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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

I voted no because I already have a 8X, unlocked, so I paid full price for it. I'm going to stick with this for as long as I can keep updating it or it dies on me. By then we could be talking about the Lumia 1050 for all I know.

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.

Why replace the 920.... The 920 is my first Nokia Phone, and I think it is amazing. Big Camera Is nice, but Not a necessity yet.

Even once I am not on contract with the 920, I do not Know that I will replace it immediately.

Things that are a Must for me on my next phone
1. Built in Q Charging. - I thought the was a gimmick, I was wrong, I love it. shells suck
2. NFC - giving.
3. Mini DisplayPort
4. MicroSD
5. Nokia - Because so far, they flat rock.

I have a 920 and agree but I think a lot of these technology discussions mean nought until you try something. Its all about how you feel about the device and how it works for you, not the spec. So I'll try it in the shop and if I like it my 920 will get replaced.

I'm not sure. The problem for me (and i'm sure many others) are:

The apps can be lacking (although it's improved much and for me WP8 has everything i want). Theres also the fact that WP8 still don't even support 1080p and quad core SoC's. Not only this but all WP8 phones lack any modern GPU, so WP don't attract gamers. The new Halo: Spartan Assault could have looked a lot better if WP8 supported newer GPU's/SoC's. This is all Microsofts fault not Nokias.

And with a camera like this on the 1020, if any phone needs a good 1080p display its this one so you can really appreciate the detailed shots. If you've used 720p and 1080p phones you will know that you CAN see a difference (and no, not just under a microscope). Same goes for quad core as there seems to be a delay when pressing the camera button on the 1020, being as theres no dedicated silicon to help process these massive 41mp images the dual core SoC has to handle it all.

If MS got off there arse and supported modern hardware with WP8 this phone could have been perfect as i'm sure Nokia would take advantage. Really disappointing as it would have been something very special, possibly the best phone around (easily in the camera department). WP8 GDR3 may add 1080p and quad core support, but it's too late now.

One of the reasons Samsung are doing so well these days is because of the Galaxy S2, that phone put them on the map as it had the best hardware in all areas on release. Loads of people will purely buy a phone and be early adopters for great hardware (regardless if they actually need it or not!), it's not a small niche like high-end PC hardware. Nokia/WP8 need a "super phone" like that.

I know i'll get fanboys disagreeing with me, but if you really wanted WP8 to do well you would agree as these are facts.

NoClipMode said,
I'm not sure. The problem for me (and i'm sure many others) are:

The apps can be lacking (although it's improved much and for me WP8 has everything i want). Theres also the fact that WP8 still don't even support 1080p and quad core SoC's. Not only this but all WP8 phones lack any modern GPU, so WP don't attract gamers. The new Halo: Spartan Assault could have looked a lot better if WP8 supported newer GPU's/SoC's. This is all Microsofts fault not Nokias.

And with a camera like this on the 1020, if any phone needs a good 1080p display its this one so you can really appreciate the detailed shots. If you've used 720p and 1080p phones you will know that you CAN see a difference (and no, not just under a microscope). Same goes for quad core as there seems to be a delay when pressing the camera button on the 1020, being as theres no dedicated silicon to help process these massive 41mp images the dual core SoC has to handle it all.

If MS got off there arse and supported modern hardware with WP8 this phone could have been perfect as i'm sure Nokia would take advantage. Really disappointing as it would have been something very special, possibly the best phone around (easily in the camera department). WP8 GDR3 may add 1080p and quad core support, but it's too late now.

One of the reasons Samsung are doing so well these days is because of the Galaxy S2, that phone put them on the map as it had the best hardware in all areas on release. Loads of people will purely buy a phone and be early adopters for great hardware (regardless if they actually need it or not!), it's not a small niche like high-end PC hardware. Nokia/WP8 need a "super phone" like that.

I know i'll get fanboys disagreeing with me, but if you really wanted WP8 to do well you would agree as these are facts.

I'm not going to disagree with you, but this isn't Android we're talking about here. Windows Phone doesn't NEED octa-core processors, 2GB of RAM and a 1080p display to run it. Having said that higher end hardware might help to persuade some of the Android die hards who ONLY look for high end hardware to switch, but the point is that Windows Phone doesn't NEED it to run at a decent pace.

I don't think that it's "too late", I think they did the right thing and got it running on modest hardware, which is quite an achievement considering that the single core, gen 1 hardware can still outperform todays flagship Android handsets.

neo158 said,

I'm not going to disagree with you, but this isn't Android we're talking about here. Windows Phone doesn't NEED octa-core processors, 2GB of RAM and a 1080p display to run it.

Neither do Android phones to run Android, and yet You can have them. With Windows 8 devices You simply can't have high end/future proof device.

Yogurth said,
Neither do Android phones to run Android, and yet You can have them. With Windows 8 devices You simply can't have high end/future proof device.

