Nokia Lumia 1020, Forget About DSLR!


Nokia Lumia 1020 Forget About DSLRThe days when the charming Nokia Lumia 925 ruled the kingdom of Lumias are gone now, as the ex-flagship gave up its crown in July, this current year (2013), to the latest and greatest member of the family, I’m talking about the Lumia 1020. This impressive piece of work had strongly shaken the world of smartphones, as it holds something that none of them would even dream of having: a ferocious camera that sports a 41MP resolution, putting all of its competitors to shame when it comes to photo and video quality. If you want to get the best camera-phone out there, stop looking, for you have found it.
The Lumia 1020 comes in a package that includes a charger head, a microUSB cable for making data connections and recharging, a tool for ejecting the SIM and a single-piece headset with in-ear buds. The smartphone measures 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm and has a weight of 158 grams, being comfortable to handle if you’re used to managing smartphones from nowadays. In terms of design, its frontal side strongly resembles with its bigger brother, the Lumia 920, but things change at the back, where the camera module is the star of the show. The build quality is impressive, but we’re talking about a Nokia after all, so it was to be expected. The bump on the back will offer you a strange feeling when holding the phone for the first time, but you’ll get used to it after only a little while.
Nokia Lumia 1020 packagingThe frontal part of the body is dominated by a 4.5 inches PureMotionHD+ AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, has a pixel density of 332 ppi and features Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The display is a great performer when it comes to viewing angles, brightness levels and overall image quality, but has a slight weakness when it comes to sunlight legibility. It’s perfectly usable under direct sunlight, but doesn’t offer the kind of quality I would usually expect from a high-end Lumia display. Let’s carry on.
In terms of software, the Windows Phone 8 platform is here and features the Amber update, which isn’t a significant improvement, bringing support for FM Radio, a new camera lens and the Glance Screen functionality. The OS is very simplistic and intuitive, not to mention that it runs like a charm, being very fast and stable. The Lumia 1020 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset, holding a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal storage.

This part of the review for the Lumia 1020 is the most interesting, as I’m going to talk about its excellent camera. Theoretically, the camera’s sensor can capture a total of 7728 x 5358 pixels (41MP), but you can either take pictures in the 4:3 mode, which results in 7152 x 5368 pixels (38MP) or in the 16:9 (7728 x 4354 pixels/34MP) pictures. In terms of features, the Lumia 1020 holds support for the PureView technology, has a sensor size of 1/1.5”, a pixel size of 1.12 µm, Optical image stabilization, a back-side illuminated sensor, a 26mm wide camera lens and more. In terms of image quality, the Lumia 1020 manages to crush all of its opponents, owning the best camera you will find on a smartphone.
The video quality is also excellent, the phone producing some remarkable 1080p videos @ 30fps.
Nokia Lumia 1020 both sidesAt the connectivity department, the Lumia 1020 is well-packed, holding support for quad-band GSM/GRPS/EDGE, quad-band 3G with HSPA, penta-band 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and microUSB 2.0.
Surfing the web is a pleasant experience on the Lumia 1020 thanks to the traditional Internet Explorer which works like a charm and is an excellent browsing tool.
In conclusion, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is all you can wish for when searching for a capable smartphone with wonderful photography skills. Left aside that it can easily replace a regular camera, this baby is also a smart device which has you covered in terms of excellent telephony, messaging, browsing, listening to music or watching videos, document managing and so on.
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