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Nokia Lumia 1020 Review
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work closely with Nokia and the Windows phone that they were introducing, the Lumia 900. I developed a series of posts about Social Media on the Go, Cooking with Technology, Me Time: Escape to the Park and Family Fun: Chronicling Our Lives. I really got to work closely with the Windows Phone team to develop an intimate understanding of the phone and it fit perfectly in my life. In fact, I also filmed an entire series of webisodes around the phone.
Alas when my time was over, I didn't end up keeping the phone because my entire family is on the Sprint network and there is not a Windows phone on Sprint that can compare to the quality of the Nokia Lumia phone. I ended up with an iPhone.
Fast forward a few years and at least a thousand hours of frustration (with the iPhone) later, I got the opportunity to work with Nokia again. This time it was on a cruise to Alaska and unlimited time to play with the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Mobile phone users reliant on their phone cameras cannot do better than the Nokia Lumina 1020, with a 41 mp main camera, HD video, and distortion free stereo audio.
The 1020 features a 4.5 inch display with Super Sensitive Touch, and Clear Black / OLED display technology.
BATTERY AND CAPACITY
The non-removable 3.8 V battery is rated at 12.5 hours talk time on 3G networks, 6.8 hours video playback, 53 hours of music playback, and a 16 standby time.
The phone is outfitted with 2 MB ram and 32 MB mass memory; purchasers receive 7 GM of free cloud storage via Microsoft's OneDrive. A port for micro SIM card is included.
The best embedded camera on the phone market today, the 41 mp main camera incorporates a Zeiss lens and Xenon flash. Zoom and low light shots are natural. A secondary camera boasts 1280 X 960 p resolution.
Gear included in the box with the phone includes an AC Charger, data cable, wrist strap and SIM door key.
Apps include virtually every conceivable process or usage thought of to date, from productivity and entertainment software, to GPS and Here Drive+, City Maps, Lens, and Transit. Sharing apps make posting to social media a one click process.
Accessories available for the Nokia 1020 include a variety of compatible wireless headphones and speakers, as well as exclusive Nokia Treasure Tags that allow you to track and locate up to four personal possessions with the included app.
A smartphone with all of the latest apps, that can be your communication, personal entertainment, superb photo and video recording device, the Nokia 1020 has very few negatives. Users that have been carrying a phone and digital camera along with them will love combining the two into one unit. The phone is available out of the box in three different colors, but a host of shells and cases enable users to truly personalize the unit.
THE PROS AND THE CONS
Several reviews have mentioned how large the camera is. I actually didn't find it that obtrusive at all. In fact, after the first day I forgot about it. The phone is so visually appealing and incredibly easy to use. Several reviews mentioned the learning curve when coming from other operating systems but I didn't experience that at all. Perhaps that is because I used one years ago but I actually find this interface to be among the easiest to use out there.
My mother picked it right up and was able to do pretty much everything on it. And if she can do it, I am pretty certain that most people can.
The only con I can find is that it is not on the Sprint network.
WORD ON THE STREET
CNET gives it 4 out of 5 stars: “The Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone's camera captures extremely high-resolution images with fine detail, and puts creative controls at your fingertips…avid mobile photographers will love the Nokia Lumia 1020's exact controls.”
Engadget says: “the Lumia 1020 is the best Windows Phone device to date. If you're a WP8 user who enjoys crafting the best possible photographs, you need to make the jump, even if you are paying a premium for the camera.”
The Verge called it: “The cameraphone to end all cameraphones.”
Tech Radar said: “the apps and tiles have cool animations, too, when you're opening or closing them or watching your notifications.”
CHECK OUT THE ACTUAL PICTURES
I took all of these pictures with the Lumia 1020.
A Lumia 1020 was provided for review and my family was hosted on a cruise to Alaska.