Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone Could Be a Market Changer: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-07-16 Print this article Print

After weeks of rumors and speculation, Nokia on July 11 announced the latest installment in its smartphone line, the Lumia 1020. That device, a follow-up to the Lumia 920, runs Windows Phone 8 and has what is effectively the best camera on the market—the company's 41-megapixel PureView lens. With that feature the Lumia 1020 is capable of attracting customers who love to snap high-quality photos with their handsets, and it could very well become a strong contender in the smartphone market. That might sound like a surprising statement to some who have watched Nokia's struggles in recent years. After all, Nokia has watched its smartphone shipments dwindle as Symbian was phased out and Windows Phone failed to attract customers. However, Windows Phone is gaining at least some ground in international markets and Nokia is still a well-respected company in the international mobile market. With Lumia 1020's impressive features it becomes increasingly apparent that the device might just be a market changer. Don't believe it? Think the Lumia 1020 is doomed to failure? Check out this eWEEK slide show before coming to a conclusion.

  • Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone Could Be a Market Changer: 10 Reasons Why

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone Could Be a Market Changer: 10 Reasons Why
  • That Camera Is Stellar

    What more can be said about the Lumia 1020's camera other than that it's extremely impressive? It's equipped with a 41-megapixel camera that includes professional photography grade features and has the best clarity of any device on the market. In other words, it's an outstanding addition to the smartphone.
    2 - That Camera Is Stellar
  • The Design Is Quite Nice

    The Lumia 1020's design might not be the very best on the market, but it's definitely among one of the best new designs to hit the market. It comes with a nice, big display, a shiny bezel and the customer's choice of yellow, white or black finish. Nokia is finally starting to realize that design matters greatly.
    3 - The Design Is Quite Nice
  • It Has Microsoft's Full Backing

    Nokia's mobile products have had the full support of Microsoft since the company started supporting Windows Phone. What that means is that Microsoft is putting plenty of cash and marketing might behind the Lumia 1020 to see it succeed. After all, if the handset succeeds, Microsoft will, too. It's a win-win for customers and Nokia.
    4 - It Has Microsoft's Full Backing
  • App Support Is Strong

    One of Nokia's oft-forgotten strengths is its software lineup. The company makes an absolutely stellar navigation program, and Nokia Music is quite nice. Both applications are bundled in the Lumia 1020. Plus, it comes with full support for Microsoft Office.
    5 - App Support Is Strong
  • The Screen Trumps the iPhone's and That Matters

    Apple's iPhone 5 display wowed consumers when it was announced because it offered 4 inches of screen real estate, compared with the 3.5-inch display in the previous model. The Lumia 1020, however, comes with a 4.5-inch screen. Plus, Nokia boosted resolution to more than 300 pixels per inch.
    6 - The Screen Trumps the iPhone's and That Matters
  • Serious Talk Time

    Nokia was able to boost the battery life on the Lumia 1020 to epic proportions. According to the company, talk time on 2G networks is 8.2 hours, while 3G network talk time jumps to 12.5 hours. The maximum music playback time is 53 hours. That's impressive.
    7 - Serious Talk Time
  • Who Doesn't Love Wireless Charging?

    Nokia is one of the few companies to jump feet first into the wireless charging game. And as expected, the Lumia 1020 allows for full wireless charging. What that means is customers won't need to worry about plugging the device into a wall outlet. Instead, they'll simply need to put the handset on the charging station and walk away; the accessory will take it from there.
    8 - Who Doesn't Love Wireless Charging?
  • Sticking With the Snapdragon

    The Lumia 1020 comes with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon 4 processor. Thanks to that, the device should be fully capable of handling all video and gaming, and will easily respond to the applications running on the handset. The Snapdragon 4 is, as of this writing, the very best chipset on the market. And the Lumia 1020 is taking full advantage of that.
    9 - Sticking With the Snapdragon
  • Bring On the Near-Field Communication

    Nokia's Lumia 1020 comes with full support for near-field communication. So, whenever a customer wants to wirelessly transfer data from one device to another, it's simple. Near-field communication hasn't taken off the way some mobile market proponents had hoped, but it's still a convenient way to transfer files.
    10 - Bring On the Near-Field Communication
  • Full Support for Data Networks

    Data networks are fully supported in the Lumia 1020. In fact, users will be able to connect to 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks. The handset also supports any and all GSM and WCDMA networks. So no matter where a person is, he'll be able to connect to a wireless network.
    11 - Full Support for Data Networks

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