Tal Norvell/ Sun Star Columnist
Jan. 28, 2014
Imagine the sun shining bright on you and your friends as you hike along a trail on a gorgeous summer day. Suddenly, you see an amazing bald eagle perched perfectly on a branch and decide to take a photo, only to realize all you have is your low-detail camera phone. The photo of the majestic bird ends up looking terrible.
If you’d like to avoid this situation in the future, then I highly suggest checking out the Nokia Lumia 1020. It is the premiere camera smartphone on the market, boasting an unprecedented 41 megapixel sensor. This means there’s still going to be tons of sharp detail in an image even when cropped. Assuming you keep your phone in your pocket, you’ll never have to worry about another missed photo-op again.
The Nokia Pro Camera application allows for full manual control over camera settings such as shutter-speed and exposure. The main camera also has sharply detailed full-HD video recording. The front-facing camera isn’t too shabby either with a 1280 x 960 resolution, making it a solid option for video calls.
The Lumia 1020 runs on the Windows Phone 8 operating system which is functional and customizable. The phone has 32 gigabytes of storage and a 3.8
volt battery that allows for up to 12.5 hours of talk time on 3G, according to Nokia.com.
touch screen display has a resolution of 1280 x 768 with a pixel density of 334 pixels per inch at an aspect ratio of 15:9. What this means for the user is crisp, clear images, videos, text and icons on the touch display, which is extremely responsive and smooth. The Windows operating system is relatively easy to navigate once you get used to it, while still having ample customization options. Icons are known as “live tiles,” which display app updates and other relevant info, and can be resized.
The biggest draw back of the OS is its lack of a wide variety of apps. However, it does come with the ever popular Microsoft Office pre-installed.
As far as the form factor goes, it’s quite awkward. The significant bulge from the camera on the back of the phone makes for an “interesting” texting experience. The phone doesn’t sit flat on hard surfaces because of the camera, so it’s difficult to text on a table. The Xenon flash, LED light and camera lens make up the protruding camera module. At 158 grams and 71.4 mm thick it certainly isn’t a major hassle to hold.
A micro-USB charging port along with a speaker and microphone are situated on the bottom of the device. The top of the phone has a SIM card tray, 3.5mm headset jack and microphone for noise cancellation.
The price for the Lumia 1020 ranges anywhere from approximately $150 to $610 dollars depending on the status of the two-year contract, exclusive to AT&T customers. It comes in three different colors: black, white and yellow.
If you love to take photos with your smartphone, and you’re ready to renew your contract and have some cash to spare, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a great option. If you like to use a lot of
apps, such as games, it may not be the smartest choice at this point as the Windows store lacks in that area. The specs of the Lumia 1020 are solid, form factor is awkward, Windows Phone 8 OS is obviously a matter of taste, but the intuitive functionality is mostly there.
For more info on the Lumia 1020, head on over to YouTube for in-depth video reviews from a variety of sources.