By October 26, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

nokia lumia 1020 reviewSince Nokia began their partnership with Microsoft back in 2011 the Finnish company have fast become the number one manufacturer of Windows Phone 8 devices. This seems to have put other manufacturers off as at the moment there are only a select few other companies who have Windows Phone 8 devices on the market (HTC, Huawei, Samsung respectively). This could of course be down to the sheer amount of quality smartphones that Nokia have in the marketplace, but its more likely to be that Nokia Windows devices have extra features/functions compared to all others – or just the influence Microsoft now has since it purchased Nokia’s phone business.

Nokia do seem have fought super hard for Windows Phone 8 to try and make the operating system and them as a company succeed once again. The results so far have been quite positive for both parties but it could still be better as it still stands some way behind Android and iOS, but could Nokia release a game changing device to make consumers choose the Windows Phone 8 platform? Could Nokia release a smartphone with a spectacular camera, the likes which we’ve only ever seen once before on their own Nokia Pureview 808? Well, they’ve released what they believe to be the answer – the Nokia Lumia 1020 with its astonishingly high pixel count of 41 in a Carl Zeiss lens with full Xenon flash to accompany it!

To find out how the Lumia 1020 fares in the current market and to have all of your questions about the device answered I suggest reading on through my review and all will be revealed. Hopefully you will have already seen Matt’s Unboxing video of the Lumia 1020 but if you haven’t click the link so that you have a better idea of what to expect when reading the Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

The 10 Second Review:

  • Product: Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Price: £588 Sim Free, £549.99 pay as you go and free from £37 on pay monthly contracts.
  • Summary: Simply the best overall Windows Phone 8 device to date, its speedy with its 2GB RAM, has a really nice 720p display and quite simply has the most incredible camera I’ve used on a smartphone ever!
  • Best of: PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display, Amber Software tweaks, Camera when used with Nokia Pro Cam app.
  • Worst of:v  Bulky design, too expensive, lack of quality apps in the marketplace, Windows Phone 8 is still someway short of Android and iOS.
  • Buy from: expansys.com and various UK networks
  • Also Consider: HTC One, HTC One Max, Sony Xperia Z1, LG G2

Nokia Lumia 1020 review specification:

  • 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
  • 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-875, RM-877
  • 4G Network: LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 – RM-875
  • Micro-SIM
  • Dimensions:  130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm, 96.9 cc (5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 in)
  • Weight: 158 g (5.57 oz)
  • Display: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 768 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~332 ppi pixel density)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Dolby Digital Plus
  • Internal Memory: 32 GB, 2 GB RAM / 64 GB (Telefonica exclusive)
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
  • NFC
  • microUSB v2.0
  • Camera: 41 MP (38 MP effective, 7152 x 5368 pixels), Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, auto/manual focus, Xenon & LED flash, 1080p@30fps, 4x lossless digital zoom, video light
  • Secondary Camera: 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps
  • OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to WP8 Amber
  • Chipset:  Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
  • CPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
  • GPU: Adreno 225
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BV-5XW)

General:

On the top is the Micro Sim card slot which is removable with the Sim tray removal tool provided by Nokia. Also on the top is the 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone hole.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review - top

On the bottom is an inlet for charms/lanyards, the Micro USB port for Sync/charge and the external loud speaker is there too.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review - Bottom

The left of the device is completely empty.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review - Left

The volume rocker, power/wake/sleep and dedicated camera keys are on the right hand side of the 1020.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review - right

The back is where you find the monstrous camera which does sit quite a way out of the phones’ chassis. On the camera module you will see that the camera lens is covered by a lens cap. Also on the module are the Xenon and LED flashes as well as the Nokia and Carl Zeiss logos.

Lumia 1020 back copy

At the top of the front of the device is the earpiece for voice calls, proximity and ambient light sensors and front facing camera at the top. Beneath these is the 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ display and the standard three capacitive buttons on the device itself which are: Back, Home and Search, these all illuminate when in use in low lighting.

Lumia 1020 front copy

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

I have reviewed many Nokia Lumia and Nokia Symbian devices in the past and there is an overall sense of pleasure when I open the box of all of them, the reason for this is because I know for a fact that Nokia can never let me down in terms of build quality and the overall feel of their phones which is second to none for me, not many manufacturers in the world today could outdo Nokia for build quality, with a couple of exceptions of course. The reason I state the above is simply because when I picked up the 1020 for the first time it felt so ‘Right’ instantly and that is something to be said for Nokia!

