Interface and Functionality:

We won’t be getting into too much detail here, seeing that this is the same old Windows Phone 8 experience we’ve been exposed to. Being a Lumia branded device and all, it benefits over some other Windows Phone 8 devices from its rival, seeing that it’s home to all of Nokia’s branded apps – such as Nokia Music, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, and much more. Overall, the look and functionality of the platform is intact, as the Start screen is home to all of its dynamic looking live tiles.

Upon looking through the listing of preloaded apps, there are a couple of new ones that we haven’t necessarily seen before. Rather than using the standard Windows Phone 8 camera app, this is stuffed with its own “Nokia Pro Camera” app, which as its name implies, provides us with an extensive set of camera controls that would appease even some professional photogs. Besides that, this doesn’t deviate from the Windows Phone 8 formula, which isn’t a bad thing, but when it’s a new year and a new device, we’re aching to see some changes naturally.

Under the hood, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is running a processor that some people would argue as being aged when compared to today’s quad-core. Even more shocking, it’s the same one that’s powering the Lumia 920, 928, and 925 – a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 processor. As much as some are going to be dismayed by this reality, this is again another perfect example in how hardware doesn’t matter, mainly because the phone runs smoothly with all of its processes and tasks. Something different, though, is the fact that it’s now packing double the RAM from before – 2GB instead of the previous 1GB.

On-screen Keyboard:

Well, this is hardly a surprise, especially when this is packing the same display and operating system as the Lumia 920. Yet again, the spacious display combined with its responsive performance helps to keep our fingers moving fluidly while typing things up with its on-screen keyboard. And if that’s not enough, we can always use its voice typing service to do all of our dirty work, which is pretty accurate.

Internet and Connectivity:

Combining its modest display and processor, with the help of good old 4G LTE connectivity, the Lumia 1020 doesn’t disappoint with the web browsing experience. From the swift page loads to its excellent navigation controls, the Lumia 1020 does well to provide us with all of the web browsing comforts we’d expect to find on any high-end smartphone.

From what its specs sheet tells us, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is coming to AT&T with 4G LTE connectivity. Now if you’re on another carrier, there’s no need to fret just yet because Elop left the door open with the possibility of it coming to other carriers once its exclusivity period with AT&T expires. Obviously, it’s outfitted with all the connectivity features that are commonplace nowadays – like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC. Unfortunately, wireless charging has been omitted with this one, and is only achieved through the aid of its optional Camera Grip accessory.


New reasons to get excited every week

Get the most important news, reviews and deals in mobile tech delivered straight to your inbox

FCC OKs Cingular\'s purchase of AT&T Wireless