For the past 3 months I have been reviewing & playing with the Nokia 1020 for Nokia NZ & Telecom. Being a lover of all things Mac, it was always going to be a hard ask to impress me. The Nokia 1020 certainly did that, and some.
While the phone comes into a smartphone category, I think it would be better suited as a smartcamera! The 41MP camera surely is something. Having full control of the Aperture, Shutter Speeds & ISO gives you all the flexibility to do what ever you wish. Even in automatic mode, the photos this thing pushes out are seriously cool.
The only issue I personally had with the phone, was having it sync with the rest of my life (being Apple’s iMacs, Macbooks & iCloud) however I believe they’re making this more compatible to sync everything up. But if you are a Microsoft lover or not emotionally-locked-in with anyone else ,and wanting a bad-ass smart phone with a camera on par with a decent SLR then the Nokia 1020 is for you.
I loved the additional battery grip. Gives it a much more camera feel with a shutter button where you’d expect and has a tripod mounting thread on the bottom. Also has an battery pack inside, which meant I would use this phone ALL day and never run out of juice – which was awesome! Did make the phone a bit larger, but small price to pay to have all day power.
I’ve posted a few photos below, most haven’t been touched, and the ones that have were all done with Nokia’s built in Creative Suite. I tried to bust the camera out whenever I was out and about taking photos (as I usually do through instagram) so there’s a whole variety of pics included.