whereas the 41MP camera can record full HD 1080p video.


Nothing has changed from the 920, not much. It has the same Windows Phone 8 mobile OS. Windows Phone 8 has a great app market now compared to the time 920 initially released. So certainly the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a better environment. Dedicated Nokia apps are the best of their lot. The camera apps are just incredible. Nokia Maps, Nokia Music and Nokia Drive are bliss to have in your phone. You wont need an app in the similar category because they are tailor made for you.

Performance and Memory

Nokia Lumia 1020 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz Dual Core processor and 2GB of RAM. This places the performance far below GS4 and HTC One though it’s priced along with them. The camera takes a bit of time to show up but well that’s legit given it packs 41MP. Otherwise the phone navigates really well and smoothly. It has a memory of 32GB with no card slot available.

Final Thoughts

Nokia Lumia 1020 is just perfect for a person who is into good smartphone photography. The balance of colours is just amazing. The way the performance holds out is amazing too. The design and built makes the phone completes the package to make it nice. Buy it for the camera, it will make all that money worth it.

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-875, RM-877
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-876
4G NetworkLTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 – RM-875
LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-877
Announced2013, July
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, July
BODYDimensions130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm, 96.9 cc (5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 in)
Weight158 g (5.57 oz)
DISPLAYTypeAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size768 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~332 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
– PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
– Dolby Digital Plus
– Dolby headphone enhancement
MEMORYCard slotNo
Internal32 GB, 2 GB RAM / 64 GB (Telefonica exclusive)
EDGEUp to 236.8 kbps
SpeedHSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v3.0 with A2DP
USBYes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERAPrimary41 MP (38 MP effective, 7152 x 5368 pixels), Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, auto/manual focus, Xenon & LED flash
Features1/1.5” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, geo-tagging, face detection, dual capture, panorama
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, 4x lossless digital zoom, video light
SecondaryYes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps
FEATURESOSMicrosoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to WP8 Amber
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPUDual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPUAdreno 225
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
ColorsYellow, white, black, red (AT&T exclusive)
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BV-5XW)
Stand-by(2G) / Up to 384 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 19 h (2G) / Up to 13 h 20 min (3G)
Music playUp to 63 h



Author: Sinha

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