There are many ways in which to praise Nokia for what they are trying to do by way of their own dedicated applications and software integrations, of which I will explain as we go through the review but for now I will begin with our usual look at the build and design of the device.

Build quality and Design:

Like I mentioned in my opening statement, the 1020 feels like a really high quality device all around. It’s beautifully crafted and has a great matte finish which to some people can be deemed as slippery but for me felt it was actually great and had no problem at all keeping it safely in my hand whilst using it. The build quality is unsurprisingly brilliant to put it lightly – I personally love that Nokia haven’t just stuck a glossy back cover onto the device but they’ve created something that feels so much better in the hand, plus the Matte finish means that you really can’t notice fingerprints – which is such a plus point, as on the likes of Samsung Galaxy devices and even the new iPhone 5C they are very fingerprint happy to say the least, which is very frustrating having to clean them all of the time.

As for the design of the product; here is where Nokia could use some help I think. Not because the 1020 is an ugly phone, far from it actually, but the fact that it has really square edges and looks very beefy (even though at its thinnest point its only 10.4mm) it doesn’t look as ‘pretty’ as it probably should considering the amount of money people will be parting with. Also, at the highest end of the market there are some simply beautiful handsets like the HTC One and even in my opinion the LG G2 with its unique design ideas. So what I’m getting at here is that Nokia could have made the Lumia 1020 stand out from the crowd from a design standpoint overall instead of making it very bright and colourful and adding a huge camera on the back. For example; the Lumia 925 is really beautiful, so why couldn’t they make this device look similar to that one? Plus there’s the fact that the camera module causes instability while the device is placed on a flat surface due to it being such a large part of the phone – in a way in which it sticks out quite a way but thankfully not quite as far as on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.

Software:

As you know with all Nokia Lumia devices they come pre installed with the Windows Phone operating system be it 7 or 8 and generally with the latest updates for the two as well. The 1020 comes with Lumia amber software out of the box which is the latest update from Nokia that incorporates the Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update as well as their own tweaks.

For those of you who aren’t in the know about what the GDR2 update brought with it here’s a quick rundown:

  • FM Radio
  • Data Sense available to more WP8 devices
  • Xbox Music improvements
  • Camera Improvements
  • VoIP Stack optimisation
  • CardDAV and CalDAV protocols now supported for Google services (calendar, Gmail, contacts)
  • Ability to add a default camera app to allow for the likes of Nokia Pro Cam to launch when you press and hold the camera key
  • Higher resolution photos are now supported in the Me Live Tile.
  • OneNote again (was available in windows phone 7) allows users to pin new notes to the live tile screen

Those are not all of the generic features that have been added but you get the idea that the update is rather a large one!

As for the Lumia specific Amber update which adds even more to an already huge list of additional features is where things get interesting.

  • The camera image processing algorithms that which began on the Lumia 925 and this very device are now available on a wider selection of Nokia Lumia devices, this is dependant on the camera module in the devices but the results will be similar across the board.
  • With the amber update installed Lumia devices will be able to run the Nokia Smart App, this is an application that takes a series of bursts in a sequence, how many it shoots in a single sequence depends on the phone you own. The modes are: Best Shot, Action shot,  Change Face, Motion focus, and erase object. Best shot basically chooses the best photo from the ones taken and suggests that you save that one, action shot takes a series of burst photos and it will show a moving object such as a moving football or a dog walking in a series of images. Motion focus is the emphasising of a moving object, Erase object allows users to remove objects from the photos taken so for example if someone got in the way of Buckingham palace then you have the option to remove them! And finally change face allows you to choose the best face for each person in a group. For Nokia Lumia smartphones that have 1GB RAM, the app will capture 10 frames in a burst sequence, at a resolution of 5MP. Lumia devices that have only 512MB RAM will be offered a slightly cut down experience(520, 521, 620, 625, 720), as only 7 frames will be captured in a burst, at a resolution of just 1MP.
  • Another great software addition from Nokia is ‘Glance’. This addition means that users can choose to have the clock set to be displayed on the lock screen whereas before it would have been a black blank screen, you have options with this feature as well though as you can choose whether to have the clock shown always, peek which means that the clock will only appear if you put your hand over the display and then there is the choice to have the clock pop up in intervals too. There’s also night mode which basically when activated the clock will turn orange (usually white during the daytime) and dim the display a little to preserve battery life.
  • There is also the double tap to wake feature, which is pretty self explanatory but basically from locked if you double tap on the screen the device will unlock, this is instead of pressing the power button all of the time.

