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41 million reasons to get excited about the Nokia Lumia 1020

Jul 11, 2013

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Nokia Lumia 1020

These days, most smartphones have pretty good cameras built in (especially those with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors). Which is why you’re probably taking more pictures with the phone in your hand than the camera collecting dust in your closet. Here’s where the newest Nokia smartphone comes in and takes center stage. The camera features on the Nokia Lumia 1020 are so impressive that it blows many point-and-shoot cameras out of the water–making it hard to tell if this is a smartphone with a camera built in, or a camera with a smartphone built in.

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Nokia Lumia 1020

Featuring the newly adopted Windows 8 Phone OS and powered by a Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, the Lumia 1020 is a great smartphone, doing everything you would expect from a high-end mobile device. It boasts a sleek 4.5-inch screen with 768 X 1280 pixel resolution, a super sensitive touchscreen and PureMotion HD+ graphics. You’ll get incredible playback of movies and music at breakneck speeds with the multi-tasking, all-in-one Snapdragon processor designed to deliver high performance while optimizing battery life for more time between charges.

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Nokia Lumia 1020

Here is where things get serious. Seriously impressive. The Lumia 1020 has a 41-megapixel camera. 41. If that seems like a ridiculous number of megapixels, that’s because it is. To compare, my DSLR camera, whose sole purpose is to take pictures, takes 16MP images. Since the more pixels, the higher the resolution, this smartphone will take stunning photos that blow many point and shoots away. 

On top of those 41 megapixels, the sensor was redesigned to be smaller with better light sensitivity and a faster lens. Along with a Xenon flash, the optical image stabilization was also engineered for better low-light photography and smoother videos. It also boasts lossless zoom to capture both 5-megapixel and 32-megapixel shots simultaneously—one for online sharing with friends, and one for keeps and printing. And it has a dedicated shutter key so your photography experience is natural and easy.

Simply said, the Lumia 1020 is for anyone who wants photos that are better than the ones you took with your camera. And since it’s also a powerful smartphone you can share, send and edit these incredible photos right from your device.

The phone will be available through AT&T starting July 26th for $299.99, in yellow, black and white.

What do you think? Do you see the Lumia 1020 as a smartphone with a camera built in? Or a camera with a smartphone built in? 

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Nattida Samanukorn

Staff Writer, Snapdragon Blog

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I see it every day and everywhere: People tenaciously tapping away at smartphones, laptops, and tablets. There they are, slouched on the comfy couch at the coffee shop or standing in line at the bank, noses down in their devices. It’s our universal posture. 

It’s also a posture that’s causing our health to suffer. Looking down at our devices increases stress on our spines and the small, spongy discs between vertebrae. In fact, research indicates that the further you bend your neck, the greater the torque on your spine; a forward angle of 60 degrees — that is, looking straight down at a phone held at chest level — makes a 12-pound head feel like it weighs 60 pounds. This heavy-head phenomenon can cause pain due to pinched nerves or herniated discs.

As a physical therapist, I treat people with these aches and pains every day. Thankfully, unlike many nondescript backaches, we know what’s causing our “text neck,” which means we’re better equipped to fix it. So, what do we do now? Throw away the technology? Of course not. We just need to be more aware of our interactions with it. 

That awareness starts with learning proper posture. Years ago, the great physical therapist and spine guru Robin McKenzie was asked about the three most important treatment techniques he could offer a patient. His response: "Posture correction, posture correction, and posture correction." Proper posture involves maintaining the natural anatomical position of your spine —  ears over shoulders, shoulders over your hips, and a slight forward curve in the neck and lower back. 

Positive change in your positioning while tweeting or emailing means keeping your eyes and head above your shoulders. Sometimes simple fixes can do a lot of good, too; for instance, adding a lumbar support roll to your chair can brace your spine, and using a small stand can elevate your laptop to eye level. (Important caveat here: If you’re experiencing persistent spinal pain or discomfort, see your doctor or a physical therapist. Don't let small aches and pains turn into big problems.) 

Ironically, technology itself can also help make us more aware of — even eliminate — our slouches and slumps. Wearable devices can train you to sit and stand with correct posture. The Lumo Lift, for example, is a small magnetic chip that attaches to a shirt or bra strap and vibrates whenever you slouch. The TruPosture smart shirt has five sensors placed along your spine, which signal haptic feedback whenever your posture is less than ideal.

We also need to realize that our desks, chairs, and makeshift mobile “workstations” aren’t doing our backs any favors, either. As physical therapists like to say, “motion is lotion.” So, recent controversies notwithstanding, a sit-to-stand workstation, such as the Varidesk height-adjustable standing desk, may be your best bet to stave off laptop-induced “tech” neck. Sit a little, stand a bit, and recline some. Similarly, the Gesture Chair by Steelcase includes a flexible back and articulating arms that move with you, providing support for your spine as you recline and for your elbows and shoulders as you hold up mobile devices.

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