Lumia 1020, Nokia's last hurrah

Lumia 1020, Nokia's last hurrah



    Oct 22, 2013

    Lumia 1020, Nokia's last hurrah

    Nokia Lumia 625 & 1020

    NOKIA'S phone unit may well have been bought over by Microsoft but the last two phones before Nokia was sold are now available.

    With its 4.7-inch, 800x480 display, the 625 is Nokia's answer to the many upsized Android smartphones.

    However, it is certainly not in the category of smartphones with HD screens - the 625's processor is a relatively slow 1.2GHz dual core.

    The important thing, though, is that the price is most affordable ($399) and it works like any smartphone with a biggish screen, with standard features like camera (though only 5MP), Gorilla Glass and touchscreen.

    The 625 has modest specifications - it is more like a Kia car, instead of a BMW.

    The other Nokia is the 1020 whose claim to fame is that it is the only smartphone with a 41MP camera.

    I suspect that those who buy this are looking for a high-end camera that also happens to be a smartphone. It is a credit to Nokia that even in its final moments as an independent company, it had not lost its creative drive.

    The 1020 looks like any Nokia Lumia smartphone and its unique camera capability is noticeable only when it is placed in a special camera grip.

    I must acknowledge that I tested the 1020 largely as a camera, not a phone. It operates much like any camera phone except that the picture quality is exceptional because of the high pixel count.

    The camera controls are fairly similar to those found on other smartphones, with inherent limitations as compared to controls on standalone compact digital cameras.

    But, then, one cannot make phone calls or surf the Web on compact digitals.

    The 1020 combines the two functionalities.

    How much: 625 ($399), 1020 ($999, with camera grip worth $98)