Since I just bought it and need to get back to work, I haven’t given it a good tryout yet. My wife wanted me to use at wedding of her niece in a couple of weeks, and so what the heck, I got it. Microsoft doesn’t buy phones for my personal use, and I keep my work hardware separate from my personal hardware.
The out of the box experience was awesome and since I got it at the Microsoft store, they were also giving the camera grip away with it. This is a separate unit that connects with the Nokia 1020 that makes it like a camera, and includes the wrist strap, which for me was the big deal, I have always wanted a wrist strap on my phone. The Nokia 1020optional “back” also has an extra battery for a little more life, and a slot for more memory. The phone has 32 Gigabytes out of the box and a Xenon flash like a regular camera and I think that makes stop action easier.
I bought the $99 breakage insurance 2 year plan through Microsoft, but I think the AT&T plan which is a few more dollars is just as worthwhile, so you need to decide. AT&T charged less than $7 a month for theirs, and I am not sure what is in it, so make sure to evaluate both of them before you decide. I just decided on the spot to use the Microsoft plan.
This is most likely the best camera I have had in ever, really, and it is nice that it has a phone in it. Need to more testing of course, but the few initial images looked really good and the panorama feature was easy to use.
The phone is technologically on par with other phones I have looked, but it is a little thick, so if you like thin phones, this one won’t fill the billet. If you can handle a little thickness for freaking awesome pictures, then this is the one for you!
I have a feeling that point and shoot cameras are going to struggle outside of making them have the ability to manage underwater and in tough environments. A super camera phone is not going in the water or the like.
If you need a new phone for a contract upgrade you will be getting a great deal! In fact if you have to pay full price, I think it’s a great deal, although it is unlikely I would have bought it full price, but not because of quality or value, but because I am thrifty.
As to the recharging pad, I just like the positive action of plugging in the cable, to each their own. Of course the phone comes with some of the AT&T apps installed, and they can be uninstalled easily if you want to. Why? I don’t usually use apps other than Office, some games of course, GPS, phone and camera. For internet access I use my ASUS Windows RT, which has an 8.1 Megapixel camera.
For more information you will need to check out the Nokia link at: http://www.nokia.com
The specifications can be found at Nokia.com but there they are.