Poll: Are you planning to buy the new Nokia Lumia 1020?

This week, Nokia finally announced the device that many have been waiting for since the company launched the 808 PureView early last year. The Lumia 1020 features a remarkable 41-megapixel camera, capable of taking full-resolution 38MP photos, alongside a smaller but richly detailed 5MP image that can be more easily shared. 

On the face of it, the device has a few pros and cons. It's incredible that Nokia has crammed so much imaging technology into a handset that, even at its thickest point - the camera hump - is thinner than the chunky Lumia 920. It's a fair bit lighter than that device too, but it shares more than just its good looks with its predecessors. Some of its specs are also made up of hand-me-downs: the 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor from the 920, which was announced ten months ago, is also carried over to the newer handset, while the 1020's 4.5-inch WXGA (1280x768px) AMOLED screen is taken from the Lumia 925

With Windows Phone 8 set to support quad-core processors and higher-resolution 1080p displays later this year, this means the Lumia 1020 may not be the flagship for very long. 

And then, there's the price. In the US, it'll cost $299.99 on a two-year contract. That's a hundred bucks more than most high-end devices on AT&T, and at that price, it'll go head-to-head against the Apple iPhone 5 32GB. Speaking of AT&T, let's not forget that they'll be the exclusive carrier for the Lumia 1020 in the US, so if you're on Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile, you'll have to go without unless you're ready to switch networks or you have the dough to buy the device at full price. 

Nokia hasn't shared details of pricing or availability outside of the US yet, saying only that the handset will launch in China and "select European markets" this quarter. Buyers in the UK will have to wait until September to get theirs; be sure to check out our overview of which major UK networks and retailers will be offering the device. 

There's also the elephant in the room to consider: Windows Phone. The app gap is closing, with the latest additions to be announced this week including Flipboard, Path and Vine. But that doesn't change the fact that, as a general rule, Windows Phone is still one of the last platforms to get the latest apps, annoying for users who are constantly left waiting while their friends on iOS and Android have all the fun. 

There's also the frustration of slow updates to consider. While a brilliant OS, Windows Phone still lacks many of the features found on its more established rivals, and it's looking increasingly likely that it won't get a major update to version 8.1 with significant new features until the first half of 2014. 

For prospective buyers of the Lumia 1020, these are just some of the factors to consider. Does it matter that the handset only has a 720p display and dual-core processor when better-specced devices are just a few months away? Is the asking price to high, and are you willing to switch carriers to get one? And are you willing to hang in there with Windows Phone 8 until bigger and better updates bring more features and developers start creating apps for the platform more quickly, rather than as an afterthought? 

Place your vote, and be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments below! 

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Are you planning to buy the new Nokia Lumia 1020?

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Same boat but I chose I'll wait for the next one, which I'll probably get. I like HTC but the lack of innovation on the WP front makes me question if I'll get another.

Silver47 said,
Same boat but I chose I'll wait for the next one, which I'll probably get. I like HTC but the lack of innovation on the WP front makes me question if I'll get another.

Innovation in which area though? I expect another big boost with the 8.1 update as far as the OS goes. After that I don't know what else OEMs can do other than have good apps and services for their devices like Nokia does. But HTC was never one for that type of work.

Sorry, should of clarified. Think you just nailed what I meant with services and apps, I always see all the work Nokia is doing. Your right so far as HTC don't do services, but software such as apps? They could at least try a little harder, all the 8X had were revamped WP7 HTC Apps. And the 8X is meant to be the flagship phone for WP8.

Still happy with my 920. I'll switch later this year, probably around my 920's 1 year anniversary. I'm hopeful that by then we will see some new hardware with GDR3 that supports 5" 1080p and the newer more power efficient Snapdragon SoC's.

1080p, quad core aren't unique and really only make things slightly faster and crisper and by themselves aren't really anything special apart from bragging rights (lets not forget, how much software on a smartphone is written to take advantage of dual core processors, let alone quad cores?). The camera innovation and quality of the pictures you get from the 1020 are truly tangible benefits you can see and that's why i'm getting one.

Well, I am still planning of getting one, but I will wait for a few months until there are some price breaks - possibly getting two - one for me and for my wife.
That said, it seem that the L1020 will only be an AT&T Exclusive, and there's no plan of launching updated version to other U.S carriers in the future.

From Ask Maggie - CNet.

Is AT&T truly the only choice for those interested in the Lumia 1020?
The ultimate deal-breaker for you and many others who'd like to consider the Lumia 1020 may be the fact that the phone will be available only on AT&T. Yesterday, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said during the press conference that AT&T would be the "first" carrier to offer the Lumia 1020. But then AT&T's head of mobile, Ralph de la Vega, took the stage and said the phone would be "exclusive" to AT&T.

I asked Nokia's Matt Rothschild to clarify whether consumers could expect a Lumia 1020 to come to other carriers in the future. And he very solidly said that no other U.S. carrier will get the Lumia 1020. He said the company is satisfied with its current strategy of building phones that are exclusive to certain carriers.