Here is Glance in action for you and also the settings page too:

Lock Screen2

Here is the Data Sense app for you to have a glance at…like what i did there? I apologise if my awful corniness offends:

Data Sense

There are other features to talk about, but that will be happening in a short while, so that was just a brief rundown of a few of the new additions to both Windows Phones of all types and also of Lumia devices.

The next part I would assume is something that you guys will have seen many times before – yes it’s the smartphone interface. Firstly, here’s the lock screen which you may notice is totally different as you can now set an application to run on the lock screen – so in this instance I have Accuweather set which I think is really cool. Beneath the time and date information on the screen you will notice the battery information, this is a feature that I found very useful. The operating system now allows the user to show ‘more information’ from certain applications, in my case I found that using a third party battery app worked best for me as I do like to know how much battery my phone uses throughout the day. The one I downloaded was simply called ‘Battery’ and this app isn’t one that constantly updates, but it does update every 30 minutes which I found was sufficient.

Lock Screen1

Next is the unchanged live tile screen, soon to change with the impending Windows Phone GDR3 update which adds support for larger displays and Quad-Core processors! Also along with the live tile screen is the ever annoying list of applications, accessed by swiping to the left on the live tile screen:

Live TilesApp List

Browser:

I will keep this short and sweet I think because there are literally no negative comments to be said regarding Internet Explorer for Windows Phone 8. That may seem like high praise, but to be quite honest I’ve never had the issues that people have stated with any browser on any platform. Maybe that’s because I’m less fussy than others or maybe its a luck of the draw thing but my experience of using the 1020 on the internet was brilliant. The experience was smooth, fast and enjoyable in-keeping with my experience on every Lumia device so far actually, with the only slight frustration being that there isn’t a forward/back button on the screen at all – you have to use the capacitive button on the device. This is only really an issue if you let it be I guess. The performance of the browser on the whole though is very good and should be commended for keeping up with the likes of Android and iOS in terms of speed and quality.

Before I show you the images of the browser though I thought I would mention something a little odd to you, Microsoft very blatantly want users to use Bing as their default search engine! This is only a theory mind so don’t take it on face value but it seemed to me during use that whenever I wanted to use Google or Yahoo as my default search engine then the image seemed to be ridiculously zoomed out as if the page didn’t load as it should. But when Bing was used the pages loaded as they should with no problem. I thought I would mention it as found it quite funny because in particular of the issues that Google and Microsoft have been having regarding the YouTube app and such.

Anyway, here are the screenshots of internet explorer for you – note the wonderful site redesign? (smiley face) I think that this is the best time to also show you the default keyboard, which unfortunately, unlike on Android, you can’t just download a better third party keyboard so you are in a sense ‘stuck’ with the stock one. In portrait mode the keyboard performs adequately but there are two problems with it – the word correction/suggestion is terrible and also in landscape mode the keyboard is too small and unwieldy because of the 2cm of screen real estate taken up by pointless parts of the operating system (battery, signal indicators and the in app options bar).

IE3IE4IE5Keyboard

E-Mail:

As many of us use our e-mail accounts and apps everyday, I thought that I would add a little section even though most of you will have definitely seen it before. I say this because the Windows Phone 8 e-mail client hasn’t changed much at all since the platform was released. This isn’t entirely a bad thing because at the end of the day what do we really want from an e-mail application? Here’s my check list; 1-to send/receive mail with no hassle, 2-be easy to use and finally for it to be able to send/receive attachments with no problems…The good news is that this app has a tick in all the boxes for me which is all I want, it doesn’t have to be fancy or faster than a speeding bullet, it just has to work how I expect it to work.

E-Mail1E-Mail2E-Mail5

Windows Store:

Android and iOS are where they are today not just because of the hardware that manufacturers release but mainly due to the content made available through their respective stores for users to download. iOS has so many thousands of quality apps that it is still even now on top, but Android too has thousands of superb applications, with some adding extra functionality which create an entirely different user experience such as the SwifKey keyboard which is the number 1 paid for app at the moment.

