Reviewing the world’s biggest and baddest smartphones is an awesome job, but it can also be a stressful one. Often, the time between review and release is very short, requiring long hours and a little compromise when trying to deliver timely impressions. So it’s always a pleasure when, after the initial review but before the Empty Nest and After The Buzz phases, you get to settle in with a review device as your temporary daily driver. It’s during this time that the device’s personality solidifies, its assets and shortcomings becoming more defined. And, in the case of a smartphone like the Nokia Lumia 1020, it’s the post-review period that offers a chance at some great fun.
The Lumia 1020 is one of the most anticipated smartphones in recent memory, and possibly the most anticipated Windows Phone ever. As such, we gave the device a heaping helping of comparison time before subjecting it to the full-review treatment. The results of its head-to-head bouts with the Lumia 920, HTC One, and Samsung Galaxy S 4 are all available within the body of the full review, but as that piece went live at midnight on a Friday, you might’ve missed it. Here, then, for your convenience, is the video review documenting the single biggest reason you should care about this beastly behemoth.
That’s right: as smooth as the Windows Phone 8 software experience is, and as nice as that futuristic polycarbonate feels under a fingertip, that’s old-hat by now. The real reason for the existence of the Lumia 1020 is its 41-megapixel camera. It’s huge, it’s full of customizations, and most importantly: it lives up to the hype.
Two of us on the Pocketnow team were so taken with the 1020’s optical performance that we ran out to buy our very own on launch day. Taylor Martin and I discussed our buying experiences with fellow Lumia-toter Adam Doud on last week’s edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, and then found ourselves facing a wide-open weekend of photographic opportunities. Opportunities untainted by the spectre of a looming review deadline, and therefore sweeter.
With no further ado, then, here are a handful of photos from a weekend with the Nokia Lumia 1020. From rural North Carolina to metro Boston, from automotive adulation to lakeside levity, these are our favorite 5MP snaps from the world’s finest cameraphone since the original PureView, with a couple raw 34+ MP shots thrown in for good measure. All can be clicked and expanded for your viewing comfort.
Northern Lights (Michael)
Southern Comfort (Taylor)
We plan to continue snapping our way through the days with our respective 1020s -we each spent full retail price on them, after all- and we’ll be sharing more photos via Twitter, Facebook, and on our new Instagram account (so toss us a follow). What’s more: before it comes time to send our review unit back to AT&T, we’re going to have our trusted pro photographer Adam Lein capture some PureView photos of his own with the beastie, so stay tuned for that – and if you have PureView pictures of your own you’d like to share, we’d love to see them. Kick off a new thread in our brand-new forums, and while you’re at it, let us know what 1020 coverage you’d like to see as the weeks roll on!