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Nokia Lumia 1020 (AT&T) Review

Hardware and Design

The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a very similar build to the Lumia 920 but it’s definitely lighter. Most of the specs haven’t changed except the additional 1GB of RAM which brings the device up to 2GB which is nice. Other than the RAM upgrade and the slimmer build nothing much has changed in the hardware design.

Performance and Operating System

The performance of the Lumia 1020 is just about the same as you would get on the Lumia 920 and Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8. However that is a great thing as this phone performs just about as good as any modern smartphone. The main thing missing is a good notification system along with some of the big names apps Instagram & Dropbox to name a few but in all honesty several third party apps are available in the Windows Marketplace which do the same exact thing.

Camera

The camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020 is by far the most advanced camera phone you can buy today. At 41 megapixels you can take some truly amazing shots. There is a pretty big learning curve as far as all the settings and options go as the camera is setup very similar to a DLSR as far the features and options. The thing I love most about this camera is that you can take a picture and zoom in and crop out just about any section of the photo and not lose any quality. That is true innovation, however you need to fiddle around with the settings sometimes to get the shot you want. The auto mode works fine but to get the real benefit of the camera you’ll need to play with the settings and my guess is that most people aren’t that patient. With that being said the Lumia 1020 is in a niche category. Check out the full resolution shots below

 

 

Network

This phone runs on AT&T’s 4GLTE network and I tested it in the MD/DC area and everything worked great. The data speeds are fantastic and the phone calls work fine.

Conclusion

Overall I love what Nokia has brought to the table with the Lumia 1020 it’s by far the best Windows Phone on the market and it only can get better from here. My only question is the Lumia 1020 worth $299.99 on a 2-year contract or $659.99 no-commitment? And even if it is with the rumored Lumia 1520 on the way with a bigger screen and 1080p resolution should you by the Lumia 1020 now?

Score 8.0

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