We are still missing an official Instagram client which is a huge one to still have missing but we also have apps such as Dropbox that are missing, the thing is though that during my review of the Lumia 1020 I’ve come to realise that some of the developers currently developing their apps for the Windows Phone 8 platform are so talented that they’ve managed to create their own third party choices for some top apps, I’m talking apps like YouTube and dropbox and instagram so for those of you who actually really like the look of a Nokia Lumia windows phone but are unsure due to lack of apps then you may want to rethink your sureness because like I said there are apps in the store that will fit your needs until the official ones become available. From a personal point of view there were only a couple of apps I failed to find or that I found were missing which considering a few months ago I was unable to find even the simplest of apps, we definitely have progress.

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Also we have not one but two music stores on the 1020. Well, actually they are both on every Lumia device. The stores in question are both accessed in their respective apps or in the case of the Xbox Music store you can also access it through the main store. The two apps are named Nokia Music and Xbox Music + Videos and to be quite honest with you they are both almost identical to look at just with a different colour scheme, the prices of music are literally the same too so quite why Nokia thought it was a good idea adding their own store is beyond me at this point but hey they are both there and now I will show them to you guys:

Nokia Music1Nokia Music4Xbox Music-Videos1Xbox Music-Videos4

At this point I think it best to talk briefly about the two apps from a music listening standpoint and as an avid music listener I’m your guy when it comes to knowing what’s good and bad about a music player whether it be on a smartphone or in a car so you are in good hands.

Lets begin with the slightly inferior contender; Xbox music. I say that it’s slightly inferior because it has a more basic feel to it compared to Nokia music. This isn’t a bad thing at all but it literally is a bog standard music player with no equalizer options. The look of the application is apart from it being green exactly the same as Nokia Music so from that side of things there’s nothing wrong its just with the quality of sound through headphones that lets it down a tad. I don’t know what it is about it but it just doesn’t sound as rich as it probably could be compared to many other stock music apps I’ve used in the past.

There is a feature exclusive to Xbox music though and that’s the Xbox music unlimited subscription that’s available, basically this is a very similar service to that of Rdio, Deezer or Spotify whereby you pay a monthly fee (in this case it’s a free 30 day trial and then £9.99 thereafter) and you then have access to the whole library of music inside the Xbox music store for downloading to your smartphone or to stream on any other Microsoft product be it an Xbox 360 or a Windows 8 PC/laptop. This is a feature that I did not use during testing this time but I have previously signed up for the 30 day trial and overall I was quite impressed, both by the selection of music available but also the speed at which you are able to download full albums to your device so I advise anyone who buys a Lumia 1020 or any other windows phone 8 device to sign up and give it a try.

As that is all that’s really to be said about this app here it is in action:

Xbox Music-Videos2Xbox Music-Videos6Xbox Music-Videos11

Now the Nokia Music app is a little different, yes you’ve got the area where you can play your own music stored on the device but on this app you’ve got something a little bit awesome! Nokia have included their Mix Radio which allows users to start a radio station of your choice so for example if I entered the band ‘Alter Bridge’ into the search bar then the artist would appear on screen, and when pressed the Alter Bridge radio starts up and this works in exactly the same way that Spotify radio does in which it browses its catalogue for similar artists and plays the songs consecutively. Now this is such an amazing feature that I really did find myself using it every day while I had the 1020 because it offers up such a variety of listening opportunities, plus here’s the best bit..IT’S FREE! Yep you read that right, it is a free to use service so all I say to that is enjoy.

The music player itself though has another feature that I think every music player should have, a list of equalizer options with the ability to mix your own equalizer too, so for different types of music you can change how it sounds in your ears. The list is as you would expect with everything from Rock to Jazz, all of which offering a different listening option and you’d be surprised how helpful it can be to alter the settings for different types of music. I found myself lost in the music quite often while using the 1020 with Nokia Music, but then again I do that with Spotify most days anyway but no joking aside I am impressed both with the Mix Radio function but also the sound quality from this app and highly recommend using this app instead of Xbox Music.

