Nokia Lumia 1020 Review
At last it is here. Many people believed that it will not appear soon and other people expected it too early but they were all wrong. The new Nokia phone with Pure View Camera and Windows Phone OS is here called Nokia Lumia 1020. We were all expecting last autumn to be the season where the magnificent camera and the Windows Phone OS will be combined in a new Nokia but it seem that we were all wrong. It is here just now and it looks amazing. It certainly makes the impression that it is going to be the leading device in the camera phone category.
In the smartphone world everyone is led to believe that higher MP count means better pictures and although it is not necessarily like this it is undeniable that the new 41 Megapixel Camera packed in the new Nokia Lumia 1020 is mind-boggling and absolutely thrilling. Even though it seems that there are some hidden conditions around these 41 Megapixels there is nothing better looking than a picture taken with this camera. To be fair we should also add that in the box of the phone microUSB cable, wall charger, Lanyard attachment, quick start guide and Product safety and Warranty guide go with the phone.
If the general design of the phone seems familiar to you this is because it is. The design of unibody polycarbonate is already an established feature in the Nokia Lumia phones and it was pretty much expected but with the sporting glossy chassis it has some kind of weird finish to it and it is less prone to smudges and fingerprints.
And since it is packing one really powerful camera in the back its profile is not even as close to slimness as some of the other flagship devices that have appeared this year. The hump in the back of the device makes it a bit weird to hold and control but after a while you get used to the feel and it does not bother you. For the Camera that it holds the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a really light device and from Nokia probably have managed to somehow reduce the weight even though the Camera is really big.
As you probably already deduce the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a Windows Phone and as such all the characteristics of the Windows Phone OS are characteristics of the Nokia. The troubling thing is that the Windows Phone OS is not quite neat and it is very basic looking. Although the tiles connect in different ways you and your phone and the social networks it leaves the feel that the home screen is a big apps list which definitely is not the best way to organize your applications and contacts. The options for rearranging the tile are also limited as in many other Windows Phones so it seems that Windows is having this as a way to guarantee consistency in its portfolio.
But the positive thing is that the Nokia as part of the family goes with some Nokia apps like Nokia maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and much more which are pretty decent.
If it was Android based smartphone the hardware specs may have been regarded as a little outdated but as it turns out it proves the theory that pure hardware specs do not solely dictate performance. However, if you want the raw numbers here they are: dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 225 GPU. This is not all as the internal storage is 32GB but only on paper. As it seems the actual free storage is 29.12 GB which seems like enough but when you take into consideration that it is able to make 38MP still photos with each snapshot you realize how much place these pictures would take up as the storage is limited. For a device with such capacity it would have been a good idea to find expandable storage support.
Ok, until now you may have not been convinced in the performance of the Nokia Lumia 1020 but here comes the ultimate category in which this smartphone shines and this is the 41-megapixel PureView camera. By smartphone standards the Nokia Lumia 1020 actually has a very large sensor, but it’s still a smaller sensor than that in the 808 PureView. The one in the 808 is 1/1.2” in size, the 1020 has a 1/1.5” sensor. By definition this means less space and smaller pixels. The physical size of the pixels when we talk about the Lumia 1020 is 1.12µm and it is 1.34µm on the 808. Despite the raw numbers there are some key advantages to the Nokia Lumia 1020 that we have not mentioned yet and they are connected to the optical image stabilization (OIS) it allows for longer exposure and ultimately better low light shots and video. This can be incorporated in the 1020 in comparison to the 808 where it is not possible. Finally the new Nokia has backside-illuminated pixels sensor (BSI) sensor which makes it possible for the full amount of light to hit the pixels.
It is important to mention at the end that we as people love to take just even random pictures and share them with friends and have memories from these pictures the new Nokia Lumia 1020 provides the necessary quality that really makes us peer into the details and enjoy the awesome quality of the pictures taken.