Nokia Lumia 1020: Review

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is characterized by the high quality of the camera 41 mega pixel, feature totally unique to the smartphone world. 

Nokia Lumia 1020 is the last born in the house of Nokia and the first to hit the market after the news of the acquisition of the European Group from Microsoft. A milestone in many points of view, in short: the breaking point between the past and the future, betting everything on the quality and peculiarities of the photographic image.

If the Nokia Lumia 925 has attempted to establish a new level of standard in terms of quality of photography on mobile devices with the Lumia in 1020, the group has instead raised the bar to take it where no other competitor can currently get. The result is a phone that, confirming the validity of the younger brother’s antecedents and focuses on the quality of the shots.

The result is a terminal that can amaze, to change the paradigm’s antecedents in terms of imaging and to rise in the power that so far it was possible to see only the Nokia 808 PureView (the swan song for the Symbian world).

The Nokia Lumia 1020 was what it took the world Windows Phone to raise the tone of the challenge: a peculiarity without equal, a strength that has no equal among the competition. Here it is the element strength: 41 mega pixels of goodness inside of photographic equipment based once again on the guarantee of the Carl Zeiss lens.

The project started on Symbian with the Nokia 808 PureView thus comes into the world and allows the Windows Phone Lumia 1020 to raise its voice: the phone now has within itself a real camera that has nothing to envy to other dedicated devices ( must be used now to disappear from a market that continues its convergence between imaging and telephony).

Nokia Lumia 1020: Design

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is not intended in any way to hide your 41 megapixel lens, indeed: the design seems to have been studied in detail to put on display just the power of the new sensor, focusing the viewer’s attention on the back of the device. The front is in line with the past, with no change from the tradition Lumia, the 4.5-inch screen fades out of a body initially available in black, white and yellow.

The side buttons are available for volume, power and photo shoot. The canons who have rewarded the design of the Lumia above are respected, but in this case, there is a larger footprint dictated by the objective rear which increases the overall weight and thickness of the device. This latter feature does not seem to be in any way annoying (if not for a weight slightly greater between the hands), but makes the device if the slightly unbalanced rests horizontally on a table.

No problem in terms of grip, either during the call or during shooting. The ergonomic goodness is guaranteed short and massive rear lens becomes more a matter of aesthetics that nothing else: no impact whatsoever on the dexterity of the use of smartphones and does not obstacle for any operation.

The color yellow has attracted more than a curious during the first few days of use: many of us have asked for lights of what many believed to be a cover original, in which hue and width of the lens seem to tease the imagination. The choice of yellow is courageous, an affectation that Nokia seems to want to use for your ” make themselves look ” . And the thing, regardless of any subjective consideration personal tastes, it works.


Nokia Lumia 1020: Specifications

Size 71.4 mm wide and 130.4 mm in height, all for a total thickness of 10.4 millimeters. This latter measure is not real because it includes the extension of the lens: the action ability is not in any way compromised. The total weight is 158 grams.

The display is a 4.5-inch WXGA (1,280 × 768, 334 ppi) PureMotion HD with Corning Gorilla Glass scratched resistant and 3 aspect ratio of 15:9. The display quality is a very prestigious and well service makes to the quality of the pictures played: the quality of the captured images is demonstrated by the images returned, making the device an object heavily biased toward the quality of imaging.

It confirmed the high sensitivity to touch already introduced in earlier designs of the series and the ability to use the touchscreen even with a protective glove: Touch the screen is enough to activate the command and to warn the small vibration of return which confirms the click. This sensitivity provides a feeling of “softness” to the touch, such that the simple touch is already able to activate the desired option.

Good, finally, the visibility of the display even under sunlight, a condition in which the screen behaves well and thanks to the strong contrast to an increased brightness. To experience the difference is sufficient to move from one area of ​​shade to a sunny area: within a few seconds, the screen will adapt itself to the new condition and automatically boosts the brightness to increase the visibility of the content.


