Call Quality:

We find only one minor issue in the calling quality department of the handset, its volume output. Specifically, the earpiece and speakerphone sound a tad weak in tone, but the former is remedied by simply applying just a little more pressure against our ear. Voices on both ends of the line are audible enough to conduct conversations for a period of time, with barely any distortion or background noise to muddy the experience. Lastly, its noise cancellation feature kicks in a couple of seconds after it first comes across any disturbances – eventually muting them out.


During our first day of using the Nokia Lumia 1020, we were totally shocked by the poor 10 hours of battery life it was able to churn out. However, we soon realized that the culprit behind the poor result was due to Windows Phone’s ‘glance’ feature, which discretely displays the time whenever the handset times out. After disabling it, we’re able to push the smartphone into the 18 hour mark of normal usage. It’s not bad per se, nor is it class leading – so it’s pretty much close to average.


If you haven’t noticed it yet, we’re a society that inherently loves to record our lives in digital imagery. Naturally, people are just inclined to snap photos, even random things they come across, just because they want to have that memory ingrained into their minds. Ever since the first set of camera phones hit the market, we’ve seen people take their devices to capture the moment – raw and uncut, ready to share with friends and acquaintances.

Needless to say, the Nokia Lumia 1020 would’ve been a device thought to be impossible a couple of years ago, but here we are checking out a smartphone with an insane 41-megapixel camera attached to it – plus, it’s considerably better looking in design than the 808 PureView. Let’s cut to the chase here folks, this is hand down, without question, the absolute best camera phone on the market. It’s undoubtedly a point and shoot replacement in every way imaginable, seeing that it delivers in its features set, quality, and precision control, to capture the utmost best photos. Unlike the 808, the Lumia 1020 greatly benefits with Windows Phone’s always sprawling ecosystem, which at times might put off power users, but heck, it’s still able to please a wide audience.

With so much versatility behind it, like its various shooting modes and useful lossless zoom, it’ll be hard for consumers to not consider this handset. However, its $300 on-contract price point slows its momentum down, seeing that it’s still widely viewed as a pricey thing – and that’s despite the fact that the 32GB iPhone 5 is priced the same. If we had to best describe this, it’s essentially a Nokia Lumia 920 with a 41-megapixel camera. Sounds pretty accurate, right? Camera aside, its specs sheet would make anyone yawn, but that’s why its 41-megapixel PureView camera is the star of the show. We can argue that you can pick up the Lumia 920 and a really good point and shoot camera, which would amount to probably less or near the same cost as the Lumia 1020. But why carry around two devices when you can have the best of both worlds?

Software version of the review unit:
OS Version: 8.010327.77


  • Unparalleled photo & video quality
  • Lots of manual controls
  • Solid construction


  • Still a bit expensive
  • Specs are underwhelming
  • Weak battery life

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