IRL: Nokia Lumia 1020 (one yr later)

IRL: Nokia Lumia 1020 (one year later)

A yr later, and strangers nonetheless ask.

“Is that the Lumia with the loopy digital camera? How do you prefer it?”

And, after a yr, I nonetheless supply up the identical primary response.

“Nice digital camera, strong telephone.”

However after 12 months, and with a slew of latest handsets on the best way, it is time to reevaluate if my brilliant yellow Lumia 1020 continues to be the only option as my every day driver. Is being nice ok?

The digital camera, in fact, is the very first thing waiters and passers-by ask about. That forty one-megapixel sensor continues to be spectacular and I do not hesitate to sing its praises. The Lumia 1020’s rear shooter is definitely the primary purpose I made a decision to return to the Home windows Telephone ecosystem.

There’s a lot I nonetheless love about this telephone and, notably, its digital camera. The xenon flash is correctly highly effective (and may set off my exterior flashes if I needed). Its low-mild efficiency makes it the go-to shooter if I am amongst associates in a darkish restaurant or bar. Nokia’s digital camera software program, with its suite of guide controls, can also be a spotlight, even when the UI could be a bit fiddly at occasions.

In the meantime, the telephone itself stays a strong performer, dutifully finishing up almost all of the duties I want from a smartphone. Whereas the nonetheless digital camera will get a lot of the consideration, the 1020’s audio-recording chops are additionally astounding. Clips taken at reside live shows have clear, full sound, whereas different smartphone mics appear simply overwhelmed. The current eight.1 replace additionally brings some nice new options I am nonetheless exploring.

And but…

You knew that was coming, proper? As a lot I’ve loved the previous yr, it hasn’t precisely been a hassle-free expertise. That function-packed digital camera software program I really like a lot can take ages to load on the 1020’s Snapdragon S4 Plus-based mostly hardware.

And by “ages,” I imply six to 9 seconds from icon press to shutter snap, which is loads of time for impromptu moments to return and go. For comparability, a colleague’s HTC One M7 can snap a pic inside three seconds and my spouse’s Nexus four manages comparable occasions. Microsoft’s default digital camera app masses faster, however I favor the guide choices in Nokia’s providing. In fact, digital camera specs and apps are totally different amongst telephones, however the primary takeaway is my 1020 can take impressively detailed pictures — if I am prepared to attend.

Past the sluggish responsiveness, I am not even positive I want such a succesful shooter on my telephone anymore. Two years in the past when the 808 PureView first piqued my curiosity, my major shooter was a cumbersome Nikon DSLR that weighed near 1kg with a battery and lens. Having a loopy-good digital camera hooked up to my telephone had a whole lot of attraction at that time in my life. Nowadays, my Fuji X-E2 weighs a bit much less and is far more discreet. Briefly, my telephone’s image-taking talents aren’t fairly as necessary now that my most important digital camera is not such a chore to hold round.

And regardless of the continued ecosystem enhancements and additions present in Home windows Telephone eight.1, there are nonetheless a couple of lacking options and apps I might like to see for each work (HipChat) and play (Fujifilm’s WiFi picture-switch app, an entire listing of video games).

General, although, I’ve few regrets one yr later. Having been an early adopter of WP7, I knew what I used to be getting myself into by choosing up the Lumia 1020. I acquired a strong smartphone that is able to wonderful picture and audio seize, all wrapped in a cannot-miss-it shade of banana yellow polycarbonate. I am going to nonetheless be intently analyzing the upcoming vary of smartphones to see if one in every of them makes extra sense for me now, however these previous 12 months have been time nicely spent.

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