Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

Hands on: Nokia Lumia 1020 review
We check out the simply astounding camera on the new Lumia 1020… but does it forgive Windows Phone 8?
There's no doubt that Nokia knows how to make a phone, and with the 41MP sensor on the Lumia 1020, we're pretty excited.
There's a new level of RAM inside, a decent 32GB of memory (with larger sizes on the way) and the whole device has been slimmed down to an almost impossible level when you consider how much technology has been packed in.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review
There's the obvious elephant in the room: it's still running Windows Phone 8, which many will see as a negative, thanks to a lack of apps and power compared to its counterparts.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review
It's a notion that's a little unfair, given that while it does have a processor that graced handsets from last year, Nokia and Microsoft have put a lot of effort into making an OS that plays well with a CPU without requiring the heavy lifting of a quad core option.

It still struggles when taking pictures and saving them instantly, but the time isn't horrendous and seems in keeping with what you'd expect when making photos of around 15MB.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review
The design of the Nokia Lumia 1020 is something of a marvel when considered in context. It's a lot thinner than last year's 808 Pureview, yet does that while packing in more technology, thanks to the addition of optical image stabilisation.
This new OIS actually uses ball bearings and little motors to keep things all shapely, which Nokia claims you can hear working when you wiggle the phone around when taking pictures.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review
Beyond that, it's mostly a Lumia 920 / Lumia 925 with a large sensor bolted onto the back. It's got a large and bulbous rear, as you might expect given the large sensor and lens elements needed for Pureview, but it's not bad when lobbed in the pocket. As you can see by this picture, the fingers do cover the sensor when you're using the phone normally, which does feel a little uncomfortable and may lead to smudges, but it's not terrible thanks to the thinner overall dimensions of the phone.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review
It's as impressive a piece of kit as anything else in the Lumia range - that Puremotion HD+ screen is OK, but at WXGA resolution it's a long way from Full HD, which is one of the few easily demonstrable areas where Android's HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 excel. The screen is good in outside light and such, but we'd still rather see something sharper here.
The camera functionality is something we'd have trouble saying too much about, as there's simply so much excellence under the hood when you quickly snap a photo or two. We'll talk about a few of the negatives: for instance, the camera app is curiously sliced up into three. You've got the standard Windows Phone 8 app, the new Nokia Smart Camera, and the even more nascent Nokia Pro Camera, all of which have very different functions.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review
You've also got the issue of speed of snappery: the Lumia 1020 does take a while to take and process a picture, but given we're looking at options that top out at 15MB with an incredible level of detail, the pace of photography doesn't feel too bad.
There's a whole world to play with in the Pro Camera app, and most of it is easy to use and understand. The manual focus element was our favourite, allowing you to set the focal length of the Lumia 1020 with a simple wiggle of the finger. You can easily open up all these options by sliding the camera button to the right, which was a rather neat trick.

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The picture quality is just bamboozling. On stage CEO Stephen Elop showed off some pictures taken from a helicopter, and zooming in to show fine levels of detail. These came out looking rather noisy and blurry at full zoom, which we encountered when playing with photos on the device itself.
However, it's only when you get REALLY close up does this effect show itself, and most of the time you can easily zoom in most of the way on a picture and see more information with pin-sharp clarity. You also get the option of reframing the picture when you've taken it, so whether you want to change the aspect ratio, move the image around or just rotate you can do so to get a new snap.

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Want to try again? Even after saving you can head back in and re-open the original image, with all the information stored right there. The oversampling technique is really effective, and we really like that you can take 5MP snaps from the full 38MP option for Facebook sharing and the like. It's odd you can't seem to save the photos you've re-framed, but it's still a nice feature, and you might be able to log your crops somewhere else in the phone.
Video quality deserves a nod here, as it's simply awesome. The same oversampling technique has been used to good effect, and a video of some bees which was zoomed into during the filming was simply mind-blowing - the image below is from about a foot and a half away, which shows just how much detail can be captures.

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While we're in love with the Pro Camera functionality, Nokia appears to be persisting with this idea of putting the name of the app, be it Pro Camera, Smart Camera or Cinemgraph under each photo to allow you to open the app. It seems a bit too much to ask people to do this, as it's not an intuitive gesture and doesn't seem to be overly obvious.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review
It would be far more useful as a menu option, or just grouping all these app together under one program, although Nokia hinted to TechRadar that this was a technical limitation rather than anything else.
We did notice one nice little touch though: your most recent snap, when using the camera in Pro mode, is shown in a little 'Chat Heads' style circle in the top left-hand side of the screen, next to the icon to look through all your gallery at once. It's always good to review your snaps on the go, and this provides an easy way to do so.

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Nokia 808 Pureview

We managed to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom while playing with the Lumia 1020, and the differences between the two were startling. From the ugly design of the Zoom to the lower-power innards, there was no doubt the Lumia 1020 was head and shoulders above Samsung's favourite cameraphone. It's not a strictly fair fight, as the Zoom is a lot cheaper than the new Nokia flagship, but its decision to go with an optical zoom has ruined it in the design stakes.

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The Nokia Lumia 808 Pureview, on the other hand, was a lot more impressive when compared to the new device. If you've used a Pureview in the past, we suggest you go back and pick it up again - we remember it being a lot more chunky in the hand.

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It's still shown up by the svelte Lumia 1020, which also doesn't have the problem of being forced to run on Symbian, and there's no doubt that the power of the camera in the new Lumia is a real winner compared to last year's technology.

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There were two options on offer when it comes to accessorising your Nokia Lumia 1020, and the first is one we can see most people purchasing to get the most out of their new device.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review

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3 comentarii:

  1. The Nokia family are just going to added a new member in to there family, and it's would be very spacial. The Nokia family are give birth to the new and the smarted version of Nokia 808's Pureview and that called Nokia Lumia 1020. This is the uprated version of Nokia 808's Pureview. Nokia 808's Pureview was the first Smartphone that Nokia was subscribed a 41 pixel but that phone but there was some leakage of previews Smartphone. The leakage with it's operating system that was outdated Symbian operating system, underpowered processor and bulky design, finally Nokia corporation are just realize there problem and there are going to be realizing a new Smartphone that would be the redesign of Nokia 808's Pureview and that called Nokia Lumia 1020 witch comes with Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

  2. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    as a first time visitor to your blog I am very impressed.
    thank you :)