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A tempting camera for shutterbugs

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The Lumia 1020 is the best Windows Phone we've used so far and offers the best camera in the industry, though it's a little difficult to hold comfortably.

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8.2
21 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.2
  • Display
    8.4
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Camera
    9.5
  • Ease of use
    7.7
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.3
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.3

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9.4
32 reviews
9.0
Engadget Jul 24, 2013

The Lumia 1020 is the best Windows Phone we've used so far and offers the best camera in the industry, though it's a little difficult to hold comfortably.

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8.0
CNET Jul 24, 2013

Avid mobile photographers will love the Nokia Lumia 1020's exact controls, but casual users should stick to cheaper camera phones.

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8.0
Gizmodo Jul 24, 2013

If you're cool with Windows Phone and you want the communication device in your pocket to take superior photos, definitely get this phone... You have to really, really care about your pictures though. Because $300 for a phone with a half-baked OS is a tall price to pay for photographic dominance.

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8.0
PC Mag Jul 24, 2013

The first viable 41-megapixel camera phone, the Nokia Lumia 1020 for AT&T is an impressive feat, but it's big, expensive, and doesn't run Instagram.

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8.0
Wired Jul 29, 2013

That said, if you want the absolute best camera on a smartphone, then the Lumia 1020 is for you. ... You just have to be OK with hitching your wagon to Windows Phone.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jan 21, 2014

Let's cut to the chase: the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the smartphone to beat when it comes to photography. Its camera is a serious bit of kit that, given the right conditions, will create exceptional shots.

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8.0
Mashable Jul 24, 2013

At the end of the day, the Lumia 1020 is a good phone with an excellent camera. I just don't think the camera is enough of a reason to recommend it at this price.

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8.0
SlashGear Jul 23, 2013

The lag between shots is the big fly in the Lumia’s ointment ... It’s that, more than anything, that keeps the Nokia Lumia 1020 in its niche position.

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8.0
TechHive Jul 29, 2013

With a 41-megapixel camera capable of taking phenomenal photos, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the Windows Phone to beat.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 30, 2013

...you either want a Windows phone or you don't - and a 41-megapixel sensor isn't going to change that for anyone...So, if you want a Windows Phone 8 device and desire the ability to capture mammoth, high-resolution photos, than the Lumia 1020 is the smartphone for you.

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9.0
phoneArena Jul 23, 2013

Let’s cut to the chase here folks, this is hand down, without question, the absolute best camera phone on the market. ... However, its $300 on-contract price point slows its momentum down, seeing that it’s still widely viewed as a pricey thing.

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9.0
GottaBeMobile Jul 23, 2013

The Lumia 1020 is simply the best camera phone on the market, and Nokia extends its leadership proudly once again with this flagship device.

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8.0
GSM Arena Sep 21, 2013

The Lumia 1020 is a solid phone, with great hardware, amazing innovative camera technology and powerful messenger and office skills. It's a true Nokia destined to become a legend when it's probably too late. And that's why Lumia 1020 will be always The One That Got Away.

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8.0
Digital Versus Sep 26, 2013

It's certainly the next great step in that direction, and indeed an excellent camera phone—the 5 Mpx images are fantastic—but a number of imperfections prevent the sensor from competing at the 41 Mpx level, which is the resolution Nokia advertises.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Sep 17, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a slick, striking phone with a class-leading – if not entirely perfect – camera. However, if camera quality is not your number one concern, we consider the Lumia 925 or an even cheaper Lumia model, like the Nokia Lumia 620.

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8.0
BGR Jul 24, 2013

Nokia’s Lumia 1020 is the best Windows Phone in the world. Period. It’s not even close. ... But is being the best Windows Phone in the world good enough to compete with the best Android phones in the world and the iPhone?

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8.0
ReadWriteWeb Jul 23, 2013

The bottom line is that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a superlative camera and a middling smartphone, punctuated by a big question mark hovering over the future of Windows Phone and its app ecosystem.

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9.0
MobileBurn Jul 24, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a nice upgrade to the Lumia 920 and a big upgrade to most smartphone cameras ... The Lumia 1020 is a tough sell at $299, but the actual device sells itself for anyone willing to pony up the extra money.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jul 11, 2013

As Elop said, it works right out of the box, and certainly we found that to be the case. Take a shot and zoom in and out to reframe it after the fact.

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Engadget Jul 11, 2013

In terms of sensors, the 1020 comes with a new 1/1.5-inch, 41-megapixel BSI sensor, which is smaller than the 808's 1/1.2-inch, non-BSI offering of the same resolution. Still, both chips are understandably larger than the N8's 1/1.83-inch, 12-megapixel sensor.

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AnandTech Jul 11, 2013

I played with the rest of the camera UI and gallery, and on the whole it's essentially what you'd expect – like a better PureView 808 but running Windows Phone. On the whole smoother and more refined, in the chassis of a 920.

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CNET Jul 11, 2013

With its 41-megapixel camera, Nokia's Lumia 1020 absolutely brings on the wow factor, proving that Nokia can innovate in its own way, that it is a mobile force to be reckoned with.

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Gizmodo Jul 11, 2013

All around, though, this thing is really great, and as long as it's durable (big thing to wait for a review for!), and you can live with Windows Phone 8, it'll be a wonderful thing to carry around at all times in your bag.

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Laptop Magazine Jul 11, 2013

Overall, we really what we see from the Lumia 1020. Nokia clearly wants the best smartphone camera on the market and it seems to have succeeded. The only thing that could keep the 1020 from being a true mainstream winner is its $299 price tag.

