Nokia Lumia 1020 review
- Solidly built
- Outstanding picture quality
- Good screen
- Windows Phone 8
- Shutter lag
- Overcomplicated camera apps
Nokia's business strategy is a confusing one. It seems as though every time we get our hands on a brand new handset, a new one is announced a couple of months down the line. In the couple of weeks we've had with the Nokia Lumia 1020, a Nokia Lumia 1520 has already been announced for October.
Nokia's hardware and services divisions are now, of course, part and parcel of the Microsoft juggernaut, effectively consigning Nokia to a future with Windows Phone. There was already a solid agreement in place that meant this was already the case, but the latest deal puts to bed the lingering hopes that we'd see Nokia make an Android handset.
Going head to head with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z, the 1020 may be one of the last out-and-out Nokia phones we ever see. Is it a worthy send-off for Finland's mobile hall-of-famers?
Nokia Lumia 1020: Size and build
As with the Lumia series in general, the build quality is extremely solid and would certainly survive a few knocks. Nokia is still determined that people want bright yellow phones - despite a decade of police-sponsored advertising telling us to keep our phones hidden to prevent petty crime - but as is always the case with colours, you'll either like it or you won't.
Normally you could put a case on it if you didn't like the colour. But the Lumia 1020 is a chunky old thing - measuring 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm - and wrapping a case around it would just be overkill.
The camera that sticks out at the back only emphasises the Lumia's massive bulk. And it weighs in at 158g - significantly heavier than its leaner, more athletic competition.
It's also a bit trickier to hold than its older brethren. Not only is it large and cumbersome in the hand, but the matte surface is a bit slipperier than the older models.