Nokia’s Lumia 1020 is the culmination of everything the Finnish phone maker has been working towards over the past few years.
It sports the best smartphone camera one with a gargantuan 41-megapixel sensor, Xenon flash, six physical lens elements, and the software to support it all, something that every other smartphone owner, even iPhone fanatics, will be jealous of and manages to look unique in a sea of boxy phone designs.
The Lumia 1020 comes in three colors (yellow, black and white), each with a matte finish and a coating that’s both fingerprint and dirt-resistant.
The Gorilla Glass 3 on the front of the 1020 is flush with the edges. Additionally, the sides and back of the 1020 are smooth and rounded, much like a well-polished pebble, and the top and bottom are flat, which is fantastic if one wants to position the phone upright.
A year and a half after announcing the 41-megapixel PureView camera to an awed crowd at Mobile World Congress, Nokia is finally bringing the full power of its innovative camera technology to Windows Phone. Lumia 1020?s raised back looks fairly elegant and sleek.
The Lumia 1020 is a refined piece of hardware. At 10.4mm thick (minus the camera) and 5.6 ounces, it’s both thinner and lighter than the Lumia 920. And the 4.5-inch 1280 by 768 resolution AMOLED display is bright and crisp.
It takes astoundingly clear photos that could easily be mistaken for something from an expensive point and shoot camera. In some cases, you could easily mistake them for DSLR shots.
But there’s no built-in way to upload to YouTube (Nokia has released its own YouTube uploading app for the 1020, which one needs to download separately), and there’s still no official Instagram app.