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Are you getting the Nokia Lumia 1020?

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Are you getting the Nokia Lumia 1020?
Given that Nokia managed to combine in the Lumia 1020 both technologies it has developed for years to rethink mobile photography from the ground-up - the 41MP PureView sensor and the OIS tech that helps it produce blur- and shake-free visuals, we can easily call it the best cameraphone ever created, or simply the best camera on a phone.

So far, before the limited launch of Lumia 925, the choice was between the Nokia 808 PureView, which makes great photos and records awesome stereo sound, but is running the aged Symbian OS, or the generally available chunky Lumia 920 with OIS tech. 

Now that we have those goods combined in the Lumia 1020, and sprinkled with a second generation image stabilization suspension for the huge sensor, as well as pixel oversampling during video recording, not to mention all the manual controls in the Pro Camera app, we wanted to ask you whether you'd be considering the 1020 for your smartphone collection if that's the Nokia you've been waiting for.

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Are you getting the Nokia Lumia 1020?
44.54%
1109 votes
(1109 votes) Yes, it's the best Nokia so far and the one I've been waiting for since Nokia went the Windows Phone way
14.78%
368 votes
(368 votes) I'd have gotten it in a heartbeat if it ran Android, now I'd have to think about switching
13.82%
344 votes
(344 votes) I'll wait for the Sony i1 Honami before I make a decision on a cameraphone
26.87%
669 votes
(669 votes) No, I'm getting something else/sticking with what I have

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posted on 11 Jul 2013, 12:15 16

1. VictorP (Posts: 24; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Phone looks good and what not, but I don't see it being worth $300 on contract.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 12:56 18

16. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


but here you have engineering marvels inside the lumia 1020 body
41mp is not a joke.
it has OIS as 920 has
also stereo recording.
they slapped all that in one phone. it has a ZEISS lens too (6 lenses.first for a phone in the world)

i say it costs more than that. and you say 300 is expensive?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 21:40 3

90. milesboy5 (Posts: 178; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Didn't the Lumia 925 have 6 lenses? Therefore making the Lumia 1020 the 2nd 6 lense cameraphone of the world...just thinking out loud here

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 22:21

97. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Second phone to have 6 lenses, actually.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 09:59

112. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


yep. both of you are right. forgot about lumia 925. teehee

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 13:37 10

28. konnor (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


Plus, I'd never get it without Android. I want to give Nokia my money, but they refuse to put Android on their phones. So sorry, Nokia. Your loss. I'm not touching that crappy WP8.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 14:01 5

34. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14194; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's stable though.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 14:07 8

35. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Would you get it Mxyzptlk? just because it is stable does not mean its functional enough for some people...

I know you would sell your kidney for apple, but be reasonable...

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 14:38 9

56. ianbbaa (Posts: 305; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


I got it as well...but one day, you ll get bored of rooting, fixing lags, tryng tons of ROMs, KERNELs to make you phone "customized" - customized i understand making android better. I dont want it anymore...
Tablet yes, for some time will stay with Note8, anyway using remote desktop to winserver for all my needs...
Phone - i want a stable, closed thing that makes calls and tahts it. Make nice pictures is a good reason to switch from android with this Lumia device!

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:24

115. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


That is one approach on the phone / tablet needs... but I for one like to have a phone that can do everything I need instead of getting also a tablet... so I will wait for the Honami myself... as for now I have what its considered a midranger device but suits me better than any of those "high end" WP8 devices...

My phone is quite stable, and I don't root, fix lag, try ROMs, etc... all the customization I need comes out of the box and out of the play store...

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 07:32 1

108. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Selling kidneys for a phone really makes me laugh!

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:23 5

62. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


And half baked.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 22:04 1

93. dangchitrung (Posts: 88; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


... only when put on the table or any other surface.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 14:20 5

44. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Konnor, please stick your malware and spyware infested Android toy. Oh, and too bad your open source paradise happens to have a master key that potentially allows for any Android device to be hacked ;o)

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 14:38 3

55. whoyton2 (banned) (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Hahaha I would rather open source than closed and boring OS.....Stupid stupid Nokians!

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 14:41 5

58. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)


U know what??
I can turn off auto rotate :D

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 23:26 3

100. SleepingOz (unregistered)


ahahahaha!!

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 18:36 3

79. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


R u using Android in DSLR

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 23:47

101. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)


I dont need 5-6 mb of photos
Because i just want to post photos on facebook rather than telling everyone "check the quality and clearity"
Lol

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 10:40

113. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


have you watch keynote of lumia 1020, watch whole then tell. lumia 1020 take huge mp photos and oversample it and make it 5mp or 7mp photo so u can post that photo with same clearity that u taken by huge mp.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 18:38 2

80. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


First u going to get great camera it will expensive, and second this phone have 41mp camera it's a huge thing to get and great features so worth to get in $300

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 20:37 1

82. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Here's why:http://www.wpcentral.com/inside-nokia-lumia-1020-sensor-and-camera-housing

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 21:03

87. papss (unregistered)


Great article

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 08:07

109. designerfx (Posts: 76; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


exactly.

putting a significantly good camera on a cellphone is simply putting lipstick on a pig. it's still a pig.

the phone has *nothing* compelling whatsoever outside of the camera.

Image stabilization on a cellphone is pretty terrible in how it works in general, windows phones are pretty terrible in how behind they are in general, and who would want to support MS when they openly support NSA spying and have only taken over nokia with the intent to either acquire them or tear them down? (the latter being what's happening since Elop being the CEO plant).

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 12:16 14

2. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Make one running Android or not that many people will buy it.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 14:36 2

52. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Also need to release it in the U.S. on more than just AT&T. Such opportunity wasted.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 12:20 18

3. JMartin22 (Posts: 1984; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The only reason to purchase this phone is for the camera. In that case, I can purchase a DSLR and just take even better pictures with it, for around the same price. Other than that, it really is just a regurgitated Lumia 900 series. They didn't go above and beyond making their phone top notch in any other hardware aspect other than the camera. Which is not good enough. There are plenty of competing smartphones with camera modules that handle themselves well enough, while doing pretty much everything else better. The asking price for this is kind of outrageous.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 14:28 3

46. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Tell me, what DSLR body do you plan to get for this price? Nikon D3100? Canon Rebel T2? My Nikkor 18-200 mm DX travel lens alone costs more than the price of this phone. Also, you do realize that a DSLR won't fit into your jeans pocket, right? Even the cheapest prosumer body weighs 10x more than the Lumia 1020, and you don't get dual recording microphones, or stereo speakers for that matter...

There is no better mobile smartphone multimedia recording and playback device on the market. This is as good as it gets, and it does cost money. Is it going to be worth it for you? I don't know - but for others, yes.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 14:46

60. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Sales will tell :D
Let note 3 arrive

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 16:51 5

71. JMartin22 (Posts: 1984; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Most people don't look for these perks, only audio and technophiles. Even a camera as is still be better than this, forget the detachables. My point is, if the only selling point and for that matter, pro, is the camera, then they need to step up their game. For a company trying to push themselves as a "challenger" to the market, they are sure pretty lackadaisical when it comes to the rest of their product.

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