Mega-pixels trump finger prints


The term “Super-phone” is bandied about far too often these days. This Uber lucrative market is dominated by two behemoths: Apple and Samsung, but there are some lightweights providing viable alternatives.


Nokia’s latest entry in the super-phone fray, the Lumia 1020, is worthy of a ‘snapshot’:

+ 4.5″ AMOLED screen

+ 41 megapixel camera

+ Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor

+ Battery capacity: 2000 mAh

+ 2 GB Ram; 32 GB internal storage; 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage

+ Available in yellow, black, and white (optional ‘camera grip’ cover available)


With Nokia’s innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilization, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera. The 1020 has a new feature, dual capture, which simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for pro-quality editing opportunities, and also creates a 5 megapixel picture that is social networks friendly using Windows Phone 8.


From the video angle, the 1020′s 41 megapixel sensor features top of the line ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, and optical image stabilization, which delivers crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions. Capturing blur free videos with stereo sound, even at the loudest concerts, is possible thanks to Nokia Rich Recording.  This feature handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones. These specs and features are impressive.


As with all new Nokia products this is a Windows phone. The Windows app marketplace is ever expanding and most familiar apps are available for the 1020. One advantage to a Windows phone is its seamless integration to other Windows devices. Nearly any document or file on a PC can be modified on the phone, bringing the notion of “anytime/anyplace” to potential workplaces.


One look at its bright yellow exterior and it’s clear that Nokia is attempting to make a statement with the 1020. From the back, the 1020 resembles a slender point-and-shoot camera rather than a smartphone.  In fact it’s reasonable to think of this gadget more as a camera that makes calls rather than a phone that takes pictures.


Availability: currently in US exclusively thru AT & T; available in Canada in early October through Rogers and Telus networks; Latin America and Europrean markets through Telefonica.