Review: Nokia Lumia 1020; Part 2: The hardware

After I told you about my first impressions of the 1020 I want to tell you about the hardware. The 1020 is Nokia’s actual flagship and therefore the hardware is very good (although the processor could have been better).

The screen

Like I already said the screen is very good. The contrast is awesome and the colors are very shiny – but typical for an AMOLED also a bit oversaturated, even after configuring it with Nokia Color Profile. The sharpness is great too, but not as great as on the Lumia 920 because the Lumia 1020 has PenTile-Matrix. This is normal for most AMOLED screen but means the pixels contain only two sub pixels (red and green, green and blue) unlike the 920 which has three (red, green and blue). The screen is a little less sharp and pixels are noticeable. It’s not as bad as I sounds, though. Another points the 920 does better than the 1020 are the viewing angles. While the 920 has very stable viewing angles with the colors not getting washed out the 1020’s display really doesn’t do that good. When watching from the side the colors get pallid.

In direct sunlight the 1020s screen does very well and is head to head with the 920, which is maybe a little brighter in deep summer, which I can’t test. What I like about the AMOLED screen of the 1020: Even in direct sunlight the colors are shiny and the black is real, deep black. This is something the 1020 does better than the 920.

All in all I think the 920’s screen is a little bit better, but the 1020’s really doesn’t need to hide.


The camera

Same as I did with the 720 I won’t go into deeper details here because this part really deserves to be big, really big. The camera is truly amazing and is the best smartphone camera so far, end of the story. Below I attached one example picture so you can take a first look but the real camera review will come later. Stay tuned Zwinkerndes Smiley


The performance

This is a very interesting part because the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the first Windows Phone ever to sport 2 gigs of RAM. I really thought this to be an advantage but actually this also caused some problems.

While some apps open about 50% quicker on the Lumia 1020 than on the Lumia 920 (mostly third party apps and games), which is very surprising and of course also very good, the device sometimes gets stuck. I noticed this mostly in the message hub when the phone didn’t react to anything for about two seconds. Afterwards everything worked as we know it from Windows Phone but it seems like the processor can’t handle whole 2 gigs of ram at all. It’s not too bad but a little disturbing.

Still, games and apps open fast, like I already mentioned. I don’t have any problems with lagging games or so; everything works smoothly and fast. All in all the performance is very good.

Special features

Let’s get directly to what I noticed most. The speakers. The loudspeaker can get really loud without losing quality. I am sure it’s not as good as HTC’s Boom Sound but both loudness and quality are above average. Same counts for the calling quality: The interlocutor sounded very clear and when I asked I was told I sound very clear, too. While the loudspeaker is quite much better than on the 920 the calling quality is pretty much the same, maybe a little better, so it’s just as we know it from Nokia: An A.

Same as the 920 the 1020 also sports supersensitive touch which makes the screen usable even with gloves on. This works very nicely and without any problems, just as you’d expect.

Other features are NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 with Low Energy support as well as wireless charging with special charging covers.

Below you can find the 1020’s most important specs. Stay tuned here on WMPU for the following parts.

  • 1280×768 ClearBlack AMOLED display with Super Bright mode, Supersensitive Touch support and PureMotion HD+ for smoother and clearer mage sequences
  • 10.4 mm thin and 158 grams light
  • LTE
  • 2000 mAh Battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 DualCore processor with 1.5 Ghz per core and 2GB RAM
  • 1/1,5 “ 41 MPX PureView camera with Zeiss optics at f2.2

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