12-10-2014 08:13 AM
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  1. Marco Antonio3's Avatar
    I was planning to buy a 1020 a few months back but built a gaming pc instead. Now I need a phone, and was wondering since the 1020 already reached its EOL , is it still worth to get? Or should I wait for a succesor? Also keep in mind I will buy the phone unlocked, and I'm pretty sure there will be an exclusivity point with att, and I cannot wait much longer. The price on amazon for an unlocked one is 387$, so is it worth it?
    10-11-2014 09:25 PM
  2. Aresjr21's Avatar
    As a device to lock into a two year contract with, no it is not due to newer hardware that will release in that time span. However as a device to buy now outright, yes well worth the investment.
  3. Darthbobcat's Avatar
    Comparing it to my 1520 and 635, I would say that the phone is fluid and responsive. The main thing I miss compared to those two phones is battery life. I typically will start running low after about 4-5 hours of moderate to heavy use, compared to those two models, which just keep going.

    My other bit of advice is to make sure you get a good case and screen cover for it. I used to work at a store that sold them and I suspect that camera bulge makes them less durable than the typical Nokia tank.
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    10-11-2014 09:55 PM
  4. Midi_Amp's Avatar
    Anyone wants to pitch in too? I'm the same with the OP, wanting to buy the phone now after so long (price reason)... But the 1020 was introduced in my country late last year, and still promoted until today. I borrowed the 1020 around May and absolutely loving it, especially the camera control. Still I have another choice which is the Galaxy K Zoom. I used the old S4 Zoom for quite a while, but sold it because the dust particle inside the lens is quite annoying. I don't see any dust proving mentioned in the K Zoom reviews, so I'm quite wary. Plus, I hate the very archaic manual control of the S4 Zoom, and I read the review is dumbed down further more for the K Zoom.

    I'm not one into installing games or apps on my phones. Social networking and chat apps are all I need, so not caring so much about the apps ecosystem. I'm also content about the camera app delay and shot to shot time, somehow I can get 7/10 shots I wanted, still good.
    10-12-2014 01:36 AM
  5. Deutscher2's Avatar
    It's so easy:
    If you take many Photos and want a nice Smartphone, take the 1020.
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    10-12-2014 04:44 AM
  6. MicrosoftLumia's Avatar
    I came to the forum to post the exact same question. Glad to see more people in the same boat. I've been living with a shattered 720 for quite a while (touch still works perfectly btw). I've been in love with the 1020 for a long time, but it was out of my price range. When Nokia recently announced the 830, I decided it was time to upgrade. The phone will be released soon in my country around the price point of $480 - which is exactly the price at which I can buy a new 1020. And now you understand my conundrum. So is it still worth buying a 1020 today? Or do you guys think it won't be able to keep up with the upcoming software updates, etc.?
    10-12-2014 06:51 AM
  7. Deutscher2's Avatar
    It's so easy:
    If you take many Photos and want a nice Smartphone, take the 1020.
    10-12-2014 01:10 PM
  8. Suicide Stacey's Avatar
    If you want a fast processor to play games get a 1520... If you want to take great pics...get a 1020... HOWEVER....the 1020 doesn't have an SD slot which is a deal breaker for most. And you want to take great pics? If you will spend 90% of your pics uploading to facebook, twitter..etc..... Bear in mind the quality of the 1020 pic will be scaled down to 5 mega pixels for uploading so you will never show the full potential of the pic unless you get people to look at them on your computer. Will you be doing that much? If not...then the 1520 is the best choice and believe me....the camera is excellent
    10-12-2014 01:29 PM
  9. pseudoware's Avatar
    I just bought a new 1020 last week. No regrets.
    Sent from my Nokia 909 using Tapatalk
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    10-13-2014 02:10 AM
  10. Aresjr21's Avatar
    As a device to lock into a two year contract with, no it is not due to newer hardware that will release in that time span. However as a device to buy now outright, yes well worth the investment.
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    10-13-2014 02:27 AM
  11. hallam555's Avatar
    If you love talking great photos of your kids, wildlife, or just about anything else then this is the phone to have. My wife loves her 1020, the detail I'd second to none and has stopped us from buying a proper camera 📷
    10-13-2014 02:30 AM
  12. Midi_Amp's Avatar
    So is it still worth buying a 1020 today? Or do you guys think it won't be able to keep up with the upcoming software updates, etc.?
    It's already incompatible with Nokia Denim update. So, if you buy it now, the phone will be "as is" until you sold/broke/lost it. I have no problem with it since I'm a light user.

    About no expandable storage... Again, in my brief time of using the phone, I have absolutely no problem whatsoever filling the 20 something GB with photos (not videos). For work purpose, at the end of the day I usually move the photos to my notebook and have a vacant space again. Then again, I have a habit to back up my photos to my home NAS.
    10-13-2014 07:49 AM
  13. Deutscher2's Avatar
    It's already incompatible with Nokia Denim update.
    Every Windows 8 Lumia will get Denim, even the 520. So please don't tell such lies.
    10-13-2014 10:29 AM
  14. TaichiSurface's Avatar
    even without the update, 1020 is worth every penny and yes still goo in October 2014.
    10-13-2014 01:29 PM
  15. snowmutt's Avatar
    My daughter has one, and has zero desire to get anything else. None. She loves it, and still plays with the camera like a kid at Christmas.

    No doubt there will be newer, more advanced devices rolling out. But the L1020 is still fun for photo-fans. Keep to your budget, and shop around. But yes, if you get it at the price you can afford you will enjoy the crap out of it.
    10-13-2014 03:26 PM
  16. msirapian's Avatar
    If photography is your main focus, if you accept no compromise, go for the 1020 (but as said, not on contract).