The Nokia Lumia 1020 is animated by Snapdragon S4 processor and 2 GB RAM: the use of the operating system Windows Phone 8 is completely fluid and also the editing of the images are extremely fast. Microsoft itself has explained how, through greater collaboration between producer hardware and operating system developers, it was possible of a greater optimization work that made it so effective marriage with the device compared to all the previous Lumia. In particular, there has been strong fluidity in terms of multitasking, with GPS navigation, music player and other applications opened and used at the same time without a hitch or slow down.

The battery is a 2,000 mAh battery that promises 16 days in standby and 13.3 hours of talk time in the 3G network. The feeling is that the battery is in good proportion to the energy absorbed by the device, but at the same time the burden imposed by exorbitant photo sensor significantly reduces the duration of the charge.

To this end, it may come in handy accessory such as a Camera Grip, a cover that improves the grip for the photographs (in addition to allow mounting on a tripod), and at the same time offers an additional charge to extend the autonomy of the terminal.

The main advantage of the Lumia Camera Grip is the fact that supplies extra charge, which is always useful for those who have the ability to upload at any time the terminal. The fact of making it easier grip and click photographic elements are less interesting, and useful is the hole for the adoption of a tripod.

The handle for photos and videos is so improved, in short, but the relationship between price and relative advantage does not seem to be enough evidence to recommend the purchase of the accessory.


Questionable choice to equip the device with only 32 GB of storage space: the conservation of shots of the highest quality (highest virtue of the device) would you recommend, in principle, a greater generosity in terms of memory.

At the same time, it is clear that the cloud solution is no longer an option and only 7 GB as gifts from Microsoft via SkyDrive now become an obligatory complement to any portable device. The structural use of a memory cloud obviously makes irrelevant to any consideration about the amount of available memory: 32 GB is more than sufficient for a high number of shots, but obviously cannot be considered as an archive of photographs perennial Mobile.

It should be remembered as the upload to the cloud is automatically and in the background: it is sufficient for synchronize the terminal to your SkyDrive account and at the same time have a Wifi network accessible vehicle through which the upload.

The question, nevertheless, arises spontaneously if the Camera Grip is designed to act as a supplementary charge, why not also equip a reserve additional memory can serve as a temporary backup to support 32 GB smartphone?

The answer seems to be in SkyDrive: Nokia believes in the cloud storage, and the fact that the marginal value of additional memory would be less than the cost that would involve this type of adoption. Hence the choice of only 32 GB as a sufficient basis for normal use with the device.

The feeling is that Nokia has been able to move forward to its Lumia family from the point of view of sound: the vast options available for adjusting listening with earphones, but also a stronger and cleaner listening to stereo music from the output and free calling.

On the other hand, the smartphone is equipped with Mix Radio and other formulas for access to music content, which makes the smartphone a player with great potential to serve with a budget-level audio.


The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the flagship Lumia series and probably will remain so for some time. The group has included in this terminal all the best of its offer, improving the project in every aspect and enriching it with an unparalleled photographic equipment in the market.

Once again, the judgment on the terminal will be bound to the judgment that each user matures about the Windows Phone operating system, but in general, the Lumia 1020 is sure to be a point of reference for those who now identifies in its smartphones an indispensable witness online (and offline) their privacy.

From the perspective of the photographic one can no longer speak of simple smartphone: the difference is too large and too deep than the competition. The capture at night, shooting options and 41 megapixel capabilities are something that inevitably digs a furrow compared to the other terminals.

Photography is what makes it quite unique Nokia Lumia 1020. Those who appreciate this type of feature will not hold it tight, tight, consideration. At the same time, the lure of the 41 megapixels can be a recipe essential to introduce Windows Phone 8 to a greater number of people. Pending that Instagram finally reaches the marketplace Microsoft, marrying so the quality of the shots with the opportunities of social sharing.

This is a reflex? No, absolutely not, this is the maximum vertex in terms of imaging that the smartphone world has been hitherto capable of producing. That could be almost enough to instill the idea that buying a low-end camera starts to lose its meaning.

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Value of Money

PROS : Camera unique for a smartphone, Dual flash LED / Xenon, Photo editing in-camera.

CONS : Overall, overheating when under pressure, storage space is not proportional to the weight of the image files of the photos.

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