While Apple has not listened to my complaints ...Nokia is known for making beautiful phones, and the latest smartphone offering from Nokia’s Lumia range is the 1020. Stylistically, it’s pretty similar to the previous Lumias, but there are a few new awesome features that you should know about. Because, from a camera you’d never expect to see attached to a smartphone to a wireless charging system, there are some pretty cool things to be learnt about the Nokia Lumia 1020. Here are the top five…

This is the best camera you can find on a smartphone

So, your average smartphone tends to have a four- or eight-megapixel camera, depending upon whether you’re buying a luxury or ‘entertainment’ model. The Nokia Lumia 1020 blows these competitors out of the water by providing a whopping 41-megapixel camera! But, of course, that’s too big for your to put on your Instagram account, so this clever phone also saves a 5 megapixel version for social media purposes. Think of the Lumia 1020 as a camera with a phone attached, rather than the other way around.

And the video’s not too shabby either

Luckily, they didn’t skimp on the video technology, either. The Lumia 1020 offers crisp, clear HD video recording, with up to six times optical zoom without the loss of image quality. Throw in distortion-free, stereo sound that will make you feel like you’re watching your memories live, and you’ll understand why this phone could replace your handycam.

It’s a Windows operating system

Like all of Nokia’s new smartphones, the Lumia 1020 comes with Windows Phone 8. For Apple or Andrioid devotee, this means a different style of menu, based more on lists than icons and with substantially less colour. There are obvious benefits of running Windows on a phone for those who have a PC at home or in the office; think easy syncing to programs like Outlook and Office.

You can charge it without plugging it in

How often have you run out of battery on your phone and forgotten to bring your charger? Or, worse, remembered the damn charger but had no where to plug it in? One of the coolest things about Nokia’s Lumia range are their charging cases. Yep, you read that correctly. They look just like a regular phone case, but when you put them on your phone, it gives its battery a boost. Genius.

The actual hardware has improved

Nokia have listened to customer feedback in order to troubleshoot some of the problems that have faced previous Lumia users. But, more than that, they’ve added in a host of new applications that used to put Nokia’s competitors ahead of the pack. One of these is Nokia Music, an app which the Finnish mobile phone giant anticipates will come to rival Apple’s iTunes.

It’s just so damn beautiful

Perhaps the reason many people will get this phone is purely for aesthetics. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is bright, bold, and stylish at the same time, making it the perfect phone to make you stand out from the crowd.

Frances Ward is a student from Sydney. She was originally planning to rent an iPhone than a Nokia, but after looking into the Lumia 1020, she might need to change her mind.

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