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I normally hate cellphones, but my current smartphone is just....no longer cutting it. For a while I've been looking at cellphones and the Nokia 1020 has caught my eye.
My expected Usage: Camera, Browsing Internet/youtube, Music Player, GPS/Navigation/Maps, Skype+Pinger+Other communications Apps(meaning i need the phone mic and speaker), (I MIGHT download a game like maybe Angry Birds)



I don't want to just replace my current smartphone, i also want to replace the purpose of what my 2ndary laptop now serves, as well as getting a capable camera
I don't own a good camera, I want a good high quality and simple to use camera(point and shoot)
Wifi/Tablet internet accessibility(basically tablet uses without the games) to browse forums(like OCN!) away from my home station PC
I would like to have GPS navigation/Maps
I don't use games or many apps
Calling outside of Skype, and maybe quick chats with say a doctors office or something like that probably wouldn't happen much. a lot is covered by some Apps that I use.

The Nokia 1020 has an extra battery camera grip style accessory, and uses micro SIM. It also comes in this adorable yellow and I love it, looks so cute!

So I've done a lot of research its just, I honestly know next to nothing about phones, and their specs and what they do.
I know camera Megapixels can mean next to nothing really, its more about censor type and what is CMOS? Do things like that matter with a phone like say the Nokia 1020?

I would be getting this phone unlocked at the best price I can find it at. Not from a carrier. Is it capable of being used without a Sim card until i deside on a carrier, if any at all(perhaps I'll just use it on wifi?) Or would I have to go looking for a micro Sim card from someone or off of Ebay or what not?

Is there any specific issue with Windows Phone vs say an Android? Are there other phones that are designed around cameras that I could look at instead of the 1020 that are potentially cheaper unlocked?

How tough are Nokia's smartphones? Does Nokia have a good reputation? What about warranty service and customer service quality?

Could I say for example, underclock/undervolt the phones CPU to get extra battery life? (similar to a laptop)

I don't know much about phones, I'm kinda clueless, I wanna check things out before I get myself into something and end up disappointed.
post #2 of 11
Wow, a lot of questions.

I can say this though:
The camera on the Noka is GAME changing good. You can literally take low light, strong depth of focus shots, wide angle shots, scenery, architecture, portraits. It's like an entry level DSLR in your hands.

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Originally Posted by TrollingThunder View Post

Wow, a lot of questions.

I can say this though:
The camera on the Noka is GAME changing good. You can literally take low light, strong depth of focus shots, wide angle shots, scenery, architecture, portraits. It's like an entry level DSLR in your hands.


This makes me quite excited to get my paws on one now...

edit: how is filming and video? I'm hoping it's capable of decent video recording.
Edited by FranBunnyFFXII - 3/3/14 at 6:33pm
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There is a member over at CTO that is looking to sell their banana phone for a good price.

Nokia is still good in the build quality. Nokia is exclusive with Microcrap with their smartphones. Camera is really good, xenon flash on some models definitely a plus. I haven't done much with WP7/8 but it is decent.
I would recommend checking out gsmarena.com , maybe xda, gsmarena has reviews on most phones. That should give you at least a bit of an idea.
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There is a member over at CTO that is looking to sell their banana phone for a good price.

Nokia is still good in the build quality. Nokia is exclusive with Microcrap with their smartphones. Camera is really good, xenon flash on some models definitely a plus. I haven't done much with WP7/8 but it is decent.
I would recommend checking out gsmarena.com , maybe xda, gsmarena has reviews on most phones. That should give you at least a bit of an idea.
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I've been using Nokia phones off and on for 15 years, ever since the days of the old analog brick phones. Their quality, both then and now, is second to none. Nokia is kind of legendary for the indestructibility of their hardware. Their screens will shatter like any other phone's will (naturally), but the build quality of the rest of the phone is still outstanding.

The 1020's camera is best in class for a smartphone. There's more to quality pictures than just megapixels, but the high-end Lumia camera are outstanding in every regard, just not MP's. I have a friend who's getting one as soon as she's eligible for an upgrade. As for browsing, you're restricted to using IE for a browser on Windows Phone, but that's never been a problem for me. Mobile IE works just as well as mobile Firefox or the Android browser, or Safari on iOS, and also plays videos with no issues, even on the low-end Lumia 520, so there's no reason a 1020 shouldn't do well. The Lumias use Nokia's Here maps service, which is comparable in every way to Google or whatever Apple uses for maps. Nokia's maps are also used by a lot of dedicated car GPS systems, so it's pretty good.

