Summary: Nokia’s best price for the Lumia 1020 is Rs 47,222 but we have seen it going for lesser online. Despite the brilliant camera, good battery life and excellent build – it’s still way too expensive to be recommended. Given how the prices of other Lumias have dropped drastically, we predict a similar price drop heading for the 1020 as well in order to make room for the newer phones, expected next year.
Summary: At 11PM last Friday night, Yankee Stadium exploded. I had been in section 209 for about two hours when Justin Timberlake started the first verse of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” The crowd roared, and then when Jay Z walked down the stairs rapping “Empire State of Mind,” the crowd went bonkers. It felt like every person in the stadium screamed, then thrust their hands into their pockets to grab their phone. I have to send this to somebody!
Pros: Spectacular camera, Great battery life, Solid performance
Cons: Big and awkward, Photography ecosystem is weak, Hard to get at full-size photos
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a phone that Nokia felt required a companion. Thus they made the Camera Grip for the said phone and we didn't wait too long to bring these two friends together. Are they made for each other or is Nokia just perpetuating a relationship that just doesn't exist? We find out.
Pros: Convenient shutter button, Makes one-handed operation a breeze, Additional battery in grip for more shooting time
Excerpt: Not too long ago, we introduced you to the Final Word in smartphone cameras, the Nokia Lumia 1020. We were able to have a limited hands-on of the phone at the said event, but last week, Nokia was generous enough to loan us a unit for review.
Summary: The Lumia 1020 is built on a hardware platform that has established itself to work rather well with the Windows Phone 8 operating system, as we have seen in the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 925. What is somewhat of a bomb feature about the phone is the PureView camera, which is sluggish despite the 2GB of RAM, but does take good photos.
Pros: Amazing camera performance, Colourful screen, Looks good, Good build quality
Excerpt: I like Nokia. I don’t just mean as a company, but as an idea. A European enterprise continually trying to improve the design of both its flagship and less expensive products, Nokia continues to excel at creating objectively stunning hardware.
Summary: Not only is the Lumia 1020 the best cameraphone we've seen, but it's easily the best Windows Phone ever. With incredible imaging abilities, a gorgeous AMOLED screen and some strong software smarts, it easily beats the competition. If you want a great camera with you all the time, this handset is the reason to convert to Windows Phone 8. It's just that good.
Excerpt: Windows phones have become renowned for their superior optics, and Nokia is squarely responsible for the platform's photographic notoriety. Its phones consistently offer cameras with top-quality lenses, wide apertures, optical image stabilization and superb camera software. With the Nokia Lumia 1020, however, the company has set a new standard with its staggeringly dense 41-megapixel resolution.
Pros: Between its ridiculous megapixel count and superb software, you won't find a better smartphone camera anywhere.
Cons: With a ho-hum processor and unimpressive battery, most of the phone's internal components aren't particularly noteworthy.
Excerpt: The big, circular bump on the back of the Lumia 1020 is impossible to miss. Place the phone on a table and it rests at an angle, slightly propped up by the protrusion. Hold it in your hand and you’re always fondling the circle’s edges. But the phone’s uniquely shaped backside isn’t without reason.
Pros: Sample photograph from the Nokia Lumia 1020. Click to enlarge. Sample photograph from the Nokia Lumia 1020. Click to enlarge. Sample photograph from the Nokia Lumia 1020. Click to enlarge. Best. Camera. Phone. Hands. Down. Camera button is well-made and sturdy. Easy to focus and lock focus. Excellent audio quality for a smartphone. Really great on-board camera app. Good battery life. Slimmed down from its predecessors…
Cons: …but still bulky compared to other smartphones. Lagging app ecosystem with Windows Phone 8. Camera slow to launch out of the lock screen.