My Nokia Lumia 1020 Story: Discovering and Re-discovering

While others are having reviews about their cameraphones or smartphones on their blogs, I've opted to have my own discoursed in a lifestyle way... not too techie, not too difficult... I'd be using terms in simplest forms as much as possible so that almost everybody can relate to
 "My Nokia Lumia 1020 Story." 

I've been one of the fortunate ones who was invited by co- blogger and fellow Paconian (Paco Catholic School) Ferds Bondoy of to witness the grand launch of NOKIA LUMIA 1020 here in the Philippines which was held at the Ayala Museum in Makati Ave., Makati City last October 1, 2013. The place was filled with media people (online, print and digital), photographers (pro and non-pro), techie peeps, gadgets afficionados and people who come from different fields such as fashion, arts, entertainment and business. Everyone felt ecstatic most especially when Mr. Gary Chan, Nokia Head of Marketing, Pan Asia had explained everything about Nokia Lumia 1020's features as the latest and hippest cameraphone to beat. According to him, "Consumers want to capture and share memorable experiences with their smartphone. We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives. The Nokia Lumia 1020 brings new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia’s leadership in imaging. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the first smartphone to exceed many standalone digital cameras in terms of image quality capture ensuring users always have that perfect photo – day or night."

Mr. Gary Chan during Nokia Lumia 1020 grand launch

Mr. Chan even added, “The Nokia Lumia 1020 marks a giant leap forward in smartphone photography. With its 41 megapixel sensor and Nokia Pro Camera app, the Nokia Lumia 1020 boosts creativity and makes it easier to shoot, edit and share pictures with unrivaled clarity."

Nokia Lumia 1020 Storytellers, (L-R) Yukie Sarto, much sought-after fashion photographer; Giannina Gonzalez, noted food stylist; Nina Sandejas, favorite concert photographer; Aaron Mendoza, award-winning documentary director, with Karel Holub, General Manager, Nokia Philippines (far left) and Gary Chan, Head of Marketing, Pan Asia, Nokia (far right)

Fashion photographer, noted food stylist, favorite concert photographer and award- winning documentary director all joined forces and shared their testimonies regarding the best features that Nokia Lumia 1020 have, which provided great ease for each of their respective profession. Nokia has a new application called Nokia Pro Camera, now they have let the consumers have the chance and experience capture better photographs and videos and at the same time learn how to do it like a PRO as they say since it has a beautiful interface, not to mention that it has also a re-invented ZOOM! And how's that? Well, when you're done with your shot, focusing mainly on your subject, you get to zoom it the nearest visual as it could reach your sight, then you'll be amazed by what you'll re-discover after discovering Nokia Lumia 1020's amazing specs and features. It's a smartfone and a DSLR rolled into one!!! Believe me! :))

During the launch, everyone had a chance to try the Nokia Lumia 1020, here, you can see me checking out the Nokia Lumia 1020 on a tripod with a no light subject, and if you're going to take a closer look, I was able to capture the subject (basket of fruits) clearly with proper camera settings. That was so cool!

I'd just like to share with you dear followers and readers, that before entering the venue, something "not so good" had happened... I cannot say that it was bad or a misfortune on my part huh, you see, I accidentally missed one of the sidewalks near the area of the venue causing my right shoe to collapse (good riddance!) instead of my right ankle hahaha! At first of course my natural reaction was I got  irritated, bothered, worried and annoyed. As time passed, I was able to recover my mood and had unintentionally joked, telling my friends that, "I'd a big problem... they would be calling my name to come up the stage to claim my prize. How would I get up there if I can't even walk since my other shoe was broken?' And I even asked my friend that I would borrow her shoes if ever they call on my name. So, it was all a joke for me and all of us, just to make my odd situation lighter. 

This time I took a brief shot of what's happening on stage while their revealing the third and last winner of the Nokia Lumia 1020...

The last thing I remembered was, I couldn't believe what I heard when Mr. Karel Holub, Nokia's General Manager called out my name!!! There was a moment of pause on my part, it seemed like the world was all over me, all eyes were glued on my direction and they were calling me and waiting for me to get up there! Mixed emotions came over me, OMG fate has really played a big joke on me. A positive joke indeed! What options do I have? There was none! I hurriedly removed my pair of shoes and proceed on stage.. while everyone was clueless why this blogger was "shoeless?" I know some of them would even thought that maybe it's because of my excitement, right? Well, if you were on my shoe hehe, what would you prefer? ;-)

That's me at the center, the "shoeless" lady who won the Nokia Lumia 1020!!! Thank you so so much Nokia! To God be the Glory!!! 

