I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Nokia 1020 for a couple of weeks to try it out and see what all the hype was about. Quite often with phones there is a lot of hype about a phone and it doesn’t live up to my expectations. With the Nokia 1020 this was no different. I’d already been using an HTC X1 so I’m pretty used to the Windows Phone OS so anything relating directly to the OS really wasn’t going to be anything new to me. So in the case of this particular phone the key feature was the camera!
The first test that I did with the Nokia 1020 was to set it up as though it were my every day phone. Unlike on the Windows 8 PC’s and Tablets your mail, contacts etc aren’t stored against your Windows Live ID so the setup time was longer than I expected which was a shame but hey, I don’t know of any other phone with that functionality yet. Once I had mail, calendars and contact sorted and my favourite apps installed, fixed the colour theme and set my personalised background I was much happier with the device.
First Impressions of the Hardware
Taking the OS and software out of the equation I soon got to grips with the phone in my hand. I have relatively small hands like many other females and I have to say the form factor of the 1020 is just a bit too wide to be able to use this for one handed texting and data input which is a shame. The screen has quite a wide boarder of casing and that along with the thickness of the device make it just that little bit harder to use it one handed.
Weight wise at first I thought it was pretty heavy but I soon got used to that and actually it meant I could find it easily in my bag as it was always there at the very bottom. The bright colour options for this phone mean that when you are fishing around in your handbag you can find it easily which is also a bonus. Black phones just tend to blend in and are a bit harder to find. I’m not the biggest fan of the colour choices of this phone, they should really have brought out a Blue and a Purple edition, who knows maybe their next phone with have more colour options.
The screen brightness was great and it’s clarity was just fine too. In terms of how black the black is, I’d say pretty good. I’m not exactly gentle with phones and I haven’t managed to scratch the screen or the casing even though it’s not been in a case since I’ve had it so it’s pretty well made. If you saw my bag you’d wonder how on earth it hadn’t got scratched in the process! What with keys, pens and other random bits in there just waiting to attack it!
The biggest issue I had with my HTC was the buttons not being reliable and the build quality being poor. I have no concerns about that with the 1020 at all. The buttons feel sturdy and I’ve had no issues with them at all.
Battery life… well for the size of the phone and the way that I use it I have to say it’s not lasted too badly. I have been charging it every other day which isn’t bad for a smartphone. My general usage patterns were WiFi browsing at home, checking email etc. It got used a few times as a satnav but I did plug it into the car then GPS always drains phone batteries and once or twice I used it as a flashlight when in the garage.
Overall my week 1 first impressions were it’s good, but not perfect.
During week 2 I attended a few different events including one at Bletchley Park so I thought this would be a great opportunity to try out the camera features. I did take a look at the camera a little bit during week one but only very quickly.
In low light in and around home in an evening I thought it would be fun to try out the camera on the cats. Moshi our grey cat is always the one who is hardest to shoot as he rarely sits still so I started there and I have to say whilst the images weren’t great they were a lot better than I get from most other cameras. (Fancy DSLR’s excluded!) The pics can be seen below:
Overall I like the Lumia 1020 but what I’d love to see is the camera technology from the 1020 in the 925 format so that it wasn’t quite as wide as the 1020. That and maybe add the waterproofing that they are doing on the Sony Xperia Z.