After what felt like an eternity of rumor-mongering, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is finally with us and has put to rest a great deal of speculation. Now confirmed for a launch on the AT&T networks on July 26th, the phone that’s destined to set the bar impossibly high in camera stakes is already a pretty hot commodity across the US.
If you’re already aware of the Lumia 1020, chances are the feature that comes to mind right away is that mind-blowing 41-megapixel primary camera. And rightly so – this is after all getting on for three or four times more than any of its closest rivals serve up.
But is the Lumia 1020 a one-trick pony designed for shutterbugs only? Apparently not, as despite being confirmed for a rather painful $299.999 on-contract price, critics speak of a device where the camera is really only the start a story.
Under the hood lies a dual-core processor backed by a full 2GB of RAM and the 1020 comes running Windows Phone 8 right out of the box. It’s also graced with a 4.5-inch 720 p HD touchscreen to the front, which is by rights about as good as it gets in the world of Windows Phone so far.
The list of camera-centric features the 1020 boasts is simply off the scale – there are more filters, gadgets and goodies than you’ll ever get bored of playing with. But in terms of overall performance there’s really nothing but positives to say about the device as a whole. It’s fast, fluid and sexy as hell – there’s no denying that Nokia really has the market licked when it comes to Smartphones that look the part.
So does it manage to justify that $299.99 sticker price? Well, if you’re looking for the best Windows Phone on the market today in terms of the overall package, the answer is probably. If snaps are your thing, the answer is a huge yes.