Phone Review: The Nokia 1020 Windows Lumia Phone – Say Cheese by @jesseoguns #NokiaLumia

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I am forever going to give it to Nokia that they are the best smartphone company when it comes to smartphone camera. They just get it.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8, which uses the PureView technology that was first seen on the Nokia 808 (Symbian) with a 41-megapixel camera.

This review aims to answer what makes the Lumia 1020 phone stand out. It will also help folks who are always wondering if Nokia Lumia phones are for them. Let’s begin, shall we.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Specifications

The Nokia Lumia 1020 spots a 4.5” AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen at 332-pixel density per inch. The version I have has a 32GB internal memory and 2GB of RAM. The camera is 41 MP (38 MP effective, 7152 x 5368 pixels). It has Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, auto/manual focus, Xenon & LED flash.

The operating system is Windows Phone 8 with the GDR 2 update. Any time I hold a Nokia Windows Phone—be it the Nokia Lumia 520, 620, 720, 820 or 920—I always ask myself what makes one different from each other. The designs are pretty similar and the operating system is still Windows Phone – be it 7 or 8.


Lighter, Thinner Bezel

The Nokia 1020 has a thinner bezel than the Nokia Lumia 920. One complaint I had with the Nokia Lumia 920 that I used for several months is its weight (quite heavy) and huge size —heavier than many of the smartphones around.

The Lumia 1020 has a bulge at the back – the camera. However, the bulge isn’t as awkward or protruding as the phone on the Samsung GALAXY S4 Zoom. It doesn’t really come in the way while using the phone. Nokia seems to want the user to have an excellent camera on a phone without standing in the way of the other uses of a smartphone.

Built in Keyboard

Unlike the Android phones, Windows Phone do not allow one to replace the built in keyboard. I have always had a problem with the Keyboard on Nokia Lumia phones. The space bar on the previous Lumia phones [Lumia 620 and 920] isn’t wide enough and I hit the full stop each time I intend to hit the space bar. This has been improved on the Nokia Lumia 1020. The keyboard is well spaced and the space bar is wider than that of the Nokia Lumia 920.

The keyboard on the Nokia 1020
The keyboard on the Nokia 1020
The keyboard on the Nokia 920
The keyboard on the Nokia 920

The Camera You Want To Carry All The Time

This is where the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a beast. The default camera is a Nokia Pro Camera. What that means is that it can function as the “point and shoot” camera you want to carry with you at all times while still possessing some advance features for professional photographers.

If you want to find out more ways you can the best out of the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera, you should read the Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera White Paper


If you are very good with adjusting manually the aperture, white balance, ISO and other photography metrics, the Nokia Pro Camera will come in very useful. (You can also get it as an app on your other Nokia Lumia phones like the 920 & 925)

When you shoot the photos with the 1020, there are a couple of things you can do. If you are an Instagram user, you can grab the apps – 6tag or Instance from the Windows Phone Market. These two apps will allow you share edit and share photos to Instagram. You may also want to share photos via Bluetooth or share a link from your Skydrive – auto upload of all your photos to Skydrive is enabled by default. There are lots of ways you can use photos you have shot with the phone.

It is all too common in the office that someone will approach me and ask that I give them that my “yellow phone”. Some do not even know the name. If I show you my gallery now, more than 50% of the photos on the phone aren’t mine. My colleagues and friends asking to use my phone to shoot pictures have Samsung S4, iPhone 5 and even BlackBerry 10. They believe and have agreed that the camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020 stands out.

Music Playback

The speaker on the Nokia Lumia 1020 is at the bottom of the phone to the right. It isn’t at the back of the phone and one can conveniently listen to the sound coming from the phone while doing laundry or cooking in the kitchen. You can easily import your music from your computer to the phone. It has a 32GB built in storage but does not have provision for external storage.

Some might not want to switch to Lumia even with all these pluses. Most of those who borrowed the phone from me to shoot pictures kept asking me if BBM is coming to the Lumia. I still don’t have an answer for them. Blackberry? Nokia?

While you won’t be able to get the BlackBerry Messenger, there are some major apps that are being expected. Instagram and Flipboard are coming and Vine has already arrived. The BBM alternative – WhatsApp messenger works on the Nokia Lumia 1020.

What do I like about the Nokia Lumia 1020?

  • The camera is superb and has manual adjustment when I want to shoot pictures like a pro—not that I shoot this kind of pro pictures often
  • Flatter design than the Lumia 920 with thinner bezels and lighter in weight.
  • Apps do not crash and the Operating System just flows without any visible lag.

What I don’t like

  • There’s limit to the apps that are available. You might need to search for alternative apps that will do what you desire. This is changing though.
  • The apps cannot be arranged in folders. I hope Nokia/Microsoft fixes this soon. A couple of Nokia apps I’ll love to lump into one folder but this isn’t possible yet.

Every other thing works very well on the Lumia 1020.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 has just been launched to the Nigerian market and it will cost you ₦132,000.00 from Etisalat. There are a few bundled offers that come preloaded. The cheapest you can buy it is from Jumia @ ₦113,995.00

If asked what one phone I’ll like to take with me on my holiday, I’ll pick the Nokia Lumia 1020 and forget about carrying any camera.



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