Beauty in the Beast

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Yes, you’ve read it right. It’s “Beauty in the Beast” and not the classic movie “Beauty and the Beast”. But what makes me put this tag line to the all new Nokia Lumia 1020? Let’s take a deeper look at what Beauty this Beast of a Smartphone has to offer.

Zoom Reivented is what Nokia used to tease consumers with their upcoming beast, the Lumia 1020. It basically stands for an out-of-this-world camera capability which lets you capture still images at its highest resolution and then zoom it, rotate, reframe and crop it to your choice and still, getting a still image with high amount of details.

Specifications:
4.5″ WXGA (1280×768) AMOLED Display
ClearBlaack Technology and Nokia Glance Screen
130.4 mm x 71.4 mm x 10.4 mm at 158 g
1.5 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4
Windows Phone 8 OS
2 GB RAM, 32 GB Interal Storage
41 MP f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Optics
PureView Technology and Xenon Flash
Full HD (1920×1080) Video Recording at 30 fps
Front Facing Camera still photos at (1280 x 960) resolution
HD (1280 x 720) Video Recording at 30 fps
Bluetooth 3.0
LTE and NFC
WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
2000 mAh Battery Capacity
Micro Sim

With the specs sheet alone, everyone will be blown away with what this smartphone has to offer and it gets even better when you’re holding the actual device. The build quality is, as usual, the tried and tested design which reminds us of its another powerful sibling, the Lumia 920. It initially launches in three different colors (Yellow, Black, White) which is the trademark of Windows Phone handsets as they come in vibrant colors. Some other people may consider it bulky at 10.4 mm thick but it’s worth it especially when your device packs a monstrous 41 MP PureView camera.

Running under the hood is the flawlessly beautiful Windows Phone 8 platform which is a standout operating system for it is simply amazing. The live tiles, the fly animation, the color accent and the smooth transitions make the OS more likeable in contrary to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Being a part of the Lumia family, the 1020 also features all Nokia exclusive apps including HERE maps which is probably the best navigation app to date.

DSLR cameras are a must these days especially if you’re a photographer, a blogger or just a photo-geek. The launching of the Lumia 1020 may be a threat to these cameras for the phone shoots just like how an SLR camera should and to think that it comes with phone functionality, it’s really a threat. It’s got a 41 MP PureView Technology with Carl Zeiss Lens and assiting it in low-light condition is the inclusion of Xenon Flash. What else do you need? Nokia’s high-end devices have proven their spots in low-lighting condition and the Lumia 1020 is no exception. Basing it on Nokia’s sample images, t’s really fantastic!

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(Sample photos from Nokia)

The Lumia 1020 also shoots videos at Full HD (1920×1080) resolution at customizable frame rates, the regular 30 fps or at 24 fps for cinema-like video captures.

The device comes with Wifi WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n , Bluetooth 3.0, LTE connectivity and NFC (Near Field Communication). Phone functionality is definitely top-of-the-line since Nokia smartphones are known for crystal-clear sound transfers over the phone. Voice quality will be great, as usual, and only minimal complaints can be observed. Also, with the phone’s 2000 mAh battery capacity, you won’t run out of juice within a single day but using the camera every now and then, expect for faster battery consumption.

With all these laid down, buying Nokia Lumia 1020 is really worth the spending. With it’s 41 MP camera and Windows Phone 8 operating system embodied in a striking design, you definitely won’t go wrong and will stand out in the crowd.

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