The Nokia Lumia 1020 offers 4G LTE support for the fastest connectivity band currently available on smartphones. But where the 1020
really stands out is in camera resolution.
When it comes to high-megapixel rear cameras, one smartphone reigns supreme over all challengers. The Nokia Lumia 1020 boasts a mega 41 megapixel rear camera, by far the highest resolution available. Only Nokia’s 808 Pureview
, which isn’t anywhere near as popular as the 1020 is, can match its 41 megapixels.
So superior is the Nokia Lumia 1020’s rear camera in terms of megapixels that the nearest competing smartphones are the Samsung Galaxy S4
, LG G2
and Sony Xperia Z
, which at 13 megapixels seem to fall woefully short of the 1020’s exceptional capability.
As noted, only the Nokia 808 Pureview matches the 1020’s megapixel count. So should you consider the 808? Well, the most serious downside to the 808 is that it uses the Symbian operating system
, as opposed to the 1020’s superior Windows Phone OS. Hopelessly cumbersome and outdated, Symbian is best avoided. No one will miss it now that it’s been relegated to the ash heap of OS history, where many critics say it belongs.
It’s not as if the camera is the only high resolution star on the 1020. With a larger-than-average 4.5 inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels, this 720p high definition screen is one of the sharpest on the market. At 332 pixels per screen inch (PPI), it’s 43 percent sharper than the average smartphone screen.
Battery life is also stellar. Nokia claims an average talk time of 19 hours, far longer than the smartphone average of 8 hours. Battery capacity, which is the best overall indicator of batter life, is above average as well, holding 2,000 mAh.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 contains a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, with a 1.5 GHz CPU (faster than average). With 2,048 MB of RAM, the 1020’s got a lot more memory than most smartphone CPUs, which translates into much better than average performance.
The 1020’s design is sleek, clean and colorful. At 5.57 ounces (158 g), the 1020 weighs less than the 920, whose bulk drew plenty of complaints from reviewers when it was released. At 10.4mm thickness, the 1020 is also much thicker than other high-end smartphones on the market. But it’s a 0.3mm improvement over the 920, even while being 0.6mm wider. All this makes for a less than ideal holding experience-- expect your fingers to fall awkwardly over the rear camera module.
But the main drawback of the Nokia Lumia 1020 is that its only available in the United States at AT&T Wireless. Some may also find that because of its matte finish, it can easily slip from your hands.
Still, those seeking the very best in smartphone rear-camera resolution need look no further than the undisputed megapixel champion, the Nokia Lumia 1020. Prices without plans start at $510.