    I switched from the 808 to the 1020 in March this year, as Symbian started to die (changing APIs, services stopped one by one).

    I just love it, because of WP (mainly), because it's fluid and because of the camera. 41MP, OIS and RAW. Wow.

    It's slower to capture, yes, but it never annoyed me. Its camera won't get improved by Denim or subsequent updates, but it's not a problem to me.

    Battery life: 4G/WLAN on, localisation on, my battery life is 1 day and 15 hours. And I do use it, I promise :)

    This being said, all this is valid if and only if you need that 41 MP camera. With all due respect, but if it's to shoot sushis and feet on a beach, it would be overkill lol.

    To be serious, we know that the 1020 will get all the GDR of 8.1 (and it's the most important, camera improvement is an extra to me), and probably Windows10 too.

    The other way to tackle the question is: if you're into photography, you don't have a big choice. 930 or 1020. So again, if the sensor of the 1020 is what attracts you in this device, you don't have another choice than buying it until something better comes.

    When I say something better, I don't know will there be a 1030 based on the 41MP product line, but as the 808 wasn't a boosted Nokia N8, the 1030 could go beyond the 1020 by introducing another technology/solution.
    10-13-2014 03:59 PM
  17. Midi_Amp's Avatar
    Every Windows 8 Lumia will get Denim, even the 520. So please don't tell such lies.
    Well, let me correct that, I was too focused on the camera aspect. The Lumia 1020 will get the Denim update, but only for the system changes. The faster camera shot to shot, and the moment capture feature will not come to the 1020 due to slower processor.
    10-13-2014 09:19 PM
  18. msirapian's Avatar
    Midi_Amp, you're probably mostly right, but I wonder if we'll get absolutely nothing, or a few nibbles camera-wise. Nothing is clear and what's certain is that we get the new app with the new architecture anyway (without its major benefits though as you suggest)
    10-14-2014 02:20 AM
  19. Marco Antonio3's Avatar
    I'm starting to lean to the 1520, as it has that nice big screen in beautiful black and white contrast with the white color(my personal preference for phones, as this will be my first WP which I prefer after years of iOs. But does the screen size get in the way? Can everyone see what you are doing due to the large size? Also I know it has a great battery and a 20mp camera.
    10-14-2014 08:20 AM
  20. pseudoware's Avatar
    DO NOT GET THE 1020! If you try to switch to another phone, you will be gravely disappointed at how much the camera sucks in comparison. You've been warned!

    Sent from my Nokia 909 using Tapatalk
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    10-14-2014 09:45 AM
  21. Deutscher2's Avatar
    Well, let me correct that, I was too focused on the camera aspect. The Lumia 1020 will get the Denim update, but only for the system changes. The faster camera shot to shot, and the moment capture feature will not come to the 1020 due to slower processor.
    The "Moment Capture" will come. The previous Version is already there (Smart Cam Modus).
    Also the Shoot-to-Shoot Times will be a little bit faster because of a completely new written "Lumia Camera".

    Daniel Rubino:
    They will get the core aspects. Even devices that can't shoot 4K will get an "HD Moments" version. The whole architecture of the camera app/system was re-written for Lumia Denim and Lumia Camera V for speed, as processing of images now happens in the background.
    10-14-2014 02:05 PM
  22. Dk92's Avatar
    It's kind of slow. I'd say its still worth it though.
    10-14-2014 02:19 PM
  23. CapoFantasma97's Avatar
    My father has a 1520, and I own a 1020.

    They are both great phones.

    With the 1020 I capture amazing photos, and with the camera grip and a bipod I can easily take videos.
    Since it's an AMOLED display, it has a pure black, and vivid colors.

    The 1520 is really nice for its wide screen, and its more pumped up specs.
    If you play Asphalt on it, your first reaction will be "Wow!".
    Also the big screen comes handy to watch videos, read emails and books, surf on the net, and anything else you usually do.
    The screen uses IPS technology, so the colors will be more natural than the 1020, but the black color will "suffer".
    Even if the size may seem too big (6 inches), I have cargo pants, and suits perfectly in the side pockets. I'm not sure if it suits well in jeans.

    (this is the second time I entirely re-write the comment. When I quote, and then send the message it's like it disappears, and that's really annoying. Maybe it's the unsufficient permissions since I'm new and my first 10 messages cannot contain any link?)
    10-14-2014 02:35 PM
  24. Marco Antonio3's Avatar
    Actually I took a look at the 930, and I like it. My preference I sampled and it is pretty nice phone. Which do you prefer the 930 or the 1520? I live in the US and. I will still buy global 939 cuz I don't like verizon and 930 has more color options
    10-15-2014 09:54 AM
  25. RTGent's Avatar
    It depends on what you value, and whether you have superior alternatives. I paid $279 for a mint one on Ebay in June, and last month I turned down a $300 offer for my still-mint +accessories from a photographer friend. It's still worth more to me, and I couldn't come up with a price I'd take for her other than a "honestly, whatever another mint one -plus accessories- would cost me".
    10-15-2014 01:39 PM
  26. XT14N's Avatar
    I was going to provide my input but it seems like you've decided. But for those that are wondering, I think the 1020 is worth it. I just got one for my birthday this month and I'm absolutely loving it for pictures. I'm not too worried about space because I move my pictures to my external storage. I'm with T-Mobile USA and we never get any good high-end phone anyways.

    My 1020 is the unlocked version from the Microsoft Store. LTE works just fine. I had the Lumia 810 with a wireless back cover. So i had to get the wireless back for the 1020. $25 from Microsoft Store online, brand new. Now I'm waiting for my DT-900 from eBay and tempered glass screen protector from Amazon.

    Absolutely loving the Lumia 1020!
    10-15-2014 02:03 PM
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