2Nokia Lumia 1020: Big Is Beautiful
The Lumia 1020 is no wallflower. Color aside (it also comes in black and white), the 1020 measures 130.4 by 71.4 by 10.4mm. For context, the Nokia Lumia 928 and the original HTC One, which both have 4.5-inch displays but not protruding camera lenses, measure 133 by 68.9 by 10.1mm and 133.5 by 67.6 by 9.2mm, respectively.
3Nokia Lumia 1020 Protruding Lens
The camera technology in the 1020 outdoes, by leaps and bounds, anything currently in a smartphone. The protruding lens on the 1020, however, prevents it from sitting flat on a surface when placed screen-up. Some will find this awkward. Others may appreciate that this angles the display toward a user, offering the best view of the time, or information like the song playing in Nokia Music—a great free app.
4The 1020 Doesn’t Sit Flat
A user can slide up the locked-screen display like a shade to, for example, look at new emails. While I didn’t care for the 1020’s email format—I like to view more emails at a glance, versus this airy layout—I was shocked by how willing the phone was to compress and email even 30-second videos, a feat many other phones would balk at.
Users are presented with the options of a Pro Camera or a Smart Camera. This is the beginning of feeling overwhelmed by the photographic options in the 1020, which captures 38-megapixel images but also more-shareable 5-megapixel “oversampled” images. Oversampling, says Nokia, ensures the images are “incredibly sharp, natural and low noise.”
15Pro Cam vs. Smart Cam
Sometimes, the difference between them isn’t much. Here, the image on the left is from the Smart Cam, and the image on the right is from the Pro Cam. The Pro Cam excels in low light and captures rich details. The Smart Cam takes a smaller, quicker photo—better for catching kids and pets and other fast-moving objects in motion—though not much better.
19Pro View Camera
The Pro View camera steps into professional territory by allowing a user to adjust the white balance, the shutter speed, the focus, the exposure valuation (EV) and the ISO, a term that refers to the lens’s sensitivity to light. Here, I fiddled with the EV, to put the bike in the spotlight (on the right), versus the shot the Auto settings created (on the left).
At night, the flash on the 1020 is excellent—no one looks blinded, or like they’re about to ascend into heaven. It’s not at all obvious that what one is looking at is a flash photo. In this photo, an admittedly not-great, late-night shot with nothing close for the flash to work with, the lens still captured a detail it’s easy to miss when crossing this street: Lady Liberty, standing off miles in the distance.