To evaluate the Nokia Lumia 1020 is to review a compact camera that happens to have some phone features tucked onto it. Essentially, you would only buy this thing for its 41MP Pure View camera with Xenon flash!
We are happy to see that you haven’t immediately skipped down to the camera section because even though the camera plays a role of crucial importance behind the success of the 1020, the experience you have using the rest of the phone is also vital to your overall enjoyment of the device!
Nokia Lumia 1020 inherits characteristics of other members of the Lumia family, with a unibody polycarbonate chassis that assures us of its durability. The layout of buttons and other ports is pretty standard as well, with the volume controls, power and dedicated camera buttons on the right edge. The top edge has the headphones port and the micro-SIM slot, while the bottom has the Micro-USB port, loudspeaker and a lanyard slot.
The heart of the Lumia 1020 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor, with a boost of 2GB RAM.
The back of the Lumia 1020 looks different, thanks to the 41-megapixel camera module that sticks. It’s an aluminum circular module with the lens on top and two flashes — LED for video and focus assist, and Xenon for stills — lining the left side. Hence, the phone is unable to lie flat on its back; instead it rests at an angle that makes it easier to glance at the screen from any direction. The phone weighs 158 grams, but doesn’t feel too heavy. The Lumia 1020 comes in three colors (yellow, black and white), each with a matte finish and a coating that’s both fingerprint- and dirt-resistant.
The Lumia 1020 packs in itself a full suite of OEM and carrier-specific applications. This includes Nokia Care, Music, Pro Cam as well as a set of Here-based programs such as City Lens, Drive+ Beta, Maps and Transit.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with a 4.5-inch Clear Black AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display is bright and the colour reproduction closer to the real world. The screen comes with Nokia’s super sensitive touch technology which means that the touch-screen can be operated even using a pen as a stylus.
The whole of Lumia 1020’s existence is to ensure that you can enjoy the closest thing to a DSLR-like imaging experience on a smart-phone. So we will be focusing mostly on this section.
While the sensor inside the Lumia 1020 is 41-megapixel, the pictures it clicks are either 38-megapixel or 34-megapixel, depending upon if you are clicking pictures in 4:3 mode or 16:9. It also comes with a wider f/2.2 aperture. Nokia Lumia 1020 packs in a six-element lens array- which consists of five plastic lenses and one made of glass, and a BSI (Back Side Illuminated) sensor. Another significant improvement in the 1020 is the addition of Optical Image Stabilization!
The default lens featured on the Lumia 1020 is called the Nokia Pro Cam, and it’s arguably one of the best on any platform. The user experience is pretty intuitive, and it has more manual adjustment options than we are used to enjoying! It’s set up as a series of sliders, each one representing a different adjustment setting: white balance, manual focus, ISO (up to 3200), shutter speed (1/16,000 to 4 seconds) and EV are all here, many of which have the ability to adjust in real time. The entire process couldn’t be smoother, and it helps ensure that you’re not spending precious minutes attempting to properly frame your shot.
You can switch from stills to video by sliding your finger down on the shutter key. An icon in the bottom-right corner lets you switch to other lenses, such as Cinemagraph, Panorama, Smart Cam or others.
So we’ve gone into a lot of detail about how the Lumia 1020 camera works, which undoubtedly has a lot of you drooling. Simply put, the camera is stunning.
Nokia Lumia 1020 is priced at Rs. 47,222 which makes it slightly more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and considerably pricier than other devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z1 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra. It is fair to say, that as far as the overall experience is concerned, the other phones provide better options. But yes for those looking for a medium budget smart phone Lumia 1020 with its superior photography choices can be the best buy!