by Elise Boyd in Tech on Thursday 12 December 2013

As self-confessed tech addicts here in the Lost At E Minor office, we were pretty excited to get our hands on the newly released Nokia Lumia 1020, which hit Australian shelves earlier this year. The impressive Windows 8 powered device packs a punch with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 4.5 inch 1280×768 screen.

But what we really wanted to get our hands on was the Lumia 1020’s camera: this bad boy is the only smartphone around with a seriously impressive 41 megapixel PureView camera. Also included in the features lineup is full HD video capability and Nokia’s ‘Rich Recording’ for crisp, clear audio capture. You can capture sharp, detailed HD video and zoom in up to six times without losing quality. Plus, it doesn’t sound tinny or half-drowned. It’s good.

We compared the Lumia 1020 to a variety of other smartphones currently on the market, and found that while the 4.5 inch 1280×768 screen is relatively small by today’s standard (i.e. your average Samsung or Sony), it still beats out the iPhone 5S and HTC’s latest iPhone competitor, the HTC One Mini in terms of screen real estate.

The screen size combined with the slightly chunky design of the body means it still fits in your pocket, but allows for easy one handed operation minus the horrible feeling that the phone is going to slip out of your hand at any second. On top of that, Nokia’s display technology (known as ‘ClearBlack’) still remains true to form, resulting in deeper blacks, with a real, inky finish.

Overall, the phone is an impressive feat that puts Nokia firmly back on the map for most consumers. If you’re a Windows 8 native, you’ll feel right at home on this device, and we’d argue that the impressive 41 megapixel camera might just provide enough of a reason to switch over from Android or iOS.

Stay tuned for our second review next week, where we’ll dive into the camera and audio capabilities of the phone. For now, check out the video below – Ellie Goulding shot her entire ”How Long Will I Love You” video clip using the phone.