About two years ago, Nokia and Microsoft joined hands and started a partnership that would see some great phones being released. We are of course talking about the Windows Phone operating system and Nokia’s Lumia lineup of smartphones. Even though Microsoft licenses out the OS to other OEMs including Samsung and HTC, the truth of the matter is that it is Nokia and Nokia alone that has shouldered the responsibility to ensure that the platform gains traction. After all, their livelihood depends on it now that they don’t have any plans to make Android smartphones.
Over the course of these two years, we have seen Nokia release some excellent phones. Take the clock back to October 2012 and you’ll remember the Lumia 920. It was Nokia’s first phone to run the new Windows Phone 8 OS. It was also the first Windows Phone to come with the PureView branding. PureView branding is what Nokia uses to denote a great camera experience. It was first used on the Nokia 808 PureView, a phone that had set the bar up so high for phone cameras that most manufacturers didn’t even bother to try to challenge it.
The Lumia 920 was an impressive phone, but its cameras capabilities left a lot to be desired. It was not the PureView phone people had been hoping for. However what we didn’t know at the time was that Nokia was working on what will eventually come to be as the true successor to the 808 PureView.
Yes, this is the Nokia Lumia 1020. Yes, this is the PureView Windows Phone we have all been waiting for. It comes with a 41MP sensor and Carl Zeiss lens. It has a Xenon flash. It has a massive camera hump on its back that shows that it means business. Today we will be taking a thorough look at what has the potential to be the best Windows Phone in the market today. Does it live up to the hype? Let’s find out.