The Nokia 1020 Hands on with the Device!


My first impression of the Nokia Lumia 1020 was very positive. I liked how it felt in the hand especially compared to most of the competitive devices which are more flat and square. I liked the rounded corners.

Rounded Corners

Rounded Corners

In addition, I liked the selection of available colors. I was testing the white one, which is quite nice, but personally if I adopted one I would prefer yellow or blue, and the more mat surface.

From my perception and researching it’s sister products on the internet and at–> I found that it has the same 4,5 inch AMOLED Puremotion HD+ displaythe Lumia 925, and although the body looks a lot like the Nokia Lumia 920, it weighs only 152 grams – despite the big camera sensor attached to it.

I had tested a few other entry level products such as the Nokia 635 and 530 which were decent products for their price point and feature set, but I was really impressed by the Nokia 1020. I have always used mostly Android  devices and have tested  Blackberry and Apple products, but I was  actually surprised at how nice Windows 8.1 was running on this Smartphone.

In regards to its specifications it  is 129 x 71,4 x 10,9 mm and 14,5 mm at the thickest part which would be the lens.  In addition it has a 1,5Ghz dual core processor and 2GB of internal (RAM) memory. Like the Nokia Lumia 920 it has 32GB internal storage and no room for a micro-SD card. The “High Capacity” battery offers 2000 mAh. I feel that the battery life though it could be better, was decent. I was also using a demo phone that had been tested and used by others as well so it could have skewed the results  a bit.

Here are some examples of the variety of colors found in Nokia Devices, the 1o20 is on the far left.

nokia colors


I found this interesting and thought provoking graphic on Nokia’s forums with regards to the nokia 1020 that talks about and illustrates the features and capabilities of the device as well(It was illustrated by Jing Zhang a talented illustrator it seems)–>


According to Nokia here are its specifications:


  • Display

    • Display size: 4.5 ”
    • Display technology: ClearBlack, OLED
    • Touch screen technology: Super sensitive touch
  • Photography

    • Main camera sensor: 41 MP, PureView
    • Secondary camera: HD 1.2 MP wide angle
    • Flash type: Xenon flash
  • Power management

    • Maximum talk time (2G): 8.2 h
    • Maximum talk time (3G): 12.5 h
    • Maximum music playback time: 53 h
  • Processor

    • Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4
    • Processor type: Dual-core 1.5 GHz

    In reality I found that the phone was snappy in its performance, though there are devices with faster processors available the Nokia 1020 performed well in my testing of it.

    I found that its business applications were impressive. The email application worked very well, it reminded me of the email application found on the Blackberry z10 and z30. I think that anyone coming from Blackberry would really like the phone a great deal. It also offers windows applications which work well and integrate well from the user experience in Desktop Windows 8.

    I think that the main application screen which has the live tiles is as good as Apples IOS software, I wish it has widgets like Android  but the live tiles seem halfway between Android and IOS in terms of their operations.

    The customization of the devices was quite nice. I really liked how windows 8.1 performed on the phone.

    I think that the second screen which is found by swiping to the left can be improved a bit, it is a column of words, which could be improved by using icons or having 2 or 3 columns which is not a big deal but a personal impression.

    Camera-Photo and video:

    I found that this phone has the best camera that I have seen on a smartphone and for that matter many point and shoot cameras as well.

    As they say a picture is worth a thousand words:

    Here is a sample video I shot on it recently–>


    and another at a Breast Cancer Event that Olivia Newton John was Speaking at in Las Vegas at the Linq Observation Wheel–>

    The video quality was quite nice, but what really impressed my was the sound quality.

    Overall I was highly impressed by the Nokia Lumia 1020. I would love to test and review more of their products as they launched into the marketplace.

    The only thing that could be better is the number of applications available from the Application Store as well as the battery life. I can hardly wait for later iterations of Windows Phone to see where they improve it. If the serious  improvement of Windows 8.1 phone versus Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows phone 8 is any indication as it appears to be, then the best is definitely yet to come! We could at some point see an upset in the market versus its competition IOS, Android and Blackberry OS’s.

    Here are some sample  photos as well:

    First a close up of a 20 dollar bill to show its macro abilities and some nice distance shots. As you can see the quality of the images and the color rendition is very nice for a camera or camera phone for the matter.





New Nokia Windows phones, definitely worth taking a look at!

Microsoft continues to flesh out the Lumia range of Windows Phone smartphones, and has added the Lumia 735, Lumia 730, and Lumia 830 to the line-up. Their release is all about adding more meat to the Lumia bones, and targeting those who don’t want to buy a Lumia 930 or 1520, but still want the style and many of the features. None of the devices came as a surprise, having been systematically leaked in the lead-up to their announcement, but this doesn’t mean we don’t think they’re worth talking about. In many ways, the Lumia 830 is a more solid purchasing decision for those wanting Microsoft’s mobile OS, than any of the more expensive models.

