Nokia Lumia 1020, Yellow (AT&T) Review/Deals

Nokia Lumia 1020, Yellow (AT&T)

Nokia Lumia 1020, Yellow (AT&T)

  • Display: 4.5-inches
  • Camera: 41-MP
  • Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
  • OS: Windows Phone 8

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Capture everything with a state-of-the-art 41-Megapixel camera. The Nokia Lumia 1020 combines the image quality, video quality and performance of a DSLR camera with the simplicity and convenience of a smartphone that’s always with you. In addition to its sophisticated camera detail, Nokia Lumia 1020 boasts the best camera innovation ever seen in a smartphone. It’s built with a 41MP sensor, opt

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  1. Sky Blue says:
    195 of 201 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    When in doubt, just capture the whole thing and forget about it, August 5, 2013
    By 
    Sky Blue (germany) –

    This review is from: Nokia Lumia 1020, Yellow (AT&T) (Wireless Phone)

    INTRODUCTION:

    Because of my circumstance, I have used in the past, or am currently using, at least two models from each major OS: the very first iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, Galaxy S2 LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Lumia 900, and now Lumia 1020. This puts me in good position to judge Lumia 1020, I think, in comparison to other devices. To make the long story short, Lumia 1020 is an absolutely amazing technological feat, a marvel, something that an engineer could only dream in his wildest dream of making. I am from a technical background myself and I still cannot fathom how Nokia engineers could house the 6 Zeiss lenses unit into the tiny package, while sacrificing or compromising virtually nothing. Incredible ingenuity, to be sure. The ideas are brilliant, the execution perfect, and the result is a landmark phone-camera. Just look at the photo samples above. It renders my Canon 5D with huge 70-200 mm zoom lens almost useless. Not quite, but sufficiently so, at least for non-commercial purposes. Better yet, Lumia 1020 can take a shot that is at once zoom and wide-angle at the same time depending on what you want to do with the image, something which no DSLR is capable of.

    MAIN OBSERVATION:

    The other day I visited a local violin shop and was reading boardfull of ads, standing in front of a wall in the shop, as I was searching for a violin instructor. Suddenly a thought came into my mind – ‘Wait, why am I doing this? All I have to do is to take a photo of the entire wall from a few steps back, go home, blow it up on my computer screen, and I can read even the finest fonts on the ads including contacts.’ Old habits die hard and I was not utilizing my new Lumia 1020 until this idea hit me! So I did just that, and bingo, there was nothing I could not read at home, even though the photo was taken under dim light of the shop! (By the way this camera has xenon flash as well, but ISO 4000 did the trick without the flash.)

    You cannot possibly know the usefulness or desirability of something until you have one. Someone once said, “The world never needed Beethoven’s ninth symphony until he created it. Now the world cannot live without it.” You cannot know how convenient it is to have a camera that is far sharper than your own eyes until you have one. No matter where you go, you have the world’s best capturing and recording device with you. Now that I have one, I am discovering new uses everyday and imagining even more. If I can go back to my college years, I would no longer need to take notes, at least not from the blackboard — I can simply capture the entire blackboard image when the professor is done filling it up and should be able to read the faintest chalk mark later in my room. These days I capture almost everything (product manuals, my sons’ report cards and paintings at school, bulletin boards, advertisement boards, receipts, my car tire’s recommended pressure, my car tire’s specification…) and I have perfect peace of mind. I left for my summer vacation without my DSLR but I felt just fine and rightly so. My night-time fireplace shots taken with this “phone” came out much nicer than my friend’s shots taken with a “proper” camera; Lumia 1020’s low-light photography is simply spellbinding.

    By the way, 41 Megapixel does not mean you will get 41 megabyte size photo files with every shot you take! Thanks to the amazing Pureview technology that packs 7 mega into each mega “super” pixel, you get a 5 megabyte photo plus 1 megabyte email attachment size automatically. You can further crop anyway you want on your camera and the result will be still far better than any smartphone photography in the world, if not most compact digital cameras. (Sad to say, I think this really nailed the last one on the coffin of the category called “compact digital cameras.” Who needs those now when Lumia 1020 has a better lens, better sensor, far better software technology, and you can even use it as a phone?)

    With Lumia 1020, the background passerby’s face will be sharper than the carefully composed shot of your grandma that you took with your Galaxy — that is unless you intentionally tried “outfocusing” effect which you can also do with this super smartphone. So if you need to capture certain information but unsure of which to take, or if you are not sure of the composition of your shot, just capture the whole thing and then worry about it later — you can crop, view, do whatever you want and your photo will still retain that sharp resolution.

    OTHER PLUSES:

    -Windows Phone 8 is EXTREMELY stable. I repeat: no crashes whatsoever. Totally different experience from using Android.
    -Double Core Lumia 1020 certainly feels whole a lot faster than the quadcore Galaxy S3 I used. I think quadcore is a marketing ploy, a gimmick.
    -Touch is so much more accurate than all android systems I used including Galaxy S3 and…

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  2. Lightchaser "Photographer" says:
    84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Simply Amazed!, August 24, 2013
    By 
    Lightchaser “Photographer” (New York, NY USA) –

    This review is from: Nokia Lumia 1020, Yellow (AT&T) (Wireless Phone)
    As a photographer, for years I’ve waited for a phone that would allow me to document my day-to-day world in both still photography and video with quality that can hold up against point-and-shoot cameras and such.

