Nokia Lumia 1020 review

Everybody discusses how larger is better, right? Often it’s simple to mistake the abundance of smartphones that launch all year round. Most of them are the same thing just as the year before, but with an improved chip, crisper screen or smaller bezel, at best.

A new smatphone arrives and turns heads usually due to one standout function, just like a 41-megapixel camera. It’s much more interesting when such a smartphone ships operating a third-party OS just like Windows Phone 8 – and yet it still is able to stand out among a sea of iPhones, Nexus products and HTC Ones.

The Lumia 1020, Nokia’s new 41-megapixel camera phone, is that kind of smart phone. It’s a Window Phone 8 LTE-enabled gadget that costs $299 on contract through AT&T. Although it is most definitely a phone, its high-resolution camera is the reason why other smartphones and point-and-shoots appear like the same old same old.


We can not blame Nokia with this one, simply because it’s restricted to what the Windows Phone 8 platform can handle right now. Sharing the same exact shows found in the recent Lumia 928 and Lumia 925 models, the handset’s 4.5-inch 768 x 1280 PureMotion HD+ display using ClearBlack technology is starting to sound stale. At least, we need a 1080p display, simply to keep it in the exact same company as other high-end models in the marketplace. Although there’s no enhancement with this particular screen, it’s nevertheless enjoyable looking with its iridescent color reproduction, heavy black color, and broad viewing angles. And simultaneously, its resolution is efficient enough for us to help to make out even fine text in the internet browser . It is clearly not as sharp as the competition.


The 1020 is large. Let us simply get that out of the way. It’s slimmer than the Lumia 920 at 10.44mm thick, but it’s much beefier than the thin Nokia Lumia 925. The camera lens also bulges from the rear, making it not possible to lay the smartphone flat and equally hard to hold comfortably initially.

The power button, volume rocker and shutter are at the right edge, although the SIM and headphone socket are on top and USB port and speaker are in the bottom. It’s an exciting arrangement. The power button’s placement definitely kept frustrating us. We unintentionally turned off the smartphone nearly every time we tried to change volume or snap a pic, but it’s fairly standard for Nokia’s Lumia line and something you get accustomed to.



Windows Phone 8 is a recognized quotient by now, currently having taken the third spot in the smartphone charts, albeit still trailing Android and iOS significantly. The promise is much better integration for those utilizing Windows 8 on their own desktop, notebook, or tablet, and Xbox for their gaming, although right now the real extent of that symbiosis is relatively shallow.

You’re left with a mobile program that is easily designed, extremely approachable for new users, and if you devote some time experimenting with the resizable Live Tiles of the homescreen surprisingly versatile, although which is constantly on the lag behind in application availability. The Windows Phone Market is getting bigger constantly, but developers still generally go looking to Google and Apple first, and that means that, although Microsoft’s platform is getting in big-name titles, it’s generally with a delay from their appearance somewhere else.

Hardware and performance

The Lumia 1020 performs well. It features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip and 2GB of RAM, and that’s sufficient for smooth scrolling and fast-loading of applications.

Booting the smartphone itself is a little bit on the slow-side. Additionally there is a four-second lag when unlocking the 1020 and opening the stock camera application. The Pro Cam application would certainly also sometimes load slowly; snap slowly and simply run slowly altogether. This usually occurred when the phone grew too hot, which it most certainly did in our time with it.

We got the 1020′s camera for a spin in New York City, snapping near to 300 photos, and noticed that a completely charged battery depleted to zero in five hours. The phone additionally felt like it was on fire throughout our photo session. We usually harboured a suspicion that the phone would must work hard and that appears to be reflected in how hot it gets.

Call quality over AT&T’s network in New York City was good. There was no hiss or static, and the device’s sound volume was adequate until walking through noisy touristy places just like Time Square. We additionally experienced a drop call in this area, but call quality will certainly vary based on where you live.

Internet and Connectivity

Already displaying its might with its smooth performance, it helps to keep it flowing on the web browsing department too. Wearing fast page loads due to its 4G LTE connectivity, we can’t complain one bit concerning the experience, as page rendering, kinetic scrolling, and navigational controls all possess that silky smooth instantaneous performance to make browsing a pleasure to do.

Global travelers may have no issues with this, since it’s suitable to work with the broad range of GSM networks sprinkled around the world. Domestically, it’s allowed for 4G LTE connectivity via AT&T’s network. Simply like its contemporaries, it features aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC. Sadly, the particular Lumia lacks wireless charging, which is just accomplished if you purchase an optional case accessory.