Is there any reason to be surprised that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is failing to catch on with the public? It’s more expensive ($299) than the already released Nokia 920 ($99), which also is failing to sell. Did Nokia really believe that putting a 41-megapixel camera into a phone that’s failing, would do the trick?
Here’s a clue, I’ll give to Nokia for free. Despite its very slight climb in marketshare, the general population doesn’t care for Windows Phone. Aside from the lack of certain apps, most people are so heavily invested into either the Apple or Android ecosystem, be it because of their already purchased (for cash) apps or their simple taste of the OS, fact is, they aren’t going to switch to a less populated Operating System. Two, if I wanted a camera that had over 20-megapixels, I’d by a DSRL. In fact, I have a $3,000 dollar Nikon D800, that has 36.6 megapixels, that takes professional quality photos. Some people even claim that 36-megapixels for a DSRL is overkill (I’m not one of them), but I have to agree, that 41-megapixels is absurd for a smartphone.
The only thing that a 41-megapixel camera does in a smartphone, is take LARGER photos and fatten the phone’s thickness. Megapixels don’t always mean a better and clearer images. A larger sensor and better optics mean better quality pictures. It’s almost like Nokia has no clue what they are doing. Look at this “PAID” advertisement for the 1020 on Facebook, where they say it has a “Whopping Six Zeiss Lenses!”
One, that’s horribly stated and two…six lenses?!? Even their marketing sucks, I believe they mean “elements” which are typically curved pieces of glass that make up “ONE” lens. I’m not going to stay that the 1020 doesn’t take good pictures, but from what I’ve seen in real world tests, next to an 8-megapixel iPhone and even the Samsung Galaxy S4, the pictures are not what you’d call night and day. Hell, they aren’t even enough to wow me.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Nokia would be better off making their hardware running Android. That being said, I don’t even think this phone with Android 4.3 would sell well. Sure, people take a lot of photos with their smartphones, but we’re already conditioned to know that while we like the quality of a smartphone photo, we know they are for sharing on things like Instagram and Facebook, maybe even the occasional 4×6 print, but not for editorials and magazine covers… that’s what pro cameras are for, not smartphones.
The Nokia 1020 is a waste of time, effort and money on Nokia’s behalf. But, if you’re still convinced that this phone is for you, get it before it’s discontinued at the newly slashed price of just $250, from Amazon, that’s $50 off. Of course if you wait another month it will probably drop to either $199 or even $99 before being phased out.