After today’s press conference we got a chance to try out Nokia’s new flagship Lumia 1020, which the company claims will usher in the next chapter in smartphone photography. Let’s dive right in and talk about some first impressions on the device’s design, specs and software.
The Lumia 1020 comes in yellow, white or black, and Nokia promises all three models will still look great after repeated use since the color runs deep into the polycarbonate body. Obviously, I didn’t get a chance to test this out, but the handset definitely feels sturdy and solid. The 41-megapixel camera—which I’ll talk more about in a second—does protrude in the back, meaning the device sits at a slant when you lay it down with the screen facing up. However, this wasn’t an issue while holding the phone. The noticeable hump didn’t get in the way, and the Lumia 1020 still felt slender in my hand.
The Windows Phone 8 software looks great on the Lumia 1020’s display, although much of the homescreen is jam-packed with Nokia’s own apps, including two different camera modes. You can customize this, though, and we generally find Nokia’s apps add a ton of value to the platform.
I tried both camera apps out and they seem a little tricky at first but pretty intuitive (unfortunately Nokia wouldn’t let me share any of the photos I took on the new handset). There’s also a handful of Lumia 1020-specific apps from third party companies like Foursquare, Path, Hipstamatic and Flipboard, but those weren’t running on the display models. The rest of the software is pretty much standard Windows Phone 8, which at this point you probably know whether or not you enjoy using.
We’re excited to get our hands on a unit for a full review, so stay tuned for more impressions.