Five reasons I dropped my iPhone 5 for a Nokia Lumia 1020

Five reasons I dropped my iPhone 5 for a Nokia Lumia 1020

Summary: I've been testing the Nokia Lumia 1020 and after a week I decided to sell my iPhone 5 and return my Lumia 925 because Nokia is pushing the limits in mobile photography and that appeals to me.

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I've been testing out the Nokia Lumia 1020 for over a week and last night I made the decision to sell my iPhone 5, cancel my Verizon account, switch to AT&T, and return my Nokia Lumia 925 to T-Mobile. There are five main reasons I made this move and understand these decisions were made to meet MY smartphone needs.

Earlier this year I had accounts on three networks so that I could better test out smartphones and write about my experiences. I am blessed to have a job where I get to play with the latest mobile gear before making informed purchase decisions, but I found that three lines were just too much and one line always sat idle. Last night I put my Verizon account on hold (with the intent to cancel later) and signed up for a new AT&T account with a yellow Lumia 1020 purchase.

    1. The camera: The Nokia Lumia 1020 is an exciting device and every reviewer has confirmed there is no modern smartphone that can match the camera experience of the device. I also own a Nokia 808 PureView and while that may take better photos (this is arguable), the camera capture and editing software on the Lumia 1020 can't be beat. With the 1020, there truly is no need to carry a point and shoot and my memories will no longer lack details where other smartphone shots have left me with regrets.
    2. Nokia extras: In addition to the amazing camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia impresses with its ability to bring extras to Windows Phone, including the glance utility that lets you double tap to wake the device up and see the time when the display is off, HERE Maps suite, camera lenses and utilities, advanced touch screen display, and more. Nokia is definitely pushing Windows Phone forward, much like HTC did with Windows Mobile back in the day.
    3. Music: I have always said that the Zune HD and Windows Phone devices sounded incredible and both Nokia and Microsoft help make the Windows Phone music experience the best. For just $4/month you can get unlimited streaming and downloadable music with Nokia Music+ and for $10/month you can get music via the Xbox Music service. The next thing I am looking to see from Nokia is great integrated stereo speakers.
    4. Wireless and standard microUSB charging: The Lumia 1020 doesn't have wireless charging in the device itself, but a shell is available to provide the capability. It refreshing to have wireless charging support and I find myself looking for this in all my devices now. I also like that Nokia, and most every other smartphone manufacturer, use standard microUSB for charging. I often found myself without a charging cable for the iPhone 5, but no longer have to worry about that.
    5. Metro user interface: Frankly, I am bored with iOS and the funny thing is that is exactly why the AT&T rep last night said she owns a Galaxy S4 even though she found the iPhone to be more dependable. I am a fan of the Windows Phone experience and Live Tiles. Windows Phone is approaching its 3rd birthday and the experience hasn't changed much either, but it is still fresher to me and I find it works better for my needs than iOS.

Windows Phone 8 is increasing in market share and when I compare the apps I use daily there are just a couple missing. I do enjoy the metro UI and consistency in the apps though and for the couple I still want, I can get the data through the browser. I am blessed to write about smartphones here and get the opportunity to test out a lot of them. I am keeping my HTC One on T-Mobile and still think that is the best smartphone I have ever used, but I also want a great Windows Phone device.

The Lumia 1020 isn't perfect, but as I wrote before it appears that Windows Phone is holding back Nokia more than their inability to continue pushing the limits. There is a dual-core processor in high end Lumias and no support for 1080p displays, but these are current Windows Phone 8 limitations and not Nokia limitations. I look forward to future versions of Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia products and it seems that Microsoft and Nokia are generating excitement with devices like the Lumia 1020.

Other considerations

I was considering keeping my iPhone 5 on Verizon to see what came in iOS 7 while keeping the Lumia 925 and HTC One for T-Mobile and that probably would have been the sensible thing to do. However, where is the fun in that?

I think the Nokia Lumia 925 is the best piece of Nokia hardware produced running Windows Phone, but the 16GB internal storage is tough to deal with on a phone that captures great photos. It is likely we will see a Lumia 1020 successor later this year or early next year with a higher resolution display, quad-core processor, and other improvements, but I wanted this camera experience now and will make future purchase decisions when we see future devices.

Topics: Mobility, Nokia, Smartphones, AT&T, Windows Phone

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  • Windows Phone...

    I'm an extremely happy Windows Phone user and can't wait for a Quad Core, 2Gb RAM, 64Gb (with MicroSD) and Full HD display Nokia in aluminium.

    Right now I'm pretty happy with my Lumia 520 and it does everything I need.
    Dreyer Smit
    • I want more...

      If we're describing what we -really- want, I want a full 1080p display, 8 cores, 4GB RAM and at least 256GB of internal storage. I want it to last a week between charges and have the most beautiful display I've ever seen. I want a 12 megapixel camera that makes the output of my Canon 7D and thousands of dollars in lenses look sad by comparison. I want to be able to carry my entire 61GB music collection and a few dozen 1080p movies with me everywhere. I do like your idea of aluminum, though. :)
      • If you really have a Canon 7D

        The crap output from the Lumia phone will never compare. Sensor size, and quality are as important as pixel density. Being the Lumia phones use cheap sensors, they will NEVER compare to a DSLR.
        Troll Hunter J
        • Never?

          The 1020 pictures look amazing compared to DSLRs from 10 years ago. And I have a hunch that they will improve further with time.

          Of course a good current DSLR will be better than a good current compact camera at least for another couple decades. The Lumia 1020 is a good compact camera.
        • I am sure that Canon 7D feels nice in your jeans pocket too.

