Nokia Lumia 1020
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the latest Windows 8 Phone from Nokia and arrives just weeks after Microsoft purchased Nokia and just days after Apple announced the iPhone 5S. While critics have suggested that Apple has run out of ideas, promoting a fingerprint ID system which seems a bit naff and a range of updates which mimic Android or the functionality of rival apps and services like Spotify, Nokia has tried something new.
The 41 megapixel camera means you can zoom without any blur as you would on a traditional camera and the level of detail is far better than entry level cameras. A similar standalone camera would cost around £300 alone up against the lens, flash and ability of the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera, this is great for low light shooting too, so perfect for those dark club environments. With this high level of pixels you can also crop really tight to the picture too without losing any detail. You can also shoot video at 1080p 30f/s which is great for taking videos of your favourite acts.
Nokia has even produced a camera grip add on which houses an extra battery and a socket for a tripod is also very cool and their slick ad campaign will certainly win over a lot of people and throwing the odd free party with Deadmau5 as below is also great!
The stumbling block is that Windows 8 doesn’t have the millions of apps and games that Google’s Android operating system does and can’t compete with Apple’s iOS range of apps and features. Key apps like Facebook, Twitter and Spotify are here but apps for your bank or Sonos speaker are lacking, for example.
There is support for Microsoft apps like Office as well as a great Skype app and also Nokia Music, Gig Finder, Mix Radio, HERE Maps and Xbox Live hub. The former gives you free streaming music wherever you go from over 22 million songs.
The easy to use live title interface means it’s a smartphone for everyone and the news that Microsoft have taken over means that, finally, the flood of apps Nokia fans have been waiting for could begin to appear.
Read more about its full specs here.