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Monday, October 21, 2013

NOKIA LUMIA 1020 Specifications, price and Review :

To make the long story short, Lumia 1020 is an absolutely amazing technological feat, a marvel, something that an engineer could only dream in his wildest dream of making. I cannot fathom how Nokia engineers could house the 6 Zeiss lenses unit into the tiny package, while sacrificing or compromising virtually nothing. Incredible ingenuity, to be sure. The ideas are brilliant, the execution perfect, and the result is a landmark phone-camera. Just look at the photo samples below. It renders  Canon 5D with huge 70-200 mm zoom lens almost useless. Not quite, but sufficiently so, at least for non-commercial purposes. Better yet, Lumia 1020 can take a shot that is at once zoom and wide-angle at the same time depending on what you want to do with the image, something which no DSLR is capable of.

Windows Phone 8 is EXTREMELY stable. I repeat: no crashes whatsoever. Totally different experience from using Android. Double Core Lumia 1020 certainly feels whole a lot faster than the quadcore Galaxy S3. Touch is so much more accurate than all android systems including Galaxy S3 and Nexus 7. So much fewer mistyped characters when writing emails or sending messages. Separate and independent camera button (real, physical one) a big plus. No need to go through the app process to take a picture. It's like having a completely dual identity: a phone and a camera. Neither is subordinated to the other. Each stands on its own.

Best of all, wifi and 4G LTE data switching is seamless and fast. Galaxy S3 used to search for the "right" wifi or data all the time and when the wifi signal was weak, it would not work at all so that I would have to "turn off" wifi when there was weak wifi around just to use the data. No such things ever happened. Extremely strong wifi signal reception and superfast 4G LTE with AT&T. Totally happy with this. Having "Live Tiles" is like having widgets in lieu of app icons. They display information in the absence of activating the app such as where you last left off in your Kindle, what appointment you have today, etc. Furthermore, you can change the sizes of them (just like widgets) so that you can vary the sizes according to each app's importance, how much information you want to view without activating the app, etc.

I thank my friend Rahul who was kind enough to lend me his phone to make a short review of it. the phone is rock solid. He accidentally  dropped his phone twice without any protection from about 1.5 meter heights. Not a scratch.

Lumia 1020's display bests iPhone 5's display at 334pixels per inch (vs iPhone's 326ppi) and because it uses ClearBlack AMOLED, it reads a lot better in bright sunlight. Since the Lumia's screen is physically larger, I find it better for watching videos too.The phone has a beautifully organized filing system for photos. With Android, the pictures I took were all over the folders. This is whole a lot neater. 

Price:  $799

Nokia Lumia 1020 Specifications:

  • Processor
    • Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 
    • Processor type: Dual-core 1.5 GHz 

  • Memory
    • User data storage: In device, SkyDrive cloud storage
    • RAM: 2 GB 
    • Mass memory: 32 GB 
    • Free cloud storage: 7 GB
  • Power Management3
    • Battery model: BV-5XW 
    • Battery capacity: 2000 mAh
    • Battery voltage: 3.8 V
    • Removable battery: No 
    • Maximum standby time: 16 days
    • Maximum talk time (2G): 19.1 h
    • Maximum talk time (3G): 13.3 h
    • Maximum music playback time: 63 h
    • Maximum Video playback time: 6.8 h
    • Maximum Wi-Fi network browsing time: 6.7 h
    • Wireless charging: Yes, with accessory cover 
  • Connectivity
    • SIM card type: Micro SIM 
    • Charging connectors: Charging Pads, Micro-USB
    • AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector 
    • System connectors: Micro-USB-B 
    • USB: USB 2.0 
    • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0 
    • Bluetooth profiles: Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.5, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1
    • Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n 
    • Wi-Fi security modes: WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA, WPA-Personal, WEP, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, EAP-SIM, EAP-AKA
    • NFC: Secure NFC for payment, Sharing, Pairing, Tagging
    • Other wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi Channel bonding 
  • Dimensions
    • Height: 130.4 mm
    • Width: 71.4 mm
    • Thickness2: 10.4 mm
    • Weight: 158 g
    • Volume: 96.9 cm³

    Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera samples :

    The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a great phone, easily worth 5 stars. If you don't currently have a Windows Phone 8 or 7.8 device and you want to take amazing pictures, by all means go out and get this phone. It will be 100% worth its expensive price tag. However; if you do have a Windows Phone 8 or 7.8 Lumia I would seriously think about how much you value picture/video taking. Aside from the camera the only measurable difference between this device and  Lumia 900 are the few WP8 exclusive apps and .2 inches of diagonal screen width. I haven't noticed any real improvement in performance over 900. If you currently have the Lumia 920, the ONLY differences between it and the 1020 are the camera, it really wouldn't be worth upgrading from the 920 to the 1020 unless you are a true camera nut in my opinion.
    Perhaps what the Lumia 1020 has shown me most so far, is just how amazing my Lumia 900 was/is; dated camera aside, that 900 can still go toe to toe with the 920 or 1020 on most tasks with ease. In addition to the best cellphone camera ever, the 1020 does offer something the Lumia 900 never will, future proofing.

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