Nokia Lumia 1020: my usage

, posted: 16-Oct-2013 18:55

It has been a few weeks with the Nokia Lumia 1020, so this update will be a general review of how I use it and what it is like. I have definitely acclimatized to the yellow - in fact I am starting to like it. For one thing it is very hard to lose your phone - and combined with the camera bump there is never any confusion as to whose phone is that at meetings any more. Ironically the most common comment I receive is “Is that one of those new iPhone 5s?”. Sorry Nokia, you did it first (and better) but common opinion still requires Apple to invent everything new.

Windows Phone 8 (which I covered in some detail in previous blog posts) still meets my needs just fine. The workflow for making calls, sending texts and emails and consuming text continues to be enjoyable. The Xbox music application plays my music just fine. Podcasts continue to do my head in, due to a combination of really limited software on the syncing side and downright ridiculous restrictions on the Windows Phone store side - where most non-US devices are still unable to use the store to sync podcasts.

I am still loving having a larger screen than old phones. The 1020’s 4.5 inches seem to hit a sweet spot - big enough to show a ton of information at once but small enough to still be usable. Having said that I am very interested in some of the larger form factor devices coming from Nokia (which are due to be announced this week). Unfortunately I have managed to pick up two small scratches on my 1020’s screen. I am at a loss as to how. Gorilla Glass 3 is meant to be highly scratch resistant and I have not been rough with mine at all. I have a new case and screen protector on the way regardless. Given some research it appears that this is not a common issue however.

Battery life is good. A day of moderate calling, texting, emailing and an hour or two of music leaves me with about 40-50% charge, even taking some photos and video along the way. The bundled Nokia charger does the job well, and can work when in a powerboard without blocking other plugs (despite having the USB cable come out the left hand side of the charger).

Which brings me on to Accessories - the situation here in New Zealand is unfortunately woeful. There are no cases, no screen protectors anywhere I have looked. Both of mine have been ordered from the US. Nokia’s own Camera grip accessory, which adds an extra battery, tripod mount and enhanced shutter button - is nowhere to be seen, neither is the wireless charging clip on case. This is an avoidable situation and a frustrating one and something we have already seen occur with other Nokia handsets in the past.

I thoroughly recommend purchasing a case. The camera bump sticks out - meaning on your phone will usually be resting on it - and I am now nervous to leave it with the screen down. In addition, the phone’s body still feels remarkably slippery and I am terrified of dropping it - hence no photos from my daily ferry ride in. Maybe once i have it secured in a nice grippy case.

I have continued experimenting with the camera - I will be covering Nokia Smart Cam in a following post, this app provides burst shot and post processing - and taking some video. I find myself more willing to take a bit of time to take photos and video because I know the results will tend to be pretty good - even for a rank amateur. I now have far more photos and videos of my toddler than I know what to do with. Taking high resolution snaps with Pro Cam and reframing is still fun too. My last shot was of a visiting Chinese military ship in Auckland Harbour, which I was able to zoom in on what appears to be a couple of officers having a laugh.

In getting the 1020 I also moved my business connections from Vodafone to Telecom. Full disclosure they provided the handset and credit. I have moved to the new Ultra $39 plans - this gives me more minutes, texts and data than my previous plans for less money - so I am pleased there. In addition I am very happy with coverage in West Auckland, which seems to be much improved over previous tests. Data connections switch between H and H+ when in the city and speedtests show anything from 8 to around 20Mbps down. I eagerly await the release of Telecom’s 4G service next month to see what speeds I can expect.

My Geekzone username is wasabi2. I am an IT consultant located in Auckland. I am currently working at SKYCITY. I have been interested in technology since I was a kid, where I got started breaking the family PC. These days I spend a lot of time keeping up to date with the latest tech. My house has all mobile ecosystems covered (Android, iOS, Windows Phone).



Other related posts:
Nokia Lumia 1020 Social Features
Lumia 1020 for Work
Nokia Lumia 1020: some photos






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