Nokia Lumia 1020
Phone Scoop Review
Jul 30, 2013 by Eric M. Zeman
Nokia's latest flagship Windows Phone features an incredible 41-megapixel camera and PureView imaging technology. Get the full picture with Phone Scoop's in-depth review. read review ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome refinement of an already Great Phone!!!
I owned the Nokia Lumia 920, and although a very good device on its own with a very good camera, there was some definite room for improvement in form factor (size/weight). The Lumia 1020 simply provides a much better package compared to Nokia's initial 9xx series. Needless to say the camera is excellent, producing what most would argue are the best images of any smartphone and rivaling some point and shoots. It doesn't compare to my Sony NEX-5R or a DSLR, but considering it is a smartphone, I think Nokia should be applauded for what they have done.
This model is thinner, noticeably lighter, has a great AMOLED screen with all of the enhancements from Nokia (Yellow HD+, 60Hz refresh rate, etc.), and actually feels really good in your hand due to the matte finish on the polycarbonate unibody design. It's unfortunate that built-in wireless charging is no longer built into the device like a couple of the 92x devices, but it can easily be added with the wireless charging backplate which fits the device perfectly. Although I do wish there was a 64GB option, the 32GB should be sufficient for most people. Minor features such as the "Glance/Peek" screen and the re-introduction of FM radio are nice as well.
The Windows Phone 8 OS has come along way since Microsoft's major mobile re-design (Windows Phone 7), it's not perfect, and missing a couple of things that I really think can't come soon enough (notification center and a better way to manage running apps come to mind)... but it does everything I need it to do. A lot of people will complain about apps, but I haven't really had a problem. If there's not an official app many times there are third party apps that can be used or a good mobile website so that isn't an issue. Features like Office, OneNote, and Xbox Music are much more valuable to me in a smartphone anyway than most apps/games.
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Great phone just needs minor changes
Just needs a bigger battery and a memory card slot