The Cam­era Phone to End All Cam­era Phones

Nokia Lu­mia 1020

HWM (Singapore) - - Lab Test -

In many ways, Nokia’s new Lu­mia 1020 is just a Lu­mia 920 with the cam­era from an 808 PureView wedged into the back of it. That’s not a bad thing though, as the 808 PureView was a fan­tas­tic cam­era; it just wasn’t a very good phone.

The Lu­mia 1020 looks just like the old Lu­mia 920 with al­most iden­ti­cal di­men­sions and the same un­abashedly sharp top and bot­tom edges. While Nokia tried a mono­chrome poly­car­bon­ate/ alu­minum combo build for its Lu­mia 925, the Lu­mia 1020 brings the Lu­mia range back to its col­or­ful, full poly­car­bon­ate roots and is avail­able in white, black or yel­low. Each color has a silky smooth, matte fin­ish, which is highly re­sis­tant to both fin­ger­prints and smudges.

On pa­per, the Lu­mia 1020 is ac­tu­ally 0.3mm thin­ner than the Lu­mia 920, but Nokia doesn’t in­clude the Lu­mia 1020’s huge cam­era bump in that par­tic­u­lar mea­sure­ment. The side edges are slightly more rounded, which makes it a bit com­fier to hold in hand, and it’s also no­tice­ably lighter, weigh­ing some 30g less at 158g. Still, the Lu­mia 1020 is not what we would call sleek and, at 10.4mm thick, it looks down­right chunky com­pared to some other flag­ship smart­phones.

As ex­pected, build qual­ity is top-notch, and the phone feels sturdy and solid. Like the Lu­mia 920, the power but­ton, vol­ume rocker and cam­era shut­ter but­ton are all lo­cated on the right edge, with the Mi­cro-USB port on the bot­tom. On top, you’ll find the head­phone port and Mi­cro-SIM tray. Like pre­vi­ous Lu­mia phones, there’s no Mi­cro-SD card slot, which is a pity con­sid­er­ing the phone’s imaging ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the fact that the 808 PureView did in­clude one.

The Lu­mia 1020 uses a 4.5-inch, 1280 x 768 pixel res­o­lu­tion, AMOLED dis­play - an up­grade over the IPS LCD dis­play found on the Lu­mia 920. Col­ors are vi­brant, with su­per- deep blacks and su­perb con­trast. In fact, the blacks are so deep, they’re vir­tu­ally in­dis­tin­guish­able from the screen bezel, which makes the dis­play feel a bit more ex­pan­sive than its 4.5 inches. The screen is also very bright and eas­ily leg­i­ble even un­der bright sun­light. View­ing an­gles are also quite gen­er­ous.

While the dis­play isn’t Full HD (Win­dows Phone 8 still doesn’t sup­port that res­o­lu­tion at the mo­ment), its 332 ppi pixel den­sity is more than suf­fi­cient and puts it on par with the iPhone 5 (326 ppi) for clar­ity. Of course, the star at­trac­tion of the Lu­mia 1020 is its 41-megapixel PureView rear cam­era. Just for clar­ity, the Lu­mia 1020 cam­era mod­ule isn’t ac­tu­ally ripped straight from the 808 PureView, as there are some changes in this it­er­a­tion of Nokia’s PureView tech­nol­ogy. The 1020 has a slightly smaller sen­sor at 1/1.5-inch com­pared

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