Three weeks ago I received shiny yellow Nokia Lumia 1020 from Nokia India for the review purpose. Nokia had created history last year when they had announced Nokia 808 Pureview with 41 megapixel camera sensor running Symbian OS but this year Nokia once again have created history by releasing Lumia 1020 with 41 megapixel sensor with added capability of excellent low light imaging through OIS. My short usage period of Lumia 1020 had been a spectacular one, especially the imaging experience. So lets look at my experience of the device.
Being a Lumia 920 user, design wise I believe Lumia 1020 is an incremental innovation compare to Lumia 920 design. The major change is of course reduction of weight and a bit thinner profile with matte finish. I particularly like the change in terms of matte finish as it provides better grip and also lesser prone to scratches and finger prints.
I would also like to mention that through out my experience I had not find the device difficult to hold due to the camera hump as mentioned by many tech review sites. In fact the camera hump on the back of this devices is the most beautiful camera hump I have seen on a smartphone.
The display is 768P HD with AMOLED panel type which means that there are deeper blacks, highly saturated colors and excellent viewing angles with low power requirements. Also the CBD technology helps a lot while operating device in bright light or at outdoors with no loss in picture quality.
The device comes with identical hardware specs( S4 MSM8960 1.5 Ghz Dual core cpu, adreno 225 gpu) as Lumia 920 except its 2 GB ram which is a plus point and adds performance boost in terms of fast app switching and fast loading of apps.
Battery life is around 1 and half day for moderate usages and around 1 day for heavy usages.
The value proposition of this device is of course the imaging capabilities thanks to its massive 41 MP camera sensor, revolutionary oversampling PureView Pro technology for ultra Zooming capabilities and also OIS which makes sure that low light photography is as good as during day time and of course the smooth video recording capability.
Apart from above eye catchy specs, the built in Camera application known as “Nokia Camera” makes sure that the awesome Imaging hardware is perfectly matched with the awesome software with value addition of various controls like shutter speed, focus modes, white balance, exposure time etc to make photography user experience intuitive.
Lumia 1020 is currently the best camera smartphone available with modern looking Windows phone 8 user interface and unmatched user experience through unique Lumia exclusive imaging apps like Refocus, Smart cam etc makes this phone a must buy.