Nokia just made Android users jealous again


By now you’ve heard the news: Nokia just announced their new phone, the Lumia 1020. As predicted, this new phone is beautiful. It picks up where both the 920 and the 808 left off, combining the best of both devices into one killer phone. And, I’ll be the first to admit it, Nokia made me jealous.

Let’s take a quick run through some of the more tantalizing features on the Lumia 1020 to see what I mean.

41MP of awesomeness

First of all, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a HUGE 41MP camera with loss-less digital zoom. That’s amazingly impressive in and of itself.

It also replaces the traditional LED flash that most other phones have with a xenon bulb. Most shutterbugs will agree that xenon offers a much better color than LED, so pictures that you take where a flash is needed should look much better on the Lumia 1020 than on other phones that use an LED flash.

The Lumia 1020 is designed with your pictures in mind. If you want a phone, great, that’s what it is. If you want a camera, you can add an optional sled that adds a traditional tripod mount, a physical shutter button, and a nice grip with which to hold it. Impressive!

Thin and light

Without getting into raw dimensions and comparing the waistline of one device to another, the Lumia 1020 is thin. Sure, it’s got a bump where the camera and flash are, but you won’t care, that’s not where you hold it.

What you will notice is that the phone itself is thin where it counts. It’s lightweight, and it’s curved so that it perfectly fits your hand. Unlike smartphones from other manufacturers, the chassis isn’t a flat, monolithic slab. Instead it looks like it’s been designed with you in mind.

It’s nicely curved to make it feel good while you’re holding it. It puts you, the end-user, first. Taking that a step further, the Lumia 1020 includes a lanyard loop. How long has it been since you saw one of those on a phone? I know, it’s such a little thing, but it’s one that has saved me from dropping phones many, many times in the past. That one little inclusion tells me that Nokia wants the Lumia 1020 to be your go-to-device when it comes to taking pictures.

What are others saying?

“If Nokia were to make Android hardware and they were to put this camera on an Android device with a 1080P screen, they would be kings!” — Brandon Miniman

“Nokia and Android. Thank God somebody brought that up!” — Adam Doud

So what of Android? Google’s OS has support for quad-core processors and 1080P screens, something that Windows Phone can’t do — not yet anyway. As such, the CPU and screen on the Lumia 1020 are neither quad-core nor 1080P. That may be disappointing to some, but as long as the device runs fast enough and looks good while doing it, that’s probably enough.

What if it did run Android? I know I’d be one of the first in line. Not everyone is so enthusiastic. Our own Michael Fisher had this to say:

“I think the Android community has enough going on already.”

What about you?

If you ask a dozen Android users what they think of the Lumia 1020, you’ll probably get at least 12 different opinions back. Taken all together, I think it’s a fair statement that Nokia just made Android users jealous — again.

What are your thoughts about Nokia’s latest and greatest smartphone? Do you like how it looks? Is a 41MP camera a must-have or a deal-breaker for you? Is a quad-core a requirement for you? Is this enough to make you switch from Android?

Let us know your thoughts, why or why not, in the comments below!

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.