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Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

 
5 out of 5 stars by 1 reviews
Nokia's latest smartphone boasts by far the best camera available on any smartphone today. The Lumia 1020 combines a high end compact digital camera with a high end smartphone, bringing the best of both worlds into a single device. Windows Phone 8, the operating system this phone runs on, might still be somewhat new but it offers a powerful alternative to Android and iOS and already has almost all the major apps you'll find on other platforms.

Camera

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is all about the camera. With 41 megapixels and a 1.5 inch sensor, this creates photos of far higher resolution than any other smartphone available. As we're constantly being told, megapixels aren't everything. But thankfully the other aspects of the phone perform just as strongly: the optics are by Carl Zeiss; there's optical image stabilisation and the option of auto or manual focus. The Lumia 1020 also takes amazing video in Full HD at 30 frames per second, and offers digital zoom up to 4x without losing any image quality. Performance tests of this camera have shown that it performs better than any other smartphone camera, offering image quality as high as some DSLRs.

Performance

Nokia uses a processor from the best known and most respected smartphone processor manufacturer, Qualcomm, in the Lumia 1020. The dual-core, 1.5 GHz processor isn't the fastest on the market, but it works just as well when it comes to doing everyday tasks on our phones, from photo editing to browsing the web. There's also 2 GB of RAM, and the choice of either 32 GB or 64 GB storage. The battery, rated at 2000 mAh, should get you through a typical day of usage and performs on par with the latest Samsung and Apple phones.

Stylish Design

Yellow might not be everyone's favourite colour, but even fewer would claim the black or white standard colours we find on smartphones are their preference. Nokia's gamble on bringing colour to their lineup of phones is paying off in sales, and Apple has recently copied them by using bright colours for the iPhone 5c. The phone screen is surrounded by a black, glass covered, border before a slim yellow bezel creating a surprisingly stylish and modern look that fits in well with the Metro style of the Windows Phone 8 operating system.

Display

Perhaps the most important specification on a phone is the screen, after all it's the element that we spend all our time looking at. Nokia doesn't let us down with this phone, and have created new screen technologies that offer better brightness and a faster refresh rate than their rivals. While the phone isn't Full HD, it does offer an above Standard HD resolution that has a similar pixel density to the iPhone 5s. The screen looks better than many of the higher resolution rivals. The screen is 4.5 inches, which is arguably the perfect size as it offers a large enough screen to watch movies on, but is easily usable with a single hand.

Windows Phone 8

With the smartphone market largely divided between Android based devices such as those by Samsung and HTC, and Apple's iOS phones, it can be a little frightening switching to Windows Phone 8. Don't worry though, as Microsoft has created an amazing operating system that is easy to use yet also powerful. There's all the apps you'd expect to find in the App Store or Google Play store, plus more such as Microsoft Office (which comes free with all Windows Phones).

Overall

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is by far the best smartphone for amateur photographers, and it's selling well among this group. It's a great all round handset, so if you can manage the transition to Windows Phone then there's no reason not to go for this device. Both the tech press and those who have already got hold of the phone are reviewing it very highly, and it's likely to be the best seller Windows Phone to date.