Nokia Lumia 1020 Features a Camera That Rivals Can't Touch
Ovum Principal Analyst Tony Cripps agreed that "at a time when macro-level innovation has seemed to be lacking in smartphones ... Nokia's Lumia 1020 demonstrates that there is still considerable scope to drive forward the user experience." This is evidenced in both the 1020's imaging prowess, he added, as well as its audio abilities. As for the rest of the phone, the 1020 features a 4.5-inch Active Matrix Organic LED (AMOLED) WXGA display with a resolution of 1280 by 768 and PureMotion HD+ and ClearBlack technology. The touch-screen is also "super-sensitive," meaning it can be used with gloves on and respond to a fingernail touch. It runs Windows Phone 8, the latest version of Nokia's Here Maps and a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor; has a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera; and comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and 7GB of free Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage.Windows Phone is slowly growing its market share, but it remains a difficult game to fight Android. The 1020 will also have the relative price disadvantage—due to the extensive research and development that went into its best-of-breed technologies—of being priced at $299 (with a two-year contract). AT&T will begin accepting pre-orders July 16 and selling the 1020 July 26. AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega said that Nokia has "delivered beyond everyone's expectations." "I get one word all the time: Wow," said de la Vega, referring to the photos the Lumia 1020 takes. "I look forward to selling a bunch of these." He added, "It's the best Windows Phone ever with the best smartphone camera ever—that is a great combination."
Does an amazing camera make a great smartphone? Cripps wrote that although the 1020 "looks to be the new belle at the smartphone ball, its debut will not necessarily attract a mass of suitors."