Karel Holub, General Manager, Nokia Philippines and Gary Chan, Head of Marketing, Pan Asia, Nokia

To make thee long story short, I was able to pick-up my most coveted prize, just the other day just in time for me to explore it and enjoy my Nokia Lumia 1020 amazing experience and before it gets out in the market today, October 11, 2013, in select GMA stores, and the rest of the country soon after. Nokia Lumia 1020 comes in yellow, black and white at a priceof PHP 35,650 with the free Nokia Camera Grip (valued at P4,000 but will not be sold separately) through Nokia Stores, authorized retailers and local operators with attractive data plans.

Next chapter of my Nokia Lumia 1020 story would be the UNBOXING! 

Nokia Lumia 1020 unit comes with the complete accessories, charger, earphones, manual and the Nokia Camera Grip to ensure fun and easy photo-taking, Nokia created the Nokia Camera Grip, an accessory designed to perfectly fit the Nokia Lumia 1020 and making it easier to get the shot you want, especially single-handed. The Camera Grip includes a built-in, rechargeable 1020 mAh battery to capture up to 285 more photos. The versatile Nokia Camera Grip can attach to any standard camera tripod for those moments when you to take self-portraits or for setting-up the perfect long-exposure shot.

Top photo was taken from my Nikon Coolpix P90; Middle photo was taken from my Samsung S3 and the bottom photo was a shot from my Nokia Lumia 1020 in a Pro Cam mode. All gadgets used were set in auto mode with flash in an indoor scene against led light bulb which is situated on the ceiling. Nokia Lumia 1020 is leaving me no options but to use it, can't help but to admire its perfection! With 41 MP optical image stabilization (OIS)... it's such an awesome experience discovering and re-discovering the great photographs taken by this cameraphone. 

Let me take you to that experience...

Nokia Lumia 1020 photos in a Pro Cam auto mode without flash on the left picture of Nokia earphones, and with flash on the right picture, indoor scene, against the light of a led bulb on the ceiling. 

Product information
Nokia Lumia 1020
Operating system
Windows Phone 8
HERE location and mapping services
Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+; Free HERE Transit available in the Store
4.5" AMOLED WXGA (1280x768), 2.5D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super sensitive touch, Nokia Glance Screen
2,000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover
1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Main camera
PureView 41 MP with optical image stabilization, Resolution: 7712 x 5360. 6-lens Carl Zeiss optics, high resolution zoom 3x. Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video. 1080p 30fps video recording. Includes Nokia Pro Camera and Nokia Smart Camera.
Front facing camera
HD 1.2 MP wide angle
2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory; 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage

About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit  

So that ends "My Nokia Lumia 1020 Story." I know it has some sort of a lesson, or learning alongside with the blessing that I received from Him and of course, Nokia. I can never forget this chapter of my life. I Hope somehow you had learned from my post and had even related to my story in one way or another. Please join me again in my journey towards this amazing life! I'll be posting more wonderful and perfect pictures from my Nokia Lumia 1020 again soon! 

Keep posted and have a blessed and happy day!!! 

Special thanks to Sir Amiel Mendoza and Ms. Dianne Poblete of

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  1. It has the best in class camera, low light photographs are awesome(considering its a mobile, do not compare it with a DSLR), though it takes a couple of seconds to process and save image
    Now, as Nokia announced that with Lumia Black update they will be adding RAW file format support for L1020, it will be a big step forward in the world of mobile photography. Its a perfect partner for on the go photographers, photojournalists.
    Apart from great camera, it features good hardware and gorgeous AMOLED screen. WindowsPhone 8 works like a charm with its hardware. And with 2GB of RAM you can be assured that it will get future updates.
    Nokia has put up their best in this phone, but limitations of WP8 make you think again and again before investing arnd half a lakh rupees!

  2. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    as a first time visitor to your blog I am very impressed.
    thank you :)

    1. Thanks for the appreciation and posting! ;)


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