Nokia Lumia 1020 

Released July, 2013
  • Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
  • 4G
  • 4.5"
  • Dual core 1.5 GHz
Billed on the box as boasting 32GB of internal storage, it actually boils down to 29.12GB of free memory, which is nice and all, but considering that it produces 5-megapixel and 38-megapixel stills with each snapshot, it can easily become eaten up quickly.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)
The camera captures so much data - 7 pixels worth of information into one - that the result is a super high-resolution photo.
by PocketLint (Jul, 2013)
6.5 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Nokia Lumia 1020


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Reviews Word on the street for the Nokia Lumia 1020

The Lumia has settings for sunlight readability, touch sensitivity and you can adjust the color profile via saturation and color temperature sliders.

Better yet, it excels with macro shots as well, seeing that its focus can hone in on one particular point in the shot – thus, producing a pleasing bokeh effect to the background.

We already have a brief review of the 1020's sensor, stock camera app, Pro Camera app and panorama functionality, so go check that out for a full breakdown.

Moreover, your average point-and-shoot camera has a bigger imaging sensor than the 1020, and likely better optics, so image quality, dynamic range and high ISO noise performance is better.


8.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Images are sharper at larger sizes, and the 5MP photos are more crisp than what you'd normally find on any other 5MP or even 8MP smartphone camera.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
We were worried that the larger than average BSI image sensor and excellent software algorithms would be held back by a tiny camera phone lens.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2013)
In terms of color reproduction, we can’t complain either about its accuracy, as it’s able to cast a very neutral stance.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)


It's not the most highest-resolution display you'll find on a modern smartphone, but that doesn't seem to affect the Windows Phone experience, which is well suited to a display of this size.
by PocketLint (Jul, 2013)
Details are clear and sharp, and colors are accurate and rich.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
In good light we've been able to take some great snaps with plenty of detail in them; shots good enough to rival a compact camera.
by PocketLint (Jan, 2014)

Operating system

It's best reserved for the low-mid ISO settings, but is of genuine use if you have Adobe Camera Raw software handy for some quick editing.
by PocketLint (Jan, 2014)
There's another trick that the Nokia Black OS update brings with it: raw shooting.
by PocketLint (Jan, 2014)
Since the Nokia Black OS update the 1020 camera system is better than ever.
by PocketLint (Jan, 2014)


We like the Calendar application for its simplicity and speed, which makes the creation of new appointments and quick and easy process.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)
The Windows Phone 8 main menu is still a simple list of all the applications on your phone, which absolutely isn't the most convenient way of organizing your apps, especially if you have lots of those.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)
Naturally, you’ll have to choose between the stock Windows Phone music player or Nokia Music.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)


To be precise, it saves a sharing-friendly 5-megapixel sample, and the higher 38-megapixel one.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)
Imagine you’re looking at a window, and that windows represents all 41-megapixels.
by PocketLint (Jan, 2014)
Even the maximum zoom will deliver a 5-megapixel result, and when considering that your 40-whatever-inch HD telly is only 2.2-megapixels that's none too bad at all.
by PocketLint (Jan, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 4.5"
Resolution 1280 x 768
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 331 ppi


Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
Internal storage 32 GB


Headphone jack 3.5 mm
Supports FM radio Yes
Transmits music over FM radio No


Operating system Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
Multitasking Yes
Adobe flash support Yes


  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
  5. 802.11
Maximum data rate 300 Mbit/s
Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0

form factor

Weight 158 g
Thickness 10 mm
Size 71 x 130 x 10 mm
Numeric keypad None
Keyboard None
Is waterproof No


Has an assisted GPS Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes

photo & video

Camera 41 MP
Resolution 41 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 1.5 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G
  1. LTE (20 Mb/s)
  2. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  4. HSUPA (7.2 Mb/s)
  5. HSDPA (7.2 Mb/s)
  6. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)


Talk time 798 min
Talk time (3G) 798 min
Standby time 23,040 min
Capacity 2,000 mA·h
Removable No
Technology Lithium-Ion
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