Nokia Lumia 1020 review

Nokia Lumia 1020 review

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  • Another month, another flagship Lumia handset. Does the Nokia Lumia 1020 steam ahead of its brethren and competition? Find out in our Nokia Lumia 1020 review

    Nokia Lumia 1020 review

    Love

    • Solidly built
    • Outstanding picture quality
    • Good screen

    Hate

    • 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.

  • Is 41-megapixels and image stabilization on the Nokia Lumia 1020 enough to tempt you to Windows Phone? T3 went in for a closer look...

    Nokia Lumia 1020 review

    Love

    • Solidly built
    • Outstanding picture quality
    • Good screen

    Hate

    • Windows Phone 8
    • Shutter lag
    • Overcomplicated camera apps

    The Symbian-toting Nokia 808 PureView was certainly a unique phone and now Nokia's back with a similar Windows Phone 8 offering, the Nokia Lumia 1020.  With it's 41MP camera with PureView, Nokia is hoping its camera credentials can take on the likes of the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z.

    Nokia Lumia 1020: Size and build

    The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a far cry from the rubberized and chunky Nokia 808 PureView.  It won't win any slim and light phone competitions at 10.4mm and 158g but it has a very square Lumia-feel to it and considering the tech inside, its size is something of a marvel. It'll land in either black, white and a particularly fetching canary yellow.

    Nokia Lumia 1020: Camera

    The camera is where Nokia is hoping that it'll draw in the crowds and it certainly does with the 41MP sensor. It packs in image stabilization, and also the new system's be redesigned to include ball bearing and motors to help keep those shaky-handed and action pics looking steady.

    The Nokia Lumia 1020 could be seen as a camera more than a phone, when you turn the camera on, it's more of an SLR experience rather than a phone with a camera. There are plenty of setting to get fiddling with including exposure, focus and white balance.

    All controls are simple enough to get to and to tweak and there's also an auto mode for those of us that lack the skills of David Bailey.  We'll be bringing you more on the camera once we've had a longer play with the phone.

    Nokia Lumia 1020: Features

    As well as the camera, the Nokia Lumia 1020 offers all the usual Nokia gubbins including Nokia Drive and Nokia Music.  There's a 1.5GHz snapdragon processor keeping things ticking along with 2GB of RAM and internal memory clocks in at 32GB with 7GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage.

    Nokia Lumia 1020: Screen

    On to the screen and it's a fairly hefty offering at 4.5-inches AMOLED, 1280 x 768, the exact same specs as you'd find on the Nokia Lumia 925. It's protected by Gorilla 3 Glass and comes with a high brightness mode and super sensitive touch. As on the 925, the screen is crisp and bright with plenty of detail.

    Nokia Lumia 1020: Battery

     

    The battery comes in at 200mAh in line with the rest of the Lumia gang and there's also the option of wireless charging via a supported cover.

    Nokia Lumia 1020: Verdict

    The Nokia Lumia 1020 certainly offers something unique to the Lumia line up. It's preposterously high megapixel count and the tech packed inside the fairly svelte frame is a marvel but is it enough to tempt Android and iPhone 5 user away from their current handsets?

    If your phone is your camera then the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a viable option, if you're a fan of Nokia and are looking for a more svelte phone, then you might want to look at one of the smaller Lumia handsets.  That said, we're looking forward to giving the Nokia Lumia 1020 a longer test.

    Nokia Lumia 1020 release date: September 2013

    Nokia Lumia 1020 price: TBC

    Hands-on review by Rhi Morgan

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    •  price and release date
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