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My Month in Pictures with Nokia Lumia 1020

I was given a new Nokia Lumia 1020 41 megapixel camera phone to try out for a month. A bitter pill, it turns out, because I had just got used to being able to take stupidly clear photographs on my phone when time came to give the damn thing back. I even had to learn how to use Windows OS for the purpose of this exercise, which, with me being a Mac user from the first days of ‘plug and play’, was a bit of a faff.

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Beetroot juice plus clean white t-shirt, before

I’m not going to bang on about the phone’s features because this is not a tech blog and you can find out all about that on the Lumia 1020 web page. What I will say is that as an art grad I was attracted to the Lumia 1020 for its ‘pro’ integrated camera and it did not disappoint.

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The view of the tennis club from Lewes Priory Park

The camera offers a selection of pro settings such as ISO and white balance as well as video, location and panorama functions. It takes attractive extra-wide images that are perfect for blogging and offers a number of quick in-camera reframing and editing options.

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Appleton Rum cocktails at Yum Yum Ninja, Brighton

I was impressed with how the phone camera coped in low light and when used to document printed photographs and ephemera close-up, in place of using a scanner.

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My grandparents all dressed up for the dinner dance

The colour is vibrant, the tap-screen focussing is crystal clear (although sometimes with a slight delay) and its integration with social media and the many photo editing apps available on Windows is effortless.

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Hove Centre #UrineFilter at Sussex CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival

As a Mac user I have previously struggled with compatibility but downloading pictures from the Lumia is dead easy using OneDrive (or SkyDrive on a Mac).

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Gill’s Pond, Lewes

My only qualm was the battery life: fine for low to moderate use but quickly zapped with heavy use of the camera. (As I found on my first couple of days using the phone, when I was enthusiastically documenting the Sussex CAMRA beer festival and a cookery lesson with Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton.

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Ingredients laid out and ready for Josh Eggleton to cook up a storm on a tiny oven at Walnuts Farm, Heathfield

I admit I probably didn’t take full advantage of all of the phone’s, or even the camera’s, features during my time using the Lumia. I did, however, get very used to enjoying the larger 4.5″ display for viewing images and reading online.

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The morning after the night before on Bushey Hill Road, Camberwell

As a DSLR user I also found it refreshing to be able to take decent, high resolution photos on such a compact device. Although it’s much better than I anticipated, I doubt I’ll ever prefer a Windows operating system over Apple, but this is a small price to pay for someone whose pleasure comes from taking pictures. For that, the Lumia 1020 beats my iPhone 4S hands down.

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Keane erecting our new tree pod
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All the yellas’
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Perhaps my favourite view, looking up Castle Ditch Lane from outside the Lewes Arms

You can see more photos taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020 on my Instagram feed

Disclosure: I was lent a Nokia Lumia 1020 for a period of one month for the purposes of review. I was also invited to take part in this cookery class hosted by Nokia and Great British Chefs. This review represents my honest opinion and experience.

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About Chloe King

I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.

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15 comments on “My Month in Pictures with Nokia Lumia 1020

  1. April 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Those Nokias do take amazing photos.

    What we like about Ed’s is that is works excellently as a Sat Nav abroad without needing data switched on, and all the maps are free.

    But the lack of apps is a problem, as is the battery life. Had it not been a review gift we would have never have bought windows phone.

    I also found the phone far too big and heavy for me. I need a phone that easily slips into my jeans pocket.

    • April 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Some good points there Helen. I didn’t find lack of apps a problem because in spite of being a blogger I use very few mobile apps. Perhaps if I were more tech savvy I would have been given one for keeps instead of just on loan, sob!

  2. April 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Interesting to hear that now other phone cameras are outstripping the iPhone – sounds like there are a lot of useful functions that I could certainly do with.

    • April 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      I think the Lumia 1020 beats the iPhone for photography, but as Helen suggests, that’s not the whole story when it comes to choosing a phone.

  3. April 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I went through the whole Apple Vs Windows dilemma recently when I had to get a new phone. I’m very much an Apple person with an iMac, iPad and an old iPhone, but as I don’t have much interface between my phone and other gadgets thought I’d take a gamble and going elsewhere for a change!. I did actually consider the Nokia but ended up going with the Samsung S4 as it was recommended by so many people I know. And the camera’s very good too, I’m very impressed. Your pics are very good, crystal clear!

    • April 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Lou, to be honest I’m just resigned to the fact that whatever phone I choose at the time my contract expires is going to be superceded by a much superior and cheaper version about two weeks later. Modern life.

  4. April 11, 2014 at 10:33 am

    What FABULOUS photos you took with it Chloe! I was also offered one to try, but as I knew I had to hand it back, I declined as I KNEW I would get too attached to it!
    Karen

    • April 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Thanks Karen, first day back using my old iPhone and frustratingly, I’m just not able to capture my subject’s nose hairs with it!

  5. April 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Annoying that you had just got to grips with it when the month was up. It always takes me ages to get used to a new gadget.

    • April 11, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      Me too. I’m sure plenty of readers are wondering why my review doesn’t mention how the phone functions, one step at a time I say!

  6. April 12, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Always good to compare devices, I’ve recently switched to an iPhone and I’m happy with it, but my sister has this Nokia and she really rates it. Great pics.

  7. April 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I use my Samsung phone for all of my blogging, so it’s really interesting to see how another phone performs for a blogger!

    • April 13, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks Emma, glad you found the post useful.

  8. April 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Before I switched to Iphone I had Nokia for many years and loved it!

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