Nokia Music3Music Settings5Music Settings2Music Settings4Nokia Music9

People Hub:

This is the sole area where all of your contacts, tweets, Facebook updates etc. will go once you’ve set all of the accounts up of course and here’s where you do that:

People Hub3

You will notice that you can also add your e-mail addresses and Nokia account too, this is because the people hub literally is the hub of all communications so think of it a little like the Blackberry Hub on Blackberry 10 OS just a little different. In everyday use the whole process of opening the people app instead of official apps is a little odd at first but it does become second nature over time. I think I will add at this point that although you add all of your accounts within the people hub all of the elements aren’t accessible within the application. When you set up your e-mail addresses a live tile is automatically created for you so you access those from there but regards your Windows live messenger, Facebook and Twitter they are all controlled within the people hub which makes tweeting quickly an absolute doddle. The only downside to the app is the fact that tweets and Facebook feeds if they have photos or videos then you have to exit the app to look at them which is a pain, especially because of those damn transitions! The transitions are basically what happens whenever you enter/exit an app, the whole screen sort of flicks almost like a book which in turn makes something such as opening an application look more difficult, plus it takes a second or two which is very frustrating.

Anyway sorry for that, here’s the rest of the people hub for you:

People Hub1People Hub8People Hub7

Calls + SMS Filter:

This is the main feature from the latest update that I wanted to mention as its something that I’m pretty sure every single Britain living in the UK at the moment can take advantage of, due to those flipping pesky PPI calls! It’s the ability to block specific numbers from both calling and texting you, this is a feature that probably should have been present from the very beginning of Windows Phone 8 but there you go! Anyway this function simply allows you to block up to 1000 numbers, with the only annoying thing being if you upgrade your device or in my case review another Windows 8 Phone then the numbers don’t transfer to that new phone so you have to block them all over again, a little inconvenient I would say but it’s not a deal  breaker I don’t think.

Here’s an example of a number that I am about to block from calling and texting me:

Call SMS Filter1Call SMS Filter2

Camera:

This is going to be a longer than average camera section due to the fact that the Lumia 1020 has a massive party-piece which is of course its huge 41 megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss Optics lens.

Right first thing’s first lets get my personal opinion out of the way and then the bias can be done away with, this is simply the best camera I’ve ever used…PERIOD! I’ve personally seen some pretty special photos from mid-range DSLR’s before but that was a while ago so the 41 megapixel shooter in this device is the pinnacle for me and I’m not sure it will be bettered for some time (unless someone steals the tech guys who created this one!)

Now that’s out of the way lets get down to the nitty gritty and talk about the camera from a neutral perspective, and even then the camera is hard to be negative about as it really is very good as I am hoping you will agree when you’ve seen the photos I’ve got for you. There are a total of three what I would call main camera applications available for this device, in my case they were all pre-installed on the device as of course the first app is the stock Windows Phone camera which is as basic as it gets and as this phone has a professional grade camera slapped on the back it requires more of a professional application to go along with it. Luckily for Lumia fans, Nokia have provided the Nokia Smart camera and Nokia Pro Camera apps to enable greater control over the pictures that you take. There are also other ‘Lens’ options to take specific images so, for example, the optional Nokia Cinemagraph application offers users to create a moving image from a series of images that are taken when you press the shutter key/button, this creates a very fun way of taking photos, there are also other lens options such as multiple Panorama options such as Microsoft’s own Photosynth and Nokia Panorama both of which do a similar job which I will explain in a short time

I will begin by giving you a run down of the Nokia Smart Camera app, this is an app that doesn’t necessarily take the highest resolution images ever, 5mp only for Lumia phones with 1GB RAM and a mere 1mp for those with Lumia devices that have 512mb RAM, but it’s the way it takes them that’s the interesting part. There are 5 shooting modes to choose from: Best shot, Action shot, Change face, Motion focus and erase object, all of these modes take the photos in a burst sequence and more often than not on the most recent Lumia phones, including this one will shoot 10 bursts in a single sequence and will serve a different purpose for each of the modes mentioned above.

Anyway in practice the application is definitely the faster out of the two Nokia apps but it does take lesser quality photos overall but for capturing the moments quickly this is the go to application for me, I tended to use the best shot mode more often as I found it to work best overall and it did a good job of choosing the best photo from the sequence. The problem I had during testing was the fact that the Nokia Pro Cam app was just the superior app overall, the photos were of a much higher quality here and that is the reason for me not showing you any images taken using Smart Cam, you will understand once you’ve seen them.