    I went to the AT&T store three separate times, and kept hedging because of fear of Windows Phone. I bought the Lumia 1020 on a two-week trial with the option to return it if I don’t love it, but there’s no way I’m taking it back!

    Honestly, after using the camera for two weeks I’m as excited about Windows Phone as I am the camera.

    A few things I’ve learned since getting the Lumia 1020:

    1. You don’t need a PC to enjoy Windows Phone, and it syncs beautifully with Mac. Just download the Windows Phone App for the App Store or search “Windows Phone Mac” for more info.

    2. I didn’t really loose any apps in my switch, but gained beautiful UI enhancements. Sure, Official Instagram and Official Vine have not yet arrived (Vine is coming this fall), but I actually prefer these two third party apps to their Official counterparts:
    ● 6Tag (the best Instagram client for Windows Phone — all the official filters, full photo & video upload support, and with UI enhancements that I find better than the official app)
    ● 6Sec (the best Vine client for Windows Phone — much more stable than Official Vine, and I might stick with this even after the official Vine comes to Windows Phone this fall)

    3. Believe the hype. The camera delivers jaw-dropping image quality for a phone, and no other phone comes close. The sensor doesn’t boast amazing dynamic range, but it makes up for that with detail.

    4. The bright/fast F2.2 Zeiss lens performs like a Zeiss. Substantially better than what I’ve seen from any other phone before. It gives a really nice wide angle of 26mm in 4:3 aspect ratio format that looks especially great for street photography, reportage and candid portraits.

    5. Lumia 1020 records native 1080/24p video with the best built-in audio recording quality I’ve ever heard on a portable device.

    6. What’s more exciting to me than the 41 megapixel sensor is the true Xenon flash. Most camera phones have slow and blinding LED lights, but the Lumia 1020 incorporates a Xenon flash that syncs as fast as 1/16,000, allowing you to freeze action shots.

    7. First unexpected surprise: Nokia Here Maps Suite — includes Here Drive (which works like the best GPS you ever had) and Here City Lens — an augmented reality where you can look through the camera screen and flags pop up showing you nearby food, drinks, entertainment, etc. Amazing feature if you travel a lot! So far, I actually prefer Nokia Here Maps to Google Maps. Well done, Nokia!

    8. Next unexpected surprise: the audio quality for music is amazing, and will please audiophiles. Got iTunes? You can easily sync music to your Lumia 1020 with the Windows Phone App.

    9. Another surprise: “Find My Phone” functionality is built-in to Windows Phone and works great.

    10. I’m also surprised with the wealth of apps in the Windows Phone App store, and much prefer using them on Windows Phone vs iPhone/Android because of UI enhancements that come with the unique experience provided by the Windows Phone platform.

    Some of my favorite apps include:
    ● Nokia Pro Cam
    ● OneShot
    ● Photo Editor by Aviary
    ● Hipstamatic Oggl PRO
    ● 6Tag (really beautiful, fully-functional Instagram app)
    ● 6Sec
    ● Vimeo (best official Vimeo App around — seriously!)
    ● Metrotube (really beautiful YouTube app!)
    ● Flickr
    ● Flixter
    ● IMDB
    ● Tumblr (surprised how much better Tumblr works on Windows Phone)
    ● Photogrid
    ● Photosynth
    ● Amazon
    ● eBay
    ● TIME Mobile
    ● The Guardian
    ● CNN
    ● LinkedIn (seriously, night and day from LinkedIn on iOS)
    ● PayPal
    ● Netflix
    ● Hulu
    ● Wikipedia
    ● Twitter
    ● Facebook
    ● Chase Mobile
    ● Kayak
    ● Active Fitness

    11. Additionally, the Lumia 1020’s display bests iPhone 5’s display at 334pixels per inch (vs iPhone’s 326ppi) and because it uses ClearBlack AMOLED, it reads a lot better in bright sunlight. Since the Lumia’s screen is physically larger, I find it better for watching videos too.

    12. Last but not least, this is a phone, works amazing as a phone and call reception and audio is some of the best I’ve heard, though that shouldn’t come as any surprise since it’s a Nokia.

    Do yourself a favor and try this phone. You won’t regret it!

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  3. Bambam says:
    82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Take a great phone and make it AWESOME!, July 29, 2013
    By 
    Bambam

    This review is from: Nokia Lumia 1020, Yellow (AT&T) (Wireless Phone)
    I have to say that I own a Lumia 920 and loved the simplicity of Windows Phone, coming from an Android device from a Galaxy that shall remain nameless. I heard about this phone and started thinking I don’t need lossless zoom or any of that stuff. Then I went to the store and tried the camera. WOW was I impressed. Not only does it take better, sharper, clearer, more detailed photos than my Lumia 920. It blows the doors off my year old digital camera with a 20x Optical Zoom! I can not say enough good things about this phone, if you love taking pictures get it don’t wait just get it. If you are not that big on taking pictures then it really isn’t worth the money over the Lumia 920. I love the app selection, there is not a single app that I am missing from Android contrary to what they were telling me in the store that I went to. I have them all Instagram in the form of an awesome app called Instance, Facebook, Hulu Plus you name it most likely it is there. Again I LOVE LOVE LOVE my phone and won’t trade it for anything out there.

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