Not everyone will agree with me on this, and why should they? Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, and one thing’s for sure, in the mobile phone space, opinions are often strong and sometimes controversial. Over the years I have grown very fond of a few phones, namely the Nokia 808 PureView for its true innovation, and also the Lumia 1020, which is the 808’s real successor. I have always loved the bright yellow of its curved chassis, but I have a comfort level with the 1020 that I haven’t had since my Nokia N9, 3 years ago.
Recently I was getting the ‘itch’. No, not anything that required a visit to the doctor (thankfully) but the smartphone fan itch. Y’know the one, the one whereby you’ve had a phone for a while and you just can’t help looking at what’s new, and longing for it night and day.
Well, I had the itch and plumped up the cash for a bright orange Nokia Lumia 930, despite knowing that LTE wouldn’t work on it here in the States. And I honestly do like it. But the problem is, I also have a Lumia 1020 still.
So… I’m selling the Lumia 930 after just 3 weeks of using it as my main device. Yes, the resale value is worth a good few hundred dollars which will certainly be useful with Christmas jingling around the corner, but to be absolutely honest, when I put both phones side-by-side, my gut feeling is to pick up the 1020 instead of the 930. With the Lumia 1020’s proper Xenon flash, the huge 41MP camera sensor, the top quality polycarbonate build, for me it’s an easy choice. The pros for the 930 are beginning to feel just a little bit lukewarm to me now: the screen isn’t that much better than the 1020’s and neither is the overall speed (yes the 930 is faster but not by enough to make me want to sell the 1020 instead). Also, there’s the 930’s larger form, which makes balancing the device in one hand just that ever so slightly more precarious on my little finger!
I just feel more of an attachment to the 1020 (sounds silly but there you go), and I love its versatility too: slipping it into the camera grip for those extra heavy photo days is something I’ve come to find really useful.
Of course, the real story here is I’m looking for an upgrade to my 1020, but I can’t seem to find one. The Lumia 830 arrived yesterday for me to trial and review, and even that with its beautiful design and very decent camera unit just can’t leapfrog over the 1020 in terms of camera prowess. And yes, I’m like the many Windows Phone users who are crying out for a proper 1020 successor, the legendary 1030, if it ever comes into existence.
I hope it does!
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