Nokia Lumia 1020
It doesn't seem that long ago that having a cell phone with a camera was only for those who had an excess of money laying around. It was more of a status symbol for those who wanted '1-up' their friends and family. A few short years later, a camera phone was pretty much a standard. They've slowly replaced stand alone digital cameras at family gatherings, and events across the board. The traditional cell phone camera doesn't really compare to a quality digital camera, but Nokia is looking to close the gap with their latest Smart phone. The Nokia Lumia 1020 smart phone sets itself apart from the competition with a 41 Megapixel camera! If you're in the market for the Nokia Lumia 1020, it hit the streets with a price tag of only $199.99 with a two year contract from AT&T.
The above video from Nokia is a little dry, but it does give a great overview of the camera features of the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Within the Nokia Lumia 1020 there is a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon processor. The dual core Snapdragon is getting a little long in the tooth, and many phones are utilizing the quad-core version, but it still gets the job done. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is no small phone, it will easily fit the largest of hands and those with smaller hands may struggle to use it with only one hand. It measures 5.1" tall by 2.8" across and features a 4.5" screen. Despite the large screen size Nokia went with a resolution of 1280x768, it seems a little low compared to many of the latest phones that are 1920x1080 though it certainly looks good. The display technology on the Nokia Lumia 1020 includes ClearBlack and AMOLED and Super sensitive touch - touch screen technology.
According to Nokia, the Lumia 1020 has a battery standby time of up to 16 days, a maximum talk time (2G) of 8.2 hours, (3G)12.5 hours, 53 hours of music playback, 6.8 hours of video playback, and 6.7 hours of Wi-Fi network browsing time. To accomplish all of these times the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a BV-5Xw battery that is rated for 2000.0mAh at 3.8 Volts. Unfortunately the battery isn't removable so if it goes bad you're up the proverbial creek without a paddle. On the up side though the Lumia 1020 is backed by a 12 month warranty, just in case.
The top edge of the Nokia Lumia 1020 features a 3.5mm audio jack for a hands free device as well as the door for the micro SIM card.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 key feature is easily the 41 Megapixel camera. The lens on the main camera for the Lumia 1020 is a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. To the left of the camera is a Xenon flash with an operating range of 4.0 meters.
The back of the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a little plain from this view. Towards the top of the smartphone we can see the camera and flash.
Along the right side of the Nokia Lumia 1020 there are a series of three buttons. The long one on the left is the volume, so technically it's two buttons. The center button is the power button which also serves as the screen lock button. The left button is the camera button. The camera can be activated while the phone is being used, or directly from the locked screen with this button. Looking at the profile, the camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020 stick out of the phone just a bit.
Setting the phone down on the back shows the angle the Lumia 1020 sits on and just how far the camera protrudes out of the back of the phone.
The bottom of the Nokia Lumia 1020 has the standard USB Micro-USB-B connector, speaker, and a spot to thread a lanyard through.
Nokia Lumia 1020 41 Megapixel Smart phone Features and Specifications
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Nokia Lumia 1020 Software
The Nokia Lumia 1020 features Windows Phone 8 and all the bells and whistles that come with it. The only non standard app in the first screen is the Nokia Pro Cam tile. This tile will fire up (you guessed it) the Nokia 41mp camera.
Scrolling down on the Windows Phone 8 home screen on the Nokia Lumia 1020 brings us to the Nokia exclusive HERE Maps. Nokia's HERE Maps allow you to discover places you may not otherwise discover in your own neighborhood. It also includes venue maps to various locations like malls, stations, and a number of other locations.
Scrolling down a bit further on the Windows Phone 8 home screen we can see the tiles for AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, and a personal favorite Local Scout. I used the Local Scout a couple of times to find places to eat.
If you need something that isn't found on the main tile screen in Windows Phone 8 you can slide it to the left and bring up a more comprehensive menu of applications.
Scrolling down the list we can see that the 'HERE' applications don't stop with the HERE Maps, we also have teh HERE City Lens, HERE Drive+ Beta, and HERE Transit. If you're a sports fan who wants to stay up to date with the latest news and scores, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has the ESPN Hub pre-loaded.
Continuing down the list we can see even more of the included apps, though many of them are the more Nokia specific apps. We can access the Nokia specific apps like Nokia Care, Nokia Music, Nokia Pro Cam, and the Nokia Smart Cam here.