          You take the best of current DSLR's and compare it with the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone.... What is it what you want to proof here?

          The output of the Lumia 1020 is the best of ALL smartphones available and yes, it beats some DSLR's.
        • You are simply incorrect

          Nokia Lumia's do not use 'cheap sensors'. They have Carl Zeiss developed and manufactured optics. If you knew about cameras you would know just how renowned and high quality ZEISS is.

          Also, Nokia clearly knows what they're doing when it comes to cameras. That is why the sensor on the 808 Pureview is x5 bigger than the sensor on the iPhone 5 and other leading smartphones.

          The Lumia 1020 is made of similar stuff. Considering we are after all talking about smartphones, not dedicated cameras, Nokia is pushing the boundaries with sensor sizes.

          I'd like to see you try and fit a Canon 7D in your pocket. Whilst you're at it try to make a phone call, edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint docs, play Xbox, send emails, sms, surf the web etc.
          • What if you get a phone all while photoing?

            mattypaul, In another forum where a person was talking about the value of using his iPhone for shooting photos, and also asking how to get hot models to shoot for free, I replied thusly:

            "@ S----, I was just wondering how many hot models have you attracted with a camera phone? "Hey, honey.... Why don't you come over and pose for me tomorrow? I won't charge you anything, plus I'll put the photos up on Instagram for you. I've got a great iPhone. It takes such great pictures. Hey, and I've got another phone that has 38 megapixels if you'd prefer that."

            Hope you don't get any phone calls, texts, or facetime requests while you're trying to get the aperture, focal length, shutter speed, lighting, or pose just right. "
          • That's the dumbest argument ever...

            Great way to make a completely null argument for a professional photographer that: 1) likely wouldn't be doing a professional shoot with a cameraphone, 2) if they were getting a quick shot with a smartphone, they'd know how to get all of the settings quickly enough for a decent shot, 3) if, for whatever reason, they had to resort to doing a professional shoot with their smartphone, they'd - I don't know - ignore the call? Maybe?

            Turn in your keyboard; you're done.
      • Now that's more like it!

        Hey Bill,
        You're on the right track, but the 1020 is going to be passé with the specs fans within days, if not minutes. I'm waiting for the new HTC or Samsung which will have at least 100MP camera, with full 4K display on a 16" screen and 1000x zoom and an ISO rating of 1,000,000 (whatever that means; who cares!). With an Intel i9 CPU, 64GB of RAM and a 1GB SSD plus 14 I/O ports (including USB 4, SD, MS Pro, and RS-232 - just in case) it will beat even Deep Thought in processing power, and will be able to solve the problems of world peace and poverty within just a few hours.

        Don't be sucked in by lesser specced devices!
        • perfect specs (Now that's more like it! )

          Yes, rahbm, but you left out the dual lens for 3D video and the built-in 16" wide printer.
          I assume all of this would still fit in your pocket and weigh less than 8oz. ;-)
    • I'm with you!

      I bought a pre-paid Lumia 520 and found for a so called cheap smart phone it works really well! Just started my own small business fixing computer and also found the integration between Windows 8 and WP 8 is very good. Log my calls into the calendar on Windows 8 and almost immediately it pops up on my phone.
      Using my business Facebook page and get updates strait to my phone as well.
    • Win Phone

      Most of the Windows phone users I know are pretty happy with it. Just one switched to an iPhone at the first chance. I thought the OS was supposed to be so good though, that it doesn't need quad core (or even dual) and 2GB of RAM?
      • Indeed, the Windows Phone OS doesn't need Quad core and 2GB RAM...

        ...however, the 41 MP image processing does need the extra horsepower compared with the standard cameras on other smartphone.
  • Five reasons I dropped my iPhone 5 for a Nokia Lumia 1020

    I hope Verizon gets something similar but the way they have been moving with Microsoft Windows Phone it will be at least another 6 months before they see one.
    • Something for my Kids...

      I agree.. I need a cheap Windows Phone off contract that can be added as needed for my kids to use. I'm on ATT right now with a 920, but I'm waiting to see what the Fall devices are for Verizon. If they get a 1080P 41MP Phablet with MicroSD expansion and a 5xx series for the kids, I'll cancel my contract with ATT and join my wife on Verizon since they have far superior coverage in my area. I'll also get her a new Windows phone since she is still using her HTC Trophy.
      • Cheap off-contract

        They have a $99 phone off contract now, 520 or something like that.
      • PAYG

        I believe AT&T now offer a Nokia 52x or 62x for $99 with no monthly contract. May be worth a look?
    • Win Phone is making progress

      I agree, I almost dumped Verizon due to their lack of Win Phone offerings over a year ago and now I have decided to stay on Windows phones for me and my small company. We have a few HTX phones that are decent but the new Lumina has really gotten my attention, mainly because of the camera and as stated, I also love the live tiles instead of all the cluttered icons.
    • Why would you want an NSA spying device as a phone?

      Or did you forget about the Microsoft-NSA backdoor collaboration deal?
  • Fine...glad you're happy with it...

    ...but how does it perform as a TELEPHONE?

    The problems I have found with many of these "smartphones" is that they are not bad mini-computers...but are usually crappy telephones. And I do use mine as a telephone...often.

    I have had 4 different Motorola Droid phones...and NONE of them has worked very well as a telephone. Volume from BOTH the ear piece & Speaker Phone speaker is marginal at best. I must be in a completely quite environment in order to have a conversation.

    I usually fall back to my old LG envTouch "stupid-phone" if I need to make or receive an important telephone call.

    Call me old fashioned...but when I buy something that is supposed to be a "telephone"...I expect it to work WELL as a telephone.