Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

Score: 8.04/10
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Nokia Lumia 1020 is a high quality Windows Phone 8.1, 8 cellphone launched some years ago, in 2013, which features a fast Dual-Core processing unit running at 1500 MHz, a 4.5" multi-touch display, and 2 cameras, a 41 mega-pixels back camera and a 1.2 mega-pixels front-facing camera.

Nokia decided to equip this phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 chip, backed up by a good performance Dual-Core processing unit speeding at 1.5 gigahertz with a great 2 GB RAM memory. Graphic intensive apps generally uses lots of processor time, so this phone also also has an Adreno 225 graphics processing unit ticking at 400 megahertz to take some work out of the processor. An excellent feature of this cellphone is its big 32 GB internal memory and although it doesn't count with an SD memory card expansion slot, it is still enough to store lots of apps, games, pictures and videos without having to worry about how much storage is left.

Nokia is offering the Lumia 1020 in black, yellow and white. Talking about its aspect, the Lumia 1020 is majorly made of Polycarbonate. Nokia appears to have forgotten about weight optimization in this 5.57 oz cellphone. This device is quite slim and looks really nice, but it's not so slim as many other cellphones in the market, with a thickness of 0.41 inches. This phone is only 5.13 inches long and 2.81 inches wide, but it's still able to fit a a 4.5 inches display.

This cellphone is equipped with two cameras, a 41 megapixels back camera and a 1.2 mega-pixels front side camera. Its back camera has an aperture of f/2.2 so it can capture impressive pictures even in low-light situations. It also captures videos in Full HD 1920x1080 at 30 fps. To complete the camera, it also counts with a couple of useful features like auto-focus, flash, face detection shooting, optical image stabilization and geo tagging.

The Lumia 1020 includes a incredible 1280 x 768 4.5-inches screen, giving this cellphone a high level graphical experience. This screen uses AMOLED capacitive technology, with a great 600 candela/m2 brightness and allows multi-touch gestures.

This cellphone uses a 2000 mAh medium sized battery that can keep this cellphone running for several hours. This phone has an estimated 19.1 hours talk time and a 384 hs stand by time according to Nokia.

This cellphone has wi-fi connection (which can be provided to other devices around, acting as a mobile hotspot), LTE (4G) high performance connectivity and also HSPA+ connection type, a bit slower 4G type or the fastest 3G internet connection, supported by HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS and EDGE technologies. This cellphone uses a Micro SIM card for GSM connection.

The Lumia 1020 also comes with some interesting features like Bluetooth (3.0), GPS and NFC, and multiple sensors like Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer and Compass.

This cellphone is really cheap considering it's an incredible phone and it costs just $ 315. No matter if you want a cellphone for work, want it to take many photographs, will use this phone to play lots of games or will use this phone mainly for social networks and internet browsing, you will probably be very satisfied with it. When you buy this cellphone you will also get Nokia Headset WH-208, Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-190CD, Nokia AC-60 microUSB Charger, Quick guide and SIM Door Key.

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Device Type:Phone
Operating System (OS):Windows Phone 8.1, 8
Also Known As:Nokia Elvis, Nokia EOS, Nokia 909
Dimensions:5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 inchesMetric13.03 x 7.14 x 1.04 cmImperial
Weight:5.57 ouncesMetric157.91 gImperial
Colors:Black, White and Yellow
Scratch Resistant Glass:Yes
Accessories:Nokia AC-60 microUSB Charger, Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-190CD, Nokia Headset WH-208, Quick guide, SIM Door Key
Release date:2013-07-11
Price:$ 315.00


Screen Type:AMOLED (16M colors)
Size:4.5 inchesMetric11.4 cmImperial
Resolution:768 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density:332 pixels per inchMetric130.71 pixels per cmImperial
Brightness:600 cd/m2
Touch screen:Capacitive, Multi-touch


Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Processor:Krait (Dual-Core 1500 MHz)
RAM Memory:2 GB (500 MHz)
Graphics Processor:Adreno 225 (400 MHz)
Internal Memory:32 GB
SD Card Slot:No SD card slot


Capacity:2000 mAh
Wireless Charging:Yes
Stand-by Time:384 hours
Talk Time:19.1 hours


Back camera:41 megapixels
    Focal length:26mm (35mm equivalence)
    Sensor size:0.67 inches (1/1.5")
Front camera:1.2 megapixels
Max video resolution:1920 x 1080 (30 fps) (Full HD)
Camera features:Auto-Focus, Face Detection Shooting, Geo Tagging and Optical Image Stabilization


    Mobile Hotspot:Yes
SIM Card Type:Micro SIM
GSM Bands:850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS Bands:850, 900, 1900, 2100
LTE (4G) Bands:800 (band 18), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7)
Technologies:LTE (4G), HSPA+ (4G), HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS and GSM

Other Features

Bluetooth:Version 3.0
NFC (Near Field Communication):Yes
Sensors:Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor