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Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

LiLing KimReviewed By: Rating: ★★★★☆ (4) Updated On: Aug 22, 2014

Nokia Lumia 1020 is a perfect multimedia entertainment gizmo that is packed with high-end utilities. It acts as a HD digital camera and mobile phone. Those owning this handy piece can listen to melodies, see movies, shoot videos, click photos, chat with friends, and upload files to social networks. Let’s check why this smartphone has made its way into the hearts of millions.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review


The slim yellow colored body measures (5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41) inches and weighs about 158 grams. It has angular ends and with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen. This ensures that the display is scratch-proof and can take in some amount of pressure with ease. The reliable Window Phone 8 operating system makes this gizmo a versatile mobile computing device. It can be further upgraded to WP8.1.

The multi-touch screen allows the user to perform touch gestures to instruct the smartphone. So, the user can pinch, swipe, tap, or press to access the interface utilities. The impressive 4.5-inch display is made of Amoled technology which allows more amount of light to get absorbed than get reflected. In other words, the screen can be read when the user is in direct sunlight.

The capacitive touchscreen supports 16M colors and offers a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. The pixel density is high at 332 ppi. The brilliance of the display is due to PureMotion HD and ClearBlack display. The screen therefore absorbs light, reflects less, and displays high contrast and high definition images.

Internal Specs

The computing technology of the smartphone is made up of Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset that supports Krait processor. Noted for the consuming low power, the processor provides a modest speed of 1.5GHz. The dual-core CPU ensures that multitasking can be done with ease. There is a dedicated GPU that has Adreno 225 graphics accelerator. The specifications show that the mobile phone is able to seamlessly work with images and videos.

The internal memory of the gizmo is 2GB RAM while the storage capacity is 32MB. The phones with Telefonica-telecom service can get an extra 32GB storage. There is 7GB cloud storage which ensures that the user can download and store huge data in Cloud. There is no memory card additionally available with this pack. There is no provision for Java.

Battery Life

The BV-5XW lithium-ion rechargeable battery has a capacity of 2000mAh and takes up 3.8V. It cannot be removed from the system. The battery offers a talk time of 19 hours. During standby, the battery runs for 16 days. When video playback is used, the battery needs to be recharged after 6 hours and 48 minutes. The battery can supply power till 7 hours and 42 minutes when the phone is connected to the net through Wi-Fi connectivity.


The HD 41MP camera is equipped with a brighter Xenon flash and 1/1.5-inch sensor. The resolution of the camera is 7152 x 5368 pixels. It supports Carl Zeiss optics technology which provides an efficient but affordable camera. The camera supports optical image stabilization, auto focus, touch focus, face detection, panorama, dual capture, and geo-tagging. It allows video to be shot at 30 frames per second (fps) with a resolution of 1080p. The camera is aided with PureView technology. The front-face 1.2MP camera also records video at 720p. Users can download photography apps, such as Nokia Storyteller, Creative Studio, and so on.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review


Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone is compatible with 4G networking. It can pick signals, such as LTE 800, 900, 1800, 2100, or 2600 under RM-875, and LTE 700, 850, 1700, 1900, or 2100 under RM-877. The smartphone can be connected wirelessly through Wi-Fi connection – 802.11 a/b/g/n. It also supports, DLNA, dual-band and Bluetooth  3.0 connectivity, also Wi-Fi hotspot. There is NFC, and USB, microUSB2 ports.

The gizmo is equipped with a powerful sensor that acts as an accelerometer, compass, barometer, gyro, and proximity. Users can send a threaded SMS, MMS, Push Mail, Email, and IM. The web browser used by the smartphone is HTML5. Users who love to listen to the radio will be happy to know that the mobile phone has Stereo FM radio with RDS. Along with Dolby sound system, the music can be played just like any efficient music system. There is GPS facility in this gizmo. Incredibly, the smartphone is not only water resistant but water proof as well.


Packed up with unique and the latest technologies, Nokia Lumia 1020 is a premium category product. Naturally, it is expensive ($1,068).

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Review Overall

Summary: The Nokia Lumia model is a useful smartphone which can function as a digital camera, radio, music system, and communication kit. If money is not an issue, this mobile phone is an attractive piece one can own.
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