The Nokia Lumia 1020 smart phone on the AT&T 4G LTE network has been great to use for the time I had it. As I’m writing this the Nokia Lumia 1020 is available for $199.99 from AT&T with a two year contract. It took a little getting used to, that for sure. I’m not real used to the Windows Phone 8 environment, I’ve spent a lot of time with the Android operating systems and even the Apple iOS operating systems. The Windows Phone 8 OS takes a little bit of adjustment, but once I spent a little time with it I was navigating around it without an issue.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the latest in the Nokia Lumia series, as such I was expecting it to be using the latest hardware as well. I was a little surprised that the Nokia Lumia 1020 was still using the dual core version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Many of the latest phones have begun using the quad core version of that processor. I will say though, that I really didn’t feel the Nokia Lumia 1020 was lacking power at all, personally I always want more. If I were shopping for a phone I would be likely to discredit a phone with a less powerful processor. That’s me though, and certainly not everybody is looking for the most powerful device that they can get their hands on.
While the processor isn’t the latest and greatest, the Nokia Lumia 1020 certainly has other qualities going for it. More specifically the camera, we took some great shots with it during our time with the Lumia 1020. Having a 41 megapixel was great for catching some high resolution photos, there is one drawback that I felt may be an issue down the road. Though if you manage the pictures you take with the Nokia Lumia 1020, it can easily be averted. At the full resolution the pictures are 7712 x 4352, which means that the file size is rather large, all of the high resolution photos were in excess of 10MB with some pushing as high as 15MB. This could potentially cause a storage space shortage down the road, especially with out the ability to add any storage via an expansion card. Though the Nokia Lumia 1020 does have 32GB of built in storage, as well as 7GB of free cloud storage from Nokia.
If you are looking at a new phone with AT&T, they have a number of plans that range in size and cost. As an individual AT&T offers DATA plans for as little as $20 per month for 300Mb and as much as 5Gb. If you’re entire family is switching over to AT&T their mobile share plans are the way to go. The entry level mobile share plan starts out at $40 for 1Gb of data and $45 per smart phone. If 1GB isn’t enough for you, AT&T has you covered with plans going up to 50GB. Each of these plans includes unlimited talk and unlimited text.
Times are changing fast, and technology is changing faster. By the time the latest and greatest phone hits the street, they are already announcing the next generation, or so it seems! If you’re like me and want to have the latest and greatest features you would either have to wait until your contract is up or buy the new phone outright. AT&T has recently announced a program that will allow you to upgrade sooner! Instead of paying up front for your new device, whether its a smartphone or table you are upgrading you simply have a low monthly installment added to your bill, and any time after 12 months you can go trade your old and dated phone to get a shiny new piece of the latest and greatest technology! If you choose to hang on to your current phone or tablet you can do that to and after 20 months you wont need to make any additional payments.
Legit Bottom Line: The Nokia Lumia 1020 was a pleasure to use during the time that I had with it. The OS took some adjustment but overall I had no issues with it. The Best part of the Nokia Lumia 1020 was the camera, the pictures turned out great and it was extremely easy to use!