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SlashGear Jul 11, 2013

Still, just from a brief play with it, it’s clear that Nokia is offering something unique among today’s smartphones.

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Pocket-Lint Jul 11, 2013

We like it a lot, we love the power of the camera - more on that in short time - and the Nokia's hardware is second to none.

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PC World Australia Jul 12, 2013

Nokia has officially unveiled one of the worst kept secrets, the Lumia 1020 Windows Phone. The flagship smartphone comes with a 41-megapixel PureView camera, building on the technology first seen on last year's 808 PureView.

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GSM Arena Jul 11, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is very close to the Lumia 925. It packs a 4.5" AMOLED screen of WXGA resolution (768 x 1280 pixels) with Super sensitive touch so you can wear gloves while using it. It's protected by Gorilla Glass 3, which has a nice smooth curve along its side.

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Phone Scoop Jul 11, 2013

The camera takes 41-megapixel and 5-megapixel images at the same time, so you have a large master photo for editing and zooming, and a smaller photo for sharing on social networks. The optical image stabilization means that photos should always be in focus.

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Ubergizmo Jul 11, 2013

Nokia has certainly stepped up its smartphone portfolio now that it has revealed its Lumia 1020. We know the amount of megapixels a camera has isn’t everything, but when you throw something like a 41MP camera onto a Windows Phone 8 device, people are going to start to take notice.

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WPCentral Jul 11, 2013

What’s our verdict (so far)? It’s thinner and lighter than you would expect. We also really dig the matte yellow color, which is akin to the Lumia 720. Sure you can feel that hump a bit but ain’t it worth it to take such gorgeous photos? We think so.

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GottaBeMobile Jul 11, 2013

Nokia is trying to help Windows Phone catch up to Android and iOS with apps like Flipboard, Hipstamatic Oggl and Path. This phone certainly seems like a great device to help make Windows Phone 8 a more viable option for more users, with unique features and the new apps.

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GSM Arena Jul 12, 2013

As we see it - the Nokia Lumia 1020 really has the potential to become a hit. Not only that - it can lay the foundations for something bigger - make WP8 desirable before quad-core 1080p flagships arrive in the holiday season and cause explosive growth.

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TechRadar Jul 11, 2013

We really, really like the Lumia 1020 as a device. Yes, it's more camera than phone, but the balance is a lot more even than before, and it will really appeal to all of those who want to make sure they get the best out of their everyday memories.

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The Next Web Jul 11, 2013

In short, what we’re looking at is an incredibly portable 41-megapixel camera with Zeiss wide-angle optics, Xenon flash, 6x zoom in 720p, optical image stabilization. And yes, the Lumia 1020 can also make calls.

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BGR Jul 11, 2013

Nokia has created a very intriguing device, but unfortunately its loyalty to Windows Phone 8 makes the Lumia 1020 less appealing. The limited app selection and the Lumia 1020′s high price tag will make it hard for Nokia to compete with Samsung and Apple.

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Techno Buffalo Jul 11, 2013

The Windows Phone 8 software looks great on the Lumia 1020′s display, although much of the homescreen is jam-packed with Nokia’s own apps, including two different camera modes. You can customize this, though, and we generally find Nokia’s apps add a ton of value to the platform.

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Stuff Jul 11, 2013

The Lumia 1020 has an amazing camera for a smartphone – there’s little doubt in our mind that it’s better than cheap point-and-shoots and another nail in their coffin. As a smartphone, our initial impression is that it’s much the same as the Lumia 925 and other Nokia Windows phones.

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MobileBurn Jul 11, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a camera integrated into the smartphone. That's a big difference from the camera strapped to a smartphone vibe given off by the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom. The Lumia 1020 actually feels like its creators meant for this to be a phone first.

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10
dangish dangish

Best phone for any enthusiast. It may not have the horsepower in a lot of the Androids, but those phones require so many resources and all too often have tons of bloatware. WP8 has most of the big apps with unofficial ones available for Instagram. It isn't Microsoft's fault that the apps arent...

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9.0
alphatrio alphatrio

It doesn't have the freaking mass of crapware as that of Apple store. Can this even be considered negative? Since I don't use too many apps, this should be a plus. But a negative is the lacking of third party native accessory for Nokia 1020. Yes, there are generic ones that will work. I would...

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10
marcasmacd marcasmacd

I, personally, cannot find fault with this phone. I can find all the apps I want, the screen is a good size and the camera is fantabulous

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10
jdawg011 jdawg011

The selling point of this phone is obviously the camera, but this is not the only good quality. It has an extra sensitive screen for easy use with gloves that I find great, even with a screen protector on it. The battery lasts a long time for how small it is. It has great sound quality, as...

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duadox duadox

This is a great phone overall. Obviously, the camera (the major selling point of the phone--although there are many others) is amazing. My only major concern is related to the fact that it does not have a microsd slot for expanding the disk space. The technology bloggers have a very stubborn...

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9.0
rtsclement rtsclement

This really is a stellar device. Fate put an iPhone 5S and the Lumia 1020 in my hand on the same day. I had been excited to play with both - but it was the Lumia that took the lions share of my attention. I am VERY lucky in that I don't have to choose and will likely carry both - most of my...

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9.0
Ordeith Ordeith

Got it for the camera. I wish this camera was available with a newer processor but there is still no better on a phone.

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