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Nokia Lumia 1020 Review & App Social

This post was written as part of a partnership with Nokia, however all of the thoughts and opinions are mine.

We are a Windows phone family, tried and true. I had the opportunity to test out an Android phone, and while I loved the apps, it was so confusing to navigate and took me twice as long to get where I wanted to go. Talk about frustrating! If apps are the only thing holding you back, there’s no reason to fear. Nokia is making it easy to share and find all the best apps for Windows phones.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

When I saw the commercials for the Nokia Lumia 1020 I thought the phone looked awesome. I was thrilled when I was given the chance to check one out.

Now days, I use my phone for everything! I may have a fancy dSLR for shooting photos for my blog at home. However, when I’m out and about, I don’t want to take my fancy camera with me. I want something that can fit in my back pocket. That’s the biggest feature packed into the Lumia 1020 – a powerful camera! In fact, it’s actually a higher megapixel camera than my dSLR with 41 megapixels. The camera has a 2.2 aperture lens which allows in lots of light. You can then adjust your shutter speed and ISO just like on a dSLR camera.

Here’s a picture I took indoors in my very dark house. It’s just an everyday picture I would take, nothing fancy. But the fact that it wasn’t dark shows the power of this camera for indoor low lighting use. Any camera can take a good picture outdoors with perfect lighting. I didn’t change any of the settings, this was taken on auto.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Photo

The camera is definitely by far the best camera I’ve used on a smartphone. However, it takes a bit of practice and skill getting used to the settings. Using the camera with the auto settings will give you pretty similar results as to a point and shoot, so you need to move beyond auto to make the camera work for you. It doesn’t have much of a zoom, but because the image captures so many details in it’s megapixel capacity, you can crop in on the image and still get a decent sized photo that captures your focus.

Lumia 1020 Camera

The Lumia 1020 feels a bit thick and not as sleek as I expected, but overall feels good in my hand. It fits comfortably and I can reach everything across the phone easily. The only thing I don’t like is the button to turn on the phone is in a weird place. It’s in a perfect place for when you’re holding your phone cradled in your hand. But if your holding the phone any other way, it’s in a somewhat awkward spot. The button is right under my second finger on the right of the camera in the picture above.

Nokia has introduced a new social platform for apps, called App Social. It’s a way to easily share and list your favorite apps and find apps your friends love to get the most out of your phone! How do you find out about new apps? I know for me, I always hear about them first from friends and share with my friends my favorites, too. What a great way to discover apps! Plus, you can see reviews, pricing, and download the apps right there inside App Social.

Here’s my apps from my list, Apps I Love


What’s your favorite app?