Speaking of Nokia Pro Cam here’s the interface to try and shed some light on what I will explain afterwards:

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Now then, you will see three images above and we are simply going to focus on the first one because this is where you will spend your time when using this app. It looks complicated but i assure you that once you get the hang of what everything means then things become second nature and the experience definitely becomes a more enjoyable one.

There are a series of settings all aimed at improving image quality for different scenarios, the settings available here are: Flash on/of and option of a focus light only, white balance, focus modes, ISO 100-4200, shutter speed and exposure. Now that sounds like a lot but it really isn’t if you know your stuff…which I will admit I am also a little new to still but I’ve had a good teacher in my photographer partner who has explained that regards things like the focus mode then the manual focus mode is the perfect choice when shooting close ups and that the quality of the photos taken with the 1020’s camera with every setting on Auto are more than good enough to warrant never having to change the settings, so with that in mind here are some photos I prepared earlier:

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What do we think so far? Well I am going to show you my favourite feature that the Nokia Pro Cam app has, it allows you to look at the image you’ve taken and re-frame it to zoom in with lossless zoom and save the image there, but the cool thing is the fact that it isn’t a permanent save, you can re-frame it however you like whenever you like so with the photo of the cat to the right being the example I give you a high res zoomed version:

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Are you guys as impressed as I was when I did it for the first time? I suspect you are because this is an amazing tool for photographers and casual snappers alike as it gives us some flexibility so for example if a guy stood in the way of your perfect photo then you can maybe zoom past him to the section that you were trying to take anyway, very cool if you ask me!

Also with the camera comes the photo gallery which is the stock Windows Phone 8 gallery which places your photos in albums depending on their type, the app also shows your photos in date format which is pretty cool particularly if you have a large amount of photos from years gone by stored on your Lumia device. It’s a simple yet effective photo gallery as it allows users to browse through their photos with ease and the process of opening and closing photos is fast.  Here it is:

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Although this was a relatively short look at the camera performance from the Lumia 1020 there is a very good reason I’ve done it, that reason is that I will be doing a huge camera phone comparison between this phone, the HTC One Mini and the weirdly awesome Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom in the coming weeks so keep a look out on the site for that as it will be good!

I almost forgot to show you the simply magnificent 1080p video recording that i made atop the hills at Light Water Country Park, i hope you enjoy it:

Nokia Lumia 1020 Full HD Clip

Battery Life and Performance:

As on Windows Phone 8 there is no way for me to do any kind of benchmark test such as Quadrant Standard I have had to go on my everyday experience with the device and I have to say that I didn’t run into any bugs, slowness during my use which is more that can be said of many phones out there today so in this respect Nokia have done a super job of creating a solid platform for Windows Phone 8 to run on.

As for the battery life, this came as a bit of a disappointment actually as I really found it difficult to get a full days use from the phone (a day to me is at least 12 hours on one full charge) I didn’t once get my expected 12 hours from this phone simply because whenever you make the phone work remotely hard the battery drain is ridiculous to say the least, an example of this is when the device was charged to 100% I decided to go outside and take some photos, 20-30 photos later the charge was down at 60% and I had to charge it before tea time! This isn’t really good enough for me, it makes me wonder why Nokia didn’t see this coming when they slapped the camera in this phone? It’s not just when you use the camera though that made the battery drain more than it should, it was anything running in the background such as Accuweather along with texting, calling and browsing and all of this collectively causes major battery drain. Not very good but then again hopefully with the GDR3 update which is imminent we will see hardware improvements such as larger batteries to cope with the larger screens and better camera etc.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review Conclusion:

WOW! the end of another interesting review, if this review has taught me anything its that anything is possible with smartphones as a few years ago I couldn’t have dreamt up the 41 megapixel sensor for a phone! It’s insane but it just shows you what a bit of knowhow can do for a company and I hope to see more of this type of major innovation in the future, not just from Nokia though I hope!

I have enjoyed playing around with all of the settings from Nokia Pro Cam and marvelling at my photographic genius (joke obviously!) but I think you can tell that this has been one of the more enjoyable reviews for me as it has posed a big challenge and lots to learn, which it definitely has so keep an eye www.tracyandmatt.co.uk for more reviews in the near future and I hope you’ve enjoyed my review this time!

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