Monday, December 9, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: It Is A Camera Than A Phone

Nokia Lumia 1020


The Lumia Pureview1020 is the latest flagship currently available in the local market from Nokia. It is powered by a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and runs on Windows Phone 8 Amber.

Key Specs:

  • Quad Band GSM/EDGE/GPRS/HSPA+, Penta-Band LTE
  • 4.5" AMOLED capacitive HD (1280x768) touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Amber
  • 1.5GHz Dual Core Krait CPU, Adreno 225 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon Chipset
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage, non-expandable
  • 41MP auto focus main camera with Xenon and LED flash, 1080p video recording
  • 1.2MP secondary camera, 720p video recording
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot, DLNA
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • NFC
  • GPS with A-GPS Support and GLONASS
  • 2000mAh Li-Ion Non-Removable Battery

Main Disadvantages:

  • Shot to shot interval
  • No micro SD slot
  • No quick toggle settings

For Unboxing please kindly click HERE:



Upon first boot, the Nokia Lumia 1020 will guide you to a series of setup processes, starting from the phone language up to sending your phone information for warranty purposes.


To unlock the device you need to swipe the lockscreen upward or press and hold the camera shutter key wherein you will be directed to the camera interface.

Lockscreen Settings

By default, the lockscreen displays the time, date and notifications (phone, messaging and email) but you can customize it by changing its settings.

Display+Touch Settings

The phone can also be wake-up by tapping the screen twice, a gesture we first experienced with the Nokia N9.

Kid's Corner

If you enable Kid's Corner there will be another lockscreen which you can access by swiping the default lockscreen from right to left.

The Kid's Corner is where you can control the applications or any other type of media you want to share with your kids. You can set a password for added protection, in this manner the other user cannot go back to your regular screen unless he/she knows the password.


The Lumia 1020 runs on Windows Phone 8 operating system and no customization is allowed. If you had a WP8 phone before even the cheapest one you will be very familiar with the 1020 interface. The difference could be the Amber update pre-installed which adds up new features like Glance screen and FM radio support.

The homescreen is a vertical grid of live tiles, each tile can be easily re-size (quarter, normal or double) by a simple tap and hold. Please take note that if you opt to choose the smallest size, the tile will just be a static one. Almost everything can be pinned to the homescreen and you can also arrange them any way you like.


If you want to change the background and accent color just go to settings>theme.

Default Apps

The apps are listed alphabetically and there is no way to customize it. If you have too many apps installed you can use the search button to easily locate them.



Upon pressing the Phone app it will bring up the call history and below it are four icons namely voicemail, keypad, people and search. There is NO smart dialing of any kind, if you want to call your contacts you need to look up from your phonebook by tapping the people icon.

There is no issue or problem encountered during a call, everything is loud and clear. For incoming calls, you need to slide up first before the answer/ignore button will appear, if he/she has a saved picture in your contacts it will also appear.



The people hub shows all types of contacts (phone, email and social accounts), what's new (shows the updates from your contacts and social networks) and together. The together is composed of rooms and groups.

Group and Room

The rooms allow sharing of calendar, notes, music, videos and group chats while the group is a consolidation of contacts that belongs to a similar category.

People Settings

Under people settings you can change how your contacts are being sorted and displayed. There is also a filter option wherein you can limit (by account) the contacts to be shown on the people hub.

Note: This is a multiple-page review, to navigate between pages please kindly use the previous page or next page links below.


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