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<p>All of the hype surrounding the Nokia Lumia 1020 has focused on its 41 megapixel camera. While these impressive specs have managed to garner the former mobile king some much needed publicity, is the phone little more than a gimmick, or does it really compete with Samsung and Apple’s more popular devices?


Display and camera


While the camera packs plenty of megapixels there’s a lot more going for the device than the number 41. It boasts six-lens Carl Zeiss optics, manual as well as autofocus and a feature known as lossless zoom that could become a standard for cameras in the future. Complete 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second completes an impressive package. Meanwhile the 4.5 inch HD+ display ensures that photos look as good as they possibly can on the device with vivid colours and exceptional tone.


Software


With Android and iOS dominating the mobile software landscape, there’s pressure on the Windows Phone 8 platform to make its mark. While the Windows side of things was never really a problem, boasting an intuitive interface, big name apps such as Facebook and YouTube remained absent because of the minimal market share. Thankfully, developers have now turned their attention towards the Windows platform as a direct result of marquee devices such as the Nokia Lumia 1020, removing one of the only reasons consumers would veer away from Windows.


Conclusion


The Lumia 1020 might not look too different from its predecessors but in your hands it has a premium feel, and as you begin to use it you’ll notice improvements everywhere. The high price point is likely to put some people off, but those that embrace the Lumina 1020 will have the pleasure of owning both an exceptional phone and camera.


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