I've never tried Skype, but I've also never heard of anyone having problems using it on a Lumia, and I've recommended them to several people who tend to take my computing advice.

The biggest drawback you hear about WP is that it doesn't have all of the apps that you can get for Apple or Android. That doesn't sound like an issue for you. The WP software itself is easy to learn and--most importantly for me--it just works. I tinker with my PC's all of the time, but I need my smartphone to work, period. My Lumia 520 is my only "home" phone and also gets used constantly in my work (I'm a newspaper editor for three papers in my 'day job'), and I appreciate knowing I can count on it tremendously.

Works just fine on Wi-Fi only, very good wireless radio with good reception even on a 520 (so a 1020 would be as good or better, I'm sure). There's at least one person on here using a Lumia as a Wi-Fi only mini tablet. I'm just using mine on a cheap Straight Talk plan; de facto 2GB data cap, but I'm on Wi-Fi most of the time so it's never an issue anyway.
     
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I've been using Nokia phones off and on for 15 years, ever since the days of the old analog brick phones. Their quality, both then and now, is second to none. Nokia is kind of legendary for the indestructibility of their hardware. Their screens will shatter like any other phone's will (naturally), but the build quality of the rest of the phone is still outstanding.

The 1020's camera is best in class for a smartphone. There's more to quality pictures than just megapixels, but the high-end Lumia camera are outstanding in every regard, just not MP's. I have a friend who's getting one as soon as she's eligible for an upgrade. As for browsing, you're restricted to using IE for a browser on Windows Phone, but that's never been a problem for me. Mobile IE works just as well as mobile Firefox or the Android browser, or Safari on iOS, and also plays videos with no issues, even on the low-end Lumia 520, so there's no reason a 1020 shouldn't do well. The Lumias use Nokia's Here maps service, which is comparable in every way to Google or whatever Apple uses for maps. Nokia's maps are also used by a lot of dedicated car GPS systems, so it's pretty good.

I've never tried Skype, but I've also never heard of anyone having problems using it on a Lumia, and I've recommended them to several people who tend to take my computing advice.

The biggest drawback you hear about WP is that it doesn't have all of the apps that you can get for Apple or Android. That doesn't sound like an issue for you. The WP software itself is easy to learn and--most importantly for me--it just works. I tinker with my PC's all of the time, but I need my smartphone to work, period. My Lumia 520 is my only "home" phone and also gets used constantly in my work (I'm a newspaper editor for three papers in my 'day job'), and I appreciate knowing I can count on it tremendously.

Works just fine on Wi-Fi only, very good wireless radio with good reception even on a 520 (so a 1020 would be as good or better, I'm sure). There's at least one person on here using a Lumia as a Wi-Fi only mini tablet. I'm just using mine on a cheap Straight Talk plan; de facto 2GB data cap, but I'm on Wi-Fi most of the time so it's never an issue anyway.

My one worry is that I know older phones you can't access the phone if you don't have a sim card installed. Can it be used without a sim? or will I have to track one down or something?
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My one worry is that I know older phones you can't access the phone if you don't have a sim card installed. Can it be used without a sim? or will I have to track one down or something?
You'll need a SIM card for on-air service on any mobile, unless you're using Skype or some other Internet telephony software. You should be able to call out in Skype on a Lumia or any other phone without a SIM. Since modern phones are required to be able to reach 911 whether a SIM card is installed or not, you can access the phone without one.
     
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You'll need a SIM card for on-air service on any mobile, unless you're using Skype or some other Internet telephony software. You should be able to call out in Skype on a Lumia or any other phone without a SIM. Since modern phones are required to be able to reach 911 whether a SIM card is installed or not, you can access the phone without one.

I know. but just ment using the phone as a tablet/camera until I can get service again.
I have an older phone and seen phones where if there's no sim card present, it says "insert simcard" or something similar and wont let you use it unless it has a sim card installed.

Its going to function just fine without a sim right? except that I cant use the phone based radios(4G, phone radio).
Edited by FranBunnyFFXII - 3/5/14 at 12:16pm
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I just pulled the SIM out of my Lumia to see how it would function. It gives a nag screen saying that the SIM is missing or invalid, but you can still access the phone app if you choose "emergency call." More importantly, the Wi-Fi radio works fine and you can use it to run Skype, and you can also access the Internet using Wi-Fi. The only thing that doesn't work is carrier-based phone service and mobile data. So the phone can still run all functions that Wi-Fi can provide even if there's no SIM card installed.
     
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