Clearly brilliant: Nokia’s Lumia 1020 reviewed
4.7Overall Score

Price (RRP): $899
Manufacturer: Nokia

Nokia has been making a lot of strides lately, and the Lumia 1020 could signal a return to the top for Finland’s phone fabricator, with the handset including a beautiful design and finish, decent battery life, and one of the best cameras you’re ever likely to see.

Features

Taking over the flagship spot from the Lumia 925, the 1020 takes much of the technology from that handset and gives it an update, especially in the camera department. In fact, you’ve likely never seen a camera like what Nokia is using here.

We’ll start with the specs, and if you’ve seen either the Lumia 920 or 925, you’ve practically seen what the Lumia 1020, at least as far as the specs go.

As such, there’s a dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5GHz, Adreno 225 graphics chip, support for WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Near-Field Communication, Bluetooth 3.0 (though it reaches 4.0 LE with a downloadable software update in Lumia Black), and support for Cat3 4G LTE with downloads up to 100Mbps. Nokia has made one minor change, though, with 2GB RAM instead of the 1GB found in the original.

Storage is set to 32GB here, and there is no microSD slot, just like in previous models, so watching the data might be something you’ll have to do, and that’s because of the camera.

Unlike any other manufacturer out there, Nokia has provided a 41 megapixel camera, capable of taking not just high-resolution images, but also Full HD 1080p videos, too. A front camera is also included, though this is a 1.2 megapixel camera capable of recording 720p videos.

The screen in the Lumia 1020 is the same as it was on the previous flagships, sitting at 4.5 inches and running the 1280×768 resolution, though unlike the previous handsets, there’s an increase in the quality of protection on offer, moving from Gorilla Glass 2, to Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.

Nokia’s inclusion of three hardware buttons remains consistent here, with the volume rocker, power button, and camera button on the right edge, while the front buttons are soft under the screen, and include a back, Windows home, and search button.

Ports on the handset are limited too, with a microUSB on the bottom and a 3.5mm headset jack up top.

The battery on the Nokia Lumia 1020 is rated for 2000mAh, and takes a microSIM in a pin-ejected tray at the very top of the handset.

Performance

We’ve heard things about Nokia’s Lumia 1020. Good things. Great things, with many people suggesting that this could be Nokia’s true return to the lead, with a device that not only makes people turn heads from design, but also brings together so much technology it will make your own head spin. Can it do this? Can it be that Nokia is back up there with the big boys?