Nokia Lumia 1020
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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.
- Best-in-class imaging experience
- Good battery life
- Smooth performance
- Solid build quality and materials
- Beautiful display
- Awkward and slightly uncomfortable to hold
- Has a few bugs
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Nokia Lumia 1020
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- 83AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE21 ReviewsWired80Thatâ€™s a Big Camera You Got ThereThat 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.PC Mag80Nokia Lumia 1020 (AT&T)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.Gizmodo80Nokia 1020 Review: The Best Smartphone Camera in aIf 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.CNET80Photographers, meet your camera phoneAvid mobile photographers will love the Nokia Lumia 1020's exact controls, but casual users should stick to cheaper camera phones.Engadget90Nokia Lumia 1020 reviewThe 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.EngadgetNot RatedSpot the pattern: Nokia Lumia 1020 hangs out withIn 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.Laptop MagazineNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 Hands-on: Amazing Camera, Steep POverall, 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.GizmodoNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 Hands On: This Actually Might BeAll 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.CNETNot RatedYep, Nokia Lumia 1020 packs 41-megapixel camera whWith 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.EngadgetNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 hands-onAs 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.AnandTechNot RatedNokia Announces Lumia 1020 - 41 MP PureView and WiI 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.Pocket-Lint90Nokia Lumia 1020 camera reviewLet'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.Pocket-Lint80Nokia Lumia 1020 review...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.TechHive80Review: The Nokia Lumia 1020 marries an amazing caWith a 41-megapixel camera capable of taking phenomenal photos, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the Windows Phone to beat.Mashable80The Nokia Lumia 1020: It's All About the CameraAt 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.SlashGear80Nokia Lumia 1020 ReviewThe 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.PC World AustraliaNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone (preview)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.Pocket-LintNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 pictures and hands-onWe 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.SlashGearNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 PureView hands-onStill, just from a brief play with it, it’s clear that Nokia is offering something unique among today’s smartphones.Digital Versus80Nokia Lumia 1020It'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.GSM Arena80Nokia Lumia 1020 review: View from the topThe 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.T3Not RatedNokia Lumia 1020 review: Hands-onIf your phone is your camera then the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a viable option.GottaBeMobile90Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: The Camera Phone KingThe Lumia 1020 is simply the best camera phone on the market, and Nokia extends its leadership proudly once again with this flagship device.phoneArena90Nokia Lumia 1020 ReviewLet’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.GSM ArenaNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 preview: Take twoAs 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.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Nokia Lumia 1020 reviewWe 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.GottaBeMobileNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 Hands-onNokia 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.Windows CentralNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020: Hands on and first impressionWhat’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.UbergizmoNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 Hands-On Review : http://www.uberNokia 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.Phone ScoopNot RatedHands-On: Nokia Lumia 1020The 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.GSM ArenaNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 hands-on: First lookThe 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.Expert Reviews100Nokia Lumia 1020 reviewA simply stunning photos make the Lumia 1020 the ultimate cameraphone.TrustedReviews70Nokia Lumia 1020 reviewThe 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.BGR80Nokia Lumia 1020 reviewNokia’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?ReadWriteWeb80Nokia Lumia 1020: The Best Damn Smartphone CameraThe 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.StuffNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 hands-on reviewThe 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.Techno BuffaloNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 Hands-OnThe 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.BGRNot RatedLumia 1020 preview: Hands-on with Nokiaâ€™s 41-megNokia 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.The Next WebNot RatedHands-on with the Nokia Lumia 1020: A camera thatIn 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.Photography Blog80Nokia Lumia 1020 ReviewThe Nokia Lumia 1020 is a very capable photo-taking device that delivers the best image quality of any smartphone.USA Today80Nokia Lumia 1020 sets standard for smartphone cameDespite my quibbles, this is a very smart camera. About as good as you can get on a smartphone.MobileBurn90Nokia Lumia 1020 ReviewThe 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.MobileBurnNot RatedNokia Lumia 1020 hands-on [VIDEO]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.