He pointed to the fact that the company recently launched the Lumia 925 exclusively on Verizon. And that T-Mobile has its own version, the Lumia 928. He also said that the Lumia 1020 will not be sold unlocked in the U.S. So even consumers willing to buy the device at full price in the U.S. will still have to use it on AT&T, unless they're able to unlock it themselves.

Personally, I think this strategy is a mistake for Nokia. The company should be trying to get this device in the hands of as many potential customers as possible. The three hottest handsets on the market today are the Apple iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the HTC One. These companies have made the exact same device available on almost every major carrier. (Verizon is still waiting to get the HTC One.)

What this means for consumers is that they're not limited in the handsets they can buy because they're on a certain carrier. It opens up the market to a lot more potential customers.

But Nokia's Elop told my colleague Roger Cheng in an interview that the exclusive handset deals are part of a bigger strategy for the company. He said lackluster sales of earlier Lumia products that were exclusive to AT&T were not AT&T's problem but Nokia's and Microsoft's problems. He seemed to imply that it could be different this time around.

The real reason Nokia is likely still selling devices exclusively by carrier is because it can't afford to market its devices on its own. It needs AT&T and Microsoft to help split the cost of the hefty marketing needed to get this device even modest sales. The reality is that wireless carriers, which still think exclusive handset deals lure consumers to their networks, are more likely to contribute money, shelf space, and people power to marketing these devices if they can say they're the only ones offering them.


It's amazing to me just how many people live a life where progress is sacrificed on the altar of perfection. I already find, even with its current weaknesses, the Windows Phone ecosystem a lot more useful than either Android or iOS. Added to that is that I appreciate the style and workmanship in the Lumia line (I have both a 900 and a 920), and I'm perfectly comfortable putting my device up against anything the other platforms can throw. The one are that I have found to be growing in importance to me is the camera experience--not just the camera quality itself, but the EXPERIENCE. Based on what I've seen of the Lumia 1020, it is orders of magnitude ahead of the competition. The few areas where Windows Phone lacks are such miniscule things (most of which I find I don't need) that, yes, I'll be getting the Lumia 1020 off-contract.

I'm a fan of Windows Phone as well but it does miss some basic feature. It appears this is intentional on Microsoft's part (or they would have added it already). I suspect they think it helps to keep the platform simple. But in the mean time some more knowledgable people don't want a Windows Phone because of the limitations.

I'm talking stuff like more advanced ringtone settings, file explorer, more detailed info on what content is on SD and what is on phone, option to easily switch music, pictures, etc from phone storage to SD (without using PC), etc. A lot of basic stuff people eventually need to do once or twice. Not having it keeps the UI clean and functional but these features should be there albeit a bit more hidden from view.

I wish I could get one. But it would be an unnecessary purchase. I'll keep telling myself that one day I'll get the latest Nokia Windows Phone flagship.

my only problem was that they continue to restrict their flagships to AT&T. I know its their partner but if they want to expand their line of phones and the wp8 platform that has to change. its awesome that T-Mobile and Verizon got variants of the 920 later on but what about the third largest carrier, Sprint! Also I found the 920 to be superior to the 925 and 928. Availability is key. I'm already locked into another contract for another two years because I couldn't stand using my old phone any longer (it was really beat down and froze a lot---used over two years) and now have a galaxy s4. if they don't make their devices available, all they do is lock potential customers into contracts with their competitors.

oh also they need to boost some specs. no offence but they're lacking on the spec side of things. people aren't going to pay for something with outdated specs. Though the price and everything for the 1020 is justifiable considering the technology for that camera.

I like Windows Phone and it is easier to use when I went to t-mobile store to test there before. I will have to save money for that one someday maybe.

Still not enough to persuade me. Honestly, I really don't need the big camera on the back. I will end up getting a Windows Phone one day though.

I wont. I just bought a one and sold my 920. I'll be waiting for Nokia to redesigned the Lumina and see if they can make the camera without the bulge. To me this phone isnt necessary. The quality of pictures isnt that much better than the 920. Honestly if your going to have a camera with this many MP and not have a 1080 display and a 5 inch screen its being wasted.

Same here but I kept the 920. Say whatever you want 1080p screens, quad core processors, sexy this design and having an ir blaster is awesome.

Happy with my Lumia 920 hence won't be picking this phone more over my experience with MS/Nokia has been quite poor so won't be picking another WP device.

No. I am ****ed at MS and Nokia who continue to drag their feet and keep releasing the 920 a supposed flagship over and over again. This is an excellent camera with an old phone. I am on my 4th 920 so I feel like I gave them the benefit of the doubt. Now we wont get a major phone os change until 2014? will it have separate volume controls? ability to download files from web and store them in skydrive....from MY ****ING WP8 PHONE? Because I can do all that on my HTC one. Let me get this straight, a phone with an awesome camera and no upgrade on the software? Complete blackberry type fail......I have 2 more upgrades Ill see what WP8 has to offer than as it is my preferred OS.

Day one! I bought a 900 but skipped the 920... this phone is exactly what I was waiting for. A bit thinner, lighter, AMOLED and that 41MP beast! Will be grabbing the camera grip too.

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