26 Jul 2013

The Nokia Lumia 1020 – how does it stack up?

The line of Nokia phones that have been released over the past two years have been fairly well received by those who had a chance to play with them – the problem is that few people did. Nokia has struggled quite tremendously in sales over competition with Andriod and iOS, not because the phones were bad, but because they didn’t offer a compelling reason for a customer to choose the Lumia over the Galaxy or the iPhone. The results of the release of the Nokia Lumia 1020 this week have been positive. Not just because it’s a good phone, but because it delivers a feature that the other phones on the market don’t; namely, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has – by far – the best camera delivered on a smartphone to date. The phone features a 41-megapixel PureView camera (only 8 megapixels on the iPhone 5) with six-lens Carl Zeiss Tessar optics, a mechanical shutter, a backside-illuminated image sensor and optical image stabilization. If the camera is the most important thing on your phone, you can’t really go past the Nokia Lumia 1020. On the flipside, there are issues. The battery life is reported to be worse than its predecessors, and there is always the issue of lack of apps for the Nokia that are available on other platforms. Overall it’s a step in the right direction – but will it be enough?