- 94AVERAGE USER SCORE32 ReviewsEngadget Reader90August 29, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 20, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadgetandibeka100June 21, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100April 21, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 fantabulousEngadget Reader70April 11, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100April 7, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 well as an excellent display. The phone screen goes blank when up to your ear with the sensor it has, so you won't hangup by accident, nor will you pocket dial very easily. The keyboard is fairly nice and the autocorrect is better than I have seen on other OSs. Overall I love the phone, and it even sits nicely even with the bulky camera.Engadget Reader90April 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100March 30, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 22, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 13, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Got it for the camera. I wish this camera was available with a newer processor but there is still no better on a phone.Engadget Reader90March 8, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 like a native tripod mount chassis for the Nokia 1020. I use my phone as a dashcam, just as in the past with iPhone and Galaxy Note1/2/ S3 / S4.Engadget Reader90February 26, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!After using the Nokia Lumia 1020 since release week over the summer, I can honestly say that this is the best phone I have had. Dependable, easy to use, great looks, and the 41-megapixel camera is outrageously good. Still wish there were more apps in windows ecosystem, and adding music can be PITA, but the overall experience has been outsanding.SchroederRock90January 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 19, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have been behind the curve for years as far as smart phones go. I have always been that one person standing there saying, "Why do I need a smart phone? My phone is for calling and texting. I have a computer for internet. What's the point?"Admittedly, there have been several times when my phone couldn't do something I needed (access to Yelp in a dinner crunch, for one. GPS, for two) and I had to use my boyfriend's phone. I have been with my boyfriend since he had the Blackberry, then moved to iPhone 3, then 3S, then 4. I have hated, with a passion, all of those phones. They are annoying, they freeze. They feel ridiculously heavy, and the photos are nothing to get excited about. Sure, they have GPS and have a lot of apps, but so what? I didn't need apps! When he moved to the Samsung Galaxy 3 I was a little impressed. I did love the picture and video quality, and internet speeds were amazing when compared to his iPhone. But it wasn't enough to make me want a smart phone.Last year I had noticed the Lumia 920 in Cyan and I kind of wanted it. I loved the color, and when I tested it out in the store it seemed pretty straight forward. But I didn't want it SO much that I wanted to upgrade early at a greater cost. My phone, for all of it's unsmartness and lack of robot genius, was doing perfectly fine for me, thanks.Enter the Lumia 1020. I literally saw the add on Hulu a couple of weeks ago and I WANTED that phone. I have a DSLR camera that goes with a lot of places with me, and it takes amazing pictures. But it's bulky and not efficient to use for things like small family get togethers and girls night out. I mean, my camera bag and one lens is ridiculously bulky! Add a purse, and it's just a nightmare. So when I heard that this thing had 41 megapixels in the camera, I was sold.Obviously, megapixels aren't everything. The photos are great, but they can't match the quality of my DSLR. Lenses do make quite a bit of difference, so I'm not saying it's replacing my Canon by any means. But it makes things like family moments and girls night out and snapshots at the dog park MUCH easier. Plus, I can do things RIGHT THERE with the phone that I would have to upload other photos from my DSLR to do. Removing unwanted objects, blurring and focusing, color pop. I don't know what other phones offer, but none of my other phones could do this!Aside from that, I love the way it can be set up! The OS is great. It's smooth, and while internet isn't as quick as it was with my boyfriend's Galaxy, I have lots of time and am never in such a hurry that I can't wait an extra five seconds for something to load. I love being able to arrange things by my taste and size. The important things like contacts and Pandora get big bars, my bank and movie apps are normal squares,and tiny icons for things like Evernote and the phone settings. It is all organized and perfect to make sense for me, and adding and removing shortcuts is a breeze. Battery life gives me about 36 hours before I HAVE to charge. My previous phones I could go three or four days without charging, so this is a little annoying for me, but my boyfriend does assure me that a day is a pretty average life for a smart phone. Calls are great. I do love that when I have the phone up to my face the screen goes black, saving battery because I'm obviously not looking at the phone, but when I pull it away to look at it the scree automatically bursts to life again. That is a pretty nifty little option.The only thing I was sad about was the color: I really loved the 920 in Cyan, and I was hoping for a 1020 in the same lovely shade of blue. Unfortunately, this model only comes in Yellow, Black, or White. I wound up with the yellow one because it's very cheerful and, let's face it, harder to lose. The weight is good: my LG Shine was way smaller but it felt like it weighed way more. This thing feels sleek but solid in my hand without being heavy. It's not to big, the screen is great. I wish I could figure out how to turn the clock off of the screen when I'm not using it because it's really bright, but no such luck yet. I remember my very first cell phone was a Nokia, and