Nokia Lumia 1020: Features and First Impressions

Last week, Nokia finally unveiled its flagship Windows Phone that has been long been involved in a number of web gossips and rumors, the Nokia Lumia 1020. Comes along with it is its impressive 41-megapixel camera, which was long touted to be the best smartphone camera you’ll ever get in the market today. Now comes the long awaited judgment day for Nokia’s baby. Will it be able to meet or exceed expectations? Is it any good? Can it compete with standalone digital cameras available in the market today? Here we will be trying our best to answer all these.

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Hardware

Inspecting the Lumia 1020, it features some semblance to the Lumia 920, which is its predecessor. Design and build quality is, as expected, one of the best in the business. The unibody of the smartphone feels sturdy and durable enough, with yellow, black and white color options to choose from. Similar to the Lumia 925, the Lumia 1020 comes with a PureMotionHD+ AMOLED display with a Gorilla Glass 3 layer on top for added protection. The screen of the Lumia 1020 remains responsive even when used with gloves on, which should be good news for those living in relatively cool climates. For a complete rundown of the Lumia 1020’s specs, see the summary below.

General
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
HSDPA 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps
LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20 LTE Cat 3 100Mbps down, 50Mbps upDimensions
130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4; 158 g

Display
4.5″ 16M-color WXGA (768 x 1280 pixels) ClearBlack AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
PureMotion HD+, 2.5D sculpted Gorilla glass 3

Chipset
1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 2GB of RAM

Operating System
Windows Phone 8

Memory
32/64 GB of built-in storage

Still camera
41 megapixel camera with 6-element ZEISS lens, OIS, 3x zoom, xenon and LED flashes

Video camera
1080p video recording at 30fps with two Rich Recording mics; 1.2MP front-facing camera with 720p video

Connectivity
Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, stereo Bluetooth 3.0, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, HERE Drive+ free worldwide navigation, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC

Battery
2,000mAh

Additional Features
Nokia-exclusive Pro Camera app, FM Radio, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor
Available in Yellow, White or Black

Imaging

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Of course, the highlight and crown jewel of the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the camera. Rated at 41-megapixels as the Nokia 808 PureView, the camera’s sensor has a total active surface of 7728×5368 pixels and is capable of taking pictures at three different resolutions: 34-megapixels when shooting in the 16:9 mode, 38-megapixels when in the 4:3 mode and a 5-megapixels over-sampled variant for photo sharing and social media.

And as far as quality goes, the pictures chugged out by the Lumia 1020 is really great. The resolved detail is incomparable to other smartphones in the market today, not to mention the sensor’s impressively high dynamic range and low noise levels. Colors are treated with some saturation boost in post processing, leaving a punchier output overall. Complementing the Lumia 1020’s great camera is a slew of photography apps homemade by Nokia themselves. These are the Nokia Smart Camera, PhotoBeamer and Cinemagraph.

The Nokia Smart Camera app lets you shoot a sequence of photos, making it easier to capture great moments. Choose your Best Shot or combine the photos into one picture, make a strobe effect to emphasize motion, remove unwanted objects or choose the best faces for great group shots. PhotoBeamer is an innovative and easy way to show your pictures on any screen. Point your Nokia Lumia at any screen displaying www.photobeamer.com and enjoy your photos anywhere with family and friends. It’s a mobile projector that’s always at hand. Lastly, Cinemagraph is like the magical blend of photo and movie-like animation, creating pictures that seem almost alive. Helpful on-screen assistance lets you select the animated area of your picture and easily create and edit a cinemagraph. You can share your cinemagraph with friends via social media, email and messaging.

Other Features

Being a WP8 smartphone, of course the Lumia 1020 packs other impressive features that are noteworthy. Here is a summary of the productivity, security and navigation features of Nokia’s newest baby that we deem should be noted by you.

Productivity features

  • Personal information management features: Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Alarm clock, Reminders, To-do list, Social networks in Phonebook, OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid’s Corner
  • Business apps: Adobe acrobat reader free download, Lync (Corporate IM) free download, SkyDrive storage for documents and notes, Company Hub for enterprise applications, Office apps: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneNote

Security

  • Enterprise security features: Remote security policy enforcement
  • General Security features: Remote device locking via Internet, Secure NFC, Track and Protect via internet, Firmware update, Remote wipe of user data via Internet, Device lock, Device passcode, PIN code, Firmware and OS integrity check, Secure device start-up, Application sandboxing and integrity check
  • Advance security features: Lost device tracking, Browser integrated anti-phishing
  • Data encryption: User data encryption for device

GPS and navigation

  • Location and navigation apps: HERE Maps, HERE Transit, HERE City Lens, HERE Drive+
  • Navigation features: Public transportation routing guidance, Save favourite destinations, Free maps, Live traffic information, Free voice guided turn-by-turn walk navigation, Free voice guided turn-by-turn drive navigation, Offline maps, Speed limit warnings, LiveSight
  • Location technologies: Magnetometer, A-GPS, A-GLONASS, Barometer

Final Words

All in all, it is safe to assume that the new Nokia Lumia 1020 is one hell of a cameraphone. Truly, it should enable Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform to become the leader in mobile photography and smartphone photography for the near future. Kudos to both Nokia and Microsoft for making this happen! The Nokia Lumia 1020 is slated to debut in the US under AT&T for $300 with a 2-year contract.

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