Nokia Lumia 1020

I’m not sure if the Nokia Lumia 1020 is an amazing camera with a built in smartphone, or a smartphone with a built in amazing camera!  I am baffled by the amount of people I see in and around Boston, or even when I travel to Disney, who lug around an iPad to take pictures.  It’s even funnier when they attempt to hold out their iPad to take a selfie!  The Nokia Lumia 1020 features a 41 megapixel camera.  No that is not a typo, 41 megapixel camera!  As soon as I started testing this phone, I posted a few pictures on facebook and immediately received comment after comment about the quality of the pictures!  Posting them in this blog isn’t going to do them justice, so I have created a shutterfly web page so you can see some of the images.  Check them out at

Of course the camera is only one feature of this phone.  As most of you know, I have been an iPhone guy for a long time!  It took me a little while to get used to a windows phone, but once I did, I truly enjoyed the flexibility a windows phone has to offer.  It didn’t seem to matter if I was on wi-fi or 4G, the DualCore 1500 MHz processor was fast and got me where I wanted to go quickly!  It is a much smoother transition with e-mail where a windows phone will give you far more options with outlook and other Microsoft software.  I actually could open an excel file WP_20141017_003and read it with the 4.5″ display!

I thought I would never be able to have all the apps I did with my iPhone, but when push came to shove, I found I really don’t use most of the apps.  The ones I use all the time like facebook, twitter, waze and a few sports apps are either pre-installed or were quick to download.  With a 2000 mHa battery, even with heavy camera use and wi-fi use, I never found myself in a situation where I needed to stop and charge the Lumia 1020.  I felt like the windows phone gave me far more customization for my home screen, putting information I was looking for right there, rather than having to open an app.

As far as size goes, in a world of phones getting bigger and bigger, I found the Nokia Lumia 1020 to be perfect.  If you are looking for a huge phone, check out the big brother of this phone the Nokia Lumia 1520!

I’m sure by now you have seen the commercials of Siri versus Cortana!  I found Cortana (your personal smartphone assistant) to listen to me and know what I like far better than Siri.  As my wife was yelling at Siri, I was getting the information I needed from Cortana!

Lumia1020-US-03-All-Phones-Page-Front-287x500Oh by the way, did I mention that the Nokia Lumia 1020 can make phone calls and text too?  Of course the Lumia 1020 is a full functioning cell phone as well.  Although now a days that seems to be the lowest on the smartphone chain of demands.

With all the features of the Nokia Lumia 1020 has to offer, I would certainly recommend this as a Gotta Have Gadget and instantly put it into the Gotta Have Gadget Hall of Fame!  Check out all the features of this camera…err smartphone at

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