I tip my hat to the designers and engineers over there because they have come a long way since I got my first cell phone nine years ago, and even then I remember dropping that first Nokia in a puddle of water and not realizing it for six hours and that thing survived for six months before it started failing on me. I hope that doesn't happen to this phone, of course, but if that was what they did nine years ago then I'm not even worried about this one.Note: recommend to check for its best price at: seebestdeals.com/mobile-phones/nokia-lumia-1020.htmlHope it helps.Engadget Reader90December 17, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Love this phone, simple, easy to use and stunningly beautiful to behold. Let down by apps but this is not the fault of windows but the developers of the apps - Im looking at you Sky!! - camera is amazing and the build quality is superb. battery is on par for smartphones these days.Overall this is my first foray into Windows phones and Im very impressed.Engadget Reader90December 3, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 2, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The overall look and feel of the phone suggests a well built, smart and fun phone. Has a durable yet premium feel thanks to the unibody design and gorilla glass 3 on front. The camera on the phone is just simply amazing. The windows phone OS is a pleasure to use and in terms of the apps ecosystem it is not lacking by much compared to Android or IOS. There is a 3rd party app for the likes of snapchat and instagram which work just as well, so you won't be missing out on anything! The performance is great, hacks away at anything you throw at it due to the Snapdragon S4 and 2GB of RAM and not forgetting the well made Windows phone 8 OS!Engadget Reader100November 28, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Best cameraphone out there. Period! :-DEngadget Reader100November 20, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have 3 kids and I take pictures constantly! I have an SLR but you never know when your going to need a camera for that perfect moment and I will not lug that SLR around everywhere I go! In the past, for those moments where the SLR wasn't an option - my work phone (iPhone 4S) was the camera of choice. Since buying a personal phone for me and having it be the Lumina 1020, I have not only left the work phone at home, I've mothballed the SLR! I just don't need it. This phone is now my swiss army knife and it does everything I need it to do flawlessly. I prefer the design of Windows Phone over iOS since iOS7 came out. It is easier for me to use and to boot, it has office and works with my products at home! This is by far the best device I have ever owned!Engadget Reader100November 19, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 14, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80November 6, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 27, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 14, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 12, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Changing from an iPhone 5 to the Lumia 1020 was always going to be an interesting experience. I've been craving a larger screen for some time and this 4.5" OLED screen fitted the bill. Blacks are deep and the colours pop making a great viewing experience.User interface is snappy considering the dated hardware specs but WP8, much like Macs, doesn't require bucket loads of horse power to perform well.Camera is simply amazing. Lossless zoom in both photo and video mode means those previously "out of range" shots are now easily captured. The auto white balance can sometimes seem hit or miss but editing this in post production is simple. I often switch white balance to manual to achieve a more accurate tone. Having access to manual controls on the Nokia Pro Cam are a delight to DSLR users all though the aperture settings aren't adjustable.Having access to Nokia's "Here" suite of apps is handy. Lots of useful tools like transit directions, turn by turn directions and city lens (highlights points of interest in your current location using the camera screen).Battery life is not as good as I was expecting. Using the phone for business, 30-60 minutes of calls (sometimes over bluetooth) and heavy email use means I'm lucky to get 10 hours before the battery is depleted. OK, I use the camera a bit during this time too which probably doesn't help its stamina.Overall, very happy with the switch from iOS to WP8. Hardware is also a pleasure to use. Would recommend this handset for sure, in fact, I already have recommended this to a friend.Engadget Reader100September 27, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90September 23, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 friends and work colleagues are in the Apple ecosystem which makes it hard to escape. If I absolutely HAD to choose - I would choose the Lumia 1020. It is a great phone, with all the key apps and a camera that just blows away everything else.Engadget Reader100September 23, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100September 22, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 insistence on downgrading every windows phone they review due to the supposed lack of apps in the WP ecosystem. Please don't be fooled by this! At this point, WP is missing only a handful of the essential apps--and all of those have very good third-party support anyway. The Metro design is truly the next generation user interface.Engadget Reader100August 13, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Hands down the best Windows Phone ever made. Incredible Camera, Crisp Performance and Nokia's unparalleled quality.Engadget Reader100July 26, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100July 24, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 there yet. They have incentives set for developers to utilize. I only wish Wireless charging was built in. Other than that, a solid os and solid showing on Nokia. The best yet.
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