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Hands On With the Nokia Lumia 1020 227

Posted by samzenpus
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adeelarshad82 writes "Nokia's new phone, Lumia 1020, feels very similar in the hand to Nokia's Lumia 900 and 920, with one exception: it has a camera bump. The 41-megapixel uber-camera projects out very slightly as a black disc on the back. In terms of functionality, though, the camera provides for smooth zooming only a pinch away. However, it takes a noticeable amount of time to lock focus and save images. At one point during hands-on testing, the camera app crashed so hard that it required a phone reboot, which is hopefully just a pre-release firmware issue. The phone itself carries a brightly colored polycarbonate body that rolls around the edges to cradle a 4.5-inch, 1,280-by-768 screen. Lumia 1020 is powered by a dual-core, 1.5-GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor which plows through apps well. Speaking of apps, there's a ton of bloatware on here, as you'd expect from any AT&T device. AT&T adds four apps right at the top of the app list. Nokia Lumia is set to hit AT&T shelves on July 26th for $299."
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Hands On With the Nokia Lumia 1020

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  • bloatware (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 11, 2013 @09:11PM (#44257251)

    The nice thing about "bloatware" on Windows Phone is that it can be uninstalled completely, cleanly and very easily.

  • Re:Unfortunately... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 11, 2013 @09:20PM (#44257317)

    What exactly is wrong with Windows Phone?

    The UI concept is very elegant and better than anything iOS or Android has to offer. Windows Phone has excellent developer tools, easily the best. I'm not crazy about the system being locked-down, but this is the standard for phones. iOS is considerably worse in this regard and while I will concede that Android is a bit better, it's still quite locked down but not without major security flaws (SD Card permissions for example).

  • Re:Meh (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Dr Max (1696200) on Thursday July 11, 2013 @09:34PM (#44257397)
    More megapixels means you can take the picture now and zoom in latter, it also allows for much better touching up because you can access pixels that just aren’t there in other phones, as well as good low light performance like you mentioned. Due to the optical image stabilization, time to lock and focus is not as much of a deal breaker because it takes out all the little movements that happen in that time. Images will look noticeably better with this camera, and 6 times optical zoom means you can make photos look even better (for a face you want to stand back and use all your zoom because it minimizes feature, for a car or something you want to get nice a close shot with no zoom, because it accentuates the features) and all kind of manual options for cool exposer shots and what not. If your not in to photography and just want to take self shots of your self with beer in your hand you probably wont care, but if you like your dslr but hate dragging it around this will make a very nice fit.
  • Windows Phone (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 11, 2013 @10:02PM (#44257565)

    If you check email, surf the web, do some multimedia, make phone calls - Windows Phone absolutely rocks. If you want apps, not so much. I have Windows Phone and have been tempted by Android, but not enough for me to switch to Android. I prefer WP over Apple and BlackBerry. I would guess half of the negative Windows Phone comments on here are people who probably didn't even pick up a device for 2 minutes. Just fashionable to hate on MS here it seems.

  • Re:Is it just me... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by cbhacking (979169) <been_out_cruising-slashdot&yahoo,com> on Friday July 12, 2013 @02:59AM (#44258913) Homepage Journal

    MalachiK is using a WP7 device, which is decidedly lacking in features compared to WP8 or current Android versions. However, several of the features that Billly Gates mentions also exist on the Lumia 920, which runs WP8: data sense and warning, WiFi-based Internet sharing, voice activation, brightness sensors (not that those are anythign new) as do several other cool features that he didn't, like wireless charging and a low-light camera.

    Excitement about features is cool. I totally understand. But don't confuse "Windows the workstation OS" with "Windows Phone the consumer smartphone platform". The reasons to buy the one have very little do with the reasons to buy the other, and there are plenty of people who are enthusiastic about the Lumia 92x and 1020 devices (no, I don't have one).

  • Re:Better Sale (Score:4, Interesting)

    by magamiako1 (1026318) on Friday July 12, 2013 @01:15PM (#44262745)
    I'll reply to this, not as an AC, and not as an MS Shill. In fact, I've had this Slashdot account for years.

    I recently switched to a Windows Phone (Lumia 920) from the iPhone 5 through that promotion that Nokia is running for trade ins. Yes, I voluntarily funneled out $450 for a Lumia 920 (of which I'll get $360 back when I send 'em my iPhone 5)

    Anyways...

    Overall, I've been happy with the phone. It works reasonably well. And while the lack of apps can be a problem, it hasn't detracted from the functionality of the phone itself. The best I can say is 'different'.

    I also like the live tiles over notification center...

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