True, but what sort of performance do you get with Android on the equivalent hardware running in gen 1 Windows Phones?

neo158 said,

True, but what sort of performance do you get with Android on the equivalent hardware running in gen 1 Windows Phones?

These phones are gen 2 Windows phones, and I'm getting excellent performance of Tegra 2 on Android. Optimus 2x with 512 mb Ram. Don't buy into fanboyism, Android runs just fine on low level hardware.

neo158 said,

I'm not going to disagree with you, but this isn't Android we're talking about here. Windows Phone doesn't NEED octa-core processors, 2GB of RAM and a 1080p display to run it. Having said that higher end hardware might help to persuade some of the Android die hards who ONLY look for high end hardware to switch, but the point is that Windows Phone doesn't NEED it to run at a decent pace.

I don't think that it's "too late", I think they did the right thing and got it running on modest hardware, which is quite an achievement considering that the single core, gen 1 hardware can still outperform todays flagship Android handsets.

Knew i would get a reply like this.

I know WP does not need quad core to run well, it already runs much smoother than Android on faster hardware. This is not the point i was making. The point is high-end hardware sells phones. It's a fact.

But in the case of the Lumia 1020 things are different, this is the one WP8 phone that DOES need good hardware, as i pointed out in my post it would actually benefit from it. This is the first WP8 phone to have 2GB RAM because it does NEED it for the large photo processing. But a quad core would help process those massive 41mp images faster, so continuous shooting would be quicker (or just getting a quick shot of something in time as the 1020 has a delay due to the dual core). High quality detailed photo's will also benefit from a 1080p display, even if only very slightly at this screen size. Nokia can't have any of this though as WP8 lacks support.

I am sorry I disagree with you, being a current Samsung Galaxy S4 and S2 note user the OS still lags and sometimes freezes. Having also briefly used a Lumia 800 and more recently the 920 the difference is chalk and cheese. WP8 is (as was WP7) buttery smooth and very Apple like in its swift response to inputs. I am considering trading in my 920 for the 1020.

Yogurth said,
These phones are gen 2 Windows phones, a
Actually they are gen3. Gen8 were pre 7.5 devices (the L800 and 710 included as they were designed for pre 7.5). Gen 2 is post 7.5 (L900) which has some differences in for instance Bluetooth implementation.

Current WP8 hardware is gen2 WP hardware overall..

NoClipMode said,

Knew i would get a reply like this.

I know WP does not need quad core to run well, it already runs much smoother than Android on faster hardware. This is not the point i was making. The point is high-end hardware sells phones. It's a fact.

But in the case of the Lumia 1020 things are different, this is the one WP8 phone that DOES need good hardware, as i pointed out in my post it would actually benefit from it. This is the first WP8 phone to have 2GB RAM because it does NEED it for the large photo processing. But a quad core would help process those massive 41mp images faster, so continuous shooting would be quicker (or just getting a quick shot of something in time as the 1020 has a delay due to the dual core). High quality detailed photo's will also benefit from a 1080p display, even if only very slightly at this screen size. Nokia can't have any of this though as WP8 lacks support.

I totally agree with you! I currently have a 820 but I'm buying a 925 tomorrow coz I can basically n Android/iPhone don't do anything for me. Your totally right that this could have been the phone to restart a Nokia renaissance but Microsoft are slowing Nokia down to a ****in crawl n the only reason I'm sticking with these phones is Nokia! I don't give a **** who developes the OS as long as they do it in a timely fashion which is anything but what Microsoft r doing!!!

Err, i'd certainly recommend checking one out in store before getting one.

I made the jump on a Lumia 925 and REALLY regret it after getting it. The pentile screen makes everything look blurry, my HTC 8X has less PPI but everything is far sharper. I can't return this 925 either so i'm stuck with it

Have a look at this in store if they keep using Pentile screens DON'T get it.

Oh no its definitely a pentile screen. I don't know why that site is mistaken but if you look the specs up anywhere else it is definitely pentile.

All text has that telltale pentile fuzz to it which really cheapens the whole experience.

Given the fluidity and polish of WP8 and the great build quality of the 925, the pentile screen really, really, really lets the whole experience down. Shame on nokia

Anyone want to buy a pretty much unused 16gb lumia 925 (UK)?

Baked said,
Flipboard has been available on Android for ages and I doubt that will change lol

Uhm, brainfart? He's talking about the WP platform not Android.

volodoscope said,
They will eventually trickle down to all other 5% of Windows Phones. News flash, majority are Nokia phones.

Outside of EA Games and the HERE suite, how many other Nokia exclusive apps have made it onto other Windows Phones?

I'm already having to deal with the limited 32GB of storage on my Lumia 920. Hopefully the fall devices will have a MicroSD slot. I considered the 64GB version from a Microsoft store, but I'll wait to see what's available in a few months.