Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

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For many years now, Nokia has been cast away from the mobile market throne, being overtaken by smartphone giants such as Apple and Samsung. In its continuous attempt to regain its position, it produced the Lumia series, and now the latest flagship, the Lumia 1020, boasts of a 41MP shooter. Basically, the Lumia 1020 is more like a camera with phone functionalities. Can it live up to everyone’s expectations? Is it worth tossing a substantial amount of money for a phone’s camera? Find out below. 

Design and Build

The first thing you might notice about the 1020’s physical appearance is that it can be bulky, because of the large lens, more of like carrying a point-and-shoot cam. It measures 5.1 inches tall and 2.8 inches wide, with the camera module protruding a full 0.51 inches so that the phone can’t lie on its back. It weighs 5.6 ounces, which is solid and sturdy to hold. The screen is a 4.5 inch 1280×720 touchscreen display.


It’s worth knowing that the Lumia 1020 doesn’t really give you 41MP photos, but rather, there’s a Pro Cam app that helps create 5MP pictures. It saves high resolution image of each photo and makes it even more detailed if you crop it. In fact, the 5MP photos are even more crisp than what you’ll find in standard 5MP or 8MP camera phones. In short, Lumia 1020’s camera is simple fantastic.

The phone uses this app to take photos by default, and the size of the photo will depend on the camera’s settings. There are really a bunch of features and options to play with which can be appreciated by professional photographers, but can confuse an average user.

Battery Life

The Lumia 1020 is powered by a 2000mAh battery, which is obviously smaller compared to those found in the Android giants. Still, battery life is pretty decent and can easily last a day of moderate use after full charging.

Operating System

Unfortunately, the Lumia series run on Windows 8, which we know has still a long way to go before catching up with iOS and Android platforms. It simply lacks all the great apps you can find in Android and iOS, and Nokia might also want to work out to have a better notification system. Unless you’ve grown accustomed to Windows 8 phones before, you might have to spend some time figuring out the interface.


  • One of the most capable cameras in the mobile market
  • Good battery life


  • Camera apps can be confusing
  • The phone is a little bulky
  • Pricier than other high-end smartphones
  • No expandable memory

The Verdict

Looking at the phone’s camera, it’s actually one great shooter. However, it would be nice if those apps that can be found in Android and iOS can be used with this smart camera. Unfortunately, you can’t expect it anytime soon with the slow improvement in the Windows Phone 8. Still, you might like this phone if you’re not the type who loves to mess around with apps. It’s still pretty expensive though, and you might want to reconsider spending top amount on a phone just because it has good camera.

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