The final leg of the applications menu will get us to the PhotoBeamer app, weather, YPmobile app and the settings pages for the Nokia Lumia 1020.
When we first pop into the settings page, we are immediately in the systems page. Here we can tweak all of the settings for the Nokia Lumia 1020. Here we can access everything from the ringtones, internet sharing, airplane mode, kids corner, and well just about everything else.
Out of the box the Nokia Lumia 1020 features 32GB of storage, though as we can see a portion of that is already in use. The Nokia Lumia 1020 doesn't have the ability to expand the storage, I was a little disappointed that there is no micro SD card slot on the phone. 32GB of storage is a solid amount of storage but with a 41 megapixel camera that may fill up quickly.
Above you can see how the 32GB of storage is broken down.
Sliding over to the applications section of the Settings page we can head into the specific applications settings.
Just a few more application settings that we can tweak here.
The 'About' page of the Nokia Lumia 1020 shows us various information about the phone, including the IMEI, SIM ID, MAC address, software information, and various other bits of information that we may need to know at some point.
Nokia Lumia 1020 CPU Benchmarks
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is utilizing a dual-core 1.5GHz snap dragon, while a solid processor it is a bit long in the tooth as many 'super phones' are using the quad core version. With that being said, the Nokia Lumia 1020 hit a score of 11667 in the AnTuTu v0.8.0 beta. By comparison the LG Optimus G Pro E980 hit 19939 in the AnTuTu benchmark.
The WP Bench benchmark application includes a battery test that stresses the CPU in a continuous loop. The Nokia Lumia 1020 lasted two hours thirty nine minutes and fifty seconds.
Running the Rightware Browsermark the Nokia Lumia 1020 had a score of 1952. Our previous Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows phone hit 1860 points.
In the WP Bench benchmark the Nokia Lumia 1020 scored 229.56 points. A little lower than the Samsung ATIV Odyssey score of 248.29.
Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Testing
The Nokia Lumia 1020 camera is a camera that you could use everyday. This could range from being in the store with your family shopping, or at the local race track. This is how I wanted to use the Lumia 1020 as that would be the most realistic and most common uses for a cell phone camera.
The two pictures above were taken moments apart from each other. Despite that you can see that there is a pretty distinct color difference between the two photos. Neither of the photos have been edited for anything but size. The bottom picture is much more accurate than the top picture when it comes to the colors of the room and dogs.
The local track was having their annual night of thrills so I brought the Nokia Lumia 1020 out for some low light pictures to see how it would handle them. This picture of my son turned out a little on the fuzzy side but not bad overall. There are a number of light sources that may have interfered with the camera and made it think that it's brighter than it actually is.
The above two pictures are actually the same picture, once again both are unedited other than size. The top of the two images shows a much closer shot of the truck, while the bottom image is pulled back. The bottom image is the high resolution image. The Nokia Lumia 1020 seems to take two images each time. One at a lower resolution and cropped out the edges, and another at full resolution.
This happened every time that we took a photo at a distance. If it were a close up though, we would get the same image twice, though at different resolutions.
The car above is the Green Mamba Jet car. It isn't the best photo of the day, but there are a number of objects in the way, but the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera did a good job focusing on what I wanted it to catch. Adding to the difficulty the Green Mamba was moving at the time this was taken.
Here you can see that the Green Mamba has fired up it's jet engine, though you can't see much else.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 didn't capture images that were moving very fast. Here we can see a bus crashing into a motor home, but unfortunately it came out a little blurry since it was moving a little fast for the camera.
Nokia Lumia 1020 Network Performance
The AT&T 4G LTE network is really solid in the Chicagoland area. I never had any issues connecting to the internet or making calls with the Nokia Lumia 1020. Our peak download on the AT&T 4G LTE network was impressive at 30.56Mb/s and our upload was maxed out at 14.23Mb/s. On all but one of the Speedtest.net runs we saw great download speeds, on that one we had a download speed of 4.16Mb/s, but a moment later we reran the test and hit 11.62Mb/s. Over all I would say that the network performance with the Nokia Lumia 1020 was spot on with what we have come to expect from the AT&T 4G LTE network.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
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!