Is the Lumia 830 the only Windows Phone to buy?

The Lumia 830 is very close in style to the Lumia 930, which is a very good thing. It has an aluminum chassis, a gorgeous Gorilla Glass 3 covered screen, and a brightly colored rear panel. The key difference is the polycarbonate rear panel snaps off, revealing not only a removable battery, but a MicroSD card slot too, and it’s ready to accept the largest 128GB capacity cards. It’s the highest spec phone in the Lumia range to offer this level of versatility, making it very appealing.

Nokia’s subtly curved, ClearBlack IPS LCD screens have always looked great, and the one fitted to the front of the Lumia 830 is no exception. The display measures 5 inches across, and although the 720p resolution is low by today’s standards, it still looks beautiful. Windows Phone just shines on Nokia’s hardware, and the big, bold blocks of color that make up the UI look superb. Coupled with the metal body, few will feel disappointed about opting for the 830 over the 930, if their budget won’t stretch to the top-of-the-line phone.

There are compromises throughout the spec sheet, but not as many as you would think. It has a Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip, and there’s only 1GB of RAM, but it still connects to 4G LTE networks, and has a 10-megapixel PureView camera on the back. The camera also has optical image stabilization, in what Microsoft says is wrapped up in its thinnest camera module yet. Coupled to the lightweight (150 grams) 8.5mm thick chassis, it makes spending more to get the 930 even less advisable.

Microsoft will install Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim software package on the Lumia 830. Denim brings all the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 improvements to the phone, along with a few new Nokia-specific apps. We saw one of them, the new Moment Capture camera app, in action. It’s like a burst mode gone mad, where a quick 4K quality video is captured with a long-press of the shutter button, and the result can then be broken down into 8-megapixel stills, allowing you to pick the best image. At 24fps, the video captures many more images at a higher resolution than a burst mode, giving you a lot more choice for your final image.

Microsoft’s selfie phone can’t quite keep up

The Lumia 735 (and it’s dual-SIM, 3G-only sister phone) is nowhere near as exciting, or as tempting as the Lumia 830. It’s designed like the Lumia 920, with a curvy polycarbonate body, and drops the specs down to an even more modest level. The screen still has a 720p resolution, but it now measures 4.7 inches, while the camera has 6.7 megapixels, plus it removes the PureView branding and optical image stabilization. A Snapdragon 400 and 1GB of RAM power the phone, and the 735 can still connect to 4G LTE networks. The wrap-around plastic body can also be pried off, revealing the battery and a MicroSD card slot, but it’s a fingernail-bending job.

Why would you want to consider the Lumia 735? For taking awesome selfies, because the front camera has 5 megapixels and a wide angle lens. It’s the highest spec front camera we’ve seen on a Lumia phone, and we’re actually disappointed it didn’t make it onto the Lumia 830 as well. The two phones do come with the new Lumia Selfie app though, which has various filters and editing tools, plus an audio-guided mode for using the rear camera to snap a selfie. Handy for those Lumia phones without a decent front cam, and a feature derived from its use on Nokia’s Asha phones, which didn’t have one at all. You can see the Lumia Selfie app working in our photos, where I do my best impression of DT’s Deputy Editor, Jeffrey Van Camp.

The Lumia 735 comes in several colors, and the option of a matte or polished look, but aside from the selfie cam, there’s little to recommend it over the Lumia 830, which has the potential to be the best Windows Phone device we’ve seen. Whether it does or not may depend on the price. A converted, unconnected cost puts it at around $435, while the Lumia 730 should be just under $290. Both will go on sale later this month.

Finally, both new Lumia phones have wireless charging, and Microsoft also launched a new charging plate. In addition to charging your phone wirelessly, it’ll also connect to it by Bluetooth, and the pebble-like charging plate will glow when it senses the battery is running low. The brightly colored slabs light up below when the phone is on charge too, and look suitably sci-fi at the time. Expect to pay around $60 when they go on sale in October.

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Steve Balmer Microsoft talks about Nokia Lumia 900 at CES 2012 with Stephen Elop Video

While at CES 2012, Nokia Press Event, Steve Balmer from Microsoft, Joined Stephen Elop on stage and spoke about the Lumia 900 a new nice looking Windows Mobile Phone for AT&T. It is an impressive looking device. It was nice to see and hear Mr. Balmer, and see Nokia’s new smart phone.

Here is a video I shot of them speaking with reference to Nokia’s exciting new Lumia 900 AT&T smart Phone running windows mobile.

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