Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: Amazing Windows Phone with 41-Megapixel Camera

Manila, Philippines - Nokia Lumia 1020, the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer's latest innovation boasts its 41-Megapixel rear camera with claim that nothing else come close in terms of HD video recording, capturing high resolution images and superb end-user experience for the flagship smartphone.
Nokia Lumia 1020 front, dimension

The Nokia Lumia 1020 takes photos and video using PureView technology, Optical Image Stabilization, high-resolution zoom and Xenon flash. It is considered as the first smartphone to 'put the camera first' and lauded as best camera phone today by tech bloggers and photographers.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Pureview

The Lumia 1020 has super sensitive touch screen technology, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocks at 1.5 GHz Dual-core enough to run the high-end device.

Powered by Windows 8 operating system, it comes with built-in Microsoft Office perfect for business and academe applications. Windows Phone 8 replicates the behavior of the live tiles in Microsoft's new mobile operating system.

Unboxing Nokia Lumia 1020

Unboxing Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020 package consists of Nokia Camera grip and complete accessories. Since the camera phone has a solid construction, its 3.8V, 2000mAH battery is intact unlike on Android devices. A pin is also provided to open SIM slot which is strategically positioned at the side of the unit to avoid some interruption when using the device.

SIM slot Nokia Lumia 1020

Hands-on Review of Nokia Lumia 1020

Superior Image Quality

Its 41-Megapixel Camera is the main reason why you should buy this latest Windows Phone from Nokia. We have already tried the unit for a week now and have been amazed with its superb quality of images. Just like DSLR camera, adjusting focus, shutter speed and white balance are made easy and intuitive. Compare to Samsung Galaxy Camera, Sony Cyber shot and other camera phones, Nokia Lumia 1020 has an outstanding image resolution and smooth HD capture. Night time or low-light pictures without flash are still vivid.

Nokia Lumia 1020 main camera has 3x zoom and works on digital lossless Pureview technology compared to optical zoom of Samsung flagship devices - Galaxy Camera and Galaxy S4 Zoom which rely on bulky lenses on the back of unit. In addition, it is also capable of 6x zoom on 1080p (Full HD, 1920x1080) video resolution.

Settings Nokia Lumia 1020 Pro Camera

Solid Build Construction

Nokia Lumia 1020 screen is made of Gorilla Glass 3. The three times damage resistance will give you peace of mind against possible breakage once the unit dropped.

4G LTE Phone

With the availability of 4G LTE networks in the Philippines, thanks to Smart and Globe, Nokia Lumia 1020 can serve its purpose as the best smartphone. Today, flagship products from top mobile manufacturers look into LTE technology to match some special features of the unit. Downloading or streaming videos, online gaming, social networking and transferring of data are best if using high speed LTE.

Smart LTE Nokia Lumia 1020

In our case to test the unit, we've used Smart LTE for our data connection to download apps from Nokia Store and browsing our social media accounts. As compared to Samsung Galaxy S4, Lumia 1020 has better signal sensitivity or reception.

Features, Specs for Improvement

There's no perfect mobile phone on this world as some high end device like Nokia Lumia 1020 also have some features that need to be added or to be improved.

Currently, it only have a maximum storage capacity of 32GB. In case you need more space, the recommended solution is to use SkyDrive cloud storage with free 7GB capacity.

Since Nokia Lumia 1020's main function is for capturing images and videos, it should have higher battery capacity. Based from experience on frequent use of its camera, the 2000mAh (full-charged) battery lasts for only 5 hours. But, you can buy a Nokia Wireless Charging cover to power-up Lumia without plugging-in.

Same with Samsung Galaxy S4, we've also experienced overheating of Lumia 1020 on frequent use either of camera or data.

Also in our experience, there should be an enhancement with the design of Camera Grip as it's difficult to remove the Lumia 1020 with feeling that device might snap or damage.

Inspite of some irregularities, Nokia Lumia 1020 is an amazing phone, product of thorough research and innovations.

To know more about characteristics and specs of Nokia Lumia 1020, click here.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Price in the Philippines

Launched in October this year, the Lumia 1020 has an official suggested retail price (SRP) of Php 35, 650 with FREE Camera Grip worth Php 4,000.

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