Like yesterday's article I have created a chart, but this time it is for the Lumia 1020.
As you can see there are 2 areas that receive exceptional ratings, the camera and the design, and these are important because they do make the phone stand out from the competition. The external speaker score is low and deservedly so because it is rather tinny and in a phone this big we should expect more. Also, the battery performance has been poor for me, but to be fair that could be down to the recent 8.1 update which appears to have lessened power performance for others as well.
Design is a controversial area because many people feel that Apple is the king of design, but time moves on and I am a firm believer that a phone should not be built with the materials Apple is currently using. We have fragile handsets that demand cases and which strangely do not feel great in the hand. The Lumia 1020 on the other hand feels exceptionally well crafted and is a joy to hold. The hump on the back does not get in the way for me apart from when trying to use it on a flat surface and the way the screen gently curves from the body is quite wonderful.
The Lumia 1020, like many other Lumias, is a class apart in terms of design and easily trumps any of the Android handsets and even the 5c and 5s with comparative ease, in my opinion.
I also prefer Windows Phone 8.1 to iOS 7.1, yes really, for many diverse reasons. It feels flat, much flatter than iOS, it uses the space available to it very well (some disagree on that) and it flows perfectly throughout the standard apps. It is a joy to use and has improved just enough to make it feel second nature and flexible enough in less than a days use. It is the perfect balance between Android and iOS and for me has become an environment I am more than happy to play with for hours on end. I notice it, but it isn't obtrusive.
The app situation on Windows Phone is not as bad as some make out, but there are problems. I can cover every iOS task, with the occasional compromise in experience, but the main point is that I can cover 'every' task. Actually, it isn't the main point because there are still some problems that could prove fatal for people like me who are considering the platform seriously. For example, I cannot find a finance app that doesn't crash, fail to calculate simple numbers properly or which is bereft of what should be standard features. It is a big problem for a platform that is aiming to be a clear third in the phone industry and it needs to change. The default Twitter app is acceptable, but is a compromise in many areas. To be fair, every Twitter app that is not Tweetbot is a compromise to me (Android suffers here as well) and there are other examples where the selection of apps is too narrow to give the kind of choice I am used to, or to be more accurate, the quality of apps I expect.
I will finish this series on the Lumia 1020 tomorrow, good for those of you already bored with it, but I don't see it leaving me anytime soon. There is a lot to like here.